AV Film Office

The State’s Film & Television Tax Credit Program continues to fuel the growth of on-location filming opportunities for the Antelope Valley. In past years, many of the Valley’s biggest productions only spent a day or two filming in the area, but this year saw film crews staying in the Valley longer. Production days were up from last year’s 518 to 553.

The AVFO tracked 411 Film/TV productions generating nearly 600 production days in FY 2016 – 2017.

The Antelope Valley/North LA County enjoys a measure of success as branded as the “closest desert to Hollywood.” It’s the desert terrain, rocky buttes, dunes and the liquid light that brings them here but what keeps them returning is unexpected “extra” locations they soon learn are available…studio facilities, a trendy arts and entertainment district, amphitheater, water park, baseball stadium and much more.

Program Year 3 of the California Film & TV Tax Credit is fueling the growth. Recurring TV Series such as Shooter Season 3 (Paramount Pictures Corporation) will be returning to the Antelope Valley for several days of filming.

Projects filming in the AV have included Ballers, SWAT, Mayans MC, Girl Boss, I’m Dying Up Here, Lethal Weapon, Art Prison. Commercial projects included Volvo, Acura, Lexus, T Mobile, ESPN, 7UP, Xbox Halo Wars 2, and Northrop Grumman. Numerous print and music videos round out the slate.

Production in California is on the rise thanks to the expanded California Film and Television Tax Credit. Of major importance, this tax credit incentive now provides a 5-percent “uplift” for productions filming outside the “TMZ” – The Thirty Mile Zone. That’s good news for Antelope Valley film locations that sit outside the zone.

California Film & Television Tax Credit Program New Program Summary – AB 1839, the California Film & Television Job Retention and Promotion Act, was signed by Governor Brown on Sept. 18, 2014.

Other good news… Los Angeles continues to dominate entertainment production in the US. Expected growth reflects the public’s demand for content and the many platforms available for distribution like tablets and smart phones offering quality viewing experiences.

All this is very good news and presents an opportunity to grow on-location filming in the Antelope Valley. The future looks bright for the “closest desert” to Hollywood.

2016 Milestones

• Upgraded Antelope Valley Film Office’s website database to expand interactive design. Added “Filmography” & “Videos.”

• Grand Opening of a small full service production studio servicing the Antelope Valley’s small to medium projects while financing and construction of larger production facilities are completed. Completed projected value approx. 20-25M.

AV Film Office will continue to stand as point agency for the entertainment industry overseeing every project is served in a film-friendly, film ready fashion. To provide the best customer service building North LA County’s reputation that will sustain through the coming years to maximize economic benefits.



Kern Film Office

In 2016, the Kern County Film Commission had a total of 189 permits. The permits included productions for Citi-Bank, Jeep, Nissan, Honda, Disney Movie, and TitanFall 2.

Kern County Film Permits total 143
Commercial1 52
Corporate Video: 4
Documentary: 2
Feature Film: 7
Music Video2 12
Still Photography: 27
Television3 14
Travel: 24

1 Audi, Dodge, Toyota, Alfa Romero
2 Cheat Codes
3 Top Gear, Silicon Valley, Jay Leno’s Garage

Ridgecrest Film Commission

The Ridgecrest Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (RAC VB), along with the Ridgecrest Film Commission, provides marketing synergies with tourism promotion. By offering a diverse and wide range of natural beauty from spectacular geological formations to desert fauna, Ridgecrest provides some of the most breathtaking scenery that you’ll see in California. With hands-on support for production personnel, the RAC VB stands ready to make filming easy. www.racvb.com

“When filming comes to Ridgecrest, it engages business, crews, vendors, hotels, restaurants, tourism and locals. The economic impact for the region is huge, bringing millions of dollars in local spending, not to mention the incredible exposure of the area.” says Doug Lueck, Executive Director of the RAC VB.

Feature Films: 2
(“Murder Home”, starring Denise Williams, “The Quest” Magnificent Media Productions)
Short Films: 5
(“Zero Motorcycle Road”, “Solus Sizzle” Digital, “A Land Between” Virtual Reality, “Holotrope and Ember Lab” and “Treasure Hunt” High School Production)
T.V. & Cable Series: 4
(“WESTWORLD” HBO, “Top Gear” History Channel, “DHL Championship Series Drone Racing CBS & FOX Sports and “Alien Runner” AMAZON)
Music Videos: 2
(Artist “SF9” and “BiSH” Japanese Artist)
T.V. Commercials: 2
(“POLA” Beauty Products and “Leaders Cosmetics” Korean)
Still Photo Shoot: 4
(2018 SUV/Pickup Truck of the Year, Four Wheeler Magazine, 2017 BMW X3, and “Ulumo VOGUE” Italian Men’s Fashion Magazine)
Car Commercials: 4
(Dodge RAM 1500 Truck Paramotor, 2017 Nissan TITAN, Mitsubishi and KIA)
Other: 2
(“Thor” Promo film Hoonigan Industries and “Winter 2018 Burton Snowboards, featuring Burton Girls” Marketing Digital and Web Video)

California Film & Television Tax Credit Program

The California Film Commission is currently developing regulations, program guidelines and other procedures to administer the newly expanded film and TV tax credit program.

For more information go to www.film.ca.gov/Incentives.htm.

• Feature Films: $1 million minimum budget; credit allocation applies only to the first $100 million in qualified expenditures.
• Movies-of-the-Week and Miniseries: $500,000 minimum budget
• New television Series for any distribution outlet: $1 million minimum budget per episode (at least 40 minutes per episode, scripted only)
• TV Pilots: $1 million minimum budget (at least 40 minutes)

ELIGIBLE FOR 25% TRANSFERABLE TAX CREDIT (maximum credit is 25%, uplifts do not apply)
• Independent Projects: $1 million minimum budget; credits apply only to the first $10 million of qualified expenditures. (Only independent projects may sell their tax credits.)
• Relocating TV Series, any episode length, that filmed its most recent season outside California; $1 million minimum budget. (Additional seasons are eligible for 20%.)

Non-Independent productions are eligible for an additional 5% in tax credits (“Uplifts”) if spending occurs in any or all of the 3 categories listed below.
Filming outside the Los Angeles 30-mile zone + 5%
Music Scoring and music track recording expenditures + 5%
Visual Effects expenditures (minimum spend required) + 5%

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