Hollywood filming returns to pre-pandemic levels – Commercial Observer

Although the Delta variant may once again restrict overall production, the filming capital of the world has returned to that way this summer.

After nearly a year and a half of reduced action, new data from FilmLA – the partner film office in Los Angeles – shows that on-site production levels hit their highest level since late 2019 in the second quarter of this year. The peak coincides with the overall production activity driving the demand for content creation space, as well as the demand for large-scale ancillary services and other office space needs.

FilmLA reported 9,791 days of shooting in LA County in the second quarter, ahead of the recent spike in coronavirus cases over the past month.

It is a welcome sign after production was completely suspended for three months last year due to COVID-19 while there were only 194 days of filming. The number of shooting days in the second quarter of this year was also 40% higher than the first quarter, and perhaps more importantly, about 7% higher than the pre-pandemic average in 2019.

“By almost every measure available, the second quarter was good for filming in Los Angeles,” said the president of FilmLA. Paul Audley said in a statement. “With the increase in local cases of COVID-19, it is not clear if this will be sustainable, but the industry’s commitment to the safety of the community, stakeholders and the team remains firmly in place. . “

FilmLA declined to predict how the new spread of COVID-19 will have an impact on regional production activity in the future.

“The filming-specific Appendix J protocols were removed by LA County in June,” Audley noted. “Nonetheless, the industry’s stringent security guidelines remain firmly in place and have so far proven to be effective in keeping businesses safe. ”

The number of authorizations in the second quarter increased in all shooting categories – feature films; advertising; television; and “other,” which includes documentaries, student films, music videos and more. Ads saw the biggest increase, with a 55.5% jump in the number of permits issued. Television saw the most action with 4,913 filming days for shows like SCS‘”Ghosts“;”The dropout” on Hulu; “Impeachment: American Crime Story” on FX; “Animal Kingdom” on TNT; and two new Netflix series, “Lincoln Lawyer” and “Monster”.

The second quarter feature films included “Day shift“;”hollywood stargirl” on Disney +; “Kimi” on HBO Max; and Steven spielberg‘s “The Fabelman”.

Gregory Cornfield can be reached at gcornfield@commercialobserver.com.

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