Last Thursday, February 28, 2019, Melody and I went to the “Note By Note” event at The Main, in downtown Newhall, California. It turned out the television series, Goliath, was filming on the surrounding streets and at the El Trocadero mexican restaurant. Unable to dine at said restaurant, we opted for The Junction across the street.
I am well aware our community, and the surrounding area, enjoy a great deal of filming and just in the past two months our local paper has carried several stories about the economic benefits that come with that filming. I’ll share a little of what I have read and include links to the actual articles at the end of this post.
Here is my recap with thanks to Tammy Murga, Crystal Duan,and Jim Holt for their excellent reporting:
Santa Clarita is a popular filming destination for film, television, and commercial production. As evidenced by the fact that for the last several years location filming has consistently provided, on average, a $30 million dollar impact for the local economy, as stated by Evan Thomason, economic development associate with the City of Santa Clarita. He went on to say that he believes 2019 is looking like another strong year for filming, as well.
According to the Santa Clarita film office, in 2018 it recorded 547 film permits and 1,376 location film days. This does not include filming that took place on certified sound stages, which do not require a film permit. If you lived in, or visited Santa Clarita during 2018, you might have encountered location filming as that 1,376 location film days averages out to 3.8 (let’s call it 4) different productions shooting every day of the year.
Located within the film industry’s 30-mile zone, Santa Claritis is blessed with more than 20 sound stages and 10 movie ranches. With at least ten television shows being based in Santa Clarita, the city is a convenient back-lot when they need film locations, plus all the movies, commercials, and shows based elsewhere that find their way here, too. The community has benefited from the California Film and Television Tax Credit Program and city leaders should be applauded for developing its own film incentive program along with other actions taken to enhance the opportunities to attract filming to the area.
All this filming has apparently led to Santa Clarita being ranked among the world’s top 100 most-filmed cities and one of the top most-filmed in California. In the last fiscal year, the city saw a 2.8 percent increase in permits, an 8.9 percent increase in film days and a 9.8 percent increase to the estimated economic impact, according to a city news release.
It’s a bird. It’s a plane. Recently, if you looked up you would have seen a low-flying tanker aircraft circling the SCV that was part of a movie filming at Disney’s Golden Oak Ranch. In fact, location filming offers up opportunities to see many unexpected things ranging from the truly strange to the totally awesome.
Here are the links to the articles in The Signal: