Santa Clarita had a robust period of location filming in fiscal year 2016-17 (July 2016-June 2017) with the Film Office recording 545 film permits and 1,265 location film days, generating an estimated $30.1 million for the city.
This marks the fourth consecutive year the Film Office has issued more than 500 permits; the numbers do not include the film days and economic benefit from filming that takes place on certified sound stages which do not require a permit. More than half of the filming days for the fiscal year were attributed to television production, many of which were from Santa Clarita-based shows such as “Atypical,” “Ballers,” “The Guest Book,” “Mistresses,” “Myth Busters,” “NCIS,” “Santa Clarita Diet,” “Shooter,” “Shut Eye,” “Stitchers” and “Ultimate Beastmaster.” Movies have included “A Star Is Born,” “A Wrinkle In Time,” “Fighting With My Family,” “Gone Are The Days” and “Magic Camp.”
“Being a film-friendly city is a priority for the city council since filming is such a great contributor to our local economy and provides many quality jobs for our residents,” said Santa Clarita Mayor Cameron Smyth. “Film and television production has deep roots in the Santa Clarita Valley, and to see production return year after year at such a significant rate is a testament to the quality and character of our community.”
Among the factors contributing to the appeal of filming in Santa Clarita is the city’s Film Incentive Program and Movie Ranch Overlay Zone, along with the California Film and Television Tax Credit Program that has worked the past few years to reduce “runaway production” from Los Angeles County to other states and countries. Santa Clarita has more than 20 sound stages, about a dozen movie ranches and operates what is called a “one-stop” film office offering some of the lowest film permitting fees in greater Los Angeles County.
For more details about Santa Clarita filming, visit FilmSantaClarita.com or call (661) 284-1425.