More Lights, Camera, Action in Santa Clarita
The City of Santa Clarita saw an increase in on-location filming in Fiscal Year 2017-2018 (July 2017 to June 2018), with the Film Office recording 560 film permits and 1377 film days, which generated an estimated $33.1 million in economic impact to the local community. This represents 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 when compared to Fiscal Year 2016-2017.
This is the fifth consecutive fiscal year the Santa Clarita Film Office has recorded more than 500 permits and $30 million or more in estimated economic impact generated from location filming alone. Not included in the reported numbers are the film days and economic benefit from filming that take place on certified sound stages, which does not require a film permit.
“We’re happy that production has remained so steady and Santa Clarita continues to be a top choice for location filming,” said Mayor Laurene Weste. “We are proud that the film industry plays a big part in our local economy, supporting hundreds of area businesses and providing high paying jobs to thousands of our local residents. Being a film-friendly community continues to be a priority for our City Council and we will continue to do everything we can to keep the cameras rolling in ‘Hollywood North’ to ensure our unique and beautiful valley remains a preferred place for production.”
More than half of the filming days for FY 2017-2018 were attributed to television production, many of which were from local Santa Clarita based shows including “Atypical,” “Future Man,“ “Good Trouble,” “Mayans MC,” “MythBusters,” “NCIS,” “S.W.A.T.,” “Santa Clarita Diet,” “Shooter,” “Shut Eye,” “Ultimate Beastmaster” and “Westworld.”
Other television shows that filmed on location in Santa Clarita last fiscal year included “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “American Horror Story: Cult,” “American Housewife,” “America’s Got Talent,” “Animal Kingdom,” “Arrested Development,” “Baskets,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Camping,” “Casual,” “Champs vs. Stars,” “Criminal Minds,” “Fear Factor,” “Get Shorty,” “Ghosted,” “Goliath,” “Here and Now,” “Jay Leno’s Garage,” “LA to Vegas,” “The Last Ship,” “Lethal Weapon,” “Modern Family,” “My Cat from Hell,” “Navy SEALs,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “The Orville,” “Reverie,” “Scorpion,” “SEAL Team,” “Silicon Valley,” “The OA,” “This is Us,” “Timeless,” “Too Old to Die Young,” “Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G.,” “Young Sheldon” and many more.
TV shows weren’t the only productions taking advantage of Santa Clarita filming locations. Many movies shot in the City last fiscal year including, “12 Strong,” “The 15:17 to Paris,” “Ad Astra,” “Backseat,” “Bird Box,” “Book Club,” “Charlie Says,” “Clemency,” “The Family Business,” “The Happytime Murders,” “Honey Boy,” “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” “Miss Virginia,” “Rogue Warfare,” “Semper Fi,” “Silencer,” “Untitled Dan Gilroy Project” and more, in addition to multiple music videos, lots of online content, countless commercials and still photo shoots.
Santa Clarita is consistently one of the most filmed places in California because it’s located within the industry’s well-known 30-Mile Zone and offers thousands of film-friendly locations that can double for almost anywhere in the world. In addition, Santa Clarita has more than 20 sound stages, more than 10 movie ranches, a one-stop shop Film Office and some of the lowest film permitting fees in the Los Angeles area.
Several other factors have contributed to the continued success and appeal of filming in Santa Clarita, including the City’s own Film Incentive Program and Movie Ranch Overlay Zone. In addition, the California Film and Television Tax Credit Program was recently extended and is working very successfully to keep production in the state and right here in the SCV.
For more information about filming in Santa Clarita, please visit FilmSantaClarita.com or contact the Film Office at (661) 284-1425. For an insider’s view to filming in Santa Clarita, follow the Santa Clarita Film Office on Instagram (@FilmSantaClarita).
The Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation (SCVEDC) is a unique private / public partnership representing the united effort of regional industry and government leaders. The SCVEDC utilizes an integrated approach to attracting, retaining and expanding a diversity of businesses in the Santa Clarita Valley, especially those in key industry clusters, by offering competitive business services and other resources.