Colorful Spanish Church with Ornate Altar
Los Angeles, CA

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Mason S.
$ 324
3 hours
60 people
2 years ago
Well-stocked professional kitchen with space to move equipment easily. Flexible kitchen space for film purposes, and the site host, Amy, was super helpful.
Dylan J.
$ 354
6 hours
15 people
2 years ago
Filming a church scene was easy with this fully set-up church. No worries about an active congregation in the way--office space, parking for all vehicles in large lot. Nice stained glass and pews.
Tate B.
$ 990
9 hours
25 people
3 years ago
Filming with the whole background of housing from this well-situated home was a hit for our small crew. Everything worked fine and we really appreciated the location for our group project! Thanks!
Carmelo W.
$ 356
4 hours
25 people
3 years ago
Versatile studio space with elevator access and nearby parking. Filming in this space is easy and they even have a bit of equipment available as well. Backdrops for green screen or photo shoots all available too. Nice site manager.

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1700 SF / DTLA Skyline View Suite / Photo Film
From $50/hr
1700 SF / DTLA Skyline View Suite / Photo Film
Los Angeles, CA
75
· superhost
PHOTOGRAPHY RATE: $50 per hour (up to 12 people) Any larger productions, inquire for pricing FILM RATE: $60 per hour (up to 12 people) Any larger productions, inquire for pricing EVENTS / WORKSHOP RATES: $125 per hour (up to 30 people) Any larger events/workshops, inquire for pricing ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: -Cleaning fee (determined by type of production/event) -Additional insurance via our EventHelper link for certain events -If alcohol, security personnel required by city of LA -After midnight, manager personnel required -All furniture and props are included in the space rental complimentary out of courtesy, but everything must be put back where originally found - otherwise furniture rearrangement labor charges starting at $50 will apply Booking minimum of 1 hour for productions and 3 hours for events. If personnel required, minimum shift of 4 hours. Posted rates apply to standard business hours: Mon-Sat 8am-10pm, Sun 10am-10pm. For productions only, non-business hours may be available at 2x rate + security at $52.50/hr (weekdays 7am-8am and everyday 10pm-12am). Weekdays before 7am and everyday after 12am will only be approved as exceptions and are billed at much higher rate. Please inquire if these hours are needed. Freight elevator hours are Mon-Fri 8am-5pm, and Sat 8am-12pm. All other hours must be arranged ahead of time for additional $75/hr for continuous hours, subject to availability. Last minute requests will not be approved. CLEANING Productions: cleaning fee starting at $50, assessed per production. Events: Mandatory cleaning $200 for events. Please inquire for full rules. PROHIBITIONS: Any dispatched personnel to enforce compliance is billed to the production (Security personnel: $52.50/hr, Manager personnel: $67.50/hr, with 2-hr minimum shift). - smoking and illegal drug use. Violations fined starting at $1,000, and additional cleaning fee starting at $500 - fog machines/hazer machines, etc anything that could trigger the Fire Alarm/Fire Sprinkler System. Violations fined starting at $1,000 - glitter, confetti, anything that is difficult and time consuming to clean. Additional cleaning fee starting $300 - dogs, pets, animals, etc with the exception of service animals with valid permits. Additional cleaning fee may apply starting $300 - overstaying beyond a specific time we specifically state overtime is not available beyond a certain time. Overtime is usually available, so please reach out and let us know. DTLA FASHION DISTRICT ultra bright production studio! 1700 sq ft studio with an overabundance of sunshine and spectacular DTLA skyline views. Very cool breeze with the windows open, flying curtain effect. The pictured furniture is included and available for use. Two passenger elevators, two restrooms, one freight elevator, very clean building. Bountiful parking nearby ranges from $5-15 per cash. Please no live music or bands. Video tour: https://youtu.be/N5A88GqnPZI Spectacular location if you need to shoot with the Downtown Los Angeles high rise buildings in the background with large windows! Please feel free to check out our other studios: SKYLINE LOFT https://giggster.com/listing/dtla-large-dreamy-white-studio-6000-sq-ft SKYLINE PENTHOUSE https://giggster.com/listing/dtla-skyline-view-penthouse-4500-sf-12th-floor SKYLINE GRAND https://giggster.com/listing/dtla-high-end-loft-with-high-ceilings SKYLINE ROOFTOP https://giggster.com/listing/skyline-rooftop-with-dtla-view-12-000sf
Large DTLA Industrial Loft
Large DTLA Industrial Loft
Large DTLA Industrial Loft
Large DTLA Industrial Loft
Large DTLA Industrial Loft
From $50/hr
Large DTLA Industrial Loft
Los Angeles, CA
53
· superhost
This is a beautiful 2,800 sq ft space with high ceilings. It has big industrial windows to let in lots of natural light. The space is located on the top floor (7th floor), so out of each window is a gorgeous view of DTLA. There is an elevator with the option of stairs. As well as a freight elevator. The office has an incredible geometric mural that is amazing for shooting, wardrobe, or make up. There is a kitchen with refrigerator, coffeemaker, toaster oven, microwave, water cooler, etc. There are two bathrooms located directly across the hall. It is fully equipped with two AC's and a ceiling fan. There are black velvet drapes, which can be pulled to the side, cover all the windows or be completely removed with the railing. The furniture and props can be moved around.
Downtown Studio Loft  Concrete and White Wall
Downtown Studio Loft  Concrete and White Wall
Downtown Studio Loft  Concrete and White Wall
Downtown Studio Loft  Concrete and White Wall
Downtown Studio Loft  Concrete and White Wall
From $40/hr
Downtown Studio Loft Concrete and White Wall
Los Angeles, CA
31
· superhost
This spacious 2000sq ft. industrial loft provides a ton of natural light coming in through its Eastern facing, floor to ceiling windows. The location is in the middle of DTLA's Fashion district just a few blocks away from the infamous Santee Alley, which gives you options to which you can explore the heart and soul of one of Los Angeles' most busiest areas. ******PLEASE READ!!!****** The given available times (Monday-Friday 8:00AM-7PM) are the available hours that this loft is available. ALL BOOKINGS THAT FALL OUTSIDE OF THE AVAILABLE TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO A RATE OF $45/HOUR. 110 Electricity is provided. Restrooms are available. If inquiring about booking under the 2 hour minimum. A premium total of $55 will be charged per hour under 2 hours. e.g. 1 hour = $55 Also inside the unit: - make up station with dimmable lights and two stools, - 2 x clothing rack, - 1 x full body mirror, - 1 x Hair Makeup table - changing room - mini fridge Photoshoot | Video Shoot | Apparel Shoot | Birthdays | Promotional Photoshoot | Product Shoot | Production | Portrait Photoshoot | Filmed Interview | Audition | Casting | Client Meeting | Weddings | Etc.
Photo-Video Studio with Pre-Lit Green Screen Stage
Photo-Video Studio with Pre-Lit Green Screen Stage
Photo-Video Studio with Pre-Lit Green Screen Stage
Photo-Video Studio with Pre-Lit Green Screen Stage
Photo-Video Studio with Pre-Lit Green Screen Stage
From $50/hr
Photo-Video Studio with Pre-Lit Green Screen Stage
Los Angeles, CA
26
· superhost
This is a great space for Still Photography shoots, HD, 4K and 6K Video Production shoots, Film shoots. Music Video shoots. Talk-Shows, Interviews and Corporate or Product Info TV commercial shoots, Instruction Videos, Fight scenes, short film scenes, VFX tests, Children/Teen TV Pilots, Live-Streaming Solo concerts, Model shoots, Comedy Sitcom Pilots, etc. Due to Covid, our maximum head count for an 8 hr, 10 hr or 12 hr booking is 8 people max. Maximum head count for a half-day/4 hr booking is 6 people max. The green screen specs are -- 13' high ceiling, back wall is 18' across, (but camera reads it as 22 feet across because of the 2nd green wall on the right, green painted floor is 11' deep (from front to back), the curved hard cyc along the back wall adds another 2 1/2 feet. The total shooting distance is 35 feet. The entire stage and studio is sound-proofed, sound-treated and the green screen area comes pre-lit with the best professional lighting set-up. You won't find a better lit stage anywhere in LA or the San Fernando Valley. There is a large kitchen/craft service area, private dressing room, make-up room area, clean restroom, Classic Film Noir furnishings, props, and wardrobe. If you don't want green screen, we also have white, black and grey 12' wide X 10' high seamless paper backdrops with custom-flooring ($50.00 a day extra each -- available for 8 hr, 10 hr or 12 hr shoots. (ONLY) We also have one 12' Norm's dolly track, (you supply the dolly) pro AKG Studio mic with a 12' boom pole with boom mate mounted on a C-stand. These are all included. Or you can bring in your own sound guy/gal with their sound kit and mics. We do not supply any cameras at this time. But do have a pro fluid head/tripod kit your DP can use -- if needed. (At no extra cost). If you need a 24" HD LED Color monitor with stand on wheels and HDMI or SD-HDI cables, it's $40.00 a day extra. Our Ground-Level parking lot (located in the back - away from the street noise out front) has 6-spaces reserved for clients. So Load-in with heavy gear is a breeze. We are open 7 days a week. Free 5G and 2G Wi-Fi, Coffee with creamers, sugar, bottled water (in Limited Quantity) and other tasty condiments are also included. There are lots of great restaurants close by and the beautiful scenic mountain views here are spectacular! A lot of big films have been shot around this area for decades and getting here from the various freeways or backstreets is a breeze. It's a fun studio where artists can get creative and produce incredible results. The nearest surrounding areas/City locations are : Sun Valley, Shadow Hills, Sunland -Tujunga, La Crescenta, Lake View Terrace, Burbank, Toluca Lake and North Hollywood.
Loft Photo/Video Podcast Studio
Loft Photo/Video Podcast Studio
Loft Photo/Video Podcast Studio
Loft Photo/Video Podcast Studio
Loft Photo/Video Podcast Studio
From $48/hr
Loft Photo/Video Podcast Studio
Los Angeles, CA
28
· superhost
Unique loft style space for implementing Podcasting, Photo and Video production. Session Photography or Video production: Professional light and all the necessary equipment for filming a video clip, interview, catalog, portrait, fashion and any other creative implementations. The rich experience of our staff will provide you with high service, so that you get a professional result, and your client is satisfied. Podcasting: You yourself can create the necessary background for any podcasting task on a white background, chromakey or sitting on a comfortable sofa next to bookshelves, or sitting in a cozy red brick atmosphere around velvet curtains. Mix your podcasting with professional and high-quality sound with the addition of photo and video recording content up to live broadcasts and video streaming. An easy-to-manage podcast recording system allows you to record up to 4 people and be the sound engineer yourself. All you need is to bring a laptop or mini SD card with you and we can help to setup. You can use the services of our sound engineer additionally Free parking along the street, freight elevator and cold water for our guests
N. Hollywood Studio Amazing TopBox Light Cyc
N. Hollywood Studio Amazing TopBox Light Cyc
N. Hollywood Studio Amazing TopBox Light Cyc
N. Hollywood Studio Amazing TopBox Light Cyc
N. Hollywood Studio Amazing TopBox Light Cyc
From $120/hr
N. Hollywood Studio Amazing TopBox Light Cyc
Los Angeles, CA
20
· superhost
TOP-LIGHT SOFT-BOX INCLUDED FOR FIRST TIME RENTERS! AND 50% OFF IF YOU ARE A RETURNING GUEST! 10 hour minimum rental. We’ve made it easy to shoot commercials, films, tv shows, pilots, music videos, shorts, and VR work on our stage! Our LightCube is a curved cyclorama, pre-rigged with a fabulous 28'x28' Top Light LiteGear LED panels with DMX control, and diffused with The Rag Place Magic Cloth. The LightCube is flip-of-the-switch fantastic, and definitely not your average pre-lit-cyc! Light panels can be turned on all at once for one solid continuous light source, or individually controlled for custom looks. Typically our clients will run the lights at only 30% power. However, if you crank them up to 100% you are ready to shoot high-speed photography! Color is also DMX controlled and allows you to slide the color between daylight and tungsten. This is a $100,000.00 rig, that will save you thousands in time and labor trying to achieve the same look! On the other side is our black box stage, complete with lighting grid. Having both the LightCube and BlackBox side by side allows for easy access to a diverse range of looks and setups. Easy access, conference room, hair/makeup room, gated entry, kitchenette, wifi, and more! Space Features: 6,180 ft² Studio Space 4,000 ft² Stage Two Wall White Cyclorama - 40’ x 35’ x 16’ 16’ Ceiling on stage 12' wide x 9'6"tall Garage Door for Easy Access LightCube Toplight (12,000 watts of light): 15 Litegear LiteTile Plus XL LEDs Fully DMX Controlled (Basic Lighting Console Included) 2600-6000K Color Temperature Range 28’ x 28’ Rag Place Magic Cloth Diffusion Truss Parking: 8 dedicated parking spaces in a shared lot. (Parking for 8 cars or 3 cars and 2 Trucks, up to 24ft in length) Street parking rules are: North side - No parking 6pm to 6am South side - No parking 10pm to 5am Power: 495 Amps Total 375 Amps 3 Phase (125 amps per leg), Camlock distro with Bates/Edison (West Side) 2 - 30 Amp Edison Lunch Boxes (East Side) 60 Amps of Additional House Power Paint: Cyc is rented as is. If you would like a fresh coat of white paint on the floor before your shoot it will cost $200.00. Please notify us within 48 hours of your shoot so we can schedule a repaint if needed. Upgrades Available: - LightCube Toplight Add On ($500/day) - G&E 3 ton lighting package on site for rent ($500/day) - Ask about our additional gear available - Production Suite ($150/day) - Additional Parking ($20/spot if given 72hr notice) - Large Production Impact - Over 15 people is an additional $45/hr - Overtime - over 12 hours ($200/Hour) - Overnight Fee - Productions shooting past midnight incur a $100/hr fee Included: Site Rep ($100/day) Conference Room Kitchenette Hair / Makeup Room Bathrooms (2) Parking (8 dedicated spots) AC Wifi MAXIMUM GUESTS/LARGE PRODUCTION IMPACT FEE: For Productions over 15 people we add a $500 Large Production Impact fee. This covers trash, cleaning, electric, gear sponsors, etc. OVERTIME: A Full Day is considered 1-12 hours, anything over 12 hours is considered overtime. Overtime is 1.5x/hour + $20/hr Site Rep OT Fee. CERTIFICATE OF INSURANCE: You will be asked to provide a Certificate of Insurance that adds us as additionally insured. This is to cover any damage to the property or to rented equipment. The Producer is responsible for all Workman's Compensation and Production Insurance.
Valley studio with flats, backdrops, props & more
Valley studio with flats, backdrops, props & more
Valley studio with flats, backdrops, props & more
Valley studio with flats, backdrops, props & more
Valley studio with flats, backdrops, props & more
From $50/hr
Valley studio with flats, backdrops, props & more
Los Angeles, CA
21
· superhost
We are a1600sqft creative space. 2 offices, green room and wardrobe/makeup room. The place is perfect for photography, filmmaking, production meetings, rehearsals and anything in between. We provide flats, brick flats, flower wall, props, set dressing, furniture, a backdrop system, strobe lights, continuous lighting, fog machine, tools and more. With a 24 hour gated access is a safe space where you can film multiple days leaving your gear at the studio knowing that it will be safe. Up to 7 parking spots and plenty st parking! Gate big enough to drive a car in the studio. Good for poorman's process White swing available for photoshoots Backdrop colors 9 Feet: White, Gray, Black, Purple, Orange, Yellow, Red 4 Feet: Baby Blue 8'x8' Rose wall Equipment 3 C stands 7 Light Stands 11 Sand Bags 3 Neweer Strobe Lights 400W each one with wireless triggers Light modifiers: 3 Hexagon, 3 Standard Reflector Fog Machine Scrap Color temperature gels Bounce board: gold, silver, white, diffusion Industrial Fan (Wind effects) Ring Light with duo temperatures and dimmer (5600k-3800K) Green Screen Fabric and stand 6x8 Basic studio continuous lighting (Good for very small scenes or interviews) If you need anything please ask, we are here to help you! *The studio is not soundproof. You will face a lot of sound issues during the week.* *Sound is decent during the weekends or after 6pm* If you need a photographer, film crew or need to outsource cameras and equipment please let us know. We also accept events Key words: seamless backdrops, photostudio - Photography Studio - Film Studio - Music videos - dance rehearsals - set construction - power tools - props - set decoration - furniture - sets - films - commercials - headshots - meetings - production - 24 hour access
Brick Walls & Rustic Wood Floors in DTLA
Brick Walls & Rustic Wood Floors in DTLA
Brick Walls & Rustic Wood Floors in DTLA
Brick Walls & Rustic Wood Floors in DTLA
Brick Walls & Rustic Wood Floors in DTLA
From $50/hr
Brick Walls & Rustic Wood Floors in DTLA
Los Angeles, CA
18
· superhost
This a gorgeous 2,000 sq ft loft with high ceilings in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. It has brick walls and rustic wood floors. The space is located on the top floor (7th floor), allowing the large industrial window to let in an optimal amount of natural light and sweeping view of the DTLA cityscape. The window is dressed with black velvet blackout drapes and white sheer drapes, which can diffuse the light. There is a 14ft x 12x chalkboard wall for people to draw their own backgrounds or just mess around. There is an elevator with the option of stairs. As well as a freight elevator. There is a vanity mirror for make up, cabana changing room and wardrobe rack. Included are two Alien Bees B800s, trigger, light stands, and backdrop stands. There is eclectic furniture, which can be easily moved around. A 3.1cu. ft mini fridge to keep your food and drinks cold. There are two restrooms located across the hall.
Iconic NY Style 80's Loft Warehouse
Iconic NY Style 80's Loft Warehouse
Iconic NY Style 80's Loft Warehouse
Iconic NY Style 80's Loft Warehouse
Iconic NY Style 80's Loft Warehouse
From $200/hr
Iconic NY Style 80's Loft Warehouse
Los Angeles, CA
11
· superhost
Happy New Year Everybody. We are officially open for all productions but carefully read the following requirements. Due to current city film/and covid regulations you MUST have insurance and a permit issued for any production at this property. If you have a roaming permit issued you will still need to notify FILMLA if you are shooting on our property. We've expanded to 6 stages and 50,000 square ft. Because of this we have applied to become a certified studio. Until we have completed our final building safety approval, FILMLA may require you to have a Fire Safety Marshall on site for your production. Any and all information for this requirement for your specific production you can inquire with FILMLA when you apply. There will most likely be a FIRE/SAFETY MARSHALL on site every day and they will occasionally check for permits on all the stages. So we urge you to make sure to have a printed copy of your permit with you at all times. (PLEASE NOTE IT USUALLY TAKES 3 to 4 DAYS FOR PERMITS TO BE ACCEPTED SO PLEASE SCHEDULE ACCORDINGLY) Additionally we have applied to have the building certified as a 6 stage Major Studio so you may also be required to have a Fire Marshall on site for your production. Any and all information for this requirement on your production you can inquire with FILMLA when you apply. We apologize for the inconvenience and are more than happy to assist you in anyway to ensure you have a successful production. 1. (HOURLY) 200 per hour with a 2 hour minimum. SOUND. Since we have multiple stages please make sure that if you are rolling sound to book at least a week ahead of time to make sure we can coordinate with our neighboring stages. NO ELEVATOR. We have two entrances, both require on flight of steps. PLEASE inform all your crew about this on your call sheet. We hate explaining we have no elevator to productions when they arrive. It is your responsibility to let everyone in the production know this as it is a very important piece of information that everyone should be aware of especially if you have large art department or grip that needs to load in. OVERNIGHT SHOOTS. Our regular hours are 6am to Midnight. Any production that exceeds 12AM will bump up to 300 an hour per hour after midnight. PARKING. We have a small lot for loading into the building. Plenty of on street parking surrounding the building. There is a a large lot next to us that can be rented if needed for large trucks and rv's. Inquire for pricing. SPECS. Main studio totals 3300 square ft. 1000 square ft separated Hallway and Basecamp production area. Ceiling is 19ft high. Windows are 12 ft high windows that face west for amazing sunsets. Full Kitchen. 2 bathrooms. Make-up Hair Station. LOCATION. We are 10 miles east of LAX and 6 Miles south of downtown. We are the most central studio is Los Angeles RENTAL ITEMS. We have a prop house on site with basically everything you need. Set Walls, Furniture, Wood etc. Please inquire for details IN-HOUSE: We have an in house branding agency for any production needs or extra crew if you need. Usually need a week in advance if you need to outsource any of our internal crew. Art Department/Hair/Make-up/Wardrobe/DP's/Camera Operators/P.A.'s Since we are on the 2nd floor 20x sandbags and a few grip items are included with your rental and are already on site.
DTLA Stunning Loft and Photography Studio
DTLA Stunning Loft and Photography Studio
DTLA Stunning Loft and Photography Studio
DTLA Stunning Loft and Photography Studio
DTLA Stunning Loft and Photography Studio
From $59/hr
DTLA Stunning Loft and Photography Studio
Los Angeles, CA
18
· superhost
A stunning Loft/Photo Studio located in the heart of the Fashion District. The studio has floods of natural light from its west-facing windows, white walls, large floor to ceiling industrial windows and a gorgeous view of Historical Downtown LA. The studio has a makeup counter, wardrobe dresser area and classic mid-century furniture throughout. **Numerous colored backdrops and lighting equipment available to use at an additional charge**

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About Los Angeles

Renowned as an international hub for the film and entertainment industry, Los Angeles is a city that needs no introduction. It’s the home of Hollywood, which has drawn aspiring actors, directors, and crews for decades in search of fame and fortune, as well as some of the most iconic film venues on the big screen.

From the Griffith Observatory that appeared in La La Land to the USC campus that served as a backdrop in Forrest Gump and Legally Blonde, there are flickers of the film industry around every corner.

Production Options in Los Angeles

Los Angeles abounds with incredible filming locations, ranging from private homes to purpose-built studios and standing sets, as well as publicly accessible locations that tick all the right boxes.

  • Homes
    L.A. is renowned for its diversity of architectural styles, with everything from Mission Revival to Mid Century Modern and Chateauesque represented in its energized streets. Filming in Los Angeles allows you to find homes and residences that reflect the period in history you are recreating or the design aesthetic you desire. You can find fairytale storybook homes or Spanish Colonial villas, as well as leafy ranches just a stone’s throw from the Downtown area.
  • Film studios
    If you’re after a purpose-built studio, Los Angeles has no shortage of options, with everything you need to get the job done. Wrap-around black curtains, lighting grids, and soundproofing come standard in many, as do staging/production areas, private dressing rooms, and kitchens.
  • Hotels and Motels
    Looking to film a motel or hotel scene in Los Angeles? There are plenty of choices catering to all budgets and styles, ranging from ‘70’s motel parking lots to high-end hotel suites. You can take advantage of the establishment’s swimming pool or chandelier-lit lobby, as well as its stunning views across Los Angeles.
  • Churches
    From whitewashed Mission-style churches to vintage parish halls, you can find the church to suit your filming needs in Los Angeles. Some are working houses of worship that come “as-is,” while others have been revamped to offer a clean and timeless canvas that can be styled to suit your historical requirements.
  • Standing Sets
    Whether you need a standard office set, a hospital patient room, or a low-lit bar, Los Angeles boasts an incredible choice of standing sets that are ready to go. There’s no need to worry about getting shooting permits and managing crowds or being restricted by the days or times you’re allowed to film. Step into a realistic airplane cabin, utilize a customizable subway station, or get your legal scenes shot in a paired-back courtroom.

Production Companies in Los Angeles

While Los Angeles is synonymous with Hollywood, it’s also home to a large number of production companies. They’re responsible for many of the shoots that take place in the city, including content for some of the world’s biggest brands and celebrity names.

  • Indigenous Productions
    With Emmy and Webby awards under their belt, this LA-based film production company has been in the industry since 2011. They’ve worked with some of the world’s biggest brands, creating visually-immersive films for Red Bull, Subaru, and fashion designer, Rachel Zoe.
  • Fluid
    Run by just two individuals, Nina Leidersdorff and Alonso Mayo, Fluid produces everything from commercials to documentaries and feature films. They’ve worked on introductory videos for UCLA and The Story of Luke, an award-winning feature film that follows the life of a young man with autism
  • Optimist Inc.
    Based in Los Angeles and with offices in London and Prague, Optimist Inc.’s work includes visual interpretations of Sekou Andrews’ Grammy-nominated collaboration with the String Theory Orchestra, “Love Says,” and they partnered with Uber Eats to deliver a series of culinary-based experiences at SXSW 2019.

Pros and Cons of Filming in Los Angeles

While the advantages of filming in Los Angeles outweigh the disadvantages for most content creators, there are a few things you should be aware of before taking the plunge.

Advantages

  • It’s a thriving scene.
    There are few places in the world with such an energized film industry as Los Angeles.
  • Diversity of filming locations
    Whether you’re after an Art Deco mansion, a seemingly deserted ranch, or a ready-to-go airplane cabin, you can find the setting you desire in Los Angeles.
  • Easy-to-find production companies
    As the main hub of the United States’ film industry, Los Angeles abounds with experienced production companies who can meet your needs.
  • An abundance of aspiring actors
    Los Angeles lures aspiring actors from across the United States and beyond, waiting to make their big break.
  • Experienced crew
    When filming in Los Angeles, you have some of the world’s most talented crew members at your disposal, as well as hard-working, up-and-coming individuals.

Disadvantages

  • High costs of living
    Los Angeles is expensive when it comes to living, with housing 127% higher than the national average and groceries 12% higher.
  • High costs of location fees
    Compared to many other cities in the United States, you’ll have to fork out more for location fees and may be restricted by dates and times due to the high demand.
  • Difficult to shoot season changes/inclement weather
    With over 180 sunny days each year, finding a day with “bad” weather to shoot non-summer scenes can be challenging.
  • High permit fees
    Permit fees can be extremely costly when shooting in some locations, so it’s important to check these when scouting.
  • Locals can be wary of movies being filmed in their neighborhood
    With so many films shot in Los Angeles, locals don’t always welcome film crews with open arms when they arrive in their neighborhood.

Famous Locations in Los Angeles

Remember the junkyard in Pulp Fiction? It was shot in Sun Valley. Or perhaps the Vista Theatre on Sunset Drive that appeared in Get Shorty and Cafe Society? The Victorian-style Heritage Square Museum served as a backdrop in Saving Mr. Banks while the Last Bookstore made its mark in David Fincher’s Gone Girl.

Not only is Los Angeles overflowing with famous shooting locations, but it’s home to sites that are inextricably linked to the city’s film industry. Think of the Hollywood Sign, El Capitan Theater, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame, as well as the spot where the Oscars’ red carpet is laid down each year. Filming in Los Angeles means being immersed in the industry and inspired around every corner.