93 Days and $20.2 Million: The Economic Impact of One Film

Cannes Film Festival

FilmWorksLA.com

Earlier this month, the people behind Film WorksL.A. decided to take a look at what local businesses in Los Angeles California stand to lose when a single motion picture chooses to film outside the region.

Thanks to the generosity of one major studio (which asked to remain nameless), Film Works secured the following top-level expense breakdown for a major motion picture filmed on-location in Los Angeles.

From September to November 2009, the picture in question spent a total of 93 days on location and hired 43 cast members, 924 crew members,  and nearly 1,000 extras (in working  days).

Total production spending came to a $20,210,176.  For confidentiality reasons, we have to withhold the name of the film, but it is still interesting seeing where the project’s budget was spent:

Hotel room days: 213

$66,061

Car rental days: 655

$45,070

Catering, bakery goods & other food items

$751,790

Hardware & lumber supplies

$716,678

Secretarial personnel, equipment (Xerox, phones etc)

$243,560

Local wardrobe purchased

$1,374,397

Dry cleaning

$66,046

Gasoline

$264,234

Location fees public

$69,500

Location fees private

$1,566,405

City, county and other governmental permit fees

$273,885

Off-duty personnel (police, fire etc)

$135,749

Local extras hired

$324,148

Local security hired

$327,917

Per Diem payments

$21,049

Local hires (carpenters, electricians etc.)

$5,848,083

Other rentals

$3,869,422

Other purchases:

$4,246,182

GRAND TOTAL SPENT:

$20,210,176

Clearly, the economic impact of even one film ripples throughout the California economy.  The next time you see a shoot taking place in your community, take a minute to appreciate how well Film Works for California.

Then, consider joining Film Works L.A. to help us educate Angelenos about the importance of filming to our region.