Dec. film starts down

As expected, the month of December brought a seasonal slowdown in filming in Los Angeles County, as only 203 permits were issued, the lowest number for this time of year since 1989.

While there had been a spurt of activity in November, chalked up to a pre-holiday rush, December proved to be slower than usual.

Production crews worked only 315 days during the month, down from November’s 392 days.

December’s figures also mark the second-lowest number of days worked in any given month since the fiscal year began in August. October still reigns as the slowest month of the year, with only 295 days logged.

To date, there have been 1,719 days of actual production within the county over the past five months. Since county officials only recently began tracking the number of days worked, it’s impossible to compare the figure with previous years.

The bottom line is that local filming continues to be afflicted by a devastating slump, especially in comparison to figures from two years ago.

While there had been 52 permits issued for feature film work in December 1990 , only 37 were issued last month. That 37 is a marked increase over 1991 figures , when only 25 permits were issued during the same month.

Television work seems to be holding fairly steady, with 40 permits issued for the month, as compared to 45 in December 1990.

Commercial work fell, though, from 61 permits in December 1990 to only 43 last month. There were 60 permits issued for commercial work in December 1991.

In terms of fees for county coffers, that’s also falling behind projections, with $ 47,730 brought in for the month. That is compared to the $ 65,815 paid to the county by film and TV producers in December 1991.

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