The City of Long Beach Office of Special Events and Filming has won the Location Managers Guild of America annual award for Outstanding Film Commission, besting four other film commissions around the world.
“Long Beach is home to a vibrant filming business that promotes economic development, including increased activity at restaurants, shops and other businesses,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “We do filming right.”
The location manager for NCIS: LA nominated the City’s Office of Special Events and Filming for its work on last season’s show. The four other nominees were the Chicago Film Office; Film in Iceland; the Oregon Governor’s Office of Film & Television; and the Royal Film Commission of Jordan.
The Office of Special Events and Filming is a one-stop shop that helps film-makers by facilitating permits, locations, logistics, traffic plans, insurance and safety requirements, and neighborhood concerns. Police, fire and public works departments have dedicated film liaisons.
The City of Long Beach benefits from being located within the 30-Mile Studio Zone, i.e., some production costs are lowered within 30 miles of Downtown Los Angeles.
A total of 437 film permits were issued in fiscal year 2014, with a total of 655 production days. Most of the filming in Long Beach is for commercials and TV shows, but many feature films have been shot here.
Recent film productions include scenes shot for American Sniper, Amityville: The Awakening, Scouts vs. Zombies, and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Recent television productions include Scorpion, Jane the Virgin, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The People’s Couch, New Girl, Battle Creek, State of Affairs, and Stalker.
Other productions shot in Long Beach include Dexter, American Beauty, American Pie, Transformers 2 and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, which was filmed inside a home in the Virginia Country Club neighborhood while the owners continued to live there.
The second annual Location Managers Guild Awards were handed out on March 7 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. The awards honor the outstanding and creative contributions of location professionals in features, TV and commercials.
Last year, the Outstanding Film Commission award went to the Albuquerque Film Commission for its role in facilitating filming for Breaking Bad and Lone Survivor.
For more information, visit www.locationmanagers.org