According to a recent report by FilmLA, the official film office of the City and County of Los Angeles, filming in LA has decreased 3.9 percent. For feature films more specifically, production in LA has declined 16.7 percent. This translates to 986 filming days. While finances may appear to be the culprit in this situation, the report stated that the “lack of vacant soundstage space is seen as the main impediment to growth in this category.” FilmLA President Paul Audley said that the city will be looking into opportunities for possibly creating additional spaces to accommodate film projects.
Los Angeles has still continued to provide financial incentives to attract projects to the area. This program not only helps directors with their films, but it also promotes an extra economic boost for the city. For example, because La La Land (2016) was filmed in LA and placed a significant emphasis on the city itself, film tourism became a prominent phenomenon. Many tourists have sought out the places in the city where certain scenes were filmed from the movie. Placing the intent of promoting tourism within the context of a movie anchors the various featured locations in a relatable way.