The Thriving Film Community in Santa Clarita

by | May 20, 2021 | SCV Reel Talk

You no doubt have noticed the yellow signs posted on street poles throughout the City directing production crews and casts to the set. Whether they are taking over the parking lot at College of the Canyons to film at their stadium or embracing the western feel of Old Town Newhall – Santa Clarita has long been a popular place to film.
If you are interested in learning about some of the TV shows and blockbuster movies that have been filmed in our Valley, look no further than FilmSantaClarita.com. This is your one-stop-shop for everything having to do with filming. Take a moment to browse the “Filmed in SCV” tab to learn what was shot in local neighborhoods and buildings. There you can find a list of recently filmed shows, including Mayans MC, NCIS, S.W.A.T and Bless This Mess. You can also take a look back at all of the movies that selected Santa Clarita as their backdrop, including A Wrinkle in Time, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, A Quiet Place, A Star is Born, Captain Marvel and many, many more.
The reason all these productions choose our community to film in is the sheer versatility of backdrops, all in close proximity to state-of-the-art studios and the most sophisticated movie ranches in the world. In addition to the Western settings that date back to the golden era of silent movies, the Santa Clarita Valley also has doubled for the Middle East, Mexico, Italy, Spain, North Africa, Alaska and more.
There are many other resources for residents available on FilmSantaClarita.com. You can find out what it means if you’ve been notified that filming will take place in your area, how you can submit your home or business as a filming location and even how to be an extra on a real film set.
Another reason filmmakers are drawn to our City is our professional and helpful Santa Clarita Film Office. The Film Office is dedicated to creating an environment that allows the film industry to thrive and be successful while making filming in Santa Clarita as affordable, convenient and enjoyable as possible for production, and of course, balancing the needs of the community’s residents and businesses. On the website, you will find a section designed specifically for filmmakers with the tools and information you need to complete your project, from scouting locations to submitting a permit application to finding a post-production facility and even finding a hotel for your crew.
What does this all mean for residents? It means millions of dollars invested back into the Santa Clarita Community. Over the past five years, 2,437 film permits were issued, resulting in 6,106 film days. The community benefitted from an estimated economic impact of $147,367,500, with $2,304,922 in direct revenue generated as a result of film permits.
Take some time to learn more about all the productions and benefits of filming in Santa Clarita by visiting www.FilmSantaClarita.com

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