SOURCE: FilmL.A.

FilmL.A.

December 01, 2009 19:36 ET

FilmL.A. Debuts "LocoScout" Tool for Filmmakers

Searchable Location Library Highlights Public Properties Available for Filming

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - December 1, 2009) - FilmL.A. -- the not-for-profit community benefit organization that coordinates permits for filmed entertainment shot on-location in the City of Los Angeles, unincorporated parts of Los Angeles County and other local jurisdictions -- today unveiled LocoScout, a new online location library and free service for its government clients and film industry customers.

LocoScout (http://www.locoscout.com) debuts with high-quality, large-format photos of dozens of school properties. Individuals searching for filming locations can filter the list of schools based upon architectural style or desired features, such as auditoriums, athletic fields, classrooms or libraries.

Even better, school locations can now be filtered based on how near they are to other locations. By entering a known anchor address, LocoScout users can find other properties nearby that could potentially accommodate base camps or serve as secondary film sites.

There are currently 50 schools listed on LocoScout, and FilmL.A. is working hard to expand the library to include all our government clients' properties and facilities available for filming.

"There are plenty of websites that help you waste time and avoid work but fewer that make your job easier. Despite the internet's enormity, we believe there's still a need for a free resource built to help location scouts and location managers get things done," said FilmL.A. President Paul Audley. "The creation of this photo resource helps achieve the Los Angeles City Council directive to spread film production into less utilized areas by demonstrating to filmmakers the abundance of film-friendly locations in the region," he added.

LocoScout was developed with the assistance of location managers and government representatives. Its debut demonstrates FilmL.A.'s dedication to improving the film permit process and film production environment in the Los Angeles region for the mutual benefit of municipal clients, entertainment industry customers and community stakeholders.

FilmL.A. currently serves five area school districts, including the Los Angeles Unified School District, Burbank Unified School District, La Cañada Unified School District, Lawndale Elementary School District and San Gabriel Unified School District.

About FilmL.A., Inc.

FilmL.A. is a private, not-for-profit community benefit organization that coordinates and processes permits for on-location motion picture, television and commercial production under contract to the City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, and the cities of Diamond Bar, La Habra Heights, Lancaster, Palmdale, South Gate and The City of Industry. Non-municipal clients include the Angeles National Forest, the Los Angeles Unified School District, Burbank Unified School District, La Cañada Unified School District, Lawndale Elementary School District and San Gabriel Unified School District.

Ongoing community relations is a key component of the service FilmL.A. provides. The organization works to strike a balance between the needs and interests of the entertainment industry and the neighborhoods affected by on-location production.

In today's highly competitive, global entertainment production market, FilmL.A.'s services help the Los Angeles region retain its status as the entertainment production capital of the world.