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February 26, 2018

Altadena Filming Committee posts a filming FAQ

The Altadena Town Council's Filming Committee has posted a Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) document about filming in Altadena.

The FAQ provides Altadena Council members, neighbors and businesses a reference for how LA County runs its filming permit policies and processes. The FAQ also provides advice for those who may have concerns about a filming in their area.

The Altadena filming FAQ is the first document of its kind in the LA County. Until now there has not been a publicly available document that details how LA County manages and enforces filming permits.

Click here to accesses the FAQ.

The FAQ was prepared with information gathered from a year-long series of meetings with Los Angeles County officials. According to Anne Chomyn, Filming Committee Chair, the committee is continuing its work. "We will be updating the FAQ periodically as more information about location filming comes in."

The FAQ includes information on the following topics:
  • Who approves permits?
  • Are there any limits on filming?
  • What are permitted conditions and how are they enforced?
  • Who has access to the filming permit?
  • Are there Special Filming Conditions for Altadena?
  • Who gets notified about a film shoot?
  • What's the role of onsite law enforcement?
There's also a contact list for County officials who play a role in the film permitting and enforcement process.

It is recommended that anyone with questions should check the website for the latest version of the document.

August 31, 2016

FilmLA clarifies parking policy for the Altadena Filming Committee

The Altadena Filming Committee has recently received a few questions from the community about film crew parking in Altadena. The committee chair has reached out to Jennifer Morelos of FilmL.A., Inc. for clarification. Here's what the Committee learned.

Question: If film trucks take up the parking on one side of the street, can crew and cast parking take up the other side?

FilmL.A., Inc.: Production companies are allowed to request posting (i.e. no parking signs) only for working production vehicles. For example a grip truck or a picture car. The approved parking will be documented on the permit.

We do not allow cast and crew cars to be parked on area streets. The film permits for your area include the following condition: “No cast or crew parking on area streets”. Consequently, production companies must either park their crew cars and personal cars in an off-site parking lot, or inside the property that is hosting the shoot.
AF: While the permit condition “No cast or crew parking on area streets” does appear on the filming permit, it does not typcially appear on the FilmLA doorhanger notification. However, the actual filming permit with all filming conditions is available to the public on request at the location.

Question: Can production companies request and be approved for posting no parking signs on both sides of the street?

FilmL.A., Inc.: We will not approve a request for posting both sides of the street if the purpose of that request is just for parking.

However, we do allow posting on both sides for getting a specific picture or if there is a safety concern — for example, the road is narrow or winding or if there's a placement near hydrants or red curbs. But these are exceptions and require approval by the Roads Division in the LA County Department of Public Works. If parking on two sides of the street is permitted, it must be staggered so that the trucks do not directly face each other. These requests are rare.

When we do allow posting on both sides of the street, we add the following condition to the filming permit: "Equipment staging and vehicles may park on one side of the street only.”

Question: If it appears that parking conditions are not met, what would you advise?

FilmL.A., Inc.: Contact us. If there's a FilmLA Monitor on site, please call the violation to the Monitor's attention. In the unlikely event that the production does not comply with the conditions, we can ask on-site Law Officers help to ensure compliance. In the worst case, we can even withdraw the filming permit.
AF: FilmLA does not require a Monitor for every shoot. Monitors are assigned to depending on the size and scope of production and/or neighborhood sensitivity. Similarly, a law enforcement officer may or may not be assigned to a shoot. If no FilmLA monitor or on-site law enforcement officer is available, contact FilmLA directly on the 24/7 line: 213-977-8600. Alternatively you can contact our FilmLA's representative for Altadena, Arturo Pina (213-977-8642,

Note: Jennifer Morelos of FilmLA, Inc. reviewed this posting and suggested changes. Any remaining errors were introduced by your poster, Kenny Meyer.

February 8, 2016

Planning an important event that a film shoot would disrupt? Here's a tip.

This past weekend I heard a friend tell me an unfortunate story of how a film shoot on his block ruined an important family event. His event had been 6 months in the planning. He received a two-day notice of the filming. He was lamenting that there was nothing anyone could do. 

In fact there is something he could have done. 

According to Arturo Pina a FilmLA, if you contact FilmLA prior to your event and give them a date, they will not issue a filming permit that would be a conflict. So, if you are planning an important event, consider notifying FilmLA and request that they withhold any permits that conflict with your festivities. 

And, it wouldn't be a bad idea to notify your Town Council Member at the same time.

January 30, 2016

What would FilmLA do when a film producer threatens to shut down construction?

In a recent posting, our neighbor Brian related an incident where a producer threatened to stop his construction project. 

Out of curiosity, I asked Arturo Pina at FilmLA what they would do in this circumstance. He provided a thoughtful reply and some useful advice. Here's what he said 
"We would need to get more information on the production, what was relayed, etc. Again, that’s why I can’t stress enough that impacted parties need to contact us. We can’t mitigate the situation after the fact. Our protocol includes getting into dialogue so that issues can be rectified immediately. While we cannot get involved in any conversations regarding compensation and/or agreements made between parties, we can and do work to clarify what the issue is and work with the production so that they may have an opportunity to mitigate. 

"As you know we need to gather information from all parties as sometimes what’s relayed can get lost in translation. Add that we would need to clarify what was provided on the permit as far as activity goes. In my experience, typically arrangements are made between productions and other residents so that accommodations are made. We’ve been extremely successful when issues are brought to our attention and productions are made aware and adjustments are made. I know you’re not a fan of the “reactionary” system, but as you’ve seen, some crews are great and some are in need of some help. We are here to remind the crews that require assistance that they have responsibilities that go beyond what’s on the permit and that includes being a great guest. 

"Also, we have neighborhoods wherein residents let us know that they will be doing construction or county will advise when municipal projects are scheduled. Anyone can let us know if they are planning work in neighborhoods that are traditionally utilized for on-location filming. We can place notes in our system that relay dates, work, etc. so that crews are given advanced notice and have the opportunity to clarify whether schedules can be rearranged and/or whether their work can be completed under the circumstances. 

"Either way, there are options and folks always have the opportunity to engage us and the production in creating what those options are. 

Thanks again, 

January 15, 2016

Do you feel that a film shoot is ignoring the conditions on the permit? Here's what you can do...

Do you feel that a film shoot is ignoring the conditions on the permit? The onsite FilmL.A. Monitor can help. Here’s how: 
  • If you see that the conditions of the permit or neighborhood “Special Filming Conditions” are not met (e.g. parking conditions or blocked intersection views), ask the onsite FilmL.A. Monitor for an explanation and what is being done to resolve the problem. 
  • If the Monitor cannot resolve the problem, they will ask the onsite law enforcement officer to facilitate permit compliance. If the officer on duty does not actively help resolve the problem, the Monitor will then contact his or her supervisor at FilmL.A. Supervisor will then reach out to a Production Supervisor and advise that permit compliance must be adhered to. If Monitor reports back that said production is not complying, we will then notify local law enforcement. 
  • If a you feel that a FilmL.A. Monitor is not diligent in ensuring compliance with permit conditions, call FilmL.A. (213-977-8600), ask to speak with the Manager of the Monitors and reference the permit number on the door hanger . 
  • If you need help finding the FilmL.A. Monitor, ask anyone on the set to help. Often security folks in the iridescent vests are particularly helpful. 
Note: Thanks to Arturo Pina of FilmLA for this write up.

December 15, 2015

Altadena Sheriff's Department or CHP for a Altadena film shoot?

Did you know that the on-site law enforcement officers are contracted through FilmLA? 
In some cases they contract with the Sheriff's Department. In some cases they contract with CHP. 

If the CHP is contracted, the Altadena Sheriff's Department would not be able to help out with the enforcement of safety or film permit conditions. Likewise if the Altadena Sheriff's Department is contracted, CHP would not be able to help out with the enforcement of safety or film permit conditions. 

If you have a concern about safety issues or film permit enforcement issues, you must contact the right agency. 

For future reference, here's the contact information you'll need. 

For Altadena Sheriff's Department: 
Sgt. Wayne Waterman: O: 626-296-2104 (6a - 5p),

For CHP: 626-296-8100 
Note: Contact hours for CHP is limited. M,Tu,Th,F: 8a-5p and Wed: 8a-6p.

November 10, 2015

How to provide FilmLA with feedback on a film shoot in your neighborhood

FilmLA has provided an online survey form for providing feedback on film shoots. This is an excellent way to provide kudos or raise concerns about a recent shoot. 

If you'd like to provide feedback to FilmLA, here's the link: