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No One Wants to Shoot a Movie at the Zoo

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[Image of AT&T Building in Matchstick Men via Seeing Stars in Hollywood]

As part of the city's latest attempt to keep filming from running off to Vancouver, New Mexico or anywhere else offering tax breaks, the Chief Legislative Analyst and City Administrative Officer put together a report about the hardest places to film in LA. They asked Local 399, the union that represents location managers, to identify the sites they hated to film at. And the top 10 are...

--AT&T Building
--County General Hospital
--Farmers and Merchants Bank
--Griffith Park Observatory
--The Japanese Heritage Museum
--Library Park
--Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Headquarters
--The Los Angeles Zoo
--Terminal Annex
--Hollywood Sign

The report says sites were identified based on "rental costs, restrictions on filming at the site, contractual requirements that negatively affect business decisions, restrictions on food service, and other issues." Don't mess with craft services. Specifically, the report cites the obvious problem with the Hollywood Sign--it's really hard to get to, and the constant construction at the zoo. But it also says the information might not be entirely accurate, since location managers don't usually go back to hard to work with sites. Although they do keep coming to downtown's Farmers and Merchant Bank. The buidling's owner told blogdowntown that it's also one of the most filmed locations in the city.
· 19 Ways that Could Bring the Film Industry Back to L.A. [LAist]
· Location Managers Say Six of Ten "Hardest to Film" Spots Downtown [blogdowntown]