On Location: LAUSD schools rake in film revenue
The Los Angeles Unified School District received $695,028 in revenue from movies filmed on its properties in July and August, a 44% increase over the same period last summer, according to FilmL.A. Inc., which handles film permits for the city and unincorporated areas of the county. So far this year, LAUSD schools have collected $1.46 million in film revenue, up from $1.2 million in 2010.
Local schools have long been popular locations for such TV shows as "Glee" and the recently canceled MTV comedy "The Hard Times of RJ Berger," which filmed at Reseda High School. Producers get the benefit of ready-made sets, while budget-strapped schools get much-needed cash. The district charges $3,100 a day for filming on a school property.
FilmL.A., which helps school districts secure license agreements that allow filmmakers to lease school property for filming, attributed the latest surge in school filming to several TV shows and movies that have received state film tax credits. Those include "Body of Proof," an ABC crime drama that moved from Rhode Island this year and filmed at Roybal Learning Center; the TNT series "Rizzoli and Isles", which filmed at John Marshall High School; and the Judd Apatow comedy "This is Forty," which generated nearly $60,000 from filming at Paul Revere Charter Middle School in Brentwood, FilmL.A. said.
-- Richard Verrier
Photo: Dana Delany in a scene from "Body of Proof." Credit: John Clifford / ABC.