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"Lights, Camera, Cut!" Fed Shutdown's Impact On Hollywood

PHOTO: One of the victims of the federal shutdown has been California's film and television industry. The Angeles National Forest is especially popular for filming auto commercials because of the winding roads and scenic backgrounds. Photo credit: Afagen flickr
PHOTO: One of the victims of the federal shutdown has been California's film and television industry. The Angeles National Forest is especially popular for filming auto commercials because of the winding roads and scenic backgrounds. Photo credit: Afagen flickr
October 17, 2013

LOS ANGELES – Lights, Camera, Cut!

One of the victims of the federal shutdown has been California's film and television industry.

The closing of national parks and forests either canceled or delayed many on-location film shoots.

Paul Audley, president of FilmLA, which coordinates permits for on-location shoots, says many car commercials are filmed in the Angeles National Forest because the scenic wide-open spaces provide the perfect backdrop.

"If they're not able to find alternate locations that look like the mountain roads here,” he says, “they will move out of the LA region and that means several hundred jobs and several million dollars in expenditures that don't take place for each one of those.”

The Angeles National Forest normally issues more than 160 permits a year.

Environmental groups say the shutdown also has highlighted the loss of a great resource.

Daniel Rossman, a regional associate with The Wilderness Society, says sometimes you don't realize what you've lost until it's gone.

"The shutdown has made us realize that public lands provide an incredible resource not only for enjoyment and recreation,” he says, “but it supports our local economies as well."

Rossman adds for every day the country's national parks are closed, local communities lose a combined $76 million a day. That includes park entrance fees, gas, food and recreation costs.

"And all of this adds up to being an incredible driver for local economies that really thrive outside of our most beautiful landscapes,” he says.

The Wilderness Society's website includes a list of well-known movies filmed in national forests, including "Hunger Games," "Star Trek" and "How the West Was Won."



Lori Abbott, Public News Service - CA