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Filming in Santa Clarita Brings $25.7 Million Record Breaking Fiscal Impact in 2012/2013

July 12, 2013

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Santa Clarita set new film records in Fiscal Year 2012-2013 (July 2012 – June 2013) with 1,069 film days representing an estimated $25.7 million in local economic impact from location filming alone.

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The Santa Clarita Film Office recorded 1,069 film days and 368 permits for the last fiscal year, which represents an 18% increase in film days when compared to the City’s previous record year in 2011-2012.   The economic impact of local filming increased by 22% from 2011-2012 when the estimated economic impact was $21,141,500.

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In March 2012, the City Council approved a three year extension of the City’s Film Incentive Program, which is dedicated to retaining and increasing feature and television production by reducing the costs of safety personnel and subsidizing permit fees.  Incentives are provided for locally based productions, productions that film on location four or more times in a year, as well as those that qualified for the state of California’s Film and Television Tax Credit Program.

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Santa Clarita locations have doubled as many cities around the world, including New York, Washington, D.C., and Paris.  Nearly half of location filming can be attributed to television shows shooting in the community, and many productions continue to make the City of Santa Clarita their home, including “NCIS,” “Switched at Birth,” “Chasing Life,” ”Wipeout,” “Franklin and Bash,” and “Justified.”

Click to go to the Film Office website.

Click to go to the Film Office website.

For more information about the Santa Clarita Film Office and the Film Incentive Program, visit or contact the Film Office at (661) 284- 1425.  

Filmed In Santa Clarita

February 1, 2010

Besides having some of the most famous actors in Hollywood, what do Iron Man 2, Zombieland and The Men Who Stare At Goats have in common? These films were among the dozens of features that shot scenes in Santa Clarita in 2009. See who is filming in Santa Clarita on the City’s film website.

Now Playing: Three Recent Hits Filmed on Location In Santa Clarita

June 17, 2009

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What do the movies Star Trek The Future Begins, Race to Witch Mountain and Twilight have in common? Besides being big hits? They all filmed  on-location in Santa Clarita. As  mentioned in an earlier post, Star Trek used the colorful Vasquez Rocks as the back drop for Spock’s home planet.  Additionally, parts of Race to Witch Mountain were filmed on the old Bermite site in the center of town.

Twilight used a couple of locations in Santa Clarita. The Hyatt Regency Valencia at Town Center Drive was the hotel in Phoenix, AZ where Bella and the Vamps hid out after fleeing the town of Forks. Also, the exterior for Bella’s mother’s house in Phoenix was shot near the Saugus Cafe.

In the case of Twilight the there’s an additional Santa Clarita connection. Taylor Lautner, who played Jacob Black, attended Valencia High.

Television and film production contributes millions of dollars to the local economy each year. To find out what other film and televison shows filmed in Santa Clarita check out the film website here.

Santa Clarita Welcomes Film and Televison Production with Open Arms, Incentives

June 3, 2009
Pictured is location filming at Newhall Park

Pictured is location filming at Newhall Park

With millions of dollars being spent in the local economy each year by the film and television industry, the City of Santa Clarita has put a lot of emphasis on being “film-friendly” with such practices as streamlined permit process, non-bureaucratic approach and low fees to make the Santa Clarita experience a good one for production companies. Click here to see who films in Santa Clarita.

Because of its different landscapes and locations Santa Clarita been the backdrop of everthing from the desert to the South. Pictured above is an undated location photo from the series Jag.

Because of its different landscapes and locations Santa Clarita been the backdrop of just about every setting possible. Pictured above is an undated location photo from the series Jag.

Recently as part of its 21-Point Business Plan for Progress, the City added incentives to the list of reasons to film in Santa Clarita becoming one of the first and few cities to do so.

The Los Angeles Times wrote:

…At a time when government services are getting slashed and workers furloughed, most municipal governments around the country aren’t inclined to give up a revenue opportunity, no matter how small.

Not so in Santa Clarita, which is taking the unusual step of subsidizing film permits and location fees for productions that do most of their filming in the suburban community north of Los Angeles. The incentives also offer partial refunds of hotel taxes paid by production companies for workers…

 Last year alone, City officials stated the economic impact of filming in the Santa Clarita Valley to be approximatly $20 million.


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