Over the years the City of
’s Film Office has received a variety of inquiries from residents, visitors and industry professionals. Based on those questions we’ve put together a list of the most frequently asked questions and answers.
However, if you’ve got a question that’s not addressed below, just let us know.
You can reach us at 661-284-1425.
How do I know if my project qualifies as a “student” project?
Student projects are exempt from permit application fees. To qualify as a “student” project you will need to use your school’s insurance. You will also need a letter from the school stating that you are indeed a student through their school and that the project is part of a school/class requirement.
If I am on private property do I need to get a permit?
Yes, in most cases. Unless you are shooting within a certified sound stage, you will still need a permit to shoot on private property.
I received a notification about filming in my area.
What should I do if I have questions?
The letter or door hanger notification is your first resource for filming information. The notification will give you a generalized idea of what to expect and who to contact. If you have specific questions about the filming taking place you may call the Santa Clarita Valley Film Office or the Location Manager. The Location Manager is the best point of contact if you’ve got questions specifically related to the filming, including parking questions.
I have concerns about a film shoot.
How do I resolve the issue/voice a concern?
If you have concerns related to filming it is best to call the Santa Clarita Valley Film Office and to speak directly with the Location Manager for the particular project. Most issues can be resolved over the phone. However, if you’d like to submit a formal letter, you may submit it to the Santa Clarita Valley Film Office.
All concerns, whether shared on the phone or in writing, will be addressed to the best of our abilities. We will do what we can to resolve any issues and are committed to helping prevent future reoccurrences. Please remember that it is difficult to address concerns if we are not made aware of them.
How do I get my home/business used for filming?
Location management companies actively promote filming at locations their company represents. A list of these local companies is included on our website under Resources and Location Services & Equipment.
The Film Office web site does offer free space to list your residence or business. The fastest and easiest way to get your location on the site is to register under the Locations tab on the main page. You may also send us an email with your contact information, a description of your location or business and a few digital pictures.
How can I be included in the Film Guide?
Inclusion in our guide is another quick and easy process. By registering on the web site under the Resources or Locations sections your basic information is automatically included in our listings sections of the Film Guide. The Film Office will contact you when it is time to print the newest version of the guide, verifying your information and inquiring about your interest in an upgraded listing or advertising.
If I want to change or delete my listing on your website how do I do that?
If you would like to delete or change any information you have provided for our Web site, please send us an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org detailing the requested changes. A member of our staff will make the changes in a timely manner and send you the new link or inform you of the revised listing.
Can I watch on-location filming?
In most cases production companies close sets when shooting on location. Crowds of on-lookers can create potential hazards for the production and the neighborhood in which they are working. However, some productions may be open to viewers, but production may limit viewing to specific areas. When in doubt, always check with a location crew member if you’re interested in observing. However, be sure to wait until all filming has stopped before approaching crew, and as a general consideration, remember to be quiet and respectful while filming is in progress.
Where can I find out what is filming in Santa Clarita?
What information can I get?
For safety and security reasons Film Office staff cannot release specific information about where productions are filming. Any information that we can provide is posted on the “Currently Filming” link on our web site.
How can I be an extra?
Sometimes productions contact the Santa Clarita Valley Film Office for assistance with identifying extras. When that happens, we post the information on the “Office Announcement” section of the website.
However most of the time extras are already selected by the time the production is shooting in Santa Clarita. Many productions use casting companies, such as Central Casting in Burbank, for the hiring of extras.
How do I get a job in the Film Industry?
I work in the industry but I want to work locally.
The Santa Clarita Valley Film Office does not obtain specific listings relative to available Santa Clarita area entertainment industry positions. There are several websites that do feature job postings for entertainment related positions including www.showbizjobs.com. Many of the studios have job posting boards on their individual web pages.
How do I get a job with the Santa Clarita Valley Film Office?
The Santa Clarita Valley Film Office is part of the City of
. All available positions are posted by the Human Resources department. You may check out the job listings on the City’s webpage www.santa-clarita.com. There you may also sign up for weekly email notifications detailing available positions. The City only accepts resumes and applications for positions that are currently open for recruitment and all applications must be submitted through Human Resources.
I’ve reviewed the entire web site and still have questions.
Who should I ask to speak with in the Film Office?
Any member of the Santa Clarita Valley Film Office staff can help answer most general questions. If you have a specific question regarding the permit process, need location help or would like to share your concerns regarding filming, you should first speak with the Film Permit Specialist or Film Project Technician.
If you have questions that cannot be answered during your initial phone conversation, the Permit Specialist will consult with the other film staff or Economic Development Manager and provide a response as soon as possible.