Film production in San Francisco increases 500%,
Film Commission Executive Director
From the Mayor's Office of Communications
February 28, 2006
Mayor Newsom today was joined by the City's film community to
release much anticipated good news for the local film industry,
which has been struggling in recent years.
Statistics compiled by the Mayor's Office of Economic and Workforce
Development show that the City's film industry is experiencing
a dramatic upswing: Feature film production has seen a more than
five-fold increase since 2003, and television production has seen
a more than four-fold increase in that same time frame.
The upswing is most clearly seen in a comparison of shoot days,
which are considered the most accurate gauge of the health of
the City's film industry.
Shoot Days on major motion pictures, increased from 20 days in
2003 to 133 days in 2005 - an increase of over 500%. This reflects
the fact that two major film productions, "Rent" and
"Pursuit of Happyness," based their operations in the
City, a marked change from 2003 and 2004, when no feature film
based its operations in San Francisco.
Shoot days for television series also increased from 13 days
in 2003, to 73 days in 2005.
Mayor Newsom acknowledged the good news by saying "Film
in San Francisco is back."
The Mayor continued saying "A 500% increase in filming is
great news - but we need to create the infrastructure and supports
necessary to build on this momentum. That's why we are developing
the Film Cluster Development Strategy, to put in place a strategy
to ensure the film industry's continued growth."
The Film Cluster Development Strategy, which is to be integrated
in the Citywide Economic Development Plan, will assess the feasibility
of building new soundstages in the City; as well as provide analysis
and comparison of San Francisco to key competitors nationally;
quantify the economic impact of film production on San Francisco;
and propose a strategic direction, and key catalytic actions,
to advance the development of the City's film industry.
A clear example of the economic impact that the film industry
has on the City can be seen in the major three productions that
shot principal photography or based their operations in the City
in 2005, including feature films "Rent," "Pursuit
of Happyness," and the TV pilot "The Evidence."
These productions alone spent $52 million locally, generated
$1.2 million directly to the General Fund, and created 2900 temporary
jobs - the equivalent of 392 full time jobs.
Additionally, the Mayor announced plans to host a Film Symposium
in October, in partnership with the Digital Media Advisory Council,
SF State, the SF Film Society, and the Bay Area Video Coalition.
The Symposium will provide a platform to launch the Film Cluster
Development Strategy and bring together the City's film community
to begin implementation of the strategy.