With CBS' Criminal Minds star Joe Mantegna leading the keynote address, hundreds of film, television, commercial and digital media professionals convened at the CBS Studio Center in June.
Produced by The California Film Commission (CFC) and Film Liaisons in California Statewide (FLICS), a network of 40+ film commissioners from across the state,the conference was the largest and only conference to exclusively promote filming in California, and experienced capacity crowds because of the tremendous interest in the new $330 California Film and TV Tax Credit program.
This year’s conference presented sessions that include drone technology and regulations, production and location technology, we well as a clinic on California’s new incentive program.
FLICS Locations of Note
The Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites, the 35-story landmark in downtown Los Angeles known for its revolving cocktail lounge, giant atrium and cylindrical glass towers, has added another production to its list of credits: the science-fiction movie "Interstellar" from director Chris Nolan.
Filmed in San Francisco, and directed by Matt Reeves with a script from Scott Z. Burns, Amanda Silver, Rick Jaffa and Mark Bomback, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has topped the box office the first weeks of its release.
Based on a true story, McFarland stars Kevin Costner who plays a coach living in a predominantly Hispanic town who creates a high school track team that must overcome social and physical hurdles to become champions during the 1980s. Locations shooting includes Kern County.