San Francisco as a location for filming
Cameras rolled in San Francisco that weekend, and filmmakers turned the city’s financial district into an urban war zone for a production. The city’s film commission says the film industry is slowly recovering and could play a big role in San Francisco’s post-COVID economic recovery.
SAN FRANCISCO – – Cameras rolled in San Francisco that weekend, and filmmakers turned the city’s financial district into an urban war zone. The city’s film commission says the film industry is slowly recovering and could play a big role in San Francisco’s post-COVID economic recovery.
The intersection between California Street and Drum Street is back to normal after the weekend remodel. The San Francisco film industry says filmmaking has short- and long-term economic benefits for the city.
The weekend’s movie excitement was captured on cell phone cameras and shared on social media as Nash Bridges filmed an action sequence in San Francisco’s financial district.
“When we were there it was a pre-explosion and actors Don Johnson and Cheech Marin were doing a shootout scene,” said Susannah Greason Robbins of the San Francisco Film Commission.
The San Francisco Film Commission said the city’s film industry had great success over the past year. “When we first closed between March 13th and June 12th, we didn’t issue any permits,” said Greason Robbins. Normally we would have spent 153 during that time. “
Now, after a long year with little to no new projects, filmmaking is making a comeback in San Francisco. “I would say by now that we are about 60% of normal and it keeps rising,” said Greason Robbins.
The city’s film commission says filmmakers not only pay for filming permits in the city, but also hire local workers and buy local supplies.
The Film Commission estimates that Nash Bridges will spend $ 1.5 million over its 18-day filming schedule, in addition to working for 125 crew members and 300 background actors. “They buy groceries for craft services and catering, they rent equipment, they buy as they do for their trucks, they have a lot of equipment rentals,” said Greason Robbins. “They have site fees. Even with the COVID tests they have to do, they pay local laboratories to do those tests.”
Tourism experts say that in addition to the immediate boost of filmmaking, movies and TV shows also have long-term benefits for San Francisco. Films like the upcoming marvel superhero film Shang-Chi and The Matrix 4 raise awareness of the city and keep it in the minds of potential visitors.
“It’s critical. It’s vital to us,” said Joe D’Alessandro of SF Travel. “Right now as the city is trying to recover from COVID. And this exposure to more of San Francisco from a global audience is only helping to increase the demand and desire to visit San Francisco.”
Filmmaking is still in full swing. In the months to come, expect another Marvel movie to be filmed here in San Francisco in June and again in October.