By Samantha Murdock
During hard economic times it is all too easy to begrudge the entertainment industry for what seem like excessive budgets for the production of movies and TV shows. Too often it is assumed that the multimillion-dollar budgets are being spent on catering to A-List Hollywood actors and to creating the most dramatic visual effects possible. However, what is commonly forgotten is the positive economic impact that a movie will have on the community in which it is filming.
The Made in Hollywood Award, now in its second year, helps to remind us of what the entertainment industry is doing for the communities they film in.
Argo, directed by Ben Affleck, was this year’s recipient of the Made in Hollywood Award. The award, presented by Los Angeles Councilman Tom LeBonge to Warner Brothers Chairman and CEO Barry Meyer, honors movies that do the majority of their filming in the Greater Los Angeles area, thus bringing in revenue to the local businesses.
Argo filmed in Los Angeles for 10 out of their 13 production weeks visiting such sites as the Beverly Hilton Hotel, the Smokehouse Restaurant in Burbank, the Los Angeles Times building, homes in Beverly Hills and Hancock Park, and the Warner Brothers Burbank Studios, among others.
While in Los Angeles, millions of dollars were spent on location fees and equipment rentals as well as local catering, costume designers, crew, cast and extras, which helps to keep money in Greater LA and to keep the economy strong and thriving.
Thursday’s lighthearted award ceremony was low-key but essential in showing appreciation for films that make an effort to keep things local. Argo is the second recipient of the Made in Hollywood Award, the first being The Artist, which ultimately went on to be named Best Picture at the 2012 Academy Awards.
Argo, which has been nominated for Best Picture at the 2013 Academy Awards, is the only one out of the nine nominees filmed primarily in Los Angeles. Meyer, injecting some humor into his acceptance speech references last year’s Best Picture win and his hopes for another; “We’re batting 1000 right now, we’re one for one.”