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2017 Was Record Year For Local Film Making

Although nobody’s calling it a Tinseltown of the north, Shasta County experienced a record year for filmmaking in 2017. 24 movie productions were at least partially shot in the county last year, with a total of 106 film days. Among them were television episodes of BBC’s “Top Gear”, a Discovery Network documentary and C-Span programs. The Shasta County Film Commission says that translated to around $678,000 worth of local economic impact. The commission, which was formed in 2014, says the first known film production in Shasta County was in 1918, prior to the age of “Talkies”. The film office launched an incentive program last year, and also streamlined the process for location scouts to browse among more than 300 locations in the county appropriate for filming. The newly overhauled website is filmshasta.com.