Monterey County Film Commission Blog

Lights, Camera, Economic Action

“Big Little Lies” – Filmed in Monterey County – Named Finalist for COLA Award

Big Little Lies TV SeriesFinalists for COLAs were selected from nearly 150 submissions, with winners determined in voting by members of Film Liaisons in California Statewide (FLICS), past COLA winners, and a steering committee of Teamsters Local 399 members. The invitation-only COLA event has grown to become the largest awards program and industry event.

The Monterey County Film Commission is a member of FLICS, a statewide nonprofit corporation with more than 40 member film commissions benefiting from the organization’s development of standards, guidelines, education and marketing resources.

California Film Commission Filming Incentives

Monterey County Film Commission Directors Chair Point LobosThe new film incentive bill which was passed last fall will mean 20 to 25% savings for production companies shooting in California. Those productions that get money from the program will have it based on economic activity and jobs impact. To implement the law, there are rules and regulations that are being drawn up by the California Film Commission. Once approved, film productions can apply for awards. A 5% uplift is offered to productions that qualify and will film outside the Los Angeles Zone, in places such as Monterey County.

Film Commission Elects Paula MacNab to Board of Directors

Paula MacNab - Board of DirectorsWe welcome Paula MacNab as newly elected member of the MCFC Board of Directors. A realtor and an interior designer, Paula was born and raised in Carmel and has lived in Monterey for three years. She is an author and former radio broadcast host, and has volunteered at past MCFC events.

Use of Drones in Monterey County for Filming

From the California Film Commission:
The FAA’s permanent regulations regarding the use of drones for commercial use (Unmanned Aircraft Rule – Part 107) will go into effect in August. Until then, the California Film Commission will be reviewing the implications of the new regulations and creating revised guidelines for filming on state-owned and operated properties. Therefore, please check the CFC website at:
Requirements for the Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) When Filming on State Property or call Eve Honthaner at 323-860-2960, ext. 136, to get the latest information on the State’s policies pertaining to the use of drones. Also note that until further notice, both State Parks and Caltrans will be reviewing requests for the use of drones on a case-by-case basis; and if approved, their own guidelines will apply.

Location Spotlight: Home On the Range?

Rancho CienegaHome on the range? While Monterey County is famous for its dramatic coastline, we also have ranches and expansive “Steinbeck Country” rural looks that have been the settings for commercials, fashion shoots, indie films and more. Cow and cowboys…horses…dirt roads and open land.

Monterey County Film Commission Featured in Carmel Magazine

Monterey County Film Commission Featured in Carmel Magazine
Monterey County Film Commission Featured in Carmel Magazine

Monterey County Film Commission is the featured story in the latest Carmel Magazine edition. The publication highlights the HBO shoot, “Big Little Lies,” which filmed earlier in the year in Monterey and Pacific Grove, and stars Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman.

Monterey County Film Commission 2016 Student Scholarship Winners

2016 Student Scholarship Winners
Brianna Beavers and Rose Mercurio 2016 Winners

Brianna Beavers and Rose Mercurio, both seniors in the Cinematic Arts and Technology Department at California State University, Monterey Bay, were each named winners of a scholarship in the 2016 Monterey County Film Commission’s Director Emeritus Richard Tyler Film Student Scholarship Award Program.

Both students received a $1,500 check and a framed certificate presented by Jeff Clark, Monterey County Film Commission president and film scholarship chairperson.

The Monterey County Film Commission’s scholarship program was created to provide financial aid and incentive to students of film as well as beginning filmmakers who reside in Monterey County or those enrolled in a college or university in the county. The fund was established as a permanent endowment with the Community Foundation for Monterey County.

Film Commission Elects Kathleen Eckerson to Board of Directors

Kathleen Eckerson - Board of DirectorsThe Monterey County Film Commission board of directors has elected Kathleen Eckerson to serve a three-year term on the nonprofit organization’s board.

Eckerson is a wealth management advisor and owner of Suddenly Single Wealth Management® in Pebble Beach. She has a diverse background in economic development from senior management and consultant roles with the City of Fresno and County of Fresno, as well as the County of Monterey. Previously she was senior management analyst for the City and County of Fresno, and an instructor at California State University, Fresno, teaching their capstone course, strategy and policy. She also served as Fiserv, Inc.’s regional vice president of marketing, sales, client services, negotiations and corporate communications in their Fresno regional office.