Regional film commission resumes operations

Regional film commission resumes operationsThe Ridgecrest Regional Film Commission announced this week that it is one of the first in the state to reopen to filmmakers, as California moves into Stage 3 of resuming commercial operations.

RRFC officials said that, after several months monitoring the COVID-19 situation, it is “excited to welcome filmmakers back to the region.”

Productions can begin filming here as early as June 12.

“The ability to reopen is based on approval following review of local data, including cases per 100,000 population, rate of test positivity and local preparedness to support a health care surge,” said an RRFC official.

Kern County’s number of cases remained lower than state and national averages, which most officials attribute to early response and low population density in many communities within the region.

“The film commission will abide by all state, county, and city regulations and continue to monitor the rapidly changing climate,” said RRFC officials.

While the industry works to adopt new regulations and precautions, RRFC will also do its part to keep the locations and people of the region safe while supporting unique opportunities for film crews, said a spokesperson.

Story First Published: 2020-06-19