Just four months into the job of Inyo Film Commissioner, Jesse Steele delivered his first quarterly report at last week’s Board of Supervisors’ meeting. He’s been busy.
His goals include upping the ante when it comes to the money production companies leave in Inyo County by contacting and compiling a list of local support possibilities for equipment, site work and catering, streamlining the permit process as well as pursuing a broad range of productions for Inyo County.
He has also used his internet skills, with Julie Faber of Alpen Arete, at https:/inyocountyvisitor.com/film with clips of the Owens River and mountain scenery giving film companies a taste of what’s in store for them on the East Side.
Steele is currently in the process of updating Inyo locations, hotels, scouts and cast and crew
lists, while getting acquainted with the multiple land agencies. Once he’s got a handle on the
land managers and the information they need to grant a permit, his next step is the
development of a single permit application form. Anyone who has ever had to secure permits
for commercial stills or film knows the value of not having to make an educated guess on who
manages what land and pursuing permission through each agency will understand the value of
one single permit. In the future, a permittee will fill out one all-inclusive permit application and
Steele will fax to the appropriate agencies for approval.
One comment following the presentation referenced trucks whipping around Alabama Hills as
part of an ad shoot. Steele explained any disruption following a photo shoot is cleaned up as
was the aftermath of the referenced truck shoot.