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On Location: Carell and company sparked rise in L.A. film shoots last week

June 1, 2011 |  4:10 pm

La-fi-ct-onlocation01-graphic-c2 Movie tickets sales are picking up, and so is feature filming activity on the streets of Los Angeles.

On-location shoots for feature films generated 178 production days in the L.A. area last week, climbing to the highest level this year.

Feature production was up 51% over the same period in 2010, according to the latest data from FilmL.A. Inc., the nonprofit group that handles film permits for the city and much of the county.

On-location feature filming has been up three of the last four weeks thanks to a flurry of films, including a Steve Carell and Keira Knightley comedy from Focus Features called "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World," which recently began production; the Seth Rogen comedy "My Mother's Curse"; and the drama "Least Among Saints," starring Laura San Giacomo and Marty Papazian, the "Jarhead" actor who is also writing and directing. The movie is filming in Winnetka in the San Fernando Valley this week.

The spike in feature filming drove a 34% increase in overall production. The largest category, television, generated 329 production days, up 28% over a year ago and marking the fifth consecutive week of growth.

Commercials, which have been mostly down this quarter, posted a healthy 121 production days, up 32% over a year ago. This week's commercial shoots include spots for Cadillac and Procter & Gamble  in Century City and Pasadena, respectively.

Photo: Steve Carell, at the 16th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles in 2010, is starring in a new comedy that is filming locally. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times.


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