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On-location filming for movies in Los Angeles edges up, but TV and commercials still way off

June 29, 2009 |  7:24 pm

Is the local drought in feature production coming to an end? Maybe not, but the latest data for on-location filming provides at least a glimmer of hope. Filming for on-location movie production in L.A. edged up 15% last week over the same week a year ago, when studios were winding down their filming in anticipation of a possible walkout by members of the Screen Actors Guild. Among the movies that began filming last week is "Cats & Dogs 2," a sequel to the Warner Bros. animal comedy. Still, in a grim reminder of the recession's toll, shoots for television shows and commercials fell 50% and 48%, respectively, below year-ago levels, according to the latest data from FilmL.A. Inc. See the chart below.


-- Richard Verrier