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On Location: L.A. film shoots jumped 20% last week

June 21, 2011 |  5:24 pm

On-location shoots in the Los Angeles area climbed 20% last week, led by a continued upswing in commercial and feature film activity.

Commercial shoots on streets and noncertified soundstages in the city and unincorporated areas of the county generated 135 production days last week, up 68% over the same period a year ago, according to data from FilmL.A. Inc., the nonprofit group that handles film permits. It marked the fourth consecutive week of gains for commercial filming.

Feature filming, which has been up three of the last four weeks, accounted for 229 production days, a 60% jump over a year ago. On-location shooting for TV shows, however, dropped 14% to 224 production days, the third consecutive week of declines. A recent survey from FilmL.A. found that L.A. has been grabbing a smaller share of new TV pilots because of growing competition from New York and other cities outside of California.

More on what's shooting where in this week's On Location map:

Sample of neighborhoods with permitted TV, film and commercial shoots scheduled this week. Permits are subject to last-minute changes. Sources: FilmL.A. Inc., cities of Beverly Hills, Santa Clarita and Pasadena. Thomas Suh Lauder / Los Angeles Times



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