Sony's Columbia Pictures has started production on "The Kitchen Sink," a movie starring Hudgens (
The 37-day shoot already has included several nights at Van Nuys High School, a warehouse in the city of Bell, Temple City's City Hall building and an old armory in Santa Clarita that was converted into a "zombie town," location manager Wes Hagan said Tuesday.
This week the crew is filming on the back lot of Universal Studios.
"We're all over L.A.," Hagan said. "It's a smaller budget film, but it's a Columbia Pictures production and most of it is on location."
"The Kitchen Sink" is among the few projects to receive a 20% film tax credit from California, which allocates credits through a lottery. The movie's producers were approved for a $4.5-million credit, according to the California Film Commission.
Walt Disney Pictures also has begun filming an adaptation of the popular children's book "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day." The movie, starring Carell and Garner, is filming this week at Hale Charter Academy in Woodland Hills, according to a film permit.
Producers have several pending permit applications to film in Altadena and various locations throughout the San Fernando Valley through the end of the month, according to FilmL.A. Inc, which handles film permits for the city and the county. Jim Henson Co. and 21 Laps Entertainment also are producing.
L.A. may not be getting many big-budget movies these days because of out-of-state competition, but it can still count on the stars to show up behind the camera.
Other movies in production this quarter have included "Inherent Vice," a
Production days for location filming in the L.A. area jumped 50% last week and are up 12% so far in the third quarter compared with the same period a year ago.
Commercial activity rose 5% last week and is up 10% this quarter.
The television sector, however, saw a 13% drop in production days last week, and is down 18% in the quarter from a year ago, according to a Los Angeles Times review of permit data supplied by FilmL.A..
The permits are for productions that shoot on streets and non-certified soundstages in the city and county.