On-location film production flat last week in L.A.

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On-location film production was as flat as Wilshire Boulevard last week, with overall production days down 1% compared with the same period a year ago, according to FilmLA Inc., the nonprofit film permitting group.

One production day is defined as a single crew’s permission to film at a single location in a 24-hour period.

Features generated 106 production days, down 5% from the same week in 2010. Major films currently shooting on location in L.A. include ‘Welcome to People,’ a DreamWorks drama starring Chris Pine, Olivia Wilde and Michelle Pfeiffer; and Twentieth Century Fox’s sci-fi thriller ‘NOW’ with Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried and the fourth installment of the ‘Spider-Man’ series from Sony Pictures.

Commercial activity, which began to slow in the fourth quarter, was also down 5% with 174 production days, while TV production was up slightly at 1% with 425 days.


Local TV production has been fueled by such shows as NBC’s drama ‘The Event,’ and FX’s crime series ‘Justified’ and the ABC crime drama ‘Castle.’

Although commercial production is up nationwide as advertisers spend more as a result of the improved economy, L.A.'s share of commercial filming has declined in recent years as other states such as New Mexico, New York and Illinois grab more of the business.

For more details on what’s filming where, see the accompanying chart.

-- Richard Verrier