On Location: Overall L.A. film activity dropped 15% last week


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It was a tepid week for on-location filming. Production days for film, TV and commercial shoots declined 15% compared with the same period last year, according to the latest permit figures from FilmL.A. Inc.

The decrease was driven by feature films, which generated only 81 production days, a 44 % drop over the same period a year earlier. Commercials saw an 11 % decline in production activity, while television production fell 7%.


The permit data tracks filming on streets and non-certified sound stages in L.A. and unincorporated areas of the county.

This week’s shoots include a feature called ‘Death of the Sheik’ (downtown), the Warner Bros. movie ‘Gangster Squad’ (Beverly Hills), the reality TV show ‘Excused’ (Encino) and the legal drama ‘Franklin & Bash’ (Santa Clarita). See those and other shoots in the map below.

-- Richard Verrier

Where the cameras roll
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