L.A. film and TV shoots drop for week

Commercials provide location bright spot

Offlot feature and TV filming has remained chilly in Los Angeles, with total permitted production last week falling 24% below the same period last year.

Feature activity totalled 89 days, 49 days lower than the 2010 frame — though the week came in far above the 65 days of the previous week, which was the lowest total of 2011. The 2011 highs came in June with 246 days and 229 days during the last two weeks of that month.

CBS Films’ comedy “Seven Psychopaths,” starring Sam Rockwell, Colin Farrell and Christopher Walken, was the most active feature with 10 permitted days, according to figures provided Tuesday by the FilmL.A. permitting agency.

Other films shooting in Los Angeles include Warner Bros.’ period drama “Gangster Squad,” starring Sean Penn and Ryan Gosling, “A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III,” “Here Comes the Night,” “Street Eyes” and “Safe House.”

TV shooting declined 37% to 341 days, with Fox TV the most active producer with 25 days and “Raising Hope” the most active single production with seven days. Other TV productions currently shooting in L.A. include “Justified,” “Parenthood,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Glee,” “Franklin & Bash,” “The Voice,” “X Factor” and “Little People, Big World.”

Third quarter location filming in Los Angeles was up 15% over the same quarter a year ago but has lagged in recent weeks. FilmL.A. spokesman Todd Lindgren said that over the last four weeks, declines have come in permits, locations and production days.

“The ratio of locations per TV permit over the four-week period declined from 2.42 last year to 2.23 this year, and the ratio of days per location last year was 2.06 vs. 1.90 this year,” he explained. “After some research into the drop in TV numbers, it appears TV shows are shooting fewer days on-location than last year. Where a show may have been out four days per episode last year, this year we’re seeing three or two days instead.”

Commercial shooting shot up 49% to 167 days with a Search Engine spot and an NHL ad racking up the most days at 10 each.

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