Permitted shoots double vs. prior week; up 24% from 2010
Despite last week’s blustery winds, offlot feature and TV filming in Los Angeles rebounded smartly, after one of the slowest periods of 2011.Total permitted production nearly doubled last week to 710 days from 383 in the previous frame, which included Thanksgiving. The period was also up 24% from the same week in 2010, according to figures provided Tuesday by the FilmL.A. permitting agency. FilmL.A. spokesman Todd Lindgren said the windy conditions had not cut into production, adding, “Perhaps it’s because the winds blew most strongly at night.” Feature activity more than doubled from the previous frame, registering 132 days. The figure was also up 45 days from the 2010 frame. The Nov. 21-27 figure of 58 days was the lowest total of the year and less than a quarter of the high of 246 days in the last week of June. Barbes Brothers’ “Maniac” was the most active feature, with 16 permitted days. Other films shooting in Los Angeles include “An American in Hollywood,” “Coyote,” “Chastity Bites,” “Drones,” “Isabella” and “The M Word.” TV shooting increased 8% to 405 days, with “Steve Madden” as the most active single production with 28 days. Other TV productions currently shooting in L.A. include “Chuck,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Southland,” “Touch,” “Celebrity Couples,” “Miss Advised” and “Rob Dryden’s Fantasy Factory.” Commercial shooting shot up 56% to 173 days with a Buick spot racking up the most days at nine.