L.A. shoots on even keel

Remains even with the same week last year

With “X-Men: First Class” nearing completion of production, off-lot shooting in the Los Angeles has remained even with the same week last year during the week that ended Sunday.

Feature activity edged down 5% compared to the year-ago week with 106 days permitted, according to figures released Tuesday by the FilmL.A. permit coordinating agency.

Matthew Vaughn’s “First Class,” starring James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, was the most active in features, obtaining permits for nine production days for the period. It’s shooting in the Cheviot Hills area this week.

TV activity crept up 1% to 425 days, led by 27 days for GCM Prods.’ reality skein “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution 2.”

Commercials posted a 2% decline during the week with 174 days. Lab Film and Content was the most active producer with 18 dates, all but two for a spot for Jeep.

FilmL.A. spokesman Todd Lindgren also said Griffith Park was the most popular site for shooting in 2010 with 341 days, far ahead of 207 days for the Central City Studios downtown warehouse on Terminal Street.

Overall off-lot production in the Los Angeles area increased by 15% last year, thanks largely to unexpected fourth-quarter gains in feature production and TV along with a surge in commercials shooting.

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