Feature production up in 2nd quarter
An untitled wolf project and teen comedy “Feed the Dog” have racked up the most offlot feature film days in late August, continuing the trend of indie projects supplying the bulk of activity in Hollywood.
“Feed the Dog” (formerly known as “Parental Guidance Suggested”) stars Selena Gomez and will complete its 23-day shoot on Thursday following scenes in Altadena, Monrovia, Torrance and the San Fernando Valley. The longest stint came at a Toluca Lake residence, which served as the home of the male protagonist and site of a party sequence shot over three separate nights.
Aside from an occasional studio pic like “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Gangster Squad,” indies like “Feed the Dog” tend to dominate feature activity on the streets of Los Angeles County. Other recent indie features that have been the most active during a week include “Man of Stone,” which centers on a stuntman who comes to Los Angeles; John Sayles’ 18th feature, “Go for Sisters”; “Jobs,” the Steve Jobs biopic starring Ashton Kutcher; “Canyons,” written by Bret Easton Ellis; and immigrant drama “La Jaula de Oro.”
On-location feature production increased 9.1% in the second quarter with 1,750 permitted days, according to permitting agency FilmL.A. But that total is less than half the average 15 years ago before incentive programs began to lure away Hollywood production.
Feature production slid 84 days last week to 105, well below recent activity levels. Other pics shooting locally included “Double Decker, “Jake Squared” and “Greater Sins of Lucas Blackstone”; reshoots of a key scene in “Gangster Squad” took place last week in Chinatown.
TV activity was led by “Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous” with 16 days as overall activity picked up by 6%. Other TV shows shooting locally included “Made,” “Ultimate Soldier Challenge,” “Sons of Anarchy” and “Suburgatory.”