Laffer prod'n busy in otherwise slow week

So where exactly is the “Walk of Shame” — the Elizabeth Banks comedy currently shooting in Los Angeles?

Banks is portraying a high-strung news anchor who, after a wild night out, finds herself locked out on the street with no phone, money, ID or car and embarks on a series of misadventures on her way to an important job interview.

During a fairly slow period for location shooting locally, the Lakeshore-Sidney Kimmel project has been shot mostly in Hollywood and downtown Los Angeles, including the My Studio nightclub on Hollywood Boulevard, three days in and around a loft on Traction Avenue in the Arts District, in an alley behind the Orpheum Theater, an office building on Spring Street and in a Sun Chemical warehouse on Santa Fe Avenue. Shooting totaled 17 days last week, making it the most active location shoot for a feature, according to figures disclosed Tuesday by the FilmL.A. permitting agency.

“Walk of Shame,” which also stars James Marsden and Gillian Jacobs, is directed by Steven Brill from his own script. Shooting began a few days prior to Christmas, followed by a holiday hiatus and restarted this month with plans to shoot until mid-February.

FilmL.A. reported last week that feature film shoots edged up 3.7% last year to 5,892 days thanks to a 32.5% hike in the fourth quarter. Due to runaway production, location shooting in Los Angeles on features remains far below the 2008 level of 7,096 — and not even within hailing distance of the 1997 record of 13,284 days.

Other features shooting last week included “Ten Things I Hate About Life,” “OT Beach” and “Blood and Circumstance.”

In the mainstay smallscreen category, TV shoots have started slowly this year with a 23% weekly decline. Reality shows led the way with “OK!” and “Push Girls: Season 2″ with 28 and 24 days respectively, while drama “Southland” generated 22 days of location shooting.

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