Feature filming dips, as 'Heaven' books most days

Location shooting in Hollywood has stayed steady so far in 2013, with the key TV category slightly ahead of the same pace for January.

TV shooting for the year through Sunday has totaled 1,209 days, up 19 from the same period of 2012, according to figures released Tuesday by the FilmL.A. permitting agency.

“The Jimmy Kimmel Show” was the most active last week, with 20 days, followed by 14 days for reality show “Brother vs. Brother.”

Feature shooting has lagged so far this year, with 279 days through Sunday, down 51 days from 2012. The decline is due largely to there being virtually no shooting for the first two weeks of the year.

A pair of indies — “Heaven” and “A Dog Named Suki” — were the most active feature shoots last week, with 22 and 12 days, respectively.

FilmL.A. reported earlier this month 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. Overall TV production for offlot shooting in 2012 slid 3.4% from the previous year to 16,762 days from 17,349.

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