Even with the logistical concerns surrounding last weekend's closure of the 405 Freeway, overall local production around the Los Angeles area increased 14% last week compared with the same period a year ago, according to the latest numbers from FilmL.A. Inc.
The agency had issued an alert weeks earlier that permits near the construction would be treated case -by case. With the hoopla surrounding "Carmageddon," most production activity during that weekend was clustered in the San Fernando Valley and downtown L.A.
Feature film production continued to be strong, climbing 23% for the week ending July 17. There were 146 production days last week compared with 119 days for the same week last year. (One production day is defined as a single crew's permission to film at a single location in a 24-hour period.)