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Carmageddon, schmarmageddon -- local filming activity surged last week in the L.A. area

July 21, 2011|The Los Angeles Times

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.)

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According to FilmL.A.'s statistics, feature film production in L.A. was up 8% for all of 2010 compared to 2009. Midway through this month, feature film production numbers are slightly ahead of 2010's pace.  COMPANY TOWN

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