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Downtown Stays Busy as Filming Numbers Rise Across L.A.

By Eric Richardson
Published: Thursday, October 06, 2011, at 08:57AM
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Piled cars are set up for a stunt in front of the 3rd Street Tunnel during filming of "The Dark Knight Rises" on September 4.

Downtown L.A. saw an average of 15 productions per day in the third quarter of 2011 as features led a sharp rise in filming citywide. On-location feature production was up 49.9 percent over 2010 levels, leading a 15.4 percent gain in total production days for the months of July, August and September.

According to FilmL.A., the non-profit that coordinates filming permits for the city, part of that gain was due to California's Film & Television Tax Credit. Eight features that received state credit shot locally in the quarter.

While it did not take the tax credit, filming for Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" certainly helped the quarterly numbers. The production had logged 233 permitted production days as of September 28, more than 11 percent of the quarterly total for features.

Downtown, feature shoots were up 28 percent, television up nearly 15 percent and commercial production up ten percent.

While television as a whole is up, drama production in Los Angeles is down 20 percent.

“Unfortunately, our summer prediction of diminished third quarter TV Drama production was spot-on,” said FilmL.A. President Paul Audley. “While the California state incentive brought six television dramas to Los Angeles this quarter, we’ve seen other jurisdictions capture an unusually high number of these economically beneficial projects.”

Overall, there were 1,413 permitted production days Downtown in the third quarter, up from 1,215 in 2010.

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