FilmL.A.: Filming Days Jumped 16% in Q2

After cratering to record lows in 2009, work rebounds big in the region thanks to recovering economy and tax incentives

The death of filming-locations work in the Los Angeles region has been greatly exaggerated.

Nonprofit permitting agency FilmL.A. announced Tuesday that the number of film, TV and commercial production days shot up 16 percent in the second quarter, with California state tax incentives acting as a primary growth driver.

The bounce follows a moribund 2009 period, during which L.A.-based location shoots declined 19 percent, the steepest drop on record.

During the second quarter, feature-film production days increased 11.5 percent, with 16 movie shoots taking advantage of state tax incentives.

The biggest surge was in commercial production, with shooting days increasing nearly 35 percent to 1,604.