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Movie Shoots on LA Streets Could Hit a 1994 Low

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Careful Los Angeles, New York is watching. "A closely watched count of film permits for outdoor shoots in the Los Angeles area shows that feature film shooting days totaled just 1,181 in the third quarter of 2008, down 38 percent from the year before, according to FilmLA, the nonprofit organization that coordinates permits for location shooting in the area," says the New York Times.

Fourth quarter results are not in yet but Philip Sokoloski of FilmLA said the low-numbers appear to not have changed much. And if they don't change, then 2008 could be as low as 1994, the earliest that statistics are provided on FilmLA's website.

Other states and cities luring film productions with sweeter deals, the economy and a looming Screen Actors Strike are all contributors to the trend.