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Zombie comedy 'Life After Beth' starts production in L.A.

July 30, 2013


July 30--The zombie comedy "Life After Beth" has come to life.

The independent film, which stars Aubrey Plaza, John C. Reilly and Anna Kendrick, among others, began filming earlier this year month in Los Angeles, according to film permits.

"Life After Beth" has already filmed in Griffith Park, a handful of private residences and a church in Encino, an apartment building near USC and Mountain View Cemetery in Altadena.

On Friday, the film and its 55 crew members shot scenes at a private residence in Northridge, according to a permit filed with FilmL.A. Inc. The permit referenced interior dialogue, intermittent pedestrian control, smoke effects, and simply "Zombies."

Zombies have been running wild in Hollywood of late, with Brad Pitt's recent thriller "World War Z," Summit Entertainment's "Warm Bodies," not to mention AMC's hit series "The Walking Dead."

"Life After Beth" contributed to a 20% jump in feature location filming in the Los Angeles area last week, though location filming for features has been flat this month compared to a year ago.

Television saw a 13% drop in production days for locations shoot last week, and is down 24% this month versus a year ago.

Commercial production also dropped 6.4% last week and is off 3% so far this quarter from a year ago, according to a Los Angeles Times review of data from FilmL.A. Inc. The data track productions that film on streets as well as non-certified sound stages in the city and county.

Where the cameras roll: Sample of neighborhoods with permitted TV, film and commercial shoots scheduled this week. Permits are subject to last-minute changes. Sources: FilmL.A. Inc., cities of Beverly Hills, Pasadena and Santa Clarita. Thomas Suh Lauder / Los Angeles Times


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