800px-GoldenGateBridge-001.jpgDespite San Francisco’s damning diss by the monkeys (Seriously, would it kill Fox to shoot their SF-set planet of the Apes prequel here?), the Examiner tells us that SF’s film office is “bustling.” (Sadly, this is not an article about ass enhancement.)

They list the “major projects” shot in SF in Feburary, March, and April — “major projects” (their words, not ours) like that show where some British guy yells at hapless wanna be cooks, some pilots for shows that may or may not see the light of day, and a bunch of car commercials. None of the projects listed appeared to involve apes of any type.

By the numbers:

— February had 25 projects with 67 shooting days (Feb 2009 had 19 projects for 38 days)

— March had 42 projects with 92 days of shooting (22 projects/76 days in March 2009)

— April had 36 projects for 88 days of shooting, (33 projects/68 filming days in April 2009)

The report doesn’t mention a commercial I saw air the other night, one for the new Sprint Evo that was shot in and around lauded Sunset restaurant Outer Lands in April. (Full disclosure: I actually walked into their shoot as I tried to drop something in a mailbox that was, as it turned out, in the line of fire. WHOOPS.)

I mentioned this commercial to the SF Film Commission’s Laurel Barsotti when I spoke with her last week, and she said there are a lot of commercials out there that are SF-shot, but you might not realize it because it’s not a famous SF landmark. “It’s easier to send projects out to places that aren’t, you know, Lombard Street, because (they) aren’t burnt out on it” like people in more recognizable neighborhoods might be.

No word on what projects are expected next in SF, but if you see someone shooting in your nabe, recognizable or not, do let us know?

the author

Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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