Film industry in FloridaEdit

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The film industry in Florida is one of the largest in the United States: in 2006, Florida ranked third in the U.S. for film production (after California and New York) based on revenue generated.[1] However, more recent 2009-2010 data no longer show Florida among the top four states.[2]

Production activity has been generally concentrated in two regions, South and Central Florida (Orlando and Tampa). The South Florida region is famous for large projects like Jerry Bruckheimer's Bad Boys film series and Neal Moritz' 2 Fast 2 Furious. The Central Florida area has recently been featured in The Punisher starring John Travolta and Adam Sandler's The Waterboy.

The State of Florida has a long film history thanks to its year-round sunshine and moderate climate. Film classics were filmed throughout the state, such as Moon Over Miami (1941) and Esther WilliamsEasy to Love (1953).


In the early 1990s Orlando experienced a great boom in film production. The construction of the Disney-MGM Studios and Universal Studios production facilities attracted many filmmakers to the area. Films like Ron Howard'sParenthood and syndicated television shows like The Adventures of Superboy lead the pack. Soon, the Steven Spielberg series seaQuest DSV and Tom Hank's From the Earth to the Moon called Florida home. During this period Orlando acquired the nickname "Hollywood East" because of its surging film industry.

Just as film production appeared to be on the decline in Florida, the phenomenal success of 1998's The Blair Witch Project has led to another boom. While Blair Witch was filmed in Maryland, its entire film crew and director wereUniversity of Central Florida film school graduates. This cult independent film has led to a new wave of film production for the area.

Celebrity residentsEdit

Florida is also the home to a quite a few famous actors. Celebrity residents of Florida include Burt ReynoldsJames Best, John Travolta, Michael WinslowJustin TimberlakeScott "Carrot Top" Thompson and Sylvester Stallone. There are also quite a few successful film directors located in the state including Daniel MyrickGeorge A. Romero, and Ken Hastings.

Recent feature films shot in North Florida (PensacolaOcalaJacksonville regions)Edit

Recent feature films shot in Central Florida (Orlando/Tampa region)Edit

Spring breakers (2013)

Recent feature films shot in South Florida (Miami region)Edit

Documentary films shot in FloridaEdit

Florida based narrative TV seriesEdit

Florida-based documentary/reality shows and independent shortsEdit

  • Dr. G: Inside the Caylee Anthony Case (2012/Documentary TV Special)
  • Dr G Medical Examiner (2004-/Docu-Drama)
  • Hogan Knows Best (2005-/Reality Show)
  • Carpocolypse (2005/Sports Reality Show)
  • On Being Your Average Joe (2005/Independent short)
  • Garriage: A Documentary in 4 Chapters and an Epilogue (2004/Documentary)
  • Making The Band (2000/Reality Show)
  • The Chad Effect (2001/Independent short)
  • The Paper Route (1999/Independent short)
  • WWF: Raw Is War (1997/Sports Show)
  • Skating's Next Star (2006 /Competition Reality) WE Woman's Entertainment

Film festivals hosted in FloridaEdit

Film commissions and officesEdit

Florida-based studio facilitiesEdit

Metro Orlando alone is home to more than 10 state-of-the-art soundstages, making it one of the largest working production facility centers outside of Los Angeles and New York. Complete studio and production services are available throughout Florida, including backlots that can double for just about any national or international locale, production office space and soundstages totaling more than 160,000 square feet (15,000 m2). Some of these facilities include:

Film schoolsEdit

Florida production companiesEdit

(alphabetical order)

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit


  1. Jump up^ 2006 Florida Film Commission Data
  2. Jump up^ Film Works L.A.; Note that California, #1 is not included in the chart