Thursday, September 22, 2016


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Hello, all

The Florida film industry used to be one of the largest in the US. Our state used to rank third thanks to our year round mild temperatures and being based on the east coast. But no longer. Florida is one of only 16 states that now have no film industry tax credits or rebates in place. We have been losing movies to other states, especially neighboring Georgia. The last time we had approved film tax credits was back in 2010. Some say if we hadn't had available film credits when they filmed Dolphin Tale, it probably would of been filmed somewhere else. That movie was filmed at  the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Before the movie they had 75,000 visitors a year, afterwards it skyrocketed to 800,000.

Even Disney is down sizing. They closed their Orlando feature animation studio in 20014. They say its too expensive and labor intensive. Disney on the other hand has been successful with their live action remakes. They presently have 16 in the works. Some have already been released such as Alice in Wonderland, Alice through the looking Glass( Released May,2016), and Pete's Dragon (Released August 2016). Beauty and the Beast is up next set to be released March 2017.

With that being said, I thought I'd list some popular movies that were made here in the sunshine state:

The Infiltrator(2016)- Tampa

Sisters(2015)- Orlando


Transformers Dark of the Moon(2015)- Titusville

Magic Mike XXL(2015)- Tampa

Paper Towns(2015)- Orlando

Dolphin Tale(2014)- Clearwater

I am Number 4(2014)- Islamorada

The Punisher(2004)- Tampa

Out of Time(2003)- Boca Grande

2 Fast 2 Furious(2003)- Miami

Edward Scissorhands(1990)- Tampa

Scarface(1983)- Miami

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