Filming in Florida

Filming in Florida
18 May 2017 on Film Culture, Film Management, Production Education

Film Florida is a not-for-profit entertainment production trade association that provides a leadership role in Florida's film, TV & digital media industry by representing a coalition of interests, including private industry, local film commissions, industry associations, educational institutions and labor organizations. Its purpose is to offer to businesses and individuals the benefits of a statewide trade association to promote the creation of jobs in the film and entertainment production industries and to promote economic development and tourism.

What makes filming in Florida exciting?

Florida has a lot to offer anyone looking for a filming location. With warm temperatures year-round, hundreds of miles of beaches, countless number of diverse neighborhoods and locations, Florida has long been considered the perfect location for “Anywhere USA”. Florida can double for any location, except one with mountains and snow. Whether it’s a beach, a countryside, a specific or generic neighborhood, a rainforest, swampland, or anything in between, Florida can double for just about any state in America or any country in the world. We believe Florida has locations, experienced crew, in-depth infrastructure, and a desire to do excellent work as well as a willingness to work with budgets. All of those elements make it the perfect location for filming.

What is your favorite content that has shot in Florida?

The best projects for Florida are ones that check all three boxes for the state: Hire Floridians, spend money in our state and depict Florida as a vacation destination. Of course, if a project only achieves one or two of those goals we still have to have the project, but the perfect projects impact jobs, the economy, and tourism.

What should filmmakers know about filming in Florida?
Florida can double for any location, except one with mountains and snow. Whether it’s a beach, a countryside, a specific or generic neighborhood, a rainforest, swampland, or anything in between, Florida can double for just about any state in America or any country in the world. Florida crews are experienced and adaptable, whether it’s a commercial shoot, music video, television, indy film, feature film, etc. Most Florida-based industry professionals have a wide range of experience which makes them a perfect fit for whatever comes their way. Just about anywhere in the state is covered by a local film commission which makes permitting and coordination easy.

What difficulties do producers often run into when filming in Florida?

We don’t find there to be one consistent challenge producers face while filming in Florida. One project’s challenge is another project’s stroke of good luck. Sometimes there are weather challenges while shooting in Florida, but those challenges are no different than weather challenges some other states have. In the end, being able to shoot outdoors 12 months a year is a benefit worth the occasional inconvenience throughout the year.

What are your favorite locations for filmmakers in Florida?

The great thing about Florida is that you don’t have to choose a favorite location because there is such a variety. The locations, terrain, and backgrounds are so different from North to South Florida, east coast to west coast and then through the central part of the state, and there’s so much flexibility in locations that the state is a blank canvas for a filmmaker to work with.

What are Florida film incentives?

Currently, there is not a statewide program to entice projects to Florida but there are a growing number of cities and counties that have local programs. We believe that number will continue to grow since more local communities are seeing the positive impact the film, television and digital media industry can have on their region.

What are the film crew and culture like in Florida?

Florida is home to more film and digital media schools than any other state in the country. We continue to produce some of the most sought after talent in America. At the same time, the industry has been in Florida for decades so it has a very seasoned and experienced crew base. Overall, the crew and culture make the perfect fit of experience and fresh talent.

What are the film insurance requirements to shoot in Florida?

Keeping everything safe and professional is very important to our state and our industry, which is why the appropriate level of insurance will be required. Counties and cities require different levels of insurance and permitting, but insurance is always reasonable and appropriate based on the type of project, location, and time of a season.

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