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FILM FLORIDA DAY - PART TWO - DELIVERS!
Film Florida had its second Capitol ‘event’ here in Tallahassee yesterday (4/18), with displays on the Plaza Level at the Capitol aimed to educate our legislators and their staff on Florida’s film, TV and digital media industry.
The first Capitol event was back on March 14-15, which focused mainly on digital media. Yesterday’s focused on film and television.
Krista Soroka, head of the Tampa film commission, came up and set up several booths on behalf of Film Florida full of information on filming in Florida. The new Florida movie map was on display as well. Also, Alec Colley of Panavision drove up one of their 35mm camera packages and displayed it – always a great attention-getter.
It certainly got the attention of Governor Charlie Crist, who came out and spent about 15 minutes talking to people by the booths, and even tried his hand at operating the camera.
Later on, Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp came out and took a stab at operating the camera, talking about how the state must support and grow the film, TV and digital media industry.
The Movie Map a Big Hit!
The Florida movie map, which was created by Film Florida with support from the Governor’s Office of Film and Entertainment, got some great news yesterday.
The Vice President of New Projects for Visit Florida came up to the booth, where we were displaying a blow-up of our movie map, and said Visit Florida was very impressed by our map and is planning to do a tourist-version of the movie map, with a website component! They are thinking right now of it being a ‘driving tour’ map of movie locations throughout the state!
As some of you know, this was our hope in coming up with the Florida movie map. We knew our version would help remind producers of the many looks and locations Florida has to offer by reminding them of the wide variety of films and TV shows that have been created here.
But the ultimate goal, the home run, was hoping that we could show Visit Florida a template for how the movie and TV industry in Florida could help attract tourists to our state… and that is exactly what happened yesterday!
Congratulations and special thanks to St. Petersburg film commissioner Jennifer Parramore, who kept the movie map project on track for Film Florida over the course of a year or more, to George and Joann Cornelius of Tampa Digital Studios for their brilliant design work, and to Richard Seres of the Film Florida Publishing Company for making it a great-looking physical reality.
A lot of hard work and time went into this project, but I assure you that it will pay dividends for many years to come as it allows the product of our industry – movies, television, and even digital media projects -- to bring new tourism dollars to the state of Florida! More proof that our industry is important to Florida’s economy.
Gov. Crist looks over the movie map as the state film commissioner explains its features.
Governor’s Office of Film & Entertainment
The Capitol, Suite 2001
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
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