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U.S.A – Florida

Florida Film & Photography Production Services & Camera Crews

Are you a media company, brand, ad agency or production company looking for film / photography production support or shooting crew in Florida? Contact us for trusted fixers, producers, directors, DoPs, videographers, photographers, and full shooting crews tailored for the specific needs of your project.

Filming in Florida

For an introduction to shooting in Florida see below notes on film locations, permits, when to shoot, unique local stories, costs, tax incentives, crews, talent, equipment, communications, art department, studios, post facilities, visas and work permits for filming, transport, film-friendly accommodation, and safety advice.

Florida Film Locations

Florida, The Sunshine State, is one of the busiest and best established production centers in America. Famous for its palm-lined white sand beaches, the state is a popular destination for North American and European productions looking for year-round long sunny shoot days.

The vibrant city of Miami is Florida’s largest. Locations of interest include beautiful beaches with turquoise waters, beachfront Art Deco architecture, modern mansions, famous hotels and luxury resorts, marinas, golf courses, and sporting venues. Miami offers a diversity of neighborhoods ranging from the contemporary skyscrapers of Downtown Miami to Little Havana to a variety of suburban looks.

A short drive north you can find Fort Lauderdale. Known as the Venice of America, the city has suburban homes with boat canals, beautiful white sand beaches, promenade, and Bonnet House Museum & Gardens. Hard Rock has a hotel shaped like a guitar in Hollywood, Florida. The city of Hollywood has hosted productions such as 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003), The Hours (2002), Donnie Brasco (1997), Cape Fear (1991), and Midnight Cowboy (1969).

Looking south, the Florida Everglades are a unique wetlands area. Farther south still the Florida Keys have beautiful beaches, turquoise waters, and the iconic Seven Mile Bridge which links the islands. Dry Tortugas National Park is a beautiful location.

The centrally located city of Orlando is best known for its theme parks including Disney World and Universal Studios. Other locations of interest in the Orlando area include Cape Canaveral Kennedy Space Center, Disney Springs, Orange County Convention Center, and Bok Tower Gardens.

The Gulf Coast offers barrier islands, turquoise waters and beautiful white sand beaches such as Santa Rosa and Bradenton. The coast has several cities of interest including Naples, Fort Myers, Sarasota, St Petersburg, Tampa, Panama City and Pensacola. A couple of locations of note include the Sarasota suburbs built out on the barrier islands, and the Dali Museum in St Petersburg.

Florida’s agricultural locations of interest to filmmakers and photographers include orange, sugarcane, tomato and grapefruit farms.

Florida has hosted a long list of productions including Moonlight, The Florida Project, Scarface, Bad Boys, The Hours (2002), Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994), Cape Fear (1991), Edward Scissorhands (1990), Goldfinger, Moonraker, Flipper, Transformers: Dark of the Moon and hundreds of TV shows, commercials and stills shoots.

Florida Film Location Permits

Permits are required throughout Florida for anyone shooting for commercial use on public property. Miami-Dade county permits cost $100 per each 28 production days. Permits take 24hrs with more complicated shoots requiring 14 days notice. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

Most of Florida has a humid subtropical climate. South Florida has a tropical climate. October through May are the dry season. June through September is the rainy season with thunderstorms and hurricanes common. Florida is one of the most tornado-prone states in the United States however these tend to be weaker than those in the Midwest and Great Plains.

Public holidays may affect timing, availability and costs. See here for public holiday dates in the United States.

Unique Local Stories

Brands are looking for local stories that match their brand narrative. Our local teams are a great lead for sourcing those unique stories and characters.

If you are looking for stories for your next shoot, send us your brief and we will pitch you ideas.

If you have a unique story you would like to pitch to a brand anywhere in the world, pitch us your idea. We have well-established processes to ensure that your ideas are properly seen and protected.

Florida Film Crew & Talent

Crew. Florida has a large and experienced pool of creative and technical crews. 

Contact us if you are looking for a Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville, or Tallahassee based director, DP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, or any other film crew in Florida.

Talent. Florida has a predominately Caucasian, Latino and African American population. Southern Florida, in particular, has a large Cuban community. Movie character stereotypes include suntanned snowbird retirees, panhandle rednecks, and gator handlers.

Florida Film Equipment

Equipment. Florida offers both Panavision and Arri equipment as well as several boutique equipment companies.

Communications. Communication is key. Our agility and global experience allows us to customise the right communications systems for every shoot.

Web posted casting, scouting, and videoconferencing.

For clients that are unable to attend set we offer a virtual video village solution. This dedicated and secure high-resolution video streaming platform allows clients from one or multiple timezones to view setups without compromise and to participate in real-time with the team on set. Separate systems can be set up for the discrete conversations that are required to make a job run right. Working remotely with our local teams reduces your content production costs, turnaround times, carbon footprint, and risks associated with unpredictable global events.

Florida Studios & Post Production

Studios. Florida has many state of the art facilities to choose from including a film lab.

Florida Tax Incentives For Filming

Florida has cancelled its film incentives program. The state still offers a sales tax exemption on certain items used exclusively in film and TV productions. Miami-Dade County has an incentive program. Other local film commissions offer hotel discounts and grants to encourage filming.

Transport & Accommodation

Transportation. All major cities in Florida are well serviced by domestic and international airlines so it’s easy to get to opposite season weather, quickly.

Accommodation. Please contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville, Tallahassee and other areas of Florida. Hotels of note include:

The Biltmore

Final Notes

Safety. Florida is a very safe and reliable place for foreign productions to shoot. See here for up to date travel advice.

Down Time. Relax by the beach.

Projects. For an example of TV commercials, stills campaigns, online content, corporate videos, virtual reality 360 content, feature films, TV series and documentaries shot in Florida, please see below:

Hire Florida Production Support & Shooting Crew

If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer for your shoot in Florida, please contact us.

If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in Florida, such as a director, DoP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, please contact us.

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