A pesar que la Florida Central nunca a tenido la reputación de ser el Hollywood del Este de los Estados Unidos , muchas peliculas incluyendo algunas mediocres, han sido filmadas en el área de Orlando, Florida en el pasar de los años. Una breve lista de algunas de las peliculas que se destacaron fueron filmadas en parte o en su totalidad en la Florida Central, así como también un película que se convirtió en un culto y que tiene una conexión muy especial con el área de Orlando.
Parenthood  – Dirigida por Ron Howard, Parenthood estelarizada por Steve Martin, Mary Steenburgen, Jason Robards, Tom Hulce, Joaquin Phoenix, Dianne Wiest y Keanu Reeves. A pesar que la trama de esta drama/comedia trataba de las pruebas y tribulaciones de una familia del “Medio Oeste” , muchas escenas fueron filmadas en la Florida Central, incluyendo Orlando, College Park y Altamonte Springs. La escena del cumpleaños fue tomada en el Mystery Fun House, el cual esta actualmente cerrado. .
Lethal Weapon 3  –El edificio que es demolido al comienzo de la película es realmente el-en The building that gets blown up in the opening sequence of the film is actually the old Orlando City Hall building, which had been scheduled for demolition anyway. The rest of Lethal Weapon 3 was filmed elsewhere.
Trekkies  – This hilarious documentary on obsessive Star Trek fans profiled a Central Florida dentist, Dr. Denis Bourguignon, who had opened a “Starbase Dental” office full of Star Trek memorabilia and whose staff wore Star Trek uniforms.
The Blair Witch Project  – Although this incredibly successful independent movie was filmed entirely in Maryland, its director and cast all graduated from the University of Central Florida (UCF). Made for about $35,000, The Blair Witch Project eventually grossed nearly $250 million worldwide.
The Waterboy  – The “Bourbon Bowl” game at the end of the movie was filmed at the Citrus Bowl in downtown Orlando. Many of the extras in the scene were UCF students. Scenes were also filmed at Stetson University in DeLand and Palatlakaha River Park in Lake County. The Waterboy starred Adam Sandler as “Robert ‘Bobby’ Boucher Jr.,” as well as Kathy Bates and Henry Winkler.
Instinct  – This mediocre thriller, which starred Anthony Hopkins and Cuba Gooding Jr., features scenes shot in Winter Park and Valencia Community College.
Monster  – Charlize Theron captured an Oscar as “Best Actress” for her portrayal of prostitute and serial killer Aileen Wuornos, who was executed for a notorious killing spree during the 1980s. Monster, which also starred Christina Ricci and Bruce Dern, was shot entirely in Central Florida.
Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector  – Larry the Cable Guy (real name: Dan Whitney) resides in Sanford, Florida, and his film debut was shot entirely on location in Orlando. Judging by the myriad of negative reviews, critics seemed decidedly underwhelmed by Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector and a sequel appears unlikely.
Other movies that feature scenes shot in Central Florida include Honky Tonk Freeway (1981), Jaws 3-D (1983), Stranger Than Paradise (1984), D.A.R.Y.L. (1985), Miami Connection (1986), Ernest Saves Christmas (1988), Days of Thunder (1990), Shakma (1990), My Girl (1991), Oscar (1991), Problem Child 2 (1991), Passenger 57 (1992), Dead Presidents (1995), The Walking Dead (1995), Rosewood (1997) and Olive Juice (2001).
In addition, before Disney closed its Central Florida animation studio at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in 2003, a number of animated films were worked on there such as Mulan (1998), Lilo & Stitch (2002) and Brother Bear (2003), among others. The space is now occupied by an attraction called The Magic of Disney Animation, a behind-the-scenes look at the animation process.
“Disney’s Hollywood Studios still maintains a backlot tram tour that takes you past movie sets and props, as well as Catastrophe Canyon, a showcase for state-of-the-art special effects. In addition, both Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Universal Studios feature a variety of rides and attractions based on popular movies such as Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, Beauty & the Beast, Star Tours, The Great Movie Ride, Revenge of the Mummy, Men in Black Alien Attack, Lights, Motors, Action! Stunt Show and Twister . . . Ride it Out, among others.”
Central Florida is also home to the Florida Film Festival, a 10-day event in early April that features American independent films, foreign films, documentaries, regional and family films, animation, narrative films and midnight movies. Past attendees have included Dennis Hopper, Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy and Oliver Stone. The Florida Film Festival takes place at the Enzian Theater in Maitland.
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