Florida is known for many things like its fresh oranges, its sunshine and warm climate, its beautiful beaches, its Everglades National Park, cigar factories and many more interesting things. There is also one more thing that adds on to Florida’s popularity and it is its film industry. The film industry in Florida is one of the largest in the United States. In 2006, Florida was ranked third in the U.S. for film production, after California and New York, based on revenue generated.
Who knew Florida would also be famous for its film industry. I will be talking about Florida’s interesting facts and history about the film/movie industry and how it all started in Florida. In the early 20th century it was a period of rapid growth for the
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Residents of Jacksonville, along with its buildings and amazing variety of landscape have been watched since on both movie and television screens. Kalem Studios soon had company as more key film agencies, including Selig, Encore, and King Bee opened studios in Jacksonville. But the city’s biggest claim to fame was the making of the first Technicolor motion picture and the first full length color movie created in the United States. Up until then, the world had only enjoyed black and white films, so The Gulf Between, filmed in 1917, was a history making event in Jacksonville. The film later was lost, because no one preserved Florida’s film archives. Only small pieces remain in a few museums across the country. About one century ago Oliver Hardy, the comic duo Laurel and Hardy, made his film debut in “Outwitting Daddy” a film shot in Jacksonville in 1913. In 1915 Joseph Engel started Metro Pictures here in Jacksonville. His company later combined with another production company and became known as Metro Goldwyn Mayer. Jacksonville also made a great progress in the African American film industry. In 1916, producer Richard Norman came to Jacksonville and opened a movie studio. Norman, a white man, began his career in the 1910s making movies for white audiences. Later, he began making movies for African American audiences. He opened his studio and joined the ranks of others, such as Oscar Micheaux