The Sarasota County Film & Entertainment Office counted 517 projects in 2012 with a fiscal impact of $10.6 million. Here are a few of the largest projects and the direct dollars they spent in the region.
MTV dating reality show. (The crew shot scenes all over the county in homes, restaurants, bars and beaches, making it the largest single-budget project in five years. The name of the show has not been released and there is no air date yet.)
Parker. Major film shot at Ca’ d’Zan; hired 250 extras.
Free Ride. Indie film starring Anna Paquin, now entering the film festival circuit.
Spring Breakers. Indie film starring Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez and James Franco.
SOURCE: The Sarasota County Film & Entertainment Office