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Perhaps it was a scene from "Adaptation," the Nicolas Cage movie version of "The Orchid Thief." Or maybe it was a shot from the Oscar-winning film "The Hours," starring Nicole Kidman. Or was it a recent Toyota commercial? Whatever the clip, you might have found yourself saying, "Hey, that place looks familiar!"

And with good reason. The film and television industry is increasingly using Fort Lauderdale and Broward County - as it does the rest of Florida - as a stage. Over $20 million is spent annualy in Broward in film, television, commercials and still photography and the estimated financial impact to Broward County is over $400 million per year.

Driving this growth is a combination of factors. Broward offers a diversity of locations, a resident crew base, and cities with a film-friendly attitude combined with ideal weather conditions that allow shooting on a year-round basis.

Another advantage is Broward's proximity to Miami Beach and Miami-Dade County. Movies that are principally produced in Miami-Dade have a tendency to spill over into Broward. Filming of "Out of Time" and "2Fast 2Furious" in Miami included scenes shot in Broward and secondary filming for TV's "CSI Miami" as well as "NipTuck" also take place in Broward. For people who don't live on the coast or in that environment, it has a different feel It's an exotic setting - and that makes the area a unique place to shoot.

In the case of smaller productions - music videos, for example, or recent commercials for Wendy's and Ford Motor Company - the entire shoot often takes place in Broward as one big advantage of shooting in Broward County is cost. It's simply cheaper to shoot in Broward and Wal-Mart, Blockbuster Video, Office Depot, Toyota, and many other major corporations have benefited.

Heading the list of 2006/2007 film projects that were shot in Broward County is "My Sexiest Year" starring Harvey Kietel, Frankie Muniz and Karolina Kurkova. Another high profile project, "Dexter", Showtime's new television crime series, shot scenes in Broward for its first season.

Independent features also found Broward to be a very accommodating place to shoot their projects this year including Canvas and Gringo Wedding. Chat, Valley of Tears, Twilight of Youth, and The Life and Dreams of Raymond White were other independent features that Broward welcomed.

The South Florida market has always been strong for television, film and commercial shooting and there has been huge growth in recent years, in part due to Spanish-language television networks Telemundo and Univision. Latin soap operas or Telenovellas and reality television have created filming niches that are very important to the economic impact that filming brings to the county. In 2006 Broward County hosted Telenovella location shoots for Univision's La Voz del Amor and Alas de Gaviota. La Viuda de Blanco, El Cuerpo del Deseo and Tierra de Pasiones all taped in the town of Southwest Ranches for Telemundo.

Reality Television shows shot on location include: Miss Florida USA, Big Spender, Bridezilla, Parent Coach, Cash in the Attic, Mr. Food, MTV's Viva La Spring Break, The Facemakers, While You Were Out, Parenting & Beyond, Extreme Makeover, Cruise with Steios and Texas Swat and Shalom in the Home.

And we haven't even mentioned all of the print modeling and catalog shoots that go on in Broward County on a daily basis. (Please check back soon for more.)

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