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By Joe Crews
posted Oct 14, 2013 - 1:50:10pm
A feature film called The Dreamer will be filmed in and around DeLand early next year, and the producers say the movie will have a major effect on the local economy.
Executive Producer Jenneva Laska told the DeLand City Commission Oct. 7 that the production will need locations, accommodations, transportation, props, wardrobe, catering, talent, contractors, builders, artists, crew, and old Model-T cars, as well as services such as laundry, dry cleaning, beauty services, animals, security and more. All of those things will be procured locally, Laska said.
"We believe we can touch almost every business while we're here,” Laska said.
Giuli Schacht of the locally based Creative Industry Alliance, which works with production companies to try to convince them to film here, said in a later interview that bringing this production to West Volusia “is a very big deal.”
Schacht described the film as a “very important historical piece” set in early 1900s Central Florida. The producers originally thought they might shoot about 80 percent of the film locally, but after being in the area for a few days, they decided to shoot 100 percent here, she said.
“Pre-production is going on now, and costume-making and set construction will get underway in a month or so,” Schacht said. “Principal photography will begin sometime in January or February, with an at least four-week shooting schedule.”
Schacht said this is the second movie the alliance has brought to Volusia County; Disney will be filming in the New Smyrna Beach area later this year. And, she said, producers for two to five television shows will be scouting the area soon.
“This is only the beginning,” Schacht said.
Laska, too, believes the area has a promising future for television and film production.
“We believe we can put this city on the map for other production companies,” Laska said.
Mayor Bob Apgar wished the producers luck with their movie.
“This is really something that all of West Volusia can get excited about,” Apgar said.
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