St. Pete/Clearwater Becoming a Hot Spot for Movies, Commercials & Music Videos

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 5:38pm

With Dolphin Tale 2,the sequel to the Warner Bros. blockbuster, already in the works to film and be produced in Clearwater this fall, the list of movies, commercials and music videos filmed in St. Pete/Clearwater is booming. After a picture-perfect experience filming Dolphin Tale on location in Clearwater in 2010, Alcon Entertainment’s glowing reviews about filming in the area has bolstered St. Pete/Clearwater’s reputation as a world-class location for film production. Recently, Magic Mike (Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey), Spring Breakers (Selena Gomez), and Sunlight Jr. (Naomi Watts, Matt Dillon) were all filmed in the area, raising the area’s profile—and hip factor—to new heights.

This is on top of an already impressive roster of films, TV shows and music videos that stretches back more than two decades and includes Ocean’s Eleven, The Punisher and Cocoon—as well as music videos by British super-group Coldplay ("Hardest Part"), country superstar Carrie Underwood ("Wasted") and German auto-giant Mercedes-Benz, who recently shot a commercial featuring its high-end cars speeding down the beaches at Fort De Soto Park.