FAQs

Shooting in Metro Orlando:

What is the Orlando Film Commission? Does Orlando have a large enough crew-base to support my project?
What services does the Film Commission provide? What's the weather like in Orlando?
What incentives are available to productions? How do I know how to prepare when there is a hurricane warning/watch?
Do I need a permit to shoot in Orlando? How can I get a copy of the Orlando Filmbook?
How much does a production permit cost? Where can I find stock footage of Orlando?
How long does it take to get a permit?  

For Locals:

Can the Film Commission help me find a job? How can I be an extra?
How do I find out what productions are currently shooting in Orlando? My child is beautiful and talented. How can I get him/her in the business?
I'm a local independent filmmaker. Can the Film Commission help get my movie made? My car is a classic/one-of-a-kind. How can I get it in the business?
I've written a great screenplay. Can the Film Commission help me get it to a literary agent or producer? My pet is cute and talented. How can I get my him/her in the business?
How do I get started in the production industry? Does the Film Commission provide opportunities for internships?
 I am an actor looking for work. How do I find out which projects are casting in Orlando?  

Zika Virus:

What is Zika? What health problems can result from getting Zika?
How do people get infected with Zika? If I am traveling to an area with Zika, should I be concerned?
What are the symptoms of Zika virus disease? What can people do to prevent Zika?
How is Zika diagnosed?  




Q: What is the Orlando Film Commission?

A: Briefly, the Orlando Film Commission is a not-for-profit, public-private partnership program of the Orlando Economic Development Commission (EDC) empowered to attract, facilitate, troubleshoot and permit filming in the Orlando region. For more information about the EDC, click here.

Q: What services does the Orlando Film Commission provide?

A: The Film Commission acts as a central information source for on-location productions and provides the following services:
  • Location Assistance: our on-site library contains over 10,000 photos or visit a sampling of our photos online.
  • One-Stop Permitting: streamlined permitting process for jurisdictions in Orange, Seminole, Lake and Osceola counties and the City of Orlando.
  • Production Directory: a comprehensive guide for all your production needs with categorized listings of people and companies that provide goods and services to the industry.

Q: What incentives are available to productions?

A. The State of Florida offers an up-front sales tax exemption for qualified productions, while the City of Orlando offers a television network cash incentive. Visit our Incentives page to find out more.

Q: Do I need a permit to shoot in Orlando?

A. Permits are required for most types of production projects. The Film Commission offers a streamlined permit process for all city and county jurisdictions in the Metro Orlando region. These cities and counties all have their own permit requirements and the Film Commission is your best source for information. Visit our Permitting page to find out more.

Q: How much does a production permit cost?

A. The Film Commission does not charge for their permitting services, although there are some communities that do have fees associated with shooting. Additionally, there may be other services needed from government agencies that require a fee, such as off-duty officers. Visit our Permitting page to find out more.

Q: How long does it take to get a permit?

A. Most jurisdictions require a minimum of five days to process a permit, which is stated in their motion photography production ordinance. Remember that a number of sign-offs from different departments are required which takes time. Visit our Permitting page to find out more.

Q: Does Orlando have a large enough crew-base to support my project?

A. Orlando has an extremely sophisticated and talented crew base that is large enough to crew three film projects simultaneously. A list of Orlando crew is available through the Orlando Filmbook Online. Crew lists from past television and feature projects filmed are also available to producers upon request by e-mailing lindsey@filmorlando.com.

Q: What's the weather like in Orlando?

A. Orlando's moderate climate offers the ability for year-round production and has the unique advantage of remaining green all year with lush foliage including oaks, magnolias, pine and azaleas. Visit our Weather page to find out more.

Q: How do I know how to prepare when there is a hurricane warning/watch?

A. The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1 – November 30. For more information visit our weather page for links to the Florida and local hurricane preparedness websites.

Q: How can I get a copy of the Orlando Filmbook?

A. The Orlando Filmbook, is no longer being printed, however, you can still access the same comprehensive information on our website through our Production Directory. If you can't find what you are looking for, email info@filmorlando.com or call 407.422.7159.

Q: Where can I find stock footage of Orlando?

A. The Film Commission does not have stock footage, but you can check the Filmbook Online for local stock footage suppliers. For stills or video footage, you can also try the Visit Orlando at 407.363.5800 or the news departments at the local network affiliates.

Q: Can the Film Commission help me find a job?

A. No. The Film Commission is not an employment agency. However, at the request of specific projects, we do post any employment opportunities on our website. Visit our Industry Jobs Board page to find out more. Also, many projects look to hire local crew members. The best way to guarantee that you are being considered for local work, is to make sure you are listed in the Orlando Production Directory. Visit our Registration page to find out more.

Q: How do I find out what productions are currently shooting in Orlando?

A. Orlando is home to various production projects at any given time. Some projects have a quick turn-around, especially commercials. Unfortunately, information can only be shared after the company gives us permission, which most are reluctant to do. While some of the projects may already be fully crewed, many are looking to hire local crew members. The best way to guarantee that you are being considered for local work, is to make sure you are listed in the Orlando Production Directory. Visit our Registration page to apply for a listing.

Q: I'm a local independent filmmaker. Can the Film Commission help get my movie made?

A. While the Film Commission is not involved in the actual production, financing or distribution of films, we can provide assistance with location scouting, permitting, production resources and contact information to help your project get underway. Once your project is complete, we can also assist in public relations opportunities. A good resource is the website for Independent Feature Project: The Source for Independent Filmmakers at www.ifp.org.

Q: I've written a great screenplay. Can you help me get it to a literary agent or producer?

A. The Film Commission does not market scripts to agents or producers. We recommend that you secure a literary agent, who can assist you with more information. As a first step, visit the website for the Writers Guild of America at www.wga.org.

Q: How do I get started in the production industry?

A. Establish contacts and network! There are several networking opportunities within the Orlando production community of which you should take advantage. Visit our Resources page to find out more. Internships are always a good idea. Internships with professors, local TV stations, or local production companies can certainly lead to a career in the industry. Working for school credit will provide you with the kind of information that is not available in the classroom.

Q: I am an actor looking for work. How do I find out which projects are casting in Orlando?

A. The Film Commission does not work directly with talent, although the local talent pool is an important incentive and attractive element for anyone shooting in Orlando. Orlando features many talent agencies and casting directors that list in the Production Directory. Orlando also has a branch of the Screen Actor's Guild, who could provide more information on casting opportunities. If a project has an open casting call, we will list it in our Casting Notices page of our website whenever the production company makes that information available.

Q: How can I be an extra?

A: The Film Commission posts any extra/talent opportunities for current productions on our website whenever the production company makes that information available. Visit our Casting Notices page to find out more.

Q: My child is beautiful and talented. How can I get him/her in the business?

A: Begin by contacting a talent agent, who can help guide you and your child through the required steps of becoming an actor. Orlando features many talent agencies that list in the Production Directory. The Orlando branch of the Screen Actor's Guild also has a list of reputable talent agents. Your child should begin to get training in the arts whether in school or outside the classroom, such as the Orlando Youth Theatre and Academy.

Q: My car is a classic/one-of-a-kind. How can I get it in the business?

A: Visit the Picture Cars category of our Production Directory for a complete listing of companies in the Orlando region. You should contact them directly for further information on representation.

Q: My pet is cute and talented. How can I get my him/her in the business?

A: Visit the Animal Trainer/Handler/Wrangler category of our Production Directory for a complete listing of trainers in the Orlando region. You should contact them directly for further information on representation.

Q: Does the Film Commission provide opportunities for internships?

A: The Film Commission offers unpaid internships to college students seeking academic credit. Student internships may be available on a quarterly basis year-round, coinciding with your school's semester or quarter. E-mail info@filmorlando.com for more information.

Q: What is Zika?

A: Zika virus disease is caused by the Zika virus, which is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito (Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting up to a week, and many people do not have symptoms or will have only mild symptoms. However, Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect called microcephaly and other severe brain defects.

Q: How do people get infected with Zika?

A: Zika is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infectedAedes species. A pregnant woman can pass Zika to her fetus during pregnancy or around the time of birth. Also, a man with Zika can pass it to sex partners. We encourage people who have traveled to or live in places with Zika to protect themselves by preventing mosquito bites and sexual transmission of Zika.

Q: What are the symptoms of Zika virus disease?

A: The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes. Other symptoms include muscle pain and headache. Many people infected with Zika won’t have symptoms or will have mild symptoms, which can last for several days to a week.

Q: How is Zika diagnosed?

A: To diagnose Zika, your doctor will ask you about recent travel and symptoms you may have, and collect blood or urine to test for Zika or similar viruses.

Q: What health problems can result from getting Zika?

A: Many people infected with Zika will have no symptoms or mild symptoms that last several days to a week. However, Zika infection during pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect calledmicrocephaly and other severe fetal brain defects. Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS), an uncommon sickness of the nervous system, is also very likely triggered by Zika in a small number of cases.

Once someone has been infected with Zika, it’s very likely they’ll be protected from future infections. There is no evidence that past Zika infection poses an increased risk of birth defects in future pregnancies.


Q: If I am traveling to an area with Zika, should I be concerned?

A: Travelers who go to places with Zika can be infected, and the CDC has issued travel notices for people traveling to those areas. Many people will have mild or no symptoms. However, Zika can cause microcephaly and other severe birth defects. For this reason, pregnant women should not travel to any area with Zika, and women trying to get pregnant should talk to their doctors before traveling or before their male partners travel. Those traveling to areas with Zika should take steps during and after they travel to prevent mosquito bites and sexual transmission of Zika.

Q: What can people do to prevent Zika?

A: There is currently no vaccine for preventing Zika. The best way to prevent Zika is to protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites:
The sources for the information in this document are the Florida Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To learn more, visit their websites at floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/zika-virus/ and www.cdc.gov/zika/ or contact your local Florida county health department.