ByDave Conley, writer at Creators.co
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In a WORLD where giant mice take pictures...

I know when people hear the name "Orlando, FL" that is most likely the first image to come to mind. Well "grab the cat Rog" it's time for a little vacation!

That scene from Leathal Weapon 3 is the old Orlando city hall being blown up! Well most of the scene anyways. Central Florida has a long history of movie making, thanks to its year-round sunshine and moderate climate. I know, I used to live there and was fortunate enough to witness this and many other productions.

With the construction of the Disney-MGM (now Hollywood) Studios and Universal Studios production facilities in the early 90's many filmmakers flocked to the area.

Films like Ron Howard's Parenthood and television shows like The Adventures of Superboy came, then the Steven Spielberg series SeaQuest DSV and Tom Hank's HBO series "From the Earth to the Moon" were filmed in Central Fl. During this period Orlando became known as "Hollywood East" because of its rising film industry.

Parenthood
Parenthood
He finally got his bigger boat!
He finally got his bigger boat!

In the late 90's the film scene was changing. It was Orlando,Florida that Found the footage which started an ongoing trend in movies today.

No such place as Blair, Maryland!
No such place as Blair, Maryland!

And that wasn't the only "Monster" to come out of Orlando! Charlize Theron was spotted in a strip club there!

Serial Killer Aileen Wournos really haunted those places in Orlando and Daytona!
Serial Killer Aileen Wournos really haunted those places in Orlando and Daytona!

Coming up is "Tomorrowland" and in March is The true story of an addict seeking recovery who inspires an ongoing real life movement. Starring Kat Dennings, "To Write Love On Her Arms" is a movie made in Orlando with the help of Valencia College Film program.

I mention Valencia's film program because whether it was footage being found by producer's working with Valencia, or The program itself making the movies, or the people working on the movies that received their degrees from Valencia. These films certainly owe a big thank you to the Valencia College Film Program! And this man Ralph Clemente!

Ralph Clemente is the chair of the Valencia College Film Production Technology program. First off, I am a bit biased about this because I was privileged to be a student of Ralph's and a graduate of the program. I even went back and acted in a couple of short films produced there.

And returned again to help produce a Stephen King short "POPSY"

Since Ralph Clemente started this program, at the then brand new Universal Studios Orlando, in 1988, they have gone on to make over 50 full length movies They've worked with such legendary directors as Robert Wise and George Romero. Stephen Spielberg stated early on that this was one of the best film programs in the country. David Nutter (The Flash, Arrow) the king of TV pilots was once a student of Ralph Clemente's! So you can easily see why this program needs to be celebrated!

David Nutter!
David Nutter!

Myself I've since moved back to the home of "The Great Yellow Father" (George Eastman, Kodak? Look it up!) So if like me there's two feet of snow outside your window, you might want to go to Florida. OR you might want to learn how movies are made.Maybe you need a crew to make a movie! In any case I would strongly suggest Orlando! Whether you go to Universal Studios theme park or Valencia's film program you can do it in Orlando!

There's a whole new generation of dreamers and doers out there and It's hard to believe that Valencia is putting on their 20th Annual Celebration of film! Check it out!

If you're going to be in the Orlando area or if you're interested in attending a Top Notch film school check out Valencia College! The celebration will be held Feb. 12-13 and Feb. 19-21, 2015. Visit their website for more info-20thannualvalenciafilmcelebration.com

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