By Daniela Ortega, Contributing Reporter
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – As of August, the city of Miami Beach invites everyone to get to know and love the city’s film history through the new digital portal “Filmed on the Beach.” The web site also lists a number of grants and funding support for filmmakers to help bring productions to the area.
The scenic city has been present in some of the most iconic moments in film history, including the infamous chainsaw scene from Scarface on Ocean Drive, to the craze of Beatlemania hitting the USA in North Miami Beach. Other famous productions include The Godfather II, The Birdcage and Bad Boys.
Matt Kenny, Director of Tourism and Culture, noted, “We want our residents to better connect to our city’s history as well as inspire future filmmakers to follow in some of the famous footsteps. The interactive tool will be monumental in doing so and reminding individuals why Miami Beach was, and still remains, a cultural icon on the silver screen.”
Visitors of “Filmed on the Beach,” will be able to take a star-studded tour from the comfort of their own homes, as well as locations that have been used and crucial points of the city that have been immortalized in the big screen.
The tour is divided in three parts: South Beach locations (sun, fun and art deco), Mid Beach locations (mid-century luxury), and North Beach locations (Beatlemania to Bad Boys).
Currently the hit award-winning show, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” is filming in South Beach, and most recently, the also award-winning show, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” was also filmed at the Beach.
To encourage and promote Miami Beach’s participation in film and TV production with local and international affiliates, the city’s Film Production Grant aids generously those who choose to shoot “along the sand and sun.”
The types of projects eligible for a $10,000 grant are feature films, short films, documentaries, scripted TV movies, pilots and shows, commercials, music videos, and scripted web series.
The ABC Studios TV series “Grand Hotel,” was the first one to have been awarded the grant. Click here if you wish to apply.