Sarasota Provides Backdrop for The Bachelor

Sarasota will get more than a mention on tonight’s episode of The Bachelor. With contestant Renee Oteri among the final four women still competing for the affections of bachelor Juan Pablo Galavis, a film crew shot in Sarasota to record the interactions between the two. ABC has a sneak preview up right now that shows the area tropical climate was used to full effect. The production also feeds local efforts by the film commission to bring more reality television productions to Southwest Florida

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What do a television movie producer and a reality TV pioneer have in common?

It may seem at first blush that the producer responsible for the Hallmark movie and the  host who first brought Real TV to network airwaves would come from different ends of the film spectrum. But K.C. Schulberg and John Daly,  guests last week at a Sarasota County Film and Entertainment Office mixer, started with a very similar goal: staying out of television.

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Love Pops: Wes Roberts Discusses His Most Recent 48-hour Film

Love. Drama. Bubble wrap. Yes, the short film Love Pops has all the trappings of any superhero blockbuster today, but you won’t see it in front of the next Marvel picture. Instead, the eight-minute saga rolls this week among other shorts at a special Manasota Films industry event. Fortunately for the Backlot staff, we have an in with the director.

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Film Mixer: KC Schulberg, John Daly to discuss independent film, reality television

Reality and scripts collide on Nov. 20 at the February Film Mixer, scheduled for Feb. 20. Special guests at the event include K.C. Schulberg, an award-winning producer for the Hallmark Channel, and John Daly, he original host of Real TV.

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South Florida Museum Screens ‘Sergeant York’ For New Series: “An American Legacy”

Howard Hawks’ award-winning Sergeant York, starring Gary Cooper, tells the story of a Tennessee pacifist called to serve in World War I and his return as a war hero, and it’s a story with its own Florida connection.

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The Bigger Picture

2014 marks a big year for SRQ Backlot.

This website for three years now has provided all the behind-the-scenes news on the happenings of the Sarasota Film Festival, including the stars, screenings and celebrations that bring Hollywood to our doorstep every year. And we will continue providing the best coverage bar none of this exciting event.

In those three years, though, we and the rest of the cinema-loving world have seen the accelerated growth of an entire film industry and filmmaking community within Southwest Florida. Ringling College of Art and Design each year attracts a slew of stars and industry professions to teach film majors secrets of the trade. Movies like Spring Breakers and Free Ride have chosen the Sarasota area as a backdrop for major parts of the film. The Sarasota County Film and Entertainment Office continuously expands its role in assisting both filmmakers and investors to find success on the Suncoast.

SRQ Media Group, of course, has followed the excitement along the way. Whether through posts on our popular newsletter SRQ Daily or in the pages of SRQ Magazine, we have recorded the evolution of an industry. But the coverage has never been concentrated in a single location for our readers both to zero in on those film-related stories or to absorb the bigger picture of cinema’s impact on the Suncoast.

Since its debut, SRQ Backlot has seen more than 50,000 hits from readers anxious to see not only the stars visiting the region but to spot the locals engaging with the film world. As of today, this site will cover all aspects of the filmmaking industry and its presence in paradise. Whether that means tracking the success of computer animators who graduate from Ringling to create Oscar-winning films, keeping up with the efforts of Jeanne Corcoran’s team as they attract TV crews here or the creation of important cinema by Sarasota filmmakers, count on us to give you the news you need.

And still count on Backlot to provide you the best live coverage of every development with the Sarasota Film Festival. We’ll be there in March when the full list of programming is released and will continue to provide you access to the filmmakers, celebrities and industry heavyweights who come here each year.

Stay tuned.

Gallery: Vince Fraser’s SFF 2014 campaign

You may recall that the Sarasota Film Festival last week announced Vince Fraser’s new campaign and offered a small peak at the visual’s that accompany this year’s “Infinite Possibilities” theme. Now, the festival has shared with SRQ Backlot this collection of promotional posters. And in addition to blue lightning, we also get to see similar imaginary cast with everything from ink to smoke.

Which one of these posters is your favorite take on the theme?

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