You may recall a story I did on the “Blair Witch” director Dan Myrick (here), filming a movie/web series in Plant City.
Mr. Myrick had plans of returning to Plant City next month, to start shooting the second episode of his Tampa web series titled “Black Veil”.
But according to the TampaBay.com due to the spread of the Coronavirus, the Hillsborough County Film Commission suspended all production in public spaces. This includes the web series that Myrick’s Tampa-based Power Station production company was shooting.
I had also reported in my initial story that the first episode was shot in January and employed 40 local residents. Myrick was extremely happy with the way the production went, he was very complimentary of the local help he hired at that time, (and he’s still anxious to complete the series).
But like nearly everything else, the virus has caused him to have to change his course a little. However, he remains steadfast on returning to the Tampa Bay area.
“The plan was to write and shoot one, write and shoot one, and so on. Now, we’ll just write them all and then bunch them together in the summer or fall.”
Tyler Martinolich, the Hillsborough Film Commissioner, says that’s welcomed news…
“Dan’s commitment to the bay area is appreciated and I hope provides a bit of hope for local filmmakers who are struggling. I’m confident our market will bounce back.”
Myrick is being cautious regarding the virus and says he is self-isolating with his wife, two kids and his 80-year-old mother.
I certainly appreciate Dan’s commitment and dedication to Plant City, and we all will look forward to his finished product. Who doesn’t love a good horror movie?
Until then, here are a few photos from the Blair Witch Project to hold you over…
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