COMPASS Business Members supply Florida motion picture production and are the primary drivers of economic impact into Florida’s communities.
These are the small businesses through which production dollars flow to create additional jobs, buy and rent equipment, house and feed cast and crew, purchase supplies and raw material, and build new infrastructure.
Due to steadily decreasing production, many of these business face either downsizing or relocation out of state.
Originally the Ivan Tors Studios – home to “Flipper,” “Gentle Ben” and other popular 1960s productions – this historic North Miami studio complex has been known as a centerpiece of South Florida production since it took its new name in the 1990s.
Founded in 1973, CEA is a specialist investment banking and funds management firm focused on media, entertainment, and communications. CEA has completed transactions in more than 60 countries, principally in mergers and acquisitions, financing, corporate advice, as well as private equity and direct investments. Today, CEA operates from its headquarters in Tampa with satellite offices in New York and London.
Unique Producers Service
The new owners of South Florida’s oldest operating grip and electric rental company (1970) are continuing the Unique tradition of providing high quality service and competitive pricing. Unique offers a comprehensive inventory of grip, lighting, electrical and special effects products and the most updated camera car and process trailer available in the area.
Clearwater Marine Aquarium
The location for the 2010 family film “Dolphin Tale” and the 2013 sequel “Dolphin Tale 2.” A widely popular theme park with a mission to “restore and preserve our marine environment.”
Ellen Jacoby Casting International
The go-to name among casting directors both in South Florida and internationally, EJCI director Ellen Jacoby CSA has booked more than 300,000 Florida actors, dancers and performers from her Miami-based office over the past 25 plus years.
Established in 1998, Sunwolf is a Clearwater-based company that offers a full range of grip and lighting packages for video and film projects throughout the state of Florida.
Home of the Technocrane and more. Based in Venice, Florida, this is the premier supplier of hi-tech camera platform equipment worldwide.
Central Florida’s key casting company for background, with credits including “Step Up Revolution,” “Iron Man 3,” “Burn Notice” and both of the famous “Dolphin Tale” movies.
A leading name in the production industry for over 35 years, HR offers the most complete inventory of lighting, grip, transportation, power, theatrical and specialty equipment in North America. The Orlando location of this national company was established in 1998 to provide the full range of equipment for all production needs in Florida.
For over 40 years, the premier independent paint store in South Florida and a dependable provider of high quality paints and materials to Florida’s scenic artists.
Orlando-based Blue Whale Studios serves all aspects of the entertainment industry: from exquisite beauty and fashion makeup, to cutting edge special makeup effects, to specialty costuming and armor.
Florida’s one stop destination for basic to cutting edge, extreme action. The team is mast headed by veteran Stunt Coordinator/ Stuntman, Chick Bernhard, with over 30 years of professional stunt experience. Stuntconnection uses cutting edge technology, equipment and science to create dynamic, safe and repeatable action.
G-Star School of the Arts
The largest film, acting and digital media high school in the USA. G-Star maintains and operates a 10,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art soundstage and 110,000 sq. ft. motion picture complex in Palm Beach County, Florida.
Shell Lumber and Hardware
Located in Miami since 1928, Shell has been a major supplier of specialty construction materials to the South Florida motion picture production industry for more two decades.
ARRI Rental is a leading provider of camera, grip and lighting equipment to the feature film, television, advertising, broadcast and events markets. Operating through a network of rental facilities in the US and across Europe, ARRI Rental offers exclusive, proprietary technologies, including the ALEXA XT B+W and the ALEXA 65.
The inventor and leading manufacturer of lighting balloons for a wide variety of industries including film and events. A worldwide company with manufacturing and operations facilities in Orlando.
The primary Orlando-based equipment rental company specializing in custom camera configurations.
Stein Paint Company
A 75 year-old family-owned business on West Flagler Street in Miami that has been supplying South Florida’s motion picture art and construction departments for over ten years.
South Florida’s best donut shop by far. Here’s where feature film and television craft service providers have been buying their breakfast donuts and crullers since 2001. An army marches on its stomach!
A pioneer in camera movement and leading innovator of motion picture equipment for over 60 years. Chapman/Leonard’s Orlando facility is comprised of three professional stages and incorporates a variety of in-house production services that can support major production in Central Florida and equipment lease/rental/sales statewide.
Berry's Paint, Hardware and Flooring
Supplier of construction and art department supplies in Homestead/Key Largo area.
Merlin Production Solutions
A South Florida-based company that provides special effects and specialty equipment rentals to motion picture production throughout the Southeast.
CAT Entertainment Services
Worldwide provider of rental power for the event and entertainment industries, headquartered in St. Augustine, Florida.
A South Florida company developed to provide highly-trained specialized security officers to motion picture locations throughout Florida and other major Southeast production centers.
Ricou Browning Productions
A Florida-based specialist in marine coordination and underwater production.
Camera Motion Specialists, Inc.
A South Florida based provider of specialty camera movement and support systems.
Brown Dog Sound, Inc.
Owned and operated by a two-time Emmy nominated sound mixer.
Biting Insect Control
Offers on-location clean and green mosquito and no-see-um control for motion picture productions.
On Set Environmental, Inc.
Miami’s top provider of specialized and professional set management and clean-up services.
Miami Prop Rentals
Providing a top-quality props inventory for productions in the Greater Miami/Fort Lauderdale area for over 20 years.
Ken Speed Special Effects
A well-traveled special effects team working throughout Florida and the Southeast since 1973.
Sweet Tomato Films
Florida-based production company behind “Wind Walkers,” “Sex Ed,” and “The Florida Project.”