De MillerThe mainstream film industry has Hollywood and Bollywood, now a group of Christian film-makers are hoping to transform Central Florida into Holywood by making it the capital of faith-based movies.

The makers of Letters To God, which was the first big faith-based movie to be shot in the southern state already have plans to make several more films in the area and have inspired other film-makers to follow them. Among them is director De Miller whose drama about baseball and redemption begins shooting next month. De MillerThe mainstream film industry has Hollywood and Bollywood, now a group of Christian film-makers are hoping to transform Central Florida into 'Holywood' by making it the capital of faith-based movies.

The makers of Letters To God, which was the first big faith-based movie to be shot in the southern state already have plans to make several more films in the area and have inspired other film-makers to follow them. Among them is director De Miller whose drama about baseball and redemption begins shooting next month.

"We'd like Central Florida to be 'Holywood' because we want to get the 'L' out of Hollywood," he quipped.

The local climate and the availability of keen - and quite possibly cheap - acting talent thanks to the local Disney and Universal Studios theme parks are seen as a bonus for low budget film-makers.

There are a half a dozen similar projects currently in production according to a report in the Orlando Sentinel, many financed by local church goers - a system that was inspired by the Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia which has financed three movies by the Kendrick Brothers including $40million box office hit Fireproof.

What do you think, does the film industry need a 'Holywood'?


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