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“Hoot” Production Comes to Town

July 23rd, 2005

From the Boca Beacon:

From the moment Wil Shriner, Jimmy Buffett and Carl Hiaason concocted the idea of bringing Haaison’s Hoot to life, they had their sights set on just one place to portray the film‚s fictional “Coconut Cove.”

Boca Grande.

Shriner – who directed and wrote the screenplay – and Buffett wanted to do the whole movie here. But the film’s modest budget remained a constant reality check. To keep costs in line, most of the filming would have to take place close to production facilities in the Ft. Lauderdale area. When you go on the road, people need to eat. They need a place to sleep. They need transportation. There are expenses. Lots of them.

Two weeks, maybe three, would have been nice. But five days are five days. And we understand.

Unlike “Out of Time” (which, at one point, claimed to have “rented” Park Avenue), the folks from “Hoot” didn‚t take over Boca Grande. They blended in and simply borrowed bits and pieces. And then gave them back when they were finished.<

Read the whole article here.

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