Florida's first "YouTube Digital Space" arrives

Posted at 7:55 PM, Feb 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-04 19:55:24-05
Local film commissions said they are trying to get creative in how they do business, because Florida isn't offering much in the way of tax incentives for filmmakers.
St. Pete/Clearwater Film Commissioner Tony Armer said his commission has started the state's first "YouTube Digital Space."  
Armer said there are similar spaces across the country.
The commission teamed up with Blue Water Media to give amateur filmmakers access to the "YouTube Digital Space."  Organizers said the program gives amateur filmmakers a professional studio to work in, plus production guidance.  
"It's generally just a few people working on these projects, but they are putting out content that is getting the same number of views and watch time than what you would see in an independent feature film," said Armer.
About a dozen local "YouTube artists" are participating in the first session, but more local artists can apply here.
Armer said they accept a wide range of talent into the program.  Education musician Jack Hartmann's producer said they are thrilled to be a part of the project.
"We will definitely see the quality of our product improve," said Jeremiah Johnson.
Armer said digital media platforms are vital to the way consumers are consuming content.
"If you aren't involved in digital you are behind the times," said Armer.