‘Spring Break Nightmare’ is Lifetime’s latest film shot in Tampa Bay

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ST. PETERSBURG — Shooting made-for-TV movies in the Tampa Bay area is becoming almost as common as seeing alligators or drunken pirates.

The last, Spring Break Nightmarehas been filming in St. Petersburg since February 1 and ends on February 25.

Producer, Travis Pilat of production company Night Vox, said the film will likely premiere on Lifetime later this year.

Actresses Grace Patterson, playing Ally Gates, left, and Kristi Murdock, playing Michelle Miller, film a scene for the Lifetime movie ‘Spring Break Nightmare’ at the Creel Motors car dealership in St. Petersburg. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]

This is the fifth made-for-TV film shot locally since October, the previous four being helmed by dolphin tale producer David Yates and is set to stream on Hallmark, Lifetime or ION.

And, before that, three Hallmark movies had been filmed in the area since 2019.

St. Petersburg-Clearwater film commissioner Tony Armer said the production contacted him a few months ago. “They heard about our weather, super crew and incentive program and I told them to come.”

Pinellas County’s incentive program offers up to 10% production on what they spend locally. The program has an annual budget of $1 million.

Pilat said the film is a thriller about a girl who is kidnapped and held for ransom during spring break. “The mother is the hero, and she must find and save the daughter.”

Director Dylan Vox, left, surveys a scene as actresses Grace Patterson, playing Ally Gates, and Kristi Murdock, playing Michelle Miller, film a scene from inside a Jeep for the Lifetime movie "Spring Break Nightmare" at the Creel Motors car dealership in St. Petersburg.
Director Dylan Vox, left, surveys a scene as actresses Grace Patterson, playing Ally Gates, and Kristi Murdock, playing Michelle Miller, film a scene from inside a Jeep for the movie ‘Spring Break Nightmare’ in life at the Creel Motors car dealership in St Petersburg. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]

On Tuesday, production brought Spring Break Nightmare to Creel Motors on N 66th Street in St. Petersburg for a scene in which the mother visits “a rental car company to search for a trace of her missing daughter,” Pilat said.

The production is made up of local cast and crew.

“We provide jobs for people,” Armer said. “It’s the last movie to come here and it won’t be the last. We’re enjoying a lot of activity right now.

Production is almost complete The beast comes at midnight. Filmed in Gibsonton, it follows a teenage podcaster who believes the unsolved murders are the work of a werewolf. It is the first in a series of films based on the true history of Gibsonton as a residential center for gig workers.

And Yates said his next movie, The plus one, about a man who brings an ex-girlfriend to his best friend’s wedding, begins filming in March. Then they begin production of a family film called Lab kids.

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