DUNEDIN ― Asked if she is a passionate, Elayne Schneiderman Schmidt stoically replied, “I guess.”

But when requested about her partner, Schmidt’s small business-like demeanor softened.

“He is the guy of my goals,” the 64-yr-outdated Citrus County resident reported.

They fulfilled through on the web courting, he promised on their first date that he was likely to marry her, and they wed 8 weeks afterwards to the day.

“I am intimate,” Schmidt then mentioned extra definitively.

Schmidt is bringing that romance to Tampa Bay movie sets.

She has manufactured two Hallmark films in the spot and a third begins shooting before long. And, by way of the conclusion of this month, Schmidt is in Dunedin on the established of A Taste of Appreciate, a intimate movie showcasing Cobra Kai’s Martin Kove.

It is not a Hallmark film, but Schmidt is self-assured it will locate a household on a well known streaming service.

“I shoot all around the state,” mentioned Schmidt, whose producer credits include The Florida Undertaking and Academy Award-successful movie Moonlight. “But I like Tampa Bay.”

Specially for romance films.

“They want to be vibrant and alive,” she mentioned. “They want very clear and crisp destinations. Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg lend themselves to that.”

Sound mixer Mark Weber, still left, visits producer Elayne Schneiderman Schmidt when operating on the romance film ‘A Taste of Love’ at Edgewater Park in Dunedin. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]

Lincoln Lageson, who approximated he has produced much more than 70 romance movies which include the two nearby Hallmark flicks and A Taste of Love together with Schmidt, echoed that sentiment.

“There are no poor angles here,” reported Lageson, who will get the job done on the third local Hallmark motion picture as well. “Every path you shoot, it’s likely to be lovely. It’s romantic.”

He credits Schmidt for recognizing that Tampa Bay is a excellent healthy for such movies.

“Expect more romance videos to appear listed here,” he said, “but Elayne identified the likely 1st.”

Essentially, Schmidt laughed, she in the beginning acknowledged an selection for a quick-discover undertaking. Hallmark reached out to Schmidt in early 2019 to generate a motion picture. Filming necessary to get started in 4 weeks.

So Schmidt arrived at out to the Hillsborough and Pinellas movie commissioners with whom she experienced a marriage from past motion pictures she generated listed here, this kind of as Intercourse Ed starring Haley Joel Osment that shot on equally sides of the bridge in 2013.

The film commissions speedily aided secure areas and available their generation incentives that supply up to 10 percent again on what is invested in just their counties.

Hallmark’s Real Like Blooms was shot in February 2019.

“It went so well, we required to do yet another Hallmark here,” Schmidt stated.

Adore in the Sunlight filmed two months later.

Hallmark, she said, “fell in love” with the place, and wished to make a 3rd movie in this article in 2020, but essential a script.

She arrived at out to Tampa-based production company Electronic Caviar. They wrote A Flavor of Adore about an out-of-work tv chef who returns to her hometown to obtain her family’s multi-generational restaurant is up for sale since it can’t contend with present-day cuisine.

Set costumer Merissa Siggins, left, and makeup assistant Julie Edwards, right, prepare actor Martin Kove for a scene during the production of the romance film 'A Taste of Love' at Edgewater Park in Dunedin.
Established costumer Merissa Siggins, still left, and make-up assistant Julie Edwards, correct, get ready actor Martin Kove for a scene for the duration of the manufacturing of the romance film ‘A Taste of Love’ at Edgewater Park in Dunedin. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]

The pandemic quickly shut down the movie business right before a offer with Hallmark could be sealed.

Electronic Caviar satisfied with Pinellas movie commissioner Tony Armer to talk about alternatives for filming it on their possess. On Armer’s information, the Pinellas County Fee provided Digital Caviar a $500,000 creation incentive if they tweaked the script to double as a commercial for Pinellas tourism by together with certain locations and dialogue that boost explanations to go to.

Meanwhile, manufacturing commenced again and Hallmark greenlit South Beach front Really like, about an American chef and a Cuban chef who fulfill and tumble in enjoy from the backdrop of organizing a quinceañera.

It will be shot in the location and generation could start subsequent thirty day period.

“Having top quality family members enjoyment continually filming in the bay spot qualified prospects instantly to movie-induced tourism,” Hillsborough film commissioner Tyler Martinolich stated. “It’s exciting for residents to see their local community represented in a positive way.”

Added Armer about Schmidt, “I couldn’t be extra grateful that she fell in enjoy with St. Petersburg and Clearwater and needs to provide projects in this article. We’re fortunate to have her on our aspect.”

Schmidt explained it took a “little little bit of luck” for her to break into the movie sector.

The Queens native was 20 decades old and attending Florida Intercontinental College in Miami for a theater and psychology double significant when a close friend requested for a favor. She was a creation assistant on a professional showcasing Reggie Jackson and essential Schmidt to convey wardrobe from the dry cleaner to set.

“While there, they supplied me $50 to stay and perform for the day as a creation assistant,” Schmidt claimed. “They preferred me, stored calling me for extra perform, and that led to do the job on Miami Vice as assistant to Michael Mann,” the government producer. “That led to other items, and in this article I am.”

These “other issues,” in accordance to IMDB.com involve output supervisor on sci-fi movie I Am Amount Four and manufacturing coordinator on ’90s hit The Bird Cage.

“It takes challenging work” to make it in the movie market, she reported.

Get the job done times can run 16 hrs for all those on the manufacturing facet, she claimed, and there are weeks when she functions all 7 days.

That hectic plan once had Schmidt questioning if she’d discover like.

“It is tough for anyone who is effective 9 to 5 to have an understanding of the way of life,” she reported.

Schmidt was production supervisor for the George Clooney-led drama Up In The Air in 2009 when she satisfied her spouse, Ron Schmidt.

“Online dating was ideal,” she mentioned. “I didn’t know how to flirt, so I’d have a working day to appear up with suave responses.”

They chatted on the web for months, she claimed, ahead of their initial date, “so, by then we already realized we preferred every other. When we achieved, the chemistry was sturdy.”

She took his to start with-day marriage proposal as a joke, but he saved at it.

Six months later on, she said indeed, and they married two months after that.

“He understands and accepts what my position calls for,” she mentioned. “He has a single of the finest senses of humor and retains me laughing by all the trials and tribulations.”

It seems like a Hallmark plot: Hardworking film producer who has offered up on love finds romance on-line.

Schmidt laughed at the notion.

“I feel in content endings,” she reported. “My existence is all about delighted moments.”