500 South Lakeview Drive,
Florida, 32744-3501, US
of May was shot in Lake Helen, Florida
in the small picturesque town of Lake Helen, in Volusia County,
Florida, is a film/television studio now called Pyramax which
was originally built by the founder of the Nautilus exercise machine.
The First of May's production office was here in 1997.
movie was shot around the town of Lake Helen and also parts of
nearby DeLand. Many of the circus scenes were actually a real
circus performance arranged just for the movie. This 1 day event
took place in a cow pasture not far from the studio. The location
was locked down by Writer/Producer Gary Rogers and prepared by
Co-Producer/Location Manager Chris Haviland (the webmaster of
this web site), and hundreds of people from all around the area
were invited to partipate in not just the splendor of the circus
but to watch the making of a film with Mickey Rooney as the circus
owner and Charles Nelson Reilly as a clown.
circus footage came from commercial spots shot by SHO Entertainment
for the Clyde Beatty / Cole Brothers circus a year earlier, and
other scenes took place at a mock-up of the tent at the circus'
winter quarters in DeLand.