BREAKING: BOTH NC House AND Senate file bills for NC Film!

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Sooo, right after Gov Pat McCrory announced his proposed budget which would only allocate $10 million in funding for our North Carolina Film Industry for  each year over the next two fiscal years (effective July 1, 2015), I asked, “What will the NCGA do about it?”

WELLLLLL…

SB 193, sponsored by Michael Lee and Bill Rabon was filed today.  Yep, you heard me right, THE SENATE!  It would put $66 million in “recurring funds for the 2015-2016 fiscal year for use consistent with the purposes of that Fund. This act would become effective July 1, 2015, and applies to grants made  on or after that date.”

The funds are reserved for a production on which the production company has qualifying expenses of at least the following:   For a feature-length film would thankfully drop to $1,000,000).  For a video or television series, it would go up from $250,000 to $1,000,000 per episode.  This bill also provides for Commerce to enter into multi-year contracts.  Take a gander and see what you think!  SEE FILED SB193 NOW

OH BUT WAIT THERE IS MORE!

Meanwhile back at the House Representatives Ted Davis along with Lewis, Saine, and Iler filed a bill of their own for film HB171!!! Wait, strike that, both House and Senate filed the same bill!  YES!  Every damn word is the same!

Hold on, am I dreaming?  Both the House and the Senate both agree on something? SEE FILED HB171 NOW

More details to come.

 

Wilmywood’s Orlando Jones joins Jessica Biel, Jason Sudeikis in NOLA shot flick.

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Our Wilmywood main man Orlando Jones (Sleepy Hollow) has been cast as Cornelius Thibadeaux, aka “Dumbass,” in The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. He joins Jessica BielJason SudeikisMaisie Williams and Mary Steenburgen. Variety describes his character as “affable and loyal, as he takes on the job of helping the introverted architect Henry (Sudeikis) build a raft for a homeless teen named Millie (Williams) to use to sail to a far away island, after Henry’s wife (Biel) is tragically killed in a car accident.”

The production is already under way in New Orleans. Looks like Orlando and Jason will a good conversation starter. They have Wilmywood in common!

SOURCE: [Variety]

Another new cast member goes Under the Dome

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Another new cast member goes Under the Dome.  Kylie Bunbury (ABC’s Twisted) could be complicating the Barbie/Julia love fest. She will play Eva, “a beautiful and intelligent woman who comes to Chester’s Mill with her boss, Lucy, in search of the egg. Eva is used to following Lucy’s orders without question, but Eva’s interest in Barbie (Mike Vogel) may complicate matters for all of them, as well as Julia (Rachelle LeFevre).”

Welcome to Wilmywood Kylie!

(SOURCE)

 

Tonight’s premiere and NC Film release dates to come

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SECRETS AND LIES – TONIGHT!

It’s a 2 hour premiere of the Wilmywood shot Secrets and Lies on ABC (WWAY). “The Trail; The Father” kick off with Ben out for his morning jog when he stumble upon the corpse of a young boy, Ton Murphy.  Ben’s life is turned upside down when he becomes a murder suspect.  However, Tom’s mother suspects her estranges husband might be the killer.

PRODUCER: Aaron Kaplan, Tracey Robertson, Nathan Mayfield
WRITER/PRODUCER: Barbie Kligman
DIRECTOR: Charles McDougall
CAST: Ryan Phillippe, Natalie Martinez, Juliette Lewis, KaDee Strickland, Belle Shouse, Dan Fogler, Jr., Indiana Evans, Charles Dutton, Steven Brand, Kate Ashfield.

RELATED ARTICLES: Wilmington-shot ‘Secrets and Lies’ not typical murder mystery

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THE LONGEST RIDE – in theaters April 10, 2015

The lives of a young couple intertwine with an old man looking back on the relationship he had with a lost love.

PRODUCER: Nicholas Sparks, Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey, Bob Teitel
WRITER: Craig Bolotin (screenwriter)
DIRECTOR: George Tillman, Jr
CAST: Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Oona Chaplin, Jack Huston, Alan Alda

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UNDER THE DOME SEASON 3 – Thursday, June 25, 2015 -2 hour premiere 9pm-11pm (CBS)

Production begins on season 3 of Under the Dome next week.

An invisible and mysterious force field descends upon a small fictional town in the United States, trapping residents inside, cut off from the rest of civilization. The trapped townsfolk must discover the secrets and purpose of the “dome” and its origins, while coming to learn more than they ever knew about each other. 

WRITER: Stephen King, Neal Baer
CAST: Dean Norris, Colin Ford, Rachelle LeFevre, Mike Vogel, Mackenzie Lintz, Eddie Cahill
CREW RESUMES TO: UTDproduction@gmail.com

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MASTERMINDS – in theaters August 14, 2015.
A night guard at an armored car company in the Southern U.S. organizes one of the biggest bank heists in American history.

DIRECTOR: Jared Hess
WRITERS: Chris Bowman, Jody Hill
CAST: Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis, Owen Wilson, and Kristen Wiig

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THE DISAPPOINTMENTS ROOM – in theaters September 25, 2015
A mother and her young son release unimaginable horrors from the attic of their rural dream home.

DIRECTOR: D.J. Caruso
WRITER: Wentworth Miller (screenplay)
CAST: Kate Beckinsale, Gerald McRaney, Michaela Conlin

TheChoiceTHE CHOICE – February 5, 2016
Travis and Gabby first meet as neighbors in a small coastal town and wind up in a relationship that is tested by life’s most defining events.

LOCATION: Wilmington, NC
PRODUCER: Nicholas Sparks, Peter Safran, Theresa Park
UPM: Chris Bromley
WRITER: Bryan Sipe (screenwriter)
DIRECTOR: Ross Katz
PRODUCTION DESIGNER: Mark Garner
CAST: Teresa Palmer, Benjamin Walker, Tom Welling, Alexandra Daddario

 

STILL NO WORD ON MAX STEEL OR THE SIN SEER

Under the Dome Season 3: New Date, Same Time, 2 hour premiere

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CBS is changing things up for the third season of Under the Dome with a new date, but the same time EXCEPT for the debut episode.  Things will kick off this summer with a two-Hour premiere on its new night, Thursday, June 25 from 9:00-11:00 PM.

After that, it will move to its regular time period on Thursday, July 2 at 10pm.  According to TVseriesfinale.com, “This season, Emmy Award winner Marg Helgenberger will guest star in an extended story arc, beginning with the premiere episode, as the town’s inhabitants figure out the Dome’s purpose and what it wants from them.”

Under the Dome was AGAIN last summer’s most-watched and highest-rated scripted program in adults 18-49 and adults 25-54. Oh yeah!

EUE/Screen Gems Press Conference in a Nut Shell

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The press conference started of with EUE/Screen Gem’s Bill Vassar diffusing any rumors that the studios were in danger. “No we are NOT closing Screen Gems,” Vassar said. He explained that we have weathered storms before and we will weather it again.”

Vice Chair of the NHC Commissioners, Beth Dawson came out and expressed that the City of Wilmington along with New Hanover County, the film commission as well as the tourism board are all banning together to show great support for the film industry here in Wilmington.  They are doing everything they can and are working very hard with our legislators to ensure that we increase the grant so that North Carolina is still a strong viable option for film production.

Mayor Bill Saffo of course reinterated the city’s support and noted that in 2014, film spending was at $170M. But this year they are estimating around $40M. Saffo also gave us more data. He said that we have seen a 70% drop in inquiries for film projects. At this time last year they had seen at least 15 healthy inquiries, but this year, they had only about 3 thus far.

UPM, Chris Bromley was in attendance, and when Dawson asked for questions and comment, he reminded everyone to reach out to small businesses who are affected and benefit from film and make sure they become a member at smallbusinessforfilm.com.  He said that we have 489 small businesses all across North Carolina that have already joined.  It is free to sign up and takes only 30 seconds to fill out.

So all in all, it was nothing we didn’t already know, however, if we don’t remind folks Under the Dome in Raleigh, it will be swept under the rug.  Great job everyone!

HERE IS THE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE:

WILMINGTON FILM AND TELEVISION INDUSTRY UNIFIED BEHIND EXPANDING AND IMPROVING THE FILM GRANT PROGRAM

Wilmington, NC, February 19th – The film and television industry in Wilmington is unified in supporting the efforts of our local legislative delegation to expand and improve the film grant program created by the General Assembly last year.

The Wilmington Regional Film Commission, EUE Screen Gems Studios, City of Wilmington, New Hanover County, and the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce are working in partnership with elected officials from this region to ensure that the film and television industry remains viable and continues to support thousands of jobs in the regional economy.

The film and television grant program was created by the North Carolina General Assembly last year to replace the highly successful tax credit policy that had helped propel the thirty year statewide industry’s rapid growth in recent years. We are working closely with our Representatives and Senators to increase the funding in the grant program to a level that will continue to retain our current employment and recruit new projects and the jobs they will create.

On behalf of the film and television industry and the thousands of people employed, we want to thank our local legislative delegation–particularly Representatives Ted Davis, Susie Hamilton, Frank Iler and Senators Bill Rabon and Michael Lee–for their continued support.

AUDITIONS: Stunt Work for Under the Dome Season 3

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Stunt Coordinator Peter King is back for Season Three of Under the  Dome shooting in Wilmington, NC. He is focusing on local and regional hires for this season.

AUDITIONS: Peter would like to meet all stunt people who are interested this Tuesday at 10am at EUE/Screen Gems Studios.  Peter would like to see you in person even if you have auditioned before or have worked on last season.  They will also be sizing folks up for stunt doubles as well. (serious inquiries only).

If you would like to attend (and already have a stunt resume), please SAVE YOUR QUESTIONS FOR TUESDAY.  Please email Jimmie Lee Sessoms: NCstunts@yahoo.com to confirm your spot. Your name MUST be on the list in order for you to audition.

REQUIREMENTS:
-Bring your RECENT headshot and stunt resume with you.
-Must be SAG or SAG Eligible.
-Must email to reserve your spot. You will not get in unless your name is on the list.
-Please inquire ONLY if you already have stunt experience.

Park outside of the studio (right side), and walk to the guard shack.

Tuesday, February 24th
TIME: 10am
Screen Gems Studios
1223 N 23rd St.
Wilmington, NC 28405
Sound Stage 3