‘Check Point’ brings William Forsythe and others to Wilmywood

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A lot of folks have assumed lately that anytime they see a production crew out and about in our tri-county area, it’s Under the Dome. Because well…that’s all we’ve had.  Until last week, that is.  We’ve got an indie flick that started production last week here in Wilmywood.  It’s called Check Point.

The premise is fun.  During a routine camp out, a local vagrant discovers plans for an invasion in America. When he tries to notify the local Sheriff about his discovery, the Sheriff dismisses his claims and has him locked up for loitering. But we all know what’s really going down, right?  Questions and tempers begin to rise. Why this little beach community with it’s Norman Rockwell way of life? A town where everyone knows one another… or so they thought. Dun, Dun Dun!!   War is Hell, they say, and Hell comes home at the Check Point.

The cast is full of familiar faces.  William Forsythe takes on the lead as the sheriff of the small town. Joining Forsythe is former pro-wrestler Bill Goldberg. If you remember, he battled Jean-Claude Van Damme in Universal Soldier: The Return.  Other cast members include Kenny Johnson, Fred Williamson, Tyler Mane, and Michelle Lee. SEE FULL CAST AND CREW LIST

The majority of the production will be in Pender County, mainly downtown Burgaw. However, Rocky Point will get some love as some big battle scenes will take place July 7th-9th. New Hanover County will also witness an epic raid on our iconic NC Battleship on July 16th.

Writer/Director Thomas Churchill used to live in Wilmington years ago and tried to get a film off the ground, but to no avail.  All you indie filmmakers know just how difficult that truly is. Since then he moved to Los Angeles, but he never forgot Wilmington and he kept his promise to shoot here. And that he did! Now that’s perseverance!

Producer Tony Perez has enjoyed his time here so far. “It’s been a pleasurable experience here in Wilmington. The people are awesome, the food is great and it’s not super expensive,” Perez said.  “We’ve rounded out our production team with local help–from ADs to Props to APs.  We are looking forward to the next 3 weeks here as there’s much to do.”

Check Point wraps in Wilmywood July 19th.  They then head back to Los Angeles to complete filming.  They plan on releasing the film in 2016.

Other Wilmington peeps who are working on the flick include David Schifter (Associate Producer), local caterer Gailyn Gagliardi of Burgaw and even some film students from Cape Fear Community College are getting some real film experience on this flick.

 

 

NC flick ‘Adrenaline’ gets picked up by Word Films

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Many of you saw this flick last month as they SOLD OUT two showings here in Wilmywood.  And if you were one of the lucky ones to get  yourself a ticket, you already know this tidbit.  Regardless, you should be VERY proud of our Wilmington, NC filmmakers. Our local boys and one “good old boy,” John Schneider, got themselves a distribution deal with Word Films for the NC-shot, family feature,  Adrenaline.  It stars John Schneider along with local actors Michael Rosander, Myke Homes, and Anthony Reynolds to name a few.  Oh and let’s not forget the fabulous Gregory Alan Williams. It was written, produced and directed by Joseph Quinn Simpkins. Additional writers include Alex Chatfield and Michael Rosander. The film was produced by Del Baron among others.  It was truly a very collaborative effort.  SEE FULL CAST AND CREW CREDITS

After straightening the curves all these years, it was a pleasure to finally race in a straight line,” said Schneider, the beloved Dukes of Hazard star. “I am very excited about this film.

ICYMI, here’s the trailer. Enjoy!

Adrenaline is the story of a drag racer whose life is changed forever by a near-fatal car crash that leaves him partially paralyzed, forcing him to face new circumstances as he ultimately learns to race again.

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 06/29/2015 Rumors from the Lot

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Okay, it’s time for Rumors from the Lot! Soooo, apparently we had Netflix sniffing around Wilmywood for an untitled original series starring one of my favs, Winona Ryder. She will play the character Joyce in this supernatural thriller. The story-line follows the disappearance of a young boy in the small town of Montauk, New York. They are looking for a September open and an October production start.

Now, that being said, they are of course waiting for you know what—the damn film grant mess to be sorted out. If the NCGA doesn’t get it together soon, they will move on to another state. And you know how it is, once they experience how great Wilmington is due to incredible film crew and location, you know they will come back for more! I will keep you posted on this one.

Photo Source: http://i.telegraph.co.uk/

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Under the Dome Ratings and One Word for Season 3

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Although the two-hour season three premiere of Under the Dome was down 38% from the season two premiere, they still crushed the competition. Our Wilmywood shot show had nearly double the viewers than the other network rivals. So, we should still be pleased with the numbers. UTD garnered over 6 million viewers.  Not bad for its third time around.

From time to time, I contribute to the Community section of Entertainment Weekly regarding all television productions filmed right here in Wilmywood. Since we haven’t had much to talk about TV wise for months, it was great to be able to write and capture video for this awesome magazine.  My work is online only, but I still get pretty pumped about talking about filming in our awesome city!  So, whether you have seen the premiere of Under the Dome or not, here are the cast members attempting to describe season 3 in one word.  Enjoy!

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What’s your one word?

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RACHELLE LEFEVRE goes Under the Dome for Season 3

The countdown continues! ONLY TWO MORE DAYS until the premiere of Season 3 of Under the Dome! Rachelle LeFevre, who plays Julia Shumway on the hit TV series, discusses the new season, Barbie and Julia’s relationship, and she answers questions from the fans. Enjoy!

Under the Dome‘s two-hour premiere is Thursday, June 25, 2015 from 9pm-11pm EST on CBS!

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Charles Roarke
Jonathan Herring

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EDDIE CAHILL goes Under the Dome for Season 3

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The countdown continues! ONLY 3 more days until the premiere of Season 3 of Under the Dome! Yes! And this time we got Eddie Cahill! During the CBS Press Junket for Season 3, we caught up with Eddie who plays Sam on the show.  We discuss the new season, comic books, Wilmywood and more. Enjoy!

Under the Dome‘s two-hour premiere is Thursday, June 25, 2015 from 9pm-11pm EST on CBS!

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MIKE VOGEL goes Under the Dome for Season 3

Mike Vogel goes Under the Dome. During the CBS Press Junket for Season 3 , we caught up with Mike who plays Barbie on the show.  We ask questions from the fans, give some shout outs to Brazil and discuss his taste in music!  Enjoy!

Under the Dome‘s two-hour premiere is Thursday, June 25, 2015 from 9pm-11pm EST on CBS!

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Jonathan Herring

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