We’ve been trying to put misnomers to rest when we hear them. The latest comment that was made regarding crew when the article was posted about New Hanover County losing $10M IF incentives went away:
“Most of the crew comes from out of State anyway. Sad to hear it though cause if NHC loses that amount money, taxes will probably go up….AGAIN!”
Out of state? As ridiculous as that seems to you, it just goes to show you how many people are misinformed in North Carolina. But hey, that’s what we who support the NC Film industry are here for, to educate the public, right?
I will let you answer this question. Let’s start off with the NC Film Production Alliance who has heard similar notions. Here’s what they say about that on their facebook page:
“Some people believe North Carolina’s film industry only supports temporary workers and movie stars. However, the film industry is responsible for thousands of permanent jobs for North Carolinians. There are thousands of skilled workers and crew members living and working across the state, and the film industry creates a revenue source for other North Carolina industries such as tourism, construction, and hospitality.”
Folks on Facebook tackled this misnomer as well. Elizabeth has been hearing this for almost 25 years in the business:
“They think we’re gypsies and move around to wherever the work is. Or that we’re from LA. Someone even told me that they always thought the studio on 23rd St was a photography studio! Or more likely they didn’t know about it at all. I always do my best to tell them that we’re local, own houses, pay taxes,shop, and have kids in school here. We WANT to be here, but if the work leaves, many WILL follow it to GA, SC, or wherever because our crews have experience they can’t get in those places.”
Yvonne’s been in a film family for more than two decades. She says:
“Films, made-for-TV-movies and TV shows bring in some key people (just like the corporations who come here) and fill the majority of the crew spots with the people you go to church with, whose kids sit next to yours at school and who live right down the street from you. A strong crew base chooses to live in Wilmington because of the community. They pay taxes and spend their paychecks in local stores just like UNCW, NHHN, GE or Corning employers (the other large employers in this area).”
There ya have it. We’ve had other questions and misnomers come in about the NC Film incentives as well as production.