THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 08/14/2014 Cullen Moss is Reckless, Locations, Fate of Film and more.

Our local boy Cullen Moss was on CBS’s Reckless last Sunday, and he finally got the stills to prove it. So, if you missed it, get to your Primetime On Demand channels or go online now and look for Cullen who plays the shrewd Charleston lawyer, Carter Davidson, in the episode, Deep Waters.

today2The Longest Ride is getting more love, this time from the former “first daughter,” Jenna Bush and the Today Show.  They came to Elkin, NC to do a piece on Nick Sparks and the film.  So, be on the lookout for that soon!

If you see a big 30 ton crane outside of Okami Japanese Steakhouse today, that is just Food Lion shooting a commercial…they will be all around town this week.

Secrets & Lies is back in their hood in Porter’s Neck.

Sleepy Hollow is over at the Cape Fear Club on Chestnut tonight and into the wee hours.

Aunjanue EllisWho we once thought was dead, is now painfully surfacing to Abbie and Jenny Mills. Their mother. They both thought their Madre went nuts, was committed, then took her own life. Whether she is dead and we see her through the girls memories, or she shows up in present day, know that Lori Mills is coming. Lori is being played by Aunjanue Ellis. You might know her from The Menalist, True Blood, or the most recent feature Get on Up.

We have 39 days until the premiere of Sleepy Hollow, Monday nights, 9pm on FOX.


FILM INCENTIVES UPDATE: The General Assembly is more interested in kicking the can down the road or completely ignoring sustaining jobs and job creation.

From what I am hearing, things don’t look so well for NC Film. It isn’t over until the final gavel hits, however, unless something drastic comes to light, I am being told that they will be adjourning sine die on Friday (sine die is an adjournment until the next session), with film not even on the list.  GET MORE DETAILS NOW

We will still be quite busy this year with Bolden!, Yellow Footprints and The Choice going into production next month, but come 2015, we won’t have enough money to sustain more than 3 decent projects statewide. As it stands right now, productions can’t even apply for the grant until 2015, so it’s gonna be very dry in the New Year.

With that being said, here’s a reminder:


Ernie Ward, candidate for District 8 who is running against Bill Rabon is holding a fundraiser TOMORROW NIGHT.  If you can make it and you live in his district, PLEASE attend!

The man puts People and Puppies before Politics!



That just about does it for me; I will have more Wilmywood updates for you tomorrow morning (unless something breaks) and every weekday morning we do “What’s Up in Wilmywood” at 7:30am & 8:30am LIVE on Sunny 104.5.  And on Thursdays during Cape Fear CW‘s Primetime News at 10!  Got Scoop?  Email me:  Or message me on Wilmywood’s FB  or on Twitter You can also just post your comments below!  Until then, that’s a wrap!!


  1. Atlanta GA is becoming the new Hollywood East… including the actor who recently bought a former Army base to convert it to sets and sound studios.
    Apparently Wilmington is no longer considered important to the economic benefit of the state, therefore the politicians have no problem sacrificing our city, our jobs, our tourism industry, and our future existence.
    We (i.e., Wilmington politicians) eliminated the bi-annual air show because it inconvenienced a few airline passengers. We (I.e., Wilmington Politicians) made a decision to sacrifice a huge tourist draw – something which made this area more attractive to potential businesses – and we did it because of a very small minority of people who knew about the air show but wouldn’t plan ‘what if’. (I’ll wager that the very few who complained weren’t even citizens of this county, let alone Wilmington!)
    Now the state is doing the same thing. It is sacrificing something which makes this area (and the state as a whole) more attractive to the film industry and to potential businesses, large and small, relocating to this state.
    Too bad the politicians can’t see the big picture – the long term – and realize that an investment in keeping the film industry thriving is an investment that benefits the entire state in the end…

    • Brent-
      I will leave MOST of what you mentioned alone, however there is ONE thing that you CANNOT say and that is that filming drives tourism – not here. Night at the Redanthe and Safe Haven are two exceptions to that rule, but overall tourism increases here cannot be attributed to filming. As the Fiscal research Div pointed out about Prof Handfields study he made some “gross assumptions” which were easily refuted – too easily refuted.
      Now THINK about what you do. You promote fiction – fictional characters and fictional locales. So. did Christmas in Conway aid Wilmington’s tourism? Or Conway SC’s? Did Iron Man depict
      Wilmington or some fictional town in Florida?
      Tourism is up this year in the SE part of NC. Due to filming? Due to the economic rebound? Due to inflation? (the increase is statistically within the inflation rate).
      You can’t PROVE filming has aided tourism – all you can do is say things like “We run into tourists all the time”. Great – and true – but did they INTEND to come her because of filming or were they here for another reason and they ran into a “film shoot.”?? The beaches draw people here and they always have. How many people stay to the end of film credits to see where a film was shot? Locally there may be a bunch due to the film workers but state wide and nationally the numbers are ridiculously low.
      So PROVE that tourism is aided by filming WITHOUT using MPAA studies and without using anecdotal evidence. You will find that Safe Haven and Nights/Rodenthe are just what I told you they were – exceptions. Tourism in Southport has already fallen off to pre movie levels.When talking to Legislators talk of facts- proven facts, not guesses, not anecdotal………

      • Friend of “Person in Connecticut” here chiming in — our road trip idea started after E1 of Sleepy Hollow and when we found out the filming location was only a day’s drive away. Later I found out Under the Dome also filmed in Wilmington which was a double bonus for me. We came, we saw and we wholeheartedly and without reservation contributed to the local economy. I, for one, never heard of Wilmington, NC before Sleepy Hollow. It’s an awesome town and I know many of my friends will be making the trip in the future based on my glowing recommendation. So, yes, the film industry does drive tourism. FACT.

  2. I know one person from Nebraska and one from Connecticut who went with friends to Wilmington specifically because of Sleepy Hollow filming there. They spoke to us on Twitter about all the places they went to based on what they saw on the show and the new places they discovered while there. There is a passionate fan base out there that you may not be aware of and Sleepy Hollow is just starting it’s second season. If not filmed in Wilmington, those fans will go to wherever it’s being filmed. Too bad for Wilmington because that Twitter word of mouth works.

  3. “Person in Connecticut” chiming in! I drove 12 hours, past New York City, past Jersey Shore beaches, past historic Washington DC, past lovely Richmond, VA, past Raleigh, past the Outer Banks, straight to Wilmington BECAUSE OF THE FILM INDUSTRY. We went to see where Sleepy Hollow was filmed, and see it we did. Sleepy Hollow is all over that town, and every fan who visits won’t be able to turn a corner without recognizing a location, and that’s fun and exciting for us. And there are more of us on the way down there. I know this for a fact.

    And while we were in your town, we rented an apartment. We ate in your restaurants. We spent lots of money in your shops. Kilwin’s loved us. Get it?

    Yes, filming DOES DRIVE TOURISM. Here’s your proof right here.

    (And I’d bet fans of One Tree Hill and Dawson’s Creek still make the pilgrimage, too.)

  4. Two of my favorite shows, Sleepy Hollow and Under The Dome film in Wilmington. I have Sleepy Hollow friends who have traveled long distances just to see the studio and city in which it films. These fans bring dollars to Wilmington and NC businesses. It is obvious that the continuation of these shows and others is in the best interest of Wilmington and NC!

  5. I was in Wilmington visiting family over a year ago, when Sleepy Hollow was just filming and Under the Dome just finished. There was excitement in the air of the city with so many visitors looking for filming sites, (including myself). The film industry was brought up by my hosts, who have been extras in past movies) and every tourist thing that we did that week. If that isn’t important to the local economy, I don’t know what is. I can’t wait to go back to visit Wilmington again!

  6. Hate to tell you this Pete/Vog, but you are dead wrong. How’s this for proof – I was there 3 weeks ago with 3 friends, and we travelled to NC specifically because Sleepy Hollow shoots there. As lovely a town as Wilmington is, It would never have been on my radar as a destination otherwise. Between accommodations, food and shopping, we easily dropped over a couple thousand dollars. I personally know 2 other people who have made the trip already and 3 more who are planning to go in the next couple of months for the same reason. That is just people I personally know, for one show. The more TV and film is shot in your state, the more folks will travel there – it’s a very simple equation.

  7. No proof? The proof is everywhere!! I’ve personally seen people from out of state searching out, taking and tweeting photos of places used in Wilmington shows, as well as posting pics and comments about local restaurants and other places that they found interesting in the area while they were there visiting SPECIFICALLY because they were fans of a show that is filmed there. It is ignorant to think that film does not increase tourism. Fandoms of films and TV shows are powerful forces which you are drastically underestimating. If their favorite show is being filmed there, they will go there on the off chance they may see something being filmed or run into someone they may know. If a movie they love was shot there, they will go there to stand where the leading man stood in their favorite scene and take a picture. This is not theory. This is FACT. It happens, and it happens often. I am from Scranton, PA and people still come here to take photos in front of the buildings shown on the Office opening credits!!

  8. The film industry in Wilmington NC is a huge draw for tourists who want to see their favorite shows in action such as the delightful Sleepy Hollow . They want to tour the movie studio & catch a glimpse of tv magic . They also spend money in the local economy in food , lodging , activities , etc. Wilmington is a wonderful place to visit and it has so much to offer to those who visit but a definite plus is the film studio & tv shows that shoot there . The film industry adds excitement & a buzz to Wilmington . If NC ‘s buzzing film industy was to disappear from Wilmington , well Wilmington would still be a beautiful place to visit . But it would lose that excitement and buzz of the film industry . I believe it would hit the local economy hard in lost revenue fro the tourists not to mention the lost jobs that employed many local people . The NC Film Industry must be saved !

  9. Chiming in…I am planning a trip from DC to Wilmington sometime in the next couple of months. I’m going to check out the Sleepy Hollow locations, and I’ll be there for about 5 days taking in all the sights. So yes, the film industry is bringing in tourists!

  10. I am a factual, not anecdotal, tourist who visited North Carolina because of film. Sleepy Hollow brought me to Wilmington. I spent a week in Wilmington in May precisely because I wanted to see where the show was filmed. While there I wandered around town identifying locations I recognized from the show and was even fortunate enough to get a glimpse of the production filming downtown. Very exciting!

    But in addition, I toured and spent money at the USS North Carolina, Airlie Gardens, Bellamy House and EUE/Screen Gems. I shopped at the Riverfront Farmer’s Market, Mayfaire Town Center and Independence Mall. Ate at numerous restaurants and enjoyed more ice cream in that week than I probably had in the past year. Spent time at Wrightsville Beach and went to the movies.

    A TV show introduced me to a city that I wouldn’t have considered visiting before. In fact, I enjoyed my time there so much, I have a return trip planned in October.

    I don’t think it’s fair to say film has no impact on tourism.

  11. NCFilm=Jobs. I live in London, yep England, but I’m already planning to visit Wilmington next year (hopefully). Why? Because my favourite show, Sleepy Hollow films there. I hadn’t heard of the town before Sleepy Hollow. I’m also now interested in touring the studios for Under The Dome, also a fav show (if only they’d open some Sleepy sets!). I’m interested in seeing local spots used for filming and enjoying all the town has to offer. Whilst there I’ll be using a hotel, car hire, petrol, shops, restaurants, bars.. All of which will mean spending money in the local area. I would not be planning to come if it wasn’t for Sleepy Hollow filming. Filming = jobs.

    • I live in Ne I drove 19 hours to Wilmington in June spent six days
      there to the tune of $2,000.00. I already have reservations to go
      again in Sept. and will be there for Wilmington’s 275 Anniversary.

      The film industry is what drew me to Wilmington the first time and it is also the reason I am going again, but this time I know more about the history, the great restaurants, Airlie Gardens and the most friendly people at any vacation spot I have been to in a long time.
      I also met the crews of the TV programs and the movies that are filmed in Wilmington and through out NC. They work hard and the should not have to move out of state to keep their jobs. Like wise, I spent time with the vendors in Wilmington who state that they may have to close their business’s if the film industry is forced out of NC. They have depended on film industry tourists for years.
      Why force tax payers from pristine Wilmington to move to dirty Atlanta? Because, that is what is being done.
      Vote Film = Jobs

  12. I’m in Derbyshire, England and I’m planning a trip to the US. The number 1 place on my places to visit is a place I’d never have thought of visiting before my favourite TV show started. I want to visit Wilmington as I’m huge fan of Sleepy Hollow and I want to see where it’s filmed. I look forward to exploring the area and seeing locations where the show is filmed. And yes, I may also visit other places while I’m over, but NC wouldn’t have even been on my radar if it wasn’t for the filming that’s done there.

  13. My husband and I are huge fans of Sleepy Hollow. Because of the various fan websites and Twitter feeds I follow, we have learned about the area and the attractions and have talked seriously about a vacation to tour the studios and visit the places filmed in the show. Would we even be considering this if not for Sleepy Hollow? We didn’t even know “Hollywood East” existed before this show! So your contention that film doesn’t contribute to tourism? In the words of Ichabod Crane: “Hogwash!”

      • My husband and I are planning to visit Wilmington next year to see where Sleepy Hollow & Under the Dome films. After seeing the show and reading about Wilmington I can’t wait to visit. The descriptions that my twitter friends that have already been there has me so excited to visit. Our stay will be for two weeks and I plan to visit every shop, restaurant, bar and the famous barber shop in Wilmington. Cleveland may not yet be considered a “film” town, but we still get lots of tourists that want to see where the Captain America and Avengers movies were filmed, and also visit The Rock Hall of Fame, our museums, Lakefront and other areas. With the fanbase of Sleepy Hollow, Under the Dome and etc. losing jobs and revenue from tourists would be devastating to that fine community and totally unacceptable.

  14. All anecdotal A total of about 20 people who said they, or their friends are planning a trip to wilmington to visit a film location.
    Sorry doesn’t count in talking to a legislator who will vote on film incentives.
    Keep trying.’
    As I said Night at the Rodenthe and Safe Haven are exceptions.
    Please produce solid numbers by NON MPAA sources that say tourism is impacted by filming.
    remember, I’m trying to HELP you guys.
    So far you’ve done nothing or said anything to help your cause.
    Sure come on down – I welcome the tourists………
    But show me how 20 people impact tourism here.

  15. Film supporters HAVE to get away from falling back on anecdotal evidence that filming is good for the area. There is no proof that filming drives any large amount of tourism. The question you have to ask yourselfs is this. If you were a state legislator from a small podunk county in NC that has NO FILMING (ie- the MAJORITY of the counties) would you fall for the argument that it’s worth spending 10s of millions of dollars because “I know someone who came here just to see the town Sleepy Hollow was filmed in”????
    If you answered “yes” you are beyond help – especially when you consider that the Legislature’s own Fiscal Research Div decimated Prof Handfields study regarding tourism dollars. Handfield even took down his website not once, but twice because he could not, or would not answer simple math questions regarding his study.
    Yes films do spend money locally but when you are talking a state budget the effects are muted and become a miniscule part of that budget.
    Ask yourself a question here.
    Name an industry in this state that pays NO corporate taxes, reduced or no property taxes, AND gets 25% of their operational budgets refunded to them. Say what you want about Duke power and others but they don’t get all of this………


  16. Film 100% brings in tourism, I am from the uk and first found out about Wilmington from one tree hill. It made me want to visit. Then sleepy hollow & Under the dome. The industry excites me and made me want to come and see the place where all the magic happens.

    I have been a few times and can’t wait to come back. I loved Wilmington so much I am even looking at investing in property there and have told so many people about it and they all want to visit.

    When I post anything about filming in Wilmington my fb page everyone loves it. Nc Film brings tourism FACT!

    On my first trip I did the Hollywood tour round downtown. People from all over the world where on the tour most OTH fans but the buzz was amazing, people come to NC to see the film industry.

    I specifically took a trip to southport, something I wouldn’t have known about or been bothered about if Save Haven hadn’t been filmed there.

    I will still visit Wilmington due to friends I have made, however if film doesn’t continue I’m worried others won’t. Which means less people spending in the local local area. Tourism is stronger due to NC film!

    • Lauren-
      OK let me say this slowly. there was a study funded by MPAA done by Prof Handfield. He state tourism went up by “X” amount of dollars due to the film industry. His argument was ToTAlly TRASHED by the NC LEgislative fiscal research division and by other non-MPAA funded studies – all of which say by the way the film incentives DO NOT PROVIDE a benefit to the states, never mind a bump in tourism.. I AGREE that certain projects like Night at the Rodenthe, and especially Safe Haven did provide a bump in tourism albeit a temporary one. SH was written by an author who lived in Southport, which depicted southport and had characters based in southport and the film actually used southport.
      There is no evidence to suggest that tourism is affected by the film industry – NONE. Why? Its too hard to measure. If 50M come to NC beaches how would we know when 1,000 are here for filming? We wouldn’t. Unless we surveyed EVERY damned tourist.
      Again try to find a study to buttress your 100% boast – there is none……….

  17. OK, Vog, let me say this slowly. You. Are. Wrong. You can pay people to do studies that say whatever you want them to, and I don’t know enough about the MPAA study to comment on that, but the fact is we are giving you specific, empirical evidence that people are traveling to NC and spending money in your state entirely because shows and films are produced there. We are just a microcosm of what is really happening. If only the people who read Sheila’s blog, who are actually motivated enough to comment, can come up with dozens of people we have personal knowledge of vacationing there, then it stands to reason that number can be extrapolated into thousands that are making the trip. Just since I last posted, I’ve chatted with with folks about my vacation, and have found still more who have traveled to NC just because of a favorite movie or show – for example, a neighbor of mine who was there at the end of July (specifically to take a tour of shooting locations) was on a tour bus with several people who were fans of One Tree Hill, who went to Wilmington specifically because it had been shot there – and that’s a show that’s not even in production anymore. Film and TV is a powerful medium and has near term benefits of employing thousands of residents and bringing millions of dollars in spending to the state, as well as the longer term benefits of increased tourism. You can argue as much as you want to the contrary, as I’m sure you will since arguing seems to be your thing, but ignoring evidence you’ve been given (as well as common sense, to be honest) suggests you’ve got an agenda other than the economic well-being of North Carolina residents.

    • “The Handfield report asserts that the State receives $9.7 million in sales taxes generated through “film induced tourism” and that local governments receive another $5.7 million. These estimates result from the untested and unsubstantiated assumption that 1% of all tourism in the State was a direct result of film activities taking place in North Carolina. There are several issues with this approach that make it extremely unlikely that film activities in the State actually generated anything close to the level of tax revenues that are claimed by the Handfield report.

      First, there is no direct evidence that “film induced tourism” accounts for one percent of all tourist activity in North Carolina. This figure is taken from a study commissioned by proponents of film credits in Georgia and applied to North Carolina. There is no consensus in economic literature about how to track film induced tourism, the methodology of the Georgia study is not described, and no empirical work was done to see whether the findings from Georgia actually apply to North Carolina. Second, the total tourist spending figure that is used to calculate the one percent that is assumed to arise from film induced tourism includes both North Carolina residents and business travelers. Because it is extremely unlikely that dollars spent by North Carolina residents or business travelers would have been spent outside the state if North Carolina were not a location for filming, it is inappropriate to credit the Film Credit with attracting this spending.

      Fiscal Research is still researching a robust method for identifying and tracking film induced tourism. Most of the studies that have attempted this enterprise rely on questionable data, use a variety of methodologies, and reach differing conclusions. In the absence of well-established findings, Fiscal Research reduced the figure contained in the Handfield report by one half, largely to remove the effect of North Carolina residents and business travelers. As this likely still represents an overestimation of the impact of film induced tourism, Fiscal Research does not endorse this estimate, but included it to avoid omitting whatever film induced tourism may have occurred.
      “Empirical evidence? Or Legislative studies? Which one sways legislators more?
      Empirical evidence? Hardly. Al you have shown is that you know someone who comes here for filming. You cannot extrapolate anything from that.
      Sorry but keep trying

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