Rumors from the Lot: Sleepy Hollow

Now it’s time for Rumors from the Lot! Many folks have been hanging on for some chance in hell that Sleepy Hollow will find a way to stay in Wilmington and not make the move to Atlanta. If you are one of the many, you are not gonna like what I have to tell you.

Rumor has it, starting next week, the 18-wheelers will be rolling on in. Starting with Stage 10 at EUE/Screen Gems, they are breaking down the sets as they prepare for season 3 in Atlanta.

The only bit of good news, bittersweet really, is that from what I heard they are hiring some of the original crew to do the tear down and set up in Atlanta. I also heard that they might be asking some of the crew members to move to Atlanta and continue working on the show. Especially those in set dec.

So, while folks will be working, it will be short lived for some, and a move away from their families for others should they choose to do so.

Can I confirm this? Not yet. Are my sources strong. Yes. Guess we will know for sure next week.

It’s a sad day for Wilmywood.


Tragedy Strikes NC Film Make-Up Artist at his home.

David Wayne is a well-respected and phenomenally creative make-up artist and sculptor in film production, and great-nephew of the famous Costume Designer for Gone With the Wind and many other films, Walter Plunkett. Because of his own work in feature films, David Wayne is an active member in good standing of IATSE Local 798 representing Make Up Artists and Hair Stylists and word is going out nationally to his union Brothers and Sisters.

On Friday, April 3, 2015, at his home in Rock Hill, SC, David Wayne Plunkett was gravely injured when a propane gas container exploded.

Chelsea, his wife and the mother of their 14-month old daughter, Catherine, had been in the kitchen when David had gone outside, saying he was about to mow the lawn. She was feeding Catherine when “there was a big, white flash and then, huge ‘BOOM!!’, and the den windows blew in.” Chelsea ran outside as David Wayne staggered toward her, and said “My arms. My arms.” and then he collapsed. Neighbors rushed over and were able to apply tourniquets to his arms, which were disastrously damaged. Within a relatively few minutes he was heli evac-ed to the Carolina Medical Center in Charlotte, NC, twenty miles away, and to the ER/Trauma facility there.

Devastatingly, David Wayne lost his right arm, which was severed six inches above the elbow from the explosion. His left arm was not destroyed but shattered, and doctors are operating again, today, trying to save it. His eyesight is hoped to be saved, and an MRI showed no life-threatening internal damage. His condition has been stabilized.

Chelsea, who is strong and calm as best she can be, has told us, “Thank God, he is alive” and “We will get through this.” And “thank everyone for their love and prayers.”

There will, of course, be more expenses which will not be covered by their insurance and we are are establishing the David Wayne Plunkett Fund to help in this tragic, life-changing situation.

Thank you for your prayers and concern and support for David Wayne, Chelsea and their little daughter, Catherine, in this crisis.

Sincerely yours,
John F. Davis and June Bateman
(Uncle and Aunt)


NC FILM: The 2015 Grant Recipients.

Raleigh, N.C.- North Carolina Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla, III and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. announced three productions will receive funds from the newly established North Carolina Film and Entertainment Grant.

The three productions altogether are expected to have direct in-state spending of about $61 million across North Carolina this year with the grant program. Remember, just 6 months into 2014, the North Carolina Film Office reported an estimated $268 million in direct in-state spending when we had our previous 25% film incentives.

According to the NCFO, the film and entertainment grant recipients include:

Under The Dome (Season 3) shooting again in Wilmington. The television series uses the cities of Burgaw, Southport and Wilmington to create its fictitious town of Chester’s Mill. The eligible grant amount is $5 million.

An Untitled Lionsgate Television Project will also receive funding and is expected to shoot in Western North Carolina. The eligible grant amount is $4 million. (I believe this is Dirty Dancing, but don’t quote me on it)

Late in the Season is a story of a 31-year old Seattle stockbroker with a mysterious past who walks on to a small North Carolina college basketball team and inspires his struggling teammates’ lives with hope as they reach for a championship. The production will use the picturesque Davidson campus as its main location and will base in the greater Charlotte area. The eligible grant amount is $1 million.

In 2014, they boasted about nearly 19,000 job opportunities for North Carolinians. No mention yet how many job opportunities they are as of 2015.

During the past six years, productions have had a direct in-state spend of more than $1.3 billion.


New film grants support three productions (WRAL)
Film and Entertainment Grant Recipients Announced (NC Film Office)

THE LONGEST RIDE: Wilmywood Premiere – You are so invited!

The Wilmywood shot Nicholas Sparks movie, The Longest Ride​ is almost here! Get ready to see it THIS Thursday at Regal Cinemas Mayfaire!  BUY TICKETS NOW for the 8pm show! GET TICKET NOW

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Nicholas Sparks’ best-selling novel comes to the big screen in this romantic drama from director George Tillman Jr.. The plot centers on the star-crossed love affair between a retired bull rider who wants to get back in the saddle, and an art student preparing to seek her fortune in New York City. As their relationship is put to the ultimate test, the wisdom of an aging man who recalls his own lost love serves as a source of great inspiration. Britt Robertson, Scott Eastwood, Melissa Benoist, Jack Huston, Alan Alda, Oona Chaplin star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Toonstone gets a release date, pre-order available now!

Toonstone, the first animated feature film from the Wilmington, NC-based production company Hank and Jed Movie Pictures (creators of the massively popular web series Battlefield Friends), will launch Tuesday, April 14, 2015. It will be available via iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Xbox, Vudu and nationwide On Demand via The Orchard.

Toonstone is a western comedy about a country musician named Dalton, who becomes the sheriff of Toonstone after killing several outlaws…by accident. With the help of his smooth talking horse and metro-sexual Indian sidekick, Dalton faces down the worst threats imaginable as he chases outlaws, aliens and his ultimate dream…his music.

Not only do you get the deliciousness of the Hank and Jed boys: Brent Triplett, Tony Schnur, Nate Panning, Bryan Mahoney, and Jon Etheridge, but you will also hear some familiar local voices such as Cullen Moss, Aerli Austen, Matt Warzel, Shaun O’Rourke, John Marchioni. Hell, I’m even in it! Ha!

It’s a great movie and I can’t wait for you to see it!  Support our local filmmakers!



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Director: Brent Triplett
Writer: Brent Triplett, Tony Schnur, Nate Panning, Bryan Mahoney, Jon Etheridge
Cast: Brent Triplett, Tony Schnur, Nate Panning, Bryan Mahoney, Jon Etheridge
Original score: Alex Beard
Distributor: The Orchard
Run time: 1 hour 21 minutes