EUE/Screen Gems Studios Tours – another stage opens for tours

Image Credit: David Pascua. Courtesy of EUE/ Screen Gems Studios

Under the Dome is allowing EUE/Screen Gems to tap another stage for the studio tours this weekend. This Sunday, THREE of the stages used for Under the Dome will be on view. That’s a first for Screen Gems—three stages!

I can’t tell you what’s on the stages because it changes so much from weekend to weekend, but here’s a rundown of what I do know:

When they started the tours this spring, the house from ABC’s Secrets and Lies was part of the tour….now, it’s being transformed into something else….and you may or may not see it this weekend, depending on what happens with shooting today and with weekend construction. But it’s likely you’ll see it as they move forward!

Stage 4 has multiple sets—and they change them all the time for Under the Dome—this will be on view both Saturday and Sunday—THIS IS THE NEW ONE WE HAVE ACCESS TO THIS WEEKEND, both Saturday and Sunday.

Stage 7 is not available to see on Saturday, but you can see it on Sunday. It houses the iconic UTD diner, The Sweetbriar Rose.

Stage 8 is changing constantly….you’ll be able to see how UTD is using it right now on both Saturday and Sunday.

Tours are Saturday and Sunday at 10am, 12pm and 2pm.  GET DETAILS NOW

One Tree Hill Con – Win Your Way In Now!

The Wilmywood Daily, Eyecon, and Sunny 104.5 welcome home our One Tree Hill gang and we want you to join the party!

Enter to win your way in NOW! You’ll get 2 passes to the One Tree Hill Convention in downtown Wilmington, a photo op and autograph of your choice.

The One Tree Hill Con is August 7th-9th and you could be there!

We’ll announce the winner Thursday (8/6) at 7:10am EST on the Sunny Morning Show with Sheila Brothers and on The Wilmywood Daily.

Good Luck!!


THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 07/29/2015 GoFundMe for 2nd AC, Goodbye to Banshee and more

DebCotrillThere is a Go Fund Me for Deb Cottrill – 2nd AC that was injured on the set of Sleepy Hollow which is filming in Conyers, GA for season 3. A little more details to the extent of her injuries were posted on the page explaining that her leg is broken in 3 places.  She is expected to have up to a year or more of recovery time. If you got a few bucks to spare, send them her way! If you can’t donate at this time, please share the page!  DONATE NOW

bansheeBanshee‘s upcoming fourth season will be the show’s last. The first 3 seasons were shot in the Charlotte area, then moved to Philly due to the lack of Film Incentives here in NC. Banshee‘s final season is slated for early 2016. Guess we will be seeing some of our crew members return soon. READ STORY NOW

UTD_Dean NorrisReminder the 2015 Literacy Luncheon is tomorrow with special guest Dean Norris aka Big Jim Rennie from Under the Dome. They are celebrating CFLC’s 30-year mission to eradicate illiteracy! Dean will be hanging out with us after for a meet n greet. The luncheon will be held at the Pine Valley United Methodist Church, 3788 Shipyard Blvd, 11:30am-1pm. GET TICKETS NOW



2nd AC injured on set in Conyers, GA.

According to multiple sources, another major incident occurred on the set of Sleepy Hollow, the television series that filmed in Wilmington for the first two seasons.  The Fox show moved to Conyers, GA for season 3 due to the lack of film incentives in North Carolina. First thing this morning while unloading trucks on location (just south of Conyers, GA), a 2nd AC was backing into the road pulling a camera cart and got hit by a generator being pulled by a stake bed.

One source said that the trailer pinned her foot and rolled up her leg, breaking both bones in her lower leg.  EMTs responded immediately. The complete extent of the injury is unknown at this time. That sounds EXTREMELY painful!  Wishing this lady some serious good vibes, good pain meds and a full recovery.

I was told that filming resumed after the accident, but they dropped the stunt that was up first thing this morning.

This is the second major incident that has occurred in the past 7 days while the show is trying to complete the first episode of the new season.  Last week, a female security guard was kidnapped and sexually assaulted. READ STORY NOW

Please note, I cannot confirm the accuracy of any of these details, as I was not there, but multiple sources have reported the same details. So, just tellin’ ya what I’ve been told folks.

UPDATE: There is a Go Fund Me for Deb Cottrill – 2nd AC that was injured on the set of Sleepy Hollow which is filming in Conyers, GA for season 3. A little more details to the extent of her injuries were posted on the page explaining that her leg is broken in 3 places.  She is expected to have up to a year or more of recovery time. If you got a few bucks to spare, send them her way! If you can’t donate at this time, please share the page!  DONATE NOW



JULY 27th, 2015


Today, North Carolina has opened the application process to award $ 4 million in immediate funding from the NC Film Grant.  These are unused funds that were returned from the previous funding cycle earlier this year.  Applications for projects are being accepted beginning today through 5pm on Friday, August 7.  Click here to learn more about the qualifications and the application process.

Regarding future funding for the NC Film Grant Fund, the North Carolina Legislature has yet to finalize the State Budget for FY 15/16 and FY 16/17.  We expect this process to be completed in the next two months.  At that time, we will release further information regarding future availability of funds and the application process.

Meanwhile, film and television work continues in North Carolina with seasoned crews, exceptional facilities, diverse locations, and great weather.  So Just Relax, and give us a call today.


Johnny Griffin
Wilmington Regional Film Commission


THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 07/28/2015 The Choice returns, Under the Dome tidbits, Paper Towns

The NC shot Paper Towns took in $12.5M at the box office during its opening weekend.  It was released in 3,031 theaters nationwide.

The Choice is returning to Wilmington for some reshoots next week. They will be here for about 6 days. I believe it will be Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer and Maggie Grace coming into town. Sorry Tom Welling fans.

Catch Under the Dome‘s Eriq LaSalle on ABC’s The View tomorrow at 11am EST, where he’ll be chatting w/the ladies about acting, directing, and being an author.

Rachelle LeFevre took some time from Under the Dome to volunteer this weekend with Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity.  She was among 20 folks who worked in the Love Grove community Saturday as they build a new house.  READ STORY NOW.

Dean Norris is right behind her as he will also be taking some time to help to give back to Wilmywood this Thursday at the Cape Fear Literacy Council’s Literacy Luncheon.  Tickets are still available.  If you attend Dean will be hanging out afterwards for a meet-n-greet.


Horror strikes on Sleepy Hollow location in Georgia


Sleepy Hollow, which filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina for the first two seasons, recently moved (due to the lack of North Carolina film incentives) to Conyers, Georgia. Their first week of shooting was this week and a horrific incedent happened to a female security guard on Day 1.

According to the press release… 

“She was sitting in her (black 2007 BMW 328i) when she was approached by two black males with their faces covered, one wearing a black bandana and one wearing a red bandana. They forced the victim into her own vehicle’s trunk.” 

After joyriding with the female in the truck of the passenger car, the two suspects forced her to give them the PIN to her ATM card, and they withdrew money from the Bank of America, 1088 West Avenue, Conyers.”

The suspects then sexually assaulted her at gunpoint.

“The victim was finally released on Johnson Road and the suspects drove off in her vehicle toward Flat Shoals Road,” according to the press release. “The victim walked to Texaco (located at 1410 Klondike Road) where she called police.”

The News has the complete story.

I can’t even fathom what this poor woman went through.

Many crew members here in North Carolina heard about this story this week and not only were they appalled by the heinous act, it gave them another reason to wish Sleepy Hollow never left. Many believe that this kind of thing would not happen here in Wilmington, North Carolina.

We all hope that is true. But of course we never want something like that to happen to anyone, anywhere.

We are sending good vibes to the victim and to the cast and crew. May this never happen again.

UPDATE: Kidnappers arrested!

PROOF: NC Film pumps money into the economy

You want proof that the North Carolina Film Industry creates revenue? Just ask the state’s own Department of Revenue who have released the numbers.  As one crew member said, “This official state report PROVES that film in North Carolina pumps money into the economy…and lots of it!”

The report above gives you an exact look of how much money was spent in North Carolina via production companies and exactly how much each production got back.

The NCDOR reports from 2005-2014 all in one PDF (above).

The last page illustrates that in 2014 film productions spent over $241M in the state and got back just over $60M.

These numbers come from the state, not any bias party. How much more proof does one need?


Come hang out with Under the Dome’s Dean Norris!

Please join Cape Fear Literacy Council and our Presenting Sponsor, Live Oak Bank, in celebrating CFLC’s 30-year mission to eradicate illiteracy!

Mark your calendars to join us on Thursday, July 30th, for the Cape Fear Literacy Council’s 6th Annual Literacy Luncheon featuring CFLC’s Group Readers and special celebrity guest, actor Dean Norris.

The luncheon will be held at the Pine Valley United Methodist Church, 3788 Shipyard Blvd, from 11:30am-1pm.

Guests will also have the opportunity to meet several students whose lives have been changed through their experiences at CFLC and hear from New Hanover County Commission Chairman, Jonathan Barfield, Jr. and Vertex Rail Technologies’ Jamir Jumoke about the incredible social and economic impact of improving literacy in our region.

And as a special “thank you” to our guests – Dean Norris will be available for a ‘Meet & Greet’ and Photo Opps after the Luncheon.

This is your opportunity to help us secure our future! Sponsorships and Table Host opportunities are available for the Literacy Luncheon by clicking on the link above. Additionally, a limited amount of Reserved Seating tickets are available for $100 each



The Wilmywood Daily – 07/14/2015 Blue Mountain State, Under the Dome, The Longest Ride

We’ve been waiting for it and after this tweet, I guess we will have to wait some more. But hey, at least we know Blue Mountain State is done! Now, who’s gonna make that call to Lionsgate?


Under the Dome shoots at the sound stages today.  Weather permitting, our Domies will be also heading to the Carolinian Motel on Market.  We get a taste of what’s to come for the rest of the season as a few cast members and producers chimed in during their panel at the 2015 Comic Con. Episode 5 – “Alaska” airs this Thursday at 10pm EST on CBS.

The Longest Ride Comes out on DVD today!  It’s just like owning a lil piece of North Carolina, isn’t it? BUY IT NOW ON AMAZON!