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!



North Carolina loses another production to Georgia

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Well, we can thank the General Assembly for this news…

I have just been told the original Netflix series starring Winona Ryder which had a close eye on Wilmywood, ultimately decided to go where most do these days. Georgia. A couple of heads of production scouted here last week and were very pleased with Wilmington. The creatives especially. One of the main reasons they really liked Wilmington is it could easily double for the town of Montauk which is located on the very eastern tip of Long Island. It’s a fishing village but also has very expensive estates, and a lot of very old money. Certain areas of Wilmington could perfectly double for Montauk and from what I have been told the creatives agreed.

But money always wins in the end. Because North Carolina is into its new fiscal year with absolutely ZERO dollars for film, Wilmington lost yet another show.

Some folks are saying they are going to Atlanta, however, the closest thing they will get for Montauk is Tybee Island — where they shot Sponge Bob 2. It will be a much harder task to recreate Montauk in Georgia, but until North Carolina gets their shit together (pardon my French), productions will just be a passing ship through the night for us.

Is very heartbreaking as it would have that worked out perfectly especially for the Under the Dome crew who possibly could have rolled over to that show which will be filming through 2016.

300 jobs. Poof.


Our Domies head to Comic Con

It’s Comic Con time in San Diego and our Domies will be in attendance…well a few anyway. This afternoon (Ballroom 20) Dean Norris, Mike Vogel and Marg Helgenberger and executive producers Neal Baer and Tim Schlattmann head up a panel and they will give a sneak peek of what’s to come Under the Dome.

Meanwhile, episode 4, The Kinship airs tonight at 10pm EST on CBS. Here’s a quick scene teaser for ya with Kylie Bunbury and Marg Helgenberger.

Related articles:
Inside The Dome—Q&A With Executive Producers Neal Baer & Tim Schlattmann


‘Bolden’ Set Dec Auction (online and live auctions)
THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 06/29/2015 Rumors from the Lot

COLIN FORD goes Under the Dome for Season 3
DEAN NORRIS goes Under the Dome for Season 3
ALEXANDER KOCH goes Under the Dome for Season 3
MAX EHRICH goes Under the Dome for Season 3
KYLIE BUNBURY goes Under the Dome for Season 3
MACKENZIE LINTZ goes Under the Dome for Season 3

‘Bolden’ Set Dec Auction (online and live auctions)

Movie Props and Set Dressing From the locally filmed period Movie “Bolden” to be sold at Public Auction in Wilmington NC on July 11th, 12th & 18th.

The motion picture “Bolden” has wrapped production in the Wilmington NC area and a large quantity of set dressing, props and items stocked for the film will be sold at public auction beginning on July 11th at 6PM, then continuing on Sunday, July 12th at 1PM.

An additional live auction sale will be held on Saturday, July 18th at 6PM.

The online only sale will be running from Tuesday, July 7th through Tuesday, July 14th for a quantity of architectural iron, antiqued doors and a number of other items.

All the sales are open to the public and the majority of items represent periods from the 1890’s to the 1930’s. Included are a large quantity of genuine unique antiques and “simulated” antiques. For sale information contact Jeff Weinberg of Auction Orange at (910)352-0411 or visit

AUCTION LOCATION: 1930 Castle Hayne Rd. in Cape Fear Plaza



‘Check Point’ brings William Forsythe and others to Wilmywood

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.