Are these projects coming to North Carolina?

The deadline to apply for some of that Dirty Dancing money that went unused ($4M) was August 7th.

Although there has been no official statement, out of the 17 productions who applied, I have been hearing things. You know how that goes. I can’t officially tell you for sure if these projects got approved and accepted the grant money, but I can tell you they applied.  You know how things go in the biz, things change every 5 minutes. But, lemme tell ya what the buzz is all about.

First up, TNT could be bringing us the pilot, Good Behavior, a one hour drama.

And for all you Downton Abbey and Wayward Pines fans, you will be quite pleased if they film here!  The series is based on the Letty Dobesh books by Wayward Pines author Blake Crouch.  Good Behavior is written both Blake Crouch and Chad Hodge. They will serve as executive producers for the show as well.  The show will star Michelle Dockery who you know as Lady Mary Crawley of Downton Abbey.  She will play Letty Dodesh.

The storyline is about “a thief and a con artist whose life is always one wrong turn, one bad decision from implosion — which is exactly how she likes it. Fresh out of prison, Letty is attempting to stay afloat, but when she overhears a hit man being hired to kill a man’s wife, she sets out to derail the job, putting her on a collision course with the killer and entangling them in a dangerous and seductive relationship.”

JoshBrolinAlso applying for the Dirty Dancing cash is the father/son flick The Legacy Of A Whitetail Deer Hunter. If they got approved they would be heading to the Asheville area.  The feature stars Josh Brolin and Danny McBride. Danny and his partner in crime Jody Hill are the writers and executive producers. The project is coming from Scott Rudin Productions and Rough House. Jody Hill will be directing.  They also looked at Georgia for locations as well, so will they take the money or head south?

Both project are slated to begin in October.

UPDATE ON STORY BELOW: READ NOW!

Now I don’t think there is anymore money until the state budget is finalized and the NC Film Grant is replenished. With that being said, remember that 2nd pilot I was telling you about? I know they applied, but I don’t know if they got it or not. If they didn’t, I am really hoping they will reapply. It’s called The Wilding and it’s another supernatural project from Tim Kring.  You know, the Crossing Jordan/Heroes guy!

This is an NBC production shooting for USA Network. And you know how USA operates. If they see a show doing well, they will order multiple seasons! Just look at Burn Notice and White Collar.

Now the cool part!  The NBC project was specifically written for North Carolina, most of it in Durham. When does a North Carolina city get the chance to play itself? It’s rare!

The supernatural drama gives us the storyline about a group of “disparate families who realize they are enduring the same haunting in Durham, North Carolina. As parents turn against their children, one fractured family realizes they have the potential to save their neighbors. The mother, a psychiatrist, learns to help her daughter whose condition is indefinable by modern medicine.”

This project would use the statewide crew base. These are exactly the type of productions that the legislators want. Long term productions that showcase the state.

So, now we wait for the official word which should be any day now.

Whoever didn’t get the Dirty Dancing money will have to reapply when the film grant is refilled IF there is any change in the language when the budget comes out (with a number we don’t know yet). There will be projects that just can’t wait and will go to other states, but there will be some who will.  Then there will be those applying for the first time.

All we can do at this point is hold our breath until the budget comes out –  you know that thing that is 7 weeks overdue. SIGH.

As soon as the official word comes out about what’s coming to NC for real-zees, I will let you know 🙂

(Sources)
EW
Deadline
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VIDEO: Under the Dome tours come to an end at EUE/Screen Gems Studios

The last weekend of the Under the Dome Tours at EUE/Screen Gems Studios was this past weekend.  Production on season 3 of Under the Dome wrapped  a little over a week ago. And now with the news that came out two weeks ago that the show would not return to Wilmington if they get picked up for another season, this was the final opportunity for folks to go behind the scenes and visit the sets on the sound stages.

Wilmywood Daily correspondent Charles Roark has the story.

So when will tours resume?  EUE/Screen Gems Studios Executive Vice President Bill Vassar says, “As soon as we have another series with a lot of public interest, we will resume tours.”

So now it all comes down to what our legislators put together in the state budget which is already seven weeks overdue. However, today the House and the Senate did agree on a $21.735 billion spending compromise for the entire state budget. It was a House difference of $415 million less and Senate difference of $265 million more. Now that they have a number, things will be moving more rapidly.  We should find out hopefully in the next week what they will put in the NC Film Grant for the next two fiscal years.
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THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – August 14, 2015 Film Grant, One & Two, Final Screen Gems Tours

ncfilmThe deadline to apply for some of that Dirty Dancing money that went unused ($4M) was August 7th. And now we wait and see who will get it.  There were 17 applications turned in.  Now it’s up to the Dept. of Commerce who will get the cash. The productions will have 100 days to get going. We should know VERY soon who the grants were awarded to.

one-two-posterREMINDER: The NC Filmed supernatural thriller One & Two is out today via OnDemand and by digital download through iTunes and Amazon starting TODAY! The production filmed in Forsyth and Surry counties. Starring Kiernan Shipka and Timothee Chalamet, the flick is about two siblings who discover a supernatural escape from a troubled home, but find their bond tested when reality threatens to tear their family apart.

REMINDER: LAST WEEKEND!!! EUE/Screen Gems will wrap seasonal tours on Saturday and Sunday,  Aug. 15 and 16, 2015. Tours are wrapping because “Under The Dome” (CBS) is breaking down sets that will not be used in future seasons. The last Summer 2015 tours will be at 10 am, 12 noon and 2 pm, weather permitting. Guests should arrive at the studios at least 30 minutes ahead of time to purchase tickets. Don’t miss out!

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What will happen to the NC Filmed Masterminds & Disappointments Room now?

Earlier this week the news broke about  Relativity being…well broke! Relativity Media has filed for Chapter 11 in what many are calling one of the biggest bankruptcies in Hollywood history. And that puts two North Carolina shot films in jeopardy: The NC-Filmed comedy shot in the western part of the state Masterminds (Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig and Owen Wilson) and the thriller shot in the Greensboro area The Disappointments Room (Kate Beckinsale). Both releases have been postponed “indefinitely.”

Today, Eriq Gardner of the Hollywood Reporter writes, “RKA Film Financing, the firm that put up $115 million to fund Relativity Media’s advertising on upcoming films including Masterminds, Somnia, Disappointments Room and Kidnap, is now seeking to seize those films and sell them off to another studio for distribution.”  READ STORY NOW

More to come on this story. Eriq Gardner says, “The Hollywood Reporter will provide updates on this motion.” We will be ready and waiting.

 

NC-shot flick One & Two on Demand this Friday.

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE NC FILM OFFICEOne & Two – Berlin and SXSW Selection filmed in Piedmont Triad Region in 2014

RALEIGH—North Carolina film fans will get a chance to see another NC-filmed production, the supernatural thriller One & Two, OnDemand and by digital download through such platforms as iTunes and Amazon starting Friday, August 14.

Starring Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men, Very Good Girls, Flowers in the Attic), Timothee Chalamet (NC-filmed
Homeland, Intersteller), Elizabeth Reaser (The Twilight Saga, Grey’s Anatomy), and Grant Bowler (Defiance,
Ugly Betty) and directed by Andrew Droz Palermo (Sundance selection Rich Hill), who also wrote the screenplay
along with Neima Shahdadi, the film is the story two siblings who discover a supernatural escape from a
troubled home, but find their bond tested when reality threatens to tear their family apart.

The production filmed in Forsyth and Surry counties–part of the Piedmont Triad Region–with the NC Historic Sites’ Horne Creek Farm serving as the film’s main location. According to paperwork submitted to the NC Department of Revenue, One & Two had a direct in-state spend in excess of $495,000 while providing 62 job opportunities over the course of 75 days.

One & Two first premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and was also a selection for the 2015
South By Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival and Conference.

In addition to its availability OnDemand and via streaming platforms, the feature will also be playing in select theaters across the U.S. It is currently scheduled to play within North Carolina at the Red Cinemas in Greensboro and the a/perture cinema in Winston-Salem on September 11.

Part of another banner year for film production in North Carolina, One and Two was one of more than 50 productions that filmed in the state in 2014. Combined, these productions tallied more than $316 million in direct in-state spending over the course of 3,300 production days. The activity created more than 19,000 job opportunities, including 3,000+ well-paying crew positions. Other productions that shot in 2014 include the features The Longest Ride, Max Steel, The Choice, Masterminds, Ashby, and Paper Towns; the television series “Sleepy Hollow,” “Under The Dome,” “Banshee,” and “Secrets & Lies;” and national commercials for Dannon Yogurt, Pepsi, Purina and Burger King, among others.

EUE/Screen Gems tours wrap this weekend!

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

FROM: EUE/Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington, NC

EUE/Screen Gems will wrap seasonal tours on Saturday and Sunday,  Aug. 15 and 16, 2015. Tours are wrapping because “Under The Dome” (CBS) is breaking down sets that will not be used in future seasons.

Visitors who come for these last summer tours will experience a visual history of the North Carolina film and television industry in the screening theater where many famous producers, directors and actors have reviewed footage of productions shot at the studio. Posters and memorabilia from previous productions that have shot on the lot will be in the Commissary building where guests purchase tickets. Guests are allowed to use cameras in this waiting area only; cameras and photography are not allowed on the rest of the tour.

The last Summer 2015 tours will be hosted on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 15 and 16 at 10 am, 12 noon and 2 pm, weather permitting. Guests should check the tour hotline before traveling for the latest tour updates. Tours can be canceled or delayed at the last minute due to weather changes. Guests should arrive at the studios at least 30 minutes ahead of time to purchase tickets.

Tour Location: 1223 23rd Street North, Wilmington, NC 28405

Cost: $12 for adults

$10 for students

$10 for seniors (age 65 and over) and military personnel with an ID

$5 for children, ages 5 to 12; children under 5 are free

Admission is cash only; memorabilia is also for sale. No credit cards accepted at this time.

Tour HOTLINE: Get up-to-the minute tour information and answers to questions at (910) 343-3433.

Tips:  Wear comfortable shoes (you’ll be on your feet for about an hour) and bring rain gear if there’s a chance of showers.

– See more at: http://studios.euescreengems.com/summer-tours-euescreen-gems-wilmington-nc-will-wrap-weekend/#sthash.qtjNwCHy.dpuf

‘Return to Tree Hill’ brings in BIG money for Wilmywood

Thanks to Eyecon for bringing the One Tree Hill Convention to Wilmington, NC for the second time in 2015. Wilmington (aka Wilmywood) of course was the filming location for the show for 9 seasons. Simply put, we are Tree Hill. And we thank the 1500+ people who attended for spending their money in our beautiful city! Film=Tourism. Film=Commerce. See you again in March 2016!

I asked these folks where they were from and how much money did they drop into our local economy. Some of it might surprise you. Enjoy the video below!