First Project for Wilmywood 2018 Has Arrived.

Man, it’s been a long time coming. So hold on and let me wipe the cob webs from this here blog and get the scoop flowing once again!!

Yes Wilmywood, we have ourselves a feature film!

Words on Bathroom Walls, based on a young adult novel by Julia Walton, has been adapted into a screenplay and low and behold they are ready to be the first production for Wilmywood, NC in 2018. Offices are expected to open next week at our fabulous EUE/Screen Gems Studios. Production is set to begin the first week of April! Can I get an AMEN!

I will shoot you more details as soon as I am allowed to do so.

UPDATE:  The Executive Producer and UPM on this project is our one and only Alison Semenza King. And from what I have been told she has gone above and beyond to bring this project here and is looking forward to hiring a lot of locals! Yes! THANK YOU ALISON!

And get ready, there is more coming in 2018!  I am hearing rumors about another project setting up shop soon in Charlotte, plus a certain streaming service just might be eyeing Wilmington this summer. As for Good Behavior, Season 3, it’s still up in the air. I will keep you posted! Now, let’s get to work!

ABOUT WRITING ON BATHROOM WALLS:

Adam has just been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He sees and hears people who aren’t there: Rebecca, a beautiful girl who understands him; the Mob Boss, who harasses him; and Jason, the guy who’s unfailingly polite. It should be easy to separate the real from the not real, but Adam can’t.

Still, there’s hope. As Adam starts fresh at a new school, he begins a drug trial that helps him ignore his visions. Suddenly everything seems possible, even love. When he meets Maya, a fiercely intelligent girl, he desperately wants to be the great guy that she thinks he is. But then the miracle drug begins to fail, and Adam will do anything to keep Maya from discovering his secret.

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Twitter: Guy Fieri: Shootin a big new pilot w/ some of my favorite chefs… 

Thanks to Food Network star Guy Fieri, not only does Wilmington cuisine get featured worldwide, but our local girls charter school gets a big fundraising boost!

Today and tomorrow, Guy will be filming the Wilmington episode of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. He’ll be at Fork N Cork, Copper Penny, Something Fishy, Sweet n Savory Cafe, and Ceviche’s. Then on Friday he will host a lunch and a dinner which are both sold out for the charter school, GLOW Academy of Wilmington!  Thanks Guy! We appreciate you! And happy birthday! Hope you had fun yesterday!

Diners, Drive-ins and Dives is in its 28th season on the Food Network. 

Follow Guy Fieri on Twitter.

 

NC-Shot ‘Three Billboards’ scoops up Oscar Noms

JUST IN: “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” has scooped up quite a few Oscar nominations! Shot in May of 2016 in and near Asheville and Sylva, NC, these nominations are no surprise as it won four Golden Globes (out of the 7 nominations) including Best Drama Motion Picture. 

Oscar nominations include:
Best Picture
Best Original Score
Best Film Editing.
Best Original Screenplay
Best Actress: Frances McDormand
Actor in a Supporting Role: Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell

Congrats to the cast and crew! For more on where Three Billboards was filmed, here’s a link for ya!

Location: https://www.romanticasheville.com/three-billboards-ebbing

Hope on the Horizon / Rumors from the Lot

It’s been a hot minute since the last blog post and well, you know why that is. Besides Season 2 of TNT’s Good Behavior shooting here, there’s not much action film-wise in the Port City. However, it looks like a change (or more like a return) could be right around the corner.

This week, EUE/Screen Gems Studios sent out the news to over 1300 production companies that you can count Wilmywood in for their next production. The email stated that effective immediately, North Carolina has committed to long term, recurring funding which provides grants equal to 25% of the North Carolina qualifying expenditures.

As of July 1, 2017, we have $33.6 million in funding available. On July 1, 2018 we will have $31 million in yearly recurring funding.

Executive Vice President at EUE/Screen Gems Studios, Bill Vassar, thanked our local legislators for having the vision to make changes in the incentive grant to make us more competitive down the road. “This is really hopeful,” he said. “As this has been developing with the legislators and word has gotten out that something was going to change, that there would be positive changes in the incentive, we’ve had an increase of interest of people coming here to shoot.”

Nothing is set in stone at this point. I know that’s the last thing you want to hear. And Bill couldn’t give me specifics to share, so you know how I do. I rely on other sources. So what’s the latest “Rumors from the Lot?”

I am not going to mention specific names of shows cuz, let’s be frank, I’d get in some deep doo-doo. But I can say, there’s a pilot, two television series and a feature that I know for sure are at least considering Wilmywood as their home. The operative word is CONSIDERING. Again, nothing set in stone.

Now I’ve got mixed reports about a project heading to Charlotte. Some people tell me they are gearing up to start in a couple of weeks. Does that mean opening offices in two weeks or start production in two weeks? That, I don’t know. Regardless, I am still marking this as a rumor for now.

I did some digging and last month, it was mentioned that a feature called We Were Liars was going to film in New York and North Carolina. Production was set to begin in August. So, that could indeed be it. If you’ve got more details on this one, holla!

That’s all I’ve got for now. I know it’s not much, but it sure is something to be hopeful about!

As soon as I get more details, I’ll let you know!