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!

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NC Film Grant: A possible, permanent budget line item?

So, the Senate has a proposed budget, and it includes the NC Film Grant.  Leaders are pushing for the grant to become a recurring line item. It would give $15 million per fiscal year. The grant amount for this fiscal year could be increased to about $30 million by using unused funds from this year’s grant program. But the following year it would be $15 million flat.

Sunsets have always been the down side to NC film incentives, so having a recurring line item definitely helps. It’s just not nearly enough. We’ll see how this goes and if it gets increased and if it gets passed.

N.C. Senators. Michael Lee, R-New Hanover, and Bill Rabon, R-Brunswick said in a statement:

“We look forward to working with Representatives (Ted) Davis and (Holly) Grange to increase funding for the film grant program and make the program’s entire appropriation permanent in the final budget.” 

More from the Star News:

NC film funding would remain flat in Senate budget

 

TNT’s Good Behavior (S2) in full swing

Season two of TNT’s Good Behavior is off to a great start here in Wilmywood! Day one kicked off yesterday at EUE/Screen Gems Studios. They’ll continue filming there, and we finally get to see those beautiful lighting and grip trucks lining the streets as they head out on location. Today they are on Country Club Rd. Also this week they will be at the Carolina Marine Terminal off River Rd., Forest Hills Elementary as well as Wilmington Funeral. Next week you can spot them at the Independence Mall, The Forum and near downtown at St. Andrews.

Glad to see some of our peeps working again. Welcome home crew members! We missed you!

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Extras Casting Director Named for TNT’s Good Behavior (Season 2)

A lot of people have been wondering who is doing extras casting for Season 2 of Good Behavior. Well, congrats to Taylor Woodell of TW Casting.

Production begins Monday, April 10th and she will be casting background as well as Stand-ins and Photo-Doubles!

She is now accepting general submissions. E-mail to TWCasting.GBS2@gmail.com.

She will be posting specific roles soon so keep an eye out on her Facebook page!

All extras must be willing and able to work as local to Wilmington.

E-mail MUST include the following:
Photo of yourself as well as Name, Age, Location, Contact Information, Height, Weight, Wardrobe Sizes AND a description of any tattoos or piercings!!

NOTE: If you were an extra for Season One of Good Behavior and you remember your role, please include the role(s) in the subject line.

Congratulations Taylor! Have a great season!

 

SIX Season 2 Location Revealed

In a letter to the cast and crew yesterday, the producing team expressed their gratitude and touted the Wilmington Film community and its beautiful locations with all the area had to offer. At the end of season one, the SIX team still had high hopes of returning to the Port City, however, as the world changes so does the storyline. And with that, the location.

“It was our intent to return but the world has changed and with that change came a new direction for our story line.”

Season Two will head North crossing the border to Vancouver.

The members of the producing team went on to say how highly they speak of Wilmington and how exceptional the crew is. They truly want their paths to cross here in Wilmywood again.

“We will miss you and will always be comparing our future seasons to the success we had with you.”

I know a lot of the crew really enjoyed working on this show, but there is now an opening to be filled. I’ll keep you posted on what will be filling it.

 

 

NC General Assembly pass repeal of HB2.

Photo: Yahoo.com

The NC House of Representatives passed a bill to repeal House Bill 2 otherwise known as the “bathroom bill.” It was a 70-48 vote.

The NC Senate passed the bill earlier in the day. Now it will go to Gov. Roy Cooper for his signature.

It’s certainly isn’t perfect as Cooper stated, but it would begin to repair the state’s reputation.

WECT reported that the deal reached between Cooper and Moore would repeal HB2, re-set bathroom access to pre-HB2 standards and also include a moratorium preventing local governments from passing their own non-discrimination ordinances through at least December 1, 2020, the NC General Assembly says.

As far as film is concerned, I have been told there are many productions that still want to be here, however, they would not come to North Carolina until HB2 was repealed. We shall see how Hollywood reacts to the repeal with the moratorium in place.

NC Republican lawmakers & Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper resolve a standoff on HB2.

NC Republican lawmakers & Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper resolve a standoff on HB2.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Republican lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper say they have agreed on legislation to resolve a standoff over the state’s “bathroom bill.” GOP leaders announced late Wednesday the new legislation would be debated and voted on Thursday, but it was unclear whether there were enough votes to pass it. Cooper said it’s not a perfect deal but would begin to repair the state’s reputation. The replacement measure still restricts LGBT nondiscrimination protections.

WBTV reports that the news comes in just hours before the NCAA’s deadline that required our state leaders to repeal HB2 or lose the chance to host any college championships for the next five years.  The NCAA will announce basketball championship sites today.