THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – April 27, 2016: SIX, Good Behavior, Vice Principals and more.

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Happy Hump day peeps! A few things to note today.

Now that Walton Goggins has filled the role of Rip Taggart, SIX is gearing back up! Woo Hoo! So glad they are back in action! You can spot them at the Budgetel Inn on Market St. tomorrow.

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Oh,  and did you hear about our fabulous SIX producer/director? The American Film Institute chose Lesli Linka Glatter as the recipient of its 2016 Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal. Wow! You go super, awesome lady! Brianne, I totally stole this image from you, girl!  READ ARTICLE NOW

Good Behavior will be shooting on S. College Rd today near Hugh MacRae Park.

Vice Principals, created by UNCSA alums Danny McBride and Jody Hill, will air it’s first season on HBO, July 17.

Journal Now, has a lot of little tidbits about projects with ties to UNCSA. READ NOW

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ASHEVILLE, NC: Film Crew Resumes now being accepted for ‘Whitetail’

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NOTE: THIS IS FOR CREW ONLY.

The feature film,  The Legacy Of A Whitetail Deer Hunter written by Danny McBride and Jody Hill and starring Danny McBride and Josh Brolin is NOW accepting NC film crew resumes.

THIS IS FOR CREW ONLY. NOT FOR EXTRAS.  No official statement has been made in regards to who will be doing the Extras Casting yet, so hold on there background actors.

Shooting will take place in the Asheville, NC area. Production begins in October and will run through December. I’m hearing it might have been pushed a few weeks.  I cannot confirm that, however.

ABOUT:

Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter
Scott Rudin Productions/Rough House
STATUS: Pre-Production
WRITERS, PRODUCERS: Danny McBride, Jody Hill
LP:  Lila Yacoub
PM: Georgie Marquis
DIRECTOR: Jody Hill
CREW RESUMES TO: jodyhillproject@gmail.com

A nationally known deer hunter takes his young son on a hunting trip.

NC Dept. of Commerce releases Prod Cos who got the Dirty Dancing Cash

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If you are an avid reader of this here blog, The Wilmywood Daily, then you’ve known most of these deets for a while now. But there were a few things that we were waiting on. Like an official announcement from the Dept. of N.C. Commerce of what we already know AND which production got what from the Dirty Dancing money.  So, here we go.

  1. TNT’s Good Behavior (Wilmington, NC) – Eligible for up to $1.25 million. 

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https://wilmywoodnc.com/2015/09/16/tnts-drama-good-behavior-chooses-male-lead/

https://wilmywoodnc.com/2015/09/08/wilmington-nc-crew-call-tnts-good-behavior-2/

https://wilmywoodnc.com/2015/08/27/north-carolina-natives-bring-two-productions-to-the-state/

2. The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter (Asheville, NC) – Eligible for up to $2.8 million.

Related Articles:

https://wilmywoodnc.com/2015/09/09/asheville-nc-fincannon-looking-for-10-13yd-old-boy-for-whitetail/

https://wilmywoodnc.com/2015/08/27/north-carolina-natives-bring-two-productions-to-the-state/

3. HGTV’s Love it or List it (Raleigh/Durham, NC) – Eligible for up to $950,000.

We knew a reality show got the final bit of cash from the left over money , but we didn’t know which one.  Well, now we do.

Now with the Dirty Dancing money done with and since the Governor signed the budget today, we will now see who applies for the $30M in the grant for this fiscal year. It might be a little while since they have to implement all the new language what was changed.

ASHEVILLE, NC: Fincannons looking for 10-13yr old boy for ‘Whitetail’

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As we chatted about throughout August into September,  The Legacy Of A Whitetail Deer Hunter is gearing up in Asheville, NC. The feature stars Josh Brolin and Danny McBride and the storyline revolves around a nationally known deer hunter who takes his son, Jaden on a hunting trip. Production should begin mid to late October and run through December.

Fincannon & Associates are looking for a 10 to 13 year old to play the character Jaden in Asheville, NC.

Lisa Mae Fincannon says “there’s no acting experience necessary they are looking for very real southern young men who have a gift for telling stories and being themselves in front of the camera. A great sense of humor helps as well. Jaden is confident and considers himself pretty cool while having a 6th grade real boy qualities. He supposed to be bonding with his father on a hunting trip, but Jaden wants to do anything but.”

The open call to the public is this Saturday 11 a.m. til 3 p.m. Please bring a recent photo of the child if you have one. There is no charge and the general public is urged to attend.

For more details call Meredith Petty or Olivia Arokiasamy 910-262-2002

OPEN CALL:
Saturday, September 12, 2015
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Riverside Business Park.
2002 Riverside Dr., Asheville, NC
Use the LOFTS 1 Enterance.
Bring recent photo of child.

North Carolina Natives bring two productions to the state.

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Although there is still no official word from the NC Commerce Dept or the NC Film Office in regards to who indeed got the Dirty Dancing money ($4M), I am still pretty damn certain of at least two out of the three projects that are coming to North Carolina to begin production in October, and we have some North Carolina natives to thank!

First up, TNT’s pilot Good Behavior. It’s already in pre-production on the LA side of things, but from what I’ve heard, offices should open up at EUE/Screen Gems in the next week or so.  For all you Downton Abbey and Wayward Pines fans, you will be quite pleased!  The series is based on the Letty Dobesh books by Wayward Pines author and North Carolina boy, Blake Crouch! We are so proud to welcome him back home!!  He graduated from UNC Chapel Hill and he is “excited to be back.”

Good Behavior is written by both 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.”  Good Behavior should begin production in early October.

danny-mcbride-jody-hillNext up, let’s welcome back Danny and Jody as they bring us the father/son flick The Legacy Of A Whitetail Deer Hunter. The feature stars Josh Brolin and Danny McBride and the storyline revolves around a nationally known deer hunter who takes his son on a hunting trip. 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.  Lila Yacoub is listed as the LP. The PM is Georgie Marquis. Currently, Asheville, NC and Georgia are listed as locations, but I have a feeling it will be shot JoshBrolinsolely in Asheville. From what I have been hearing, they have already been in contact with some members of the film community and could be opening offices in the next week or so. Production should begin mid to late October.

Jody is a North Carolina boy, born in Concord. He and Danny both graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem.

McBride and Hill are currently shooting the HBO series Vice Principals in Charleston, SC.  If you remember they wanted to film that show here and had already scouted all the locations.  But when the NCGA screwed up our film incentives, they headed to SC. Before that, they brought HBO’s Eastbound and Down to Wilmywood.

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So yea, I am pretty damn certain these two projects got the Dirty Dancing cash.  Now onto the uncertain third.  You can label this one a “Rumor from the Lot,” but I am hearing rumblings about a reality show picking up some cash as well. Some are saying it is Figure 8 Films, others have no idea, but “Reality Show” is what I keep hearing. I will keep you posted and let you know if there is any truth to this one. If that is indeed true, I am trying to figure out why. Reality Shows only hire about 10 NC film crew members. Maybe they had a small amount of cash left? Maybe someone’s got a friend in high places? Maybe none of this has any validity. We shall see…

Stay tuned!

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Are these projects coming to North Carolina?

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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
Season-Zero

Is Film Dead in North Carolina? No. Here’s Why.

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I know a lot of people are bummed, devastated, heartbroken (INSERT YOUR FEELINGS HERE). So I thought it would lighten the mood a little bit and give you a few things to think about.

Under the Dome is leaving, yes that is true, however, we are not dead. Film is not dead in North Carolina. It’s not even close to how it was in 2013 or 2014 and who knows if it ever will be, but there are some things we can look forward to.

There are a few possibilities. Since Dirty Dancing never used the $4,000,000 from the NC Film Grant, there are production companies who have already applied. It looks like Wilmington (if all goes well) will hopefully have one if not two pilots. One from TNT and another possibly from NBC. One would have an October start date. That’s all I am saying about that for the moment.

Now, in the next two weeks we will know what kind of numbers are going to come out of the General Assembly. We know at the very least it will be $10M but what we’re hoping for is something above $25M. $40M+ of course is preferable. That will keep some of our crew afloat. Once we get that in play we should have some definite confirmations from productions companies who wish to film here.

I do know that on the western side of the state there is a Danny McBride flick that would also like to film this fall.  That will depend on the NC Film Grant for this fiscal year. It’s titled The Legacy Of A Whitetail Deer Hunter and stars Josh Brolin and Danny McBride.  And can I please give a HUGE thanks to to Jody and Danny for trying to bring everything they can to North Carolina.  I know the crew and vendors are very grateful.

We should know who exactly applied for the grant by the end of next week and how many.

So all hope is not lost. I hope this gives you some peace. I know it’s hard because our film family is being torn apart as people have to relocate to do what they do for a living. But there will be at least some work to look forward to.

Love you guys and gals – stay strong!