James Van Der Beek speaks up for NC Film

JamesVB2Dawson still has a love affair with our town that he called home for so many years. James Van Der Beek cannot attend the upcoming NC Film Rally, but he wanted all of Wilmywood to know he supports us 100%.

Why should we give tax incentives to a bunch of rich billionaires out in Hollywood?

It’s a very good question. One everyone should ask. And the answer, I’m afraid, is: Because they’ll spend their money elsewhere if we don’t.

I hope I can use the term “we.” I really do feel like Wilmington is my adopted home town.

In the six years I spent working in North Carolina, I learned what it is to be a professional. I learned what it is to be part of a team, and I was fortunate enough to call some of the brightest, most talented crew members I‘ve ever met my friends. I never hesitate to praise the working environment I experienced in Wilmington, in any and all press that I do.

And it’s out fondness that I take the time to write this letter to shed some light on how decisions are made in my industry.

Movies are cobbled together by people who have to go up the food chain to ask for the money to make them. They never get everything they want, they sometimes get less than they need, but accounting on productions is extraordinarily tight, and every penny is accounted for. Filmmaking is a crazy process, fraught with many moving pieces, so it doesn’t always look like the most efficient operation once it’s up and running, but long before cameras start rolling, everything is itemized. That much is guaranteed.

What’s not guaranteed, is a profit. Ever. So, if a production can save money simply by shooting somewhere with a tax incentive, they’ll go there. If the script calls for an ocean, but they can save money by shooting in a state that only has lakes, they’ll change it. I’ve seen it happen.

Just look at Massachusetts. They passed a tax incentive one year, and production boomed: multiple movies, writers started to write Boston into their scripts, a crew base started to take shape… and then somebody asked, “Why are we giving tax breaks those rich Hollywood types? If their script says Boston they have to come here, don’t they? They can’t shoot Fenway Park anywhere else, right?” So, they cut the incentive. The next year: zero films were shot in Massachusetts.

What a steady, reliable incentive in North Carolina does is allow Hollywood to employ one of the best crew bases in the US. What it does for those crew members is allow them to have a reasonable expectation of a job that gets them home to their families at night. And what it does for the shops, restaurants, hotels, and countless other businesses, is bring in money. And what all that adds up to is something intangible… something you can’t find on a balance sheet: Community. And all these years later, it’s that sense of community that I’ve taken with me to every set I’ve worked on since.

I sincerely hope the incentives stay intact, because what you have going there is rare, and it’d be a shame to break that up.

And selfishly? I really want to be able to come back and work with y’all again.

Be well,

James

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Wilmywood Stars Celebrate This Weekend

By: April Vickery
Contributor for The Wilmywood Daily

Happy birthday this weekend to not one but TWO Wilmywood Stars!

James Van der BeekTomorrow, March 8, James Van Der Beek turns 37. You might remember him from a little show called, Dawson’s Creek. James played our beloved title character “Dawson Leery” and from 1998-2003, us lucky little Wilmingtonians had chances to catch James working on the show in and around the area. Dawson’s Creek utilized our local EUE/Screen Gems lot and crew, UNCW’s Randall Library and Alderman Hall, and many local businesses in Southport and Wilmington including the famously nicknamed “Dawson’s Bridge.” After Dawson ended, James returned to Wilmywood for a part on the show One Tree Hill. He played the director who wanted to turn Lucas’ novel into a movie.

These days James is a husband, daddy and apparently non-aging meme sensation with his silly site, jamesvandermeme.tumblr.comwhere he shares his “Vanderfeelings” in .gif form with the world. Follow James on Twitter (@Vanderjames) and help us in Wilmywood wish him a happy birthday.

freddie-prinze-jr-freddie-prinze-jr-5425601-1024-768Feliz Cumpleanos to latino heartbreaker, Freddie Prinze Jr.! Not only does he share the title of 50 Most Beautiful People in The World with Mr. Van Der Beek, but he apparently can’t get enough of Wilmywood either!

Freddie filmed in and around the areas of Southport and Burgaw for the horror flick, I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) with another actor who has recently returned for ABC‘s Secrets and Lies, Ryan Phillipe. This was also the set that Freddie met his beautiful wife, Sarah Michelle Gellar.

Freddie then returned to Wilmywood 4 years later for the film Summer Catch (2001), a baseball movie that was set in Cape Cod, but some scenes were filmed in the town of Southport.

These days, Mr. Prinze is husband, daddy and business man. He is a producer and director with the WWE. (That’s right, wrastlin’!) He’s also known for his voiceover work in Mass Effect 3, Mass Effect Paragon Lost and Star Wars Rebels. Perhaps we should entice the Wilmywood-based show Battlefield Friends to help us in wishing Freddie Prinze Jr. a very happy birthday!

OUR WILMYWOOD VALENTINES

Happy Valentine’s Day!  I thought on this special day, we should go back in time and take a look at some of the best couples in Wilmywood Made Movies and TV Shows.

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Is there a Wilmywood couple not on the list you wanna see?  Send us a message and we will add it to the slideshow!

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 01/07/2014 – Casting Directors named for Max Steel, Dawson’s Creek Reunion? and more

Happy Tuesday!  Hope you are surviving the Polar Vortex!  Got a few tidbits for ya.  Starting with Max Steel.

Max-SteelLooks like Max Steel is pushing their schedule just a bit, so offices are going to open a little later than initially planned.  I did get a confirmation this morning, so I gotta give a huge congratulations to Tara and Chase over at Feldstein|Paris Casting for getting the principal casting gig for Mattel’s live-action feature.  I was told there will be some nice day player roles for our local and regional actors.  With that being said, no casting calls have been lined up yet,  so DON’T pester them about roles, just tell your agent to be ready!  No word yet on Extras Casting.  I will keep you posted!

Max Steel tells the story of teenager Maxwell McGrath and alien companion Steel who can combine special turbo-energy powers to generate sensational superhero Max Steel. The storyline centers on bringing a positive and relatable hero to kids, drawing upon turbo-charged teamwork, laughter and friendship.

MovieWeb.com’s got some detailed info about one of the writers as well as the director:

Max Steel writer Christopher Yost most recently rewrote and did the production work on Thor: The Dark World for Marvel and director Alan Taylor. He also wrote the superhero adventure Secret Headquarters for Paramount and Stuber Pictures. Previously, Yost was a member of Marvel’s Writers Program, where he worked on the first ThorMax Steel director Stewart Hendler recently directed and executive produced H+, a digital series for Dolphin Entertainment and Warner Brothers Entertainment, winning a Best Director award and sharing in a Best Sci-Fi or Action Series award at The 2013 Streamy Awards. Hendler also recently completed work on the award-winning digital series Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn. Between them, Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn and H+ have garnered 24 industry nominations, thus far. He also manages an active feature film career, having directed the studio features Whisper and Sorority Row, as well as developing several large-scale studio projects.

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david_billyLove that local media is putting our local actor David Andrews in the spotlight.   He’s got a four episode gig on the new NBC show, Crisis. Congrats David!  Before this project he had a little fun on Brad Pitt’s  World War Z.

DawsonAccording to Ok! Magazine, Katie Holmes is interested in taking part in a reunion of our teen drama, Dawson’s Creek.  If you remember earlier last year Michelle Williams was itching to do one as well. As of now there is nothing scheduled or scripted, but if something does indeed brew, I will let you know.  READ ARTICLE NOW

SophiaAnd speaking of Wilmywood shows of the past, set your sights on Wednesday nights.  Look out for One Tree Hill’s Sophia Bush on Chicago PD premiering tomorrow at 10pm EST after Law and Order SVU.

McDuffy_LetterDon’t forget this Saturday McDuffy: The Urban Eagle will screen at the fabulous Post 1200 followed by Q & A with the filmmakers! Tickets are only $5, so buy them now for you and some friends.  There is limited seating and it will sell out!  The event begins at 7pm. You can do it online, or stop by Post 1200, they are right across from Screen Gems.  It is rated R so keep in mind, it is ages 17 and up! It stars Matt McHughShane Callahan, Madison Moss, Zeeko Zaki, Patrick Bryant Hayden, Nate Panning, and Jim Mahorney.

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OTHER REMINDERS:

  • JAN 8 – Wednesday: The People’s Choice Awards 9pm EST on CBS
  • JAN 9 – Thursday: Variety’s upcoming Breakthrough of the Year Awards, at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES).  Dean Norris will be on hand to accept the award for Under the Dome.
  • JAN 10 – Friday: Banshee Season Two premieres on Cinemax
  • JAN 13 – Monday: Sleepy Hollow Episode 11 “Vessel” –  9pm EST on FOX
  • JAN 15 – Voting ends for Encore’s Best of 2014 VOTE NOW.
  • JAN 20 – The epic two hour season finale of Sleepy Hollow at 8pm EST on FOX.
  • JAN 29 – America’s Got Talent Auditions Greensboro Marriott Downtown.

That just about does it for me; I will have more Wilmywood updates for you tomorrow morning (unless something breaks). Got Scoop?  Email me: sheila_brothers@yahoo.com.  Or message me on Wilmywood’s FB .  You can also just post your comments below!  Until then, that’s a wrap!!

WHAT’S UP IN WILMYWOOD 04/02/2013

WHAT’S UP IN WILMYWOOD

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Okay gotta start with some exciting news!  Bolden! is coming back to Wilmington to shoot additional scenes in July!  It’s the film that never ends!  But we are so grateful to these guys.  Why?  Many reasons.  First, they spent over $120 MILLION locally, making it one of the most expensive independent films ever made.  Second, Bolden! was shooting here when we really needed commerce to flow.  They helped keep lumber and paint stores afloat after the housing bubble burst when they originally filmed here the first time!  Wilmington is so grateful for this production.  This will be the third time Bolden! will set up offices in Wilmington.

On late night TV, check out our hot actors from the past and present.

On Jimmy Kimmel tonight, Revolution fans will be staying up late to watch Giancarlo Esposito.  And we will go back in time and reminisce about those Dawson’s Creek days as Chelsea Lately has Busy Philipps.  Okay so she’s moved on to Cougar Town, but hey, we knew her when…

Now let’s get back Under the Dome.  The rain washed out yesterday’s shoot, so cast and crew head back to Wallace Park and Chestnut St.

That just about does it for me; I will have more Wilmywood updates for you tomorrow and every morning (Monday-Friday) at 8:30am.  Post your comments, thoughts, suggestions and Thai recipes below! Until then, that’s a wrap!