Good morning! Happy Thursday to ya! First let me thank everyone for the hundreds of birthday wishes yesterday! I did indeed have a wonderful day! I will be continuing the celebration this Friday at Ziggy’s by the Sea downtown Wilmington with one of the most incredible bands, Cowboy Mouth. So please come and join in on the celebration Wilmywood!
Yesterday, CBS made the big announcement! Under the Dome returns for its sophomore season on Monday, June 30 (10:00pm EST/PST). The premiere episode will be written by Stephen King. CBS touted “UNDER THE DOME was last summer’s #1 program, averaging 15.06 million viewers and 3.9/11 in adults 18-49, ranking as the most-watched scripted summer series in 21 years.”
The Sundance Award Winning Writer/Producer/Director Erica Dunton is bringing us “NC sixty,” and she wants you to be involved. During the course of 2014 1 minute films/scenes will be shot in Wilmington, NC and will showcase 60 local actors in leading roles. Each short will be a single scene between two people. The films will then be premiered at the 2014 Cucalorus Film Festival held in Wilmington Nov 12th – 16th. READ MORE DETAILS NOW!
And speaking of Sundance, the 2014 Festival held in Park City, Utah begins today, and WECT reports some members from the North Carolina Film Office are there to promote North Carolina Film. They will also be hosting a reception. READ STORY NOW
FYI – Set your DVRs! Orlando Jones will be on Rachael Ray at 9am on CBS-10 WILM tomorrow! He’ll be taking us behind the scenes of Sleepy Hollow with a set tour just in time for the big finale!
Casting Director Marty Siu is holding a “What It Takes to Make It” workshop this weekend! She will only 20 actors per class, in order to allow for the one on one attention she feels an actor needs for growth. There are 5 spots open for Saturday’s kids spot, and 5 spots open for Sunday’s adult class. See poster below for details on how to reserve your spot!
Finally, I gotta say that WECT’s Justin Smith did a great job on this story including his follow up. It blows my minds how some of the people in the highest positions are absolutely clueless when it comes to the film industry, an industry that is one of the top 10 largest in our state.
“We must educate the state for the sake of the slate!” ~ The Wilmywood Daily
Richard Lindenmuth, who is interim CEO of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, made some comments, that A) put many NC Film supporters in a panic and B) downright pissed those supporters off. I think the top comment that put so many in a state of bafflement, irritation, fury, anger, wrath, outrage, indignation, temper, spleen, resentment, annoyance, vexation, displeasure. Read this statement then pick the word that best suits you!
“We have a beautiful landscape. That’s a wonderful incentive. We have friendly people,” he said. “We’ve got lots of good reasons why people should be here. And at the end of the day, if it’s only a dollar here, a dollar there for an incentive, I don’t think that’s a make or break for a reason why we would be in North Carolina.”
Now after the heat flushes away from your face and you take a deep breath, please know, he does NOT have the final say when it comes to incentives, our politicians do. So, don’t panic. We did not lose the war. It’s just an obstacle that we will not let stand in our way. It’s a sign that we need to do whatever we can to educate this man (and our legislators across the state). When the impact study comes out, which will be soon, it will help him understand just how much film brings to this state, for the people of this state. He made some other comments you need to read as well (I have the link below). And for the love of God, someone please explain to this man these two things.
1) Locations and nice people don’t bring filmmakers to our state. That was so 15 years ago. Sure, it helps, but that is not the primary reason why they come anymore. We are competing with 44 others states let alone Canada and the UK. Prod Cos send their accountants first, not location scouts. SOMEONE EMAIL HIM THIS: So Why does North Carolina need film incentives anyway?
2) Contracted workers that work in the film industry in NC, LIVE HERE! Only a small percentage, come and go. And that small percentage spends money in our state.
READ THE ARTICLES FROM WECT! Great job Justin!
That just about does it for me; I will have more Wilmywood updates for you tomorrow morning (unless something breaks) and every weekday morning we do “What’s Up in Wilmywood” at 7:30am & 8:30am LIVE on Sunny 104.5. Got Scoop? Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org. Or message me on Wilmywood’s FB . You can also just post your comments below! Until then, that’s a wrap!!