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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‘Under the Dome’ and ‘Reckless’ Costume Dept. Sale this Thursday

In addition to  the Sec Dec and Prop Sale for Under the Dome, there will be a wardrobe sale as well. This sale is ONE DAY only and it is from both CBS shows, Under the Dome and Reckless.

The sale will be open to the public on Thursday, August 27th from 10am-5pm at EUE/Screen Gems Studios, 1223 N 23rd St., at the Costume Department Warehouse 17 & 18.

All parking will be outside the gates.

Please note, they will only be able to take about 20 people back at a time because the warehouses are small, so expect a line.  My advice –  get there early!

Note: CASH ONLY

VIDEO: Under the Dome tours come to an end at EUE/Screen Gems Studios

The last weekend of the Under the Dome Tours at EUE/Screen Gems Studios was this past weekend.  Production on season 3 of Under the Dome wrapped  a little over a week ago. And now with the news that came out two weeks ago that the show would not return to Wilmington if they get picked up for another season, this was the final opportunity for folks to go behind the scenes and visit the sets on the sound stages.

Wilmywood Daily correspondent Charles Roark has the story.

So when will tours resume?  EUE/Screen Gems Studios Executive Vice President Bill Vassar says, “As soon as we have another series with a lot of public interest, we will resume tours.”

So now it all comes down to what our legislators put together in the state budget which is already seven weeks overdue. However, today the House and the Senate did agree on a $21.735 billion spending compromise for the entire state budget. It was a House difference of $415 million less and Senate difference of $265 million more. Now that they have a number, things will be moving more rapidly.  We should find out hopefully in the next week what they will put in the NC Film Grant for the next two fiscal years.
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THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – August 14, 2015 Film Grant, One & Two, Final Screen Gems Tours

ncfilmThe deadline to apply for some of that Dirty Dancing money that went unused ($4M) was August 7th. And now we wait and see who will get it.  There were 17 applications turned in.  Now it’s up to the Dept. of Commerce who will get the cash. The productions will have 100 days to get going. We should know VERY soon who the grants were awarded to.

one-two-posterREMINDER: The NC Filmed supernatural thriller One & Two is out today via OnDemand and by digital download through iTunes and Amazon starting TODAY! The production filmed in Forsyth and Surry counties. Starring Kiernan Shipka and Timothee Chalamet, the flick is about two siblings who discover a supernatural escape from a troubled home, but find their bond tested when reality threatens to tear their family apart.

REMINDER: LAST WEEKEND!!! EUE/Screen Gems will wrap seasonal tours on Saturday and Sunday,  Aug. 15 and 16, 2015. Tours are wrapping because “Under The Dome” (CBS) is breaking down sets that will not be used in future seasons. The last Summer 2015 tours will be at 10 am, 12 noon and 2 pm, weather permitting. Guests should arrive at the studios at least 30 minutes ahead of time to purchase tickets. Don’t miss out!

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EUE/Screen Gems tours wrap this weekend!

Image Credit: David Pascua. Courtesy of EUE/ Screen Gems Studios

FROM: EUE/Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington, NC

EUE/Screen Gems will wrap seasonal tours on Saturday and Sunday,  Aug. 15 and 16, 2015. Tours are wrapping because “Under The Dome” (CBS) is breaking down sets that will not be used in future seasons.

Visitors who come for these last summer tours will experience a visual history of the North Carolina film and television industry in the screening theater where many famous producers, directors and actors have reviewed footage of productions shot at the studio. Posters and memorabilia from previous productions that have shot on the lot will be in the Commissary building where guests purchase tickets. Guests are allowed to use cameras in this waiting area only; cameras and photography are not allowed on the rest of the tour.

The last Summer 2015 tours will be hosted on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 15 and 16 at 10 am, 12 noon and 2 pm, weather permitting. Guests should check the tour hotline before traveling for the latest tour updates. Tours can be canceled or delayed at the last minute due to weather changes. Guests should arrive at the studios at least 30 minutes ahead of time to purchase tickets.

Tour Location: 1223 23rd Street North, Wilmington, NC 28405

Cost: $12 for adults

$10 for students

$10 for seniors (age 65 and over) and military personnel with an ID

$5 for children, ages 5 to 12; children under 5 are free

Admission is cash only; memorabilia is also for sale. No credit cards accepted at this time.

Tour HOTLINE: Get up-to-the minute tour information and answers to questions at (910) 343-3433.

Tips:  Wear comfortable shoes (you’ll be on your feet for about an hour) and bring rain gear if there’s a chance of showers.

– See more at: http://studios.euescreengems.com/summer-tours-euescreen-gems-wilmington-nc-will-wrap-weekend/#sthash.qtjNwCHy.dpuf

EUE/Screen Gems Studios Tours – another stage opens for tours

Image Credit: David Pascua. Courtesy of EUE/ Screen Gems Studios

Under the Dome is allowing EUE/Screen Gems to tap another stage for the studio tours this weekend. This Sunday, THREE of the stages used for Under the Dome will be on view. That’s a first for Screen Gems—three stages!

I can’t tell you what’s on the stages because it changes so much from weekend to weekend, but here’s a rundown of what I do know:

When they started the tours this spring, the house from ABC’s Secrets and Lies was part of the tour….now, it’s being transformed into something else….and you may or may not see it this weekend, depending on what happens with shooting today and with weekend construction. But it’s likely you’ll see it as they move forward!

Stage 4 has multiple sets—and they change them all the time for Under the Dome—this will be on view both Saturday and Sunday—THIS IS THE NEW ONE WE HAVE ACCESS TO THIS WEEKEND, both Saturday and Sunday.

Stage 7 is not available to see on Saturday, but you can see it on Sunday. It houses the iconic UTD diner, The Sweetbriar Rose.

Stage 8 is changing constantly….you’ll be able to see how UTD is using it right now on both Saturday and Sunday.

Tours are Saturday and Sunday at 10am, 12pm and 2pm.  GET DETAILS NOW

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 06/03/2015 Paper Towns, Secrets and Lies and more


 ANOTHER new trailer for Paper Towns is out! Shot in the Charlotte area, the new sneak peek offers some more on the mystery surrounding the missing Margo. Paper Towns follows a high school boy (Nat Wolff) and his friends’ quest to find the missing girl next door. The flick premieres July 24th.

If you are an avid reader of this here blog you already knew this like forever ago, but is was just made official. Secrets and Lies is shooting season 2 in California.  In fact it was the California Film Commission who made the announcement.  ABC is moving the show there to take advantages of the uh ::::CLEARS THROAT:::: film credits.

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So, while we are pulling our hair out, we are sitting and waiting for the Senate to decide our fate.  As it stands now, the House has the film grant with $40M each year for the next 2 fiscal years.  We should find out what cards the Senate will play later this month.

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Wilmington, NC (June 03, 2015) EUE/Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington, NC announced today that popular local food trucks will sell food on the lot for Saturday studio tours during June and July.