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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Rep. Rick Catlin calls film worker ‘Liar’ and ‘Stupid’

Witnesses report that a heated argument between a film crew member and Rep. Rick Catlin took place this morning outside the government center during day 3 of early voting.

Shaun O’Rourke was holding a sign that read, “No one has killed more jobs in New Hanover County than Rick Catlin. Public Enemy #1.

Catlin came up to the crew member and started debating him on tax. Catlin rattled off that giving a cash rebate is against constitutional law.

Shaun replied with, “You are not going to tell me that all major corporations aren’t incentivized whether it’s on the local level with permits or otherwise. You cannot tell me that.”

Finally after Catlin continued on, Shaun told him, “You really need to get out of my face. You killed my job, you killed 1000s of jobs.” Apparently the politician would not remove himself from the crew member’s personal space.

Witnesses say that Catlin told Shaun to stop spreading lies.  “You’re lying. Everything you are doing is stupid. You’re stupid.”

The argument escalated and Rick’s wife got involved in what was now from what witnesses said a screaming match.

“We are trying to be professional!” Rick’s wife called out.

Shaun replied, “Professional? You just called one of your constituents stupid. This is why nobody wants you. You are going to call someone stupid in front of everybody? That’s why he didn’t get my vote.”

Catlin’s wife responded with, “We didn’t want your vote anyway!”

Catlin’s wife then moved over to the side and said, “Someone needs to talk to the campaign that was in charge of that group.”

Here’s the thing Mrs. Catlin, he’s not affiliated with any campaign. He’s here on behalf of the film workers. 

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Two Billboards in Wilmywood support NC FILM

A huge thank you to local crew member Christopher Courter for keeping film alive in Wilmywood.  After last week’s rally/protest, Chris wanted to share the film sentiment all the time, not just at a certain event.  We couldn’t agree more.  Today, the first of two billboards went live on Oleander Drive (next to Dragonflies). A second billboard with the famous “FILM=JOBS” logo will rotate beginning tomorrow!  You will also see these billboards on S. College Rd (near McAlister’s) in the coming weeks!

Thanks to everyone who has already donated!  We would all like to keep this message up as long as possible, so if you would like to donate to the cause, please do!  DONATE NOW!

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PRESS RELEASE: 4,000 NC Film Jobs Threatened By Tillis’ Refusal to Support Tax Credit

4,000 NC Film Jobs Threatened By Tillis’ Refusal to Support Tax Credit

June 23, 2014
Contact: Ben Ray
(336) 615-1462
BenRay@ForwardNC.com

** For Immediate Release **

RALEIGH— As budget negotiations move forward this week House Speaker Thom Tillis’ opposition to the film tax credit and more than 4,000 jobs the film industry brings to North Carolina is going to be back on full display.  Tillis has attempted to hide his opposition to the credit, but the truth is clear:  by sending his staff to whip votes to kill the measure in committee, he put the political wishes of Charles and David Koch over middle class North Carolinians.  

Tillis is aware of the political danger he’s in for putting the Kochs over North Carolina jobs.  When called out on his opposition by Representative Susi Hamilton, Tillis lost his temper and accused her of making comments “born out of emotions.”

This weekend the Asheville Citizen-Times reported on major projects that are on hold pending the renewal of the film tax credit:

[Film liaison Tammy Hopkins] says she’s recently received calls from two film production leaders who want to bring their movies to North Carolina. But both are also waiting to find out the fate of the 25 percent refundable tax credit, set to expire at the end of this year.

“They are waiting to see what happens,” Hopkins, with Film Brevard, said, noting that one production is deciding between Virginia and North Carolina; the other between Georgia and North Carolina.

“We are the top choice, but they will go” elsewhere if the incentives disappear.

The film tax credit is a net positive for North Carolina’s budget, bringing nearly $25.3 million more into state coffers than the cost of the program while supporting a billion dollar industry and providing more than 4,200 jobs with an average wage of $66,000.  If the credit was allowed to expire, North Carolina would lose 4,046 jobs and more than 1,000 North Carolina small businesses would lose a combined $164 million in revenue.

“More than 4,000 hard working North Carolinians could lose their jobs, but Thom Tillis is putting the Koch Brothers over North Carolina jobs,” said Ben Ray, a spokesman for Forward North Carolina.  “North Carolina deserves leaders who put North Carolina first, not special interests.”

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Contact these folks today and tell them you are a voter and you support the current NC Film Incentives.:

Speaker Thom Tillis
PHONE: 919-733-3451
EMAIL: Thom.Tillis@ncleg.net
TWITTER: @ThomTillis

Gov. Pat McCrory
PHONE: 919-814-2000
EMAIL: Pat.McCrory@NC.gov
TWITTER: @PatMcCroryNC

HERE’S THE CONTACT LIST FOR ALL NC HOUSE MEMBERS, CONTACT THOSE IN YOUR DISTRICThttp://keepncfilm.org/contact-nc-representatives/

Sarah Jones: The investigation heats up

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The investigation is heating up into the death of 27 year old camera assistant Sarah Jones while on the set of Midnight Rider back in February.  The blame game is being push around from the director’s “whatever it takes” attitude to the city, citing pressure for more films to come to the quaint town.   Deadline reports that Savannah has been “hungry to grow into a contender” vying the film industries in Atlanta and Wilmington since they put into play their new and improved film incentives a few years back.

It’s starting to get ugly, folks.  Deadline’s got the story.  READ NOW

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The Search for Shannon Rippy: Film Industry Friend Goes Missing

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Fellow film industry friend Shannon Rippy has gone missing. For those who don’t her she has been a production manager as well as a UPM for Wilmywood flicks such as Virus, Night Flier and others.  She is very missed and very loved.

Michele Seidman gives us the story. “Shannon and her Mom spoke Saturday (April 5th)  night around 7pm. Shannon told her Mom she was turning in soon. Sunday, the family went over to celebrate her birthday and she was not there at her home at the 100 block of S 5th. They left the gifts on the porch. I am guessing they figured she would be back soon. But she did not contact them again and Monday morning they went back to her house and the gifts were still on the porch. They contacted the police who helped them enter the house. They did not find Shannon. That is what we know. If anyone has any further information, contact the police at 910-343-3600. If anyone saw her, texted with her or had any other communications with her after 7pm Saturday night April 5th, please call 910-343-3600 and let the police know. A group is meeting at 9am on the 8th of April in front of Shannon’s house to canvas the area and to hand out flyers, knock on doors and do whatever we can to gather more information to find Shannon. For any information regarding reaching her family, please go through Joyce Fernando.”

Folks are gathering today beginning at 9am for a flyer hand out and search. If you can help, please go HERE NOW

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – WEEK IN REVIEW – FEBRUARY 16, 2014

The Wilmywood Daily – Week In Review – February 16, 2014

Sheila Brothers gives you the scoop about the hottest shows and movies filming in Wilmington, NC. Here is a Week in Review from Feb 10 – Feb 16, 2014.

WILMYWOOD – Where Wilmington and Hollywood Collide

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