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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The Wilmywood Daily – Week In Review – February 8, 2014 (VIDEO)

Sheila Brothers gives you the scoop about the hottest shows and movies filming in Wilmington, NC. Here is a Week in Review from Feb 3 – Feb 8, 2014.

WILMYWOOD – Where Wilmington and Hollywood Collide

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BREAKING: Nicolas Sparks Flick Heads to the Crescent City

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After all the waiting and checking in with department heads, it looks like DiNovi Pictures along with Nicolas Sparks is taking “The Best of Me” to New Orleans.  No word about the possibility of any footage being shot here at all.  The Production Weekly states they begin production in March.   If anything changes, I will let you know.

Nothing has been said as to why this film is heading to the deep South, but I can think of a few reasons.  If you are thinking film incentives, let me shed some light on what Louisiana has to offer.  According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Lousisiana  has a 30 percent transferable credit for qualified applicants for total in-state expenditures related to the production of a motion picture.  An additional 5 percent labor tax credit can be earned on the payroll of Louisiana residents who are employed by a state-certified motion picture production. The tax credits are fully transferable and the state has no limit to the amount of tax credits that can be earned by a single production.

A sad day for North Carolina indeed.

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 12/10/2013 Sleepy Hollow Film Crew plays Secret Santa for Wilmington Families and more!

SG10Major rumors are swirling about the NC Film Crew. Apparently, they deserve kudos and candy canes.  The  locations department of Sleepy Hollow decided to give back this year to complete strangers.  They took donations from the hundreds of crew members working on Sleepy Hollow, every department, and together they raised $1000!  They headed to Toys R Us and played Secret Santa,  secretly paying off 18 layaway plans at the toy store.  I called the production office for confirmation. As an added bonus, the store manager informed one of the crew members that Toys R Us is also going to make a matching donation to Toys For Tots! Now if that doesn’t inspire you to pay it forward, dunno what will!

The ratings for last night’s episode of Sleepy Hollow will come out later today – I will give you the full report in a separate blog on how The Golem performed.  The Sleepyheads are running two units, both filming on the lot today.

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UTD_DVDCutie Pie, Hunter, with Wilm on Film, released the Under the Dome dates.  Looks like they will open offices on January and production will begin in March. And for the record, give some kudos to Hunter.  He is a lot like me, underpaid, an army of one and collecting a lot of great production news. Ha! You go boy!

Wilmington Regional Film Commission_1Reminder:  I know I’ve talked about this a lot, but it has been a while.  If you got a really cool or interesting property, and think it would be a great location for film, contact the Wilmington Film Commission at (910) 343-3456 or commish@wilmingtonfilm.com. Properties can be anything from a large lot, warehouse, barn to a farm, restaurant, shop, or simply your house.

keepncDon’t be confused, yes there is a second petition for you to sign.  They decided we should have a petition that focused strictly on ending the sunset.  I agree, so yes you have one more petition to sign, but as you know it only takes 20 seconds or less to do so!  SIGN PETITION NOW!

BEST_OF_2014_VoteEncore is doing the “Best of” issue again and I sure would LOVE YOU if you voted for The Wilmywood Daily for “BEST BLOG!” Nominations end December 12th! And hey if you wanna nominate Sheila Brothers for “Best Local Radio Personality,” I won’t mind that either!  Ha!  But hey, yes indeed, it is not all about me or the blog, make sure you vote for “Favorite Filmmaker” whoever you love here in Wilmywood.  We got a lot of incredible local filmmakers in this town! They are all on page 3 under “arts, entertainment and media.”VOTE NOW!

 Shop the Wilmywood T-shirt Shop! Deadline for orders to arrive before Christmas is set for December 13. 3 DAYS LEFT!  SHOP NOW!

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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: 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!!

 

NC FILM MISNOMER: “Most of the Crew Comes From out of State”

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We’ve been trying to put misnomers to rest when we hear them. The latest comment that was made regarding crew when the article was posted about New Hanover County losing $10M IF incentives went away:

“Most of the crew comes from out of State anyway. Sad to hear it though cause if NHC loses that amount money, taxes will probably go up….AGAIN!”

Out of state? As ridiculous as that seems to you, it just goes to show you how many people are misinformed in North Carolina.   But hey, that’s what we who support the NC Film industry are here for, to educate the public, right?

I will let you answer this question.  Let’s start off with the NC Film Production Alliance who has heard similar notions.  Here’s what they say about that on their facebook page:

“Some people believe North Carolina’s film industry only supports temporary workers and movie stars.  However, the film industry is responsible for thousands of permanent jobs for North Carolinians. There are thousands of skilled workers and crew members living and working across the state, and the film industry creates a revenue source for other North Carolina industries such as tourism, construction, and hospitality.”

Folks on Facebook tackled this misnomer as well.  Elizabeth has been hearing this for almost 25 years in the business:

“They think we’re gypsies and move around to wherever the work is. Or that we’re from LA. Someone even told me that they always thought the studio on 23rd St was a photography studio! Or more likely they didn’t know about it at all. I always do my best to tell them that we’re local, own houses, pay taxes,shop, and have kids in school here. We WANT to be here, but if the work leaves, many WILL follow it to GA, SC, or wherever because our crews have experience they can’t get in those places.”

Yvonne’s been in a film family for more than two decades.  She says:

“Films, made-for-TV-movies and TV shows bring in some key people (just like the corporations who come here) and fill the majority of the crew spots with the people you go to church with, whose kids sit next to yours at school and who live right down the street from you. A strong crew base chooses to live in Wilmington because of the community. They pay taxes and spend their paychecks in local stores just like UNCW, NHHN, GE or Corning employers (the other large employers in this area).”

There ya have it.  We’ve had other questions and misnomers come in about the NC Film incentives as well as production.

Check ’em out now and if you have any other questions, please go here and ask away!

NC Film: So what exactly is a “sunset?”

SUNSETQUESTION:  Everyone is talking about a sunset when it comes to the film incentives.  What exactly is a “sunset?”

ANSWER:  Another very popular question.  It’s basically a metaphor for when our film incentives expire.  So, when someone says, “Our NC Film incentives will sunset January 1, 2015,” that means that they will go away on that date unless our legislators vote otherwise.  This is a very dangerous and confusing way of doing business with production companies. Currently, unlike other states, we don’t have a film incentive permanently in place, our Reps just keep extending them every couple of years.  That means every couple years they are in danger of going away.  Production companies found our method to be unstable, and so they would rather do business with states that have something permanently in place.

You see, when these production companies look at states to film their movie or TV show, they can look as far as two years in advance.  So, for example, if Warner Brothers is looking at North Carolina today, and they wanted to begin shooting a movie in the summer of 2015, they would see that currently our film incentives are at risk of expiring six months before their start up date, so they wouldn’t bother even looking at us at all.

There is a BIG vote on our incentives in May 2014, and what we are pushing for is to do away with the “sunset” for good, and keep our incentives indefinitely.  That will be a game changer and we will see a hell of a lot more business here in our state!

EXTRAS CASTING DIRECTOR named for The Squeeze

VanessaNcastingCongratulations to Vanessa Neimeyer for landing the Extras Casting Director gig for The Squeeze.  Principal photography begins in about two weeks, but Vanessa will need some immediate background.  She will be posting some info on her casting facebook page shortly for all background talent.  If you haven’t done so, please “like” the NCasting page for all the details.   She is very happy, so give her some kudos too while you are at it!

Directing/Producing/Writing: Terry Jastrow.  George Parra is Producing.