THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 12/05/2013 Local Filmmakers sell at AFM, Sleepy Hollow, PCAs and more.

Good morning Wilmywood!  Let’s start with our local boys from The Forgery.  Last time I wrote about Amariah and Obin Olson, they were coming off their AFM high, teasing us with good things to report. Finally, the news is out.  Looks like Continental Media landed the Brothers Olson thriller Unknown Caller. According to Screen Daily, rights have gone to Koch Media for Benelux, CCC for Taiwan and Line Tree Entertainment for South Korea, with several other territories under negotiation.

Continental Media is gearing up for screenings in LA and New York for North American buyers in the New Year.  READ ALL ABOUT UNKNOWN CALLER

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With the fog so thick this morning, it’s the perfect atmosphere to gear up for another fabulous day on the set of Creepy Hollow, um, Sleepy Hollow, that is.  The gang gets ready for a lil’ Sis-Boom-BANG!  A surprise attack awaits a couple of key characters so you know they will be some action at the Bellevue Cemetery off Princess Place Drive.  Stunts and prop guns galore!  I am hoping to see some great stills from our awesome local gent Brownie Harris from this scene.  The action will continue from this afternoon into the overnight hours.

39th Annual People's Choice Awards - ShowVOTING ENDS TODAY! The People’s Choice Awards.  Make sure to vote, vote, and vote again for your NC FILM favorites.  Sleepy Hollow is on the list!   Check out the list of NC Nominees NOW!

Oh, and I cannot forget to give major kudos to our local filmmakers for this ad campaign. They did such a great job on this commercial.  This is the first of two :30 spots shot for Reeds Jewelers produced by The Lighthouse Film Company.

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 18th! 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.”

keepncMake sure you are a part of the movement, you are a voter, you have a voice.  Help end the “sunset” permanently, keep the film incentives indefinitely! Visit KEEPNCFILM.org NOW and LIKE their Facebook page

Shop the Wilmywood T-shirt Shop! Deadline for orders to arrive before Christmas is set for December 13.  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!!

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WILMYWOOD DAILY EXCLUSIVE: A first look at Unknown Caller

Obin and Amariah Olson

Obin and Amariah Olson

I personally have been waiting for this for a very long time!  The Olsons of local production company The Forgery, are what I call hidden gems in Wilmington.  With their strengths in outstanding cinematography and visual effects, they are the trifecta of brilliance. The Daytime Emmy nominated trio Obin, Amariah and their father Larry Olson have completed their first action/thriller titled, Unknown Caller, their first feature film. These Wilmington filmmakers can match the quality of Hollywood studio films in every department: cinematography, sound, visual effects, score, editing.  They got it down to a science.  And to set them apart, they have their own signature look and feel. When you see a Tony Scott flick, for example, you know it’s Tony Scott just by looking at it.   The Olson’s signature is unique and all their own. They were able to encapsulate their style into this action/thriller making it look absolutely stunning.

Unknown Caller is about a psychopath who uses a family’s high tech security system with a ticking time bomb to terrorize them demanding an answer to his question; ‘WHO AM I?’

Unknown Caller’s 24 day shoot was filmed in Birmingham, Alabama.  Sounds weird, being from Wilmington, our beloved film town, but there were a couple of reasons.  One, the script, written by Jupiter Makins, was based in Birmingham and the southern city has undeniable landmarks that were a part of the story.

Jason Graves

Jason Graves

Secondly, the Olsons did not know how long it would take to finish the film, and with Alabama enacting a tax credit without a sunset, it just fit with what they were doing.  But no worries, they still brought the film back to North Carolina to be scored by an NC legend.  BAFTA award winner, Jason Graves of Raleigh, NC composed an amazing score for the film that takes you on a journey with a desperate father and a clever tormentor.

When asked about the state of the NC tax incentive and how it affects a decision to shoot here, the Olson’s all agreed. “We would absolutely love to shoot at home [Wilmington] but in the risky business of film making you need as much financial stability as you can get.  And sadly right now that’s not in NC.”    When the vote takes place in May 2014 and if we can finally get rid of “sunset,” the Olsons would definitely consider shooting in their own hometown, and hire NC Film crew.  Are you PAYING ATTENTION politicians!??

The thriller stars David Chisum, Louise Griffiths, and Assaf Cohen. Brothers Olson (Obin and Amariah) directed the film with their dad Larry producing.  After 8 long months of post-production and 250 vfx shots later, the brothers are currently going back and forth to Hollywood to setup distribution for this picture and many more to come.  So far, the sales companies are responding favorably to the film.

In the meantime, they are looking into a Wilmington screening soon.  Stay up to date with this flick by following UNKNOWN CALLER ON FACEBOOK

[Stills courtesy of The Forgery]