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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Is Film Dead in North Carolina? No. Here’s Why.

I know a lot of people are bummed, devastated, heartbroken (INSERT YOUR FEELINGS HERE). So I thought it would lighten the mood a little bit and give you a few things to think about.

Under the Dome is leaving, yes that is true, however, we are not dead. Film is not dead in North Carolina. It’s not even close to how it was in 2013 or 2014 and who knows if it ever will be, but there are some things we can look forward to.

There are a few possibilities. Since Dirty Dancing never used the $4,000,000 from the NC Film Grant, there are production companies who have already applied. It looks like Wilmington (if all goes well) will hopefully have one if not two pilots. One from TNT and another possibly from NBC. One would have an October start date. That’s all I am saying about that for the moment.

Now, in the next two weeks we will know what kind of numbers are going to come out of the General Assembly. We know at the very least it will be $10M but what we’re hoping for is something above $25M. $40M+ of course is preferable. That will keep some of our crew afloat. Once we get that in play we should have some definite confirmations from productions companies who wish to film here.

I do know that on the western side of the state there is a Danny McBride flick that would also like to film this fall.  That will depend on the NC Film Grant for this fiscal year. It’s titled The Legacy Of A Whitetail Deer Hunter and stars Josh Brolin and Danny McBride.  And can I please give a HUGE thanks to to Jody and Danny for trying to bring everything they can to North Carolina.  I know the crew and vendors are very grateful.

We should know who exactly applied for the grant by the end of next week and how many.

So all hope is not lost. I hope this gives you some peace. I know it’s hard because our film family is being torn apart as people have to relocate to do what they do for a living. But there will be at least some work to look forward to.

Love you guys and gals – stay strong!

Under the Dome Vacates Wilmywood: More details

So, it looks like my sources were once again correct. Although there has been no official words to come out, crew members who work on Under the Dome, commented on social media platforms with sadness, frustration and agreement, not corrections to the story.

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Today, I got word that CBS has initiated strike orders for all the sets. I also heard there will be a set dec sale sometime soon, but that it will be small. Most of the show’s belongings will be broken down and shipped out. Under the Dome wraps season 3 this Friday.

Ironically, this was the last official prop purchase for Under the Dome. I do believe I see our NC Film Industry in there.

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If you haven’t seen the sets at EUE/Screen Gems Studios, I would HIGHLY recommend you take a studio tour ASAP to see the stages where Under the Dome calls home. The tours run Saturdays and Sundays at 10am, 12pm, and 2pm. At least for now.

The only good news I can tell you is that now with Dirty Dancing releasing the $4M in unused grant money, we will be having a pilot or two this fall, but I am holding off on releasing the details at the moment.

FYI: Pilots will only keep folks employed for 3 weeks or so.

I’ll keep you posted!

NORTH CAROLINA – $4 MILLION IMMEDIATELY AVAILABLE AS PART OF NC FILM INCENTIVE

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JULY 27th, 2015

NORTH CAROLINA – $4 MILLION IMMEDIATELY AVAILABLE 
AS PART OF NC FILM INCENTIVE

Today, North Carolina has opened the application process to award $ 4 million in immediate funding from the NC Film Grant.  These are unused funds that were returned from the previous funding cycle earlier this year.  Applications for projects are being accepted beginning today through 5pm on Friday, August 7.  Click here to learn more about the qualifications and the application process.

Regarding future funding for the NC Film Grant Fund, the North Carolina Legislature has yet to finalize the State Budget for FY 15/16 and FY 16/17.  We expect this process to be completed in the next two months.  At that time, we will release further information regarding future availability of funds and the application process.

Meanwhile, film and television work continues in North Carolina with seasoned crews, exceptional facilities, diverse locations, and great weather.  So Just Relax, and give us a call today.

Regards,

Johnny Griffin
Director
Wilmington Regional Film Commission

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NC Senate wants only $10M in NC Film Grant

Well, we’ve been waiting to see what the Senate would do with film for their budget.  While the House gave $40M per fiscal year, the Senate wants to keep it at $10M.  That’s according to Sen. Harry Brown, who is speaking at budget outline press conference.

Now the House and Senate will battle it out to see what number we will actually get.

Jonathan Kappler says the NC Senate Appropriations subcommittees will meet at 4pm to review their portions of Senate budget. The whole budget will be posted tonight.
Stay Tuned.

 

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.

NC House gives final approval for budget.

According to the Associated Press,  The NC House has given final approval to its two-year state government spending plan with a rare showing of broad bipartisan support for a budget.

The House chamber voted 93-23 this morning for the measure that would spend over $22 billion in the year starting July 1.

As it stands, the NC House has the NC Film Grant at $40M per fiscal year for the next 2 years with no change in the language of the grant. Now, it’s off to the NC Senate.  They will have a budget of their own next month.