May the 4th be with you Wilmywood!

Today is the one year anniversary on the NC Film Rally which was held downtown Wilmington.  With over 1,000 people in attendance, we chanted, we cheered, we pleaded with our leaders, but it fell on deaf ears.

Now as we wait for the General Assembly to decide whether to add funds to the pathetic film grant we now have, perhaps we should remind them that We, the People, are just as passionate about keeping film jobs in North Carolina.

Today let’s honor our fight by reliving the NC Film Rally last year.  Post your photos and videos on ALL social media outlets from the rally and use the hashtags:

#NCFilm #SaveNCFilm #NCGA 

VIDEO: WILMYWOOD – 2014 Wilmington, NC Film Rally

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As we gear up for the short  session that begins tomorrow, let us all be reminded of  how important this vote is.  We’d like to thank our friends from Star News 47 out of Greensboro for shooting the 2014 NC Film Rally and sharing it with us. (SEE BELOW)

Charles Roark, owner of 3 TV stations WGSR 47.7 Greensboro, WMDV 44.1 Martinsville, and WMDV 44.2 Danvilles stated, “I was totally amazed at the outpouring of community support at the Wilmington Film Rally.  I have covered rally’s for over 20 years and never seen the togetherness of the film workers and the local government leaders at any event.”

 Please send a message or phone call to our governor Pat McCrory as well as Sharon Decker and ask them to please HELP us!  Here’s their deets:

PAT MCCRORY 
PAT.MCCRORY@NC.GOV 
919-814-2000 
Twitter: @PatMcCroryNC

SHARON DECKER
SHARON.DECKER@NCCOMMERCE.COM
919-733-3449

 

NC Film Rally Video and letter from Greensboro, NC.

Dear Sheila,

I was totally amazed at the outpouring of community support at the Wilmington Film Rally. I have covered rallies for over 20 years and never seen the togetherness of the film workers and the local government leaders at any event.

As a owner of 3 TV stations WGSR 47.7 WGSR, WMDV 44.1 Martinsville, and WMDV 44.2 Danville I’m limited in what I can do, but I left Sunday’s Rally wanted to do something.  TV and film production is a part of my life, we also own a 5 Plex Cinema in Martinsville.

I’m also blown away with your passion for Wilmington film, most people in your business are thinking about themselves and their next big market move. You LOVE WILMINGTON FILM and it shows.

I want to travel to Raleigh and cover these guys to keep them accountable. You guys are contagious!  Here is a link to the video that we aired.

Charles

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY 05/05/2014 – Day one for Sleepy Hollow, Max Steel, NC Film Rally and more.

Wow what a weekend.

MaxSteel050314_0218On Saturday, it was media day for Max Steel and let me tell you it look less than a week for the producers and actors to absolutely fall in love with our Wilmington Film crew. Proving that, they all showed up to the Film Rally yesterday.  THANK YOU!  I will have more about Max Steel coming shortly!  This weekend just about killed me !  Ha! That is Ben Winchell on the left as Max McGrath in Mattel’s Max Steel. (image: David Pascua)

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Saturday evening Lyndie Greenwood and Orlando Jones of Sleepy Hollow along with many other celebrities including David Andrews, Jane McNeill, Sydney Penny, and Peter Jurasik attended the “Send a Cop to College event.”  It was successful and a huge thank you to Warren Kennedy and his gang who put on quite a dinner at CFCC Union Station.

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And of course, the fabulous and amazing NC Film Rally.  Wow!  You are incredible!  Thank you so much for attending.  Although some media is claiming “hundreds” showed up, we surpassed 1,000 in attendance.  SEE PICS AND GET DEETS NOW.

AshliBogartDay one for Sleepy Hollow and they are ready to kick off the action today on the sound stages!  Woo Hoo!  And with that being said, they of course, are casting like mad.  Extras Casting Director Ashli Bogart has a specific casting call.  If you know someone who fits this description, help her out!

Fox’s Hit series Sleepy Hollow is in search of a Little Person to work a paid extras position in an episode on the second season.

The scene is set to be filmed in Wilmington, NC on May 15th, but that is always subject to change. The extra should be prepared to work a night shoot that could last 12-14 hours. This position will require special effects makeup.

We are looking for a Male Little Person between ages 18 and 45. If available and interested please e-mail sleepyhollowextra@gmail.com.

Included in the e-mail should be a recent photo, wardrobe sizes, height, location and contact information.

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Under the Dome heads to the Brooklyn Arts Center today on N. 4th.

The Sin Seer is back at Manna today.  Expect to hear some fun prop gun bangs today. Woo Hoo, good times!

How & Why is shooting on the lot today.

Max Steel is off today as they shoot Tuesday-Saturday.

onearmedmanThe 14th annual CFIFF has come and gone and what an impact it has made in the local film community! The festival ran May 1-4, 2014 here in Wilmington and the awards ceremony was held on Sunday in the Beam Room of Front Street Brewery. At said ceremony there were tons of filmmakers and indiefilm lovers from all over. Taking home one award was actor/producer/Tim Guinee. Tim’s film, ‘One Armed Man’ won Best Short. You know Wilmywood loves them some Tim Guinee. He was here before the festival to shoot for the FX pilot, How and Why but had to leave for the festival itself.

Jacksonville native, Meredith Edward won the Best Feature award for her film, ‘Imagine I’m Beautiful.’ A new award was handed out this year as well: The “Filmington” award. The award honors those who have an impact in the local film community. The winners (yes, there were two) were Peggy Farrell and Jeff Goodwin. Peggy is an Emmy award winning costume designer and Jeff specializes in FX and make-up. Congratulations to everyone who participated and were nominated!

Here’s a complete list of last night’s winners:

  • Best Feature: “Imagine I’m Beautiful” by Meredith Edwards
  • Best Short: “One Armed Man” by Tim Guinee
  • Best Local Film: “Weight” by Moriah Thomasen
  • Best Comedy: “McDuffy: The Urban Eagle” by Troy Carlton
  • Best Documentary: “Cowjews & Indians” by Marc Halberstadt
  • Best Drama: “Money 1955: The Emmett Till Murder” by Rob Underhill
  • Best Family Film: “The Magic Ferret” by Alison Parker
  • Best Horror: “The Cabining” by Steve Kopera
  • The Don Award: Naomi McDougall Jones, “Imagine I’m Beautiful”
  • The Female Director Award: Meredith Edwards, “Imagine I’m Beautiful”
  • The Filmington Award: Peggy Farrell and Jeff Goodwin (tie)
  • Director’s Choice: “From the Woods” by Nicolas Wendl

HUGE congrats to all the winners!

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LOOKING FOR THOSE FILM=JOBS STICKERS? Sunrise Broadcasting has a few.  Feel free to stop by and grab one while they last at 25 N. Kerr Ave. (near the intersection of Market and Kerr across from the new Walgreens).  Offices are open 8:30am-5:30pm M-F.

FIlmWilm2WE GOT MORE!  Last time, they flew out of here in 24 hours!  Thanks to Jed and the gang over at Image Monster, you can now pick up these fab stickers at the Sunrise Broadcasting, too! Film=Jobs folks!  Spread the word!

That just about does it for me; I will have more Wilmywood updates for you Monday 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.  And on Thursdays during Cape Fear CW‘s Primetime News at 10!  Got Scoop?  Email me:  sheila_brothers@yahoo.com.  Or message me on Wilmywood’s FB  or on Twitter You can also just post your comments below!  Until then, that’s a wrap!!

2014 NC Film Rally: Afterglow

 

NCFilmRally050414_0071Wow!  What an wonderful time we had yesterday at the amazing NC Film Rally.  You are incredible!  Thank you so much for attending. Thank you also to the Wilmington Film Commission and the NC Production Alliance for coming together to organize this event.  Although some media is claiming “hundreds” showed up, we surpassed 1,000 in attendance. Our AMAZING volunteers were signing folks up, so we have a count.  A HUGE thank you for all those who took the time to help yesterday! Although we did indeed ROAR all the way to Raleigh, it’s not over yet!

There is so much more to do!  Please send a message or phone call to our governor as well as Sharon Decker and ask them to to please HELP us!  Here’s the deets:

PAT MCCRORY 
PAT.MCCRORY@NC.GOV 
919-814-2000 
Twitter: @PatMcCroryNC

SHARON DECKER
SHARON.DECKER@NCCOMMERCE.COM
919-733-3449

Now as for the Anti-Rally protest…

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Baaaahahahahahahaha!!!!  ‘Nuff said.

RELATED LINKS:

James Van Der Beek speaks up for NC Film

Rachelle LeFevre speaks up for NC Film

One Tree Hill’s Hilarie Burton speaks up for NC Film

Here’s some great photo’s from the event courtesy from Kevin Conte, David Pascua, Rusty Burrows, Tamara Norman, David-Alexander Coley and Christine Poppe White. Click on pics to enlarge.

 

Rachelle LeFevre speaks up for NC Film

Although Rachelle LeFevre could not attend the incredible NC Film Rally yesterday, she took the time out of her day to speak up for NC Film.

“ARachelles an actor, being away from your home, your friends and your family can often be the hardest part of the job. It’s for this reason that I’m so happy to say that Wilmington has come to feel like a second home for many in our cast, myself included. During the first season of our show it quickly became evident how much this beautiful state has to offer both productions and those relocating with them. Although I was sad to leave my life in Los Angeles, I was also excited to return here for our second season. The people here are welcoming, the locations are stunning and our North Carolina based crew is easily among the best of any in the world. Film and television production isn’t what it used to be ten years ago, where networks and studios flashed deep pockets and producers had enormous budgets with money to burn. The landscape has changed and I haven’t filmed a series in the last five years where the decision of where to to shoot wasn’t based on one factor: economics. Productions go, sadly, not where it’s most beautiful or where they have the best crews, but where it’s most affordable; losing the tax credits here WILL send production elsewhere. This would be devastating for the thousands of people whose livelihoods depend on the incoming flow of productions, and the local businesses that would indirectly suffer hard losses. As a supporter of NC Film and Wilmington Film Crew it is my sincerest hope that the talented, hard-working people I have met be allowed to continue doing world-class work right here in North Carolina, and that other actors get the experience of living in this beautiful state and the charming, fast-growing city of Wilmington where I have come to feel so at home.”

– Rachelle LeFevre

James Van Der Beek speaks up for NC Film

JamesVB2Dawson still has a love affair with our town that he called home for so many years. James Van Der Beek cannot attend the upcoming NC Film Rally, but he wanted all of Wilmywood to know he supports us 100%.

Why should we give tax incentives to a bunch of rich billionaires out in Hollywood?

It’s a very good question. One everyone should ask. And the answer, I’m afraid, is: Because they’ll spend their money elsewhere if we don’t.

I hope I can use the term “we.” I really do feel like Wilmington is my adopted home town.

In the six years I spent working in North Carolina, I learned what it is to be a professional. I learned what it is to be part of a team, and I was fortunate enough to call some of the brightest, most talented crew members I‘ve ever met my friends. I never hesitate to praise the working environment I experienced in Wilmington, in any and all press that I do.

And it’s out fondness that I take the time to write this letter to shed some light on how decisions are made in my industry.

Movies are cobbled together by people who have to go up the food chain to ask for the money to make them. They never get everything they want, they sometimes get less than they need, but accounting on productions is extraordinarily tight, and every penny is accounted for. Filmmaking is a crazy process, fraught with many moving pieces, so it doesn’t always look like the most efficient operation once it’s up and running, but long before cameras start rolling, everything is itemized. That much is guaranteed.

What’s not guaranteed, is a profit. Ever. So, if a production can save money simply by shooting somewhere with a tax incentive, they’ll go there. If the script calls for an ocean, but they can save money by shooting in a state that only has lakes, they’ll change it. I’ve seen it happen.

Just look at Massachusetts. They passed a tax incentive one year, and production boomed: multiple movies, writers started to write Boston into their scripts, a crew base started to take shape… and then somebody asked, “Why are we giving tax breaks those rich Hollywood types? If their script says Boston they have to come here, don’t they? They can’t shoot Fenway Park anywhere else, right?” So, they cut the incentive. The next year: zero films were shot in Massachusetts.

What a steady, reliable incentive in North Carolina does is allow Hollywood to employ one of the best crew bases in the US. What it does for those crew members is allow them to have a reasonable expectation of a job that gets them home to their families at night. And what it does for the shops, restaurants, hotels, and countless other businesses, is bring in money. And what all that adds up to is something intangible… something you can’t find on a balance sheet: Community. And all these years later, it’s that sense of community that I’ve taken with me to every set I’ve worked on since.

I sincerely hope the incentives stay intact, because what you have going there is rare, and it’d be a shame to break that up.

And selfishly? I really want to be able to come back and work with y’all again.

Be well,

James