NC House/Senate agree on Film Grant Money

Even though the NC state budget still has yet to be passed, the leadership of the House and the Senate have agreed upon a number for the next two fiscal years for the NC Film Grant.  It will be allotted $30 million for each fiscal year. That’s $60M total.

After the agreement, Senator Michael Lee of New Hanover County said, “We would’ve loved to have the number higher, but Rep. Davis and I worked really hard to get it to that level. I’d like to thank the Small Business for Film Group for all their support. They really made a big difference.  It’s a great day for New Hanover County and the state of North Carolina.”

They are now currently working on tweaking the language of the NC Film Grant.

More to come!

 

 

 

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!

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

SEE GRANT INFO HERE

PROOF: NC Film pumps money into the economy

You want proof that the North Carolina Film Industry creates revenue? Just ask the state’s own Department of Revenue who have released the numbers.  As one crew member said, “This official state report PROVES that film in North Carolina pumps money into the economy…and lots of it!”

http://freepdfhosting.com/43f96e6e17.pdf

The report above gives you an exact look of how much money was spent in North Carolina via production companies and exactly how much each production got back.

The NCDOR reports from 2005-2014 all in one PDF (above).

The last page illustrates that in 2014 film productions spent over $241M in the state and got back just over $60M.

These numbers come from the state, not any bias party. How much more proof does one need?

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North Carolina loses another production to Georgia

(Photo Source: http://i.telegraph.co.uk/)

Well, we can thank the General Assembly for this news…

I have just been told the original Netflix series starring Winona Ryder which had a close eye on Wilmywood, ultimately decided to go where most do these days. Georgia. A couple of heads of production scouted here last week and were very pleased with Wilmington. The creatives especially. One of the main reasons they really liked Wilmington is it could easily double for the town of Montauk which is located on the very eastern tip of Long Island. It’s a fishing village but also has very expensive estates, and a lot of very old money. Certain areas of Wilmington could perfectly double for Montauk and from what I have been told the creatives agreed.

But money always wins in the end. Because North Carolina is into its new fiscal year with absolutely ZERO dollars for film, Wilmington lost yet another show.

Some folks are saying they are going to Atlanta, however, the closest thing they will get for Montauk is Tybee Island — where they shot Sponge Bob 2. It will be a much harder task to recreate Montauk in Georgia, but until North Carolina gets their shit together (pardon my French), productions will just be a passing ship through the night for us.

Is very heartbreaking as it would have that worked out perfectly especially for the Under the Dome crew who possibly could have rolled over to that show which will be filming through 2016.

300 jobs. Poof.

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EDDIE CAHILL goes Under the Dome for Season 3

The countdown continues! ONLY 3 more days until the premiere of Season 3 of Under the Dome! Yes! And this time we got Eddie Cahill! During the CBS Press Junket for Season 3, we caught up with Eddie who plays Sam on the show.  We discuss the new season, comic books, Wilmywood and more. Enjoy!

Under the Dome‘s two-hour premiere is Thursday, June 25, 2015 from 9pm-11pm EST on CBS!

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Charles Roarke
Jonathan Herring

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MIKE VOGEL goes Under the Dome for Season 3

Mike Vogel goes Under the Dome. During the CBS Press Junket for Season 3 , we caught up with Mike who plays Barbie on the show.  We ask questions from the fans, give some shout outs to Brazil and discuss his taste in music!  Enjoy!

Under the Dome‘s two-hour premiere is Thursday, June 25, 2015 from 9pm-11pm EST on CBS!

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Charles Roarke
Jonathan Herring

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