Third times a charm for FOX’s ‘Shot Fired’ Extras Casting

It’s been musical casting for FOX’s Shots Fired, starring Helen Hunt, Richard Dreyfuss, and Stephen Moyer, is filming in Charlotte, NC. It started with Extras Casting Director Tona Dalquist. She decided to pass on the project a few weeks in. Then NCasting took over for another two weeks. And now it looks like Vanessa is stepping down as well. She will be helping the new Extras Casting Directors make a smooth transition and  Vanessa’s casting assistant Keema Mingo will remain on the show.

Marinella Hume Casting will be taking over from here. They are out of Atlanta, so If you worked on Sleepy Hollow after they moved to Georgia, you probably know who they are. Go to web site now: http://marinellahumecasting.com/

Check on NCasting’s Facebook page for an upcoming open call for background actors in the Charlotte area soon.

 

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FOX’s ‘Shots Fired’ gets new Extras Casting Director.

Tona Dahlquist of Tona B Dahlquist Casting who is the Extras Casting Director for Dirty Dancing as well as FOX’s Shots Fired (starring Helen Hunt, Richard Dreyfuss and True Blood vet Stephen Moyer) posted yesterday that she was stepping down as ECD for the Fox show.

After serious thought and consideration, we have decided it is best for us, as well as production, for us not to continue on Shots Fired after Episode 1. We are letting everyone know Thursday will be our last day handling the extras. Don’t worry of feel bad, it was our choice. If we have you booked for Tuesday or Thursday, you remain booked and will receive your information from us as usual. Please know how very thankful we are to all of you for helping us out on this episode. You guys were FANTASTIC! We love you all and as always -stay tuned to the casting pages for our other casting needs. The series will continue filming until July in the Charlotte area. We wish it and all of the crew nothing but the best. The show will be a good show everyone. Please know my decision was personal and not based on any law passed or story line. Please continue to support the show if interested in filming. As I said, I wish nothing but the best for the show and all of the crew.

Well you know how many folks react to things, so it was a very smart on Tona’s part to add that her decision was personal and NOT based on any law passed or story line. She wants everyone to continue to support the show. – LOVE YOU Tona!

Well, 16 hours later, a new Extras Casting Director has been named – it’s yet another respected ECD we all know and love. Please congratulate Vanessa Neimeyer of NC Casting. She will be taking on the role effective immediately, so please refer to her Facebook page for all background acting opportunities in the Charlotte area.

I can tell you right now Vanessa will be looking for A LOT of teenagers for Thursday. So, if you are in the Charlotte, NC area, be on the lookout!

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 03/21/2016: SIX, Good Behavior, FOX’s Shots Fired and more!

Morning peeps! Hope you had a great weekend! There were so many things to see and do this weekend.  I headed to Mayfaire to join the folks race for the cure with Susan G Komen. Great turnout!

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Okay, now on to Wilmywood…first things first. Leo is NOT moving to Wilmington. I repeat Leonardo DiCaprio is NOT Buying Home in Wilmington. I can’t believe so many people actually fell for this one. If you missed this one Leonardo-DiCaprio-777x437over the weekend, THIS was posted just about everywhere via Facebook.  It only takes a moment to go to their ABOUT US section to know that “MBY News is a fantasy news site.  All news articles on mbynews.com are satire or pure fantasy.” So, now you know, sorry to disappoint.

While we may not have Leo, we do have the fabulous cast of SIX, that should make you feel a whole lot better 🙂 So where are these fabulous cast members?

History Channel’s Six will be shooting at the beach then on One Tree Hill Way today and TNT’s Good Behavior is filming at Carolina Fish Fry on Market St. as well as the 6th St Bridge.

Scooching over to Charlotte, great casting news for FOX’s Shots Fired!  Check out who is rounding out the cast! TV Line has reported Oscar winners Helen Hunt, Richard Dreyfuss and True Blood vet Stephen Moyer have joined the drama! READ MORE NOW

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Finally let’s give our Longest Ride star Scott Eastwood HUGE birthday shout outs! He turns 30 today!!

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 03/14/2016 Six, Good Behavior, Voting

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Ahhhh! The day has come!  It’s back to work for some more Wilmington film crew members. Today is day one of production for the History Channel series Six. That makes two productions running. It’s like we’re ALMOST back to normal.

The fact that we can run 5 crews deep means that a lot of our crew members are still working out of state or will be in Western NC. But hey, it does feel great to report on two productions rolling at once.

FOX’s Shots Fired will start production in Charlotte in about 2-3 weeks. April will also bring us Dirty Dancing and Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri further west in the Asheville area.

You’ll spot the lighting and grip trucks downtown today as they shoot on the steps of the Post Office on Front Street and Union Station on the campus of Cape Fear Community College.

TNT’s Good Behavior will be shooting around Screen Gems today.

LAST CHANCE TO VOTE: The early voting period is over.  Your last chance to vote in the North Carolina Primaries will be tomorrow.  ICYMI: Why NC Film supporters in NHC must vote in the Primaries.

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Extras Casting Director ready for ‘Dirty Dancing’ and FOX’s ‘Shots Fired’

A lot of people have been hounding me (in a loving way) about who is doing extras casting outside of Wilmington. Well, congrats to Tona Dahlquist of Tona B. Dahlquist Casting. She will be heading up not one, but two productions West of Wilmywood.

ABC’s 3 hour event, Dirty Dancing and FOX’s new series, Shots Fired.

Dirty Dancing is an adaption of the beloved 1987 hit romantic drama which was shot in part in North Carolina. Produced by Lionsgate Television in association with Allison Shearmur Production, the TV event—starring Abigail Breslin, Debra Messing, Colt Prattes, and Sarah Hyland  The production will take place in the state’s western region, including Jackson and Buncombe Counties among other locations next month.

SanaaLathanShots Fired is a series from 20th Century Fox Television and Imagine Television that will base out of Charlotte. This could be a great one as Brian Grazer is the producer behind it. It has gone by multiple names such as Indictment and the most recent Untitled Gina Prince-Bythewood Project. She is the writer/director on this project. The LP is Howard Griffith who has been here before. Sanaa Lathan is set to star as an expert investigator who digs into the cases, alongside a special prosecutor sent to the town by the Department of Justice, to seek justice before the divided town erupts.

Stay tuned to Tona’s Casting Page on Facebook for all the details! GO THERE NOW!

Congrats Tona! Well deserved!

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https://wilmywoodnc.com/2016/01/15/debra-messing-joins-ashevilles-dirty-dancing/

 

 

PRESS RELEASE: North Carolina Awards Three Film & Entertainment Grants

Press release from the North Carolina Department of Commerce:

North Carolina Awards Three Film & Entertainment Grants

Raleigh, N.C. – N.C. Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla III and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. announced three productions will receive funds from the North Carolina Film and Entertainment Grant program. Each recipient will begin production within the next 60 days.

“Two of our grantees are returning to film in North Carolina and that is exactly what we want- repeat business,” said Secretary Skvarla. “We want to continue long term relationships on both the big and small screen.”

The three-hour filmed musical event “Dirty Dancing,” the independent feature film “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” and a new television event series “Shots Fired” will film in North Carolina. The three projects combined are expected to have direct in-state spending of more than $64.5 million while creating approximately 7,600 job opportunities in the state.

DebraMessingDirty Dancing is an adaption of the beloved 1987 hit romantic drama and instant movie classic, which was shot in part in North Carolina. Produced by Lionsgate Television in association with Allison Shearmur Production, the TV event—starring Academy Award-nominated actress Abigail Breslin (“Freak Show,” “Scream Queens,” “Little Miss Sunshine”) and Emmy Award-winning actress Debra Messing (“The Mysteries of Laura,” “Smash,” “Will & Grace”) and singer, dancer, actor Colt Prattes (P!nk’s music video “Try,” “Rock of Ages”)—will air domestically on ABC. The production will take place in the state’s western region, including Jackson and Buncombe Counties among other locations. The eligible grant amount is up to $4 million.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is an independent feature-length film about a small town mother who confronts the local police department as to why there are still no answers in regard to the death of her teenage daughter seven months ago. The production is being produced by the UK’s Blueprint Pictures in conjunction with Film4 and Fox Searchlight Pictures. It will also base out of the state’s western region with filming taking place in Jackson and Buncombe counties among other locations. The eligible grant amount is up to $3,106,772.

SanaaLathanShots Fired is a series from 20th Century Fox Television and Imagine Television that will base out of Charlotte. The series examines the dangerous aftermath of racially charged shootings in a small town and will star Sanaa Lathan (“The Perfect Guy,” “Love & Basketball”) as an expert investigator who digs into the cases, alongside a special prosecutor sent to the town by the Department of Justice, to seek justice before the divided town erupts. The eligible grant amount is up to $9 million

“North Carolina continues to be a choice location for a variety of projects and the latest recipients, who will join previously awarded productions in the Wilmington and Research Triangle areas, show that this industry is indeed statewide,” said Guy Gaster, director of the North Carolina Film Office within the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina. “In addition to job opportunities for many of our state’s highly-skilled film professionals, these projects will also help stimulate economic activity in the communities in which they film.”

The North Carolina Film and Entertainment Grant provides financial assistance to attract productions that will stimulate economic activity and create jobs in the state. Companies receive no money up front and must meet direct in-state spending requirements to qualify for grant funds.

More projects for North Carolina? Here’s the scoop!

Happy Monday my NC Film peeps. A few things of note today and you know how it goes…things change in the biz every 5 seconds. But, here’s what stands at the moment.

LoganLermanThis one, I am not too sure about. PW is putting a feature film in North Carolina. No city is listed. It’s a drama thriller titled Rothchild.  It’s about a young man who hatches a murderous plot to inherit his family’s wealth. The LP is Frank Hildebrand. The film stars the 24 year old little hottie Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson, Noah) who’s been here before for Stuck In Love.  Someone mentioned to me it’s a possible SAG-indie, but I cannot confirm it. That is all I know about the flick. No confirmations to go on as of yet. It’s PW, so ya know, not the most reliable source.

SanaaLathanA couple of weeks ago we thought FOX was bringing us 24:Legacy, but they opted for LA. However, it looks like we might be getting a FOX show after all. Fox is reportedly bringing us the series for Shots Fired.  Charlotte, NC is listed as the location. This could be a great one as Brian Grazer is the producer behind it. It’s been hard to search for as it has gone by multiple names such as Indictment and the most recent Untitled Gina Prince-Bythewood Project. She is the writer/director on this project. The LP is Howard Griffith who has been here before. Sanaa Lathan is set to star. The story revolves around the blend of racial tension and police brutality. It’s supposed to be up and running in late March. Again, no confirmations as of yet.

And finally heading South of the border, the ABC pilot that Barbara D’Alessandro is line producing, The Death of Eva Sophia Valdez, was first thought to be shooting in Charleston, SC. However, I can now tell you they are filming in Myrtle Beach – much closer to home for those NC peeps working on the show! They start up March 11.

We shall see if any of these shows get confirmation! As soon as I know, I will keep you posted!

In the meantime, here’s some other links of interest from the local media.

Michael Strahan donates to local animal shelters
Local film crew train with gun safety ahead of filming

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