THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 09/16/2015 Senate Vote, Sleepy Hollow on DVD, Reel Wilmington Film Series

We are one step closer to reaching a final budget. The NC Senate voted 33-16 yesterday for a budget compromise. A final Senate vote will happen today. The House take it on tomorrow and Friday. The bill then goes to Gov. Pat McCrory for his John Hancock.

Yesterday, we discovered there were some positive language changes to the NC Film Grant which will give us $30M per fiscal year. READ FULL STORY NOW.

The NC Film Grant is a five year plan, expiring July 1, 2020. The grant will increase the minimum spend of $250,000 per episode for video or television series to $1M per episode.

The current cap has a max rebate of $5M, up to 25% on qualified expenses/purchases of productions for an entire television series. The max payout will be raised from $5M to $9M for a single television series.

Feature Films remain at $5M for minimum spends and maximum rebates. Commercials will remain the same as well at $250,000.tscc3

Sleepy Hollow Season 2-3-300x300Season 2 of Sleepy Hollow which was filmed right here in Wilmywood is out on DVD. Go ahead and grab yourself a copy and see just about everyone you know in the BG 🙂

IM3The Reel Wilmington Film Series at Bailey Park kicks off this Saturday and features family friendly movies shot in the Carolinas. First up is Iron Man 3 (edited). Bring a chair and your friends and family and head to Bailey Theatre Park at 12 North Front Street. Showtime is at 7:30pm

Got Scoop?  Message me on Wilmywood’s FB  or on Twitter Or just post your comments below! That’s a wrap!!

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 07/29/2015 GoFundMe for 2nd AC, Goodbye to Banshee and more

DebCotrillThere is a Go Fund Me for Deb Cottrill – 2nd AC that was injured on the set of Sleepy Hollow which is filming in Conyers, GA for season 3. A little more details to the extent of her injuries were posted on the page explaining that her leg is broken in 3 places.  She is expected to have up to a year or more of recovery time. If you got a few bucks to spare, send them her way! If you can’t donate at this time, please share the page!  DONATE NOW

bansheeBanshee‘s upcoming fourth season will be the show’s last. The first 3 seasons were shot in the Charlotte area, then moved to Philly due to the lack of Film Incentives here in NC. Banshee‘s final season is slated for early 2016. Guess we will be seeing some of our crew members return soon. READ STORY NOW

UTD_Dean NorrisReminder the 2015 Literacy Luncheon is tomorrow with special guest Dean Norris aka Big Jim Rennie from Under the Dome. They are celebrating CFLC’s 30-year mission to eradicate illiteracy! Dean will be hanging out with us after for a meet n greet. The luncheon will be held at the Pine Valley United Methodist Church, 3788 Shipyard Blvd, 11:30am-1pm. GET TICKETS NOW

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2nd AC injured on set in Conyers, GA.

According to multiple sources, another major incident occurred on the set of Sleepy Hollow, the television series that filmed in Wilmington for the first two seasons.  The Fox show moved to Conyers, GA for season 3 due to the lack of film incentives in North Carolina. First thing this morning while unloading trucks on location (just south of Conyers, GA), a 2nd AC was backing into the road pulling a camera cart and got hit by a generator being pulled by a stake bed.

One source said that the trailer pinned her foot and rolled up her leg, breaking both bones in her lower leg.  EMTs responded immediately. The complete extent of the injury is unknown at this time. That sounds EXTREMELY painful!  Wishing this lady some serious good vibes, good pain meds and a full recovery.

I was told that filming resumed after the accident, but they dropped the stunt that was up first thing this morning.

This is the second major incident that has occurred in the past 7 days while the show is trying to complete the first episode of the new season.  Last week, a female security guard was kidnapped and sexually assaulted. READ STORY NOW

Please note, I cannot confirm the accuracy of any of these details, as I was not there, but multiple sources have reported the same details. So, just tellin’ ya what I’ve been told folks.

UPDATE: There is a Go Fund Me for Deb Cottrill – 2nd AC that was injured on the set of Sleepy Hollow which is filming in Conyers, GA for season 3. A little more details to the extent of her injuries were posted on the page explaining that her leg is broken in 3 places.  She is expected to have up to a year or more of recovery time. If you got a few bucks to spare, send them her way! If you can’t donate at this time, please share the page!  DONATE NOW

‘Sleepy Hollow’ has a new night on FOX.

Courtesy of FOX

Sleepy Hollow is following Under the Dome‘s footsteps and moving to Thursday nights. The third season of Sleepy Hollow will air at 9 p.m.  The Fox show which is no longer an NC Film production is getting a showrunner change for season 3 as well.

Last week, the announcement was made regarding Sleepy Hollow heading to Conyers, GA which brings the area about 300 local jobs.  They will be injecting $4 million into the town.  What really made me wanna pull my hair out was when CREDC’s film production liaison Gina Hartsell said this: “We stole them away from North Carolina.”

It made me so angry simply because it’s true. Argh!  I am getting really tired of Georgia and South Carolina taking everything from us! From film to manufacturing. So now we wait as the NCGA takes their sweet time getting to the House and Senate bill that requested $66 million be added to the NC Film Grant. It could happen tomorrow or in June, there’s no time table yet. Everyday that goes by is another day we lose yet another production. I’ll keep you posted on that front.

Meanwhile last week, McCrory mentioned we had a $400 million surplus. Hey, I may have an idea what to do with some of it!

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DOR releases their report for 2014 direct film spending in NC.

The Department of Revenue released their report for direct spending. Productions spent $241,372,169 in North Carolina on goods, supplies, wages and employee benefits in 2014, receiving $60,343,039 (25%) in rebates.

Just a quick clarification from the NC Film Office: the numbers released by the NCDOR reflect what productions SUBMITTED on their required forms–which they can file at any time the production is ready– and does not necessarily mean that is what was spent or jobs created that specific year. For example, the NCDOR report does not have the full season of “Secrets and Lies” and its “Sleepy Hollow” numbers are for a previous year (not 2014’s S2); thus the total number is not ALL of what was spent in 2014. There are also productions listed that filmed prior to 2014, like “Well Wishes” and “Los Jets.”

Now, that being said, taking the top spot was who we expected. Sleepy Hollow spent a hefty $43,648,743. The Fox production also took the top spot when it comes to hires. Sleepy Hollow employed 1593 folks (Season One).

Our CBS show, Under the Dome spent $35,158,244 and employed 500.

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The Cinemax series Banshee brought us $35,051,297. (no employment # listed)

Homeland was not far behind, spending $31,029,540. (no employment # listed) Submitted from 2013.

Other productions of note include The Longest Ride which spent $23,345,745 and hired close to 600 people. Another big job giver was the family film Max which hits theaters in July.  They spent $18,630,757 and employed 1082 people.

Further breaking down the report, productions spent $136 million in New Hanover County and just over $95 million in Mecklenberg County.

In total, $241,372,169 was spent in North Carolina by film and TV productions last year with 8381 jobs created. Check out the links below to see what’s film has spent in North Carolina over the last 9 years.

Spending in NC from 2005-2014

 

Rumors from the Lot: Sleepy Hollow

Now it’s time for Rumors from the Lot! Many folks have been hanging on for some chance in hell that Sleepy Hollow will find a way to stay in Wilmington and not make the move to Atlanta. If you are one of the many, you are not gonna like what I have to tell you.

Rumor has it, starting next week, the 18-wheelers will be rolling on in. Starting with Stage 10 at EUE/Screen Gems, they are breaking down the sets as they prepare for season 3 in Atlanta.

The only bit of good news, bittersweet really, is that from what I heard they are hiring some of the original crew to do the tear down and set up in Atlanta. I also heard that they might be asking some of the crew members to move to Atlanta and continue working on the show. Especially those in set dec.

So, while folks will be working, it will be short lived for some, and a move away from their families for others should they choose to do so.

Can I confirm this? Not yet. Are my sources strong. Yes. Guess we will know for sure next week.

It’s a sad day for Wilmywood.

18 episodes for Sleepy Hollow, Under the Dome back in Wilmington, Bolden surpasses 100 days.

Our Fox Show Sleepy Hollow will have an 18 episode third season, however early reports confirmed the supernatural show will be filming this time around in Atlanta. The reason for the move is of course for better incentives. There is about a 5% chance they will stay.  Odds are not in our favor however.  Clifton Campbell has signed on as executive producer and showrunner. Earlier this month, Mark Goffman moved to CBS Television Studios for a two-year overall deal to supervise and develop new projects for the studio. Fox stated that the third season will explore the evolving partnership between Crane and Mills after the pair scored a decisive victory over evil in the Season 2 finale.

under-the-dome-kingUnder the Dome will remain in Wilmywood for the rest of the week at the Gypsum Plant.  On that note, this business hasn’t made dry wall in quite a while, so they have been renting warehouse space to CBS.  They have been holding the sets since last season. That’s money spent locally for the location that was otherwise out of business. Just sayin’.

So far they have filmed in New Hanover and Pender Counties, and it looks like they will be giving Brunswick County some love next week. They head to Southport on Tuesday at their very familiar location on East Bay Street – ya know, “Big Jim” Rennie’s house.

Bolden has surpassed it’s 100 day of filming this week!  And they still have at least one more month to go. Some say it could possibly go all the way until the first week of June! They of course continue filming in Rocky Point today.

Wilmywood’s Orlando Jones joins Jessica Biel, Jason Sudeikis in NOLA shot flick.

Our Wilmywood main man Orlando Jones (Sleepy Hollow) has been cast as Cornelius Thibadeaux, aka “Dumbass,” in The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. He joins Jessica BielJason SudeikisMaisie Williams and Mary Steenburgen. Variety describes his character as “affable and loyal, as he takes on the job of helping the introverted architect Henry (Sudeikis) build a raft for a homeless teen named Millie (Williams) to use to sail to a far away island, after Henry’s wife (Biel) is tragically killed in a car accident.”

The production is already under way in New Orleans. Looks like Orlando and Jason will a good conversation starter. They have Wilmywood in common!

SOURCE: [Variety]

Dear Sleepy Hollow Crew. Love Sheila.

Dear Sleepy Hollow Crew,

For months, I knew this day would come. The day we would say goodbye to a television show that employed hundreds of Wilmington, NC residents. Put money in the pockets of so many small businesses and brought so many fans of the show to this great city of ours. I’ve met many and took them around the town where they spent so many of their dollars here. I am sure many of you remember me sneaking them by and introducing them to you.

10348534_10152735410829184_8687216305793390917_nI tried my best, but even my best wasn’t good enough last year to educate the narrow minds of the North Carolina House and the Senate. My words fell on deaf ears. Some said we don’t need the incentives to keep the productions coming. Some said, it’s just not worth it, it costs the state. I urge them to ask the small businesses across the state how they are doing today. Ask them a week or two from now. A month from now.

sh_orlando_fireThey should ask you what your plans are. I’ve already said goodbye to so many of your peers and I know you have too. I’ve seen the moving trucks pulling out of their driveways, For Sale signs go up on their front lawns. I’ve seen families split apart, leaving for South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Louisiana and Georgia leaving their spouses and children behind to find work. Now, I am afraid it will be happening to you too. Some of you will stick around, but we will be saying good-bye to many of you.IMG_20130514_151916

Living in their own bubble, the NCGA doesn’t see this nor do they wish to. They only see and hear what they want. There is of course a few exceptions of course. Hamilton, Davis, Iller, Lee, and a few others, but there are not enough who wish to open their eyes to see what is unfolding before them.

Stage8I am grateful to Bill Vassar and the Cooneys along with a few other key people for saving Under the Dome. If you had any idea what they had to do to keep our CBS show here, it would blow your mind. I am sure though many of you know.

It is all out of our hands at this point. All we have is hope. Hope that our legislators who do truly believe in our film industry will really shake thing up in the Long Session in such away that it wakes up those who are clueless in the General Assembly.

Even though my heart is ridiculously heavy right now, I am holding on to that hope more than ever because you beautiful crew members are such a huge part of what made this state shine so bright. Your talent, your creativity, your teamwork and your undying energy has put this state on the map. You gave us incredible bragging rights, and you know how much I just LOVE to brag about you! Our small town charm, beautiful beaches and mountains were spread across the big and small screens because of your reputation of excellence. But we all know this is a business. And businesses will go where they get the most bang for their buck. And of course the slap in the face they call a $10 million grant just won’t cut it. The lights are now dim, but I don’t believe we will go into darkness. I have to believe that.sh_crew

I love you Sleepy Hollow crew. You are truly one of the best teams in the world. Your synergy is impeccable and your love and passion for your job is undeniable. Wherever you go, I hope you know I am always thinking of you and already look forward to seeing you on a Wilmington set again soon.

All the love in the world from your biggest fan,
Sheila

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Sleepy Hollow’s move to Atlanta CONFIRMED

Well, we’ve been talking about it for at least two months now.  We knew in October that Sleepy Hollow was not going to stay for a third season.  Vancouver was mentioned, but for the last couple months, Atlanta was the front runner. Even though no official word has been said in regards to a third season, Sleepy Hollow folks headed to Atlanta and scouted the area on Friday.

Now, the Star News is reporting that what we already knew to be true is confirmed.

Fox Television Group chairman and CEO Dana Walden said if it’s renewed for a third season, “Sleepy Hollow” will move production from Wilmington following the demise of the North Carolina film tax credit program.

Thanks NCGA.  Thanks Governor McCrory.

READ STAR NEWS ARTICLE NOW!