THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 12/31/2013 BIG Rumors from the Lot, Upcoming Events and More

RumorslogoHappy New Year’s Eve!  The final day of the year.  Let’s get right to “Rumors from the Lot.” We’ve got three of them to discuss.  I got some good news and some bad news.  Which do you want first?  Yeah, I can never decide either, so let’s flip a coin.  Okay, tails it is.  The bad news.  Remember, these are strictly rumors and I cannot confirm at this point.

1) Max-SteelRUMOR: Max Steel.  Last week, while visions of offices opening danced through our heads, there has been a rumor going a round that they have pulled out of Wilmington and are going to shoot in another state.  I heard they already had a few contracts in place in Wilmington and withdrew in the past week. And no I didn’t hear Georgia or Louisiana.  I heard Connecticut.  Though I haven’t been told any reason for the possible move, I can tell you a little about the state’s incentives.

In Connecticut, production companies incurring expenses between $100,000 and $500,000 are eligible for a 10 percent credit, between $500,000 and $1 million are eligible for a 15 percent credit, and over $1 million are eligible for a 30 percent credit. For income years starting Jan. 1, 2010, the minimum expenditure increases to $100,000 and makes the credit amount dependent on the production’s total expenses or costs.The state also offers a tax credit for infrastructure costs, and exemptions for property, sales and hotel taxes.

Still, with all that being said, it could indeed just be a rumor and they could very well remain here. Still looking into this one.

0426bolden2mb2) RUMOR: Bolden!  We’ve heard this rumor before, but it has definitely made the rounds again.  The word is yet again, Bolden! might be headed to Atlanta.  When?  We don’t know, just as we didn’t know their definite start up date when they were still planning on shooting here.  I will keep you posted when I hear more details. Again, rumor, let’s hope they stay here.

Tv3) RUMOR: Production Companies Scouting.  While the first two rumors are major bummers, here is something that might cheer you up.  Word on the lot is we’ve had a couple of productions companies sniffing around Wilmington, looking for that ideal place to shoot some television pilots.  No word yet on exactly who, but as soon as I find out, I will let you know.

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Now, what’s missing in this blog?  Jibber jabber about Sleepy Hollow.  It feels so weird to not report who is here in town and where they are shooting. Well, we can count on Under the Dome to fill that void soon enough.  But still, I am so sad to see them officially wrap season one. The last of the cast has gone home.  😦
UPComing events:
  • JAN 2 – TV.com’s “Best Of”: Voting ends this Thursday. NC shot TV shows on the list: Under the Dome, Sleepy Hollow, Homeland, Banshee and Eastbound and Down.  VOTE NOW!
  • JAN 8 – The People’s Choice Awards are next Wednesday, 9pm EST on CBS
  • JAN 13 – Sleepy Hollow Episode 11 “Vessel” is that Monday, 9pm EST on FOX
  • JAN 15 – Encore Magazine’s Best of 2013: Voting ends that Wednesday VOTE NOW.
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That just about does it for me; I will have more Wilmywood updates for you probably Thurs or Fri morning (unless something breaks). Got Scoop?  Email me: sheila_brothers@yahoo.com.  Or message me on Wilmywood’s FB .  You can also just post your comments below!  Until then, that’s a wrap!!

NC Film: So what exactly is a “sunset?”

SUNSETQUESTION:  Everyone is talking about a sunset when it comes to the film incentives.  What exactly is a “sunset?”

ANSWER:  Another very popular question.  It’s basically a metaphor for when our film incentives expire.  So, when someone says, “Our NC Film incentives will sunset January 1, 2015,” that means that they will go away on that date unless our legislators vote otherwise.  This is a very dangerous and confusing way of doing business with production companies. Currently, unlike other states, we don’t have a film incentive permanently in place, our Reps just keep extending them every couple of years.  That means every couple years they are in danger of going away.  Production companies found our method to be unstable, and so they would rather do business with states that have something permanently in place.

You see, when these production companies look at states to film their movie or TV show, they can look as far as two years in advance.  So, for example, if Warner Brothers is looking at North Carolina today, and they wanted to begin shooting a movie in the summer of 2015, they would see that currently our film incentives are at risk of expiring six months before their start up date, so they wouldn’t bother even looking at us at all.

There is a BIG vote on our incentives in May 2014, and what we are pushing for is to do away with the “sunset” for good, and keep our incentives indefinitely.  That will be a game changer and we will see a hell of a lot more business here in our state!

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 11/20/2013 Fincannons win Artios, Pieces of Talent, Sleepy Hollow location revealed

Atkinson (NC) High SchoolGood Morning Peeps!  Let’s kick it off with a Scribble to the Scribe!

QUESTION: WE are trying to figure out what building is being shown as the Tarrytown Mental Hospital where Abbie’s sister is?  It is driving us nuts. Looks like old Topsail High School, but we’re not sure. Didn’t know who else to ask!  Thanks, from the folks at Wilmington and Beaches CVB

ANSWER: Great question and a popular one.  The exterior of the old Atkinson High School has been transformed into the Tarrytown Mental Hospital. It is located in Atkinson, NC.  As for the interior, some of the interior is the old school, some is a set on stage like Jenny’s room, and some is the old Brunswick hospital.  On a historical note, the school was used from 1924-1975 as a high school and then finally a middle school. Today, the building is used  for  auctions each second Saturday; and rented out for special occasions and  movie production.

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PiecesMore congratulations for our local boy Joe Stauffer’s Pieces of Talent.  The Horror now has a total of 17 awards. The film’s most recent win was at the New York City Horror Film Festival where they took home:
Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography (all Joe Stauffer), and Best Actress ( Barbara Weetman )

Check out the Full Award List NOW!   The film stars  David Long, Kristi Ray, Barbara Weetman, Nate Panning, Jon Stafford and Taylor Kowalski.

MORE ABOUT PIECES OF TALENT:
Charlotte (Kristi Ray) is an aspiring actress struggling to find her big break, but until she does, she can look forward to a future of waitressing and living with her pushy mother. Between being harassed at work and pestered at home, salvation seems farther and farther away – until she meets David (David Long). Rescuing David from an aggressive bouncer, Charlotte finds out her new friend makes movies for a living, and she immediately forms a connection with him. David of course takes kindly to the pretty woman’s newfound friendship, and decides he’d love to work with Charlotte on his next project. Charlotte has no idea what kind of filmmaker David is though, as we find out that starring in David’s movie can really be a career killer – zing!  Pieces of Talent is now available for pre-order on DVD.

keepncThe state has been doing an independent impact study on how the film industry affects our economy here in North Carolina.  It began in September and should be done next week.  But results may not be out for another month or two.  I will keep you posted.

KeepNCFilm.org is asking you to make a 2 minute or less video about what it would mean to you if we lost NC Film and send them to your legislators.  They need everyone, cast, crew, vendors and small businesses who are affected by the industry.

homeland3It’s a damn good year for the Fincannons.  Congrats to Lisa Mae Fincannon and Craig Fincannon(Location Casting) who were up for three awards, and took home an Artios Award for Outstanding Achievement in Casting – Television Series – Drama with our NC shot TV series, Homeland.  The Casting Society of America hosted the 29th annual awards Monday night, which recognizes the year’s top casting directors.  This is the 3rd year in a row the Fincannons took home the prize from the Artios awards.  they won two in 2012 for Homeland (Outstanding Achievement in Casting – Television Series – Drama) and (Outstanding Achievement in Casting – Television Pilot – Drama) and in 2011 they won the award for Outstanding Achievement in Casting – Big Budget Feature – Comedy for Red.

39th Annual People's Choice Awards - ShowREMINDER:  Voting in The People’s Choice Awards is still happening!  Make sure to vote, vote, and vote again for your NC FILM favorites. Finalist voting ends on Thursday, December 5th!  Check out the list of NC Nominees NOW!

weremillersWe’re the Millers, starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis is now available on DVD & Blu Ray.  BUY IT NOW from The Wilmywood Daily’s A-Store, powered by Amazon.com

That just about does it for me; I will have more Wilmywood updates for you tomorrow 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.  Got Scoop?  Email me: sheila_brothers@yahoo.com.  Or message me on Wilmywood’s FB .  You can also just post your comments below!  Until then, that’s a wrap!!

Here comes the competition: SC’s new film incentives

Yesterday, Gov. Nikki Haley signed into law a bill offering more incentives to movies and television shows that want to film in South Carolina.  And the new law makes the incentives permanent.

The previous incentives offered, 15% on all Wages and 15%+ on Supplies.  Now, the law allows film companies to be reimbursed 20 percent on payroll taxes for wages given to out-of-state people and 25 percent for state residents. Productions can also save up to 30% on the taxes spent at local business.  BUT the breaks don’t kick in until a TV show or film spends $1 million.

We still have better incentives here in North Carolina, but SC is now more appealing than before.  Check out the complete article from the Associated Press in the Star News.

Find out how much film/TV productions spent in NC now!

ncfilmI swear I don’t know who I love more, Jeff Hidek or Cassie Foss at the Star News, both, as I stated in a blog a few days ago, are awesome!  Check out what Jeff sent my way.  Great job peeps!!

1) You can do a search and find out how much film and TV productions spent in North Carolina and what the state paid in incentives.  LOVE THIS!

2) Cassie put together this article: Film productions to collect nearly $70 million in tax credits for 2012

 

 

 

WHAT’S UP IN WILMYWOOD 04/30/2013 – Upfronts, Tammy, Under the Dome, VIP Passes to Port City Pop Con and more

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Happy Tuesday! Well,  NBC must be whistlin’ Dixie, and maybe a little of “We are the Champions”.  Kudos just keep coming for our Revolution!  Not only did they pick up a hefty 22 episode, season two, but TV Guide has now deemed the show a “Season MVP: This year’s Best.”

Revolution’s Giancarlo Esposito will be making a guest appearance this Thursday at the Country Club of Landfall for the annual fundraising luncheon for Coastal Horizons Center.  He will be getting personal, speaking about the things that have personally affected his life and family members.  This is a luncheon that should NOT be missed.  Tickets are still available by contacting Farah Boyce 910-790-0187 or fboyce@coastalhorizons.org.  They are asking for a donation of $50 or more to attend the event.

FYI: In case you wanted to know, Lesley over at the Hollywood Reporter has been keeping a close eye on the Upfronts.  Here’s her up-to-date list of all the shows for network TV.

Tammy begins shooting this Friday and they are employing A LOT of people!  And when I say a lot…good Lord!  During the next 8 weeks, they will be hiring 2000+ Extras for this film alone.  And it’s all local!  So thank you Melissa & Ben!  Marty Siu Casting will be quite busy. You can visit her Facebook page for all casting opportunities.

Marty wanted to give a big shout out to the many who worked on Iron Man 3 including Jackie Burch and Tona Dahlquist for the Casting & Extras Casting along with all the local actors who got some screen time including  James Rackley, Anthony Reynolds and many more.

Iron Man 3 isn’t doing too shabby either and it won’t even hit theaters here in the USA until tomorrow.  IM3 has grossed a total of almost $200 million over seas so far.  In its Italian debut last weekend., it is officially the most successful April opening in Italy grossing $11.3 million!  Robert Downey Jr. will be on the Kelly & Michael this morning as well as the Daily Show tonight.

Under the Dome will be on location today.  They kick things off at 15th/Rankin this morning then make a short company move to Chestnut St.  There are a lot of extras casting opportunities for the show.  Visit Vanessa NCasting’s Facebook Page for all the details.

Finally, Port City Pop Con is just around the corner and I would just LOVE to give VIP tickets away!  Soooo, here we go.  ENTER TO WIN NOW!

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 Tomorrow I will give you complete details about a local screening for the Colin Firth flick, Arthur Newman, coming up soon!!

That just about does it for me; I will have more Wilmywood updates for you tomorrow morning and every morning (Monday-Friday) at 8:30am.  Until then, that’s a wrap!

BREAKING NEWS: NBC GIVES REVOLUTION SEASON TWO GREENLIGHT!

NBC Renews 5 Dramas including Revolution

Christmas comes early folks~!  We got ourselves a season two!  And if all goes according to what my sources tell me, it will come back to Wilmington.  I sure hope they are right!  I asked cast member Tim Guinee his thoughts and he said, “Over the moon about it.  I’m really grateful that the hardest working cast and crew in the business is getting another shot.  Yay ILM!”

Read the entire article from The Hollywood Reporter – “From J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot and Warner Bros. TV, Revolution ranks as NBC’s top scripted drama across all of primetime — averaging more than 6 million viewers in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic.”

The story continues as they link part of Revolution’s success to having The Voice as a lead-in on Monday nights this season.  Regardless of coming back from a mid-season break slightly down in the numbers, they say it is still very much a success for the 2012-13 TV season.

Thank you NBC and Bad Robot because we sure love having Revolution film here in Wilmington, NC!