NC Film Incentives – Vendors Speak Out on the Impact of Film

keepncI would like to give major kudos to Gary McNair for his take on the film incentives.  His latest “My Turn” editorial was exactly what most of us think when it comes to the incentives.  As always he ends his schpeel with, “That’s my turn. Now it’s your turn.”  Well, thank you Gary, don’t mind if I do!  Let’s add something to his little piece.  We have a few friends in the industry that have went out of their way to speak with some local business owners and get their thoughts about the film industry and the impact it has on our economy.  One of which is our friend Beth who turned the camera to Gwenyfar Rohler, managing partner of Old Books on Front St.

(If you are getting an error message, click the title and watch it directly on YouTube) I completely feel the urge go drive down there right now and buy something. Gwenyfar is one of many local business owners who have a story to tell.  We encourage other vendors and local businesses to follow suit. Let your voices be heard.

Now, back to Gary.  His title, “My Turn: film incentives create jobs, tourism” was a perfect follow up to his previous editorial about “uncertainty” hurting our economy in Wilmywood.

Gary writes, “Now, I’m not in favor of incentives for every industry, but none makes more sense to me than incentives for the film industry.  For me it’s about jobs.  It’s about tourism. It’s about the other businesses it brings to the area.  And it’s about the good things that industry brings to the cultural aspects of our community.

Thanks for letting us chime in Gary!  And thank you to WECT for letting the man speak his mind!  NC Film lovers, please send him an email and give him some love – >READ ‘MY TURN’ NOW

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THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 12/27/2013 – Fox’s Wild Blue, Sleepy Hollow Filming Today, and More.

Good Friday Morning Wilmywood!  As we get ready for the weekend, I definitely have something for you to chat about as a question popped up that needs to be answered.

What the hell happened to the naval drama that was supposed to shoot here?

AircraftCarrierRemember the Fox pilot we talked about ages ago?  I believe it was in May we first caught wind of Wild Blue.  Yeah, that long ago.  This pilot would have had one of the biggest budgets in history for its pilot, reaching $15 million.  They called on department heads and cast the show.  Everything was good to go. They were literally a day away from building the air craft carrier here in the Wilmywood area. Then, they decided to do another rewrite. Then…Nothing.  And there has been nothing said for seven months.  So what the hell happened?  No, it didn’t move to Georgia or Louisiana, it just kinda fizzled out.

Nellie over at Deadline, gives us more insight:

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It looks like Sleepy Hollow is the King of “Best Of” lists.  Yep, more kudos for our headless show.  3 more to chat about.  Let’s start with what our friend and NC crew member Darla passed along.  Actually, Under the Dome and Sleepy Hollow both made this list!

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Variety’s Rick Kissell (@ratesrick) summarizes:

“Five Rookies Among Primetime’s Top-Rated Series of 2013 NBC’s “The Blacklist,” ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” and Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow” were the standout newcomers this fall, making the top 25 along with a pair of shows that bowed earlier in the calendar year: Fox’s “The Following” in January and CBS’ “Under the Dome” in June.

Next up is TVLine.com.  Another Best of 2013 list.  Our lovely Ashlea over at WECT reported that Sleepy Hollow tied with Kevin Spacey’s House of Cards in the category of Best New Fall Drama on a list compiled by TVLine.com.  READ ASHLEA’S STORY NOW

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And finally Hunter from the Star News found this one from EW.  This time it’s more specifically geared toward Tom Mison, naming him one of the Breakout Stars of 2013.  EW puts our Brittish hottie-tottie at #7 on their list.

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SG10A few of the Sleepy Hollow folks are in town finishing up the big finale which will air January 20th.  @TomMinsonFans will be happy to know that both Tom and Nicole are back in town.  They are filming on the lot today.   The 2-hour, episode 12/13 combo airs at 8pm EST.  And remember episode 11 entitled “Vessel” airs January 13th at 9pm EST.  They shoot from tomorrow until at least the end of the year.

BEST_OF_2014_Vote A REMINDER TO VOTE VOTE VOTE!  Encore Magazine has released their Best Of Nominees and you can VOTE NOW.  I would like to thank all of you who nominated me for:
  • Best Local Radio Personality – Sheila Brothers
  • Best Morning Show – Sheila Brothers
  • Best Blog – The Wilmywood Daily

I would LOVE your vote!  Some highlights: I think you will definitely wanna vote on these three categories.

  • Best Thing to Happen in ILM 2013:  Film/TV Production, Ziggy’s Opening, California Roots: Carolina Sessions.
  • Best Local Independent Film: Pieces of Talent, Bound by Sea, Children of Salt
  • Best Local Filmmaker: Joe Stauffer, Keith Welborn, Brannigan Carter.  So, go on get to votin‘!!

TVBestOf2TV.com’s “Best Of” is under way, and the site has our NC shot television shows on the list. Under the Dome, Sleepy Hollow, Homeland, Banshee and Eastdown and Bound. Check out all the NC Nominees and VOTE!  

That just about does it for me; I will have more Wilmywood updates for you Monday  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!!

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THE WILMYWOOD DAILY 12/26/2013 – Under the Dome, Sleepy Hollow and More.

Good morning! I hope you had an amazing Christmas with the ones you love! Let’s see what we have for the day.  We’ll start off with some Colin Ford love and some Under the Dome adoration.

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I would like to thank FanShare.com for siting my interview with Colin Ford on the set of Under the Dome in their article from December 23rd.  The article states that Colin Ford is definitely one “young actor to watch.”  We agree Fanshare!  Thanks for posting.

According to TV Canada, their “Top Draws in Canada in 2013”  include Under the Dome, putting them in the top 5, eh?

The Amazing Race Canada was the top draw, with an average audience of 3.5 million. The Big Bang Theory was second, with 3 million viewers, and The Amazing Race 22 and 23 third with 2.5 million viewers. Under the Dome (2.43 million) and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D(2.41 million) round out the top 5.

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In cased you didn’t see it last Friday, Ashlea over at WECT put out something cool. America’s Got Talent is coming to North Carolina. The NBC series is holding auditions in Greensboro on January 29th at from 8 am to 6 pm at the Greensboro Marriott Downtown. To register for the auditions, click here.

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I thought this letter from “Ichabod Crane” aka @NoFirstIShotHim that Nick Gonzalez retweeted was quite wonderful.  Another lovely letter of thanks to the cast and crew of Sleepy Hollow.

Now is the time to watch back to back episodes of Sleepy Hollow, this season’s hottest new show! Binge baby Binge!  From the pilot to episode 10, watch them all  on FOX on Demand, FOX.com & FOXNOW before it returns in January with all-new episodes.

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A few of the Sleepy Hollow folks arrive back in Wilmywood today to finish up the big finale which will air January 20th. The 2-hour, episode 12/13 combo airs at 8pm EST.  And remember episode 11 entitled “Vessel” airs January 13th at 9pm EST.  They shoot from tomorrow until at least the end of the year.

BEST_OF_2014_Vote A REMINDER TO VOTE VOTE VOTE!  Encore Magazine has released their Best Of Nominees and you can VOTE NOW.  I would like to thank all of you who nominated me for:
  • Best Local Radio Personality – Sheila Brothers
  • Best Morning Show – Sheila Brothers
  • Best Blog – The Wilmywood Daily

I would LOVE your vote!  Some highlights: I think you will definitely wanna vote on these three categories.

  • Best Thing to Happen in ILM 2013:  Film/TV Production, Ziggy’s Opening, California Roots: Carolina Sessions.
  • Best Local Independent Film: Pieces of Talent, Bound by Sea, Children of Salt
  • Best Local Filmmaker: Joe Stauffer, Keith Welborn, Brannigan Carter.  So, go on get to votin‘!!

TVBestOf2TV.com’s “Best Of” is under way, and the site has our NC shot television shows on the list. Under the Dome, Sleepy Hollow, Homeland, Banshee and Eastdown and Bound. Check out all the NC Nominees and VOTE!  

That just about does it for me; I will have more Wilmywood updates for you tomorrow  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!!

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 12/24/2013 – First Look at Sleepy Hollow’s “Vessel”, 2014 film slate and more.

Yay!  Christmas is almost here!  I hope everyone enjoys it to the fullest.  A few things to report this morning until I head off on vacation.  No worries, I won’t be too far if anything breaks!

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Looking into the new year, it’s looks like Wilmywood will be quite busy, so let’s review about what we’ve been talking about over the last six weeks.
  • Mattel’s Max Steel will be the first out of the gate for 2014, with offices opening in January, production beginning in February.
  • Not far behind will be the return of Under the Dome, opening offices in January as well, but production won’t begin until March.
  • Bolden! is still slated to reopen offices in January, but no definitive dates set for production.
  • Next slated to hit the town is up in the air as we have Loomis Fargo, and the return of Sleepy Hollow for Season Two in mid to late spring.  No solids dates as of yet.
  • The Legend of McCoy Mountain & The Gold 45 Revolver is also still up in the air for this spring as well, but we don’t know where in NC they will be filming yet, so can’t put this one in the Wilmywood bucket quite yet.

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The Sleepy folks got to rush home for the holidays.  They will resume working on the EPIC finale of Sleepy Hollow on Friday.  My production sources told me they plan on shooting at least until the 30th.  Over the weekend, I decided to write a ‘lil ode to the cast and crew.  If you haven’t seen it or heard it (yes, I did a live read on the air, couldn’t resist), CHECK IT OUT NOW!

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Now is the time to watch back to back episodes of Sleepy Hollow, this season’s hottest new show! Binge baby Binge!  From the pilot to episode 10, watch them all  on FOX on Demand, FOX.com & FOXNOW before it returns in January with all-new episodes.

Episode 11 titled “Vessel” airs January 13th and the big 2 hour finale (Episode 12/13 combo, titled  “The Indispensable Man,” and “Bad Blood.”) on January 20th.  Don’t forget the finale begins an hour earlier at 8pm EST.

Well, I am so glad one of these is back.  If you remember a few years back we had a 24 (One Take) and 36 hour (Final Cut) film fest here in Wilmywood.  Well the lovely Ashlea Kosikowski over at WECT reports a 54 hour film fest will be in full swing this spring.  Check out her story here or visit the film fest’s FB page.

BEST_OF_2014_VoteVOTE VOTE VOTE!  Encore Magazine has released their Best Of Nominees and you can VOTE NOW.  I would like to thank all of you who nominated me for:

  • Best Local Radio Personality – Sheila Brothers
  • Best Morning Show – Sheila Brothers
  • Best Blog – The Wilmywood Daily

I would LOVE your vote!  Some highlights: I think you will definitely wanna vote on these three categories.

  • Best Thing to Happen in ILM 2013:  Film/TV Production, Ziggy’s Opening, California Roots: Carolina Sessions.
  • Best Local Independent Film: Pieces of Talent, Bound by Sea, Children of Salt
  • Best Local Filmmaker: Joe Stauffer, Keith Welborn, Brannigan Carter.  So, go on get to votin‘!!

TVBestOf2 TV.com’s “Best Of” is under way, and the site has our NC shot television shows on the list. Under the Dome, Sleepy Hollow, Homeland, Banshee and Eastdown and Bound. Check out all the NC Nominees and VOTE!  

That just about does it for me; Merry Christmas from The Wilmywood Daily!  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!!

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 12/19/2013 Letters to the Gov’na, Sleepy Hollow Not Done Yet and More!

Hey!  Happy Thursday!  Hope you are in the Holiday spirit.  Tis the season for giving back!  I have an idea for you.  Here’s a way you can help the community, and well, the state for that matter!

euesgsThe lovely Susan Dosier who does PR for Screen Gems Studios put out a blog post yesterday asking you for a small favor that will only take 5 minutes of your time! As you know, a couple of days ago, the Gov sent out a press release and made this statement:

“In addition to our state’s beauty, we’ve developed the workforce and artists that make North Carolina an ideal place to produce quality projects efficiently.”

Now is the time to keep the support strong and thank McCrory for his actions, letting him know we agree.  Susan said in her blog, “Please ask your colleagues, friends and family to send a note of appreciation directly to Governor McCrory’s press office before the end of the year.”  SEE DETAILS NOW  Seriously, 5 minutes of your time will help greatly!

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Sleepy Hollow of course is one of our favorite shows, but it’s getting kudos from more than just the locals!  WECT sites a Time Magazine writer as a fan of the show.  James Poniewozik puts Sleepy Hollow on his top 10 list.

banner-tunedinBut James isn’t alone.  The good folks at Tom-Mison.com has scoured the web to find more kudos for the show and Tom Mison himself.  Lists from TV GuideTelevision Without Pity, HitFix, Buddy TV and Newsday

For those who have a “thing” for locations, Jonathan Spiers of The Port City Daily wrote a nice little piece on what Sleepy Hollow uses as an exterior for the police station:  Our historic NHC courthouse on S 3rd St.  READ ARTICLE NOW.

sh_crewHollywood pretty much shuts down by the 2nd week of December, but not the folks of Sleepy Hollow.  They were hoping to wrap Season One by the weekend but some are saying they don’t know if they will even be done by Christmas.   The NC Film Crew along with the cast need a Christmas Bonus!  Are ya listening Fox?  The Sleepy folks are shooting on the lot today, then they “head” to the Bellevue Cemetery for the attack at the graveyard scene.  Looks like they are pullin’ an all-nighter…again.

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39th Annual People's Choice Awards - Show40th annual People’s Choice Awards will air live on CBS on Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 9 p.m. ET.  I checked again this morning and yep VOTING is still open for  Favorite New TV DramaVOTE NOW FOR SLEEPY HOLLOW!

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!!

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 12/03/2013 Road to Hollow E2, Sleepy Hollow, Film Incentives

Top a the mornin to ya!!  Happy Tuesday! Yesterday, I posted Orlando Jones’ epic journey, Episode 1 of The Road to Hollow.  His trek continues from California to Wilmington, NC with Episode 2.  Check it out!

Sleepy Hollow is out and about today.  One unit will be at the 2100 block of Pender Ave.

BEST_OF_2014_VoteEncore is doing the Best of Issue again and I sure would LOVE YOU if you voted for The Wilmywood Daily for “BEST BLOG” !!  Nominations end December 18th! And hey if you wanna nominate Sheila Brothers for “Best Local Radio Personality,” I won’t mind that either!  Ha!

WECT put out this story yesterday.  A sober look at what would happen to New Hanover County if the film incentives faded with the sunset:  New Hanover County could lose more than $10 million annually in tax revenue if the state’s film incentives aren’t renewed.  That’s according to Robert Handfield, an economist at NC State University. This includes $3.7 million in sales tax revenue, $2 million in direct sales tax revenue from film-industry workers, and $200,000 in room occupancy tax.

Handfield added, “The implications of the loss of the industry on local tax revenue will be substantial, and will drive further gaps in state and local tax revenues, increased unemployment, and the loss of an industry in North Carolina that is healthy and growing nationwide.”  READ THE ENTIRE STORY

keepncMake sure you are a part of the movement, you are a voter, you have a voice.  Help end the “sunset” permanently, keep the film incentives indefinitely! Visit KEEPNCFILM.org NOW and LIKE their Facebook page

Kevin_ChristmasA Christmas Tree Miracle is out on DVD today. This 5 Star Dove Foundation rated film stars your Domie, Kevin Sizemore as well as Terry Kiser.  CHECK IT OUT NOW!  And while you’re at it, give Kevin and the cast some love on the movie’s Facebook page!

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VOTING ENDS THURSDAY for The People’s Choice Awards.  Make sure to vote, vote, and vote again for your NC FILM favorites.   Check out the list of NC Nominees NOW!

Shop the Wilmywood T-shirt Shop! Deadline for orders to arrive before Christmas is set for December 13.  SHOP NOW!

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That just about does it for me; I will have more Wilmywood updates for you tomorrowy 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!!

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 10/30/2013 – NC is Top 10 Film Location Worldwide, 13 Scary Wilmywood Flicks

cropped-screen-gems.jpgMore awareness for NC Film came out last week with North Carolina making the top ten list of filming locations WORLDWIDE in an article written by P3update.com. Thanks to WECT to finding this gem of a list.  We came in at #9, just ahead of the UK.  In the article, they wrote:

North Carolina’s 25-percent refundable tax credit program recently remained safe from a far-reaching rewrite of the current tax code. As the program stands, the state continues to attract popular television productions, like “Revolution,” “Under the Dome” and “Homeland,” and feature films like Iron Man 3, We’re the Millers, and Safe Haven. Filmmakers can find a variety of studio options in North Carolina to suit most production needs. The Wilmington-based EUE/Screen Gems is one of the country’s largest studio complexes with 10 stages, while Charlotte, Asheville, Raleigh and areas surrounding Greensboro and Winston-Salem also offer soundstage options for visiting filmmakers.

California took the #1 spot, followed by Canada and Georgia.  SEE THE FULL ARTICLE NOW

The Squeeze is back filming downtown today at the 1800 block of Nun St as well as the alleyway between Ann and Nun.

dirtpoorTONIGHT:  Dirt Poor Film Festival is throwing its Second Annual Halloween Bash! With a solid lineup of eerie, gory films and music by Deadly Lo-Fi, Euphio, and DJ Marwoah, it’s going to be one hell of a Halloween party! Get Seen. Get Screen.  Join them tonight at the Calico Room on S. Front Street beginning at 9pm.  HERE’S THE OFFICIAL EVENT PAGE

Having a movie marathon for Halloween, or perhaps this weekend?   May I suggest 13 titles from our own back yard?

Are you looking for more movies to come out of Wilmywood?  Check out what’s available in the Wilmywood Shop powered by Amazon.com   

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That just about does it for me; I will have more Wilmywood updates for you tomorrow morning (unless something breaks) and every weekday morning 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 .  Or just post your comments below!  Until then, that’s a wrap!!