A message to Speaker Tillis and members of the NC House.

Speaker Tillis (and members of NC House),

We represent over 10,000 registered voters who are either film workers, or are their families and friends. The decisions you make in the days ahead will determine if we can continue to work, pay taxes and raise families here.

We will all be voting in the November election, and you can be absolutely certain that we will be motivated to get others to do so as well. We love our communities, we love working here, and we do not want to see our livelihood pushed out of state. You have the power to help keep good, clean jobs here.

The fact is, North Carolina has built a clean, multi-billion dollar industry for over 30 years that employs thousands in life-long careers, and generates needed revenue for thousands of small businesses.

Film tourism brings unprecedented numbers of visitors and their vacation dollars here, making another dramatic and positive impact on our economy.

Georgia and South Carolina are most eager for you to do the wrong thing for North Carolina, and send our jobs and revenue their way. Just the rumor of losing our incentives has already sent several television series, their production dollars and jobs we need to other states.

We are asking you to do the right thing for our state, and extend the existing incentive as it is. We have a good thing going for all of North Carolina. Please, don’t destroy it. And you can count on the fact that we will remember, in large and active numbers, what you do to support the film incentive, or to destroy it.

Please see short video below from the NC Film Crew Members (Runtime 1:14).

Signed,

Supporters of the NC Film Tax Incentive

A Wilmywood Glance at Mattel’s Max Steel

(Image Credits: David Pascua)

EXT. HIGH SCHOOL – PARKING LOT – DAY

Sophia drives her blue, rag-top wagon through the packed lot as the sun barrels down.  Suddenly, Max races across her path on his bike.  She slams the brakes and watches him go flying through the bushes.  Sophia jumps out of her vehicle and runs to…

THE SIDE OF PARKING LOT

Sophia sees Max on the ground next to a tree.  She leans over him, her necklace dangling,  sparkling in the sunlight.

MAX’S POV –

Someone leans over him.  His vision blurred.

SOPHIA

“Oh my God!  Oh my God!  Are you okay?”

Still a daze, his eyes begin to focus.  It’s a girl.  A beautiful girl.

END SCENE

Ana Villafane is that beautiful girl starring as Sophia in the upcoming super-hero flick Max Steel.  But this isn’t your typical super-hero movie.  Our hero Max McGrath played by Ben Winchell isn’t coming from a dark past.  He doesn’t right wrongs based on vengeance.  He is unknowingly a superhero from birth and he is out to save his family rather than the world. Max Steel, has been an animated television series for some time now, however this will be the first time we see it come to life in live action on the big screen.

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The story revolves around 16 year old Max McGrath who discovers he has a strange electric energy that radiates from him whenever his emotions get the best of him and now it’s getting out of hand. He can’t control them.  This doesn’t help as he is trying to fit in at another new school–where he finds himself attracted to the beautiful and unconventional Sofia (Ana Villafane) and develops a friendship with an old colleague of his dad’s, Dr. Miles Edwards (Andy Garcia).  Perhaps Miles can tell him what his mother Molly (Maria Bello) is unwilling to talk about– what really happened in the accident that killed his dad. As if that is not enough to have on a teenager’s shoulders, Max is most startled by the arrival of a small, crab-like alien named Steel, whose memory may be faulty but who knows one thing for certain: he’s there to protect Max, and he’s been sent by Max’s father.

MaxSteel050314_0076Producer Julia Pistor explains what made her choose Max Steel.

“I was drawn to the Max Steel story. I love super hero stories and I was really compelled by the story of Max and his father. He never knew his father and our film tells the origin of Max and how he connects with him. Not only does he (Max) learns that his father is an alien, but he really connects with him like a father and son. I’m drawn to stories that are family unification stories. I think that’s really important.”

MaxSteel050314_0235That she is.  Julia has a long history with family movies like The Spiderwick Chronicles, Charlotte’s Web and Lemony Snicket to name a few.

Producer Bill Dowd of Dolphin Films is also a fan of super hero movies and he wanted to make sure when Max’s story was told, it would be a film that the whole family would enjoy.

“I’ve been long time friends with Bill, so I know that he’s looking to make films that are a little more character driven and inspirational.” Julia says. “We loved the idea of making a movie that was a little bit outside of the system and a little more homegrown.”

Max Steel also isn’t the typical $100+ million action flick, either.  There will be more of an organic feel to this one which is quite refreshing.  And smart. They have already done quite well gaining pre-sales all over Europe and Southeast Asia, so it seems it should eliminate any financial fear and could possibly pave the way for a Max Steel 2 and who knows perhaps a Max Steel 3. That’s my own personal take on it however, nothing in confirmed along those lines.  The feature is penned by super-hero writer Christopher Yost (Thor: The MaxSteel050314_0218Dark World), directed by Stewart Hendler (H+) and the cast is top-notch. The two leads, Ben Winchell and Ana Villafane are both extremely talented up and coming young actors.  Even though they just met earlier this year, they already have an amazing connection with each other and it shows on screen.

“Ben and I actually met for the first time at the chemistry read. I guess we had chemistry, because here we are!” laughs Ana Villafane. “He is great. There is no wall that needed to break down. He is authentic and hasn’t been tainted. There was no facade or pretending to be ‘cool.’ He was himself from the beginning and we hit it off right away.”

andy_garciaBen Winchell mirrors those exact thoughts about Ana.  She too is the real deal.  The couple will be playing along side two of the most talented and prolific actors we know today.  Andy Garcia being one of them .

“Andy is perfect,” says Julia, “because he can play the warmest, most handsome father figure character, but as we all know from Ocean’s Eleven and The Godfather, he can play a cold and ruthless character. There are not a lot of actors with that range. We (the creative team) are huge Andy Garcia fans. We are excited to get him.”

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Maria Bello is another. Her range is just as exceptional. From comedy to drama, she can do whatever comes her way.  This time, she plays off her motherly instincts as Max’s mom, Molly.

The film is being shot in Wilmington, NC which is a perfect fit as a location for their needs for such an organic, homegrown feature.

“We were planning production and all producers are drawn to places with tax incentives. We were going on a scout. We were going to go all over: Africa, Canada, Louisiana and Wilmington. Wilmington is the first place we went to on our scout. We got off the plane and went to the (Ideal) cement plant, we looked at houses for Max and we called LA and said, ‘We’re shooting it here.’ We didn’t evaluate any other place. Of course the tax incentives are fantastic! It’s so gorgeous here. The weather and the people are great. The locations are so diverse. The crew is so strong and experienced and so kind. It was just done.”

IdealCementThe Ideal Cement plant (also called the Roanoke Cement plant) has been transformed into Max Steel Headquarters and they expect a 17 day shoot for this location.  If you follow director Stewart Hendler (@stewarthendler) on Twitter, you have already seen what an incredible job the construction crew and set designers have done.  The plant closed many years ago, but it continues to be a favorite and prime location for many feature films and television shows including Iron Man 3Revolution, Under the Dome, as well as The Crow and even Super Mario Bros.

“My husband and I call each other nicknames from Mario Bros., Julia laughs.  “When I heard that Mario Bros was shot there, I thought, ‘This is fantastic!’ I tease him and call him Goomba. I feel like we should come here for our anniversary!”

Other locations include Hoggard High School, Downtown Wilmington and some private houses in Wilmington as well.

MaxSteel050314_0328Ana is definitely glad they chose Wilmington as the location and she actually fell in love with the town and she didn’t even know it. “I’ve seen Natalie Martinez’s (Under The Dome/ Secrets and Lies) photos on social media and she is paddle boarding and going to great little cafe’s. I figured she was sharing vacation photos from Puerto Rico or something. I get here and realize she was in Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beach!”  There is so much space and it’s all lush and green. There is a very laid back feeling, but between the beach and the downtown nightlife it’s not boring. I’m really excited to explore.”

Expect to see Mattel’s first super hero flick in theaters in January, 2015.

Tim Guinee talks FX’s How and Why, One Armed Man and the NC Film Incentives

timguineeI just got on the phone with Actor/Director Tim Guinee, who we know in Wilmywood from NBC’s Revolution.  We chat about FX’s How and Why, his award winning short film One Armed Man & the NC Film Incentives.  Great conversation!  Tim is one of my favorite actors to speak with.  Even though I call them such, I don’t do interviews, I do conversations.

LISTEN NOW!


See ONE ARMED MAN this Saturday!
Cape Fear Independent Film Festival
Browncoat Theatre @ 1pm
111 Grace St, Wilmington, NC 28401
Phone:(910) 341-0001

TRAILER FOR ONE ARMED MAN

 

 

BREAKING: Stage Set for Film Rally in Wilmington, NC

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Stage Set for Film Rally in Wilmington, NC

April 24, 2014 (Wilmington, NC) — The North Carolina Production Alliance and the Wilmington Film Commission are hosting the 2nd annual NC Film Rally on Sunday, May 4th. The rally will begin at 5pm at the bottom of Market Street on the Riverwalk, and will focus on the bipartisan support network of the film industry in Southeastern North Carolina.

The rally is to help raise awareness for the vitality of film jobs in preparation for the beginning of the legislative session on May 14th – at which time the film incentive renewal will be examined by lawmakers. Speakers at the rally will include North Carolina legislators, Mayor Bill Saffo, county officials, and special guests from the entertainment industry.

All friends, family members, extras, vendors, supporters, and concerned citizens are encouraged to participate. For more information, visit the NC Production alliance on Twitter, Facebook, and at http://ncproductionalliance.com/.

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 Media Contact:

Katy Feinberg
919.836.4010
kfeinberg@mwcllc.com

CREW CALL: The Sin Seer

Overflow Entertainment is now seeking CREW resumes for the television movie, The Sin Seer shooting in Wilmington.  Please send resumes to: sinseercrew@gmail.com with your crew position in the subject line.  They are making a big push to HIRE LOCAL. Originally it was reported that they would be shooting in both North Carolina and Lousiana, but they now have everything they need right here in Wilmywood!

STATUS: Production begins end of April
PRODUCERS: Paul Hannah, Angela White
WRITER: Paul Hannah
DIRECTOR: Paul Hannah
CREW RESUMES TO:  TBA

ABOUT THE SIN SEER:
The story involves Rose Ricard who has been given a very special gift by God — the ability to see the sin a person carries in their soul. While she uses her gift to, hopefully, rights the wrongs in society, she also knows the gift comes with a price tag.

The Red Zone: Open Call MONDAY for Male Athletes Ages 18-28

MarkEllisThe Untitled Nikki Tuscano Project aka The Red Zone is holding an open call THIS MONDAY at Legion Stadium at 2131 Carolina Beach Rd. in Wilmington from 10:30am-Noon.  Football Coordinator, Mark Ellis (The Dark Knight Rises, The Amazing Spiderman), will be heading up the open auditions and seeking Football Players for the pilot episode.  They are looking for male athletes ages 18-28.  Those auditioning should NOT be seeking NCAA eligibility through a college program.  Those selected will need to be available in Wilmington the week of March 17th, however it is, per usual, subject to change.  Selected players will paid for rehearsal and shooting dates.

For all the details, please visit gamechangingfilms.com

ABOUT THE RED ZONE:

Former CIA operative Holden Weller has put his past behind him and now lives an uneventful life with his wife, Helen, and their daughter, Laney, in Vienna, Virginia, near D.C. The beloved football coach at a local high school, he has a particular bond with one of his star players, Jake Jordan, and is respected and liked in the community. But when his area is rocked by a terrorist bombing at the Smithsonian Museum during a class trip, Holden finds himself getting sucked back into the CIA and to the job he promised to leave behind, especially when he discovers that the prime suspect turns out to be his second string quarterback, Jake Jordan.

STATUS: Pre-Production. Production begins Mid-March
PRODUCER:  Kerry Erhin, Nikki Tuscano
DIRECTOR: James Foley
LP: Bill Johnson
PM: Chris Bromley
WRITER: Nikki Tuscano
CREW RESUMES TO: productionredzone@gmail.com
CAST: Aimee Garcia, Shanley Caswell, Sepideh Moafi

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 03/07/2014 Under the Dome, Max Steel, Secrets & Lies, MTV and More

We made it to Friday Folks!  Sing it with me!  I’m never gonna look back.  Woah, never gonna give it up. No, please don’t wake me now. Oo-o-o-o-o-o. This is gonna be the best day of my life!  Thank you American Authors!  Okay, let’s do this!

secretsLiesSecrets & Lies stays tucked away in the Futch Creek area for one more day, then they finally move from the Porter’s Neck location on Monday and heads to the YMCA (Did you sing it in your head, too?).  A little pool time for the day.  And please let me point out, they have about 100 crew members (Film=Jobs) and they are renting a local location (Revenue for a great non-profit). Thank you ABC!

under-the-dome-cbsThe Under the Dome folks head to Currie today, but we will see them back in the Brooklyn Arts District this coming Monday.  Again, 100 crew members (Film=Jobs), Private lot rentals, Base Camp location rental, and off duty police officers hired for traffic control (supplemental income). $$$ Thank you CBS!

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From Marty Siu Casting: UNTITLED NIKKI TOSCANO PROJECT: Still looking for a few more “sideline football players”. Please see post below for details. ALSO: We’re now accepting submissions for extras to portray ASSISTANT COACHES, TEAM TRAINERS, and REFEREES during our football scenes on March 13 & 14th. These will be night shoots and I need folks with knowledge of the game. Please submit your photo, email, ph#, height,weight, & clothing sizes to: theredzoneextras@gmail.com with the proper heading for your submission.

Jason Mott

And a lil FYI, the folk who run UTD Radio, have a new channel Resurrection Revealed. They have an interview with the series creator for ABC’s Resurrection Aaron Zelman on today’s podcast episode.  This is the show that is based on the book by our Bolten, North Carolina writer Jason Mott (pictured)!  The ABC show premieres THIS Sunday!  LISTEN TO INTERVIEW NOW

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Remember when we talked about this last week?  Overflow Entertainment is taking The Sin Seer to two states.  North Carolina and Louisiana. The story involves Rose Ricard who has been given a very special gift by God — the ability to see the sin a person carries in their soul.  Producing is Angela White.  Paul Hannah (pictured) is the writer/director.   The production is for BET. Production starts at the end of April.

Congrats to Vanessa Neimeyer as she will be doing some casting on The Sin Seer AND there are A LOT of speaking roles for this flick!  So get ready for some local hires actors!   Check her latest status update on her NCasting FB page!  She’s got all the deets: the character breakdowns and specific instructions.

MAXSTEEL_CASTEarlier in the week I told you Max Steel has indeed opened offices.  Interviews are getting set up and they plan on shooting at the end of the month.  Max Steel stars Ben Winchell as Max and Anna Villafane as Sydney Gardner.  Production for this Mattel live-action feature film begins at the end of the month!  More casting news to come soon!

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The 23rd MTV Movie Awards Nominees have been released and NC Film is lookin’ good!  We are in nine categories!  SEE THE NC FILM NOMINEES NOW
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Finally, please help me in welcoming April Vickery on board here as a contributor for The Wilmywood Daily.  She has already completed her first assignment.  I think she has a great voice in her narrative and we are so excited to have her on board!  Congrats April!  We already LOVE you! READ HER POST NOW

filmjobsLOOKING FOR THOSE FILM=JOB STICKERS? Sunrise Broadcasting has a few.  Feel free to stop by and grab you one while they last at 25 N. Kerr Ave. (near the intersection of Market and Kerr across from the new Walgreens). Offices are open from 8:30am-5:30pm M-F.  Please one sticker per person please.  They will run out fast!  Thanks!

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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 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  or on Twitter You can also just post your comments below!  Until then, that’s a wrap!!

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 03/06/2014 Under the Dome, Secrets & Lies, Sleepy Hollow, The Five

Oh Happy Friday Eve!  Crappy weather, however, thinking about Daylight Savings Time this weekend makes it a little better!  That “dark at 5 o’clock” crap has got to go! Sorry, just had to get that off my chest.  Okay, let’s do this!

Under the Dome remains undercover at the sound stages as a slew of international press fills the stages, including the adorable Michael Yo from The Insider.  He’s having way too much fun here in Wilmywood!

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Our ABC show, Secrets & Lies, is up to their usual Porter’s Neck shoot.  Not too much to report.  Extras Casting Director for SNL, Ashli Bogart, will head back to South Carolina in a few weeks after she completes her time on our show here in Wilmywood.  If you remember, we blogged about the show Identity that is shooting in South Carolina.  This pilot for the CW is coming from our Sleepy Hollow producers, Kurtzman and Orci.  So, congrats on the gig Ashli, but hurry back!

Sleepy-Hollow-TitleAndrea Müller, Contributor for The Wilmywood Daily in Mannheim, Germany reported this morning that Sleepy Hollow got the axe in Germany.  She cited the network being the cause, not the audience.  READ STORY NOW

The Nikki Tuscano Project aka The Red Zone will be posting a casting notice shortly.  Please visit Marty Siu’s Casting Facebook Page for details.

 

 

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Last night, we found out some scoop about another flick coming to NC.  Iconic Media Production is bringing THE FIVE to North Carolina. This $10 million drama recounts the true story of five young African American scholarship students who battle racism at a private Christian school in the Deep South.   READ MORE NOW

SarahSlate2As we continue to follow stories that come out for Sarah Jones, we have a few more links to share.

‘Midnight Rider’ Accident: Producer Says Sarah Jones’ Death Is ‘Our Cross to Bear’ (Guest Column)

Society Of Camera Operators To Honor Sarah Jones During 2014 Awards

Sarah Jones To Be Honored This Weekend By Unions With Candlelight Vigil And Memorial

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Bill-Cosby1Bill Cosby‘s “Far From Finished Tour” at Odell Williamson Auditorium is sold out for the 7pm show, BUT are now on sale for a 3:30pm matinee on April 6th! Tickets prices $67 & $77 (Plus applicable service fees and NC sales tax) GET TICKETS NOW.  Still to this day, his comedy show Himself is my all time favorite.   And I think so many who grew up in the 80s look to The Cosby Show for a little parenting school.  So brilliant!

Mutt MadnessAnd no this is not film related but I know just about everyone of you has a doggie you just LOVE to brag about. Sunny 104.5 along with Woof Gang Bakery and Grooming and Fix a Friend have teamed up to bring you the MUTT MADNESS PHOTO CONTEST! Submit your cute canine and each week, the mutt with the most votes wins a cool prize pack from Woof Gang Bakery and Grooming. A doggie bag filled with toys, treats and more! ENTER CONTEST NOW

filmjobsLOOKING FOR THOSE FILM=JOB STICKERS? Sunrise Broadcasting has a few.  Feel free to stop by and grab you one while they last at 25 N. Kerr Ave. (near the intersection of Market and Kerr across from the new Walgreens). Offices are open from 8:30am-5:30pm M-F.  Please one sticker per person please.  They will run out fast!  Thanks!

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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 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  or on Twitter You can also just post your comments below!  Until then, that’s a wrap!!

Marty Siu Dives into The Red Zone

MartySiuThe Nikki Tuscano project that NBC is shooting for CBS, The Red Zone has hired their extras casting director.  Congrats to Marty Siu of Marty Siu Casting.  After taking a nice break after Spongebob 2 in Savannah, GA, enjoying the time with her kids, she’s ready to get back in on the action.  And action is her forte.  It looks like this is a perfect marriage.

This is one of those edge of your seat shows that reminds me of the excitement 24 brings when it comes to thrills.  This is my kind of show!” Marty said.

Marty has asked for all interested in being an extra on the pilot (if you haven’t already) to please register on her web site: Marty Siu Casting

Also, be sure to check her casting facebook page for more details tomorrow.

About The Red Zone:

Former CIA operative Holden Weller has put his past behind him and now lives an uneventful life with his wife, Helen, and their daughter, Laney, in Vienna, Virginia, near D.C. The beloved football coach at a local high school, he has a particular bond with one of his star players, Jake Jordan, and is respected and liked in the community. But when his area is rocked by a terrorist bombing at the Smithsonian Museum during a class trip, Holden finds himself getting sucked back into the CIA and to the job he promised to leave behind, especially when he discovers that the prime suspect turns
out to be his second string quarterback, Jake Jordan.

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – WEEK IN REVIEW – FEBRUARY 16, 2014

The Wilmywood Daily – Week In Review – February 16, 2014

Sheila Brothers gives you the scoop about the hottest shows and movies filming in Wilmington, NC. Here is a Week in Review from Feb 10 – Feb 16, 2014.

WILMYWOOD – Where Wilmington and Hollywood Collide

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