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May 31, 2011 :: 180eNews

Record Year In Progress for NC Film Industry

With the passing of a new 25% incentive taking effect January 1 of this year, North Carolina is seeing a record number of productions taking place in the state. As of May, over 20 projects had committed to filming in NC, thus creating over 18,000 job opportunities. In addition to jobs, the productions are infusing close to $175M dollars into the state and communities in which they are filming. The number does not include all filming as some smaller budget films and commercial data are not yet available. The NCFO continues to receive numerous inquiries about filming opportunities within the state and is currently working on over 500 projects. To see a list of current productions, click here.

Homeland To Return To Charlotte For Series

Showtime’s new series, Homeland, has confirmed that they will return to NC where they will shoot their 8-episode season in the Charlotte Region. The show stars Claire Danes as a CIA agent who suspects that the recent rescue of a presumed dead U.S. solider is actually an elaborate terrorism plot. Danes is joined by Mandy Patinkin (Criminal Minds, Dead Like Me) and Damian Lewis (Life, Band of Brothers, Your Highness) with much of the writing team from 24 penning the series. The production is expected to employ 150 NC crew members. Click here to see a preview of the series. Homeland was one of four pilots that shot in the state so far this year, with three being picked up to series.

One Tree Hill Renewed For Record Ninth Season

North Carolina’s longest running TV series will live on for a ninth season as the CW Network announced Wilmington-produced One Tree Hill has once again been picked up. The network has made a 13-episode order for the series, which will be the series finale, that has called NC home since 2003 and has been estimated to employ about 125 NC crew members annually. Read more about One Tree Hill's final pick-up here

NCFO Helps Filmmakers Relax in Texas, New York

As part of the state film office’s marketing and outreach, Director Aaron Syrett recently hit the festival circuit promoting North Carolina at South By Southwest and the Tribeca Film Festival. In addition to meeting with producers and other industry folks, the NCFO sponsored filmmaker lounges at both locations providing another avenue to showcase the state’s “Relax” marketing campaign. In addition to signage, the signature NCFO director’s rocking chairs were on site as the state film commissioner discussed the state’s 25% incentive, crew base, locations and infrastructure. Read more about SXSW here and Tribeca here.

High Point U Students Film Thriller Using Cutting Edge Technology

Student filmmakers at High Point University just completed Connected, a “Twilight Zone” type suspense using RED One Camera Systems. The use of the technology is helping students prepare for post-graduate work on the up-and-coming system that was also used in filming such recent blockbusters as The Social Network, District 9 and Book of Eli. Read more about the production here.

State Office, Regions Carrying Message West

The North Carolina Film Office, along with representatives from the Wilmington, Triangle, Piedmont Triad and Charlotte Regional Film Commissions are heading to California for the 2011 Produced By Conference and AFCI Locations Tradeshow. Held at the Walt Disney Studios June 3-5, the conference annually attracts over 1,000 producing professionals and this marks the first year that the AFCI Locations tradeshow will be a part of the event, giving film commissions the chance to interact with producers and other top level decision makers in the industry. To find out more about the event, click here.

Talk of Cutting Incentives Sends Productions Running From Michigan

Over the past three years, Michigan has become a real player in the film industry thanks to a very generous 42 percent incentive. Over 100 productions have shot in the Great Lakes State during this time, but productions are now starting to run from Michigan as the state’s governor has proposed to essentially abolish the credit by capping it at $25 million annually. The state has seen major motion pictures such as The Avengers and The Dark Knight move to other states. In fact, when the announcement by the governor was first made, the NC Film Office started receiving many calls from projects that were looking to also leave Michigan in search of locations that were more stable for filming. Click here to read an article from The Detriot Free Press about how just the talk of capping the incentive could be the next blow to a struggling Michigan economy.

Quick cuts….

In case you missed it, earlier this year Wilmington filmmaker Erica Dunton’s feature to.get.her was named Best in NEXT at the Sundance Film Festival…Entries for the 2011 Cucalorus Film Festival are now being accepted (thru July 28, though fees vary based on when submitted)…NCFO director Aaron Syrett was recently a guest panelist on the Charlotte NPR series “Charlotte Talks” where he discussed the state of the industry as well as how local film people can break into the business… Piedmont-filmed Beverly Lewis’ The Shunning made its debut on The Hallmark Channel in April…Wilmington Region-filmed Bloodworth, which is based on the book “Provinces of Night,” is now in limited release in theatres and is also available via Video On Demand (VOD)...The next NC Film Council meeting is scheduled for June 8 in Raleigh.

Did You Know….

Approximately 1,000 crew members are listed in the North Carolina Film Office’s Resource Directory. Listing is free for North Carolina residents and the directory is sent out to productions considering filming in NC. Those in the directory are encouraged to update their information on a regular basis as the NCFO updates the directory multiple times each year.