WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Quiet on the set! Wilmington is back in the movie business.
In the past couple of months, several productions have set out to use the Cape Fear as their back drop.
Many folks say the film incentives offered here in North Carolina are working, bringing television shows and films to the Wilmington area, which means lights, camera, action for Hollywood East.
“North carolina now has a very attractive incentive. It’s a very safe incentive,” Wilmington Regional Film Commission Director Johnny Griffin said. “We’ve not been overcrowded with production like some of the other markets had. A lot of business has been coming a little bit overcrowded, and so our incentives are attractive. It’s good. We’ve got availability and space, and that’s what we’re hearing from california now, and it seems that that’s why there’s an increase in interest here.”
Griffin says six projects are in the works right now in the Cape Fear. He says three more may be heading this way in the next couple of months.
“At this point, we don’t see any end in the increase in interest that we’re having, and we expect this year to be a banner year for the Wilmington area,” Griffin said.
Producer Thomas Keniston says the state’s tax incentive package for films is one reason his production chose the area. He thinks it not only benefits the production, but the crews working on the projects as well.
“The incentives are really good,” Keniston said. “It’s really increasing employment here, which is great, because the more active it becomes, the more people get trained, and the easier it is to make a film.”
Richard Moore owns the Greystone Inn, which has been used in numerous movies and TV shows. He says the increased production has a payoff beyond the folks directly involved in the shoots.
“It provides a huge economic impact to the City of Wilmington, not only for us and the crew that’s hired here, but also a trickle down effect to the other B&Bs and businesses in Wilmington,” Moore said.
Griffin says right now it’s just a waiting game. The Wilmington Regional Film Commission is in talks with feature films, both small and large, to make their way to our area. The commission is also still waiting to see if locally-shot 17
pilots, like Comedy Central’s “Playing with Guns,” will be picked up, and if “One Tree Hill” will be picked up for its ninth season.