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Film leaders say Charlotte studio would complement Wilmington, not compete

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Wilmington could soon have some competition in the film industry here in the Tar Heel State.

After last night, Charlotte is one step closer to having a movie production facility of its own.

After years of debate, the Charlotte City Council agreed to buy Eastland Mall for $13 million. One proposal includes transforming the mall into a movie studio. It's a vision many city leaders support.

Johnny Griffin, director of the Wilmington Regional Film Commission, says if it does pan out, the new facility could help the entire state, including Wilmington.

"There have been projects throughout the state that have needed coastal scenes that come here," Griffin said. "Obviously all of the vendors that send equipment all over the state, the crew travels across the state. Productions that are in Charlotte right now have Wilmington crew working on them, so certainly more business statewide is only good for the entire industry in the state."

Griffin says he does not think a Charlotte production facility would affect the industry in our area. He says projects tend to come here because of the location and the look the region has to offer, and Charlotte cannot compete with that.

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I wonder

would Mr. Griffin maintain that sentiment if his income is based on revenue generated in this area; and the revenue dropped due to the competition?

Surf to Surf

I would guess he probably means it. As the "director of the Wilmington Regional Film Commission", one would have to assume that at least some of his income is attributable to the success of the Wilmington area.

Our area's got a plethora of possibilities when it comes to location shots for production companies. About the only thing we really don't have are classical urban environment and skyline shots. Also, let's not forget, we're already ramped and running; something movie production companies prefer.


there is nothing wrong with it. I competed with several other guys for the woman I married. I wish one of them had won!