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Local cast, crew, state leaders celebrate 'Iron Man 3'

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) –- Local cast and crew as well as state leaders celebrated "Iron Man 3" with its filmmakers Sunday night at Regal Mayfaire 16.

There were a total of six screenings of the blockbuster, with an estimated 1,400 people in attendance.

"'Iron Man 3' is a North Carolinian product," said Christopher Dodd, CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America.

Although the movie was filmed mostly in Tar Heel State it may not look like it. One of the film's masterminds shared some of its movie magic.

"We doubled North Carolina for all sorts of locations," Executive Producer Charles Newirth said. "We made Afghanistan and Florida, Tennessee, California."

Newirth says North Carolina offers tremendous variety, a talented crew base and great infrastructure. He says shooting in Wilmington was one of the best experiences he's had filming a project on and off the set.

"I'd love to come back here," Newirth said. "My family would really love to come back here."

State leaders are hoping other production companies and film studios feel the same way after working here.

"Just to see North Carolina on film is really exciting," NC Commerce Secretary Sharon Allred Decker said. "More of this has to happen in this great state so that more people really know how fabulous it is."

Leaders say the state's film incentives are a huge draw for productions like "Iron Man 3" when choosing a location.

"That's very attractive to get them here, so we have to be very careful and mindful of how we use that, and its availability I think is important," Decker said.

Filmmakers agree on the attractiveness of the incentives.

"An element that was very important to us was the film incentives," Newirth said. "I know that is a little up in the air right now, but that also contributed to us coming here."

Filmmakers and state leaders both agree a film lasts longer then its run on the big screen and the effects can be felt for years.

To attract tourists, VisitNC.com will have an "Iron Man 3" itinerary up starting Wednesday. The itinerary will list all the locations the crew used in the creation of the movie so fans of the film can visit the sites.

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Big numbers

For the overseas theaters - good for them.
I hope it does as well here.
That said - not my style of movie so I'll pass on seeing it

Vog

We can hope that it does well

But film incentive supporters have to come up with good numbers to convince the Admin and Legislature that incentives work and are good for NC.
Not "they employ NC residents"
Not - "its a clean industry"
Not "the injected $100M into the economy

Crunch the numbers
Track the increase in revenues collected and people employed.
No guesses
Facts and figures

Vog

Vog

not even the heads of the Wilmington Film Authority or the North Carolina Film Authority are going to take the time, or have all the data needed, to provide hard data.

So they'll continue to use generalities and platitudes rather thah provide cold hard numbers.

And, I wonder if either of them are in the Legislature every day promoting the film industry?

Exactly right Tom

And the numbers they need to crunch are very hard to discern, making their case even more untenable.
The legislature will listen to "clean jobs" and "they spent $10M" only so long before they ask "How does NC benefit using numbers?"

I firmly believe that's why NC FIlm and WFA are not at the Legislature now. They need a set of numbers to get that "deer in the headlight" look from legislators from Haywood, Clay, and Avery counties (for example) who otherwise don't give a damn about Wilmington or big movie stars.
They don't have the numbers.

Oh and the part time jobs are a big part of resistance to the film industry incentives. Heck I think some Republicans are openly questioning Pat about the size of Pats MetLife give away.

Vog

Those questions

concerning the Met Life deal are being asked.

Having said that, and with all of the resistance to continuing film incentives at the current level, where else should Johnny and his countepart from the NC Film Office be but at the legislature?

They should have been prepared for this. They should have mirrored the NRA with its all out assault to protact gun owner rights.

Their failure to do this should merit a cessation of funding by the City for Johnny and The Wilmington Film Authority. If the head of the state wide authority is a state employee, he needs to go and go now.

In marketing, you bring in the results or you get replaced.