Why ‘Max Steel’ chose Wilmywood

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Submitted: Sun, 05/04/2014 - 4:55am
Updated: Tue, 05/06/2014 - 2:59pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — One of Hollywood East’s current productions chose Hoggard High School as their backdrop this weekend.

Principal photography for the family superhero movie “Max Steel” is underway.

Producer Julia Pistor from Mattell says, they were looking at locations in Louisiana, South Africa and Wilmington. She says, film incentives are one of the first requirements producers have to consider.

Wilmington was the first place they visited.
She said after one day they fell in love with Wilmywood.

“We didn’t go anywhere else, it was just perfect. The crew here is amazing, so experienced,” Pistor said. “The incentives of course are fantastic and I hope North Carolina continues giving them cause I think it’s great for business.”

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8 Comments on "Why ‘Max Steel’ chose Wilmywood"

2015 years 8 months ago

This money should be given to teachers and no millionaires.

2015 years 8 months ago

I, for one, am proud of our film family here in southeastern NC and even prouder to be part of it. The people I have met always try to do the best job possible and are considerate of each other. We love the work, even though it can mean long days, and have fun being part of the greater picture.

If we don’t keep the film incentives, we will lose these jobs and the revenue they generate(not only for the workers but where they spend it). Some people in this industry will be forced to follow the jobs, even some background/extras, and yes that means fewer tax payers.

2015 years 8 months ago

when Firestarter, Raw Deal, Sleeping with the Enemy, Bull Durham, and Last of the Mohicand,s were filmed in state? Did you miss the filming of Matlock?

No big, budget breaking incentives were required.

I guess those don’t count as they prove film making can take place without big incentives.

2015 years 8 months ago

You’re singing the same song as I. Choices have to be made.

Teacher Salary increases or film incentives?

Continued medicaid albatross with perpetual shortfalls or film incentives?

What’s so hard to understand about this 1?

2015 years 8 months ago

“The incentives of course are fantastic and I hope North Carolina continues giving them cause I think it’s great for business.”

should read –
“Yes the incentives were a great bribe and allowed us to claim many expenses including labor truck rentals catered food etc. We get so much more than any other companies do it’s amazing. So keep up the bribery NC. If this movie is a hit we’ll take our profits elsewhere so you can’t tax them. Dummies ………”

Ah but now that the state is facing a potential half BILLION dollar shortfall next year will incentive survive???? Which will get done teacher pay increases or film incentives? Upgraded state buildings or film incentives? Stay tuned……


2015 years 8 months ago

Maxim Overdrive, The Crow

2015 years 8 months ago

and if memory serves me correctly, Bruce Lee’s son was the star in Crow and died while in Wilmington.

add to those the one starring Patrick Swaze as a truck driver. Brought Randy Travis to the area.

add to that the 1 starring Tom Berrenger as a Navy SP who is escorting a female prisoner to the brig. Was shot primarily in Brunswick County and Myrtle Beach, where Berrenger had a home.

The advocates, including their Court Jester Johnnie, seem to overlook all of these success stories which took place in an era of no bribes or incentives.

2015 years 8 months ago

These are not really the choices. How about tax cuts for the wealthy or teacher pay increases instead? Or tax cuts for the wealthy or increasing unemployment compensation. Or, tax cuts for the wealthy or film incentives? That is more like what the choices should be like.