While the Screen Actors Guild might be in a stalemate, North Carolina is not standing still when it comes to promoting its film industry. Location is one of the biggest decisions film executives can make. Now, finding "the location" could be as simple as a click of the mouse. The ncfilm.com website has some photos of our state on it, but it will soon feature 2,500 more from the Wilmington area. Johnny Griffin of the Wilmington Regional Film Commission said, "We've got the pictures, so now if somebody searches the states website it will automatically link into ours so they can see images they need." That means, instead of producers contacting each of the five regional film commissions in the state, all the photos will be accessed through one site. Griffin said, "Instead of them having to come through us and feel like we're going to dog them now and really work to get their biz, they can go to the website, look on their own, and if they find something they are interested in, then they can respond to us." The site will also give local production companies a general idea of what other parts of our state looks like. Director Craig Thieman said, "Because it's easy for us to travel different locations in NC and location is very important when you're filming because you need something beautiful and cinematic." Thieman and his brother, Curtis run Creative Inspire Studios. The state is also adding a feature to its website that will email them and other film industry professionals about new jobs and new productions coming to North Carolina. Thieman said, "It's going to be great if we can get updates on projects that are coming into town just as they're coming, because you know you get caught up in things -- day to day work, running round deadlines -- that you're not always in touch. The busier you get, less in touch you are." This way, local film crews will know about a job first. Griffin said, "Essentially anybody from any state, anywhere could go to the state website and find out about jobs and productions, and could essentially come in and get those jobs. So they feel like what they need to do is service more of North Carolina." The state plans to have these new additions to the website up and running in a couple of months.
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