I'm a sound mixer for film and television. I was born and raised in North Carolina. I work here. My two boom operators work here and live here. The majority of these crews are local (sure the director might be from out of town but the 25grips and electrics under him aren't). We use some many locals on these productions that we are stretching the local crew base to the max. Because of that more and more new local crew are being introduced and trained very quickly from CFCC and UNCW (which is a huge opportunity for them). Huge crews of grip, electrics, transpo, set builders, prop people, SPX techs, sound crews, camera crews etc, are from NC and are among the best in the country. These are skilled jobs that pay well. You really do them a disservice when you say that "locals" aren't benefiting from or working on these productions. We do, and it's sorely needed in this economy. It pays my mortgage and keeps me in North Carolina...where I want to be. Like the majority of the people I work with.
ps. I've never commented on one of these things before but I just couldn't help it. I hope this gives you some more perspective on your local crew base. Thanks.
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