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Film Commission's directory helping area business cash in on Hollywood

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The film industry generates millions of dollars each year in our area. The Wilmington Regional Film Commission is doing its part to make sure local business owners get their share of the pie.

When productions from all over the country descend on Wilmington to film, they need more than just beautiful locations to shoot. That's a need the Wilmington Regional Film Commission is looking to fill with its new Support Services Directory.

"They don't have a lot of time to learn the different vendors in town and to compare the different vendors," Film Commission Director Johnny Griffin said. "If there are proven vendors that have worked with the film industry and understand the nuances of the film industry, then by seeing those vendors on our website, they recognize those immediately as companies that understand their business."

Nina Brown, the owner of Stone Garden, says she has worked with a variety of productions over the years.

"We recently sold a fountain to one of the productions," Brown said. "When 'Iron Man 3' was filming, they called us one day to ask for 100 bags of sand that we had to shovel into 100 bags, but whatever it is we try to stay on top of it because we like working with them."

While it is hard work meeting the ever changing demands of the film industry, Sabrina Davis, owner of Port City Signs and Graphics, says it is amazing to see the finished product at the end of the day.

"We're always watching for the signs, and sometimes they see them, and it's exciting," Davis said. "We love to know that our work is being used in a big way, especially with some of the big productions that were here last year, and we'll all be at the movies next year looking for them."

If you want to get your company listed in the directory, contact the film commission.

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