A movie filmed in Wilmington last year opens this weekend. It is an exciting time for residents to see our area on the big screen, but imagine what it was like for those who actually worked on the film. "Nights in Rodanthe" is a love story by Nicholas Sparks. The movie was filmed mostly in southeastern North Carolina and starred Hollywood heavyweights Richard Gere and Diane Lane. Lynn Manock is one of many Wilmington residents who worked on the film. Hired as a set costumer, she worked up close and personal with the cast. “The chance to work with such gracious and big time actors, in my opinion, was a great opportunity. You go with the actors to set everyday and you're responsible for watching continuity and keeping track of clothes from one scene to another,” said Manock. When not working on a film, Lynn is a wardrobe consultant and creates her own jewelry. She is no stranger to paying attention to detail; an important skill she used during her weeks on the set. A movie is not filmed from beginning to end, so Lynn had to keep a close eye on what the stars were wearing. “We might film this piece and she's outside, and then this piece when she comes inside is later in the studio. This is at the house somewhere else so her clothes need to be exactly the same," Manock said. The movie is set to hit the big screen, where everyone will be paying attention. That is exactly what Johnny Griffin, with the Wilmington Regional Film Commission, hopes will happen to give our area some more exposure. “Nights in Rodanthe, from everything we've seen, has been marketed very heavily - pushed very heavily. There's been an awful lot of exposure, so we think its going to do well in the theaters,” said Griffin. This very well may be the case, especially when the stars have had nothing but good things to say about filming in North Carolina. “I shot in Wilmington, our base for it, many times. I've never been to the Outer Banks before and I was astonished just the physical beauty of it, it's got its own vibe, its own feeling, its own accent. It does have a certain fairytale quality of it that fit our movie,” said “Nights in Rodanthe” star Richard Gere.
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