The new state of the art water tank at Screen Gems is paying off in spades right now. To say we don't have permenant jobs for technical people in the film industry is idiotic. Bringing major films and hence tons of money to the area keeps them from having to travel out of state like they have been forced too in years past. Wilmington, whether people like it or not, is driven heavily by tourism. The more movies and stars that come here and talk about how great this city is, the better tourism will do.
We hardly have to advertise as films like I know what you did last summer and shows like Dawson's Creek have been doing it for years.
Kudos to all involved bringing it here. May there be many more.
Think what you want, temporary or not 80 million is still 80 million dollars into the Wilmington economy. Good job to all involved,Thank You!!
I do not know anybody in that world. Do not own any stock. In other words, I am thinking about what might help Wilmington.
This is big bucks folks. I am downtown every M-F. The film people have done a lot for downtown. Of course, we could always go back to MORE empty storefronts.
Is that what you want?
High paying temp jobs are better than no jobs at all.
As a real estate agent watching the recent decline in our economy, I see this as a wonderful start to put money in everyone's pocketbook. As the governor said, this will bring many people to our area. Even though the movie will bring temporary jobs, when the masses of people visit our area, they will see the beauty and charm of our coastal town. This will in turn bring them back for visits or even better, as buyers, of local homes. Improving the real estate market will increase jobs for all related fields. More residents will increase sales in retail, automotive, medical, the universities and food service. What field will not earn money with more residents in New Hanover County?
"What field will not earn money with more residents in New Hanover County?"
Who wants MORE people besides the real estate developers and weasel salesmen? Wilmington's charm cames NOT from being Myrtle Beach but from being a quaint community of southern history. The way I see it is that this movie is being shot on a New York company's studio, using out of state equipment, being built with mega-corporate materials, staffed by union labor. Other than an increase in nationally owned hotel chains, nationally owned car rental companies, and more business in bars what benefit does this really have for our area? McDonalds contributes more to our economy than Hollyweird does.
And BTW, where do the projected numbers come from? The guy making over $100,000 per year at the helm of the privately controlled film commission? The owner of the studio? The union? The Governor? What news agency has actually asked for an accounting of these numbers? If Iron Man is hiring 500 people, who are those people? What about non-union workers? So yeah Im sure you real estate folks are all excited that you might sell a house or two to some Hollyweird type but at what expense? Who is going to give me a dollar? I mean it's not like they are going to be paying taxes.
GIVE? Well it doesn't take a genious to know how you vote. Whatever happened to EARNING a dollar? You should try that for a change.
MAYBE IF YOU GO GET A JOB AS AN EXTRA, MAYBE THEY WILL GIVE YOU A DOLLAR. I,M FOR ANYTHING LEGAL THAT WILL HELP THE ECONOMY. FROM WHAT I,V HEARD, THEY USUALLY LEAVE A PLACE IN BETTER SHAPE THAN IT WAS BEFORE THEY CAME.
Your excuse for not welcoming this economic boost to our region is because you say... They will use a New York Studio, Out of State equipment, Mega-Corporate products, and Staffed by union labor. Let me clarify something for you... EUE Screen Gems may be headquartered in NYC but the Studio in Wilmington, NC is a NC company which pays taxes in NC... On the issue of Out of State equipment: The movie will only receive tax breaks for the goods they purchase in the state of NC.. enough said... The sets will more than likely be built with local companies products such as E.F. Godwin. They tend to be more supportive, and flexible with getting orders out with the crucial schedule we normally deal with in the film industry. You can't always depend on the Big Box Stores... Lastly, for union labor: The last I checked we live in a right to work state if you feel confident you can walk on a film job and perform the duties of a certain position be my guest. The "Union" labor in this community are some of the finest in the industry. It takes years of experience to perform at a high level in this industry. The Union provides training, and support to those wanting to learn the right, efficient, safe manner we work. Since we are a right to work state go ahead and send your resume in..
As for the projected figures as to how much spending will be going on here... These are simply projections it could be a little more or a little less. But the NC treasury dept. along with the film commission probably worked out the projected spending that will take place. And yes every time they purchase something they pay taxes. It's not until the production has completed that the treasury dept. preforms an audit, and they get the tax rebate for the goods purchased in the state. I get sick and tired of the people who come on these blogs misinformed and lay out nothing but mindless banter about issues they have no correct information about. I bet my paycheck 100% of the people who complain on here about the film incentives has never even read the bill!!!!! Get informed people!! First know what you are complaining about and know the facts before you get on here... this is getting a bit redundant...
Well-stated, and I couldn't say it any better! There is always a negative faction yelling about everything that happens regarding the film industry here. Are they frustrated former extras that never got discovered, or did a production truck block their parking space at some time in the last 20 years? Who knows? But they sure start screaming every time there is a positive story regarding Wilmington and film.
"Who is going to give me a Dollar?" Hopefully, no one.
This is wonderful!
i don't know