May 12, 2022

Film Forum Announces Training, Provides Updates On Projects

By Jenny Callison, posted May 12, 2022

While the pace of filming in the Wilmington region may have slowed in early 2022, be prepared for a “wild ride” in the second half of the year. That’s according to Guy Gaster, director of the N.C. Film Office.   Gaster was the featured guest at State of the State, the inaugural event in a series of four film forums presented by University of North ...

Apr 1, 2022

Film Focus: Meeting Casting Challenges

By Staff Reports, posted Apr 1, 2022

TW Cast and Recruit LLC Year founded: 2015   Number of employees: 3-7   Top official: Taylor Woodell, owner   What does the company do with regard to film? An extras casting company   How did you get into this business? Woodell: “Though I’ll be the first to tell anyone you don’t need a degree to get be in the film industry, I ...

Mar 4, 2022

Film Focus: Trucking To Productions

By Jenny Callison, posted Mar 4, 2022

50 States LLC 9265 Old River Road, Burgaw  Number of employees: 1   Year founded: 2007   Top official: Russell Davis, owner   What does the company do with regard to film? Davis: “I own eight trucks that I rent for film projects. They provide the driver and a signed rental agreement; they also cover the insurance while it’s in their ...

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A Little More Communication, A Lot More Cohesion

Posted May 25, 2022
In a recent interview between novelist Brad Meltzer and talk show host Glenn Beck, the two longtime friends discussed their shared love of history and artifacts. The conversation then shifted to something on Meltzer’s “bucket list.” He wanted to wear the original Superman cape worn and made iconic by Christopher Reeve. Beck then told Meltzer that he had a gift for him. It was entire article
Feb 4, 2022

Film Industry's Supporting Roles

By Jenny Callison, posted Feb 4, 2022

Strip away the glamour and the mystique, and the film industry is about people from a wide variety of crafts collaborating to create a product that the public will want. Since Dino De Laurentiis planted his studio in Wilmington about 40 years ago, the area has both attracted experienced film veterans and inspired locals with relevant skills to become part of film crews in ...

Feb 4, 2022

Film Focus: Setting The Scene

By Jenny Callison, posted Feb 4, 2022

SouthEast PROPS 1901-D Blue Clay Road, Wilmington Number of employees: 2   Year founded: 2010   Top local officials: Matthew Sullivan and Adam Cameron, co-owners   What does the company do? Sullivan: “We provide props and set decorating materials for prop masters and set decorators for [feature] film and television projects. When Adam and I wor ...

Jan 26, 2022

Wilmington Retains Ranking Among Best Places For Moviemakers

By Jenny Callison, posted Jan 26, 2022

Once again, Wilmington has made MovieMaker’s list of top places to live and work as a moviemaker. The list, which the magazine published Tuesday, shows the Port City as 8th among “Best Small Cities and Towns to Live and Work as a Moviemaker in 2022.” In his comments about Wilmington, MovieMaker editor-in-chief Tim Molloy wrote, “It sounds like th ...

Jan 21, 2022

Scream Builds On Wilmington's Horror Record

By Jenny Callison, posted Jan 21, 2022

For the second time within a few months, a Wilmington-shot film has topped the box office in both the U.S. and Canada. In its opening over the Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, Scream grossed about $35 million and dislodged Spider-Man: No Way Home from its perch atop the ratings. Since its Jan. 16 release, the slasher movie has sold more than $55 million in tickets worldwid ...

Dec 17, 2021

TOP STORIES: Biggest Year Ever For Film Industry

By Jenny Callison, posted Dec 17, 2021

This year shaped up to be “the biggest year in our history” for filming in the Wilmington area, said Wilmington Regional Film Commission Director Johnny Griffin.   He also said that as a result of the increased activity in 2021, Wilmington- based film crews stayed busy.   Cash flowing into the state from the productions set a record. The N.C. Film ...

Nov 9, 2021

On Heels Of Local Film Surge, Cucalorus Gets Back To Its Roots

By Johanna F. Still, posted Nov 9, 2021

In its 27th year on the heels of the pandemic, Cucalorus Film Festival is back, with a refocused emphasis on film.   The multi-day festival launches Wednesday and will last through Sunday, with a selection of 126 films.  “This festival might even feel like a bit of a throwback. It’s the Cucalorus Film Festival ...

Nov 5, 2021

Film Officials Tackle Workforce Development

By Jenny Callison, posted Nov 5, 2021

By all accounts, it’s boom times for film production in North Carolina and especially in the Wilmington area.   Guy Gaster, director of the N.C. Film Office, confirms that project spending in the state during 2021 is projected to reach at least $410 million, but it could likely be more.   “It’s a really banner year for the state,” Gast ...

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