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With tax incentives still in doubt, Wilmywood busy as ever

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — State lawmakers may not be sure about the future of North Carolina’s film incentives, but filmmakers appear to be pretty happy with them right now, as several productions are busy shooting around town.

Wilmywood is really living up to its name.

“It’s cool to live in a town where a lot of movies are shot,” CFCC student Aaron Holtzclaw said.

Another CFCC student agrees.

“Last weekend I saw Michael Cera sitting at the Basics. That was pretty cool,” Shaun Braswell said. “I heard he’s filming a show here.”

Cera’s F/X pilot “How & Why” is one of four projects using the Port City as their backdrop.

The TV movie “The Sin Seer” is another happy to have found a home in Wilmington.

“The culture and history here is so distinctive, and the backdrop was just beautiful,” writer/director Paul Hannah said. “You know you can just drive down a regular road, and you know you’d have to create that in LA.”

Production for “Max Steel” blocked off some of downtown this afternoon.

Rhonda Bellamy, the executive director of the Wilmington Arts Council, says it’s booming right now and definitely something to be proud of.

“The film industry is such an integral part of what Wilmington is now,” Bellamy said.

The industry is responsible for hundreds of local jobs. That’s why folks are concerned with future film incentive legislation.

“When you have industry, and you have commerce in your area, you need to work hard on keeping it in your area, so they need to work real hard on keeping the film industry here,” Kevin Brown of Wilmington said.

And that’s what the Arts Council Board of Directors are pushing for. They’re going to Raleigh to let state lawmakers know where they stand.

“We support filmmaking here in Wilmington and realize the value of what it brings to our local economy.”

The TV show “Under the Dome” has been shooting its second season around town for weeks. “Sleepy Hollow” returns for its second season next week.


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