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Archive for February, 2012

Wilmington-shot ‘Journey 2’ takes 3-D movies to new dimensions

Friday, February 10th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s a milestone day in Hollywood East. “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” opened today. It’s the first big production shot on the so-called Dream Stage at Screen Gems.

The movie features special effects and underwater scenes never before shot in 3-D. Many of them were shot in Wilmington.

Reed Duke is a commercial diver who went from cleaning boats and spearfishing to movie production.

“We were mainly in charge of keeping them safe,” Duke said of his work with the film’s actors. “We had their stunt doubles come in, and we did emergency plans with them if something were to happen how to get them up real quickly. Everything was safe and secure before the actors got into the water.”

One of the highlights for Duke was a scene he shot with Dwayne Johnson in the million-gallon tank at Screen Gems.

“One scene in particular using a harpoon, he actually threw the harpoon so hard it hit the camera,” Duke said. “So last night in 3-D that harpoon looked like it was coming right at you, and you actually ducked to the side. It was neat to see that, especially the 3-D side of it.”

“Journey 2” was a big production with big names, including Oscar-winner Michael Caine.

The production was the first after “Avatar” to use the latest technology designed by filmmaker James Cameron. In fact, it took those tools to the next level.

“That was a really cool experience,” Duke said. “To be able to see some of the scenes from the other end of the camera was a really neat experience.”

Reed enjoyed working on “Journey 2” and hopes this effort shows more producers what the Port City has to offer.

“I really hope so,” he said. “The crew in Wilmington is first class. I’ve been to Alabama and worked with other crews, and it really put it in perspective coming back here how good our crews really are.”

Another high-tech production is ready to put the Port City to the test. “Iron Man 3” is scheduled to set up shop at screen gems in the next few months.

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R.C. Soles recovering after bypass surgery

Friday, February 10th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Former Senator R.C. Soles is recovering after undergoing heart bypass surgery this morning at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Hospital officials say Soles is listed in critical condition.

For years, the former Senator has been in the spotlight after allegations of sexual misconduct and assault involving several young men.

His contentious relationships with the men have led to their arrests, many court proceedings and jail time.

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UNCW’s tuition to rise 9.2 percent

Friday, February 10th, 2012

The average hike is 8.8 percent across the system, or about $400

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Experts who handled Giffords shooting, Joplin tornadoes share experience

Friday, February 10th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Some jobs require lessons that can only be learned from first-hand experiences.

Here in Wilmington this weekend, doctors, nurses and other emergency workers are learning from counterparts who handled last year’s shooting of Rep. Gabby Giffords and the killer tornadoes in Joplin, MO.

“Debris was just phenomenal,” said Jeff Hamitlon, the incident commander after the Joplin tornado last spring. “There were patients still standing out in the parking lots that the staff was trying to take care of and get to appropriate treatment areas. There was no electricity. It was still cold. There was intense lightning.”

Hamilton is the emergency management director who oversees more than 30 hospitals, including the one completely obliterated by the EF-5 Joplin tornado. He saw the devastation first hand right after the storm hit.

Dr. Peter Rhee is the Director of Trauma at the University Medical Center in Tucson, AZ. That’s where Giffords was taken after a mass shooting during a public appearance in January 2011.

“I don’t think it mattered to us what the patients’ occupations or status were during that day,” Dr. Rhee said. “We were focused on taking care of people who were hurt.”

Those traumas had an impact all the way here in Wilmington.

“We all took pause and reviewed our policies and reviewed how we did things,” New Hanover Regional Medical Center Emergency and Trauma Director Christy Spivey said.

Southeastern North Carolina has not had to deal with such crushing blows as the Joplin tornadoes or Arizona shooting recently. But both Hamilton and Rhee say if emergencies like that were to happen here, we can rest assured that our trauma equipment is top notch.

“For a city of this size, in Wilmington, you guys have probably one of the best trauma centers you could have in the entire country,” Dr. Rhee said.

While Hamilton agrees, he also knows from experience there is lag time after a devastating disaster.

“There is no way that someone will be able to get all of these phenomenal resources to you, and you have to be able to function on your own,” Hamilton said.

The experts agree that preparedness and education are key, as well as taking weather and emergency warnings seriously.

Rhee said the medical community must also learn to be more cooperative with the media, something he learned when dealing with such a high-profile patient. He believes the medical community and the media must work together so both can do their jobs well in an emergency.

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Wilmington police arrest 4 for drug-related offenses

Friday, February 10th, 2012

The arrests followed an operation by the Narcotics Enforcement Unit.

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