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Sunday, July 24, 2016

NC film breaks record

NC film breaks record

35 productions to date account for $300 million in spending, 16,000 jobs
 The cast and crew of Iron Man 3 film a scene above the Cape Fear River in downtown Wilmington.
Have you had a star sighting? If so, it’s because only halfway through the 2012 calendar year film productions in North Carolina have already outnumbered 2011’s recording setting numbers for in-state spending.

As of July, the North Carolina Film Office has received notification from more than 35 productions in regards to filming in the Tar Heel state this year. The projects are expected to spend more than $300 million in North Carolina while creating 15,000-plus job opportunities, including more than 3,300 well-paying crew positions for the state’s skilled film professional workforce.

Production has taken place or is scheduled to take place in 30 of the state’s 100 counties so far this year with highlights including “Iron Man 3,” “Safe Haven,” “We’re the Millers,” “The Warren Files (The Conjuring),” “The Occult,” “Jessabelle” and the independent features “You Are Here” and “Writers.” Many of the movies have scenes filmed in Wilmington, including “Iron Man 3”, “We’re the Millers,” “Mary and Martha,” “Writers” and more.

Television production has also increased with cameras rolling on the second season of the award winning series “Homeland” and two new series, “Banshee” and “Revolution,” as well as the most recent season of “The Bachelorette.”  “Revolution” is being filmed in the Wilmington area.

Much of the success of North Carolina’s film industry over the past two years is a result of the state’s film tax incentive that was approved by the General Assembly in 2010. Under the incentive, productions receive a 25 percent refundable tax credit based on their direct in-state spending on goods, services and labor. Productions must spend at least $250,000, and the credit is given to the productions only after they have completed their spending and have been audited by the state’s Department of Revenue.

Established in 1980, the North Carolina Film Office is part of the state’s Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development within the Department of Commerce. Its primary responsibilities are to recruit productions to the state by marketing the many assets — including the film incentive, crew base, infrastructure and locations statewide — North Carolina has to offer.

Find out more about the NC Film office.

See current film productions in our region.

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