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North Carolina Expands Film Incentives
Aug 1, 2008

Adds New Soundstage, Film Increases 61% in the state for 2007

RALEIGH, NC (July 30, 2008)--Thanks to an expanded incentive program, a new state-of-the-art soundstage and increased statewide support, filming in North Carolina has never been as affordable, flexible and popular. EUE Screen Gems' new massive Dream Stage (picture attached) with its indoor water tank adds another important dimension to the state's advantages.

"North Carolina is experiencing a renaissance in film production," said NC Film Office Director Aaron Syrett. "And it has only just begun. Combine the new product and expanded incentive package with the state's natural scenery and our tremendous base of professional crew, and we now have a product that is unmatched coast-to-coast."

Here is an overview of some of the new highlights for film in North Carolina.

NC Expands Incentives

North Carolina created a film incentive package in 2007 and this year they improved it. North Carolina Governor Mike Easley signed legislation to expand the North Carolina Film Incentive. The film credit is 15 percent tax credits on a minimum $250,000 in-state spend. The key expansions to the incentive are:

  1. Incentive is extended January 1, 2014.
  2. Wages up to $1,000,000 will qualify.
  3. The cost of production-related insurance now qualifies.
  4. Productions must register with the NC Film Office, by filing Intent to Film form.
  5. North Carolina to receive on-screen credit.

Dream Stage Comes True at EUE

EUE Screen Gems Studios, home of the largest studio lot east of California, announced this month that they are building the largest film and television production soundstage on the east coast. The soundstage, part of their 50-acre facility in Wilmington, NC, will include one of the largest and deepest indoor production tanks in the United States. Site clearing and permitting has already commenced and plans are for the soundstage to be completed in spring 2009. The new soundstage, called the Dream Stage, will be a column free 37,500 square foot expanse with dimensions of 250 feet by 150 feet. The underwater tank would include a 5 foot removable steel wall that can be built on the stage floor above and around the circumference of the tank making it 60 feet by 60 feet with a depth of 10 feet, 6 inches and 4 feet, six inches deep in the 10 foot area around the tank between the tank and the wall. The wall will be able to support a dolly, lights and crane, and will provide better angles to shoot water into infinity against green screen.

Film Impact Up 61% 

Film, television and commercial production companies spent $160,215,900 in North Carolina for 2007, according to the North Carolina Film Office. That was a 61 percent increase over 2006 in a year that included in-state production of major motion pictures "Leatherheads" and "Nights In Rodanthe" as well as the CW Network's "One Tree Hill." The film impact figures are the result of a survey conducted by the North Carolina Film Office. The survey uses data obtained directly from productions throughout the state, figures from the state's regional film commissions and information from the state's film incentive program. It includes all direct spending including wages, goods and services used by commercial productions companies in the state.

Special Screening of "Nights in Rodanthe"

The North Carolina Film Office has been granted a special screening of "Nights In Rodanthe" Thursday, Sept. 25. The drama stars Richard Gere and Diane Lane. The film, based on New Bern resident Nicholas Sparks' novel by the same name, was shot on location in Wilmington and on the Outer Banks. The movie was directed by George C. Wolfe ("Lackawanna Blues") and produced by Denise Di Novi ("Edward Scissorhands"). North Carolina's film incentive program was crucial to bringing the movie to the state.

NC Film Office Wins Awards

The North Carolina Film Office won with first place awards for best logo and best print ad campaign at the Association of Film Commissioners International's (AFCI) annual "Locations" tradeshow in April. The winning entries are part of a rebranding promotion initiated by the Office and created by Loeffler Ketchum Mountjoy (LKM) of Charlotte. The entries won out over more than 100 global film commission brand image submissions.

NC Film To Visit LA

Representatives from the North Carolina Film Office will be in Los Angeles Sept. 8-12 to meet with industry members about the new developments that are making it easier and more cost effective to film in North Carolina. To schedule a meeting, please contact Aaron Syrett.

The North Carolina Film Office is an agency of the North Carolina Department of Commerce, within the Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development. The Film Office is a long-standing and active member of the Association of Film Commissioners International, and industry organization with 250 film commission members from 30 countries. For more information


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