Triangle and coast heating up with Hollywood location scouts

Posted on 11/09/11 No Comments

Wilmington is no stranger to the film and television production worlds. There is a Screen Gems studio there and just about everyone living under its live oak-lined streets is comfortable knowing their scenic southern coastal city was the center of the universe for “Dawsons Creek” and now “One Tree Hill” fans. And last week, North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue announced that Wilmington will also play host to the crew of “Iron Man 3.” That’s very big news, especially after the film industry lost interest in southeastern North Carolina for a while. Plus, the movie is sure to be a significant summer draw.

Today in Raleigh, Colin Firth, Emily Blunt and Anne Heche will be on hand to film a few scenes for the upcoming film “Arthur Newman, Golf Pro.” Firth spent some time in Durham a year or so ago with Orlando Bloom filming “Main Street,” in which Durham became the basis for a fictional southern town coping with the presence of big business. The North Carolina School of Science and Math will also host Blunt and Firth. Like Wilmington, NCSSM is familiar with having cameras on campus, as the historic hospital’s grounds are often used for commercials and news production reels. It has also hosted a few television shoots.

The film industry is big business for states that can bring it in. And while it is almost always a matter of tax credits, the cash influx to local industry players is very much welcome. Even with attractive financial incentives, film crews need to be hired, extras cast and facilities need to be in place for housing, storage and off-set needs, all of which brings in money to local economies.

So this is some cool news for the Triangle and Tar Heel State. Hopefully it continues.

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