Film

Business
12:11 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Are NC Film Incentives Worth It? Part 2: Running The Numbers

Filming of Iron Man 3 in Wilmington. The blockbuster was the first film in North Carolina to hit the $20 million dollar film incentive cap.
Credit Courtesy of the Wilmington Film Commission

The curtain is poised to come crashing down on North Carolina’s film incentive.

Wednesday, the House Finance Committee adopted a plan which would slash the amount a production company could receive, from $20 million to five million.

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Business
9:35 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Are NC Film Incentives Worth It? Part 1: How They Work

A chair on set of CBS's "Under The Dome"
Credit Courtesy of EUE/Screen Gems

For the past seven years North Carolina has been aggressively trying to lure movie and television shows to film in the state. Their bait? Tax dollars.

Since the program began it has been hugely successful. But the film incentive program is controversial. In Raleigh there is a movement to change the program or let it sunset at the end of this year.

This week, we take a closer look at the incentives program and proposals to change it. This report looks at how the system works and how much money just one TV show spends in the state.

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Local News
6:45 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Teacher Pay, Coal Ash, Film Incentives On General Assembly Docket

Lawmakers will return to the state capitol in Raleigh for the General Assembly's short session.
Credit Jim Bowen / Flickr

Lawmakers are back in Raleigh today for the start of the General Assembly’s short session. And they’re not letting the short time frame keep them from tackling major changes. Republican leaders are considering more tax cuts, how to boost teacher pay, handle coal ash, whether to continue incentives for film, and much more. WFAE’s Lisa Miller and Ben Bradford joined Morning Edition host Kevin Kniestedt to discuss what to expect. 


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Charlotte Talks
5:00 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Oscars Talk With Local Film Critics

It's that time of year again where all the biggest and brightest stars of Hollywood gather on the red carpet and hope to catch a glimpse of a small, bald, gold man. We're talking about Oscar of course, the supreme prize for film actors, directors, screenwriters, make-up artists and more. Best Picture contenders American Hustle, Gravity and 12 Years a Slave are frontrunners. Ahead of the 86th Academy Awards this weekend, we'll gather our trio of local movie critics to hear their picks and predictions for Best Picture, Best Actor and Actress, Best Director and more.

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Local News
9:33 am
Fri October 18, 2013

NC History Museum Tries Crowd Funding For Film Exhibit

Credit N.C. Museum Of History

The North Carolina Museum of History is trying something new to raise money: crowd-funding. The museum launched an online campaign this month to help pay for an upcoming exhibit about the history of film in North Carolina. The publicity for the exhibit comes at a good time for supporters of the state’s tax incentives for movie and TV productions.  

    

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Arts & Life
11:36 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Light Factory Members Want To Keep Independence

Photography students from The Light Factory stand at the edge to take photos during a night class of the Charlotte skyline.
Credit MichaelKuhn/Flickr

Charlotte’s Light Factory museum is no longer looking to merge with other area organizations.

The museum of photography and film announced last week that it was suspending operations while it tries to reorganize. The museum's board chairman Jeff Wise says a merger was a possibility but museum members want it to remain independent.

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Photography
10:07 am
Tue October 8, 2013

The Light Factory To Suspend Operations

Photography students from The Light Factory stand at the edge to take photos during a night class of the Charlotte skyline.
Credit MichaelKuhn/Flickr

Charlotte’s Light Factory museum celebrated its 40th anniversary last year. Now it’s closing its doors, at least temporarily.

The museum of photography and film announced Monday it’s suspending operations.

Board chairman Jeff Wise say revenue has dropped 30 percent in the last three years. He says the museum needs time to reorganize.

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Public Conversations
7:00 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

On Location: The Charlotte Area Film Industry

WFAE’s Public Conversation on the local film industry provided insights into how movies, television shows and commercials are cast, shot and produced in the Charlotte area.   Panelists and audience members also discussed how the film industry impacts the region’s economy.  And the forum explored contrasting views on North Carolina’s financial incentives for the film industry.


Local News
5:00 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Paying For Film, Part 3: How NC Compares

Thirty productions claimed tax credits last year for filming in North Carolina, including some blockbusters like Iron Man 3 and the Hunger Games. Charlotte has become home to a couple of successful TV shows: Homeland and Banshee. By all accounts, the Hollywood business is booming here. But there's a dark cloud on the horizon – come the end of next year, North Carolina's film incentives program is set to expire. 

That prompted WFAE to take a close look at what filming brings to the state, and what it costs us to get those films here. Our two part series wrapped up Thursday morning and WFAE reporter Julie Rose joined host Mark Rumsey to answer a few questions.

WFAE's Julie Rose speaks with All Things Considered Host Mark Rumsey about how NC's film incentives program compares to other states.

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Local News
9:19 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Paying For Film, Part 2: What We're Spending

All three seasons of Showtime's TV series Homeland have filmed in Charlotte.

One billion dollars.  That's what production companies have spent filming in the state since 2007.   

Now here's another number: $100 million.  That's about how much the state has paid those companies in incentives in that time. 

Good deal, right? Spend $100 million to get one billion?  But there's more to the story.


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