NC film industry’s Swamp Thing premieres May 31

WILMINGTON — The big news is “Swamp Thing,” the upcoming TV version of the DC comic book and filmed in Wilmington, will air beginning May 31. “Reprisal,” being filmed for Hulu, and an old-fashioned film, “Uncle Frank,” are not far behind.

Altogether film spending in southeastern North Carolina could be above $100 million for 2019 – more than in 2017 and 2018 combined.

The Republican legislature terminated North Carolina’s tax-incentive system that promoted in-state motion picture production. Reason given: not spending taxpayer dollars to support private business.

In Georgia, however, the GOP legislature allots a 20 percent base-transferable tax credit for films and TV shows shot within the state, with a minimum expenditure of $500,000. The Georgia Film Academy offers a two-course certification program specifically designed to provide students with a basic level of on-set film production skills, knowledge and experience with film-industry standard organizational structure, professional equipment and on-set procedures.

The Georgia Film Academy is a collaborative effort of the University System of Georgia and Technical College System of Georgia supporting workforce needs of the film and digital entertainment industries. The academy certifies workforce ready employees in needed areas, connects students and prospective employees with employers, and offers a unique capstone experience for top students that will provide them a path to employment in Georgia.

So as “Hollywood East” falls aparts, Georgia’s industry skyrocketed, with an estimated economic impact of $9.5 billion per year.

Will the N.C. film industry return?