Independent Ascendant?

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Independent Ascendant? february 2017 The future of film in Wilmington It’s a testament to the magic of mov-ies that one can be set someplace and be shot somewhere else. Los Angeles can double for New York City, and vice versa. A romantic tale of Victorian England could be shot in the British countryside — or here in North Carolina. This malleability can be traced to the right site’s capacity to transform into any setting. As they say, location, loca-tion, location. The best movie locales also have an abun-dance of excellent technical artists to work on these projects. For many years, Wilmington had it all: varied backdrops for a story, including a state-of-the art sound stage; talented and experienced crews to bring projects to life; and a favorable economic climate to attract big film and television productions. Regarded as a Hollywood East and some-times referred to as Wilmywood, the area has been home to a vital film industry for more than three decades, beginning in 1984 BY PHILLIP BRYANT PHOTOS COURTESY OF BILLY LEWIS 38 WBM


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