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FWIW, last Friday I was having lunch by Concord Mills and there must have been at least 10 long trailers and several shorter all-in-one trucks passing that was most definitely for film equipment. Saw everything from equipment trucks to mobile actor trailers with stars on them. They were headed away from I-85 on Concord Mills Blvd (toward Derita Rd).

 

I have no idea what they were for, but obviously for something serious. There was a ton of support trucks so it wasn't some podunk commercial.

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^ Its a film, I know one of the grips father, trying to find out what though.

 

Edit - Sleepy Hollow, an HBO series, starts filming next month or so.  That should be the general area, unless there is another film/show as well, imdb has the pilot as having filmed in Salisbury.

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http://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/print-edition/2013/09/13/charlotte-becomes-bristol-south.html

 

 

This article highlights a nice win for Charlotte.  I highly doubt we would ever see ESPN leave the NYC market (their Bristol campus) but having a secondary presence in the southeast is awesome.  Would like to see an ESPN Zone uptown next to the HOF.  

 

Add to that the fact that SPEED has now become a subsidiary of the new monster FOX Sports 1, and Charlotte is developing quite a nice hub for sports broadcasting!  I was actually watching Fox Sports Live yesterday and they were discussing NASCAR cheating the and LA broadcasters stated "let's go live to our Charlotte expert panel for further discussion...".  They have a nice looking set.

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No mention of HBO's Eastbound and Down being filmed (partly) in Charlotte as well as set in Charlotte?

The bulk of the show is filmed in Wilmington, but Kenny (Effing) Powers lives in Charlotte this season. Lot of good Uptown shots in the first episode.

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I had no idea it was set here! Big fan of the show, I've just been so bogged down in other shows that I haven't started this season yet. I know someone who was connected to one of the filming locations for this season, but it was interior so I didn't assume it had anything to do with Charlotte specifically.

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I'm a big proponent of the film subsidies for NC, but just once, could a production company film a series or movie that actually takes place in, oh I don't know, Charlotte?  I'm so tired of us doubling for some other place.

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^ its ironic that the one show that is currently set in Charlotte, Eastbound and Down, is essentially a parody of post-agricultural rednecks. Despite the theme they manage to treat Charlotte fairly (Great Wolf Lodge episode aside)

Banshee (I believe) is filming today on McDonald ave in Dilworth. It appears to be a very heavy operation.

Edit: probably not Banshee. obsthisjustin.blogspot.com/2013/10/2-more-movies-shooting-in-charlotte-and.html

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Someone tweeted a pic of themselves with Kevin Smith at the midtown target a couple weeks ago. Lot more exciting than my trips to that store :/ 

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Over the last few days a TV movie called "The Novice" has been filming near the roundabout at Park and Tremont in Dilworth. It is starring Will Yun Lee and apparently about a college grad who gets mixed up with a Korean organized crime syndicate.

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"Novice" is a USA Network show and they were shooting the pilot.  The white house on that Park Rd. roundabout is the parents' house, apparently. They were still shooting well past dark when I was over there on Friday night, and there was supposed to be a big scene with emergency vehicles Saturday morning.

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Why do you guys think that the filming industry is attracted to Charlotte all of a sudden?

 

The state is giving tax incentives to film companies, and Charlotte is a central location where projects can shoot big city scenes, neighborhood scenes, and drive a short distance to mountain scenes.

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^ plus a significant concentration of skilled film crews thanks, in part, to the presence of pro-wrestling, NASCAR, Raycom, Hornets, Panthers, Bobcats, ESPNU as well as a Charlotte being a center of regional commercial production.

 

EDIT: and PTL

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^ plus a significant concentration of skilled film crews thanks, in part, to the presence of pro-wrestling, NASCAR, Raycom, Hornets, Panthers, Bobcats, ESPNU as well as a Charlotte being a center of regional commercial production.

 

EDIT: and PTL

I never realized anything pro-wrestling related was based in Charlotte. It thought they were all up in Stamford, CT - the city of Jerry Springer and WWE.

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The state is giving tax incentives to film companies, and Charlotte is a central location where projects can shoot big city scenes, neighborhood scenes, and drive a short distance to mountain scenes.

I also would add it's been a few years of lobbying and successful productions here which is not so much "all of the sudden" in my mind as a natural building of the sector.

 

Of course as noted if depending on the future of the tax incentives it's poised to either grow significantly here or fizzle out as an occasional quirk in the scene.

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I never realized anything pro-wrestling related was based in Charlotte. It thought they were all up in Stamford, CT - the city of Jerry Springer and WWE.

This was wayyyyy back in the day (the 70s and 80s).

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I believe it's the pilot. At least that is what a site scout said a couple weeks ago when he was asking my company for permission to use the alley on the side of our building in Mooresville.

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Novice is now shooting on Central Avenue in that strip where Soul and the vintage stores are. They've transformed almost every storefront with neon signs in Korean lettering and turned Twenty-Two into a Korean video store and Soul into a Korean karaoke place. With all the neon lit up it actually looks really cool and makes me wish those businesses had their own neon to light up every night.

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They're shooting this show on my street tomorrow! I'll see if I can sneakily get a pic as I head to work. If they use my house in a shot then I (or my landlord, more likely) are supposed to get compensated :)

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