North Carolina becoming popular as filming location

December 29, 2011 by  

More than $200 million in the production of films and movies is expected to take place year this in Cabarrus County in North Carolina, with many films being produced not only in the larger localities of Charlotte and Matthews but finding their way to other regions of the county. According to Robert Whitlow, an attorney and author based in Charlotte who has had three of his novels written for film and shot in North Carolina, such widespread movie production can have a great economic impact on a local community. In addition to the professional actors and actresses that must be brought into the state, local people are needed as extras as well as for speaking parts. Film production companies need to use printing services to create flyers and brochures to distribute to local communities to attract people to audition and land roles in these movies that are filmed in these communities.

Whitlow also pointed out that one of the factors contributing to the increase in the film production in the state is a tax incentive that went into effect this year. A film company can receive as much as a 25% tax credit depending on the amount of money they spend in the state during the production of a film, with the minimum expense being $250,000. This has lured many film companies to North Carolina which can typically spend millions of dollars for a single film in creating new jobs and hiring local talent.

The result has been an increase in the number of films produce in North Carolina. A total of 15 movies were filmed between 2009 and 2010 while 2011 alone has seen the production of more than 20 films. The governor expects this number to be even greater for 2012.