WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – A recent report on a newly appointed leader in North Carolina has sparked varied reactions from professionals in the film industry.
Several people who earn money as extras said they're concerned about the comments coming from the interim CEO of the North Carolina Economic Development Partnership.
Glenn Blackwood has worked as an extra on most of the major productions to set up shop in the Port City. He said recently he's been traveling out of state for most of his work.
Blackwood said he's concerned that any hesitation in support for film incentives will keep production companies out of North Carolina.
"Not a day goes by when I'm not thinking that exact problem," he said. "What am I going to do if I can't find work?"
Fellow extra Christopher Gallagher said he would like to see more about the positive impacts of film incentives cross Lindenmuth's desk.
"It sounds like he's just not informed," said Gallagher.
Michael Kuhn, who's worked as a location scout for various TV and film productions, said Wednesday night that he's hopeful that the discussion on incentives will favor film.
"It's not going anywhere," he said. "It's been here so long, and it's a good thing."
Bill Vassar, Executive VP of Screen Gems Studios, said the process for the potential public-private partnership is still in the works and not worth much concern. Read more about his comments here.
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