As in 2011, North Carolina witnessed another year of record-breaking film numbers as 2012 comes to an end. Year-end projections show productions had a direct in-state spend in excess of $376 million and created more than 4,100 well-paying crew positions for the state’s highly skilled workforce. Productions created nearly 20,000 job opportunities – including talent and background extra positions – for North Carolinians These numbers eclipsed last year’s record-breaking $220 million in spending and 3,300 crew positions.
All told, nearly 50 productions registered with the state film office and filmed in North Carolina in 2012. Those productions amassed more than 4,100 production days with filming taking place in more than 30 of the state’s 100 counties.
Much of the success from the past two years for the film industry in North Carolina can be attributed to bi-partisan legislation passed in 2010. Under the incentive, productions receive a 25 percent refundable tax credit based on their direct in-state spending on goods, services and labor. Productions must spend at least $250,000, and the credit is given to the productions only after they have completed their spending and have been audited by the state’s Dept. of Revenue.
“We have one of the smartest incentives in the industry as it takes into account the wealth of resources our state offers including our well established infrastructure and diverse locations,” said N.C. Film Office Director Aaron Syrett. “North Carolina really is an ideal place for filmmakers.”