Want to see – literally – where movies have been filming in North Carolina?
Visitnc.com, the state’s official tourism agency, put out a release this week touting their webpages that have information about seeing the sites where movies and programs have been filmed.
Wilmington, for the CBS series “Under the Dome.”
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▪ Elkin, Kings Mountain and the Hendersonville/Brevard where the new “Max” and other films have been shot.
▪ Places from Asheville to Wilmington that figure into the Nicholas Sparks novel/movie “The Longest Ride.”
▪ Spots along the Outer Banks that are tied to Sparks’ “Nights in Rodanthe.”
▪ And an all-over-the-state five-day itinerary that notes sites related to everything from TV’s “Andy Griffith Show” to the movie “Weeds.”
It’s all well and good as far as in-state trip ideas go. And from a state perspective, money spent on such trips goes into many N.C. pockets. Just like the movies and films filmed in the state, for which the state government decided to slash tax credits.
Among the programs that left North Carolina this spring was Wilmington-filmed “Sleepy Hollow.” If renewed by Fox, the show plans to relocate in Georgia, citing “lack of funding” from the state film program.
Money was found for “Under the Dome,” which may help mollify fans of in-state film making in Wilmington.
So it seems rather strange that a state government that cuts film-stimulating funding is touting film-related N.C. tourism.
But keep in mind that amid the budget-slashing in Raleigh last year, the General Assembly outsourced Visit North Carolina and other tourism and film duties to a public-private entity called the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina.