The executive director of a regional film commission has been scouting locations in the Yadkin Valley with prospective film producers.
Rebecca Clark, executive director of the NC Piedmont Triad Film Commission, was spotted in Elkin and said she has been visiting the Yadkin Valley over the last year seeking something different.
“Farmhouses, towns, different sites, anything interesting and creative is what’s going to recruit producers of film to the area,” said Clark. “The area (Yadkin Valley) is ripe for film.”
Formed in 1993, the N.C. Piedmont Triad Film Commission represents a 12-county region in the northern foothills of North Carolina including and surrounding the three major cities of Greensboro, Winston-Salem and High Point.
“This is a continuous process. When you recruit filmmakers and get a film in the region, they (film producers) can potentially spend millions depending on the budget and scale of the movie,” Clark said.
Clark said local crews work behind the scenes often needing housing, catering, right down to dry cleaning services. She added even a local florist can benefit from items film crews need for production.
“Everything is possible, but it starts with showing potential locations to attract them here. When they arrive, we also show them how hospitable the area is,” said Clark, who discussed pre-production and production assistance work. “Lots of exciting things are going on in the Yadkin Valley.”
Clark confirmed producers are taking a look at the region, but she would not disclose further details.
Clark said the importance of producers selecting North Carolina is timely. State tax incentives of up to $250,000 for filmmakers are set to expire this year.
A new report commissioned by the movie industry and several regional film commissions determined that North Carolina’s film industry generates $9.11 in direct spending for every dollar of credit issued and contributes $1.52 in tax revenue.
According to Clark, if the state were to allow the incentives to expire at the end of this year, as will happen if the General Assembly does not renew it this spring, thousands of jobs would be lost.
“Without the incentive, it’s going to be impossible to film anything here,” said Clark. “And so go the jobs with it.”
Anthony Gonzalez may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @newsgonz.