“(The expiration of the current incentives) has kind of brought things to a halt,” said Johnny Griffin, director of the Wilmington Regional Film Commission.
“We are one of the top destinations in the country,” he said. “But with the incentive ending, that sort of takes us off the map.”
According to the North Carolina Film Office, during the first six months of 2014, 40 productions filmed or were planning to film in the state, spending an estimated $268 million and creating 19,000 job opportunities.
But with competitive tax incentives in states like Georgia and Louisiana, that source of money and jobs could be headed elsewhere.
Rick Eldridge, CEO of Charlotte-based ReelWorks Studios, which hires hundreds of workers during productions, said legislators may be looking to add to the $10 million fund. But the uncertainty could lead him to move projects elsewhere.