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N.C. Film Office Debuts Online Movie Location Resource

State Residents Can Showcase Properties on Film Location Web Page

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So you think your home is a star? North Carolinians may now showcase their properties as prospective locations for a movie or TV show, thanks to a new online resource announced today by the N.C. Film Office.  The Web-based portal allows residents statewide to submit their residences, businesses, farms and other property for possible use by film crews.

The Film Office, along with Charlotte-based ReelScout, a national film location management company, launched the online feature on the Film Office’s Web site, www.ncfilm.com.  The system, called a location submission engine, lets residents showcase properties for use in movies, TV series and other productions.

“We are excited to launch this program and allow North Carolinians another opportunity to be a part of the film industry,” said Aaron Syrett, N.C. Film Office director.  “Residents can easily upload their property to our site at no charge so that producers and location scouts can find the perfect setting for their upcoming production here in our great state.”

North Carolina’s wide variety of locations is ideal for film productions.  The new Web page will further expand the number and type of locations available statewide.  Residents may use the online film location resource to submit various types of housing, historical sites, landscapes and other properties for film production use.

To use the location submission page, residents may log on to the Film Office Web site and click the “Locations” tab.  Then they can choose to “upload your locations.”  The Web site offers tips for photographing property as well as film industry preferred standards.  Once images are loaded, the Film Office will ensure that all information is complete and then activate the listing.  Productions interested in particular locations will first contact the Film Office, which will then contact the owner and start negotiations for property use.

The motion picture industry brought more than $326 million in direct spending to North Carolina over the past three years.  The industry also employs thousands of people statewide.  The state is home to the CW Network’s “One Tree Hill,” as well as the upcoming feature “Main Street,” starring Orlando Bloom and Colin Firth.  In addition, the state serves as a background for hundreds of commercial and industrial productions each year.

The N.C. Film Office, part of the Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development, is an agency of the N.C. Department of Commerce.  The Film Office belongs to the Association of Film Commissioners International.

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