One week after celebrating “Dome Day” on the red carpet, Johnny Griffin was back to work—and back in L.A.—promoting the local film industry that has served productions like “Under the Dome” for years.
Johnny Griffin, director of the Wilmington Regional Film Commission, recently returned from a trip to Los Angeles to promote the local film industry. File photo by Jonathan Spiers.
The director of the Wilmington Regional Film Commission was in Los Angeles late last week for the annual AFCI Locations Trade Show, promoting North Carolina as a great place to film alongside officials with the state film office and other regional film commissions.
According to a release from the Wilmington commission, AFCI—the Association of Film Commissioners International—is the “official professional organization for film commissioners who assist film, television and video production across the globe.”
“This event showcases approximately a hundred film commissions from around the world,” representing commissions “from Austria to Malaysia to the British Virgin Islands to Alaska.”
Griffin joined N.C. Film Director Aaron Syrett in manning the state’s tradeshow booth, speaking directly to production executives about the state’s film incentive, the local crew base, “and the beauty and ease of filming in Wilmington specifically and N.C. in general.”
“We are coming off a great year and the buzz continues to be strong,” Griffin is quoted as saying in the release. “Attending this tradeshow continues to be an essential part of doing business with Hollywood.
“This is the one-stop shop where we get to promote North Carolina’s generous film incentive, our talented local crew base, our strong filming infrastructure including EUE/Screen Gems Studios, and our unique locations to a broad range of interested people,” Griffin said.
Attendance at last year’s trade show exceeded 2,200, the release notes, adding that official numbers for this year’s event have yet to be confirmed.
Two weeks ago, officials with the film commission, the City of Wilmington and others involved joined cast and crew of “Under the Dome” for a red carpet premiere at Thalian Hall. During the event, Mayor Bill Saffo declared the following Monday—the day the series’ first installment aired on CBS—as “Dome Day” in Wilmington.
The 13-part series, based on a Stephen King novel, continues every Monday at 10 p.m. through mid-September.
The series is but one of numerous productions that have filmed in Wilmington and North Carolina in recent years. Most notable was last year’s “Iron Man 3,” while other popular titles have included “Safe Haven,” HBO’s “Eastbound and Down” and the NBC series “Revolution.”
“Tammy,” a feature film starring Melissa McCarthy, recently wrapped after several weeks of filming. “Sleepy Hollow,” a 20th Century Fox Television show, is currently in preproduction.