Charlotte's Big Screen 'Could Be Bigger'
CHARLOTTE, NC- Charlotte has a growing list of television shows and films shot in it's backyard.
The film community says the Queen City has come a long way, but there’s still a long way to go.
"We used to export tobacco, textiles and furniture. That's a thing of the past. Now we're exporting movies and entertainment," said Joanne Hock, creative manager and director of Charlotte-based GreyHawk Films.
Hock says North Carolina's financial incentives are top-notch, but unlike New York and Los Angeles, she says schools in North Carolina need to develop stronger film curriculum.
"The schools help feed the next generation of film makers and that's so important because we can only be as good as the crew base and the talent that's here," said Hock.
Hock says Charlotte has a lot of talent to build film crews, but they city needs more top talent. That means more executive producers, writers, directors and people willing to fund big projects.
‘Homeland did between 40 and 45 million dollars last year. Hunger Games did a little over 60 million and Banshee will also make a substantial economic impact," said Beth Petty, with the Charlotte Regional Film Commission.
Petty says she's getting more calls from film makers and working hard to get Charlotte an even bigger piece of the film pie.