|Scene from the movie 'Blue Velvet' shot in Wilmington, NC|
In 1984 parts of the Stephen King movie 'Firestarter' starring a young Drew Barrymore were filmed in Wilmington and in parts of Western North Carolina. Just a year later, filmmaker David Lynch came to Wilmington to direct a low-budget film called 'Blue Velvet'. While not a commercial success, the film went on to become a bit of a cult phenom. The majority of the film was shot on location in and around Wilmington using very few built sets.
Other films and shows that have been shot in Wilmington or nearby include: The Crow, Dawson's Creek, One Tree Hill, East Bound and Down and more recently the show Revolution.
Recently in an effort to propose tax reform in the State of North Carolina, tax breaks given to the film industry have come under fire. Here is an article from Star News with more info>>
HERE IS A NSFW video spoof of Blue Velvet making it into a Pabst Blue Ribbon Commercial.