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What do CFCC and UNCW do with money earned from ‘One Tree Hill’ and other productions?

Amy Hotz

Film production companies love to use the University of North Carolina Wilmington and Cape Fear Community College for location shoots.

One Tree Hill boardOver the years movies, made-for-TV movies and TV series filmed at UNCW have included: “King Kong Lives ((1985); “Trick or Treat” (1986); “Weeds” (1986-1987); “Noble House” (1987); “The Lost Capone” (1990); “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles” (1991-1993 TV series); “Dare to Love” (1995); “Murderous Intent” (1995); “Twilight Man” (1995); “Never Give Up: The Jimmy V Story” (1996); “Love’s Deadly Triangle: The Texas Cadet Murder” (1996); “What the Deaf Many Heard” (1997); “Dawson’s Creek” (1998-2002 TV series); “New Best Friend” (1999); “Amy & Isabelle” (2000); “Little Britain USA” (2008 TV series); and “Provinces of Night” (2009, renamed “Bloodworth”).

CFCC is often used by “One Tree Hill” (2003-present, TV series).

So what do the schools do with all that money the productions pay for the privilege? Both institutions deal with it in very different ways.

At CFCC, “One Tree Hill” makes a donation toward student scholarships through the CFCC Foundation Inc. each time it shoots there, according to CFCC spokesman David Hardin. The CFCC Foundation is a non-profit corporation set up to raise funds for student scholarships and to support the overall mission of the college.

At UNCW, there is no charge for filming on campus. According to university spokeswoman Dana Fischetti, this is because the production companies are using state property. The university views providing access to the campus for film projects as a contribution to economic development and growth of the film industry for the region and the state.

There are, however, fees for resources. UNCW charges for straight time and overtime hours of university personnel involved when filming takes place on campus, such as university police, physical plant trades personnel, parking enforcement officers and facility managers. Invoices to the production companies for these services average about $400 per film day, according to Fischetti. Occasionally, the school also charges for the use of a parking lot, depending on the size of the lot requested and university demand for the lot. Those costs range from $50 to $200 per day.

Funds received for UNCW’s personnel services and parking lot usage are used to reimburse individual university departments for the costs of the services they provide.

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