Halfway through the 2012 calendar year, film productions in North Carolina have already eclipsed 2011’s recording setting numbers for in-state spending. As of July, the North Carolina Film Office has received notification from more than 35 productions in regards to filming in the Tar Heel state this year. The projects are expected to have a direct in-state spend of more than $300 million while creating 15,000-plus job opportunities, including more than 3,300 well-paying crew positions for the state’s skilled film professional workforce. Production has taken place or will take place in 30 of the state’s 100 counties this year. Television production has also increased with the second season of the award winning series “Homeland” and two new series as well as the most recent season of “The Bachelorette.” National commercials for Under Armour, ESPN and Mountain Dew were also done in the state. Established in 1980, the North Carolina Film Office is part of the state’s Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development within the Department of Commerce. Its primary responsibilities are to recruit productions here by marketing the many assets North Carolina has to offer.