North Carolina has a rich film history. Productions have ranged from local documentaries of the depression era to modern day blockbusters like King Kong. Film makers, such as William Lord (Walter Warner), became nationally recognized for their work with major motion pictures. H. Lee Waters became famous for his â€œMovies of Local People,â€ in North Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee. North Carolina movies were creating a tradition of success long before Earl Owensby created his EO Studios in 1973.