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U.S.A – North Carolina

North Carolina Film & Photography Production Services

Are you a media company, brand, ad agency or production company looking for film / photography production support or shooting crew in North Carolina? We have fully vetted, locally based fixers, service producers, directors, DP’s, videographers, cameramen, photographers, sound operators, production drivers, and a range of other film crew. Contact us for referrals, questions, cost estimates and references.

Want to know more about shooting in North Carolina? See below for an introduction to North Carolina locations, permits, when to shoot, studios, crew and equipment, tax incentives and film friendly hotels.

North Carolina Film Locations

North Carolina offers a depth of locations for visiting productions.

Cities of interest in North Carolina include Charlotte, Wilmington, Asheville, Raleigh, Greensboro and Winston-Salem.

The Appalachians have two mountain ranges of interest, the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Great Smoky Mountains. Here you can find forests and fall colors, rivers, lakes, waterfalls, winding mountain car commercial roads, tunnels and bridges. The Linn Cove Viaduct is especially impressive during the fall season. One unusual location of interest in this part of the world is the Land of Oz theme park.

Picturesque small mountain towns of note include Black Mountain, Bryson City, Franklin, Highlands, Murphy, Saluda, Sylva, Tryon, West Jefferson, and Whittier.

To the east you can find Cape Hatteras National Seashore’s beaches, piers, marinas, lighthouses, as well as the Great Dismal Swamp.

Agricultural locations include hog farms, vineyards, and fields of tobacco, cotton, and soybeans.

Industrial looks include highways, dams, railways, bridges, new and abandoned factories and warehouses.

Other locations of interest to filmmakers and photographers include Biltmore Estate, USS North Carolina decommissioned battleship, and the Elion-Hitchings Building.

North Carolina has hosted a long list of films including The Hunger Games, The Color PurpleDirty Dancing, Days of Thunder, The Last of the Mohicansas well as the TV shows Dawson’s Creek, One Tree Hill, Homeland, and Under the Dome.

North Carolina Film Location Permits

The state of North Carolina does not generally charge fees for filming on public property. Some fees may be charged by local authorities depending on the project. The permitting process varies depending upon what part of the state you are shooting in and the type of permit you require. In general, permitting is quick, easy and inexpensive. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

Spring conditions are warm on the coast and cool in the mountains. Summers are hot and humid with frequent thunderstorms and fogs. Coastal North Carolina experiences hurricanes. Fall colors can be found in the forests of the Appalachian Mountains. Winters are short and mild with some snow at higher altitudes.

North Carolina Film Crew & Equipment

North Carolina has a good pool of local crew as well as all of the standard grip, lighting and camera gear for hire. Charlotte and Wilmington are the main production service centers.

Contact us if you are looking for a Wilmington, Charlotte, or Asheville based director, DP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, or any other film crew in North Carolina.

North Carolina Studios & Post Production

Studios. North Carolina has several studios to choose from. Wilmington, Charlotte, Asheville, Raleigh, Greensboro and Winston-Salem all offer stage options.

North Carolina Tax Incentives For Filming

North Carolina offers a rebate of up to 25% on qualifying in-state expenses. Qualifying productions include episodic TV series, TV mini-series, movies of the week, feature films, direct-to-video, reality TV, commercials, documentaries, animation, and webisodes.

North Carolina Film-Friendly Accommodation

Please contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Charlotte, Wilmington, Asheville, Raleigh, and other areas of North Carolina. Hotels of note include:

Candlewood Suites Charlotte University
Courtyard by Marriott Wilmington

Final Notes

Down Time. North Carolina barbecue.

Projects. For an example of TV commercials, stills campaigns, online content, corporate videos, virtual reality 360 content, feature films, TV series and documentaries shot in North Carolina, please see below:

Hire North Carolina Production Support & Shooting Crew

If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer for your shoot in North Carolina, please contact us.

If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in North Carolina, such as a director, DoP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, please contact us.

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