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U.S.A – North Carolina

North Carolina Film & Photography Production Services & Camera Crews

Are you a media company, brand, ad agency or production company looking for film / photography production support or shooting crew in North Carolina? Contact us for trusted fixers, producers, directors, DoPs, videographers, photographers, and full shooting crews tailored for the specific needs of your project.

Filming in North Carolina

For an introduction to shooting in North Carolina see below notes on film locations, permits, when to shoot, unique local stories, costs, tax incentives, crews, talent, equipment, communications, art department, studios, post facilities, visas and work permits for filming, transport, film-friendly accommodation, and safety advice.

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 Crow (1994), The Fugitive (1993), The Last of the Mohicans (1992), Days of Thunder (1990), Dirty Dancing (1987), The Color Purple (1985), as well as the TV shows Dawson’s Creek, One Tree Hill, Homeland, and Under the Dome.

The Fugitive (1993) filmed in locations including Bryson City, Sylva, Tapoco, Dillsboro, and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The Last of the Mohicans (1992) filmed in locations including Chimney Rock, Blue Ridge Mountains, Biltmore Estate, Pisgah National Forest, DuPont State Forest, Asheville, and Weaverville.

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.

Public holidays may affect timing, availability and costs. See here for public holiday dates in the United States.

Unique Local Stories

Brands are looking for local stories that match their brand narrative. Our local teams are a great lead for sourcing those unique stories and characters.

If you are looking for stories for your next shoot, send us your brief and we will pitch you ideas.

If you have a unique story you would like to pitch to a brand anywhere in the world, pitch us your idea. We have well-established processes to ensure that your ideas are properly seen and protected.

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 Crew & Talent

Crew. North Carolina has a good pool of local crew. 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.

Talent. The state’s population is predominately Caucasian and African American. Film characters synonymous with North Carolina include tobacco-chewing farmers, moonshiners, Asheville hipsters, and NASCAR fans.

North Carolina Film Equipment

Equipment. North Carolina has standard camera, grip and lighting available for hire.

Communications. Communication is key. Our agility and global experience allows us to customise the right communications systems for every shoot.

Web posted casting, scouting, and videoconferencing.

For clients that are unable to attend set we offer a virtual video village solution. This dedicated and secure high-resolution video streaming platform allows clients from one or multiple timezones to view setups without compromise and to participate in real-time with the team on set. Separate systems can be set up for the discrete conversations that are required to make a job run right. Working remotely with our local teams reduces your content production costs, turnaround times, carbon footprint, and risks associated with unpredictable global events.

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 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

Safety. North Carolina is a very safe and reliable place for foreign productions to shoot. See here for up to date travel advice.

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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