South 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 South 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 South Carolina
For an introduction to shooting in South 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.
South Carolina Film Locations
The Palmetto State and home of Southern hospitality. South Carolina is known for the historic city of Charleston, Norman Rockwell-esque small towns, winding roads shaded by Spanish Moss covered trees, beautiful coastal locations and Upcountry mountain wilderness.
The charming city of Charleston is the oldest in South Carolina. Locations of interest in and around Charleston include verdant streets with beautiful Antebellum homes such as the Calhoun Mansion and John Rutledge House, US Customs House, The Battery, cobble stone streets, gas lamps, old cemeteries, beautiful parks, plantations, beaches, shrimp trawlers, the modern Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, USS Yorktown decommissioned aircraft carrier, The Citadel, and Fort Sumter. Charleston’s Magnolia Plantation is the oldest public gardens in America.
Locations of note outside of Charleston include Myrtle Beach promenade and pier, Kiawah Island, Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, and Raven Cliff Falls.
Agricultural crops of interest include corn and wheat fields, as well as apple and tobacco plantations. South Carolina as shrimp boats available for filming.
South Carolina has hosted productions such as Halloween (2018), The Notebook (2004), Forrest Gump (1994), The Patriot (2000), The Prince of Tides (1991), Days of Thunder (1990) and Deliverance (1972).
South Carolina Film Location Permits
The permitting process varies depending on what part of the state you are shooting in and the type of permit you require. On the whole, South Carolina has very few permitting requirements. Small footprint, handheld shoots do not require permits. Larger footprint projects require permits. An Encroachment Permit is required for projects looking to control road traffic. A license for pyrotechnic operators is required when using any pyrotechnic effects. For larger projects a Certificate of Insurance is required. Please contact us for location specific information.
When To Shoot?
South Carolina summers are hot and humid. Winter temperatures are colder inland than on the coast. Tropical storms last from June to November.
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.
South Carolina Tax Incentives For Filming
South Carolina offers a cash rebate of up to 30% on qualified local expenditures.
South Carolina Film Crew & Equipment
Crew. South Carolina has a good pool of local crew.
Contact us if you are looking for a Charleston, Columbia, or Greenville 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 South Carolina.
Talent. The state’s population is predominately Caucasian and African American. South Carolina stereotypes include Seersucker-wearing southern gentlemen, good ole boys, gospel singers, and tobacco plantation farmers.
South Carolina Film Equipment
Equipment. South Carolina has some standard grip, lighting and camera gear 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.
South Carolina Studios & Post Production
Studios. South Carolina has several studios to choose from.
South Carolina Film-Friendly Accommodation
Please contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Charleston, Columbia, Greenville and other areas of South Carolina.
Safety. South Carolina is a very safe and reliable place for foreign productions to shoot. See here for up to date travel advice.
Down Time. Sip mint juleps on a rocking chair of an Antebellum mansion veranda.
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 South Carolina, please see below:
Hire South Carolina Production Support & Shooting Crew
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