CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston will once again be hitting the small screen. This week, downtown Charleston will be packed with production trailers and crew members, while the start of a new WE-tv series is filmed.
The supernatural thriller is said to be called South of Hell and will star Mena Suvari.
"We hope it didn't overwhelm The Battery," said Scott Watson, Director of Cultural Affairs for the City of Charleston.
Watson said this was the ideal week, in between the fall home and garden tours and the busy Halloween holiday, to let the new supernatural thriller be filmed.
Watson said it's no coincidence the production company chose Charleston as the setting for their series. Besides putting Charleston on the map for its beautiful cityscape, the filming of CBS's drama Reckless here last Fall did something big to ensure future film project in the Lowcountry.
"CBS had invested in creating some infrastructure, so there's now a state of the art sound stage out in North Charleston," said Watson of the building that has 75,000 square feet of sound proof sets.
Watson said local businesses also already know how to work efficiently, on site with production crews.
"They have a better sense of what it takes to get work done downtown," said Watson.
Watson said they don't directly assess the economic impact the film industry has on the city, but they know on average, the production companies usually say around ten to 12 weeks. Translates into big bucks for the local economy.
"Anywhere up to $30 million being generated by filming one season of a new show," said Watson.
Watson said South Carolina's incentives for the film industry is also a big draw for production companies to film here. They get cash rebates for employee salaries, rentals and other expenses. Production companies also can be exempt from sales tax.
The 8-episode series is set to air next year on the WE network.