North Charleston prepares for new film projects after trip to Hollywood

Published: Feb. 4, 2016 at 12:08 AM EST|Updated: Feb. 4, 2016 at 12:27 AM EST
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NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - North Charleston city officials are returning from Hollywood with movie scripts. Their trip to California was in hopes of bringing more film productions to the Lowcountry.

"We told them that South Carolina has a lot to offer," Amy Heath, Director of Tourism for City of North Charleston.

Heath traveled to meet with Hollywood executives from Sony, Warner Brothers, Focus Features, A&E, HBO and CBS.

Heath says she left with big prospects, including interest from two feature films and three tv series.  North Charleston will review those scripts and send back photos for where in the city the projects would best fit for filming.

Popular places to film are Park Circle, the old Navy base, Riverfront Park and even the Mayor's Office.

In order to stay competitive with other cities, North Charleston has stripped all permitting fees. It also offers cash rebates to production companies that buy local, which is a huge boost to the economy.

"It's in the millions what the productions bring to the local economy," said Heath.

Heath says North Charleston also a big advantage over the competition. A 250,000 square-foot manufacturing warehouse that can be transformed into virtually any set.

CBS paved the way, by putting millions of dollars into the building to film their TV show Reckless. Now that the building is equipped, other networks have followed.

"HBO just wrapped with Vice Principals about six weeks ago," said Heath.

Vice Principals airs this summer, staring Danny McBride, best known from EastBound and Down. 
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The city is also getting more interest from smaller, independent productions.

A Youtube web series called "We Love You" is going to start filming in the North Charleston studio next month.

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