Film Commission


South Carolina Film Commission

SOUTH CAROLINA offers natural beauty, abundant resources, and an exceptional quality of life. We can supply your production with locations for filming that include mountains and the coast, rural settings and pristine waterways, modern urban environments, small-town storefronts, historic antebellum buildings, and sub-tropical jungles. This incredibly diverse state has been the backdrop for more than 100 feature films, 100+ TV movies, series and pilots, 500+ print ad and catalog shoots, and many other mediums going back to the Edison Company's “The Southerners” in 1914, Pathe Company's “How Could You Caroline?” in 1918 and Cecil B. DeMille's “Reap the Wild Wind” in 1941.

We're a business-friendly state that understands the importance behind the opportunities provided by every production. South Carolina once again ranks among the top states for doing business. Area Development’s 2022 Top States for Doing Business named South Carolina the #3 best state for doing business, as determined by a survey of leading site selection consultants.

We offer a cooperative state government coupled with a qualified crew base, providing the right conditions for productions to succeed. We're also one of the country's leading incentive states for feature films and television series. South Carolina's production incentives differ from other states' incentives in that they are a cash rebate, paid to the production company within 30 days of final audit. Other states offer tax credits or tax refunds which require brokers and long waiting periods.

Come discover the ideal place for your television and film projects in South Carolina and find out why we remain such an attractive choice for film, television and other media ventures.

Local Cinema Studios Crew Call!
Dearest Filmmaker Friends,
We are excited to have our crew call open for this summer’s Local Cinema Studios project, THE GRAND STRAND, a workforce-building project between Local Cinema Studios and the South Carolina Film Commission.
The pieces are all falling into place: we have an amazing script, above the line team, and the perfect location to shoot in Myrtle Beach. This is the part where YOU come in!
We just launched our call for crew in all departments. These are paid, non-union positions. LCS works with a mentorship model of filmmaking. We are specifically looking for people to fill positions in two categories :
1. Southeast-based industry professionals with over 2 years of experience. We currently have key positions open! These are the experts that will share knowledge with young filmmakers on set. During production we are creating an environment where interns can come to you when they have questions, want to celebrate a win, or need an extra hand.
2. South Carolina current or graduating students that want to jump into a professional film set, build their network, and learn while on the job. We have many positions for students that have lots or little film experience.
If this is you, use this link to apply today!
Filming dates: May 28 - July 7
Applications will be reviewed at the end of this month. If you know someone that might be interested in hearing about this opportunity, please pass along the application.
The Grand Strand
Feature Film shooting in Myrtle Beach
Shoot Dates: June 5 - July 7
Writer / Director: Luke Lowder
Producer: Dustin Whitehead
The Grand Strand is a coming-of-age drama set in the Carolinas. The story follows Levi, a fourteen-year-old boy being raised by his elderly grandfather on their sprawling North Carolina chicken farm. When his grandfather succumbs to a heart condition, Levi must choose between going into foster care as a teenager, or living with his only remaining family, his aunt and uncle and their two kids, while they spend the summer at a Myrtle Beach trailer park.
Audition Information
We are looking for authentic local people for a variety of roles, including teenage surfers and skateboarders. You DO NOT need to have experience acting to audition. If you want to read more about the characters in this story go here:
You can audition virtually by submitting on the website, or you can show up to our in person casting call:
CASTING CALL: Wednesday, May 3rd _ 4:00 - 8:00PM
Edwards Black Box Theater - 133 W. Chanticleer Drive - Conway, South Carolina
AGES 14 to 18 - NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY - Multiple Roles
About Local Cinema Studios
This project was funded by The South Carolina Film Commission in partnership with Local Cinema Studios and The University of South Carolina. This is the second project selected by “Get on Set”, a yearly initiative to shoot a feature film in South Carolina with a crew of students working alongside industry professionals. You can learn more about this initiative and hear directly from the cast and crew of last year’s project here:
For more info, contact:
Dustin Whitehead

Contact The Film Commission

South Carolina Film Commission
1205 Pendleton Street, Room 225
Columbia, SC 29201

Call one of our representatives below:

Matt Storm

Matt Storm

Manages the Film Office, oversees auditing, payment, grants, training, economic development-marketing.

Tel: 803-737-1785
Dan Rogers

Dan Rogers

Manages locations, scouts, permitting, location database, websites, economic development-marketing.

Tel: 803-737-0496