Filming In South Carolina



South Carolina is a right-to-work state and welcomes both union and non-union productions. The rapid growth of the state's production-related labor force indicates our serious commitment to the development of a viable film industry. More labor information can be found by clicking one of the links above, and by contacting the SC Department of Labor; 803-896-4300.

We list the following labor information solely as a convenience to our clients. By listing a site or related information, the SC Film Commission does not thereby recommend, endorse, sponsor, support or approve of the site, nor of the contents of the site, nor of any statement, claim, assertion or representation made on the site.

IATSE Carolinas Local 491

Local 491 represents the professional, below-the-line technicians in the Carolinas and Savannah, GA.  If your company is signatory to the unions, local 491 will negotiate a collective bargaining agreement for local technicians within their jurisdiction.

Darla McGlamery
Business Agent
910-343-9408 phone 1
888-222-0491 phone 2

IATSE 491 Website


Representing all Teamsters in SC is Teamsters local 509:

Bran Clardy
(864) 662-5125

Teamsters Website

Screen Actors Guild

South Carolina falls within SAG's South Region

Atlanta Local

3565 Piedmont Rd. NE
Piedmont Center, Bldg. 2, Suite 720
Atlanta , GA 30305

(404) 239-0131

SAG Website

Child Labor

There are no work permits required for minors working in Television or Film in South Carolina.  No paperwork needs to be filed.

From the US Department of Labor website regarding working in South Carolina:

71-3105-d-  The provisions of this Article do not apply with respect to any employee engaged as an actor or performer in motion pictures; radio or television productions, or theatrical productions.

Any minors working as day players or extras are responsible for their own schoolwork missed. These arrangements, to include absences from school, are worked out between the parent(s) / guardian(s) of the minor child and the principal of the school the child attends.

If production has a tutor on set for an actor who is a minor, that tutor can also work with any child stand-ins, as well as any child extras, if needed.

If the minor is an actor under a SAG contract, then all SAG rules will apply.

The following is an excerpt from SC Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation website concerning employing minors in the film industry:

South Carolina Child Labor Regulations Summary


Generally, no employment is authorized for minors under the age of 14, as interpreted under South Carolina Child Labor Statute 41-13-20. Employment of any minor under age 14 is defined as oppressive child labor.

Exemptions from this restriction apply under the following specific circumstances:

Minors under age 14 may work in any aspect of show business, such as acting or performing in a theatrical, television, radio, or film production.

Minors in film and television are totally exempt from child labor laws and have no work hour restrictions. Parents/Guardians should be consulted as needed for work hours tolerance.

The contact at LLR for any child labor-related questions is:

Tyler Livezey
(803) 896-7756

110 Centerview Drive
P. O. Box 11329
Columbia, S.C. 29211-1329
Wages and Child Labor Fax: (803) 896-7680

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