ACTION: MAKING MOVIES IN SOUTH CAROLINA
South Carolina is known for attracting world-class movie productions because of its scenic landscapes and historic architecture.
This incredibly diverse state has been the backdrop for more than 100 feature films, 70+ TV movies, series, and pilots, 500+ print ad and catalogue shoots, and many other media going back to the Edison Company’s The Southerners in 1914, the Pathé Company’s How Could You, Caroline? in 1918, and Cecil B. DeMille’s Reap the Wild Wind in 1941.
Oscar-winner Mel Gibson starred in The Patriot, in which he played a farmer who reluctantly joins the American Revolution. The movie was directed by Roland Emmerich, whose credits include Godzilla and Independence Day. The movie was shot in Georgetown, Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester, Chester, and York counties.
Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars came to South Carolina to film The Legend of Bagger Vance. The movie, about a young golfer and his caddie, was directed by Oscar-winner Robert Redford and starred Matt Damon, Will Smith, and Charlize Theron. Parts of the movie were filmed at The Ocean Course on Kiawah Island and at the Pete Dye Course on Colleton River Plantation in Bluffton.
George Clooney shot his old-time football movie Leatherheads in Greenville and in the surrounding towns of Anderson and Greenwood. Moreover, the film adaptation of the popular novel The Notebook was shot around Charleston.
Titanic and Avatar director James Cameron filmed The Abyss at an old nuclear plant in Gaffney.
Julia Roberts appeared in two movies shot in South Carolina: Sleeping with the Enemy, filmed in Abbeville, and Something to Talk About, which features Beaufort locales.
Other well-known films with scenes shot in South Carolina: the Oscar-winning Forrest Gump; White Squall, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Jeff Bridges; Bruce Willis’ action film Die Hard with a Vengeance; Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls with Jim Carrey; G.I. Jane with Demi Moore; The War with Kevin Costner; Days of Thunder with Tom Cruise; Prince of Tides with Barbra Streisand and Nick Nolte; Cold Mountain with Nicole Kidman; Full Metal Jacket, directed by Stanley Kubrick, and Last Dance with Sharon Stone.
The television series Army Wives is currently being shot in Charleston.
South Carolina locations have been featured in a number of music videos, including those by pop/country star Darius Rucker, pop star Mariah Carey, and country star Shania Twain. Many companies, including BMW and Reebok, have filmed advertisements in the state.
For more information about South Carolina, contact the South Carolina Tourism Office. Tel.: (803)734-1700 E-mail: International@scprt.com or you can visit us on the Internet at www.DiscoverSouthCarolina.ca. You can also get more information on movie production in South Carolina at: www.FilmSC.com