A new iPhone app offered by the South Carolina Film Commission is designed to make it easier for movie and TV producers to find potential spots in South Carolina.
The Palmetto State has a quiet film history, but is probably best known as the site for location shooting of The Patriot, Deliverance, Forrest Gump, and about 100 other feature films.
The commission’s grants and projects manager Tom Clark said the office’s current website website includes locations, film regulations in South Carolina, and availability of crews. But Clark said they eventually realized a large number of those in the film production industry do business on their smartphones.
“What they’ve done now is they’ve migrated to these mobile applications,” he told South Carolina Radio Network. “So you can have a location manager on the ground in, say, McClellanville looking for a particular school or something. They can whip out their phone and take a look at it for themselves.”
The FilmSC app will provide maps of potential film locations, as well as weather conditions and which other productions were shot there. The news was first reported by the Associated Press on Thursday.
The app is available for free download on iPhones and iPads at the iTunes store. Clark said the agency is working to get an Android version.
The app can also be downloaded and used by residents and tourists who wish to visit old film locations in South Carolina.
Last year, state legislators voted to increase tax incentives for film production companies, increasing the rebates that prodcution companies can receive for hiring in-state workers from 15% to 25% and doubling the rebate for supplies and goods purchased from 15% to 30%. A production company must spend at least $1 million to qualify for the rebates.
The Film Commission is part of the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism.