This past week, the South Carolina Film Commission hosted a small troupe of journalists for a lovely, whirlwind tour of Charleston and its surrounding areas. The wining and dining (so, so much dining) was an effort to show off the city, and the state, as a great place for moviemaking. It worked. A fairly long list of films have made their home there over the years, perhaps most famously The Patriot; but also The Prince of Tides, Dear John, Forrest Gump and incredibly, Die Hard: With A Vengeance (along with many others). TV shows are also no exception: Army Wives just finished up its seventh season, while Reckless finished its first (and while Reckless may not have been a great series by any measure, it did have “one of the best B-rolls on television,” to agree with our hosts).
Hit the jump for more on how South Carolina is looking to craft its partnership with the film industry, plus over 50 photos I snapped that focus on the detail and beauty of the Charleston area. Also, consider this article in part as an FYI and tour guide of restaurants and local sights, all of which deserve their high praise.