It's always exciting when big-budget movies are being shot here in South Carolina. Some that come to mind are "Leatherheads," "The Patriot," and "Forrest Gump." Now South Carolina has cut the ribbon on a new movie studio in Columbia and announced the first film to use it.
It's called Genesis Studios and the hope is... having a complete studio will attract more movies. The studio opens while state lawmakers and the Governor fight over the size of the incentives the state should offer to filmmakers.
"We support the incentives, but we also believe that the true foundation of an ongoing, thriving film and entertainment industry in this state requires the development and production of quality projects by South Carolinians," said Cliff Springs, president of Genesis Creative.
State film commissioner Jeff Monks says having the studio will help attract film makers and help local crew members develop their skills. The first film to use the new facility was also announced. It's a horror, thriller, action adventure, and comedy called "1.8 Days."
"We have not released our cast list as of yet. But I will tell you that it will star some people that you know very, very well," said 1.8 Days writer Chuck Fallaw.
The studio has two sound stages, makeup and dressing rooms, and a screening room. It's not just films that can be made here. They can also shoot commercials and videotapes, thanks to the full-sized sound stage. It also has onsite post-production facilities, like editing.
"We just finished helping Columbia's own "The Firm" finish their latest round of exercise videos," Springs said.
The folks making "1.8 Days" were tight-lipped about their movie. The movie's website says it will star Gary Busey. It also says it's about five people who hate each other, but find themselves in the middle of an invasion and have to work together to survive.