Studio Charleston: behind the scenes

(Richey Boyd/WCIV)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) Lights, camera, action; the Lowcountry is going Hollywood.

Inside a 100,000-square foot facility in West Ashley, Harald Galinski is busy putting the finishing touches on a brand new state of the art film studio.

After working on the feature film Dear John in 2009, Galinski saw the need for a permanent production facility capable of hosting everything from small photo shoots to major motion pictures.

The $3.7 million dollar facility features three studios, conference rooms, and moveable walls.

"Anything they don't have," Galinski said, "We can get and bring it in."

The former music production facility was the perfect location in what is quickly becoming one of Hollywood's favorite locations.

"You've got beautiful beaches, Galinski said. "You've got amazing architecture, history and more."

Studio Charleston, as it will be known will be the first turn key full size production facility for every scale of production in the Lowcountry.

From photo shoots and music videos to full length features, the space can be tailored to suit almost any need.

What sets Studio Charleston apart is its size. The facility is home to a 20,000-square foot studio called the hanger, and with 40 foot-tall ceilings, it can handle a wide variety of productions.

Scott Galatolie works a production coordinator for High Output, a movie rental and production company, and says the arrival of Studio Charleston will mean more projects and more work.

Galatolie says "studio Charleston will be able to provide a very versatile and flexible space for all of Charleston's needs, be it commercial or full feature, it can help everybody."

And the benefits extend way beyond Studio Charleston's thick walls - pumping much needed cash into the Lowcountry economy.

"The vendors, the restaurants, the taxi drivers, the whole industry, everything grocery stores, everybody benefits from it."

And while Galinski and others are fighting to keep incentives for film makers from being slashed from the state budget Galinski is hopeful Charleston can become Hollywood's home away from home.

"I've put my heart and soul into this, but I have faith in it and I know that the state is pro-film and we are just keeping our fingers crossed."

Each full length movie adds about 250 temporary jobs.

Galinski says he's already getting offers from major studios.