CHHARLOTTE, N.C. -- More than 800 feature films have been shot in North Carolina since 1980 -- including Nights In Rodanthe, The Color Purple, Nell, Dirty Dancing, Forrest Gump, A Walk to Remember, Last of the Mohicans, The Hunt for Red October, The Green Mile, and The Fugitive.
Television favorites such as 'Dawson’s Creek,' 'One Tree Hill' and 'Matlock' have been shot here, along with pilots for the shows 'Hart of Dixie' and 'Revenge.'
Many of those movies were shot right here, in the Charlotte area. That includes Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Days of Thunder, The Ultimate Gift, Shallow Hal, and Leatherheads. The Golden Globe-winning Showtime hit “Homeland” used Charlotte as the show’s backdrop of Washington, D.C. plus “Banshee” features the Queen City as Banshee, Penn., a small town in the Amish country.
This morning on Larry's Look, we got a behind-the-scenes tour of Silver Hammer/C3 studios near Charlotte's Fourth Ward.
Four over 20 years, a number of major films have been shot in that facility. The producers of the current Mickey Rourke film, Ashby, are using Silver Hammer/C3 for some of its scenes.
Rick Eldridge, CEO and co-owner of Reel Works, joined us to talk about the movie business in Charlotte.
He, along with Chris Cates, have been responsible for feature length films, documentaries, TV specials, and a major animation series. Much of the work on those projects took place at Silverhammer/C3 Studios.