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Movies in Beaufort County, SC:
When and Where

by Dennis Adams
Information Services Coordinator

Part III:
Television Productions
& Commercials
Shot in Beaufort County
Film Locations in Neighboring Counties


Televison Shows and TV Movies
Shot in Beaufort County

Televison Commercials
Shot in Beaufort County

List of Sources

Music Videos
Shot in Beaufort County
Film Locations in
Neighboring Counties

... or go to Movies in Beaufort County Part I or Part II


Night Walk
(Broadcast 1989; Date filmed: April 1989)
Cast: Robert Urich, Leslie-Anne Down
Directed by Jerrold Freedman
Galatea Productions/CBS

Shoot location: Hilton Head Island.

Gullah, Gullah Island
(Series Dates 1994 - 1998;
Additional special programs planned)
Series Creators/Cast: Ron and Natalie Daise

The Nickelodeon Web site described the series in these words:

"Hosts Ron and Natalie Daise, a warm and loving African-American couple who live on a Sea Island off the coast of South Carolina, open their home to pre-schoolers and their care-givers with a rich mix of song, games, stories, dance and humor. The sing-a-long series stimulates active participation from viewers around such familiar topics as birthdays, jokes, baby animals, rhyming, collecting and preparing food. With the Daises and their three children as the heart of the show, a variety of friends, relatives, neighborhood children and a bright-yellow tree frog named Binyah Binyah Pollywog (a full body puppet) form an extended family that always includes the viewers. Each episode also includes an exploration of the unique culture of the Sea Island region with an up-close look at the community and its people, including artists, fishermen, weavers and farmers."

Although much of the show was filmed in the Nickelodeon Studios (Universal Studios site in Orlando, Florida), the Daises often returned to Beaufort and the Sea Islands for "location" shots featuring local sights and people.

The show’s theme song included a Gullah expression, "put your foot in your hand" (that is, "to hurry").

Something Borrowed, Something Blue (TV movie)
(Date filmed: September 1995)
Cast: Connie Selleca, Jameson Parker, Twiggy Lawson, Shawnee Smith

Shoot location: Hilton Head Island.

Semper Fi
(Television Pilot Episode)
(Filmed April 2000; Projected Broadcast Date: Fall 2000)
Cast: Scott Bairstow, Alex Burns, Steve Burton, Michael Pena,
Vicellous Ron Shannon, Tammy Townsend.
Director and Executive Producer: Michael Watkins
DreamWorks Pictures Nickelodeon

DreamWorks Pictures began filming the two-hour television pilot episode, Semper Fi, on April 16, 2000. The drama spotlights Marine Corps recruits in basic training at the Recruit Depot at Parris Island, and the series would follow their military careers worldwide. All filming took place at locations on the Depot itself. During a news segment produced by South Carolina Educational Television affiliate station WJWJ-TV (and aired on April 13), Parris Island Commanding General Stephen A. Cheney expressed his high satisfaction with the accuracy of the production’s portrayal of recruit life and of the Marine Corps.

Pilot creator Jim Uhls credited Marine Corps officials with assistance in reaching that standard. "In any case where we may have gone over the line here and there," he told Beaufort Gazette staff writer Jim Newman, "we want to be brought back into line as much as they want us to be." Uhl added that the production’s "spirit" had always been "to honor the Marine Corps" and "to reflect it accurately".

Actor Alex Burns said that the entire cast was "really trying to do what the recruits do." Ann Hubbard, a Depot drill instructor, agreed. "It’s unbelievable how they try to conquer everything we throw at them. I’m sure they’ll continue to do so." Meeting the demands of her role of recruit Rita Velez, Tammy Townsend disclosed that she was "bruised and (had) all the marks to show it." Among other challenges, Townsend scaled a tall training tower (in spite of a fear of heights).


  • Nuveen Investments (March-April 1993)
  • U. S. Marine Corps (April 1994)
  • Avon (May 1994)
  • Yuban Coffee (June 1994)
  • Spiegel Catalogue (September 1994)
  • Tweeds Catalogue (October 1994)
  • GE/Microsoft (October 1994)


  • Maxi Priest (January 1993)

  • Mariah Carey "Butterfly" Video (1998) -- Filmed at Clarendon Plantation.


Movies shot in Colleton and Jasper Counties,
just next door!

(See also the Beaufort County entries for other films using these locations)

Chiefs (TV movie)
Cast: Charlton Heston, Paul Sorvino, Billy Dee Williams,
Keith Carradine, Brad Davis
Directed by Jerry London
Distributor: Movies Unlimited

Producers of the movie (based on Stuart Woods book, Chiefs) filmed scenes at the Colleton County Courthouse in Walterboro.

Scarlett (TV movie)
(Completed April 1994)
Cast: Joanne Whaley-Kilmer, Timothy Dalton
RHI Entertainment/CBS

Shoot locations: Charleston, Colleton County.

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls
(Released 1995; Date filmed: July 1995 )
Cast: Jim Carrey, Ian McNeice, Simon Callow
Directed by Steve Oedekerk
Morgan Creek/Warner Brothers

Shoot locations: Charleston, Berkeley, Colleton County

Wild America
(Released 1997; Date filmed: April 1996)
Cast: Jonathan Taylor-Thomas, Devon Sawa,
Scott Baristow, Jamey Sheridan,Frances Fisher
Directed by William Dear
Morgan Creek/Warner Brothers

A portion of this film was shot in Jasper County.

The Jackal
(Released 1997; Date filmed: October 1996)
Cast: Bruce Willis, Richard Gere, Sidney Poitier
Directed by Michael Caton-Jones
Universal Pictures

Shoot locations: Summerville, Colleton County, Dorchester County.



  • Brightwell, Gary (Assistant Library Director, Colleton County, SC, Memorial Library). E-mail message of March 28, 2002.

  • "Dorothy Lamour Visits P. I. for Son's Graduation". The Beaufort Gazette, September 9, 1965; 6-A.

  • E! Online Movie Facts (Web site (Production data for Chiefs)

  • Ebert, Roger. Review of Daughters of the Dust; March 13, 1992, on Movie Review Query Engine (Internet Web site

  • Ellis, Kristen. "Beach Music, Starring Pitt, Filming in Beaufort This Fall." The Beaufort Gazette. March 21, 2000; pp. 1-A, 2-A.

  • Gatlin, Marti. "Local Marines Play Extras in Film: Drew, Young Play Marines in Engagement." The Beaufort Gazette. September 19, 1999; p. 1-D.

  • "Gullah, Gullah Island" page on the Nickelodeon web site (Internet Web site

  • Huckaby, Lolita and Cheryl Grafo. "Filming Frustrates Some Residents." The Beaufort Gazette. August 1, 1998; pp. 1-A, 2-A.

  • Huckaby, Lolita, "Hollywood Comes Back to Beaufort". The Beaufort Gazette; July 18, 1998; p. 10-A.

  • Internet Movie Database (

  • Kozak, Ginnie. Lights, Camera ... Beaufort: Hollywood Comes to the Lowcountry. First Edition. The Author, 1995.

  • Maltin, Leonard (editor). Leonard Maltin's 2002 Movie & Video Guide. A Plume Book/Penguin Books, 2001.

  • Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, SC, Public Affairs Office. Telephone interview of July 22, 1998.

  • Messier, Max ."Rules of Engagement (Review at, Internet Web site", 2000.

  • "Motion Picture Filmed Here is Prize Winner". The Beaufort Gazette. August 7, 1958; p. A-7.
  • Movie Review Query Engine (

  • "Moving Picture Scenes being Made Here Now". The Beaufort Gazette, June 29, 1917; p. 1.

  • "Movie People Make Winter Quarters Here". The Beaufort Gazette, November 16, 1917; p. 1.

  • "Moviemakin' in the Lowcountry: 'Lights! -- Roll Camera! -- Speed! -- Sound! -- Sticks! "Kings of Carolina" -- Scene 40, Take 9!' Clack!" Beaufort-Lowcountry Magazine. Spring 1995; pp. 12-14.

  • Newman, Jim. "Hollywood Invades P. I." The Beaufort Gazette, April 13, 2000; pp. 1-A and 2-A.

  • Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite. Telephone interview of July 23, 1998.

  • 1998 South Carolina Production Guide. South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, 1998.

  • "Picture Perfect" (Photo Caption). The Beaufort Gazette, February 6, 1999; p. 3-A.

  • "'Rise and Fall of the Confederacy' Being Pushed Rapidly". The Beaufort Gazette, July 20, 1917, p. 1.

  • Rogers, Dan (Project Manager of the SC Film Office). E-mail messages of March 28, May 20, and August 20 of 2002.

  • Sandbar Productions/Good-To-Go Video (Internet Web site

  • South Carolina Film Office Internet Web site

  • "South Carolina Film Office Production Wrap-Up" (Report). Provided by the Greater Beaufort Chamber of Commerce on July 16, 1998.

  • South Carolina Highway Historical Marker Guide. South Carolina Department of Archives and History, 1992.

  • Spirituals (Audiocassette recording, 1942), in the Penn Center Collection.

  • Ulmer, Ashli; Greater Beaufort Chamber of Commerce. Telephone interview of July 16, 1998.

  • Wise, Stephen R. ; Curator of the Parris Island Museum. Telephone interview of March 28, 2002.

  • WJWJ-TV (Beaufort). News segment on the filming of the television pilot, Semper Fi. April 13, 2000.



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