Netflix’s ‘OBX’ Series Begins Filming in Charleston, Seeking Extras
A new Netflix series set on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, OBX has been picked up for 10 episodes, with filming beginning this week in Charleston, South Carolina, and the production is currently casting extras.
The show is scheduled to start filming this Wednesday, May 1, with producers currently seeking extras to be paid $80 per eight hours of work.
For those interested in being an extra on the show, the casting company’s Facebook page states:
“Submissions should be sent to OBXBG@TWCastAndRecruit.com, subject line: General Submission and MUST INCLUDE ALL of the following to be considered for extra work on OBX:
1.) Two Recent Pictures (Head Shot and Body Shot)
3.) PHONE NUMBER
8.) Shirt Size
9.) Jacket Size (if applicable)
10.) Pant Size (W and L, if applicable)
11.) Dress Size (if applicable)
12.) Shoe Size
13.) Color, Make, Model (Year) of Vehicle, Brownie Points if you include a photo!
14.) List of Any Tattoos or Piercings”
They also detail the specific roles they are looking for (in addition to “general extras”), including Pogues, Kooks, and Regular Teen Tourists.
Created by Wilmington resident Jonas Pate, OBX is a coming of age story about four teenagers in “a fictional Outer Banks town” when a hurricane cuts all power and communication to the islands, according to Star News.
After deep negotiations last year, Netflix reportedly passed on bringing the production to North Carolina because of the remnants of House Bill 2, the infamous “bathroom bill” that pushed numerous production companies away because of its anti-LGBTQ language. The bill was eventually partially repealed, but some parts of it remain in a replacement bill called HB142, including a clause forbidding municipalities from passing an ordinance excluding them from the bill’s restrictions, which is a particular deal-breaker for Netflix.
Pate has estimated that the production is projected to spend around $60 million in South Carolina.
“This tiny law is costing this town 70 good, clean, pension-paying jobs and also sending a message to those people who can bring these jobs and more that North Carolina still doesn’t get it,” Pate said earlier this year, before he was sent by Netflix to scout locations that could work for the show in Charleston, S.C. (where last year’s Halloween was filmed by a couple of friends who met while studying film at UNC and who used to film make their hit HBO show Eastbound & Down in North Carolina).
In the last year, the Wilmington film industry has hosted three high profile projects, including the feature film Words on Bathroom Walls, the Hulu drama pilot Reprisal, and the new DC Universe streaming series Swamp Thing, executive produced by James Wan (Aquaman, Saw, Insidious), who previously directed The Conjuring in Wilmington.