The Camera Assistant Workshop with Douglas Hart

In February of 2014, South Carolina lost a beloved and talented member of its film community in an on-set incident in Savannah, GA.  A Columbia native and former Trident Tech film student, Sarah Jones loved being a camera assistant, and loved working in the production industry.  We humbly honor Sarah with this workshop.


Douglas C. Hart is an instructor and professional Camera Assistant who wrote the book on the profession --The Camera Assistant:  A Complete Professional HandbookOn Sept. 20 & 21, Doug will lead a two-day Camera Assistant Workshop, focusing on procedures and mechanics of the camera department.     


The workshop is free and open to the public.  A simple registration is required.  REGISTER HERE.


With over 40 years of experience, Doug is one of the most respected names in the camera/cinematography industry, with credits that include What's Eating Gilbert Grape; Girl, Interrupted; and Presumed Innocent.     


Doug will lead attendees through the finer aspects of working in the camera department, including camera mechanics, lenses and filters, safety, screen tests, camera department paperwork, on-set procedures, and more. 


The seminar will take place from 9:00am to 5:00pm (both days) at the Nursing Auditorium (Building 970, Room 106) on Trident Technical College's North Charleston campus (7000 Rivers Ave., North Charleston, SC).  Click here for a campus map.    


To learn more about Sarah, as well as ongoing safety efforts, visit and Slates for Sarah.  





After an electrifying Top 11 screening at the Charleston International Film Festival, the 2014 SOUTH CAROLINA YOUNG FILMMAKERS PROJECT has come to an exciting close with the selection of the first, second, third, and honorable mention finishers in the contest.


Winners were determined by scores from a panel of judges and public votes.  There was a record number of entries this year, all of them highly-impressive.  The winners are listed below.


And look out for more information on the 2014/2015 contest, coming this Fall!





(Click on the links to view each winning entry.)




Old Faithful

Grayson Schmitt and Jacob Willis

Spartanburg H.S.

Spartanburg, SC





Taylor Irizarry

Columbia, SC





Isaiah Schmidt, Dannion Hollar and Jack Hazel

Summerville H.S.

Summerville, SC




The Mission

Micaela Privette

River Bluff H.S.

Lexington, SC



View all the Top 11 finalists here.





Indie Grant short DIRTY SILVERWARE

In the summer of 2010, the South Carolina Film Commission, in association with Trident Technical College, founded the Indie Grants. Awarding small production grants for selected South Carolina filmmakers on an as-needed basis, the program is designed to provide South Carolina independent filmmakers with resources that will add quality and creativity to their short-film projects, resulting in industry exposure for the state’s film community and training the next generation of South Carolina crew.

All funded filmmakers are required to use Trident Technical College film students in their crews. Other resources provided to Indie Grant filmmakers throughout the process include equipment, mentoring, professional script consulting, professional crew calls, collaborative critiques, and film festival consulting.

The program has resulted in a high-quality, intriguing collection of short films; South Carolina cinematic skills and stories celebrated by the world.  Official film festival selections and awards include the 2012 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award, Palm Springs Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, Stiges Film Festival, LA Film Fest, Toronto AfterDark, Mediera Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival, Charleston International Film Festival and Santa Rosa International Film Festival. See clips from past INDIE GRANTS films here. 

Accompanying the Indie Grant program is a series of production training workshops from the South Carolina Film Commission, on topics such as Scriptwriting, Aerial Lift (Condor) Certification, DSLR Cinematography, Digital Effects & Motion Graphics, MovieMagic, Production Design, and more.


Indie Grants programs also include the South Carolina Young Filmmakers Project, a high school filmmaker competition, and independent film screening events through-out the year.

View a brief video on the Indie Grants here: