CASTING WITH AVY KAUFMAN

 

On November 5, 2016, renowned Casting Director and the Charleston International Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Avy Kaufman, joined the South Carolina Film Commission and Trident Technical College for an intimate, two-hour Q&A at the Charleston Music Hall. 

 

Discussing her approach, her invaluable career insights and her love for this ever-changing industry, Ms. Kaufman regaled the audience with her wit and candor.   

 
Ms. Kaufman has over 25 years of experience as one of the industry's most distinguished casting directors, with credits that include National Treasure, Life of Pi, The Bourne Ultimatum, and Lincoln. (See more about Avy Kaufman here.)  
 
 




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Announcing the 2016 SC Young Filmmakers Winners!

 

Congratulations to the winning short films for the 2016 SC Young Filmmakers Competition.  
 
Winners are listed below.  Click here to view the winning projects, and all the Top Ten Finalists or see video (below).
 
Information on the 2015/2016 competition will be coming soon.  In the meantime, read up on the contest and last year's guidelines here.
 
 
 
 
 
FIRST PLACE:
The Sea of Stories
Azure Allen
Homeschooled
Conway, SC
 
SECOND PLACE:
Art Imitating Life
Aaron Viazanko
River Bluff High School 
Lexington, SC
 
THIRD PLACE:
Rupert Flannegan's Science Shenanigans
Ann Bailey 
Summerville High School
Summerville, SC 
 
HONORABLE MENTION:
The Search
Ellen Guilford
Summerville High School
Summerville, SC 
 
HONORABLE MENTION:
Playtime is Over
Drew Keefer
Spartanburg High School
Spartanburg, SC

 
 




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VIEW VIDEO OF SHORT FILM SEMINAR &

INDIE GRANTS INFORMATION MEETING

 

On Tuesday, May 3, a panel of South Carolina filmmakers discussed the full process of short-film making, from prep to film festivals, with a focus on projects created through the Indie Grants program. 

 

Content included descriptions of the Indie Grants selection process and production process, short film and film festival strategies, and more.  View video of the Short Film Seminar and Indie Grants Info Meeting here:




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SOUTH CAROLINA FILM COMMISSION TO HOST SOUTHEAST

FILM & PHOTO CONFERENCE AUG. 26-27 AT FURMAN UNIVERSITY

 

The South Carolina Film Commission and American Society of Media Photographers have teamed up to host the Southeast Film & Photo Conference, the first of its kind.  The event is an exciting professional development opportunity for film, video, and photography professionals, taking place Aug. 26-27 at Furman University in Greenville.

 

All events on Friday, Aug. 26, are free and open to the public.  This includes a Video Editing Seminar with Adobe-certified instructor Clay Asbury and Keynote Presentatoin by legendary photograph Gregory Heisler.

 

Click here for more info.




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OSCAR-WINNING DP RUSSELL CARPENTER, ASC

LENSES INDIE GRANTS FILM ELEANOR GREENE

 


Russell Carpenter with Directors Maria White and Matthew Mebane.

With a prolific career that includes an Academy Award for Titanic, cinematographer Russell Carpenter, ASC has added an SCFC Indie Grants short film to his filmmography, with the legendary DP shooting The Final Adventure of John & Eleanor Greene in Charleston.

 

The short was written by Greenville, SC, native Matthew Aughtry and directed and produced by Maria White and Matthew Mebane of Charleston.  As an Indie Grants training project, it will allow South Carolina crew and Trident Tech film students to learn on the set and work directly with Carpenter.

 

Carpenter has over 30 years of experience as one of the industry's most talented cinematographers, with credits that include This Means War, 21, Shallow Hall, Charlie's Angels, and Marvel's upcoming Ant-Man.  See more about Russell here.

 

According to Indie Grants Producer Brad Jayne, the short film "is a powerful collaboration between South Carolina's production industry and overall creative community.  Showcasing the great city of Charleston -- the talent, the culture, the architecture, the beauty.  The dynamic atmosphere only found here in South Carolina."

 

Carpenter also set aside an afternoon to speak with South Carolina production professionals and students at the South Carolina Film Commission's AN AFTERNOON WITH RUSSELL CARPENTER: A CINEMATOGRAPHY SEMINAR.  The workshop was free and open to the public.




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WHAT ARE INDIE GRANTS?

 


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:




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