The Backstage Pass, November 14




Friends, colleagues, alumni and current students are invited to celebrate the past, present and future of the Trident Technical College Film, Media and Visual Arts programs.  This is also a very special farewell to the amazing Russ Schaaf.  

The Indie Grants program and Trident Technical College, through the SC Film Commission, have cultivated a wonderful relationship between the film community and the next generation of filmmakers through TTC.  

This special event will be a special highlight for Trident Technical College.  We encourage you to get your tickets, today.

All proceeds benefit the student equipment fund.


Trident Technical College's Main Campus, Building 950
Dress: Casual
Music, hor d'oeuvres and cash bar available.




The South Carolina Film Commission and Indie Grants program has selected the South Carolina short films for production in 2015/2016. Each project will be funded and produced to create training opportunities for emerging crew base and professional development for the state's media professionals.  


"This program is motivating exceptional filmmaking in our state while giving valuable training to South Carolina students and professionals," said Tom Clark with the South Carolina Film Commission.  "These films will show off the state's talent, location, and production value at an international level."


The program is a joint partnership between the Film Commission and Trident Technical College.  Each project will employ Trident Tech film students, giving the students hands-on training under the filmmakers and other professionals, such as Oscar-winning DP Russell Carpenter (Titanic, Ant-Man) in the 2014/2015 series.


The short film projects selected for production in 2015/2016 are:



Brad Land & Corbitt Howard

Toddville, SC

After a tragedy involving his girlfriend Alice, 16-year-old Terry Webber struggles through the aftermath in rural South Carolina.  A new reality he has no compass to navigate.


Isle of Palms

Joe Worthen

Greenville, SC

A young man is sent on a sun-washed quest to track down the mysterious Hugo Bereft on Isle of Palms.    


Brad Land is also the author of a memoir called Goat, recently adapted into a feature-film starring Ben Schnetzer, Nick Jonas, and Virginia Gardner.  Shot in summer 2015 from a script by David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, the upcoming Our Brand is Crisis), the project was produced by Christine Vachon and Killer Films, James Franco and Rabbit Bandini, and John Wells.


Joe Worthen is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with an MFA in Fiction from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.  His past work has been published and honored by the likes of AV Club, Bodega Magazine, the Master’s Review, and Hobart Magazine.


Check out the 2015 South Carolina

Young Filmmakers Project Winners!


Congratulations to the winning short films for the 2015 SC Young Filmmakers Competition.  
Winners are listed below.  Click here to view the winning projects, and all the Top Ten Finalists.
Information on the 2015/2016 competition will be coming soon.  In the meantime, read up on the contest and last year's guidelines here.
The Sharpest Sense
Azure Allen
Conway, SC
Oh, Henry
Sabri Irizarry, Taylor Irizarry, and Aslan Irizarry
Columbia, SC
The One
Christopher Collins
Pawley's Island, SC
Choked Up
Drew Keefer, Owen Keefer, and John Poole
Spartanburg High School
Spartanburg, SC
Stick People
Conner Nyberg
Greenville Technical Charter High School
Greenville, SC





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.




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: