“No one else in the country is doing anything like this,” said Tom Clark with the South Carolina Film Commission. “It’s such a smart, tactical approach. We’re supporting our state’s filmmakers and artists, while at the same time providing pragmatic hands-on training. Putting emerging South Carolina production professionals on the road to success and a bridge to high value employment.”
Indie Grants fund and produce short films by South Carolina filmmakers, bringing high-end production professionals and other resources to the projects, with Trident Tech film students working under the professionals as crew. Recent Indie Grants collaborators and presenters include Oscar-winning Cinematographer Russell Carpenter (Titanic, Ant-Man), Casting Director Avy Kauffman (Lincoln, Life of Pi), and Script Supervisor Martha Pinson (Wall Street, Hugo, The Aviator).
Focusing on the craftsmanship of film and video production, Trident Tech couples its intensive classroom instruction with Indie Grants real world training to prepare Camera Assistants, Grips, Electricians and other crew; the type of occupations best served with hands-on technical experience and an informal apprenticeship model, which Indie Grants provides.
The result is industry exposure for the state’s film industry and job training and other support for the next generation of South Carolina crew.
“Trident Tech is a hidden jewel within the production world,” said Indie Grants producer and independent filmmaker Brad Jayne. “Other film schools don’t provide access to this type of training and equipment, both of which are essential to working in the industry. A trade that continues to grow with clean, well-paying jobs in response to the constant need for film, television and streaming content.”
Recent films produced through Indie Grants have been honored by the likes of Sundance Film Festival, Palm Springs Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, FantasticFest, Cucalorus, Tall Grass Film Festival, Stiges Film Festival, Oxford Film Festival, New Orleans Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, Indie Memphis, Cleveland International Film Festival, LA Film Festival, DragonCon, and more.
This year’s Call for Submissions closes on June 19, 2017. To apply, writers and filmmakers simply submit a short film screenplay. Entry form and more information can be found at www.indiegrants.org. Projects selected for funding will be announced in August.
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