It all starts with the script. 


You can put the best technicians and actors in the world on a project, but if the screenplay - the story - isn't there, it'll flounder. Few know this better than noted script evaluator and screenwriting instructor Peter J. Fox.


Peter has assessed and evaluated over 1000 scripts for top studios like Universal, TriStar, and Paramount, working on projects such as Good Will Hunting, Air Force One, Mallrats and The Mask of Zorro.  He knows what scripts will make a good movie, and will sell. And he'll instruct South Carolina writers on how to make that happen, through the South Carolina Film Commission's SCREENWRITING WORKSHOP at Trident Technical College on November 1.  


The workshop is free and open to the public. A simple registration is required. Register here.


It will take place from 9:30am to 5:00pm on Saturday, Nov., 1, in Building 970, room 107, on Trident Technical College's North Charleston campus (7000 Rivers Ave., North Charleston, SC.)   
Click here for a map to the venue. 
As the creator and instructor of The Inside Track for Story and Cinematic Structure, Peter's methods have caught the attention of Hollywood executives and the literary world alike. Presented with passion and intensity, his seminars are not rehearsed, canned performance monologue on the craft of writing. Questions are encouraged and the opportunity to interact, share, and explore the process of writing for film are a large component of his seminars. 


The workshop will focus on the fundamentals of strong themes, characters, and structure, including classic cinematic structure, the Five Pillars of Cinematic Conflict, rewriting and editing, and how to get through the studio and agency gatekeepers. And help attendees understand how to continue on their journey as screenwriters after the workshop has ended.


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Peter is a third generation screenwriter and member of the Hollywood com

munity. His  grandmother, Rosa Rudami, starred in movies produced and directed by Cecil B. DeMille and went on to become a screenwriter for DeMille's company.

Peter holds a Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute. He has worked as a reader and story analyst at Paramount Pictures, Universal, Sony TriStar and MGM Pictures, and Concorde New Horizons. He makes regular appearances on Fox News CT as Film and Entertainment Analyst, and is the Editor of Film and Entertainment for VENU Magazine. Since 2001, he has conducted The Inside Track Workshops for Story and Cinematic Structure,and has become one of the most sought after instructors of Screenwriting.




Calling all South Carolina Young Filmmakers

It's the time of year again to begin planning your 2015 entry for the SC Young Filmmakers Contest!

Contest Guidelines HERE.

Check out last year's First Place Winner.  Get inspired.  Go Wild with your imagination!




Old Faithful

Grayson Schmitt and Jacob Willis

Spartanburg H.S.

Spartanburg, SC







Mr. Hart and attendees collect around Sarah Jones' camera cart. 9/2014

The Camera Assistant Workshop with Doug Hart inspired, encouraged and taught attendees incredible aspects of working within the Camera Department. Through anecdotes and demonstrations, Mr. Hart shared his prolific experiences that span well over 40 years and three generations within his family.   


With the tragic loss of Sarah Jones in early 2014, Mr. Hart underscored the aspects of on-set safety as well as giving all crew a voice.   


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




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: