Craig trow had an idea for a short film for 13 years.
He wrote iterations of the script, got cast and crew, and solidified the story of a man who lost his job when his business closed during the recession.
Now with the help of a Independent scholarship 2021, the South Carolina filmmaker can finally start producing his short film, The position of manager.
Trow, a resident of North Charleston for 11 years, is one of three local grantees of the grant program, the SC Cinema Commission noted. Filmmakers will receive funding to produce their short films, and their teams will receive training with a professional team, highlighting South Carolina’s ability to create viable and interesting visual arts.
Matt Storm of the SC Film Commission said the grant program is unique in the country.
âIt gives the next generation of professional crews a bridge to employment, while sharing South Carolina stories with the world,â Storm said.
Other Palmetto State projects seeking funding include Day pass by Cole Stamm from Greenville and This too should pass by Frazier Bostic and Natalie Harris of Taylors.
“I always knew that [the film] resonated with something very personal for a lot of people, âTrow said. “The idea of ââthe short has to do with the difficulty in following the Joneses a bit, building a life and putting those pieces in place.”
Trow has been in the industry for over 30 years, most recently working as an editor correcting other people’s mistakes and more.
âThis year, however, I thought maybe I should fix mine, and one way was to take that idea that’s in my brain and push it forward to do something,â he said. . “Over the years, I’ve been able to build a lot of relationships with people from a production standpoint, actors and actresses in major markets, and I’ve been able to create a healthy pitch.”
As part of the grant submission process, bidders put together a script, production strategy, budget, and timeline – as much information as possible to show they are ready to go once financial backing is released. available.
The grant money, if approved, comes in increments. There are controls in place to make sure the money is spent correctly, but Trow explained that the distributors have nothing to do and ask nothing of the winners, who retain all rights to the project.
âThe grant is there to support creativity and open up some of those avenues, which keep someone from doing something for 13 years,â he said. “It’s a huge stepping stone to get to where I need to be.”
Right now, Trow is in pre-production with a potential start date for filming in January. He tries not to put too much pressure on himself to create the masterpiece of his life, but he’s also realistic in that he might never have such an opportunity again.
âI feel like I’m 40 this year, and I’m at the point where someone’s like, ‘Okay, build something for yourself,'” he said. “I’ve shown enough in all of these parts of my life and taken enough experiences and now it’s time to take some time for myself.”
Contributors and presenters include Oscar-winning cinematographer Russell Carpenter of Titanic and Avatar 2, actress Anna Camp of Pitch Perfect and Perfect Harmony, and casting director Avy Kauffman of Succession and The Eyes of Tammy Faye.
Contact Teri Errico Griffis at 843-849-3144.