Regularly scheduled seminars for professionals and students are presented around the state throughout the year. These 1 and 2-day workshops range from professional development for current industry professionals, to television and film basics for college students and those new to the profession who want to go to the next level.

Past seminars led by nationally known experts included: Final Cut Pro editing, screenwriting, lift safety, marketing and distribution, casting, and more.

2018-19 Schedule

Date, topics, and presenters subject to change.


Music Synchronization for Film, TV and Advertising with Leah Streetman
Saturday, October 6

Trident Technical College
Building 970
7000 Rivers Ave.
North Charleston, SC 29406

Music Supervisor and industry expert Leah Streetman (Universal Music Group’s Republic & Motown Records, MGM’s EPIX Network) will lead a workshop on Music Synchronization for Film, TV and Advertising on Saturday, Oct. 6 at Trident Technical College’s North Charleston campus. The seminar is geared toward emerging supervisors, filmmakers, agencies, content creators, editors, and especially South Carolina musicians of all stripes, who want to know how they and their work can get involved in the production industry.

Leah will explore the question “What is Music Synchronization, Music Supervision, and Licensing?” The interactive seminar will begin with an overview of music synchronization, then examine supervising and licensing for film, TV, and commercials, with a focus on the business side and the creative perspective. She’ll also dive into music selection and placement, with a discussion on pitching and the creative process of selection.

The workshop is free and open to the public. Space is limited and registration is required. Click here to register.

About Leah Streetman
Leah Streetman is a creative sync music & licensing expert for Film, TV, and Advertising, currently consulting for MGM’s premium channel, EPIX Network. She has overseen creative music placement for Universal Music Group’s Republic and Motown Records, working with artists like: Florence + The Machine, Lorde, Pearl Jam, The Weekend, Nicki Minaj, Drake, Ariana Grande, Avett Brothers, The Band Perry, James Bay, Of Monsters & Men, The Rolling Stones, Prince, and Amy Winehouse.

She has secured creative music placements with partners like: HBO, Showtime, NBC, ABC, CBS, CW, FOX, MTV, Warner Bros, Paramount, Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures, EA Sports, Ubisoft, ESPN, MLB, Coca-Cola, Dr. Pepper, Victoria’s Secret, Nike, Microsoft, Apple, and Sundance Film Festival. She started her career as a live music producer at New York’s renowned performing arts center, Symphony Space. Though currently residing in New York City, she grew up on the coast in Pawley’s Island, SC.

Indie Grants Work-in-Progress Screening & Panel at Reedy Reels Film Festival
Saturday, Nov. 3
The Peace Center (Gunter Theater)
Greenville, SC

3:30pm - 4:45pm: Indie Grants Work-in-Progress Screening

5-6pm: Bringing Your Stories to Life…Independent Filmmaking in South Carolina.

Hosted by Bob Dotson, independent filmmakers from across the state will discuss what it takes to create indigenous content, and how to find an audience.

Both events are free and open to the public.

About Bob Dotson: Bob has crisscrossed America for half a century with his long-running series “The American Story with Bob Dotson,” featured on the Today Show. Bob is also an internationally acclaimed documentary producer and New York Times best-selling author.

Script & Story with Story Pirates

Thursday, November 8

The Idea Lab
South Carolina ETV Studios
1041 George Rogers Blvd
Columbia, SC 29201

As part of its ongoing support of Media Arts education throughout South Carolina, the South Carolina Film Commission and Indie Grants have partnered with the Story Pirates to host a virtual seminar on Script and Story in Film & Video, geared especially for teachers and other K-12 educators.

Story Pirates is a youth-centric arts education group with a hit radio show, top 10 podcast, and sold-out live tours. Regarded internationally as experts at finding the heart of stories, they teach story writing to students and help them adapt their work for the stage, radio, and in this case, screen. Story Pirates instructors will use their unique brand of engaging instruction and interactivity to discuss the basics of story, examine how those elements are used in film and media arts, and explore genre and other elements.

Participants will leave the seminar with a better sense of how to develop and script media content as part of their curriculums, with fun and highly-effective techniques to take back to their classrooms. Helping South Carolina students and other young filmmakers learn how to best create quality short films and other media content in all subjects. (Perfect preparation for the South Carolina Young Filmmakers Project.)

To cap off the day, South Carolina professional screenwriters will provide instruction on the mechanics of screenwriting, including standard software such as Final Draft and Celtex.

The workshop is free and open to the public. Space is limited and registration is required, with a preference given to South Carolina teachers, as well as educators and staff from organizations who work with K-12 students (such as media centers and arts organizations).

To register, submit your information here. You will be informed within 2-3 weeks of your registration status.

Participating teachers will receive a certificate of completion, including documentation of seat hours and content to qualify the seminar as re-certification training. (Participants will be responsible for securing approval of these hours toward re-certification within their individual district’s policies.)

Indie Grants Work-in-Progress Screening @ The Terrace Theater
Charleston, SC
Thursday, Dec. 6

Indie Grants and The Terrace Theater will host a special works-in-progress screening of the 2018 Indie Grants short films. The evening will include a Q&A with the filmmakers and reception immediately following the film.

This special event is a sneak preview of the films for South Carolina audiences, as they wrap up post-production and begin their trek on the international film festival circuit. The program is free and open to the public.


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