Rachel Murdy



SC Young Filmmakers Project

Posted 11/21/2011 1:56:00 PM
Opportunities for young people are abundant in state parks, but South Carolina State Parks has teamed up with the South Carolina Film Commission to give youth just one more reason to Come Out and Play.

The South Carolina Young Filmmakers Project is a media arts contest open to high school students in the Palmetto State who have an interest in filmmaking and want to put their creativity to the test. Students have the freedom to tell their own story, but there are a few guidelines in place in order to encourage competition.

Contestants must be high school students, public, private or home-schooled, and the entry has to follow the theme of Come Out and Play. Videos must be at least 45 seconds and no longer than two and a half minutes and include at least a three second shot of South Carolina State Park signage and one scene filmed in a park.

Students will find the parks provide plenty of creative opportunities and are easy to access, as there are 47 of them throughout the state. Mountains, beaches, swamps, gardens, zoos and golf courses are just a handful of the settings found in parks and students can intertwine these places into the film plot how they see fit.

Most importantly, be as creative as possible! However, for a chance at winning the competition, students will need to keep the judging criteria in mind. Entries will be scored based on the creativity of the concept and its execution, the overall quality and production value and the incorporation of the state parks theme and setting.

Participants have until March 12, 2012 to submit their entries, so there is still plenty of time for students to put their skills to the test!  For more information and instructions on how to enter, visit the contest website.