Based in Cayce, South Carolina, Genesis Studios is officially launching Emergent Films. Genesis Studios CEO and President Cliff Springs describes the studio’s latest venture as a statewide, job and industry development initiative designed to facilitate the growth of the motion picture and film industry in South Carolina.
Joining Springs in the project are motion picture sports coordinator Mark Ellis and McEntire Air National Guard Base Public Relations Director Les Carroll, who is also a published author and screenwriter. Springs says the idea behind Emergent Films is a commitment to building the motion picture industry in the state “one brick at a time.” He says it can provide work for professional filmmakers, while giving college students and recent graduates opportunities to get hands-on experience in filmmaking that will get them prepared to join the workforce of active filmmakers.
“The first component is that it will be a recurring slate of projects, two to three short films and one feature-length film each year. They will start off modestly budgeted. Their purposes are to number one, provide employment for working professionals in the state and number two, provide an on set training environment experience for college students and recent graduates to function as understudies to the working professionals.”
The venture will be launched with the production of two projects “Saying Goodbye” and “See No Evil” to be produced back-to-back in October and November.
The venture actually includes two components: Emergent Foundation and Emergent Films. The foundation is the non-profit portion that focuses on raising funds for the educational part of the venture, while Emergent Films will recruit investors to fund each project. Springs says to get the project off the ground he thought that it was important to focus first on college students and recent graduates who have aspirations of working in the film industry.
“This is a job development program so that is an age range will trying to limit it to just solely because this could be way too big to manage particularly on the front end. WE decided to limit the project to that age group, but we will also have the youth boot camp for high school students to just get a taste of what the experience is like.”
Springs says as Emergent Films develops over time it will help to ensure that talented homegrown filmmakers can find employment in their chosen field in South Carolina. “We’re going to have two to three short films that will be in the thriller genre, sort of like a “Twilight Zone” or “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” smart thriller projects. The feature length film will be a family friendly film. All will be fictional projects that are designed to start off with more modest budgets and over time grow bigger in nature.
Springs says he wants grow the crew base by allowing the company’s most talented crew to remain in the state and earn a living year round while training students to become part of process and grow into accomplished filmmakers.
Springs says young people who aspire to be a part of the venture and grow into filmmakers must be prepared initially for some extensive and intensive training. “There will be a week long boot camp for high school students to learn about the filmmaking process to determine if this is the type of career they may want to pursue. For the actual feature project we will have a week to two week boot camp for college students will come in and train very intensely for that week to two weeks under their mentors, under their department heads to be ready for that on set experience.”