South Carolina Film/TV Location Specialist to be Honored at 9th Annual Beaufort International Film Festival
South Carolina Location Specialist Steve Rhea will be honored with the presentation of the annual “Behind the Scenes” award at the Ninth Annual Beaufort International Film Festival starting Feb. 11 and continuing to Feb 15 in the historic coastal town of Beaufort, SC.
Steve Rhea is a native of Charleston, South Carolina, with a BA in History and a Master of Media Arts degree from the University of South Carolina. His career as a location professional spans four decades. He has put his education and over 30 years of experience as a location scout and location manager to use on over two dozen feature films and television movies and hundreds of national and international commercials and photo shoots.
His work has earned him an impressive list of credits, which include most all major motion picture studios, television networks, production companies, and advertising agencies. Feature films and TV movies include Wes Craven’s cult classic “The Swamp Thing,” Paramount Pictures’ interpretation of the Pat Conroy novel “The Lords of Discipline,” “Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls” with Jim Carey, Allen J.Pakula’s “Consenting Adults,” “Major League III: Back to the Minors,” “The Hunley,” and “The Notebook.”
Steve has worked closely with the South Carolina Film Commission as a scout from its inception in the effort to bring movies to the Palmetto state. Steve is a founding member of the Carolina Film Alliance, serving five years as vice president. He is a member of the Location Managers Guild of America and currently serves on the Board of Advisors of Trident Technical College’s Division of Film, Media & Visual Arts.
Steve’s career has led to working with many of the world’s finest directors, production designers, and photographers. Directors and production designers appreciate Steve’s “eye,” his ability to interpret the script and then present them with imaginative location choices for their stories. Producers appreciate Steve’s ability to consider and address the practical concerns. He is particularly adept at blending the extraordinary needs of a shooting crew with those of the community while on location.
Although Steve Rhea is best known for his work as a feature film location scout and manager whose artistic vision and intimate knowledge of the historic locales of Charleston, South Carolina, have earned him international accolades, his lasting legacy could well be his contributions to the establishment of a dynamic film industry in the Palmetto State. Steve has devoted his career not only to making South Carolina a popular location destination for films but more so to realize his dream of making it a film production center with an international reputation for excellence. To that end he has helped bring attention to the state’s talented crew base and emerging vendors while actively recruiting and producing commercials, music videos, documentaries, and catalogs.
For more information about the 9th Annual Beaufort International Film Festival, visitbeaufortfilmfestival.com. The festival is produced by the Beaufort Film Society.
The Beaufort Film Society is a nonprofit, 501 (c) 3, member-supported organization, dedicated to providing the highest levels of entertainment and education to the public from all areas of the film industry.