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Digital Filmmaking Program

- DIGITAL FILMMAKING PROGRAM
- 6 MONTH DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING PROGRAM
- 5 WEEK & 3 MONTH DIGITAL FILMMAKING WORKSHOPS
- 2 WEEK DIGITAL FILMMAKING WORKSHOP
- 1 DAY INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL FILMMAKING WORKSHOP

DIGITAL FILMMAKING PROGRAM

SPRING Start: March 12th, 2013
15-Month Evening Program: Tues-Thurs, 6:30-10pm +
every other Saturday, 10am-4pm
FALL Start: September 9th, 2013
12-Month Day Program: Mon-Thurs, 10am-4pm
Tuition: $26,900 (Day or Evening schedule)

The Digital Filmmaking Program is an intensive, hands-on program designed to prepare students for a career in the motion picture industry. This program teaches the art and craft of independent filmmaking by using an innovative project-based curriculum taught by award-winning filmmakers. Students create five of their own films and crew alongside professionals on a feature-length motion picture.

Over the course of the year, each student will create:
  • One 2- to 3-minute visual montage
  • One 3- to 5-minute narrative fiction film
  • One 3- to 5-minute documentary film
  • One 30-second commercial with special effects
  • One 8- to12-minute thesis movie in any genre - AND
  • Crew on an additional 25+ student films
  • Crew with professionals on a feature-length motion picture

Students learn the art and craft of digital filmmaking and work in a variety of genres – fiction, commercials and documentary. The class is structured around small production teams in which students produce their own movies and crew on team member projects. In this way, students get personalized instruction, maximum experience with the equipment, and create material for their demo reels.

digital filmmaking programFilmSchoolSF is proud to be a small school with only two new class starts a year – March and September. Unlike other film schools that have a “conveyor belt” mentality and start a new class every month, our class sizes are limited in order to offer students maximum access to both equipment and instructors. Our mission is not to turn out large numbers of students with little knowledge – it is to train a small group of passionate students and prepare them for entering the professional world of digital filmmaking.

FilmSchoolSF student movie projects are strategically designed to allow students to build their skills in an organic and increasingly challenging way. After completing their own film projects movies and crewing on as many as 25 of their teammates movies, student have the skills and confidence necessary to crew on a feature-length digital motion picture. FilmSchoolSF is the only film school in the country offering students this valuable and unique experience.

On the movie set, students fill in key crew positions and continue to develop their craft by working side-by-side with professional crew members from San Francisco, New York and LA. For each production, students choose a department to work in and receive credit on the finished film. This on-set experience allows students to gain critical real-world knowledge and invaluable contacts in the movie business.

Students that successfully complete this program receive the three essential tools for launching their career – a demo reel built from their best work, motion picture credits including work on a feature film, and contacts in the industry. People enter the digital filmmaking program at FilmSchoolSF as students and leave as professionals.

The Digital Filmmaking Program is offered during the day and evening. The evening program has a different schedule and is spread over 15 months rather than 12.

Day Program: Monday – Thursday (10a-4p)
Evening Program: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (6:30p-10p) & every other Saturday (10a-4p)

Because the curriculum is project-based, during certain phases of film production students will be working beyond the regular class schedule.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

FilmSchoolSF has a trained financial advisor on staff ready to work with you, one-on-one, to help assess your tuition options. Call 415.824.7000 to speak to a school representative directly.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE FINANCIAL INFORMATION

APPLICATION PROCESS: CLICK HERE TO BEGIN

For more information or questions please call Admissions at 415.824.7000

SIX MONTH DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING PROGRAM

You’ve had an idea for a documentary in your head for years, or you’ve already started shooting one and have accumulated hours of footage with not a clue what to do with it.

FilmSchoolSF’s new 6-Month Documentary Filmmaking Program is designed to teach students the core concepts and techniques of non-fiction digital filmmaking through the development, production and completion of a documentary film 15-20 minutes in length.

Students entering the class must come with a specific documentary project in-mind that they will produce during the program. The course, like all of the classes at FilmSchoolSF, is project based. Students begin by learning the basics of camera, lighting, story development, proposal writing and interviewing skills. As students develop these skills they will put them immediately into practice by creating a short documentary portrait of one of the characters in their longer film project. Students learn specific techniques for editing non-fiction films using Final Cut Pro.

After completing this initial portrait project, students dive deeply into the development and production of their main film. With an emphasis on storytelling and character development, students create their work in a supportive workshop environment. Each student writes, produces, directs and edits their own film, and during production, works with their classmates in small production teams. This process enables students to learn the core skills of documentary filmmaking, and allows them to collaborate with and learn from each other. It is a powerful process that yields very strong work.

Taught by an award-winning faculty of industry professionals, this program is part-time and well suited for working people. Films produced in this hands-on course can be either stand alone, designed for film festivals or public television, or the beginning of a feature-length documentary project. Every student will finish the program with a firm foundation in documentary filmmaking and the work to prove it.

Starts: April 20th, 2013
Evening Program: Mondays 6:30pm-9:30pm + every other Saturday 10am-5pm
Tuition: $5,845

Skills Learned
Non-Fiction Story & Character Development
Digital Cinematography, including DSLRs
Interviewing Skills and Techniques
Directing
Producing
Documentary Proposal Writing
Fundraising
Documentary Editing
Final Cut Pro
Soundtrack Pro
Motion Graphics for Film

DIGITAL FILMMAKING WORKSHOPS

5 WEEK & 3 MONTH DIGITAL FILMMAKING WORKSHOPS
2 WEEK DIGITAL FILMMAKING WORKSHOP
1 DAY INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL FILMMAKING WORKSHOP

5 WEEK & 3 MONTH DIGITAL FILMMAKING WORKSHOPS

Our 5-week and 3-month digital filmmaking workshops are hands-on classes designed to introduce students to the art and craft of digital filmmaking. These workshops are an excellent exploration into the language of cinema and the tools of digital filmmaking. Each workshop student writes, produces, directs and edits their own short film and crews on classmates’ productions. Students learn fundamental digital filmmaking skills using professional equipment. Students produce their work using Panasonic HD cameras; professional lighting, grip and sound equipment; and state-of-the-art sounds stages. Students edit their films using the Apple computers and Final Cut Pro HD. At the end of each workshop, students premiere their films in front of family and friends.

Our popular and often sold-out digital filmmaking workshops cover fiction, documentary – and now music video production! As in all of our workshops, each student writes, produces, directs, and edits their own short film.
2013 5-Week Workshop Schedule

Start Dates:
February 4th, 2013 – (Evening Schedule)
May 6th – (Evening Schedule)
June 10th – (Day Schedule)
July 22nd – (Day Schedule)

Evening Schedule: Monday-Thursday 6:30pm-9:30pm,
Day Schedule: Saturday 10am-4pm
Tuition: $2,950

Sample 5-Week Schedule*

Week 1 - HD Camera Fundamentals/ Intro to Storytelling / Pitching Ideas / Lighting for Motion Pictures
Week 2 - Script or Doc Proposals Due / Producing 101/ Essentials of Directing / Location Sound / Tech Rehearsal
Week 3 - Movie Production
Week 4 - Final Cut Pro Basics / Principles of Digital Editing / Fiction or Doc Editing / Editing Labs
Week 5 - Rough Cut Due / Audio Post-production & Music/ Creating Titles / Output to QT & iDVD / Movie Premiere

*Scheduling is subject to change due to holidays, etc.

2013 3-Month Workshop Schedule

Fall – Evenings & Weekends
2013 Start Dates:
January 26th
April 13th
July 13th
September 28th

Schedule: Wednesdays 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Saturdays 10am – 5pm*
Tuition: $2,950

Sample 3-Month Schedule*

Week 1 - HD Camera Fundamentals / Composition / Intro to Storytelling
Week 2 - Pitching Ideas / Essentials of Directing / Lighting for Motion Pictures
Week 3 - Script or Doc Proposals Due / Casting / Location Sound / Camera & Lighting Workshop
Week 4 - Script Draft 2 & Doc Proposals Due / Producing 101 / Shoot Logistics / Tech Rehearsal
Week 5 - Movie Production
Week 6 - Movie Production
Week 7 - Movie Production
Week 8 - Final Cut Pro Basics / Principles of Digital Editing
Week 9 - Fiction & Doc Editing / Using the FCP Tool Bar / Editing Lab
Week 10 - Rough Cuts Due & Critiqued Due
Week 11 - Audio Post-production & Music / Creating Titles
Week 12 - Fine Cuts Reviewed & Critiqued / Output to QT & iDVD / Movie Premiere!

*Scheduling is subject to change due to holidays, etc.

2 WEEK DIGITAL FILMMAKING WORKSHOP

Summer III

2013 Start Dates:
July 8th
August 5th
Schedule: Monday – Friday, 10am – 4pm
Tuition: $1,345
Application Deadline: July 30th, 2012

This intensive hands-on workshop teaches the fundamentals of digital filmmaking and visual storytelling. Students learn core digital filmmaking skills: basic composition, digital cinematography, “painting” with natural light, directing 101, producing, non-linear editing & post-production.

Working in small production teams, each student writes, produces, direct and edits their own short film – a visual montage. Students use professional tools of digital filmmaking including Canon DSLR cameras and Apple Final Cut Pro.

At the end of the class, students will premiere their work for family and friends.

Skills Learned
Cinematic Composition
Digital Cinematography with DSLRs
Shot Terminology
Painting with Natural Light
Directing 101
Storytelling with Visuals
Pre-Production techniques
Depth of Field
Editing 1: History and Montage
Final Cut Pro Basics
Editing Workflow
Titling and Color Correction

1 DAY INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL FILMMAKING WORKSHOP

In addition to our Digital Filmmaking Program and Workshops, FilmSchoolSF offers a unique, one-day digital filmmaking boot camp experience!

Whether you are a novice looking for a primer on all the aspects of making a film, a veteran who needs a refresher, or just a movie buff interested in the behind-the-scenes process, FilmSchoolSF’s one day Introduction to Digital Filmmaking class is the perfect place to start! In this hands-on intensive class, students are offered instruction in the basics of storytelling and screenwriting, pre-production and planning, film camera composition and shooting, lighting for the camera, editing techniques and Final Cut Pro basics, and strategies for launching a career in the digital filmmaking industry.

NEXT CLASSES

Saturday, August 17
Friday, August 23

10:00am-5:00pm
Registration: $199.00

Call 415.824.7000 to enroll

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

FilmSchoolSF has a trained financial advisor on staff ready to work with you, one-on-one, to help assess your tuition options. Call 415.824.7000 to speak to a school representative directly.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE FINANCIAL INFORMATION

APPLICATION PROCESS

CLICK HERE TO BEGIN

For more information or questions please call Admissions at 415.824.7000

Thank you and we look forward to seeing your movie!

Daniel Barre

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