FilmSchoolSF 10th Anniversary Celebration

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It has been an exciting 10 years since the San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking has been helping filmmakers achieve their goals. On Saturday February 7th we are planning a special day to celebrate the schools 10th anniversary and the students who have made our success possible. From 2pm until 10pm we will be having forums, student screenings and SPECIAL GUESTS, in the evening there will be food, drink and live entertainment. Please join us for an exciting day of celebration and honoring those that have made this the best filmschool in San Francisco! Keep an eye on your inbox for more details!

SF Film Society Launches New Women Filmmaker Fellowship

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The San Francisco Film Society has just launched the SFFS Women Filmmaker Fellowship, a new suite of services that will support female writer/directors working on their second or third narrative feature with financial backing, programs and events, mentorship services, industry connections and more.

DGA Study: "Women and Minority Directors Face Significant Hiring Disadvantage at Entry Level"

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The Directors Guild of America has revealed the results of a five-year study examining the gender and ethnic diversity of first-time directors on scripted series. In the five-year span from the 2009-2010 to the 2013-2014 television seasons, 82% of the 479 directors who received their inaugural assignment in episodic television were men, and 87% were Caucasian. That means women and minority first-time directors accounted for only 18% and 13% of those hires, respectively.

Atomos Shogun 4K Recorder review – the good, the bad and the 4K

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I have had a production unit on loan from Atomos for almost a week and had the chance to really put it through its paces. Over that time I have run various tests, shown the unit to some well respected cinematographers and been able to gain an overall opinion about the Shogun. I have also interviewed Atomos CEO Jeromy Young to get his responses on what I and other users thought could be improved.

Does Cinema EOS mark the end of high spec Canon DSLR video?

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If Canon announced that they were withdrawing from the enthusiast stills camera market, you’d be surprised. It’s a pretty big market. But withdraw from the enthusiast video market they almost certainly have at the moment, whether they meant to do or not.
In terms of resolution on their enthusiast and semi-pro DSLRs Canon have settled around the 720p mark in reality – although labelling it 1080p the real resolution delivered is significantly lower. In the 5D Mark III the image comes off the sensor beautifully, we know this from shooting raw video with Magic Lantern. What are Canon doing to the image to hurt it so badly with the DIGIC processor?

Panasonic GH4 vs Sony A7s Review - 4K vs ISO

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Two brand new video cameras with different strengths going head to head is always a ton of fun. Not quite as fun as having to make the decision of which one of these cameras to purchase. We all know by now that nothing beats the A7s in low light and the 4k in camera shooting of the GH4 definitely has it’s advantages. So which one of these cameras should take its place in your camera bag, let’s find out.

San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking has become a nationally accredited school

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The San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking participates in all Federal Student Financial Aid Programs by the Department of Education. Students who are accepted into the Digital Filmmaking Program are eligible to receive Title IV funding, including Pell Grants and federal loans. FilmSchoolSF President and Co-Founder, Jeremiah Birnbaum, says "Last year we became a nationally accredited institution and this year we are able to offer financial aid. With our students having access to federal grants and low cost loans, we continue to enhance and improve the FilmSchoolSF experience." When you click apply today is should go to the FAFSA web site. www.fafsa-application.com

Canon Collaborations: The Crew of VICE on HBO and their Go-To Gear

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VICE on HBO takes you deep into the world's biggest political and cultural clashes. To capture the hair-raising stories you see on screen, VICE Media's Director of Photography Jake Burghart and Segment DP Jerry Ricciotti are no strangers to shooting in extreme conditions -- and need reliable gear to keep up with their immersive documentary shooting style. Find out why Jake and Jerry turn to the Canon EOS C300, XF105, XF305, and 5D Mark III to get the job done and learn how they configure their cameras while shooting in hostile environments.

San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking has an average job placement rate of 92%

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Our Digital Filmmaking Program is designed to prepare students for careers in the entertainment industry, one of the largest segments of the economy. Graduates are typically getting jobs in four fundamental areas: film/television, corporate, documentary/non-profit, and internet/new media. Film & Television - Graduates of our program have recently worked on dozens of feature films shot locally including Woody Allen's Oscar-winning film, "Blue Jasmine" and Ryan Coogler's Sundance & Cannes-winning film "Fruitvale Station." In addition, graduates have crewed on many of the HBO productions filmed in San Francisco. There are also a number of local production companies that specialize in "reality-based" television and some of our recent graduates are working steadily with them.