San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking is the only one of all digital film schools in the country offering every student the valuable experience of crewing on a professional feature-length motion picture. As a part of the Digital Filmmaking Program’s curriculum, students work directly under professional digital filmmakers on feature film produced by the school’s sister company, Fog City Pictures. This is not an internship. It is an apprenticeship during which students are mentored as they work side-by-side with digital film industry professionals in key positions.

Students working on Fog City Pictures feature films become actively involved in the professional digital filmmaking community, learn critical on-set skills and get a valuable credit for their work on the digital film.

In the past few years Fog City Pictures has produced three feature films with a talented array of award-winning actors and digital filmmakers. Fog City Pictures’ fourth feature, TWO MOTHERS, is currently in pre-production.

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Presque Isle - Feature Film

Presque Isle is FilmSchoolSF’s first feature-length motion picture. Written and directed by Rob Nilsson, an award-winning director since the 1970s, Nilsson was the first American director to win both the Camera d’Or at Cannes (for his 1978 filmNorthern Lights) and the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival (for Heat and Sunlight, 1987). Presque Isle is set in Nilsson’s childhood home of Rhinelander, Wisconsin. He describes the story as “touching on themes of memory, human suffering, family reconciliation, and also a portrait of a land much neglected by American cinema.”

Around June - Feature Film

Around June is a love story in the vein of a classic fairy tale set near the shipyards of San Francisco. June, played by Hollywood actress Samaire Armstrong (Dirty Sexy Money, Entourage, The O.C.), is a young woman trapped in a life caught between her crippled, abusive father (Jon Gries (Napoleon Dynamite, Real Genius) and mentally challenged uncle (Brad William Henke (Dexter, World Trade Center, Sherrybaby, Choke), whose adoration of her offers little solace. Through a poetic twist of fate, June meets a penniless immigrant, Juan Diego (played by newcomer Oscar Guerrero), whose love empowers her to finally break free and realize her dreams.

Moonlight Sonata - A Feature Film

Moonlight Sonata screened at the famed CANNES FILM FESTIVAL last week to a positive and appreciative crowd. Near the same time, on the other side of the world, the film played at the Big Island Film Festival in Waikoloa, Hawaii. These come after great showings at the Honolulu International Film Festival where the film won the coveted Big Kahuna award for Excellence in Filmmaking, and a fantastic world premiere at the California Independent Film Festival. Moonlight Sonata is excited for its next big showing – a spot at the Staten Island Film Festival the first week of June.