Watching a movie on the big screen makes audience members feel like they’re really there with the characters, especially during climactic popcorn-eating scenes. Learn how to butter your own imagination with today’s Groupon: for $79, you get a one-day intensive Introduction to Filmmaking class at the San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking (a $199 value).
The award-winning faculty of professional directors, producers, and writers at the San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking helps students to lay the groundwork for a bright, creative future in the movie business. The seven-hour Introduction to Filmmaking class imbues aspiring auteurs with a firm understanding of cinematic basics, from storytelling and pre-production to lighting the boom mike perfectly in every frame. Pupils receive fast-paced training on the school’s professional-level equipment, including Sony HD cameras and Sennheiser audio equipment. Aside from the technical knowledge nuggets, workshop attendees also pick up inside tips on how to break into the movie business, such as impersonating a famous director by shouting into a paper megaphone. Introduction to Filmmaking classes occur on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a minimum of four registrants required in order to hold the class.
San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking
To propel students feet-first into the industry, the San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking has designed a project-based curriculum that combines traditional classroom study with real-world training. The school's one-year program covers the filmmaking process from start to finish, including independent filmmaking in different genres such as fiction, commercials, documentary, and straight-to-Internet shorts of cats completing three-act emotional arcs without ever leaving their boxes. At the end of the project-based program, each student comes away with more than five completed projects that include a 30-second commercial and an 8- to 12-minute thesis film, plus crewing on an additional 25 or more student films. The school also leads shorter programs and workshops designed for the active student, film enthusiast, or veteran filmmaker. Workshops include one-day, two-week, five-week, and three-month filmmaking courses, and a six-month documentary filmmaking program, though few humans can stay awake for a full six month-long movie.