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San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking - SoMa

$79 for a One-Day Introduction to Filmmaking Class at the San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking ($199 Value)

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  • Expires Aug 29th, 2012.
  • Limit 10 per person, may buy 10 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit.
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Questions and Answers 7 questions

Q:

Can we bring audio recorders and camcorders to record the class? Not every minute, but the important setup stuff like lighting, sound recording, cabling, etc.

jl N.  asked on  Feb 24, 2012

A:

Good question and thanks for asking it beforehand. An audio recorder would be okay to use for some of the more technical parts of the class.

Jeremiah B.  from  Merchant  replied on  Feb 26, 2012

Q:

If the average class size is 15 to 20 people, how much hands-on instruction can there be? Based on the photos shown with this offer, it appears that getting even 10 people in a location shoot will be very crowded. With instructors, students, actors, etc. it seem that space would be extremely tight to observe what is happening, never mind getting hands-on. Yes, it is a basic one-day intensive class, but are we getting our money's worth?

jl N.  asked on  Feb 24, 2012

A:

Great question. The classes are held at our downtown campus and there is plenty of room for all of the students. In addition, for the hands-on editing and lighting workshops, we split the class into two groups so that everyone gets a chance to practice what they learned in the lecture. Yes it is a one-day workshop, but we do our best to pack as much information and hands-on practice as we are able. I am confident you will feel like you got MORE than your money's worth.

Jeremiah B.  from  Merchant  replied on  Feb 26, 2012

Q:

My 10 year old son is going to use this Groupon. Either his father or I would like to accompany him during this class without actually taking it. Do we need to get another Groupon or can we just come along? Thank you!

Lisa M.  asked on  Feb 21, 2012

A:

Thanks for your question. It's an advanced class for a 10 year old, and it is fast-paced with a lot of hands-on components to it. I would have to say that an adult would certainly need to accompany him, and honestly I think your son would get a lot more out of the class if you were to take it with him.

Jeremiah B.  from  Merchant  replied on  Feb 21, 2012

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I'm interested but concerned. No offense, but my worry is that the day will include much pitching of the longer programs. Wondering if the proprietor can share a rough schedule of the day? Of course, it is only a day so not expecting a degree! :) But would only be interested if this attempts to impart some practical basics. Finally, these are held any Friday and Saturday for which there are at least four attendees? Can he speak to how often this has been literally offered, say in the past month? Have a small kiddo, so tend to need to schedule in advance. Thanks much!

Everett W.  asked on  Feb 21, 2012

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Hi Kenneth, no worries, some good questions. It's a fun day filled with as much practical knowledge as we can fit into it! There is very little pitching. We teach five classes during the day which are a mix of lecture and hands-on instruction. The five classes we teach are: Producing & Film Terminology (this is an overview of the filmmaking process covering main jobs, preproduction, production, and post production); Directing 101 (this is breakdown of shots -CU, OTS, WS, etc. - used in filmmaking as well as the 180 degree rule and how to shoot coverage) with students getting their hands on professional HD cameras; Lighting for Film (this class covers 3-point lighting theory and techniques, with students practicing lighting a subject using Arriflex light kits); Editing 101 & Basic Final Cut Pro (this class covers basic editing techniques as well as how to start using Apple's Final Cut Pro - with students getting to practice what they learned in our computer lab); and Storytelling/Screenwriting (this class teaches fundamental story structure and the basics of screenwriting). In the past few months we've taught this workshop regularly, ever other weekend. The average class size has been around 15-20 people.

Jeremiah B.  from  Merchant  replied on  Feb 21, 2012

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I am concerned about safety and parking near the school. Is there a parking lot on campus? Is it large enough for everyone who might use this Groupon?

Sue-Ellen P.  asked on  Feb 20, 2012

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The school is located right in the heart of San Francisco at the corner of 5th and Mission in the historic San Francisco Chronicle Building. It is a safe area with lots of people and access to parking and public transportation. We are a 1/2 block from the Westfield Mall (Bloomingdales, Nordstroms, and a great food court) and one block from the Powell Street BART/MUNI station on Market street. The school does not have its own parking lot, but there is street parking and a huge parking lot across the street that is very reasonable (especially on the weekends).

Jeremiah B.  from  Merchant  replied on  Feb 20, 2012

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what is the minimum age that could attend please? my son is 15 and my daughter 12.

Rowena M.  asked on  Feb 20, 2012

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Your son and daughter are more than welcome to attend. We've had all ages of students take the workshop and really enjoy it. The day is a FULL one, so a passion for filmmaking is a must. It is also a great experience to share. We've had families, couples, co-workers and friends attend together.

Jeremiah B.  from  Merchant  replied on  Feb 20, 2012

Q:

Appropriate for a 13 year old?

Raissa L.  asked on  Feb 20, 2012

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Yes. We've had students of all ages, from 12 to 72, take the 1-Day Film Workshop and really enjoy it. However, the class is a FULL day of both classroom and hands on learning, and we pack as much information as possible into the workshop. Passionate interest in film is a must. It could also be a fun experience for a parent and teenager to do together.

Jeremiah B.  from  Merchant  replied on  Feb 20, 2012

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