Filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard once quipped, “All you need for a movie is a gun and a girl,” famously ignoring the fact that theaters only accept tickets. Take a peek behind the curtain with today's Groupon: for $79, you get a one-day intensive Introduction to Filmmaking class at San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking (a $199 value).
The Introduction to Filmmaking class imbues budding directors with an understanding of filmmaking basics and provides tips on how to break into the movie business. The one-day course takes place over seven hours, providing the equivalent of five FernGullys of fast-paced learning. Students focus on basic cinema-crafting elements such as screenwriting, preproduction, composition, editing, lighting, and impelling audiences to raise thumbs skyward while practicing on the school's professional-level equipment, including Sony HD cameras. The seasoned, award-winning faculty members lead small classes with a minimum of four students, ensuring that each individual receives a better understanding of how to launch a career in film and how to evade hordes of roving directors. The Introduction to Filmmaking class is held Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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.
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San Francisco, California 94103