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San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking To Hold Open Houses(2)

Founded by filmmakers Stephen Kopels and
Jeremiah Birnbaum, the new

San Francisco
School of Digital Filmmaking

(SFSDS) will hold open houses on Mar.
20 and Apr. 3, from noon to
2 p.m. on both days at the
school’s new state-of-the-art facility at 2565 Third
Street, Suite 337.
The school will educate students where “the movie set is
classroom” and students work as apprentices alongside industry
professionals for hands-on training in moviemaking.

Prospective students and interested
community members
invited to talk with faculty, tour the Third Street
Stage studio, enjoy
refreshments and meet other aspiring filmmakers.

The school’s project-based curriculum allows
students to make their own
high-definition digital movies and work on a
feature-length independent
movie produced by SFSDF’s in-house production company,
Third Street
Pictures. Students and faculty work on a series of
productions that
progressively more challenging, at each level
enhancing students’
skills in
producing, directing, lighting, shooting, sound
recording and editing.

SFSDF, which has been certified by California’s Bureau
for Private
Postsecondary and Vocational Education, offers two
programs of study:

The Digital Filmmaking Program

designed primarily for students wishing to pursue a career in the motion
picture industry, is a 38-week course consisting of two intensive classes:

Essentials of Digital Filmmaking

(18 weeks)
Students in this class will create their own five-minute
narrative fiction and documentary films, a ten-minute
documentary and a 30-second commercial, as well as apprenticing on a
short school-produced documentary.

Advanced Digital Filmmaking

(20 weeks)
In the advanced course students will create a 20-minute
thesis movie and apprentice with working professionals as crew members on a
feature-length movie.

Students will also work with award-winning associate
instructors who
bring a
wealth of professional filmmaking experience to the
school. Instructors
include producer/director/editor/production designer
Roy Cox, lighting
director/gaffer Richard Favaro, producer/creative
director/director of
photography Robin Mortarotti, executive
producer/production designer
Normandie Ramirez and

The 18-week Essentials of Digital Filmmaking classes,
both daytime and
evening sections, begin Apr. 25. Tuition is
$8,450. The 20-week
daytime Advanced Digital Filmmaking class begins May
16. For more
information or to register for classes, call
(415) 824-7000 or (toll
(877) 292-4200.