Short Filmmaking Workshop – 3 Months

Wednesday’s 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Saturday’s 10:00am – 5:00pm

Our Short Film Workshop is a hands-on class designed to introduce students to the art and craft of filmmaking. Offered in both a 3-month and 5-week schedule, this workshop is an excellent exploration into the language of cinema and the tools of digital filmmaking. Each workshop student writes, produces, directs and edits their own short film and crews on classmates’ productions. Students learn fundamental digital filmmaking skills using professional equipment.

Students produce their work using Canon DSLR cameras; professional lighting, grip and sound equipment; and state-of-the-art sounds stages. Students edit their films using Apple computers and Adobe Premiere Pro. At the end of each workshop, students premiere their films in front of family and friends.

Our popular and often sold-out filmmaking workshops cover fiction, documentary, and music video production.

As in all of our hands-on workshops, each student writes, produces, directs, and edits their own short film.

The school really laid the foundation for me as a filmmaker. As I continue to progress in my career, I’m extremely thankful for the SFSDF program and the skills it taught me.

Daniel Tantalean
Short Film Workshop Alumni


  • Week 1 – DSLR Camera Fundamentals / Composition / Intro to Storytelling
  • Week 2 – Pitching Ideas / Essentials of Directing / Lighting for Motion Pictures
  • Week 3 – Script or Doc Proposals Due / Casting / Location Sound / Camera & Lighting
  • Week 4 – Script Draft 2 & Doc Proposals Due / Producing 101 / Shoot Logistics / Tech
  • Week 5 – Movie Production
  • Week 6 – Movie Production
  • Week 7 – Movie Production
  • Week 8 – Adobe Premiere Pro Basics / Principles of Digital Editing
  • Week 9 – Fiction & Doc Editing / Using the Adobe Premiere Pro Tool Bar / Editing Lab
  • Week 10 – Rough Cuts Due & Critiqued Due
  • Week 11 – Audio Post-production & Music / Creating Titles
  • Week 12 – Fine Cuts Reviewed & Critiqued / Output to QT & iDVD / Movie Premiere!


Wednesday’s 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Saturday’s 10:00am – 5:00pm

Length: 3 Months


  • Personal Cover Letter (1-2 pages containing a personal history, and motivation for attending)
  • High School Diploma (or GED)
  • Must be at Least 16 Years of Age

Tuition & Fees

Tuition: $3,395
Application Fee: $45

How to Apply

Step 1:

Application Form


Step 2: Submit the complete application packet

  • Completed Program Application
  • Personal Cover Letter

Mail to:

San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking
Attn: Admissions Department
155 Sansome Street, 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA


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Please note there is a non-refundable $45 application fee