The Right Tools for Success

The school has all the equipment you will need and is more than willing to work with you in order to make sure that you have the best experience possible.

Taylor Metzger
Digital Filmmaking Program Graduate


Sound Stage

Film Schools Bay Area: FilmSchoolSF

We have a state-of-the-art sound stage on the campus of FilmSchoolSF. The Main Stage has 400 amps of power to handle any professional film lighting requirements and a beautiful custom-built Green Screen for shooting special effects.

Apple Computer Lab

Film Schools Bay Area: FilmSchoolSF's Apple Computer Lab

All of our computer equipment lab/classrooms offer students tricked-out Apple iMac computers running the latest editing and sound design software including the industry-standard Adobe Premier Pro. Students in their 3rd & 4th semesters shoot entirely in 4K, so one of our computer labs features brand new 5K iMacs able to edit uncompressed 4K video. In addition, students who shoot green screen on our state-of-the-art sound stage learn compositing using specialized plug-ins and Adobe After Effects.

Professional Cinema Cameras

Film Schools Bay Area: FilmSchoolSF's rental equipment

From the first day of class, our students work in HD video using the latest professional-grade cinema cameras. Students learn the craft of cinematography shooting on Canon DSLR’s, Canon C-100’s, Sony A7s’ and RED Scarlet cameras. Professional Vintom, Monfroto and Miller tripods, matte boxes and hi-end tech monitors will round out every students camera package.

Sound Recording Equipment

Film Schools Bay Area: FilmSchoolSF's sound recording equipment

Our students learn the craft of production audio recording using the best professional digital filmmaking equipment. At traditional film schools audio is often ignored, but not at FilmSchoolSF. Our students use Sennheiser shotgun and lavalier microphones, Rode mics, multi-channel Tascam and Zoom digital recorders, and light-weight boom poles.

Lighting & Grip Equipment

Film Schools Bay Area: FilmSchoolSF's lighting equipment

According to Stephen Kopels, one of FilmSchoolSF Founders, “lighting is everything.” Our extensive list of lighting and grip equipment attests to this philosophy. Students use Arriflex, KinoFlo, Mole Richardson, Chimera, Matthews and Century lighting / grip equipment – all the same digital filmmaking tools used on professional movie productions.