Student Spotlight: Kendra Goff

July 26, 2016
Taylor Louis

kendra goff

Kendra Goff is a current Digital Filmmaking Program student and is producing & directing her thesis project, a short film entitled, “Marvin’s Purse.” Kendra is from Sebastapol, CA and is 20 years old.

In her own words…

marvins purse kendra goff“Ever since I got ahold of my parents camcorder filmmaking has been a gateway for me to tell any story that’s on my mind.  It started by just making goofy videos with my friends, but as I got older, I found that I was able express myself more than ever. I realized that this was going to be my megaphone for all the feelings and passions inside me, and if there was anyway I was going to make a difference in this world it would be through film.  My hope is to put out as much  joy into the world as I can with my work, because I think we can all use that every now and again.”

Tell us about your journey to find San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking.

I’ve known for some time that I wanted my career path to be in filmmaking, I just didn’t know how to approach it. LA? Not LA? 4 year Film School? No Film school at all? FilmSchoolSF was the perfect middle ground,  where I could create a good quantity of high quality films for my portfolio, but not spend 4 expensive years in a huge city I wouldn’t like.

Describe the 3 most valuable learning experiences, or accomplishments you got from being here.

  1. Plot grows out of character.
  2. Making a film is a team sport.
  3. The movie I’m making will never look like the movie in my head before I start, and that’s okay, because most of the time if I try hard enough, it will turn out better.

Where do you see yourself and career as a filmmaker in the next 3 years? 

IMG_2320I hope to be contributing my skills to a local production company, collaborating with creative people that open my eyes to a new way of cinema. On the side, I hope to never stop producing my passion projects and use the language of cinema to raise my voice in the things I care about the most.

What would you tell aspiring Filmmakers who are considering enrolling?

Filmmaking can be for anyone. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t know the latest 4k camera or the best editing software. Filmmaking is for anyone who has a story to tell and this school is here to help bring those stories come to life in possibly the most exciting way.

Check Out Kendra’s Film, “Marvin’s Purse” Below

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