The San Francisco Film School was founded by filmmakers with the core philosophy – “the best way to learn the art and craft of filmmaking is to make films!” Our unique production-based curriculum combines traditional classroom learning with practical, hands-on instruction. Students study core areas of filmmaking including directing, screenwriting, cinematography, producing, editing & post-production, and audio for film (see list of classes below). During the course of each program, students make their own films, collaborate on classmates’ projects, make industry contacts, and create a body of work that will help them launch their career.
The Professional Certificate program can be completed in either three (3) semesters (day schedule) or four (4) semesters (evening/weekend schedule). It focuses on creative expression and is designed for students wishing to pursue careers in corporate and web-based production. See the complete list of classes below.
Every semester students write, produce, direct and edit their own films, as well as, crew on each others’ projects. Over the course of the program, students will make five (5) short films, each project becoming progressively more challenging.
Visual Montage (2-3 mins)
Short Fiction Film (4-6 mins)
Documentary (5-7 mins)
Web Commercial (:30 sec)
VR/360 Short Film (2-4 mins)
This production-based curriculum means that students learn filmmaking both in the classroom and on-set, producing creative work that will help them develop their artistic voice and launch their career.
This was easily the most productive and transformative 12 months of my adult life.