looking for classes in SF area
Posted 09 January 2011 - 10:08 AM
could anyone point me out where to find information about cinematography classes using the Canon 5D, in the SF area?
I've been searching online, but couldn't find anything.
I'll be visiting the US for a few months and would like to take a course or workshop.
Posted 02 February 2011 - 05:46 AM
They also offer lighting classes as well, instructed by some good friends of mine (someone different everytime, but always someone who understands the craft).
City College of San Francisco also offers a cinematography course which is well worthwhile. When I took it, we only shot 16mm, but since there are no more labs in SF they may be using alternatives, such as Canon DSLR's. Contact John Carlson of Monaco labs who teaches the course, and he could tell you the details: john(at)monacosf.com
Posted 23 September 2011 - 12:57 PM
My best training came from being on the set and screwing around with regular 35mm still cameras and video cameras off campus. That, and watching films with quality shots and looking at good stills.
Posted 03 October 2016 - 04:04 PM
I took several classes at all of the major institutes of learning in the bay area over a 4 year period.
Unfortunately in all classes save one, I found the focus to be painfully dialed into the lowest common denominator.
In my experience, I learned more about cinematography in a screenwriting class! (no longer avail by that instructor)
Unless you have extremely limited knowledge, akin to waking up and deciding to make movies having never held a camera, I recommend a DIY education approach or going to another city - NYC has some amazing programs!
If the desire is to stay in the Bay and pursue film, consider getting inland marine insurance and going to rental houses instead of "film" school. The staff at DTC grip and VideoFax are SOOOO Smart and extremely willing to share knowledge!
Get a hold of Larry Walsh for insurance at:
Hammond Martin Walsh And Smith Insurance Brokers Inc
3749 Redwood Highway # A
San Rafael, CA 94903 - View Map
Phone: (415) 472-3151
Also read these two books, this forum, get a sub to American Cinematography, and go shoot till you figure it out!
Lighting for Film and Digital Cinematography 2nd Edition by Dave Viera (Author), Maria Viera (Author)
Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting Hardcover – November 25, 1997 by Robert McKee
THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CINEMATOGRAPHERS
Edited by Daniel Reed, 03 October 2016 - 04:12 PM.