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14-day Intensive Filmmakers Workshop

About Workshop


In 14 day’s participants receive instruction to practice the craft of Screenwriting, cinematography, directing and editing. Each participant will write, direct, shoot and edit a short film project.  Each person will rotate in a different crew position on other participant’s projects. The final days of the workshop are dedicated to editing/postproduction which culminates with a Final Screening night. 


The duration of this workshop will be 14 highly paced and intensive days and nights. Your entire period will be spent doing hands-on filmmaking activities.

Lecturer Biography

Tim Powell is an internationally recognized, 4-time Emmy award-winning filmmaker. Having spent 24 years in Los Angeles and Hollywood, he as directed and shot everything from theatrical feature films to television series and documentaries. He wrote and directed the internationally released feature film, “Riding with James Dean,” as well as working on several other feature films in the roles of director, second unit director, director of photography, and editor.  In addition to working on over 350 episodes of network television for ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX, Tim worked as a producer and/or director for 12 series for the Discovery Channel and Discovery Networks. He also spent 5 years producing and directing for the documentary series, National Geographic “Explorer.”
He has a long history with Walt Disney Productions and Disney Entertainment, including live shows and network television specials. He has travelled all over the world, filming documentaries and events in 28 countries. He has extensive credits producing and directing live-stream events, especially large music festival and concert events. He has worked on video events with artists such as Madonna, David Bowie, The Grateful Dead, Steppenwolf, Bob Dylan, Heart, and Blue Oyster Cult. He worked as director for the theatrically released concert documentary, “Gerardo Ortiz – Como Un Sueño” (AMC Theatres in the U.S. and Latin America). He has lectured and taught film production courses at San Diego State University, Loyola Marymount University, USC and UCLA. He was the director for the United Nations Peace Day Global Broadcast, and is currently working as a supervising producer for an Amazon Original Series filming in the Fiji Islands.


This workshop is hosted at the School of Theatre, Television, and Film at San Diego State University. 


Participants will have access to digital cameras, lighting packages as well as editing suites.

Professional Cameras

Sony FS-7, Canon C-300, and Black Magic 4k cameras, as well as Sound Devices sound recorders.


Lighting equipment includes LitePanels, Arri lights, HMIs, Sky Panels and Mole Richardson lighting, as well as professional grip equipment.


San Diego is in Southern California, less than 90 miles south of Los Angeles, and is a border city to Tijuana, Mexico.


Classes will be held in one of two production sound-stages, and San Diego is a mecca for world-class locations including nearby beaches, deserts.

Post Production

Post Production facilities include 30 editing stations and edit bays running DaVinci Resolve, Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro, ProTools, and Logic Pro.

Suggested Accommodations
Participants in the Filmmakers Workshop are responsible for their own meals, lodging, and transportation.
Days Inn by Wyndham Mission Valley Qualcomm Stadium/SDSU
Address: 5343 Adobe Falls Rd, San Diego, CA 92120 
Phone: 619-436-4637. OR (call the Film School at 619-594-5091 ).
Mention “Filmmakers Workshop” for special rates during workshop, TO BE ANNOUNCED
Double Beds – $1,070.50
Single Bed –  $2,141.00       
Space is limited. Subject to availability.

14-day Intensive Filmmakers Workshop
in San Diego, CA
$3,500 Workshop Fees
$280 Equipment Fees



Call: 619-594-5091