About San Diego Filmmakers
Filmmaking is an art supported by science. Art is best learned by sharing which is how San Diego Filmmakers got started.
We are all volunteers sharing our love and enthusiasm. We can always use more volunteers.
Providing experience based education since 2005
There is a reason for that long list of credits at the end of a movie and the many skills they represent. We hold sessions open to the public on the second Tuesday of each month where we bring in guest speakers to help educate us on different aspects of the filmmaking arts. A typical audience might range from young students brought by parents to experienced industry veterans. From time to time we hold additional seminars on a Saturday to cover topics that need more time.
Our sessions also provide an opportunity for local filmmakers to share insight, engage in meaningful dialogue about critical issues, and form collaborative connections. Time is provided before and after our sessions to compare notes on projects and core subject matter. Here attendees can learn more about who can help facilitate their project or find a project where they can learn or practice a skill. These projects serve as the lab time and homework between our lecture sessions.
San Diego Filmmakers was established in September 2005 by award-winning writers, directors, and producers who came together to create a synergistic resource for filmmakers. The association’s first events featured presentations by Silver writer Chrisanna Northrup, former San Diego Film Commission vice president and director of features Kathy McCurdy, and Tombstone
producer Bob Misiorowski. The founding board of directors was comprised of writer-director Dan Margules, producer-writer Aaron Matthew Kaiser, producer-director Gerald “Wade” Varney, writer-director Robin Rigby, and Video Gear founder Martin Banks.
Since then, San Diego Filmmakers has produced years of events which have featured exceptional guest speakers, including actor Richard Hatch (Battlestar Galactica
), character actor Doug Jones (Hellboy
, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
), actor-comedian Mark Christopher Lawrence (The Pursuit of Happyness
), actor Faran Tahir (Iron Man
, Star Trek
), writer Jimmy Diggs (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
, Star Trek: Voyager
), Emmy Award-winning producer Erik Bork (From the Earth to the Moon
, Band of Brothers
), Sundance Film Festival award-winning director Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12
), and Oscar-nominated director Gregg Helvey (Kavi
). For more examples look at our list of past events.
are the backbone of San Diego Filmmakers. Everyone involved is a volunteer from the President to the one folding chairs (sometimes the same). We can always use more. If you have something to contribute or want to know how you can help, let us know.
has produced, directed, written, and performed improv sketch and stand-up comedy shows for more than 20 years. He has performed at the La Jolla Comedy Store, the Lyceum Theatre, and colleges, clubs and corporate events throughout Southern California.
has more than 40 years of experience with broadcast journalism and mentoring. Currently, he is an executive coach whose clients have appeared on 60 Minutes, CNN, CBS, Fox News and in the New York Times. For 17 years, Lefevre was a Bureau Chief and Correspondent at CNN, where he directed major network news coverage for an 11-state region. During his tenure Lefevre mentored and supervised more than 300 interns and entry level broadcast journalists.
is an electrical engineer by background and was part of the team that incorporated internet access into Sony televisions. He has been shooting video for over 30 years and is an active member of the San Diego Premiere Pro (video editor) users group. Bob has always liked working behind the scenes including special effects and programs for about twenty years with a local community theater group. His on stage efforts have been limited to speaking as a Toastmaster or teaching class in a community college.
is a graduate from San Diego State University in Television Film and New Media. Marc has had a great deal of experience with film and video. From an early age Marc has been passionate about many aspects of film including acting and writing which has led him to performing in improv and producing comedic short films. Currently Marc works at Video-Gear as a Rental Equipment Technician.
5th Board Member
is an electrical engineer at Hewlett Packard and loves shooting with a DSLR. He also works as a Product Evaluation Specialist at Video Gear where he tests and evaluates equipment which get reported as an on-line blog about what he discovers.
Some of our other volunteers
- Aaron Matthew Kaiser
- Geoff Laundy
- Jack Whidden
- Jeff Merrill
- Joe Castanho
- John Cole
- Len Savage
- Lauren O'Connell
- Martin Banks
- Mike Caballero
- Moh Salim
- Rametin Movahhed
- Salvador Mariscal