Filmmaker Discussion Panels

Panel and Presentations graphic, SFDFF 2019

Three FREE Discussion Panels for Dance Filmmakers at San Francisco Dance Film Festival

Visual Effects for Dance Films

Friday, Nov 8, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Brava Theater Cabaret Room


When do visual effects enhance the choreography and storytelling or when are they just “eye candy?”

Panelists include filmmakers Lauren Bedal & Devon Stern (Imaged Escape); Angela Rosales Challis (Stages); Jayson Tang (Flower + Dance); Mike Schaefer (Dialectic Diary).

Moderated by Bruce Nicholson.

Bruce Nicholson is a visual effects artist who has won two Academy Awards for The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). He was hired at ILM to work on the original Star Wars (1977) after working at a small optical effects facility, Ray Mercer & Co. He remained at ILM for 19 years, and then went on to work for Sony Imageworks, Digital Domain, Rhythm & Hues, and Tippett Studios as a Compositor and Visual Effects Supervisor on nearly 50 films. He has taught Visual Effects at Academy of Art University, and is actively engaged in independent filmmaking.

Dancing with Drones

Saturday, Nov. 9, noon – 1 p.m.   Brava Theater Cabaret Room


Want a bird’s eye view of your choreography for a dance film? Check out our Dancing with Drones panel to see stunning drone visuals and learn more about the in’s and out’s of drone use.

Panelists include New Zealand filmmaker Corey Baker (Dancing on Icebergs), Bay Area filmmaker Ellie McCutcheon (Women Who Drone ambassador/instructor), Finnish filmmakers Thomas Freundlich and Valterri Raekallio (Northern Exposure program Fram & Cold Storage).

Moderated by Eddie Codel

Eddie Codel is a San Francisco based commercially licensed drone pilot who has been building, flying and filming with drones since 2013. Eddie is also the founder and director of the Flying Robot international Film Festival, which showcases award-winning drone films from around the world.


VR Presentation, SFDFF 2019

Virtual Reality Presentation

Sunday, Nov. 10, 5 – 6 p.m. Brava Theater


Journey through the birth of an idea with this behind-the-scenes look at Dance Film SF’s new Virtual Reality film Into the Neural Forest.

Into the Neural Forest is a unique collaboration between researchers and artists. For our 2019 Co-Laboratory film, we paired Jodi Lomask of Capacitor with Adobe research engineer Bhautik Joshi. Go behind the scenes with Bhautik and Jodi for a discussion of the process and challenges involved in the creation of Into the Neural Forest, Dance Film SF’s first VR film.

We took the strengths of what makes VR a unique medium – intimacy, emotion, immersion – and used these as guiding principles to create a powerful voyage through the birth of an idea.

Discussion Panels

November 8, 2019 1:30 pm

​November 9, 2019 12:00 pm

November 10, 2019 5:00 pm

Brava Cabaret

Price: Free and Open to the Public


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