How Film Connection Works for the Aspiring Filmmaker
At Film Connection, we’ll put you with an industry professional where you’ll learn first hand what it takes to make a career in the film business. Our programs and workships run the gamut of filmmaking, from writing screenplays that capture the imagination while maintaining the structure, to getting a film sold and made, to making final edits before it hits the big screen.
And you don’t have to move to Los Angeles or New York to do it. With mentors located throughout the country, with us, chance are that you can stay close to home while learning the ropes. Which isn’t to say you won’t go on location – many of our externs travel during their education. We’re simply saying you won’t have to uproot your life to chase your dreams.
Film Connection doesn’t offer “normal” classroom education in which you spend a few hours in class with other students, listening to lectures, taking notes, and learning about filmmaking in a somewhat abstract and removed manner. With us, you will be receiving a one-on-one education while working on real-world projects. You’ll be working with a professional and training on their indutry-standard equipment. But be forewarned, this isn’t time for daydreams, it’s time to work!
You probably won’t be working on the next summer blockbuster, or blocking shot for an Oscar winner (though our student externs have worked on some very big project like Black Panther and Ant Man 2). You will, however, be working with a professional who’s downright passionate about filmmaking. With us, you could be re-writing a 45-second scene that takes place in a grocery store for a small independent film. The Avengers it isn’t, but you’ll be learning hands-on and making connections with the filmmaking pros you meet along the way.
Film Connection’s Screenwriting Film School Alternative
Our approach to screenwriting pairs one screenwriting student extern (you) with one experienced filmmaker who knows the ins-and-outs of writing scripts that get made. Via remote online sessions, your mentor works with you and guides you step-by-step through the process of developing your idea for a movie into a fully-developed, completed script or screenplay, along with your logline, pitch, and insight into the process of getting that film sold and made.
Joe Eszterhas reportedly once sold a script written on a cocktail napkin for millions of dollars. While we can’t guarantee that kind of payoff when you finish learning screenwriting with us, our mentors will show you what has to happen to produce a “Killer Script.”
Without a script, there is no movie. It’s as simple as that. Sure, there are times when a rough idea has been sketched out and actors and directors have been tabbed to make the film. But the cameras don’t start rolling until everyone has a script in hand.
So what is a Killer Script? It’s the script that gets read in one sitting and the wheels are set in motion. An actor gets on the phone with the agent, a studio gives the green light, and producers get the money together to make sure it’s done right. It’s how you elevate yourself above the other 99% of screenplays floating around.
Film Connection’s screenwriting film school alternative will lay the groundwork to empower you to write your own Killer Script. By starting with the classics, you’ll get an understanding of which essentials all great scripts have in common. As they say, to become a great writer, it’s important to read great writing.
Learning the differences between adapted and original screenplays, the three-act structure and what each act needs, and character development, will be just a few of the aspects of screenplay writing included in the curriculum. You have an idea of what you want to write, these steps show you how to expand upon that idea and then develop it into a fleshed out story concept.
Working with your Film Connection screenwriting mentor, you can start connecting the dots between the script and filming, the opening and closing credits, previews, reviews, and even the audience that will be discussing your work on social media.
But know this: becoming a professional screenwriter takes a lot of work, determination, and thick skin. That being said, if you have a story to tell, you’re probably the only person who can tell it the way you think it should be told; the way you see it in your imagination. By externing with a professional screenwriter, you can learn to harness your creative vision and generate scenes, dialogue, and plot points through guided instruction.
With the Film Connection’s screenwriting film school alternative which utilizes the mentored-externship approach, you can be on your way in just a matter of 6 to 9 months.
The Film Connection Directing Approach
Once the script is locked down and financing is in place, it’s time for the director to go to work. As an extern working directly with a film director, the Film Connection directing training via the mentored-externship approach, will give you the opportunity to learn from a working filmmaker in a film production company.
While some directors also produce their films and even do some of the writing, their main responsibility is to blend together all of the creative aspects of the production into a single cohesive unit.
Being a director is probably the most demanding position in the industry. Because they have a hand in almost every aspect of the film, the buck stops with them. That’s why so many directors come from other filmmaking jobs, such as Director of Photography (DP), film editor, screenwriter, and producer. When it comes to film, having a broad understanding of the process can only help.
In addition to mechanical aspects of filmmaking, the director also has to play mediator at times. There are a lot of creative minds and strong opinions (egos) involved during the process. The ability to work with many different personalities – and get those personalities to work with each other – is one of the most important roles of a director.
At Film Connection, the education you’ll get is completely real-world because your education in film is on real projects, real sets, real locations, training with an experienced filmmaker.
Of course, there’s more to making a film than writing a script or directing people on the set. Editing, line producing, storyboarding, lighting, and more all come together to create a finished project, regardless of the budget size or the length of the movie.
At Film Connection, you’ll learn what goes into making a film and what needs to happen during pre-production, production, and post-production. And you’ll do it in an immersive environment, working directly with people who do this for a living.
They work hard to make a career in this business, and you’ll work hard to earn actual hands-on experience, make industry connections (if you’re taking advantage of the opportunities we put right in front of you), and get your certificate of completion. Learning what it takes to become a professional director is a career choice which requires heaps of dedication, a seriously fierce work ethic, and the ability to really go the distance. If that sounds like something you’re up to, then maybe being a director is the career for you.
1. WE KNOW WHAT CONVENTIONAL FILM SCHOOL MISSES
Let’s be honest. The one reason you’re looking into film school is because you want to be a film director. Someone like Tarantino, David Fincher, Ridley Scott, Ava DuVernay, Taika Waititi or someone totally different, who breaks all the molds.
Have that one film idea and you want to get it made? It’s your film, your idea, your masterpiece that you want to make and show to the world. This passion consumes your dreams and fills your every waking moment.
Contrary to what some think, we believe the quickest way to kill your passion is to sit in a classroom, digest tons of assigned reading, and work on someone else’s student film only to end up $50,000 or more in debt. In other words, if you’re serious about making your film, traditional film school might not be the best route. Why incur heaps of debt when what you should be doing is working for cheap while you build your credits and experience. Film Connection’s approach to film education work in alignment with the way the industry actually operates. We up where ordinary schools leave off, and we’re all about helping you make your movie.
From day one at the Film Connection, you’re learning how to make your movie.
Other film schools leave out all the good stuff.
Advantage Film Connection.
Keep reading if you want to learn more about how to become a working film director.