make Your movie

Learn to make films alongside an industry insider.

Start Bringing Your Ideas to Life

Get Started View Programs

Film Connection is:
film education upgraded for the 21st century
Watch to learn why:


Our Approach to Education

We are not like other film or trade schools. We don’t waste your time in classrooms. This is the world of film. Everything you need to know should be taught in the real world. We are unique, bold, out-of-the-box thinkers; and after over 3 decades service — we have the formula that works:

Private Mentor in Professional Film Company
+
2nd Mentor: Private Academic Facilitator
+
Online, Interactive Curriculum
+
Meaningful Industry Connections
+
Hands-on Learning in a Film Company (Not a College Classroom)
=

A Recipe for
Success!

Private Mentor in Professional Film Company
+
2nd Mentor: Private Academic Facilitator
+
Online, Interactive Curriculum
+
Meaningful Industry Connections
+
Hands-on Learning in a Film Company (Not a College Classroom)
=

A Recipe for
Success!

1000+ Reviews

Every week we ask our students to review how they are progressing with our program.

We've got questions, and they've got answers!

Read Our Reviews

Get Started

Get Educated,
Get Access,
Get Hired.

With the right experience and connections, you can jumpstart your career in the film industry.

Please fill out the following information, and Admissions will contact you:


* Not all programs are available in every state. Consult an Admissions Representative to learn more.

Programs

In the Film Connection for Film Production & Editing program, you will study directing, producing and screenwriting as you develop your movie idea with a professional filmmaker. Then, upon meeting the necessary requirements, you will be given the opportunity to fly to Los Angeles or New York and pitch your film idea to an executive who could buy or get your movie made.

Film Production & Editing Details

In the Film Connection for Cinematography program, you will learn the techniques involved in capturing a moving image and will start to develop “the eye of the DP.” The cinematographer is literally the set ‘magician.’ DPs are responsible for the technological wizardry required to get the needed shots and to shape light to achieve the director’s desired artistic effect.

Cinematography Details

View All Programs

We provide job placement services.

 

Other students learn in classrooms...

OUR students learn in:

 

REAL Radio Stations

REAL Recording Studios

REAL Film Production Companies


 

Where jobs get filled.

When jobs become available, our students are often the first to know and get hired.

Long story short:

Our way just makes sense.

Our mentors want to hire people like you.

Afterall, if they’ve trained you themselves,
they know what you’re capable of.

See why we call ourselves Film Connection.
To find out exact job placement numbers in your area, give us a call.



We're here to help.

We provide job placement services.

Find Out Why

Other students learn in classrooms...


OUR students learn in the same places where jobs get filled.

 

REAL Radio Stations

REAL Recording Studios

REAL Film Production Companies

When jobs become available, our students are often the first to know and get hired.

Long story short:

Our way just makes sense.

Our mentors want to hire people like you.

Afterall, if they’ve trained you themselves,
they know what you’re capable of.

See why we call ourselves Film Connection.

To find out exact job placement numbers in your area, give us a call.

(800) 600-6956

We're here to help.

Real World
Film Education

From directing to producing to editing and screenwriting, our mentor-taught programs avoid the unnecessary costs and unrelated requirements of ordinary film schools and programs. Work directly with an accomplished industry filmmaker at a film production company or receive direct one-on-one training online.

Choose a Film Company in Your City

We provide access to vetted local film companies in over 250 cities across the country. With Film Connection, there’s no need to relocate. Learn online, in-person, or both!


Find Location
Connections Matter

Learn From Industry Pros

The Film Connection film school alternative is endorsed by filmmakers who are making movies, maybe even the movies you love.

Professionals in the film business—including famous producers, screenwriters and directors—endorse Film Connection’s programs for one simple reason: they know our real-world method works.

Hans Zimmer

From his early days in pop music, Hans has written original scores for such films as Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008), Gladiator (2000), The Da Vinci Code (2005) Sherlock Holmes (2009) and over 100 others.

Learn More

Joel Schumacher

Joel Schumacher and RRF have donated to The Endometriosis Foundation of America. This group aims to increase disease recognition, provide advocacy, facilitate expert surgical training, and fund landmark endometriosis research.

Learn More

Larry King

The Film Connection was recently invited onto the Larry King program to talk about how our externship program is making a difference by connecting our students and getting them hired.

Learn More

Dr. Drew

Dr. Drew and RRF have helped Tracey Wilson, a former gang member, get into film school, and are now helping him make his first documentary about getting your GED and going to college.

Learn More

Judi Levine

Sundance Award-winning Producer of the Academy Award-winning film, The Sessions.

Learn More

Judge Mathis

Judge Mathis and RRF are helping inner city youth get educated through the RRF program.

Learn More

Sandy Stern

Credits: Being John Malkovich, Saved! and Velvet Goldmine.

Learn More

Henry Bromell

Henry Bromell produced, created, directed the series Homeland, and has written and produced the television dramas Northern Exposure, I’ll Fly Away, Homicide: Life on the Street, Chicago Hope, Carnivale, Brotherhood, Rubicon, and Homeland.

Learn More

Paul Guay

Credits: Liar Liar, The Little Rascals, Hearbreakers

Learn More

Evan Astrowsky

“I went to a good film school, but the day I graduated I had no idea what to do. No one wanted to hand me thousands of dollars to direct or produce anything so I had to figure it out on my own.”

Learn More

Ron Osborn

Credits: The West Wing, Meet Joe Black, Duckman

Learn More

Doug Eboch

Credits: Sweet Home Alabama, The Hollywood Pitching Bible

Learn More

View Full List

Film Connection Film School News

Should You Storyboard?

Learn More

Film Connection student Arronn Lepperman Learns the Craft of Screenwriting

Learn More

Location Management: How Camera and Location Departments Work Together

Learn More

What Do To When Art Institute Closes

Learn More

Looking In Weird Places

Learn More

The Upside of Side Projects

Learn More

Which Books are Good to Adapt?

Learn More

Why Manners Matter in Music, Film, and TV

Learn More

What is the Next Step?

We get it. This isn’t your normal four-year college requiring coursework not associated with your area of interest. We are a post-secondary institution or trade school that's different in its approach. Here's how you can get more info:


Request Information Externship Location Call Admissions


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 build a career in the film business. Our programs and workshops 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, you can stay close to home while learning the ropes. We even offer one-on-one online film education, enabling you to receive direct instruction from a working filmmaking professional right from your home. Whether getting trained in-person or learning filmmaking through direct online instruction, you won’t have to uproot your life in order to start building your dream career.

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 an abstract and removed manner. With us, you will be receiving a one-on-one education as you work on real-world projects. If you’ve decided to train in-person, you’ll be working with a professional and training on their industry-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 shots for an Oscar winner (though our student externs have worked on some very big projects 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 or assistant directing on a commercial or music video. The Avengers it isn’t, but you’re learning hands-on and you have the chance to make connections with the working filmmaking professionals you meet along the way.

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 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, most directors actually come from other filmmaking jobs, such as Director of Photography (DP), film editor, screenwriter, producer and line 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, 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 of course the generous talent of the actors, all come together to create a finished project.

At Film Connection, you’ll learn what goes into making a film and what needs to happen during pre-production, production, and post-production. Choose the in-person option for your film directing education, and you’ll learn in an immersive environment, working directly with people who do this for a living. They work hard to make careers in the film industry, and you’ll work hard to earn actual hands-on experience, make industry connections (if you’re taking advantage of the opportunities in front of you), and earn 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.

Film Connection’s Screenwriting Film School Alternative

Are you interested in learning what it takes to write an effective script? Our approach to screenwriting pairs one screenwriting student extern (you) with one experienced filmmaker who knows the ins-and-outs of writing the kinds of 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. We can’t guarantee that kind of payoff when you finish learning screenwriting with us but the Film Connection screenwriting mentor who educates and coaches you will show you what has got to happen in order 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, actors get attached and directors tabbed to make the film. Nevertheless, the cameras don’t start filming until everyone’s got a script in hand.

So what makes a Killer Script? It’s how you elevate yourself above the other 99% of screenplays floating around. It’s the script readers can’t put down. It gets read in one sitting and when it’s read by the right person, the wheels are set in motion. The actor gets on the phone with the agent, the studio gives the green light, and producers quickly get the money together to make sure it’s done right.

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 receive lessons on important elements nearly all great scripts have in common. As they say, to become a great writer, it’s important to read great writing.

Learning the three-act structure, character motivation and development and how to really make the most of the visual nature of film are just a few of the aspects of screenplay writing covered in our industry-oriented curriculums. If you have an idea of what you want to write, you’ll now experience firsthand instruction on how to expand upon that idea, develop it into a fleshed out story concept. If you don’t have an idea that’s just waiting to be brought to life, your mentor will guide you through the process of ideation and coming up with a concept and story you will be eager to write.

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 it pays to have 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.

  • 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 pick 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.

  • 2. ALL ROADS LEAD TO HOLLYWOOD, L.A., THE WEST COAST…

    It’s ALL about making your film. Not your friends, not your fellow classmates, YOUR FILM. But in order to make your film, you are going to have to know how to get your film off the ground, from concept to screenplay, to pitching it to Hollywood and all the technical craft in-between. And when it comes to getting your film made all roads do lead to Hollywood because L.A. is still where the money is, where the deals are made, and where projects get the green light.

    Here’s how the Film Connection for Film Production & Editing works:

    You will start your course by externing inside a film production company in a city or town near where you live. That’s right, a location near you. They will teach you the basics of film through a hands-on, practical approach. You’ll touch the gear and see how working pros manage all these basics.

    Alternatively, you can get your filmmaking education via online remote lessons which are one-on-one and get educated from the comfort of your own home or wherever you happen to be.

    Simultaneously, while you learn film production and editing, you will also be working with a professional Hollywood screenwriter on the screenplay for your film. From your third lesson on you will be working on your film. You’ll be writing your screenplay, designing the look, the feel, the locale, the crew, the cast of your masterpiece all with the idea of getting your pitch ready for Hollywood.

    Then, for your graduation final, you will fly to Hollywood and sit in a room with a credible Hollywood Film Producer, and pitch your movie to him or her. Your goal? To get him or her to be a producer on your film and get it made, of course!

    Yes you read that right, we are the only film school alternative that helps you PITCH your hot movie idea to the people that can get moves made in the real world. Advantage: Film Connection

  • 3. FINALLY, A FILMMAKING COURSE FOR THE 21st CENTURY

    We think knowledge of the history and principals of filmmaking is important, and we certainly include a healthy dose of it in our curriculum. But the reality is filmmaking in the 21st century is a whole new ballgame. Digital technology has changed how films are made. Current filmmaking often breaks the rules and historical principals and films are better for it. So, we concentrate instead on putting the gear in your hands so you can put your ideas in film right from the start. Instead of immersing yourself in conversations about why such and such director did a scene a certain way, you’re doing it, learning hands-on and getting to see the principles behind all of the theory stuff.

    We teach you what you need to know to make films. If you want to become a film critic, you might want to attend traditional film school. Advantage: Film Connection.

  • 4. LOW TUITION SO YOU DON’T START YOUR CAREER IN DEBT

    Have you seen what ordinary film schools charge? You could buy a small house or a new Bentley for their tuition. Frankly, we have no idea why they charge so much. On the other hand, the tuition at The Film Connection is modestly priced and is generally far less expensive than conventional and private film schools. And do well and, with us, you can even pitch your film to professionals in Hollywood, and still be out of debt.

    Make no mistake, debt is a dream killer. Take our advice: don’t spend 50k or more to go to film school.

    This is the 21st Century, the film business is more accessible than ever but only if you are connected and if you are not in debt.

    Graduates from typical film schools are going to be in for a very rude awakening when they start knocking on doors with no connections.

    We save you as much as $100,000. Advantage: Film Connection.

    We are the film school alternative that arranges for you to pitch your movie to major agents, managers and film producers who are ready to hear your movie idea.

  • 5. PRIVATE, ONE ON ONE MENTORING IN YOUR CRAFT, the TECHNICAL CRAFT OF FILMMAKING

    You’re going to be learning a lot of stuff in the Film Connection. This could include working, hands-on, on a variety of shoots, working with cameras, sound, design, actors, editing and more. Who would you rather learn these essentials from—a working film professional or a school professor, or instructor? The constant complaint we hear from film industry professionals about film school graduates is that it takes a long time for them to unlearn the stuff they learned in regular old film school—because what they learned was not the way things are done in the real world.

    Look it’s simple, learning how a real film set works by working on student film sets at some expensive school probably isn’t the best use of your time and money.

    Our mentors mentor our students, meaning, they converse with them, instruct them one-on-one and help them learn how things are done in the real world, on real shoots.

    Mentors make better teachers because they’ve been there, done that.

    Advantage: Film Connection.

    Keep reading if you know you have what it takes to be the next great horror filmmaker, or if you have a great thriller, drama, or comedy that’s screaming to get out of your brain…

  • 6. JOB ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (Our film school has real job assistance)

    We hear you—you want to make your film. You want to be the next Wes Anderson, the next Sundance Award Winner, the next Academy Award Nominee,….The Film Connection is the only film school alternative that will give you the opportunity to pitch your film to a group of film industry pros who have the power to green light your project (if you are in ‘good standing’ and earn the necessary GPA). But there are no guarantees in life and so we want to be absolutely honest with you.

    If you don’t get your film green lit, what are you going to do? Go home and take that job at Taco Bell? No, of course not, you’re going to continue sculpting your film idea and you’re going to want to get a good job in the film business, working behind the scenes….

    That’s where we come in. As a Film Connection graduate you will have real world experience, you will have made industry connections and you will have us. We will reach out to our large network to help you, as you help yourself, to find a good job in the industry. With the Film Connection Stay Connected Job Assistance program you get up to a year’s worth of help at securing a job in the film business after you graduate.

    With ordinary film schools you’re pushed out the door with usually nothing more than a stale cold-call list.

    Regular film schools do not provide as extensive of a job placement program. Advantage: Film Connection.

  • 7. WHY FILM PROS ENDORSE US

    We’ve alluded to this before, but it’s worth repeating: film schools don’t carry a good reputation in the film business. The Film Connection does. Why? Because real film professionals, the ones that work on movies, documentaries, short films, industrials, etc. for a living, oftentimes see film school graduates as being pretentious and having bad attitudes and a sense of entitlement, who are schooled in all the wrong things, and generally, not worth the bother.

    On the other hand, true film professionals endorse the Film Connection because it resonates with them. They too had a mentor help them get started. They too had a dream they wanted to pursue. They too paid their dues. They know how the film business really works.

    The reason film professionals endorse us is because we get it. Do you? Advantage: Film Connection.

  • 8. SOLVING THE CATCH 22s

    There are two fundamental obstacles to becoming a successful filmmaker. One is a lack of experience and the other is not knowing the right people. What have you done and who do you know? The Film Connection helps you with both of these Catch 22s. Since you are training with your mentor inside of a professional film production company (which serves as your classroom), you will be gaining real-world insight into actual commercial film projects (as opposed to student film assignments) so that when you are asked, “What did you work on?” you will have an answer. Secondly, by the time you finish the Film Connection film course you will have connected with film industry professionals: your local mentor, clients of your local mentor, your screenwriting mentor, your pitch mentor, etc.

    We give you experience on client-funded projects. At ordinary film schools you work on student projects. Which means more in the real world? Advantage: Film Connection.

  • 9. CONNECTIONS

    There’s a reason we call our alternative to traditional school the Film Connection. That’s because we realized early on that the film business is all about who you know. We also know that if you want to know people in the film business, you need to hang out with people in the film business. Hint: You won’t be hanging out with people in the film business at your college or trade school campus, no matter how prestigious that school may be.

    The way to hang out with people in the film business is by being part of the production process. We place you inside a film production company, where you will extern for six months, working on commercial film, television, and commercial projects. If you decide to train directly with a pro via our online option, that’s you communicating and building your relationship with a working filmmaking professional for six full months. Just imagine the networking possibilities that are there for the taking.

    Ordinary schools don’t train their students on the inside. On the inside is where you can make these essential industry connections.

    We put you on the inside so you can connect with people in the film industry. Advantage: Film Connection.

  • 10. YOU GET TO PITCH YOUR FILM

    You might have an idea for the greatest film of all time, but if you don’t know how or who to pitch it to, you’d better have a lot of rich relatives if you want it to ever get made. With typical film schools, your final project gets graded by a professor. Even if you get an A+, your film is probably no closer to reality than when you started the course.

    With the Film Connection, meet the necessary requirements and your final project is to pitch your idea to a Hollywood film producer – a credible, real life, working producer who can get your project funded and made if he or she likes it. In doing so you will gain valuable experience, knowledge, and insight into how the pitch process works, some great feedback and critiques of your project, and get advice on where to go next. You’ll also have a polished, completed screenplay of your film. Know of any ordinary film school that does that?

    We open the doors that students from conventional schools can’t even find. Advantage: Film Connection.


1000+ Reviews

Every week we ask our students to review how they are progressing with our program.

We've got questions, and they've got answers!

Read Our Reviews
Schedule a Virtual Tour

Tour a Film Production Company
In Your Area

Please fill out the following information, and Admissions will contact you:

* Not all programs are available in every state. Consult an Admissions Representative to learn more.