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Programs

In the Film Connection for Film Production & Editing program, you will study directing, producing and screenwriting inside a real film production company in your city 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.

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Workshops

The screenwriter is the person who creates, takes, or adapts an idea and formulates a screenplay. Without the writer, there would be no movie. Period. He or she is the starting gate. He or she is the person who gets the ball rolling down the hill.
 
In the Film Connection for Screenwriting workshop, you will learn the elements that make for a “Killer Script” by developing and writing your own feature length screenplay under the direction and mentorship of a working professional screenwriter.

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In many ways the film editor is the most misunderstood of all film professionals. Often considered just a film technician, a good editor is so much more than that. He or she is also a qualified storyteller of the highest order.
 
In the Film Connection for Film Editing workshop, you will develop your knowledge of storytelling and screenplay structure as the foundational blueprint of a film. You will also develop your technical understanding of editing as an extern to a professional editor in a post-production facility.

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An Immersive
Film Education

From directing to producing to editing and screenwriting, our externship-based, 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.

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We provide access to vetted local film companies in over 250 cities across the country. With Film Connection, there’s no need to relocate.


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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 immersive hands-on method works.

Mark Kohn

Marc is an accomplished executive with a consistent record of managing costs, measuring progress with metrics and creating operational efficiencies. He’s a thoughtful and enthusiastic professional possessing the ability to create a vision, gain executive alignment and effectively lead dynamic high performance teams for success.

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Jason Hewitt

Jason Hewitt, a native of Louisiana, left the technology industry to join the film and television industry. Hewitt was an early mover in the Internet economy, founding the website creation and marketing management company Planet Symphony in 1994.

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David Fuhrer

David’s stage and studio clients include: Bravo, “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”, Sex & The City, American Cancer Society, Clairol, Law & Order – Criminal Intent, Amazon, Verizon, VH1, The History Channel, MTV, Director’s Guild of America and many many more.

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ICM Partners

and RRF have donated to the Hide & Seek Foundation’s SOAR (Support of Accelerated Research).

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Carl Millender

Carl Millender born in Shreveport, Louisiana on March 5, 1970 is a pioneer in the film and television industry. In 1990 Carl Millender became a cultural consultant for NBC’s new programs, including “The Fresh Prince of Bel-air”, “Seinfeld”…

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Brian Glazen

Equal parts MacGyver, Steven Spielberg and Gandhi, Brian has ideas. Ideas about marketing, ideas about communication and ideas about fixing just about anything that might be broken. When he’s not sharing his ideas with clients you can usually find him fixing things at his own home or eagerly searching for things that may need fixing…

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Sam Borowski

“Film Connection truly is the ‘Film School of Hard Knocks.’ It helps new students to gain experience and network and teaches one thing I always preach to young filmmakers: practicality. It gives new students and would-be filmmakers, writers and editors, a chance to connect personally with their mentors.”

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Alex Keledjian

Producer of Project Greenlight

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Richard Berg

Richard Berg is an Art Director’s Guild and Emmy nominated Production Designer. He is responsible for the Production Design of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami, Eleventh Hour, Miami Medical, Chase and Modern Family. Berg is also an architect.

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Jeff Kushon

Great program. I’m proud to be a part of it.” Jeff has worked on over 200 film sets and has been a Set Decorator on hit movies, “Dude Where’s My Car”, “Nurse Betty”, “Blade 2”, “Beautiful”, “She’s All That” as well as TV shows “Modern Family”, “Trust Me” and “Miami Medical”.

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Luis Estrada

“Our first extern in this program was put right in the middle of the action and it was amazing how he was able to learn by doing. This Film Connection is great for people with a sincere interest in this field. Our extern turned out to be a reliable resource and we hope his experience […]

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Matt Pellowski

“Being paired with working professionals and established companies allows up-and-coming artists to learn on the job, introduces them to the realities of film production, and helps them acquire the tools needed to become successful. Two of our current staff are graduates of the Film Connection.”

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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 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, chances 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 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. 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 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, 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, real sets, real locations, where you’re 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. 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 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 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. The truth is you can learn this stuff anywhere. But 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.

    While this is going on you will simultaneously 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 and these days. 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. Keep reading if you are for real…

  • 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 will 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 actual on the job experience, you will have made industry connections and you will have us, and we will reach out to our large network to help you as you help yourself 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 externing in your mentor’s film production company (which serves as your classroom), you will be gaining real-world experience on actual commercial film endeavors (as opposed to student film projects) 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. Imagine the number of film business people you will have the opportunity to network with. Ordinary schools don’t train their students on the inside. On the inside is shere 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 may 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, 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. Even if they pass on your project (and realistically, this happens a lot—even with filmmakers who have made numerous features) you will gain valuable experience, knowledge, and insight into how the pitch process works; some great feedback and critiques of your project; and some advice on where to go next. You’ll also have a completed screenplay for 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.


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