Los Angeles, California, December 18, 2008–The Entertainment Career Connection, Inc., offering certificate programs in all aspects of filmmaking, radio broadcasting and film engineering, today announced its new Film Connection mentorship program curriculum, offering two of the most comprehensive one-on-one mentor program on the market: the film engineering and film producer programs. No other program combines both the truly rigorous studio and one-on-one training with an industry professional. In addition, the company announced a complete re-design of its Film Connection recording school alternative website.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), “The employment of sound and broadcast engineering technicians and radio operators is expected to grow 17 percent over the 2006-16 decade, which is faster than the average for all occupations. The projected job growth varies among detailed occupations in this field. Employment of film and video equipment technicians is expected to grow 24 percent through 2016, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. Not only will these workers have to set up film and video equipment, but they will have to maintain and repair it as well. Employment of broadcast technicians and sound engineering technicians is expected to grow 12 percent and 9 percent respectively, through 2016, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

For students who want to learn to be a recording engineer, the Film Connection alternative school qualifies graduates for positions as a film producer, or a recording studio engineer. Taught in one-on-one private sessions in a real recording studio or film school, students extern under the direct supervision of a film industry professional, or mentor. Students work on real-world projects and also go through a course curriculum. No experience is required and students can take classes part time during night or weekend sessions, training around a current job. The engineering program qualifies graduates for positions in the film recording field.

The Film Connection teachers are real professional film producers and studio engineers who know how to succeed in the highly competitive recording and film engineering field. Students benefit as the industry experts pass their knowledge and experience on to the Film Connection classroom, providing training the practical way. Students learn in a real studio and under real life working conditions, being trained one-on-one by a working professional. The mentor faculty proactively teaches both professional and technical skills, which helps to bridge the gap between academia and the workplace.

“To see the Film Connection students come in here processing and doing stuff is the most rewarding thing. They’re actually doing things not reading a book, sitting in a classroom; they’re involved in all aspects of the studio, said program mentor, Donny Baker, also an engineer and producer. “Film school alternative students don’t just learn to record, they learn the studio business.”

Students serve as an extern, one-on-one, under a real life film producer, chief engineer or recording studio owner, learning Pro Tools, Reason, Logic, Q-Base, Abelton Live, the console, analog recording and more in private, one-on-one or two-on-one sessions in real recording studios. Their teacher is a real film engineer, film producer, session player or film business professional that takes them through the structured course curriculum in his professional studio. No experience is required. Part time, nights and weekend courses are available, allowing students to train around a job.

Audio Film Engineer Program
The recording engineering course includes written curriculums and training guides. Hands-on lab drill training is conducted in an actual local recording studio. The film recording film engineer school alternative program trains students via a film recording professional mentor. Students never get this kind of real-world experience in a traditional film school classroom. The film curriculum teaches students microphone placement, Pro Tools software, running the film board, interacting with talent, creating the final mix.

Traditional film schools cost between $15,000 and $50,000, the Film Film Connection film engineering program costs $7,450 for everything (books, tuition, curriculum, instructor and much more.

Film Producer Program
The film producer is the behind the scenes maestro who pulls together the entire recording session. On the film set, a director is the boss. In a recording studio, the film producer is the boss. Film producers have many roles including running the recording sessions, interacting with talent, handling logistics and budgets, and they are responsible for the recording, mixing and mastering.

“Anyone who is thinking about going to an film or film school for a career in the film business basically has only two choices: 1.) Go to a regular film engineering school, college or university at a cost of between $15,000 to $50,000 or 2.) Go to The Film Connection for about $7,450,” said James (Jimi) Petula, founder and chief executive officer of the Entertainment Career Connection, Inc. “We know what every single film business professional knows — the only way to get a job recording film for a living is to learn on real equipment while working on projects under an film expert.”

The Film Connection school alternative prepares students who extern under the direct supervision of a film industry professional in a real recording studio working on real-world projects. The course curriculum includes:

Film Connection students engage in a six-month program series with written lesson and in-person coaching concepts focusing on a curriculum of both career coaching and classes including: Introduction to Sound and Hearing, Digital Audio Basics ,Introduction to microphones, Introduction to signal flow and patch bays, Introduction to the console: Basic routing and mixing, Introduction to Pro Tools, Microphone Techniques/Pro Tools, Audio Processing and Plug-ins, Mentor guidance on the M-box, Signal Processing. Frequency/Dynamic/Time-based, Studio Design, Acoustics and Monitors, MDI Electronic Film Production, Sync and Automation, Recoding and Mixing Lab, and Surround Sound Mixing.

For the last 25 years more than 6,000 students have graduated from Entertainment Career Connection programs, creating a vast alumni network worldwide. The company provides mentor extern programs for the entertainment arts including the film, radio, television and film recording industries.

About Entertainment Career Connection, Inc.
Founded in 1984, the Film Connection has provided mentor extern programs for the film, radio, television and the film recording industries in more than 100 U.S. cities in all 50 states. The programs, where graduates find their dream careers, provide the entertainment industry with apprentices and entry level employees. The Entertainment Career Connection does not offer student loans from Sallie Mae, the nation’s leading provider of student loans. Enquire about other financial aid programs. More than 6,000 students have graduated from Entertainment Career Connection programs, creating a vast alumni network worldwide.

Entertainment Career Connection has a reputation for having the finest radio, recording, film production and acting programs in the entertainment media industry. Unlike any other schools, students learn from successful mentors in real world situations including active recording studio sessions, on real film sets and at actual on air radio stations as opposed to simulated classrooms where the pressures of client interaction and real deadlines do not exist.

The company is headquartered at Hollywood and Vine, by the historic Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, California. Visit, or

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Entertainment Career Connection
6253 Hollywood Blvd., Ste. 300
Los Angeles, California 90028
T: 1.800.755.7597

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