Program: Film Connection for Film Production & Editing

Film Editing

Film Connection provides affordable, unique education models coupled with mentor-based (externship) programs that can be engaged remotely or in person.

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Film Editing Program

In many ways the film editor is the most misunderstood of all film professionals. Often considered just a film technician, a good editor is without doubt, much more than that. He or she is a qualified storyteller of the highest order. Yes, the film editor assembles all of the footage that the director has shot, but it is his/her job to put it together in a manner that will keep the audience guessing and craving more. It’s no wonder that within the film community, a good editor is highly revered and considered a magician with the power to make or break a film.

For this reason, there are two aspects to the Film Connection film editing school alternative: the storytelling aspect and the technical aspect. You will learn both. While you extern one-on-one under a professional editor in a post-production facility learning Adobe Premiere Pro, you will also learn storytelling from our structured course curriculum for producers and directors.

What You will Learn as an Apprentice of This Program

Please review what you will learn by attending our alternative to film editing school with one-on-one instruction. As a Film Connection student, you will do approximately 2 lessons per week for six months, and learn things like:

  • Saving, hiding, and quitting in Adobe Premiere Pro
  • How to begin and organize program elements
  • How to mark clips
  • How to use the timeline
  • How to copy, paste, and cut clips on the timeline
  • Using the overwrite and insert functions
  • Dragging and dropping
  • Starting your rough cut
  • Working with cutaways and insert shots
  • Cutting to music and narration
  • Adding sound to your sequence
  • Applying video and audio to clips
  • Trimming techniques
  • How to use Selection, R Ripple, Slip, Roll, and Slide
  • Adjusting Edit Points
  • Transitioning to video and audio tracks
  • How to create subclips from clips
  • Reconnecting media in Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Capturing footage using a deck or camera
  • Changing motion properties
  • Working with Key Frames
  • Creating online sequence
  • Mixing audio
  • Exporting to Quicktime
  • Quicktime conversion
  • Exporting to tape

 

You will also learn

In addition to the technical aspect of editing, you will also learn storytelling. Upon completion of this 6-9 month program, you will also learn:

Film Geek 101 – Knowing your movies

  • Drama
  • Comedy
  • Romance
  • Thriller, Suspense
  • Horror
  • Sci-Fi/Fantasy

The Screenplay

  • Story Structure
  • The Protagonist and Antagonist
  • Characters
  • Dialogue
  • The History of American and World Cinema

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This Is Your Curriculum

Lesson One

In this lesson, you will learn to open, save, hide and quit Adobe Premiere Pro; understand the functions of the program’s interface; how to begin a project and organize basic program elements; and how to change the layout to suit your editing needs.

Lesson Two

In this lesson, you will understand how to play and mark clips. You will learn how to edit your marked clips to the Timeline using the Overwrite and Insert functions as well as the drag-and-drop method. Furthermore, you will learn how to change Timeline parameters and adjust a clip’s audio within the Timeline and Viewer.

Lesson Three

Lesson three focuses on starting your rough cut. You will also learn how to copy, paste and cut clips on the Timeline. In addition, you will work with adding cutaways or insert shots to your sequence with the drag-and-drop and three-point-editing techniques.

Lesson Four

In this lesson, you will continue working on a rough cut and incorporate the techniques of cutting to music and narration. You will cover some of the many uses of Markers to aid the editing process. Finally, you will work with the basics of adding sound to your sequence.

Lesson Five

Lesson five focuses on trimming techniques. You will gain a better understanding on how to use the Selection, Ripple, Slip, Roll and Slide tools to adjust edit points. You will also learn how to add basic transitions to video and audio tracks.

Lesson Six

In this lesson, you will further your command of the program by creating subclips from clips, adding Markers to clips, and using the Replace edit function. You will also learn how to reconnect media in Adobe Premiere Pro.

Lesson Seven

Lesson seven deals with capturing footage using a deck or camera. You will learn how to preview your footage, mark footage for capture, and log clips. You will also learn how to use the three different capturing methods: Capture Clip, Capture Now, and Batch Capture.

Lesson Eight

In this lesson, you will learn the basics of changing some of the motion properties, which includes speed, freezing a frame, and adjusting size and position. You will also cover the uses of Keyframes. Furthermore, you will learn how to apply video and audio filters to clips, copy and paste attributes, and add basic titles to a sequence.

Lesson Nine

In this lesson, you will begin the finishing process of your cut. You will learn how to create an online sequence, mix audio using the mixing layout, and perform basic color correction.

Lesson Ten

In your final lesson, you will cover how to export your cut in a variety of different ways. You will export a QuickTime movie, QuickTime conversion, audio only, and learn how to export to tape.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Judi Levine

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

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Judge Mathis

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

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Sandy Stern

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

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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.

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Paul Guay

Credits: Liar Liar, The Little Rascals, Hearbreakers

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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.”

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Ron Osborn

Credits: The West Wing, Meet Joe Black, Duckman

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Doug Eboch

Credits: Sweet Home Alabama, The Hollywood Pitching Bible

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Meet our Mentors

Why learn from teachers when you can learn from the professionals?

Zef Cota

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Zef Cota

Background

Alphabet City Films is a film production company based in New York City, NY. We are a collective of writers, directors, producers, cinematographers, and other talented filmmakers. We have created many short films, and recently produced our first feature length film: The Trouble.

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Jim DeGroot

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Jim DeGroot

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Clients: Green Bay Packers, Disney, National Guard, Doritos, ABC World News, Good Morning America, St. Joseph’s Medical Centers, Homeland Security

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Eero Johnson

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Eero Johnson

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“I’m Eero Johnson. I’m a film and video producer living in Bellingham, Washington. For over ten years I’ve been creating commercials, corporate videos, web videos, sales DVD’s, music videos … whatever it takes to get your message to your audience. I have a great group of clients and I love what I do.”

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Chris Varner

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Chris Varner

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In a career spanning nearly 20 years, Chris has worked in almost every facet of video production, from lens to post. His credits include EPK work on “Sleepy Hollow”, “Under The Dome”, “The Longest Ride”, “We’re The Millers”, “Iron Man 3”, “One Tree Hill” and more.

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John Raffo

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John Raffo

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John Raffo started as a photographer in New York before turning his attention to screenwriting. Over the last twenty years he’s worked on a variety of credited and uncredited projects (including, DRAGON, THE BRUCE LEE STORYTHE RELIC, and THE INTERPRETER”). His original screenplay RENKO VEGA AND THE JENNIFER NINE appeared on the 2011 Black List. THE 7TH SWORD is his first story written directly as a graphic novel.

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Shawn Hamer

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Shawn Hamer

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17 time Emmy award winning DP/Camera Operator, Producer and Director with over 20 years of experience in the Film, Television and Audio business. Extensive professional experience for top clients across the country from Miami to Anchorage, from New York to San Francisco. International production experience in South & Central America as well as China for both documentary and commercial production. Well versed in handling both low and high budget production ($1k to $3.5m). Professional still shooter as well with full ProFoto strobe lighting and speedlight kits. Lots of contacts in the Detroit metro area and in major cities across the globe for every type and size production – full cinema production, 3D production, aerial shoots, camera car, crane/jib, etc. I also have shot, explored, camped and lived all over Michigan – I know the state EXTREMELY well, particularly it’s remotest regions.

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Sebastian Triscari

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Sebastian Triscari

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“Young people are the future of this industry. Mentorship programs like The Film Connection are the most efficient and effective ways for anyone who has a passion to gain the information and experience necessary to be successful!”

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Mitch Kaufman

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Mitch Kaufman

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A native of Atlantic Beach, Mitch Kaufmann has been offering video services to area businesses and residents since 1984. He started Atlantic Video Productions by shooting weddings, business seminars, and sporting events.

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Horacio Jones

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Horacio Jones

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Award winning director, Horacio Jones is a multi-faceted Video Producer, Director, and Editor. He has turned CinemaViva into one of the leading video production studios in San Diego. In addition to making outstanding corporate video productions, he is committed to making socially conscious and inspiring films and documentaries that bring magic into peoples lives in fun and colorful ways.

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Deen Olatunji

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Deen Olatunji

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Deen’s most recent film is “Warfare”, which was screened at the heart of Dallas and several other cities across the United States. Deen has also worked on several feature, short films and other content, which include “Kanaani” (Popular TV Series”), “The Call”, “King Sacrifice”, “Who Am I” , and “Dancing With The Docs-Texas”. (TV Series). He is currently working on his next projects “The Alarm Clock” (Short Film) and “Eze Back To School”  (Feature Film) all coming up in fall and winter 2016.

Deen believes the RRFC program is great because it’s one of the few reputable schools that teach you on the field which he states is a great way of learning.

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Rex Piano

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Rex Piano

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“The Film Connection allows aspiring writers to work with professionals.  The students not only learn theory, but practical applications to screenwriting.  I wish it was around when I was a student.” — Rex Piano, Producer/Director, Impact Earth, Fall of Hyperion, Rome: Rise and Fall of an Empire, Murder Dot Com, Hope Ranch, The Month of August

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Matt Kaczkowski

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Matt Kaczkowski

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Matt Kaczkowski graduated from Winona State University with a BA in Mass Communications Broadcasting. He spent three years as a DJ and produced an award-winning radio production.  Prior to starting SilverWater Productions, Matt was an event planner and A/V services coordinator for 4 years. Matt’s passion for film and video is a catalyst for SilverWater’s success.

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Ivan Alzuro

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Ivan Alzuro

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“Unlike the local University, Film Connection sends us committed and focused students. We have turned 1 student into full-time contractor – that says it all!”

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Daniel Lir

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Daniel Lir

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Dream Team Directors is a prestigious directorial team founded by Bayou Bennett and Daniel Lir. Their company motto, “Let our dream team manifest your dream”, symbolizes the expansion and positive attention they win for their celebrity and high-profile brand clients and collaborators such as Adidas, MTV, Coldplay, P. Diddy, Smashbox Cosmetics, Atlantic Records, Chrome Hearts, Oscar De La Renta, Oscar nominee Mark Ruffalo, Golden Globe nominee Anthony Mackie, Matt Bennett of the “Big Bang Theory” and Lea Michele of Fox’s “Glee.”

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Rocco Michaluk

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Rocco Michaluk

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Michaluk has been creating award winning Film & TV productions for over 15 years. His Film Clients include Columbia Pictures, Indian PaintBrush, PBS, NBC, American Empirical Pictures and Fountainbrush Films. His Television clients include NBC, Television Academy / Emmy’s, MTV, Viacom, E! Entertainment, CBS, ABC, Travel Channel, Leftfield Pictures, PETA, and others.

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Alejandra Huerta

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Alejandra Huerta

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Alejandra Huerta specializes in On-Screen Promotions, Executive Presentation Tapes and Sizzle Reels. She started her career with Andromeda in Miami offering Production Services to MTV Latin America as an editor for on-air promotions. She then relocated to New York where she became a successful producer and editor for Viacom and NBC Universal. After her professional experience in NY she relocated to Florida where she continues to manage, produce and edit projects at Andromeda Productions.

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Joaquin Palma

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Joaquin Palma

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“The thing I admire most about the program is that it pairs you with people doing the job that you are aspiring to do. In doing that, I feel it gets rid of the “glamour” that people associate with this business, and helps them realize that it is, in fact, A JOB. It takes hard work, a lot of practice and a sincere courtesy towards one’s colleagues to get ahead and stay relevant; not that tired stereotype of the suffering artist that won’t settle for anything less than his vision of perfection! I don’t think they teach you that at traditional film schools.” — Joaquin Franco Palma

Joaquin Franco Palma was born and raised in Los Angeles and is a first-generation American. Having started his career as a production assistant, Joaquin has gone on to become an award winning writer and director of both independent features and TV; most notably, as a staff writer on the Emmy nominated HULU series, EAST LOS HIGH. Aside from writing for the screen, Joaquin is also a published author of fiction and is a youth writing volunteer for the NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND and NOSOTROS ORGANIZATION programs.

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Drew Mason

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Drew Mason

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I started getting serious about making videos during summer backpacking trips with my friends between college semesters at Central Michigan University. Shortly after graduating, I was asked to produce a local TV show. I jumped at the opportunity and never looked back. Since then, I’ve produced videos for documentaries, national ad campaigns, and commercials for multinational companies. Recently I was part of a team that produced videos for Lansing’s Silver Bells in the City, and we received an Emmy Award for special event coverage.

My introduction to the business wasn’t with videography; I was a wedding DJ for nearly 8 years. Through this experience, I discovered that weddings are not only among my favorite things to be a part of, but also to film. I love capturing the excitement, love, and energy surrounding them.

When I’m not editing videos – haha, funny joke – I like to make music. In fact, I serenaded my wife Amanda with my ukulele for our first kiss. True story! I also try to get out to the backcountry wilderness with just a backpack from time to time, especially in beautiful northern Michigan.

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David McClain

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David McClain

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Credits: Coca Cola, Google, Dateline, Travel Channel, NBC

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Demetria Kalodimos

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Demetria Kalodimos

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In 2000, Demetria established Genuine Human Productions, writing, directing, shooting and editing true stories about real people…genuine humans. Demetria Kalodimos has anchored and reported television news for more than 30 years. She’s won some of journalism’s most prestigious awards including 15 regional Emmys, 2 National Headliners and 2 Investigative Reporters and Editors Awards.

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Grant Salisbury

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Grant Salisbury

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Over fifteen years post production experience in Orlando—Grant has provided video editorial, 2D & 3D animations, and motion graphics for a multitude of media clients through his post production company, GFX Creative.

Short & Long Format Video Editorial, Event & Theme Park Animations, Infomercials, Broadcast Commercials, Corporate Communications and Interactive Media for The Walt Disney Company, Universal Studios, Sea World, Lockheed-Martin, AAA Insurance, 3M, Siemens, Honda, A&D Medical, Toyota, FedEx and others.

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Jae Macallan

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Jae Macallan

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Jae Macallan is the owner, producer, and lead editor for Yoyostring Creative in Seattle, WA., with satalite offices in Portland, OR and San Diego, CA.  Yoyostring produces traditional video as well as animation, 360 VR, live video switching and video mapping. 

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Ron Osborn

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Ron Osborn

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“Simply put, there is no better or more effective way to teach anything than one-on-one, mentor to student.  This is what the Film Connection does.” — Ron Osborn

A writer/producer in television for 35 years, Ron has been nominated for 7 Emmys, 3 Cable Ace Awards, and 2 Writers Guild Awards on shows like MOONLIGHTING, THE WEST WING, and the adult animated DUCKMAN.  He has written pilots for every primetime network, numerous cable networks, as well as movies like MEET JOE BLACK; and has developed feature projects with Steven Speilberg, Ron Howard, and George Lucas, among others. .

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Sam Borowski

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Sam Borowski

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“The Recording Radio and Film Connection is such an effective program, because it takes the student out of the classroom and puts them in the very field they seek to be a part of. With mentors that actually work in the student’s respective field, they get first-hand knowledge of how everything works and just what to do. I think it’s the best way to get hands-on experience and the lessons learned are very valuable. I also think that the interview process helps to match a student with a mentor that will be right for them.” – Sam Borowski

Directed and produced the feature film, Night Club starring Oscar-Winner Ernest Borgnine, Natasha Lyonne and Paul Sorvino. Wrote and produced the feature-length documentary Creature Feature: 60 Years of the Gill-Man with Oscar-Winner Benicio Del Toro and narrated by 2-time Emmy-Winner Keith David. Also directed and produced the film Maniac.

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John Lafia

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John Lafia

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John Lafia is a director and writer, known for Child’s Play (1988), Child’s Play 2 (1990), Man’s Best Friend(1993) and 10.5 (2004)

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Brian Dryden

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Brian Dryden

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Clients: The North Face, Cherokee Sports, LSU

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Peter Foldy

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Peter Foldy

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“For a fraction of the price of a university course, students of the Radio, Record and Film Connection receive one-on-one consultation and mentoring from a seasoned film professional. It is an opportunity for an exchange of meaningful ideas and for some, even a chance to network, an essential requirement to make an in-road in the film business.”

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Eric Abrams

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Eric Abrams

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“Unlike many programs that stress theory over doing, our goal is for our students to have completed a 1st draft of a screenplay or be well on their way in 10 sessions.”
 
Credits I’m proud of: “Married…With Children,” “Gary & Mike,” ‘Live & Maddie,” and an unaired Muppet pilot.

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Monty Mickelson

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Monty Mickelson

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Freelance Journalist, Financial Writer, Corporate Communications Copywriter, Writer of Corporate Training and Life Skills Videoscripts, Public Relations Account Manager, Special Events Promotion and Media Wrangling, Award-Winning Published Novelist, and Feature Film Screenwriter.

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Daniela Larsen

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Daniela Larsen

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Daniela Larsen is the former CEO of Creative Media Education. She created and expanded education & certifications in Digital Media, Film, Cyber Security, Leadership and Technology. She also developed strategic partnerships in the private and public sector to make this education and training accessible to the public. Finally, she used digital media, documentaries and non profit experience to create opportunities for cause marketing, tell the stories that have real impact and increase the reach of online education to the remotest places in the world. She is currently the Executive Director & Founder of Small Candles Education & Economic Development, the CEO of the Navanas Institute and a Certified Partner for Infusionsoft.

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Success Stories from Our Students

Gordon Maniskas, Manchester, MA


“The Film Connection gave me the means to pursue screenwriting as a career. I learned from professionals, but I would say, that in their own way, they were teachers because they were trying to elevate you.”

Catura Jenson, Sandy, UT


“[My mentors] were extremely proud of me and during that time decided to hire me on as a full-time editor. I was really proud of myself too, and was excited to see my name as editor on the documentary. Ian, the editor that I work with, tells me everyday that he has seen my talents in editing grow tremendously and that he is very proud of me. …He constantly reminds me how proud he is of me and how much I have grown as an editor. It makes me so happy to hear that from him!”

Robert Forteza, Westchester, PA


“I hope to be able to make a sustainable living doing what I love and that is producing videos for various people and clients. I try to keep working on videos by putting up local ads for small business, local groups and bands for various videos I could help them with. This gives me more experience at what I do and allows me to have a presentable portfolio for any future clients. Currently I have already editing some highlight reels for athletes to present to colleges and have some upcoming events to film and edit. I do not plan on slowing down when it comes to learned about this industry and am also currently working on a feature film script, which has always been my dream goal to make.”

– Anthony Puglia, Orangeburg, NY


“After a good amount of time in the studio, I started to notice that I was maturing rapidly—the way I talked, acted and conducted my business. I went home feeling accomplished and happy. Happiness is the most important thing in your life. Almost one year later, I’ve made so many great connections that I’m steadily working in the industry. My lighting skills are getting better and better on every shoot I’ve been on. My whole outlook on directing improves every day. You will never master this industry, but you can sure do great in it! Always keep an open mind, and listen to your fellow workers. Take in as much information as you can and adjust it to your life, and career.”

Anthony Nocerino, Westminster, CA


“I hope to use the connection that I made with Tom Malloy to get opportunities to work with other professionals. I also am counting on the RRF Connection to help me get my name and information out to the right sources. I am ready to start my career in the industry and possibly join a studio getting regular work.”

 

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Coursework is delivered via distance education and completed at a location determined by the student. Externship locations can be up to 60 miles away from the student’s address. The externship mentor will work with each student on structuring a specific schedule, the student agrees that he/she will be available to meet with the mentor for a minimum of two sessions per week.”

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