Program: Film Connection for Film Production & Editing

Film Editing

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 also 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 is 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: the storytelling aspect and the technical aspect. You will learn both. While you apprentice (extern) one-on-one under a professional editor in a postproduction facility learning Final Cut 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 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 Final Cut 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 Final Cut 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-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 Final Cut 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 Final Cut 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.

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Learn From Industry Pros

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

Professionals in the film business—including many of the famous producers, screenwriters and directors who’ve worked on the films that inspire you—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 apprentice (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 apprentice (extern) turned out to be a reliable resource and we hope […]

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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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Tabitha Hartbauer Learn Film Editing Mentor

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The BSP editing facility sets the standard for editing in Colorado. Three video edit suites utilize “Premiere Pro CS6”, “Final Cut Pro” and “DaVinci” and project Panasonic High Definition 1080p images on to 110” Stewart Screens.

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Jason Hewitt Learn Film Editing Mentor

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Jason Hewitt Learn Film Editing Mentor

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Odd Thomas, 13 Sins, Blood Out, Left Behind, Season of the Witch, Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever, The Outsider

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Joe Van Wie Learn Film Editing Mentor

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Joe Van Wie Learn Film Editing Mentor

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Following a spirited and notorious adolescence in Northeastern Pennsylvania, Joe did a stretch at New York University and ended up spending nearly a decade as an accomplished part of the New York City’s lively film and TV industry. During this time, he racked up credits ranging from producing feature films premiering at international film festivals to directing and producing content for a variety of national cable television networks. His most recent film is the locally-shot award-winning feature Forged. Joe is an active board member on the boards of Dress for Success, The Scranton Club and the American Advertising Federation of NEPA. Joe is also a member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the American Association of Political Consultants, and two time Pollie award winner.

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John Lux Learn Film Editing Mentor

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John Lux Learn Film Editing Mentor

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John Lux is the Chief Operating Officer for the IDEAS media and experience design company, which employs film program graduates nationwide. The projects his company handles stretch from Florida, to Europe, and as far as Shangai, China.

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Rebecca Ramon Learn Film Editing Mentor

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Rebecca Ramon Learn Film Editing Mentor

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Rebecca Ramon hails from Battle Creek, MI and is a proud Midwestern girl. She believes that’s exactly what keeps her down to earth and youthful. With a BA in Broadcasting & Cable production from Western Michigan University, and an MFA in Film Production from Chapman University, one of the top ten film schools in the nation, she’s definitely standing on her own two feet. Not only does Rebecca have a formal education, her mentor for post production was Paul Seydor, a member of ACE; the honorary society of motion picture editors. Paul edited movies such as “White Men Can’t Jump” and “This Christmas”. In other words, she has learned from the best, and has over ten years of experience, which ranges from pre-production to post-production in several mediums. Most importantly, she has the passion to share her knowledge as a mentor.

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Greg Freeman Learn Film Editing Mentor

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Greg Freeman Learn Film Editing Mentor

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Greg Freeman is an award-winning Director of Photography with nearly two decades in news, sports, entertainment, special programming, documentaries, and commercials. Greg has directed projects for nearly every major television network including ABC, Discovery, ESPN, HBO, HGTV, NBC, PBS, and more.

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Matt Jeppsen Learn Film Editing Mentor

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Matt Jeppsen Learn Film Editing Mentor

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The Flying Dutchman, The Launch, Less Cowbell, One in a Million

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Steve Riach Learn Film Editing Mentor

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Steve Riach Learn Film Editing Mentor

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Steve is an award winning producer, director and writer of over 250 films, documentaries, television shows and home video properties, including specials from the Olympics, Super Bowls, World Series, NBA and NCAA Championships, and college football bowl games.

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Avery Williams Learn Film Editing Mentor

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Avery Williams Learn Film Editing Mentor

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Avery O. Williams works steadily in both the film and theater worlds. He is the co-writer of the feature film Directing Eddie starring Valerie Perrine and Jade Barrymore, directed by Lawrence Kaldor which premiered at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival and was voted Best Comedy at the 2001 New York International Independent Film & Video Festival. He wrote and directed the industrial film for the City of Atalanta entitled Surviving Domestic Violence and he wrote and co-produced the film short The Willie Witch Projects, which was showcased at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival and is distributed by Trimark Pictures in their compilation entitled The Bogus Witch Project. Other short subject screenplays that have been made into films include Notes In A Minor Key, The Willie Witch Projects and The Chocolate Factory, Part 1.

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Harry Findysz Learn Film Editing Mentor

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Harry Findysz Learn Film Editing Mentor

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“The Film Connection Program uses real world people to mentor real world jobs.”

-Harry Findysz, Tucson, Arizona, Southern Arizona Video Productions

Producer of Live Television, Music Videos, Documentaries, Winner of Ashbury Best Music Documentary 2016 Linda Chorney The Cantina

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Logan Hale Learn Film Editing Mentor

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Logan Hale Learn Film Editing Mentor

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Logan is a lifelong filmmaker. With 8 years of experience in Event and Experiential Marketing, Logan has a passion for communicating the brand message and essence with artistic quality and creativity.

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Tom Malloy Learn Film Editing Mentor

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Tom Malloy Learn Film Editing Mentor

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The Alphabet Killer, Love N’ Dancing, The Attic, Hero of the Underworld, Law & Order: SVU

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Jason Jackson Learn Film Editing Mentor

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Jason Jackson Learn Film Editing Mentor

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Past productions include LMN’s Monstresses; Investigation Discovery’s Cuff Me If You Can; America’s Most Haunted and UFO’s Crashed my Vacation; America’s Most Secret and I Faked My Own Death for Discovery; National Geographic’s 42 Ways to Kill Hitler and Don’t Try This At Home; Vampire Secrets and Ancient Ink for The History Channel; Las Vegas Bikers for truTV; Weather Channel’s Full Force Nature; True Confessions for WE-TV as well as Beyond Death and Investigative Reports for A&E.

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Matthew Temple Learn Film Editing Mentor

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Matthew Temple Learn Film Editing Mentor

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“All aspects of filmmaking are primarily experiential, so a program like this one gives the students what they need most- the opportunity to DO.” — Matthew Temple, Producer of “The Advocate” and Universal’s “Dragon Nest: Warriors’ Dawn”

Matthew Temple has long stood at the crossroads of art and social action–his work and passion split between telling stories and participating in the creation of new paradigms wherein new stories for the future can be created. As a storyteller, he works as a screenwriter, director, producer and actor.  As a social entrepreneur, he is the founder and president of the non-profit WeStrive, where he is the executive director of the Wandering Reel Traveling Film Festival. Temple is currently VP of Production and Development for Mili Pictures Worldwide.

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Nick Kielhold Learn Film Editing Mentor

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Nick Kielhold Learn Film Editing Mentor

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Nick is your basic military brat. Except for the fact that neither of his parents were actually in the military. But, like many military families, his family moved several times during his youth, living in Omaha, Chicago, and Minneapolis among other places. And although he wasn’t living on military bases, he developed a deep interest in History, and all things military. Ask him about the Battle of Tarawa in 1943, and you may just get an entire lesson on the Pacific Theater of World War II. When he’s not painting tanks for his war game simulations, Nick works here. He shoots video. He edits video. He talks about World War II. A lot. Anyone who comes into contact with Nick will become much better versed in the history of mankind and all the wars it has produced over the years. Nick provided 50% of the formula that founded Full Effect Productions over 18 years ago, and has played a vital role in its success. Nick is a 1987 graduate of the University of South Dakota, and his previous experience includes working at a local TV station as Commercial Videographer/Producer. Not taking a cue from his parents, Nick has decided to keep his family in one city, and has called Sioux City, Iowa home since 1988. He has a wife of 29 years and an adult son and daughter. In his free time, Nick can be found studiously painting small military ships, tanks and airplanes. He has amassed large numbers of these items that comprise entire military units used for battles at the MAGECON gaming convention. He’s a film buff who’s recently installed home theater has him positively giddy, and hardly ever seeing daylight.

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Ryan Kindahl Learn Film Editing Mentor

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Documentaries, Music Videos, Commercials

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Megan Kennedy Learn Film Editing Mentor

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Megan Kennedy Learn Film Editing Mentor

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Megan is an award-winning photographer and videographer with over 10 years of video production experience, from directing and editing national PSA campaigns to producing feature-length documentaries.

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Calix Lewis Reneau Learn Film Editing Mentor

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Calix Lewis Reneau Learn Film Editing Mentor

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Calix Lewis Reneau is a producer and writer, known for An Even Worse Joke (2013), Canyon Road (2013) and My Cousin’s Ghetto Wedding (2016).

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Sandy Stern Learn Film Editing Mentor

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Sandy Stern Learn Film Editing Mentor

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Producer, Being John Malcovich, Saved!, Velvet Goldmine, Pump Up the Volume, Thirteen Conversations about One Thing, Equinox, Red Hot

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Rob Helmstetter Learn Film Editing Mentor

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Rob Helmstetter Learn Film Editing Mentor

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Rob has experience with major corporate ad agencies Publicis, Medicus, Digitas based in New York and Chicago. He has always been on the bleeding edge of technology and believes that services should be simple for the viewers.

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Michael Van Orden Learn Film Editing Mentor

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Michael Van Orden Learn Film Editing Mentor

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Credits: Being Doug, Called to Serve, The Washing, Spit

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Albert Dabah Learn Film Editing Mentor

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Albert Dabah Learn Film Editing Mentor

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Albert has been in the video production business for thirty-three years, owning and running Simba Productions in New York City.

Clients: CNN, HBO, Apple

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Derek Koen Learn Film Editing Mentor

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Derek Koen Learn Film Editing Mentor

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Washington Koen Media Productions is a full-service media production company specializing in video productions, streaming video solutions, presentations and audio/visual support for organizations both large and small. Whether corporate video presentations, documentaries, live streaming of meetings, or web streaming solutions, our highly-skilled and creative team- with over 20 years of combined experience – using today's latest tools and technology, can produce quality results for your company

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Brian Glazen Learn Film Editing Mentor

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Brian Glazen Learn Film Editing Mentor

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In 2013, Brian Glazen co-produced an independent film called Fishing Without Nets. This film went on to win for Best Direction at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and recently sold to Twentieth Century Fox for distribution to theaters nation wide.

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Laura Scheiner Learn Film Editing Mentor

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Laura Scheiner Learn Film Editing Mentor

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Seasoned film development executive, writer and script consultant with exceptional story development and script analysis skills. As a development executive I’m particularly adept at pinpointing the problems in a script and coming up with creative solutions. I’m a passionate collaborator who creates a fertile environment where writers can bloom and scripts can meet their potential.

As a writer for hire I pride myself as bringing my story sense, knowledge, talent and unbridled imagination to the table in order to bring the producer’s vision to life.

As a storyteller I always aim to entertain, engage, surprise, move and provoke.

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Craig Constant Learn Film Editing Mentor

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Craig Constant Learn Film Editing Mentor

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Craig Constant is an Executive Producer at Constant66 Films. After leaving the Marine Corps, he worked as a Photojournalist/Editor for the Fox News Channel for close to seven years. Since then, he’s worked as a Sound Technician, Production Sound Mixer, Camera Operator and Director of Photography.

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Zef Cota Learn Film Editing Mentor

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Zef Cota Learn Film Editing Mentor

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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 Learn Film Editing Mentor

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Jim DeGroot Learn Film Editing Mentor

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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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Bob Kelley Learn Film Editing Mentor

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Bob Kelley Learn Film Editing Mentor

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Clients: Discovery Canada, PBS, UCDavis, Associated Press, Fox News, Blackstone Media, NBC Universal

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Marc Silber Learn Film Editing Mentor

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Marc Silber Learn Film Editing Mentor

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With a background in visual media, director Marc Silber has interviewed scores of entrepreneurs, CEOs and creative professionals over the years. His interview series has received hearty praise and has helped countless business leaders and artists tell their story.

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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. Apprenticeship (Externship) locations can be up to 60 miles away from the student’s address. The apprenticeship (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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