The Film Connection Program



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LEARN WHERE YOU LIVE

The Film Connection Film School is located in nearly every city in the U.S. We place you in an established film production company where you will be paired with a professional filmmaker who will teach you the technical aspects of directing, cinematography, editing, and more while serving as your local mentor. This “on-the-job” training approach gives you the connections, insider access, and hands on experience you need to succeed in the film business.

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DEVELOP YOUR BEST MOVIE IDEA INTO A SCREEN-PLAY

Have you ever had an idea for a film or TV show that you’ve been dying to make, but didn’t know where to start?

In addition to having your local mentor, the Film Connection will also assign you to a famous writer, director, or producer—someone who’s movies you’ve seen and loved. You will work one-on-one with this legend as the two of you develop your best idea into a marketable pitch, treatment, or screenplay.

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PITCH YOUR MOVIE IDEA IN HOLLYWOOD OR NEW YORK

Upon completion of our program, you will fly out to Los Angeles or New York where we have set up a one-on-one pitch meeting with a major film producer or film executive eager to hear your movie idea. This is the opportunity of a lifetime.

We don’t just train you; we put you in a room with the industry giants who have the power to greenlight your idea. This is why we are called the Film Connection.

 

The Film Connection is the school with the connections to pair you with a working filmmaker who can help you get this movie out of your head and onto the screen. You can choose to develop your best movie, TV show, reality show, or documentary idea to work with.

 

We like to say we’re a revolutionary film school.

 

Sounds good, but what does that actually mean?

It means we take a new approach to learning the craft of filmmaking, one that’s truly different. Instead of being stuck in a classroom, paying tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars in fees, room and board, then graduating with a mountain of debt, we take a revolutionary approach. We actually connect you with real working filmmakers close to where you live. You’ll be learning the technical aspects of film as you work on real projects making connections. And you’ll be doing this at a remarkably affordable cost.

We believe to become a truly great filmmaker, you need to practice your craft on professional projects, not learn it from a book or in a lecture hall. We believe the best way to help you get this experience is to place you as an apprentice (extern) among working film professionals working on real projects.

Learning by doing is what the Film Connection is all about.

And then the Film Connection takes your education one step further. As you train in your city, we also pair you with a real filmmaker who helps you develop your best idea for a movie. Working closely with this legend, you will develop a fully fleshed-out pitch, treatment, or screenplay.

Upon graduation, you will fly to Los Angeles or New York to pitch to a real Hollywood producer or film executive with the power to get your movie made.

The Film Connection. It’s not just a film school. It’s your shot.

 

 

STRAIGHT TALK ABOUT THE FILM INDUSTRY

Do You Want To Be A Filmmaker?

Brian Kraft

by Brian Kraft
Chief Academic Officer and COO
for Recording, Radio, Film and Culinary Connection

Filmmaking is an interesting creative process. Some are innately gifted with the knack for storytelling. Some must struggle and work at honing their craft. The Film Connection is constructed in such a way as to enable both types of people. We have a flexible program that enables every type of creative person to really pursue their passions. The Film Connection’s curriculum consist of two halves: the practical and the theoretical. We pair you with a mentor, we place in a production company, and we help you learn how to write and direct short films based on your idea. We also help you write a feature-length screenplay. That’s the practical half. The other half is the theoretical side. We help you discern where the works that you want to create fit into your preferred genre. We help you take a walk through film history. We help you learn about all of the greatest filmmakers and actors. At the end of all this, you’ll leave with proof of concept for you film, you’ll have a completed screenplay, and you’ll have hours and hours of experience under your belt. You’ll have everything you need to have down and ready to rock and roll. Our film school has a grueling curriculum. It also places you within the context of a real working production company. There are very few places that you’ll be forced to encounter as much trail-by-fire decision making. We’re proud of the fact that we throw you into the deep end and make you sink or swim. That’s how the industry works. You want someone who is combat tested by your side. You don’t want a rookie attempting to help you. That’s why connections and experience are always more valuable than degrees. In the film world, nobody cares where you get your degree. Nobody really cares if you even have a degree. They just care if you know what you’re talking about and if you’ve done the thing that you’re saying you can do before. That’s why our school has such a high employment rate. All of our students have worked in the industry and they have connections. Connections are arguably the most important part of our program. Yes, we help you write a screenplay. Yes, we help you shoot proof of concept. But that doesn’t mean anything if you don’t have anyone to show it to. This is why the final step of our program is to set up a pitch meeting with a real Hollywood agent. You’re going to be there in a room with someone who could potentially buy your idea. Again, we put you in the right place; you just have to find the right time.