There’s a lot that goes into Lights, Camera, Action! Filmmaking runs on creativity, technical prowess, and vision

For every name that appears on the movie poster, there are dozens–even hundreds–more needed to get a movie made. All working behind the scenes to make sure what appears on the screen looks and sounds its very best. Even on more independent films, countless processes are in place to get to opening night.

But it’s learning from those different positions, jobs, and tasks that give you the skills to become a complete filmmaker. There are technical and artistic aspects to lighting, sound, and camera operation, and collaboration between the two sides is crucial. From the screenwriter to the producer to the director, cinematographer, and editor, making a movie is never a one-person production.

Explore diverse film careers, from choreographer to film director, offering vast creativity and technical growth.

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Explore diverse film careers, from choreographer to film director, offering vast creativity and technical growth.

Filmmaking is becoming more modern, but learning traditional skills is how movies get made

Although independent films of today can be shot and edited with nothing more than a smartphone and laptop, understanding how to shape light and capture sound–and knowing how to build the rigging to make it happen–is a necessity. Even the smallest productions need a crew to handle everything behind the camera to bring what’s happening in front of the camera to life.

If you want to show up above the line, you need to know everything that’s happening below the line. The experience you gain as a gaffer, grip, or other crew member will give you the practical knowledge to make your movie.

Success stories

Since he started his extern program with Uptone Pictures in Raleigh, NC, Grant Gilbert has been taking…


Please take the time to read the experiences of one of our own, Korey Hehn of Pineville, OR…


The Film Connection program provided me with an opportunity to "see it and believe it"!…


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"I had an amazing experience with the program. Got the chance to learn and know what to expect in the industry I'm interested in working in.. Working with a follow…"

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"I got great movie recommendations that gave me many creative influences. My mentor gave constructive feedback on my script. I learned about how to work on a film set and…"

Josh Chacko – Arlington, Washington

"The curriculum offered a fantastic jumping off point for me and my mentor to dig deep into any and everything filmmaking!"

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