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Film Connection is:
film education upgraded for the 21st century
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Programs

In the Film Connection for Film Production & Editing program, you will study directing, producing and screenwriting as you develop your movie idea with a professional filmmaker. Then, upon meeting the necessary requirements, you will be given the opportunity to fly to Los Angeles or New York and pitch your film idea to an executive who could buy or get your movie made.

Film Production & Editing Details

In the Film Connection for Cinematography program, you will learn the techniques involved in capturing a moving image and will start to develop “the eye of the DP.” The cinematographer is literally the set ‘magician.’ DPs are responsible for the technological wizardry required to get the needed shots and to shape light to achieve the director’s desired artistic effect.

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We provide job placement services.

 

Other students learn in classrooms...

OUR students learn in:

 

REAL Radio Stations

REAL Recording Studios

REAL Film Production Companies


 

Where jobs get filled.

When jobs become available, our students are often the first to know and get hired.

Long story short:

Our way just makes sense.

Our mentors want to hire people like you.

Afterall, if they’ve trained you themselves,
they know what you’re capable of.

See why we call ourselves Film Connection.
To find out exact job placement numbers in your area, give us a call.



We're here to help.

We provide job placement services.

Find Out Why

Other students learn in classrooms...


OUR students learn in the same places where jobs get filled.

 

REAL Radio Stations

REAL Recording Studios

REAL Film Production Companies

When jobs become available, our students are often the first to know and get hired.

Long story short:

Our way just makes sense.

Our mentors want to hire people like you.

Afterall, if they’ve trained you themselves,
they know what you’re capable of.

See why we call ourselves Film Connection.

To find out exact job placement numbers in your area, give us a call.

(800) 600-6956

We're here to help.

Austin, TX

Film Connection Locations

Real World
Film Education

From directing to producing to editing and screenwriting, our mentor-taught programs avoid the unnecessary costs and unrelated requirements of ordinary film schools and programs. Work directly with an accomplished industry filmmaker at a film production company or receive direct one-on-one training online.

Tuition
Comparison

Film Connection’s mentor styled education is a cost-effective approach to real-world, curriculum backed education in film production and editing and cinematography.

 

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$12,750** Tuition
$0* Loan Interest

Trade
School

$44,000 Tuition
$61,000 Loan Interest

2-Year
Junior College

$22,000 Tuition
$20,500 Loan Interest

4-Year
Traditional College

$88,000 Tuition
$122,000 Loan Interest

**Total cost varies by program
*Average Accrued Interest Charges
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About Our Austin, TX Film School Alternative

Our fully-immersive curriculum
covers all of the following:

Building Relationships

Learn filmmaking in the real world with the Film Connection’s mentored externship-based approach. We make building relationships an integral part of what we do.

Hardware and Equipment

Film Connection mentors work in the real world where the competition is fierce and having the right gear matters. As an extern you have access to the latest hardware and tools of the trade.

On-Set Etiquette

Knowing how to handle yourself on the set is a prerequisite for careers in the film industry. Your mentor will guide you through proper etiquette during real film shoots.

Making Movies

We believe the whole point of going to any film school or certificate program should be to learn how to make movies—especially YOUR movie. Our Film Production & Editing curriculum is designed around this concept, from start to finish.

What is the Next Step?

We get it. This isn’t your normal four-year college requiring coursework not associated with your area of interest. We are a post-secondary institution or trade school that's different in its approach. Here's how you can get more info:


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Meet our Mentors

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

Zef Cota Austin, TX Mentor

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Zef Cota Austin, TX Mentor

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 Austin, TX Mentor

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Jim DeGroot Austin, TX Mentor

Background

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 Austin, TX Mentor

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Eero Johnson Austin, TX Mentor

Background

“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 Austin, TX Mentor

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Chris Varner Austin, TX Mentor

Background

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 Austin, TX Mentor

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John Raffo Austin, TX Mentor

Background

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 Austin, TX Mentor

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Shawn Hamer Austin, TX Mentor

Background

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 Austin, TX Mentor

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Sebastian Triscari Austin, TX Mentor

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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 Austin, TX Mentor

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Mitch Kaufman Austin, TX Mentor

Background

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 Austin, TX Mentor

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Horacio Jones Austin, TX Mentor

Background

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 Austin, TX Mentor

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Deen Olatunji Austin, TX Mentor

Background

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 Austin, TX Mentor

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Rex Piano Austin, TX Mentor

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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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The Film Scene in Austin, TX

The Austin, TX, Texas Film Connection Film School Alternative

WANT TO DIRECT YOUR OWN FILMS? WANT TO LEARN SCREENWRITING, CINEMATOGRAPHY, EDITING, OR ALL OF IT?

Austin, Texas has been hailed the “third coast” of U.S. filmmaking (after the filmmaking hubs of Los Angeles and New York City). Being the capital city of Texas and home to over one million residents, Austin, the “Keep it Weird” city of the southwestern United States has seen creatives from both coasts moving here in droves.

If you want to direct a film in Austin, there’s no shortage of interesting locations and various club and art scenes to dip into. Screenwriters can find lots of inspiration in the many “worlds” which make up the panoply of wackiness that is Austin, from a thriving and competitive culinary arts culture, to literally hundreds of venues for blues, rock, punk, and even a soaring hip hop scene. If arthouse, indie, or even horror is your thing, you couldn’t ask for a better backdrop. Within just an hour outside of Austin, film directors can find perfect locations to shoot, from the majestic Gorman Falls to the eerie swampiness of Caddo Lake (which could double for the swamps of Louisiana), to the otherworldly Inner Space Cavern which was discovered in 1966.

Austin’s yearly South by Southwest Festival (SXSW), is now a behemoth global event that brings thousands to the city. Spanning nine days and closing with The SXSW Film Awards which takes place on the last day of the South by Southwest Film Conference, a long list of famous film directors, screenwriters, and actors who have spoken at the conference includes: Ava DuVernay, Robert Rodriguez, Mark Duplass, Seth MacFarlane, Richard Linklater, Lena Dunham, and Matthew McConaughey. “South by” has become a major hub for the business of making films as well as getting connected with working professionals in film, new media, technology, and music.

Film Connection mentor screenwriter/director/producer Christine Chen of Austin-based Moth to Flame Films makes it a point to attend or work SXSW every year. Young, driven, and talented, despite her family telling her: “You can’t make money doing art” Christine launched her production company while she was still in business school (she also holds an MBA). Speaking of those early days, she says her production company “was sustainable within a year…I’ve been doing it ever since.”

When it comes to mentoring Film Connection student externs at her facility, Christine stresses the importance of having a serious love of the craft and a willingness to work:

You gotta work your butt off, and if you love it, then it’ll be okay…I like to tell them that this is a program that lets you do it hands-on, and this industry is perfect for that. You need that. But it is also a program that is what you make it. What you have to do is bother your mentor. Try to show your mentor that you’re excited, and that you want to do more. Those are the people who succeed…Those are the people who are always on my radar that I always give stuff to. This is all about initiative, and about the people who stand out and the people who take the risk…If you are passionate, and if you have the guts and the drive to get what you want, it’s really all you need. The other stuff you can learn right on the set.

Christine’s film directing credits include numerous cutting-edge films including: the prison documentary Shakespeare on the Range, high concept short film “The Earth Below,” the very timely“Ya Albi” aka “My Heart” (currently available on Amazon Prime), and 2016 Mountain Film Festival, Best Short Film Winner “Two Paths.”

With so much going on locally, leaving to attend film school in another city or state just doesn’t make that much sense. With Film Connection in Austin, you don’t have to. Our mentored-externship approach to training in film directing, screenwriting, film production, film editing, and more is a no-nonsense alternative to film education that costs what often amounts to thousands if not tens of thousands less than programs at AFI, The New School, Columbia’s Tisch School of the Arts, and USC.

WANT TO BE A FILM DIRECTOR? CONSIDER WISELY BEFORE YOU ATTEND AN EXPENSIVE FILM SCHOOL

If you want to learn what it takes to be a film director, we believe there’s no better film education than training one-on-one with a professional director who knows the craft of filmmaking and the business of staying afloat. The sad truth of the matter is that a great many of the students who attend film school never actually get the chance to work on actual professional productions. One big reason for this is that they usually have to take out a lot of student loans to pay for the high cost of tuition. Once they graduate, they discover they simply cannot afford to take those important but not necessarily high-paying jobs, the very same gigs which enable them to build their experience and get into the right environment where they can network with professionals in the local film industry, and in short, get started at building their careers.

Film Connection does all of that right from the start. Rather than send you to class, we get you training, learning, and actually conversing with a working film professional who can show you how it’s done in a direct and step-by-step manner. But that’s not all. Our curriculums are written by highly experienced film industry professionals and are created to make the most of your mentored-externship training in film directing, film production, editing, screenwriting, and more. As for the cost, it’s generally just a fraction of what you’d spend at a high-priced film school or program. As for the length of training, well it’s just a matter of months, 6 to 9 months to be precise.

WANT TO BE A SCREENWRITER WHO KNOWS WHAT IT TAKES TO SEE AN IDEA THROUGH TO COMPLETION?

If screenwriting is all you want to do, that’s great! We take a slightly different approach to enabling aspiring writers to learn the craft and art that is writing for the screen. Film Connection’s screenwriting mentors work with our students in a one-to-one fashion via online video conferencing sessions or phone calls. From the very first day of their education, our students are working with their mentors to develop their own idea for a film. Then, step-by-step, their mentor coaches them on how to turn an idea into a fully realized, fleshed-out script that’s ready to pitch and ready for production. The objective: to write the Killer Script i.e. the screenplay that gets talked about, that gets Hollywood excited, and gets made!

The Film Connection is more than just a school. The Film Connection is how you start your career. Have you lived in Austin for an extended period of time and constantly been craving to have a voice in the creative expression that is movie-making? Well, now you can. Now you’ll be able to really put your best foot forward and completely enable yourself.

Now you can connect, get trained, and get going in Austin, Texas. Whether you want to direct, write, shoot, or simply know you’ve got to work in film or television, we’re here to help and provide you with a commonsense alternative to overpriced film school. We pair you with a mentor who’s actively making their living in the industry. We place you in a production company. We get you on set. We’ve got great curriculums and Academic Facilitators at our headquarters in Los Angeles who are there to help you should you have questions or need help with an assignment. And, whether you’re learning to direct, produce, edit, or simply want to learn how to write screenplays, we help you get that film idea out of your head and into a fully-realized, professional script. We even help you with the pitch.

Do well in our film directing, screenwriting, or Film Connection for Film Production & Editing program and we’ll set up a meeting with real Hollywood agents and executives for you to pitch!

If you’ve got the drive and the willingness to work hard, we’d like for you to apply.

To APPLY for our Austin film school alternative, click here.

AUSTIN is the state capital of TEXAS and the 52nd largest DMA in the U.S. The city, home to the University of Texas, relishes its little town bigness. The city’s official slogan, “The Live Music Capital of the World” reflects the large music culture that has grown up in Austin. The long-running PBS show Austin City Limits is testimony to Austin’s love affair with music, which is as diverse as the makeup of its student population.

Feature films have found a friendly locale in Austin. In fact, over 580 films, TV shows, and series have been made in Austin, according to IMDB. Recent movies that were shot in Austin include: Office Space, Miss Congeniality, Man of the House, Secondhand Lions, The Life of David Gale, Doubting Thomas, Slacker, Idiocracy, A Scanner Darkly, Waking Life, Spy Kids, Dazed and Confused, The Wendall Baker Story, Grindhouse, and How To Eat Fried Worms. The Austin Film Society recently built the Austin Studios where scenes from 25th Hour and Sin City were shot along with numerous music videos.

Film Connection, the mentored externship approach to film education, loves hooking up Austin film students with the appropriate mentor to jump-start their career in film directing or producing, editing, or camera operation because Austin always seems to have great projects to help give our students get the priceless hands-on experience they need. If you’re looking for a film school alternative in Austin where you can get started building your career in film, check out the Film Connection.

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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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Contact the Film Connection


106 E. Sixth St<br />Suite 900
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 645-2922

Email: [email protected]
Hours: M - F 11:00AM to 8:00PM

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