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Gulfport, MS Film School Classroom

Whether in-person or online. Real filmmaking education. Real film industry connections.

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.

Gulfport, MS Film School

Film Connection Locations

Our "Near Me" Gulfport, MS Film School Filmmaker Locations

  • Edgewater
  • Pelican Bayou
  • Taylor Oaks
  • Woolmarket
  • River Place
  • Village at Tradition
  • Magnolia Saylor to Linda
  • Florence Gardens
  • Colonial Estates
  • Windsong
  • Anniston
  • St. Martin
  • Dlberville
  • Ocean Springs
  • Long Beach
  • Cuevas
  • De Lisle
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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 Gulfport, MS Film School 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?

Michael Van Orden Gulfport, MS Film School Mentor

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Michael Van Orden Gulfport, MS Film School Mentor

Background

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

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Albert Dabah Gulfport, MS Film School Mentor

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Albert Dabah Gulfport, MS Film School Mentor

Background

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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Bob Kelley Gulfport, MS Film School Mentor

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Bob Kelley Gulfport, MS Film School Mentor

Background

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

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Marc Silber Gulfport, MS Film School Mentor

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Marc Silber Gulfport, MS Film School Mentor

Background

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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Craig Roessler Gulfport, MS Film School Mentor

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Craig Roessler Gulfport, MS Film School Mentor

Background

A film and television studio executive and producer for over twenty years, Craig has directly overseen, managed, and/or produced 25 films and seven network series with budgets totaling over $500 million. 

Craig is known for his project-management skills, having close working relationships with talent and directors, producing big looking, studio-quality content on tight budgets, quickly providing workable solutions for development and production issues, and completing projects on time, on budget.

As Senior Vice President of Production, Programming and Creative Affairs for MGM Television Worldwide Inc., Craig had direct oversight of all content development, and oversaw pre-production, production, post-production, while working with business & legal affairs, marketing, and promotion. His MGM product was nominated for 10 Emmy awards and numerous others including DGA, Golden Globes, PGA and SAG awards. 

He oversaw studio projects such as the series Stargate SG-1, Stargate: Atlantis, Stargate: Universe, Dead Like Me, and The L Word, as well as Showtime Movies Inherit the Wind, Twelve Angry Men, In the Time of the Butterflies, That Championship Season, and Rocky Marciano, which opened the Monte Carlo Film Festival. Craig has worked with a wide range of talent, from well-established actors and directors to breaking new talent. 

Craig grew up in Los Angeles and Colorado, working summers on ranches breaking and training western saddle horses. He attended Columbia University, working his way through school as an actor on NBC’s soap opera “Another World,” while learning production work skills for quick, quality content.

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Kel Thompson Gulfport, MS Film School Mentor

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Kel Thompson Gulfport, MS Film School Mentor

Background

America’s Production Company was established in 2005 by Kel Thompson who has degrees in photography & advertising from Texas State University. Kel is also a graduate of the Palm Beach Film School. Kel was first published in photography at 17 years old in TX. Kel worked for News24Houston as their first helicopter videographer, before being hired by a major event production company in Florida. Two years later he established America’s Production Company after learning the ropes in photo, video, audio and event production.

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Zef Cota Gulfport, MS Film School Mentor

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Zef Cota Gulfport, MS Film School 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 Gulfport, MS Film School Mentor

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Jim DeGroot Gulfport, MS Film School 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 Gulfport, MS Film School Mentor

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Eero Johnson Gulfport, MS Film School 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 Gulfport, MS Film School Mentor

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Chris Varner Gulfport, MS Film School 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 Gulfport, MS Film School Mentor

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John Raffo Gulfport, MS Film School 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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The Film Scene in Gulfport, MS Film School

The Gulfport, MS Film School, Mississippi Film Connection Film School Alternative

Biloxi and Gulfport are getting more and more film work. Should you be a part of this growing industry? We’re Biloxi-Gulfport Film Connection and we want to help you break into show business. Production companies are lining up to work with our students and you can involve yourself in two ways.

The first is our 6-month behind the scenes program. We will pair you up with local mentors who work in the Biloxi-Gulfport area in your specialized area of production. You will meet regularly with your mentors at their production facilities or studios and gain the kind of real-world experience that only comes to professionals who have knocking on industry doors for years.

The second, more comprehensive, the path is our 8-month director track. You will still be paired with local mentors as you develop, write, direct, and edit your project. Additionally, you will also have a dream mentor, someone who is working in Los Angeles and can help you develop a pitch for your project. During your final week, we will fly you out to Los Angeles to meet with your dream mentor and put the finishing touches on your pitch for an actual pitch meeting with an industry executive who will give you immediate feedback on the marketability of your project. These types of meetings are the stuff of dreams for many people who are busting their humps in Hollywood. But you get it all as a part of your Film Connection education.

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Located along Mississippi’s gulf coast, the neighboring cities of Biloxi and Gulfport are part of a metropolitan area with a combined population of around 240,000 people. This is a popular tourist area, with the gaming industry comprising a significant portion of the area economy. The warm climate of this area, the scenic coast, the presence of several production companies and the proximity to other major cities such as Baton Rouge and New Orleans combine to make this area a good central point for location filmmaking. If you are looking at a film career as a film producer, film director or film editor, the Biloxi-Gulfport area makes a surprisingly pleasant alternative to relocating to New York or Los Angeles.

Movies, documentaries, commercials and TV shows are filmed throughout Mississippi on a regular basis, including the Biloxi-Gulfport area.  Some of the movies that have done location filming here and in surrounding areas include Mississippi Masala, Walk the Line, The Ladykillers, Ghosts of Mississippi and the documentary Lord, Save Us From Your Followers, to name a few. This area has also seen its share of television production, as well, including the filming of episodes of WWF Raw, The Simple Life and True Blood.

The secret to FILM CONNECTION’s success is our mentor-extern approach. During our 6-month course, you’ll be paired with a working film or television professional who serves as your personal instructor.  You’ll gain hands-on experience working on real film and video shoots, and you’ll make vital industry contacts along the way.  Come find out why many of our graduates get hired in the industry, many times before they even finish our progam. Enroll in Biloxi-Gulfport FILM CONNECTION today!

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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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