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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.



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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.

Boston Film School

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 Boston 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?

Zef Cota Boston Film School Mentor

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Zef Cota Boston 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 Boston Film School Mentor

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Jim DeGroot Boston 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 Boston Film School Mentor

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Eero Johnson Boston 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 Boston Film School Mentor

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Chris Varner Boston 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 Boston Film School Mentor

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John Raffo Boston 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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Shawn Hamer Boston Film School Mentor

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Shawn Hamer Boston Film School 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 Boston Film School Mentor

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Sebastian Triscari Boston Film School Mentor

Background

“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 Boston Film School Mentor

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Mitch Kaufman Boston Film School 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 Boston Film School Mentor

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Horacio Jones Boston Film School 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 Boston Film School Mentor

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Deen Olatunji Boston Film School 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 Boston Film School Mentor

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Rex Piano Boston Film School Mentor

Background

“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 Boston Film School

The Boston Film School, Massachusetts Film Connection Film School Alternative

The Film Connection Film School in Boston, MA provides what those overpriced traditional film programs don’t: an industry contact that will bypass the years of having doors slammed in your face. That’s because no one hires you for your diploma in the film world. Producers and studios want real-world experience. And no other film school puts you this close to the action like Boston Film Connection. Start with our 6-month program if behind the scenes is where you’d like to be. You’ll be paired up with local mentors, filmmaking professionals that will guide your personal project and give you that toehold in the industry. But if you’re looking for an immersive film experience, then try the 8-month director’s track. Under the guidance of your local mentors, you will write, direct, and edit your project. Additionally, you will be working closely with a dream mentor, who’s located in Los Angeles, and craft a pitch for your project for a pitch meeting during the last week of your studies…in L.A! Have you got what it takes to see your project from idea to greenlight? Prove it and apply today!

To APPLY for our Boston Film School, click here.

BOSTON, MA is the largest city in New England, the state capital, and the 7th largest DMA in the U.S. In part, due to its large college population (Harvard, MIT, Boston College, Boston University, and Tufts are just a few of the prestigious institutes of higher learning), Boston has always been a ripe media center.

One of the few cities that still supports two daily newspapers, Boston is also the 11th largest radio market in the country. A list of TV series set in Boston includes Ally McBeal, Banacek, Boston Common, Boston Law, Cheers, Crossing Jordan, Dawson’s Creek, The Practice, St. Elsewhere, Spawn and Two Guys and a Girl. IMDB credits Boston as the location of over 810 TV series or specials or feature films. Famous music acts that began in Boston include Aerosmith, Boston, J, Geils Band, Spirit and James Taylor. Famous celebrities born in Boston include Uma Thurman, Anthony Michael Hall, Jasmine Guy, James Spader, Barbara Walters, and Leonard Nimoy. Boston Professional Sports franchises include the Red Sox, the Celtics, the Bruins and the Patriots.

Boston is a city that loves its media and provides plenty of opportunities for those looking to further a career in radio, television, film, recording, or music. FILM CONNECTION, with its mentor/apprentice approach to filmmaking education, overwhelms the efforts of traditional Film Schools. What better way to learn the film or tv business than on-the-job, working on a real-world production, show, or series? Not only is the work experience vital to landing a job in the media, so too are the contacts with industry professionals that FILM CONNECTION’s curriculum for Film and TV courses provide for its students. If you’re serious about a career in film, FILM CONNECTION has a mentor/apprentice program that can help you attain your dreams.

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Progress Reports:

Checking in on our Massachusetts Students who are learning filmmaking where they live in places like Boston, Worcester, Chelmsford and Hopkins

Doug Myer
WORCESTER, MA
On Monday we went to Union Station (Worcester, MA) to shoot passengers/extras to board the train. Exterior and interior shots of the train were needed for the project and we were able to fulfill this task with a crunched schedule. I helped set up lights and reflectors at the station platform (we relied on natural lighting in the train) and I also served as a personal assistant for Mike, taking digital pictures of the production for the purpose of records. I also posed as a passenger (for a needed closeup) for the project that was done in the station. On Wednesday a representative from Honey Farms (convenient store chain) came to do a voice-over for a commercial and left us several products that were needed to be in the commercial such as chip bags bottles of soda, etc. We took digital photos of these products and edited them in photoshop so they would look clear and sharp when they were placed on the timeline for editing. The editing process was completed for the commercial. Yesterday a representative from Rotman’s (furniture chain) came in to do a voice-over for a new commercial. Later in the afternoon, Mike had to attend meetings for clients and he assigned me the task of doing freelance shooting with his camera. I used his camera and tripod and shot in various areas outside his house and in the neighborhood. A couple of hours went by and I managed to get dozens and dozens of shots of the camera staying still photographing elements of nature, doing slow and quick pans, and also attempting a Kubrick technique (camera focused on an object and pulling out to a wider portrait). I later experimented with time-lapse setting the camera to 12 fps and getting footage of the moving clouds. When Mike returned we watched the footage that I shot and he was impressed with what I had accomplished. The shooting for my promo was rescheduled for next week.

Nick Caloggero
CHELMSFORD, MA – EDITING

“I’ve been on several shoots now, and it’s only been 2 months. With this program, you learn in a real film production company.”

Dale Eldredge
FILM CONNECTION STUDENT – HOPKINS, MASS.

“I just wanted to let you know that I had a quick shoot with my mentor on Wed the 8th and one today the 9th. Am I really doing this? Pinch me.”

Boston is a city that loves its media and provides plenty of opportunities for those looking to further a career in the entertainment industry. But producers and studios want real-world experience. And we feel no other film school puts you as close to the action as the Boston Film Connection.

What better way to learn the film or tv business than on-the-job, working on a real-world production, show, or series? You’ll be paired up with local mentors, filmmaking professionals who will guide your personal project and can help you get that toehold in the industry.

What makes more sense to you? Sitting in a classroom for four years, only occasionally getting your hands on the equipment, or getting in on the action from the start? Wrestling with other students to get the attention of an instructor? Or getting one-on-one time with a mentor as they teach you the tricks of the trade-in today’s marketplace?

This goes beyond learning about f-stops. How you work with the talent, other crew members, studios, and clients, and learning how to build those relationships in real-time just can’t be picked up in a textbook. This isn’t to say there won’t be required reading, tests, and other benchmarks to establish. This is an educational institution after all.

But the Film Connection firmly believes that getting your hands dirty as much as possible is the best way to learn about filmmaking. As they say, practice makes perfect. We put you in a position to practice for your future virtually on day one.

On the set or in your home.

While we feel being on the set is the best way to learn about film production, it’s not the only way to get facetime with one of our mentors. For decades, Film Connection has been offering remote learning to externs, giving them a direct link to the mentors of their choice.

As we all know by now, life can throw us the occasional year-long curveball. But even without worldwide pandemics, commitments can often get in the way of pursuing a career that we truly want. With our virtual programs, you’ll still get the guidance you need from one of our experienced mentors.

This also means you aren’t limited to Boston mentors, either. Film Connection is located in more than 40 states and such entertainment hubs as Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, and, yes, even New York. So even though you may be “stuck” at home, Film Connection is able to give you as much access as you need.

Take advantage of your opportunities.

Not only is the work experience vital to landing a job in the media, so too are the contacts with industry professionals that Film Connection offers its externs. In a traditional classroom setting at a four-year university, you may get the occasional speaker or perhaps your instructor is a former director, cinematographer, or screenwriter.

With the Boston Film Connection, you’ll be working with people who are in the industry right now! If who you know is just as important as what you know, why not start making those connections? Why wait four or even two years before looking for those opportunities to get your foot in the door?

We place you inside a working production company where you’ll have the opportunity to work side by side with people already in the industry. Whether you want to find work with an established producer or start making your own films, the connections you make with us can be invaluable.

These are potential employers, co-workers, clients, or experienced crew members who can crew your movie. So, how do you want to be remembered? Were you on your phone most of the time? Did you blow off advice and do things your own way? Or did you act responsibly, show up on time, always ready to lend a helping hand, and prove your commitment and dedication to the craft every chance you could?

Above the line or below, the film and production industry is a close-knit community. They want to work with those that have experience, can get the job done, and keep their ego in check. If you prove your worth to your mentor and others on the set, it’s very likely that they’ll want to work with you and even for you.

Boston Film Connection Mentor

One of the reasons the Film Connection model is so successful is our mentors. We look for experience, communication, and a desire to work with the next generation of directors, producers, cinematographers, and more. They have to be as passionate about teaching as they are about filmmaking.

Being successful themselves doesn’t hurt, either. Our award-winning, dynamic Boston Film Connection mentors work with global brands and international commercial releases and have been acknowledged for their cutting-edge work by GRAMMY®, BET, DOVE, and SOUL TRAIN. You’ll learn to work over a range of mediums, genres, and subjects.

You’ll have access to the gear, get immediate feedback, and have your questions answered as soon as you ask them with our Boston mentors. They know what it takes to make it in the industry and they’re ready to give you the insider’s look at the business.

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


225 Franklin St 26th Floor
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 963-0920

Email: [email protected]
Hours: M - F 12:00PM to 9:00PM

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