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Contact Classroom

Real filmmaking education. Real film industry connections.

An Immersive
Film Education

From directing to producing to editing and screenwriting, our mentor-based programs avoid the unnecessary costs and unrelated requirements of typical schools. Work directly with accomplished industry veteran filmmakers at one of our fully-equipped film production companies across the country.

Programs

You will study inside a real film production company in your city as you develop your movie idea with a legendary to filmmaker. Then you will fly to Los Angeles or New York to pitch your idea to an executive that could buy or get your movie idea made.

Director / Producer / Screenwriter Details

The screenwriter is the person who creates, takes, or adapts an idea and formulates a screenplay. Without the writer, there would be no movie. Period. He or she is the starting gate. He or she is the person that starts the ball rolling down the hill.

Screenwriting Details

In many ways the film editor is the most misunderstood of all film professionals. Often considered just a film technician, a good editor is, without doubt, much more than that. He or she is also a qualified storyteller of the highest order.

Film Editing Details

The cinematographer is literally the set ‘magician.’ DPs are responsible for the technological wizardry to help create the needed light, while at the same time also having the keen sensibility to shape the light for the greatest artistic effect.

Cinematography Details

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Get started with a tour of one of our Massachusetts apprenticeship locations. Or call us for more information at (617) 963-0920


About Our Contact Film School

Our fully-immersive curriculum
covers all of the following:

Building Relationships

Learning filmmaking in the real world with the Film Connection mentoring approach makes building relationships in the film industry is a daily occurrence.

On-Set Etiquette

Knowing how to handle yourself on the set is a prerequisite to a successful career in filmmaking—your mentor will guide you through proper etiquette during real film shoots.

Hardware and Equipment

Film Connection mentors exist in the real world where the competition is fierce. Having the latest gear is essential to their success which gives you access to the latest hardware.

Making Movies

Isn’t the whole point of going to film school to learn how to make movies—especially YOUR movie? The Film Connection 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 or trade school. We’re different, even innovative and you need to understand more before you apply. Here’s how you can get more info:


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Meet our Faculty

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

Zef Cota Contact Mentor

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Zef Cota Contact 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 Contact Mentor

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Jim DeGroot Contact 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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Bob Kelley Contact Mentor

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Bob Kelley Contact Mentor

Background

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

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Marc Silber Contact Mentor

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Marc Silber Contact 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 Contact Mentor

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Craig Roessler Contact 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 Contact Mentor

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Kel Thompson Contact 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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Sebastian Triscari Contact Mentor

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Sebastian Triscari Contact 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 Contact Mentor

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Mitch Kaufman Contact 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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Eero Johnson Contact Mentor

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Eero Johnson Contact 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 Contact Mentor

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Chris Varner Contact 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 Contact Mentor

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John Raffo Contact 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 Contact

The Contact, Massachusetts Film Connection Film School Advantage

The Boston Film Connection 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 the immersive film experience, then try the 8-month directors 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 it’s 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 include 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 scheduel. 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 passenger (for a needed closeup) for the project that was done in the station. On Wednesday a representative from Honey Farms (convienient store chain) came to do 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 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 phographing 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 fotage 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.

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Learn From Industry Pros

The Film Connection film school is endorsed by filmmakers who are making the movies you love.

Professionals in the film business—including many of the famous producers, screenwriters and directors who’ve worked on the films that inspire you—endorse Film Connection’s programs for one simple reason: they know our immersive hands-on method works.

Mark Kohn

Marc is an accomplished executive with a consistent record of managing costs, measuring progress with metrics and creating operational efficiencies. He’s a thoughtful and enthusiastic professional possessing the ability to create a vision, gain executive alignment and effectively lead dynamic high performance teams for success.

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Jason Hewitt

Jason Hewitt, a native of Louisiana, left the technology industry to join the film and television industry. Hewitt was an early mover in the Internet economy, founding the website creation and marketing management company Planet Symphony in 1994.

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David Fuhrer

David’s stage and studio clients include: Bravo, “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”, Sex & The City, American Cancer Society, Clairol, Law & Order – Criminal Intent, Amazon, Verizon, VH1, The History Channel, MTV, Director’s Guild of America and many many more.

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ICM Partners

and RRF have donated to the Hide & Seek Foundation’s SOAR (Support of Accelerated Research).

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Carl Millender

Carl Millender born in Shreveport, Louisiana on March 5, 1970 is a pioneer in the film and television industry. In 1990 Carl Millender became a cultural consultant for NBC’s new programs, including “The Fresh Prince of Bel-air”, “Seinfeld”…

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Brian Glazen

Equal parts MacGyver, Steven Spielberg and Gandhi, Brian has ideas. Ideas about marketing, ideas about communication and ideas about fixing just about anything that might be broken. When he’s not sharing his ideas with clients you can usually find him fixing things at his own home or eagerly searching for things that may need fixing…

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Sam Borowski

“Film Connection truly is the ‘Film School of Hard Knocks.’ It helps new students to gain experience and network and teaches one thing I always preach to young filmmakers: practicality. It gives new students and would-be filmmakers, writers and editors, a chance to connect personally with their mentors.”

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Alex Keledjian

Producer of Project Greenlight

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Richard Berg

Richard Berg is an Art Director’s Guild and Emmy nominated Production Designer. He is responsible for the Production Design of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami, Eleventh Hour, Miami Medical, Chase and Modern Family. Berg is also an architect.

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Jeff Kushon

Great program. I’m proud to be a part of it.” Jeff has worked on over 200 film sets and has been a Set Decorator on hit movies, “Dude Where’s My Car”, “Nurse Betty”, “Blade 2”, “Beautiful”, “She’s All That” as well as TV shows “Modern Family”, “Trust Me” and “Miami Medical”.

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Luis Estrada

“Our first apprentice (extern) in this program was put right in the middle of the action and it was amazing how he was able to learn by doing. This Film Connection is great for people with a sincere interest in this field. Our apprentice (extern) turned out to be a reliable resource and we hope […]

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Matt Pellowski

“Being paired with working professionals and established companies allows up-and-coming artists to learn on the job, introduces them to the realities of film production, and helps them acquire the tools needed to become successful. Two of our current staff are graduates of the Film Connection.”

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

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