u Charleston-Huntington, WV Film School

This is your
Charleston-Huntington Classroom

Real filmmaking education. Real film industry connections.

An Immersive
Film Education

From directing to producing to editing and screenwriting, our externship-based, mentor-taught 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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Charleston-Huntington

Film Connection Film Institute
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Visit a Film Production Company
In Charleston-Huntington

Get started with a tour of one of our West Virginia apprenticeship/externship locations. Or call us for more information at 800-295-4433


About Our Charleston-Huntington Film School

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 any successful career in filmmaking. 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 program should be to learn how to make movies—especially YOUR movie. Our 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?

Ryan Kindahl Charleston-Huntington Mentor

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Ryan Kindahl Charleston-Huntington Mentor

Background

Documentaries, Music Videos, Commercials

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Megan Kennedy Charleston-Huntington Mentor

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Megan Kennedy Charleston-Huntington Mentor

Background

Megan is an award-winning photographer and videographer with over 10 years of video production experience, from directing and editing national PSA campaigns to producing feature-length documentaries.

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Calix Lewis Reneau Charleston-Huntington Mentor

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Calix Lewis Reneau Charleston-Huntington Mentor

Background

Calix Lewis Reneau is a producer and writer, known for An Even Worse Joke (2013), Canyon Road (2013) and My Cousin’s Ghetto Wedding (2016).

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Sandy Stern Charleston-Huntington Mentor

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Sandy Stern Charleston-Huntington Mentor

Background

Producer, Being John Malcovich, Saved!, Velvet Goldmine, Pump Up the Volume, Thirteen Conversations about One Thing, Equinox, Red Hot

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Rob Helmstetter Charleston-Huntington Mentor

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Rob Helmstetter Charleston-Huntington Mentor

Background

Rob has experience with major corporate ad agencies Publicis, Medicus, Digitas based in New York and Chicago. He has always been on the bleeding edge of technology and believes that services should be simple for the viewers.

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Michael Van Orden Charleston-Huntington Mentor

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Michael Van Orden Charleston-Huntington Mentor

Background

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

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Albert Dabah Charleston-Huntington Mentor

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Albert Dabah Charleston-Huntington 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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Derek Koen Charleston-Huntington Mentor

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Derek Koen Charleston-Huntington Mentor

Background

Washington Koen Media Productions is a full-service media production company specializing in video productions, streaming video solutions, presentations and audio/visual support for organizations both large and small. Whether corporate video presentations, documentaries, live streaming of meetings, or web streaming solutions, our highly-skilled and creative team- with over 20 years of combined experience – using today's latest tools and technology, can produce quality results for your company

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Brian Glazen Charleston-Huntington Mentor

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Brian Glazen Charleston-Huntington Mentor

Background

In 2013, Brian Glazen co-produced an independent film called Fishing Without Nets. This film went on to win for Best Direction at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and recently sold to Twentieth Century Fox for distribution to theaters nation wide.

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Laura Scheiner Charleston-Huntington Mentor

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Laura Scheiner Charleston-Huntington Mentor

Background

Seasoned film development executive, writer and script consultant with exceptional story development and script analysis skills. As a development executive I’m particularly adept at pinpointing the problems in a script and coming up with creative solutions. I’m a passionate collaborator who creates a fertile environment where writers can bloom and scripts can meet their potential.

As a writer for hire I pride myself as bringing my story sense, knowledge, talent and unbridled imagination to the table in order to bring the producer’s vision to life.

As a storyteller I always aim to entertain, engage, surprise, move and provoke.

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Craig Constant Charleston-Huntington Mentor

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Craig Constant Charleston-Huntington Mentor

Background

Craig Constant is an Executive Producer at Constant66 Films. After leaving the Marine Corps, he worked as a Photojournalist/Editor for the Fox News Channel for close to seven years. Since then, he’s worked as a Sound Technician, Production Sound Mixer, Camera Operator and Director of Photography.

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The Film Scene in Charleston-Huntington

The Charleston-Huntington, West Virginia Film Connection Film School Advantage

Making movies is hard. Really hard. You need to know people. People you can count on. You need to earn people’s trust and you need to prove that you’re capable and trustworthy.

How do you meet people? That’s the question, right? How do you get in with the right crowd?

The Charleston-Huntington Film Connection Film School, that’s how.

The Film Connection, unlike most film schools, is just that. A Film School. A school where you go to learn the craft of film. A school where you gain experience in how to make a movie. So, really, it’s a film job. But… y’know. Still a school.

The Film Connection is ostensibly an apprenticeship (externship) program. We pair you with industry pros who are currently doing the work that you wish you were doing.

We also assist you in creating the projects that you want to create. We pair you with a screenwriter, to help you polish your ideas. We team you up with an editor, to help you assemble the footage you shoot. And we introduce you to two mentors who will assist you in any way possible.

And the ultimate goal of the program? Getting you ready for the biggest meeting of your life. What’s that? You haven’t been told about the meeting?

At the end of the program we fly you out to Hollywood and set you up with a meeting with a studio exec who COULD green light your movie.

Yeah, think about that for a second.

Is that the sound of your head exploding? I thought so.

To APPLY for our Charleston-Huntington Film School, click here.

Located in west-central West Virginia, Charleston is both the state capital and largest city of the state, with a greater metro population exceeding 300,000 people. The neighboring city of Huntington lies an hour west, along the Ohio River and Ohio State Line, and is home to another 50,000 people. Together, these cities offer plenty of diversity for filming locations, with backdrops both urban and rural. Entertainment industry notables with ties to this region include comedian Soupy Sales, singers Michael W. Smith and Kathy Mattea, and actresses Concheta Ferrell and Ann Magnuson. 

Thanks to generous incentives offered to filmmakers by the state of West Virginia, numerous films, television shows, documentaries and specials are filmed throughout this area.  Among the films shot in and around the Charleston-Huntington area are We Are Marshall, Chillers, and Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!, to name a few.

With our many professional connections and relationships forged over the years, FILM CONNECTION can hook you up with film industry professionals in ways other film schools can't match. With our unique mentor-apprentice (extern) approach, you instructor is actually a real-world professional in the film or TV industry, who gives you one-on-one training on real film and video shoots. Discover why over 70% of our graduates get permanent jobs in the industry. Enroll in our Charleston-Huntington Film School today, and let us get you started on the road to your dreams. 

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Connections Matter

Learn From Industry Pros

The Film Connection film school alternative 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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