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Charlotte 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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With the right experience and connections, you can jumpstart your career in the film industry.

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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.

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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.

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 Charlotte 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?

Ricky Lapkin Charlotte Film School Mentor

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Ricky Lapkin Charlotte Film School Mentor

Background

Ricky Lapkin full-service production company offering cinematic shorts and films, corporate audio visual services, and analog recording transfers to all digital formats.

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Mark Roos Charlotte Film School Mentor

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Mark Roos Charlotte Film School Mentor

Background

“I create music that connects people. It’s what I love to do and I’ve been doing it for over 25 years. I’ve worked with some if the best directors around on a variety amazing of projects in just about every medium there is, including computer games, full-feature and documentary films, websites, radio, television shows, commercials and custom music production.”

Clients: Discovery Channel, MSNBC, History Channel

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Richard Brandes Charlotte Film School Mentor

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Richard Brandes Charlotte Film School Mentor

Background

Richard Brandes (Jeepers Creepers, Penny Dreadful, My Daughter Was Stolen, Lifetime Network) is an accomplished writer, director, and producer of over two dozen feature films which have been released through well known companies including Alliance/Atlantis, Screen Gems, Sony, HBO, CBS, NBC/Universal, and Lionsgate, to name just a few. Known in the industry for creating highly commercial, profitable films, Richard has an impeccable reputation for completing his projects on-schedule and on-budget.

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Paul Guay Charlotte Film School Mentor

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Paul Guay Charlotte Film School Mentor

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Credits: Liar Liar, The Little Rascals, Shrinking Violet

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Steve Rausch Charlotte Film School Mentor

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Steve Rausch Charlotte Film School Mentor

Background

Steve Rausch is owner and operator of focused motion. Focused Motion produces and shoot video content for commercials, industrial videos, surgeries and live sporting events. My company has worked on documentaries, programming for Discovery Networks and reality TV shows.

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Adam Weber Charlotte Film School Mentor

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Adam Weber Charlotte Film School Mentor

Background

Adam Weber is a multi-purpose media production addict who has specialized in copywriting, video production, audio production, front-end web development, digital advertising, media planning, and any other role you can think of in regards to making intangible things using software. He also likes to be creative by writing songs with his band Integrow and making delectable craft home brews in his free time.

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Mike Domgard Charlotte Film School Mentor

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Mike Domgard Charlotte Film School Mentor

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Credits: Blur Parties, Lincoln Promo Video, Inner Thoughts

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Aimee Schoof Charlotte Film School Mentor

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Aimee Schoof Charlotte Film School Mentor

Background

Aimee Schoof is an entertainment executive, producer, and co-founder of Intrinsic Value Films with Isen Robbins. She has produced more than 30 feature films that have premiered either at Sundance, Tribeca, SXSW, Toronto, Venice, New Directors/New Films, and Berlin.

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Dean Baker Charlotte Film School Mentor

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Dean Baker Charlotte Film School Mentor

Background

Projects range from Multi-camera Live Webcasting to National TV Ads for Good Neighbor Pharmacies, Regulator Boats, and Product launches airing on Lifetime, The Learning Channel and The Golf Channel.

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Ryan Heppe Charlotte Film School Mentor

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Ryan Heppe Charlotte Film School Mentor

Background

During his tenure at CCH, Heppe was hired by legendary producer David Foster (The Getaway, Short Circuit, The Mask of Zorro) and quickly climbed to the position of Head of Development where he became involved with Foster’s productions: Collateral Damage starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Hart’s War starring Bruce Willis and Colin Farrell, and The Core starring Aaron Eckhart and Hilary Swank.

As a hyphenate Producer/Director/Writer/Actor, some of Heppe’s work includes: Production of the docu-drama The Magic Was In The Music, a remake of Short Circuit, adaptations of the 80’s television mini-series V and cop series T.J. Hooker, among others. As an actor, he’s starred in such stage productions as You Can’t Take It With You, Life On The Bowery, Dracula and Picnic at Hanging Rock – several of which he directed.

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Karl Koelling Charlotte Film School Mentor

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Karl Koelling Charlotte Film School Mentor

Background

I began TAPROOT with a passion to create inspiring film and video content that would move people and maybe even make the world a little bit better place. There are projects that TAPROOT pursues and develops based on our interests, but I’m a firm believer that we all have our callings, and that collectively we can have the biggest impact. As a result, TAPROOT partners with businesses, agencies, and other organizations that are doing important work, helping them tell their stories and share their ideas through cinematic filmmaking.

Our team has a multi-disciplinary background that enables us to understand and compellingly translate your messages and ideas to the visual medium of film and video, and we create and execute projects of varying scale from start to finish. I run TAPROOT and provide direction on all our projects, which include: story-based branded content, television commercials, web based video of all sorts, and film series.

If you care about how you’re presenting your work to the world and want to do so in an honest, inspiring manner – we’d make a good match.

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The Film Scene in Charlotte Film School

The Charlotte Film School, North Carolina Film Connection Film School Alternative

Why move away to spend your hard-earned money on an overpriced film school when you’ve got an amazing film program with Film Connection? We don’t just offer you a film education, we offer industry connections and real-world experience. Take our 6-month course that pairs you up with local filmmaking professionals as your mentors. Or take the plunge with our 8-month Film Production and Editing Program, geared for aspiring filmmakers who want to learn the skills it takes to direct, edit, and produce their own films. Learn how to take your ideas from your imagination, get them out in a script, then take that film project to completion. Students who complete the 8-month program, and in good standing, and who feel up to the challenge can come out during the last week of their externships to L.A. to pitch their project before an industry executive. With us, it’s about more an education or mere book and theory smarts, we develop real-world smarts and challenge you to make the best of opportunity as you learn with the pros.

To APPLY for Film Connection Film School in Charlotte, click here.

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA is the 26th largest DMA in the U.S. Due in part to its size and in part to its location, Charlotte serves as a media hub and is home to cable TV’s Speed Channel, ESPNU, and the Inspiration Network. Radio proliferates in Charlotte with talk, sports, news, rock, urban, country, religious, Hispanic, Jazz, Top 40, Children’s, and Public Radio all thrive. Charlotte is also known as the City of Churches and was the birthplace of Billy Graham. It’s also the central hub of NASCAR.

In the last decade, Charlotte has been the setting for several movies including Shallow Hal, Talladega Nights, Days of Thunder, Black Dog, and Nell. IMDB credits Charlotte as the location for more than 230 feature films, TV series, or specials.

Whether you desire a career in film or television, FILM CONNECTION’s CHARLOTTE FILM SCHOOL ATLERNATIVE has a program to get you in the door, working on real-world jobs, in real-world stages, studios, and sets. You’ll learn your craft under the direct, one-on-one supervision of your mentor, a working professional in the field of your choice. By the time you graduate in six months, you will have valuable contacts and connections in the film or TV business, and you will have real-world job experience.  Many of our students have found their mentor has a job for them immediately upon graduation.  Job placement assistance is also available. So if you want a film school alternative that really works, look into Film Connection. Chances are, you can work around your current job schedule and get training in film without ever leaving Charlotte.

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CHARLOTTE FILM SCHOOL ALTERNATIVE

Charlotte may not have the bona fides of Los Angeles, New York, Miami, and other entertainment hubs, but it has more than enough to offer the entertainment industry. Shallow Hal, Talladega Nights, Days of Thunder, and Black Dog have all been shot here and the city boasts a very strong film commission.

So why leave home if you don’t have to? There are plenty of opportunities to learn directing, film editing, cinematography, and screenwriting in the Queen City. But how many can put you in the middle of the action from the start? The Charlotte Film Connection can.

Instead of a classroom, with us, you’re working in a production company or on location. Instead of a professor, you’ll be paired with a director, screenwriter, or film editor. Instead of competing with other students for attention, you’ll be part of a team working together.

You’ll learn your craft under the direct, one-on-one supervision of your mentor, a working professional in the field of your choice. By the end of our program, you will have valuable contacts and connections in the film or TV business, and you will have real-world job experience.

Many of our students have found their mentor has a job for them immediately upon graduation. Job placement assistance is also available for up to one year after completing a program. So if you want a film school alternative that really works, look into Film Connection. You’ll save time, save money, and get the real-world experience you need to make it in filmmaking.

Yes, there are many professions that require heavy amounts of classwork and two, four, or six years of school. It’s just the filmmaking industry isn’t one of them. After completing four years at one of the “name” universities, you’ll leave with a degree. After enrolling with Film Connection, you could already have a few credits and gigs to your name.

What makes more sense to you?

Close to home or in your home

A major part of what Film Connection offers is the chance to see how films, TV shows, music videos, or commercials are made first hand. Being in the studio or on location gives you the opportunity to see how the havoc around you comes together to create a 30-second shot.

But what about those times when making it into the office just isn’t possible? And we’re not talking about sudden ice storms or a sick day, either. As 2020 showed us, life can sometimes throw all of us a major curveball. But while social distancing became part of our everyday vocabulary, Film Connection was still able to provide access for our externs.

For decades, we’ve been offering remote learning. So even if job or family commitments make coming into the studio difficult, you’ll still be able to have that one-on-one time with your mentor. Pandemic or not, we want to give you all of the access you need to make your dreams your day-to-day reality.

Remote learning also means you can work with any one of the Film Connection mentors (based on availability, of course) throughout the country. Have a director or screenwriter you really admire, but they live a few thousand miles away? With a strong internet connection and fast enough computer, you’re just a phone call away.

Connections Come to You

We can put a price on tuition and set a schedule when you’ll be finished with one of the Film Connection programs. But one thing that can’t be measured is the amount of exposure you’ll receive during your time with us. What it’s like to be on a set or on location, how to set a scene (both in your script and during a shoot), and where exactly the craft services table is.

You’ll also be working on your exposure. This is a fully immersive environment where you’ll be meeting directors, producers, gaffers, and grips on a weekly basis. These are the people that can hire you as part of their crew – or that you can use when making your own film.

The film industry is notorious for sticking with a known entity, which makes it that much harder for someone new to get their foot in the door. Not only does Film Connection get you inside the building, we introduce you to the people you need to know – and impress – to stay in the building.

It all comes down to the relationships you make. You have to put in the work, you have to act responsibly, you have to make yourself indispensable. Think of this as a six to nine-month job interview and put your best foot forward. You’ll never know when you’ll be meeting your next employer or someone else that can get your movie made.

Charlotte Film Connection Mentors

We feel the Film Connection method of learning about filmmaking – getting your hands dirty from the start – is the best way to learn about the industry. Of course, we might be biased. But one thing that isn’t up for debate is the talent, experience, and accessibility of our mentors. They’re what makes Film Connection so successful.

Our mentors have won awards, worked on the biggest movies and TV shows, and create their own independent films. Our externs learn one on one with directors, cinematographers, film editors, and producers, seeing how films get made from the inside. But they also develop working relationships with “below the line” crew members, the gaffers, grips, and others that make the magic happen.

Technology has made it so anyone with a smartphone can make a video, web show, and even a movie. But our mentors have access to much more than that. Production companies must be able to switch from digital to film and back again depending on the needs of the product. And with us, you could learn how to use both, along with editing gear, lighting, and more.

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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