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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.

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.

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?

Ivan Alzuro Charlotte Film School Mentor

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Ivan Alzuro Charlotte Film School Mentor

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“Unlike the local University, Film Connection sends us committed and focused students. We have turned 1 student into full-time contractor – that says it all!”

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Daniel Lir Charlotte Film School Mentor

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Daniel Lir Charlotte Film School Mentor

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Dream Team Directors is a prestigious directorial team founded by Bayou Bennett and Daniel Lir. Their company motto, “Let our dream team manifest your dream”, symbolizes the expansion and positive attention they win for their celebrity and high-profile brand clients and collaborators such as Adidas, MTV, Coldplay, P. Diddy, Smashbox Cosmetics, Atlantic Records, Chrome Hearts, Oscar De La Renta, Oscar nominee Mark Ruffalo, Golden Globe nominee Anthony Mackie, Matt Bennett of the “Big Bang Theory” and Lea Michele of Fox’s “Glee.”

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Rocco Michaluk Charlotte Film School Mentor

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Rocco Michaluk Charlotte Film School Mentor

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Michaluk has been creating award winning Film & TV productions for over 15 years. His Film Clients include Columbia Pictures, Indian PaintBrush, PBS, NBC, American Empirical Pictures and Fountainbrush Films. His Television clients include NBC, Television Academy / Emmy’s, MTV, Viacom, E! Entertainment, CBS, ABC, Travel Channel, Leftfield Pictures, PETA, and others.

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Alejandra Huerta Charlotte Film School Mentor

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Alejandra Huerta Charlotte Film School Mentor

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Alejandra Huerta specializes in On-Screen Promotions, Executive Presentation Tapes and Sizzle Reels. She started her career with Andromeda in Miami offering Production Services to MTV Latin America as an editor for on-air promotions. She then relocated to New York where she became a successful producer and editor for Viacom and NBC Universal. After her professional experience in NY she relocated to Florida where she continues to manage, produce and edit projects at Andromeda Productions.

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Joaquin Palma Charlotte Film School Mentor

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Joaquin Palma Charlotte Film School Mentor

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“The thing I admire most about the program is that it pairs you with people doing the job that you are aspiring to do. In doing that, I feel it gets rid of the “glamour” that people associate with this business, and helps them realize that it is, in fact, A JOB. It takes hard work, a lot of practice and a sincere courtesy towards one’s colleagues to get ahead and stay relevant; not that tired stereotype of the suffering artist that won’t settle for anything less than his vision of perfection! I don’t think they teach you that at traditional film schools.” — Joaquin Franco Palma

Joaquin Franco Palma was born and raised in Los Angeles and is a first-generation American. Having started his career as a production assistant, Joaquin has gone on to become an award winning writer and director of both independent features and TV; most notably, as a staff writer on the Emmy nominated HULU series, EAST LOS HIGH. Aside from writing for the screen, Joaquin is also a published author of fiction and is a youth writing volunteer for the NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND and NOSOTROS ORGANIZATION programs.

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Drew Mason Charlotte Film School Mentor

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Drew Mason Charlotte Film School Mentor

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I started getting serious about making videos during summer backpacking trips with my friends between college semesters at Central Michigan University. Shortly after graduating, I was asked to produce a local TV show. I jumped at the opportunity and never looked back. Since then, I’ve produced videos for documentaries, national ad campaigns, and commercials for multinational companies. Recently I was part of a team that produced videos for Lansing’s Silver Bells in the City, and we received an Emmy Award for special event coverage.

My introduction to the business wasn’t with videography; I was a wedding DJ for nearly 8 years. Through this experience, I discovered that weddings are not only among my favorite things to be a part of, but also to film. I love capturing the excitement, love, and energy surrounding them.

When I’m not editing videos – haha, funny joke – I like to make music. In fact, I serenaded my wife Amanda with my ukulele for our first kiss. True story! I also try to get out to the backcountry wilderness with just a backpack from time to time, especially in beautiful northern Michigan.

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David McClain Charlotte Film School Mentor

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David McClain Charlotte Film School Mentor

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Credits: Coca Cola, Google, Dateline, Travel Channel, NBC

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Demetria Kalodimos Charlotte Film School Mentor

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Demetria Kalodimos Charlotte Film School Mentor

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In 2000, Demetria established Genuine Human Productions, writing, directing, shooting and editing true stories about real people…genuine humans. Demetria Kalodimos has anchored and reported television news for more than 30 years. She’s won some of journalism’s most prestigious awards including 15 regional Emmys, 2 National Headliners and 2 Investigative Reporters and Editors Awards.

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Grant Salisbury Charlotte Film School Mentor

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Grant Salisbury Charlotte Film School Mentor

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Over fifteen years post production experience in Orlando—Grant has provided video editorial, 2D & 3D animations, and motion graphics for a multitude of media clients through his post production company, GFX Creative.

Short & Long Format Video Editorial, Event & Theme Park Animations, Infomercials, Broadcast Commercials, Corporate Communications and Interactive Media for The Walt Disney Company, Universal Studios, Sea World, Lockheed-Martin, AAA Insurance, 3M, Siemens, Honda, A&D Medical, Toyota, FedEx and others.

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Jae Macallan Charlotte Film School Mentor

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Jae Macallan Charlotte Film School Mentor

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Jae Macallan is the owner, producer, and lead editor for Yoyostring Creative in Seattle, WA., with satalite offices in Portland, OR and San Diego, CA.  Yoyostring produces traditional video as well as animation, 360 VR, live video switching and video mapping. 

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Ron Osborn Charlotte Film School Mentor

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Ron Osborn Charlotte Film School Mentor

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“Simply put, there is no better or more effective way to teach anything than one-on-one, mentor to student.  This is what the Film Connection does.” — Ron Osborn

A writer/producer in television for 35 years, Ron has been nominated for 7 Emmys, 3 Cable Ace Awards, and 2 Writers Guild Awards on shows like MOONLIGHTING, THE WEST WING, and the adult animated DUCKMAN.  He has written pilots for every primetime network, numerous cable networks, as well as movies like MEET JOE BLACK; and has developed feature projects with Steven Speilberg, Ron Howard, and George Lucas, among others. .

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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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