This isn’t a boring Charlotte film school classroom. This isn’t an overcrowded college laboratory. This is life. Real Life. YOUR LIFE.

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

Instead of a classroom, you’ll be learning from inside 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.

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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.

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Don’t Spend More on your Film Education if You Don’t Have to

A major part of what Film Connection offers is the chance to see how films, TV shows, film videos, or commercials are made firsthand. 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? 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. Remote learning also means you can work with any one of the Film Connection mentors (based on availability, of course) throughout the country. Film school near me? We can be at your home!

Our Charlotte Film Industry Mentors Help you Build Real World Connections

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.


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Success stories

Since he started his extern program with Uptone Pictures in Raleigh, NC, Grant Gilbert has been taking…


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