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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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Workshops

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 who gets the ball rolling down the hill.
 
In the Film Connection for Screenwriting workshop, you will learn the elements that make for a “Killer Script” by developing and writing your own feature length screenplay under the direction and mentorship of a working professional screenwriter.

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 so much more than that. He or she is also a qualified storyteller of the highest order.
 
In the Film Connection for Film Editing workshop, you will develop your knowledge of storytelling and screenplay structure as the foundational blueprint of a film. You will also develop your technical understanding of editing as an extern to a professional editor in a post-production facility in-person or online.

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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.

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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
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$44,000 Tuition
$61,000 Loan Interest

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$22,000 Tuition
$20,500 Loan Interest

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$88,000 Tuition
$122,000 Loan Interest

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About Our Chicago 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.

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Meet our Mentors

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

Brian Dryden Chicago Mentor

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Brian Dryden Chicago Mentor

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Clients: The North Face, Cherokee Sports, LSU

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Peter Foldy Chicago Mentor

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Peter Foldy Chicago Mentor

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“For a fraction of the price of a university course, students of the Radio, Record and Film Connection receive one-on-one consultation and mentoring from a seasoned film professional. It is an opportunity for an exchange of meaningful ideas and for some, even a chance to network, an essential requirement to make an in-road in the film business.”

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Eric Abrams Chicago Mentor

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Eric Abrams Chicago Mentor

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“Unlike many programs that stress theory over doing, our goal is for our students to have completed a 1st draft of a screenplay or be well on their way in 10 sessions.”
 
Credits I’m proud of: “Married…With Children,” “Gary & Mike,” ‘Live & Maddie,” and an unaired Muppet pilot.

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Monty Mickelson Chicago Mentor

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Monty Mickelson Chicago Mentor

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Freelance Journalist, Financial Writer, Corporate Communications Copywriter, Writer of Corporate Training and Life Skills Videoscripts, Public Relations Account Manager, Special Events Promotion and Media Wrangling, Award-Winning Published Novelist, and Feature Film Screenwriter.

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Daniela Larsen Chicago Mentor

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Daniela Larsen Chicago Mentor

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Daniela Larsen is the former CEO of Creative Media Education. She created and expanded education & certifications in Digital Media, Film, Cyber Security, Leadership and Technology. She also developed strategic partnerships in the private and public sector to make this education and training accessible to the public. Finally, she used digital media, documentaries and non profit experience to create opportunities for cause marketing, tell the stories that have real impact and increase the reach of online education to the remotest places in the world. She is currently the Executive Director & Founder of Small Candles Education & Economic Development, the CEO of the Navanas Institute and a Certified Partner for Infusionsoft.

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John Lafia Chicago Mentor

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John Lafia Chicago Mentor

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John Lafia is a director and writer, known for Child’s Play (1988), Child’s Play 2 (1990), Man’s Best Friend(1993) and 10.5 (2004)

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Wade Marshall Chicago Mentor

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Wade Marshall Chicago Mentor

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Since 2007, Millennium Studios has been servicing productions in Shreveport and throughout Louisiana.

Credits: True Blood, The Expendables 3, Olympus Has Fallen

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Jon Reiss Chicago Mentor

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Jon Reiss Chicago Mentor

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Named one of “10 Digital Directors to Watch” by Daily Variety, Jon Reiss is also critically acclaimed filmmaker whose experience releasing his feature Bomb It with a hybrid strategy was the inspiration for writing Think Outside the Box Office: The Ultimate Guide to Film Distribution and Marketing in the Digital Era (TOTBO), the first step-by-step guide for filmmakers to distribute and market their films.  He also co-wrote Selling Your Film Without Selling Your Soul and Selling Your Film Outside the US.   He also teaches at the Film Directing Program at Cal Arts.

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Rick Dahl Chicago Mentor

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Rick Dahl Chicago Mentor

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I’ve written for many of the major studios and networks. My first movie, “Red Rock West,” was nominated for Best Screenplay by the Independent Spirit Awards. 

I think this program is fantastic. I get to spend an hour a week, one-on-one with my students. We read over their material carefully. It affords me the opportunity to dig deep and get into the details of screenwriting – a deceptively complicated craft. We can cover various aspects of formatting, different styles of writing and how they impact the reader – which ultimately determines the filmic outcome and audience sees on screen.

The time allows me to get know my students so that I’m able to help them put some part of themselves into their stories. 

Once you get past the basics, screenwriting is about story. And we all have one to tell. The more personal that is, the more impact it will have.

The terrific thing I get to experience with Film Connection, because of the one-on-one time I have with my students, is the growth they achieve in their writing

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Jana Sue Memel Chicago Mentor

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Jana Sue Memel Chicago Mentor

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“Students at the Film Connection receive the extraordinary benefit of a one-on-one mentoring relationship with highly experienced industry professionals. What an amazing way to learn your craft. Nothing could be better.” — Jana Sue Memel,

Films Jana have produced have been nominated for eleven Oscars and won three. They have also won Emmy’s, Director and Writer Guild Awards and numerous film festival awards. 

Credits:  So I Married An Axe Murderer, Tough Guys, Down Came A Blackbird, Duke of Groove

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Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs Chicago Mentor

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Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs Chicago Mentor

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Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs has been one of the most consistent actors in Hollywood and his amazing work has won millions of hearts all over the world. He was born in the year 1953 on 4th of September and this makes his age 61 at this time. At this age he has already been a legendary actor and he will be always remembered for his contributions. He was born in a place called New York City, which lies in New York of United States of America. He belongs to the ethnicity black and nationality American. He is very humble and always carries a smile on his face. He is an extremely tall man as he has a very impressive height of 6 feet 2 inches, which is around 1.87 meters. He went to the university called Wilkes University for his degree. A lot of information on him and his interesting biography can be grabbed from wiki sites like Wikipedia and IMDb.

He has been very motivated in his career and to make the scenes look real he has given many shirtless scenes as well. He has been living a king’s life and all thanks to his hard work and dedication. He has poured perfection in almost all of his work. He has been earning good money also and has his net worth in millions of dollars. He has a net worth of 1 million dollars and this speaks his success story. Videos related to him are absolutely loved in YouTube. It does not seem like he is much into social networking sites like Twitter and Instagram and does not like to upload his pictures in those sites to share them.

After being so popular he has managed to keep his personal life very low profile. It does not seem like he is gay but, as he has not revealed his sexual preference nothing can be said with assurance. He has never talked about his wife and children but he looks like married. If he is not married also he has never revealed the person he is dating right now or his girlfriend. He has never talked about his current affair also if he is having any. It seems like he has not been through divorce.

He has played great roles in TV shows and movies and this has made him who he is today. He played the role of Charles in a movie called Claudine in the year 1974. He played the role of Cochise in a movie called Cooley High in the year 1975. He played the role of Floyd in a movie called The Annihilators in the year 1985. In the year 2004 he played the role of Anthony in a movie called 30 Miles. Other movies to his credits are Nocturnal Agony, Otis, Tamales and Gumbo, Indecent Behavior, L.A Vice, Chance and Youngblood.

He has been superb with his roles in TV shows and series as well. He appeared in a TV show called Welcome Back, Kotter from the year 1975 to the year 1979. Other TV series to his credits are Pointman, Ellen, Moesha and The Jacksons: An American Dream.

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Location Management: How Camera and Location Departments Work Together

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The Film Scene in Chicago

The Chicago, Illinois Film Connection Film School Alternative

FILMMAKING IN CHICAGO: DO YOU HAVE AN IDEA FOR A MOVIE AND WANT TO KNOW WHAT TO DO NEXT?

You have a great idea for a movie that you want to make. Excellent! Are you uncertain about your next step? That’s normal which is why the Chicago Film Connection exists. We help you with the next steps.

In the last decade, due in large part to the passage of massive tax credits for Chicago film production expenses that was passed in 2009, filmmaking has boomed in Chi-Town. Even before this legislation, Chicago was enjoying a boom cycle in filmmaking with movies like Blues Brothers, Sixteen Candles, The Untouchables, The Dark Knight, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Color of Money, Risky Business, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, When Harry Met Sally, About Last Night, Blues Brothers 2000, The Breakfast Club, The Fugitive, Chain Reaction and more recently Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Contagion, and Source Code all being shot there. The result of all this movie making created a great infrastructure in Chicago for filmmakers and anyone wanting to learn to become a filmmaker. The Chicago Film Connection works with many local film directors and film production companies and can tap into the city’s film infrastructure in ways that most people can’t, all to help you pursue your dreams of making a movie.

Many Film Connection students attend our Chicago film school alternative for just this reason—they have an idea for a movie but don’t know what to do with it. If this describes you, and you’re passionate about your idea and are willing to work hard, the Chicago Film Connection film directing mentored externship can help you take those next steps in turning your idea into a movie.

HOW THE FILM CONNECTION FILM DIRECTOR APPROACH WORKS

Legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick (2001: A Space Odyssey; A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, Eyes Wide Shut) said “the best education in film is to make one.” His statement is one of the fundamental principles of the Film Connection film director approach—we teach all the steps necessary to transform your idea into a movie.

STEP 1: SCREENWRITING.

The first step in getting your idea made into a movie is to create a screenplay for that idea. Great as they may be, ideas themselves are essentially meaningless. In the movie business, ideas are presented as screenplays, which are a valuable currency. Screenplays can be sold. Ideas can’t.

The Chicago Film Connection film directing methodology pairs you with a professional screenwriter, one who has feature film credits to their name, to help you turn your idea into a screenplay. Throughout our directing exernship you will work directly with your screenwriting mentor to flesh out, refine, and perfect your screenplay.

This is important—without a screenplay, there is no movie. A good screenplay tells a story in a way that translates into film. This may sound easy, but it isn’t which is why we team you up with a professional screenwriter to help you. Here’s what a few people in the industry have to say about the art of screenwriting.

“People have forgotten how to tell a story. Stories don’t have a middle or an end any more. They usually have a beginning that never stops beginning.”
Steven Spielberg
Screenwriter for: The Sugarland Express, Poltergeist, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, AI: Artificial Intelligence.

“A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end… but not necessarily in that order.”
Jean-Luc Godard
Leading French New Wave director famous for the auteur theory of directing.

“If your goal is to become a film director, you must master screenwriting.”
Akira Kurosawa
Famous Japanese filmmaker who wrote Seven Samurai, Rashomon and Last Man Standing and whose screenplays were adapted for The Magnificent 7 and A Fistful of Dollars.

STEP 2: DIRECTING AND FILMMAKING:

In order to turn your idea into a film, you should understand all aspects of filmmaking. While you take our structured course curriculum online, we immerse you in the filmmaking process by placing you (as an extern) inside a legitimate Chicago film production company.

You will observe up close and personal how professionals go about making films, you will be thrust into the real-world filmmaking environment of the film production company. You’ll learn hands-on and over-the-shoulder how films get made, step-by-step. You’ll learn about “hurry up and wait,” “drop-dead deadlines” and how to thrive in absolute chaos. And you’ll be working on turning your screenplay into your vision of your movie as you go through our film directing externship.

In short, you’ll learn what it takes to become a film director by learning all the skills necessary to doing the job.

Story Telling: Without a story, there is no film.
Scene Settings and Look: The Magic Behind What’s in a Shot.
Working with Actors: Getting the Performance You Are Looking For.
Working with the Crew: Making a Movie Requires an Army
Working with the Editor: We’ll Fix It in Post.
Budget Considerations: The Business Side of Filmmaking

What makes the Film Connection film directing externship process special is something we mentioned earlier—we place you inside, as an extern, a thriving Chicago film production company, where you will be surrounded by film professionals as they work on real-world film projects. The benefits of the Film Connection experiential approach to film school should be obvious, but in case they aren’t, here’s what a few people in the industry have to say about traditional film schools.

“The real trouble with film school is that the people teaching are so far out of the industry that they don’t give the students an idea of what’s happening.”
Brian De Palma
The Untouchables, Body Double, Mission: Impossible, Scarface

“…the curriculum is often abstract and not relevant to real life, teachers and students don’t connect with resources and experts outside of the classroom, and schools operate as if they were separate from their communities.”
George Lucas
American Graffiti, and the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises

STEP 3: THE PITCH MEETING: WHERE DREAMS CAN COME TRUE.

At this point in your journey through the Chicago Film Connection film directing coursework you will have been working with your screenwriting mentor for months getting your screenplay honed, polished and ready to be pitched. You will have learned about film production and film directing and used that knowledge to make your sizzle reel—a short promotional video to help visually sell your idea to those who can fund it.

Your mentors will prepare you for this pitch meeting, which will take place in front of film and TV executives who can fund your screenplay. You will go into the meeting armed with your elevator pitch, sizzle reel, screenplay, budget breakdown and plenty of guidance on what to expect from your mentors. If you’ve done it right and they love your idea, are impressed with you, and you have something they are looking for, you could get the green light to make your movie.

DOES THE FILM CONNECTION APPROACH TO DIRECTING WORK?

The truth is, a lot of our students don’t get funding to make their movie on their first try. However, they have gained valuable experience on the screenwriting, production and pitching processes, made top level industry contacts and have learned how things actually work in the real world.

And sometimes magic happens, like it recently did with these students  with the help of their mentors.

  • Film Connection graduate Melissa Merkel flew to Los Angeles for her pitch meeting and her screenwriting mentor put her on a Lifetime Series Project he was working on the first week she was there.
  • Film Connection graduate Anne Marie Cummings movie was optioned by Intrinsic Value Films.
  • Film Connection graduate Ofu Obekpa sold his script and directed his own feature called Klippers starring WWE’s Kevin Nash.
  • Film Connection graduate Yuqing Chi wrote Lost in Love which is being directed by Emmanuelle Gallissi.
  • Film Connection graduate Victor Cobb sold his script to a company in Atlanta that turned it into a Lifetime Original Film Project.

THE ONE STEP WE CAN’T DO FOR YOU

If you are serious about seeing your idea for a movie turned into reality, we encourage you to apply to the Film Connection film directing mentored-externship. Only you can apply—we can’t do that for you.

If you work hard and demonstrate that you are dedicated and passionate about filmmaking, you can do everything we’ve talked about in as little as six months. The Film Connection film directing courses are open enrollment, which means you can start anytime. Are you ready to start?

The Chicago, Illinois Film Connection Film School Alternative

1) Located Where You Are.

Our on-the-job training approach means we’re not limited to any central campus location. The Film Connection has locations all over the United States, including right here in Chicago. This means your pathway to Hollywood begins right here in the Windy City.
Learn near where you live. Advantage: Film Connection.

2) Graduate With Little or No Debt with Low Tuition.

Let’s face it: student debt can be a dream-killer. The last thing you need is to be buried in debt right when you’re trying to start your film career—and yet that’s just what the other film schools will ask you to do! We don’t do it that way. We keep our tuition rate low so you can actually afford to attend our film school, and graduate with little or no debt.
Other schools not only cost more, they have lots of add-on charges. Advantage: Film Connection.

3) Learn On-the-Job.

Filmmaking is a learn-by-doing profession—so why do those other schools insist on trying to make you learn it in their classrooms? Our film school program is externship-based, which means you’re placed as a working extern inside a Chicago production company, where all your classes take place on-the-job and on the set. It just makes more sense.
Real-world experience, not useless theoretical classroom instruction. Advantage: Film Connection.

4) One-on-One Training With a Mentor.

At the Film Connection, we don’t call our instructors “teachers,” because they’re much more than that. Your instructor will be a seasoned film professional with real credits, years of experience and tons of connections—and this person will become your personal mentor, training you one-on-one.
One teacher to one student. Advantage: Film Connection.

5) Endorsed by Hundreds of Film Professionals.

Who endorses the Film Connection? The film industry knows who we are, because we have a proven track record of getting our students plugged to successful film careers.
More professional endorsements than any other film school. Advantage: Film Connection.

6) Real Job Placement Assistance.

Once you graduate, you won’t be left on your own. For up to a full year after graduation, our Stay Connected Program actively works with you to help you find gainful employment in the film industry. (But guess what? You might not even need our help. Many of our apprentices get hired through their mentors.)
“Job placement” at other schools means handing you a cold-call lead list when you graduate. Advantage: Film Connection.

7) Become an “Insider” While You Learn.

Most film students have to go pounding on doors after they graduate. Things don’t work that way around here. With the Atlanta Film Connection, you’re in the door from day one of your training, because we put you inside a real film production company from day one. This covers one of the greatest hurdles most filmmakers face—getting someone on the “inside” to pay attention to them! As you extern on-the-job, you become an industry insider; it’s that simple. You’re the one actually being considered for the job while those other film school folks are outside pounding on the doors.
The other guys are on the outside, looking in. Advantage: Film Connection.

8) Private Tutoring.

If you get stumped with an assignment and need help, and your mentor isn’t around, “who you gonna call?” Call us! We provide private tutoring to all our students.
Private tutoring. Advantage: Film Connection.

9) Genuine Industry Connections.

The dirty little secret of the film industry (well, it’s not really a secret) is that connections are everything in this business. No matter how skilled you are at what you do, you won’t get anywhere in the film industry without connections. This is one of the greatest advantages of the Film Connection. We put you in the heart of the action, where the film professionals spend their time—and that’s where you’ll be going to school for the next six months. This means you’ll be in regular contact with hundreds of industry pros—the people who can one day hire you.
Real world film industry connections. Big Advantage: Film Connection.

10) The Path to Hollywood Starts Here.

Here’s something you’ll never hear another film school offer you: a real chance to break into Hollywood with your own film! The curriculum at the Chicago Film Connection is designed to guide you through the development of your own film idea. At the end of your externship, when you’re ready to make your move, we’ll arrange a meeting in Los Angeles with actual industry executives, where you’ll have the chance to pitch your film! (They don’t call us the Film Connection for nothing—we’ve got connections in L.A., too!)
A real chance to break into Hollywood. Big Advantage: Film Connection. NO OTHER FILM SCHOOL DOES THIS.

Your CHICAGO, ILLINOIS FILM SCHOOL ALTERNATIVE

While there are several Chicago Film Schools from which to choose, only the FILM CONNECTION gets you working inside an actual Chicago film production company as a film student extern, where you will learn directing, producing, editing, camera, screenwriting or general production by working alongside the pros. Hands down, the smartest way to break into the film business in Chicago is to start inside a Chicago film production company as a film extern. We’re the school that puts you there.

Why spend 50 thousand dollars or more to go to film school at a traditional film trade school? Our film school alternative costs far less, and gets you educated right in a real production company—the smartest, most cost effective way to get a film education. Be smart, learn from the pros, and get connected as you get educated. The FILM CONNECTION of Chicago can help you realize your dreams without breaking the bank.

To APPLY for our Chicago Film School, click here.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS is the country’s 3rd largest DMA, behind only New York and Los Angeles. The city is rich in sports history, playing host to the Chicago Cubs and White Sox in baseball, the Bulls in basketball, the Bears in the NFL and the Blackhawks in the NHL. From a media perspective, all four networks (ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX) own and operate major Chicago TV stations, and of course, the Oprah Winfrey Network is headquartered here. Notable figures in the film and TV industries who were born in Chicago include Walt Disney, Harrison Ford, John Cusack, John Mahoney, Quincy Jones, Pat Sajak, Robin Williams and Benny Goodman.

The “Windy City” also boasts a rich history in film; a little known fact is that Chicago was America’s largest filmmaking hub before Hollywood assumed the title. Film icon Charlie Chaplin launched his career in Chicago, working for pioneering film company Essenay Studios alongside Gloria Swanson before moving to Los Angeles. In the 1980s, Chicago saw a rebirth of filmmaking under the leadership of Mayor Jane Byne, and since that time, thousands of films and TV shows have been filmed in and around Chicago. Here’s just a sampling of them:

  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • The Dark Knight
  • Wanted
  • Flatliners
  • A League of Their Own
  • Cheaper By the Dozen
  • The Fugitive
  • Prison Break (TV Series)
  • Divergent
  • Chicago Fire (TV Series)
  • Chicago P.D. (TV Series)
  • Public Enemies
  • The Blues Brothers
  • Save the Last Dance
  • Road to Perdition

The rapid pace and high volume of TV and film production in the city allows the FILM CONNECTION to offer its Chicago film students exceptional opportunities to learn one-on-one from a working professional mentor in a real film production company in Chicago. The other film schools will stick you in a classroom; we train you on-the-job, where you can actually connect to the film industry.

With strong professional connections and relationships forged over the years, the FILM CONNECTION is in a unique position to help fulfill our students’ dreams of a career in the film and television industries—and that’s just the start. With our structured curriculum and your mentor’s help, you can even develop your own film idea, and then the FILM CONNECTION will arrange for you to pitch your film to real LA film industry executives! Between our comprehensive on-the-job training and unprecedented opportunities to make connections both in Chicago and Hollywood, it’s little wonder that the FILM CONNECTION’s mentor-extern approach is endorsed by some of the biggest names in the film industry! Enroll today, and let us get you on the path to your dreams.

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Connections Matter

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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.

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 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 extern turned out to be a reliable resource and we hope his experience […]

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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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Chicago, IL 60606
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Hours: M - F 11:00AM to 8:00PM

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