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Programs

In the Film Connection for Film Production & Editing program, you will study directing, producing and screenwriting inside a real film production company in your city 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.

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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 ordinary film schools and programs. Work directly with an accomplished industry filmmaker at a film production company.

Tuition
Comparison

Film Connection’s mentor styled education is a cost-effective approach to hands-on, 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 Cincinnati 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 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 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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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?

Michael Van Orden Cincinnati Mentor

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Michael Van Orden Cincinnati Mentor

Background

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

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Albert Dabah Cincinnati Mentor

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Albert Dabah Cincinnati 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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Bob Kelley Cincinnati Mentor

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Bob Kelley Cincinnati Mentor

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Clients: Discovery Canada, PBS, UCDavis, Associated Press, Fox News, Blackstone Media, NBC Universal

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Marc Silber Cincinnati Mentor

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Marc Silber Cincinnati Mentor

Background

With a background in visual media, director Marc Silber has interviewed scores of entrepreneurs, CEOs and creative professionals over the years. His interview series has received hearty praise and has helped countless business leaders and artists tell their story.

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Craig Roessler Cincinnati Mentor

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Craig Roessler Cincinnati Mentor

Background

A film and television studio executive and producer for over twenty years, Craig has directly overseen, managed, and/or produced 25 films and seven network series with budgets totaling over $500 million. 

Craig is known for his project-management skills, having close working relationships with talent and directors, producing big looking, studio-quality content on tight budgets, quickly providing workable solutions for development and production issues, and completing projects on time, on budget.

As Senior Vice President of Production, Programming and Creative Affairs for MGM Television Worldwide Inc., Craig had direct oversight of all content development, and oversaw pre-production, production, post-production, while working with business & legal affairs, marketing, and promotion. His MGM product was nominated for 10 Emmy awards and numerous others including DGA, Golden Globes, PGA and SAG awards. 

He oversaw studio projects such as the series Stargate SG-1, Stargate: Atlantis, Stargate: Universe, Dead Like Me, and The L Word, as well as Showtime Movies Inherit the Wind, Twelve Angry Men, In the Time of the Butterflies, That Championship Season, and Rocky Marciano, which opened the Monte Carlo Film Festival. Craig has worked with a wide range of talent, from well-established actors and directors to breaking new talent. 

Craig grew up in Los Angeles and Colorado, working summers on ranches breaking and training western saddle horses. He attended Columbia University, working his way through school as an actor on NBC’s soap opera “Another World,” while learning production work skills for quick, quality content.

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Kel Thompson Cincinnati Mentor

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Kel Thompson Cincinnati Mentor

Background

America’s Production Company was established in 2005 by Kel Thompson who has degrees in photography & advertising from Texas State University. Kel is also a graduate of the Palm Beach Film School. Kel was first published in photography at 17 years old in TX. Kel worked for News24Houston as their first helicopter videographer, before being hired by a major event production company in Florida. Two years later he established America’s Production Company after learning the ropes in photo, video, audio and event production.

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Zef Cota Cincinnati Mentor

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Zef Cota Cincinnati Mentor

Background

Alphabet City Films is a film production company based in New York City, NY. We are a collective of writers, directors, producers, cinematographers, and other talented filmmakers. We have created many short films, and recently produced our first feature length film: The Trouble.

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Jim DeGroot Cincinnati Mentor

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Jim DeGroot Cincinnati Mentor

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Clients: Green Bay Packers, Disney, National Guard, Doritos, ABC World News, Good Morning America, St. Joseph’s Medical Centers, Homeland Security

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Eero Johnson Cincinnati Mentor

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Eero Johnson Cincinnati Mentor

Background

“I’m Eero Johnson. I’m a film and video producer living in Bellingham, Washington. For over ten years I’ve been creating commercials, corporate videos, web videos, sales DVD’s, music videos … whatever it takes to get your message to your audience. I have a great group of clients and I love what I do.”

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Chris Varner Cincinnati Mentor

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Chris Varner Cincinnati Mentor

Background

In a career spanning nearly 20 years, Chris has worked in almost every facet of video production, from lens to post. His credits include EPK work on “Sleepy Hollow”, “Under The Dome”, “The Longest Ride”, “We’re The Millers”, “Iron Man 3”, “One Tree Hill” and more.

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John Raffo Cincinnati Mentor

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John Raffo Cincinnati Mentor

Background

John Raffo started as a photographer in New York before turning his attention to screenwriting. Over the last twenty years he’s worked on a variety of credited and uncredited projects (including, DRAGON, THE BRUCE LEE STORYTHE RELIC, and THE INTERPRETER”). His original screenplay RENKO VEGA AND THE JENNIFER NINE appeared on the 2011 Black List. THE 7TH SWORD is his first story written directly as a graphic novel.

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The Cincinnati, Ohio Film Connection Film School Alternative

We Do Things Differently at Film Connection

Film Connection’s approach specializes in pairing our students with professional filmmakers who give them real-world experience at their own studios, on-location, and at production companies across the Cleveland area.

Film Connection for Cinematography is suited for aspiring DPs i.e. Cinematographers. Film professionals in this role are the director’s partner and are charged with planning the shots, running the crew, and achieving the desired visual aesthetic. Our film school alternative places you with a working DP as an extern cinematographer who can show you the tricks of the trade and help you develop the keen “eye of the DP,” which is something best learned by doing and that’s what we’re all about!

The Film Connection for Film Production & Editing program enables you to study inside a real film production company in your city as you develop your movie idea under the instruction of a professional filmmaker. Our curriculum covers numerous aspects of professional filmmaking including: shot blocking, working with actors, lighting, grip and electric, interviewing, how to “make your day.” Story development and writing are also part of the program including everything from how to develop a story idea, to writing a pitch and pitching professionally, to writing a treatment. Budgeting, financing, deal-making, standard contracts, permits and licensing are also covered.

Want to Learn Screenwriting in Cincinnati?

There are several ways to make a career in the film industry: acting, directing, editing, and so on. But none of those people have a thing to do until a screenplay is in place. And not just any screenplay – the streets in Hollywood are paved with mediocre scripts. It takes more than a computer and a nugget of an idea to create a Killer Script.

By enrolling in The Film Connection Screenwriting Workshop in Cincinnati, you’ll learn how to turn that nugget into an outline, a treatment, a first draft, and finally a finished product. Working remotely with an industry pro, you can get the tools you need to make screenwriting a career.

In order to be one of the best, you have to know what the best looks like. The Film Connection Screenwriting Workshop begins with a look back at some of the great screenplays throughout history. From classics like Casablanca and Streetcar Named Desire to contemporary films like Pulp Fiction, you will discuss what makes them great and how they work so well.

In fact, the really heavy duty writing won’t happen for a while. You’ll need to settle on a story, if it will be an original screenplay or adapted from another work, and have clearly defined acts. At this point, you’ll be working with broad strokes, giving yourself a road map to follow. If you start to stray, your mentor will be there to get you back on the right path.

“I love his personality and the fact that he has a great sense of humor,” former extern Cheryl Agbunag said of her mentor. “His mentoring style is very professional and easily understood. He doesn’t handhold you which is so important when you’re learning something new. His explanations and examples made my learning curve easy.

“I felt like, ‘Gosh… I’m working with an actual professional screenwriter,’” she added. “Though I did the work, his mentoring is like working with a writing partner.”

That’s what Film Connection offers, access to a working screenwriter and the opportunity to truly learn what it takes to create that Killer Script.

Film Directing Training in Cincinnati

With an approved screenplay in place, it’s time to get this movie made. As part of The Film Connection Directing Program, our externs are placed in a real-world production company, working one-on-one with a mentor to learn how films, documentaries, tv shows, and shorts are made.

One day you could be pulling production assistant duties on the set, the next could see a 12-hour day on location at The Carew Building, Union Terminal, or The Roebling Suspension Bridge. You’ll go where your mentor needs you, learning something new every day.

As the 8-month program progresses, you’ll discover that being a director is much more than yelling “action!” Understanding the script, hiring the production staff, working with actors – as the person in charge, you’ll have your hand in almost every aspect of the project.

Being part of the first pre-production meeting, attending the wrap party, and in the editing room, you have the opportunity to network with other industry professionals as part of the program. The connections made here are invaluable and can play a major role in getting you hired after graduation – or even next week!

“One thing I tell my externs is you better know at least fifty to a hundred filmmakers,” Film Connection mentor Zac Adams said. “If I’m the only filmmaker you know, you’re in trouble because I can’t hire everybody. You have to know a lot of people. So I put them on other people’s sets as well and if these filmmaking friends of mine like them, they hire them and pay them.”

 

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Did you know Cincinnati, Ohio is located in the southwest corner of the state along the Ohio River, anchoring a metropolitan area of over 2 million people that spans into southeast Indiana and northern Kentucky? Cincinnati is known as the headquarters of manufacturing giant Proctor and Gamble, the home of the Cincinnati Reds and Cincinnati Bengals, and the birthplace of Skyline Chili. A long list of film professionals and entertainers have hailed from this area, including actors Tyrone Power, Doris Day, Vera-Ellen, Sarah Jessica Parker and Patricia Wettig. This is also the hometown of talk show host Jerry Springer, as well as the birthplace of legendary film director Steven Spielberg. Cincinnati is also the 28th ranked DMA in the nation, with numerous TV stations, radio stations and production companies. If you’re looking for a career as a film director, film producer, film editor, or cameraman, Cincinnati provides excellent opportunities for you to learn.

IMDB lists over 190 movies, TV shows and documentaries that have done location filming in the Cincinnati area.  Films shot here include Rain Man, Traffic, It Takes Two, Little Man Tate, Milk Money, Eight Men Out, and the film classic The Asphalt Jungle, just to name a few.

Television production in Cincinnati is significant, as well. TV productions that have done location work or episodes here include Friends, WWF Raw, and of course, WKRP in Cincinnati.

The amount of filmmaking and television production in the Cincinnati area makes it ideal as a connection point for filmmaking professionals and film students–and connection is at the heart of the Film Connection philosophy. As you work with your personal mentor on real film and video shoots, you’ll  have the opportunity to make industry connections which can oftentimes lead to future work. Find out why so many of our students and graduates go on to permanent industry jobs, often getting hired even before they graduate! Let Cincinnati Film Connection get you started on the path to your dreams.

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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 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 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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