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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 Cleveland 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.

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?

David McClain Cleveland Mentor

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David McClain Cleveland Mentor

Background

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

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Demetria Kalodimos Cleveland Mentor

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Demetria Kalodimos Cleveland Mentor

Background

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 Cleveland Mentor

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Grant Salisbury Cleveland Mentor

Background

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 Cleveland Mentor

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Jae Macallan Cleveland Mentor

Background

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 Cleveland Mentor

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Ron Osborn Cleveland Mentor

Background

“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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Sam Borowski Cleveland Mentor

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Sam Borowski Cleveland Mentor

Background

“The Recording Radio and Film Connection is such an effective program, because it takes the student out of the classroom and puts them in the very field they seek to be a part of. With mentors that actually work in the student’s respective field, they get first-hand knowledge of how everything works and just what to do. I think it’s the best way to get hands-on experience and the lessons learned are very valuable. I also think that the interview process helps to match a student with a mentor that will be right for them.” – Sam Borowski

Directed and produced the feature film, Night Club starring Oscar-Winner Ernest Borgnine, Natasha Lyonne and Paul Sorvino. Wrote and produced the feature-length documentary Creature Feature: 60 Years of the Gill-Man with Oscar-Winner Benicio Del Toro and narrated by 2-time Emmy-Winner Keith David. Also directed and produced the film Maniac.

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John Lafia Cleveland Mentor

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John Lafia Cleveland Mentor

Background

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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Brian Dryden Cleveland Mentor

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Brian Dryden Cleveland Mentor

Background

Clients: The North Face, Cherokee Sports, LSU

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Peter Foldy Cleveland Mentor

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Peter Foldy Cleveland Mentor

Background

“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 Cleveland Mentor

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Eric Abrams Cleveland Mentor

Background

“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 Cleveland Mentor

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Monty Mickelson Cleveland Mentor

Background

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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Cleveland News

Should You Storyboard?

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Film Connection student Arronn Lepperman Learns the Craft of Screenwriting

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Location Management: How Camera and Location Departments Work Together

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What Do To When Art Institute Closes

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Looking In Weird Places

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The Upside of Side Projects

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Which Books are Good to Adapt?

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Why Manners Matter in Music, Film, and TV

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The Film Scene in Cleveland

The Cleveland, Ohio Film Connection Film School Alternative

Learn Film Directing in Cleveland in months, not years.

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. For those interested in directing, our curriculum covers numerous aspects of professional filmmaking including: shot blocking, working with actors, lighting, grip, electric, what it means to “make your day” and how to do it.

As a director, you are responsible for almost every aspect of the movie-making process. That includes the people you hire to help you make the film. While you may have the final say in the final cut, being able to trust who you hire is a necessity. And if that’s a luxury you aren’t afforded, you need to be able to explain your vision. During the one-on-one instruction with an industry professional, you’ll learn to do just that. During your training, you could be on the set, on-location, and in the editing room. Pay attention, ask questions, and be prepared to lend a hand. The connections you make during this process could prove invaluable down the road.

Study Screenwriting in Cleveland. Work Directly with a Pro.

Story development and writing are part of the six-month screenwriting workshop. You will have private lessons with a Film Connection mentor of writing for the screen. Rather than read about the craft of writing books, you get to discuss your idea, your future script with a professional who’s going to take you under their wing and show you how it’s done. Whether you’re a writer who’s been at it for years, or you’ve never written film before, everything from how to develop a story idea well, to how to structure your acts and craft interesting characters will be the bulk of your education in screenwriting. Because Film Connection is all about enabling people to learn in the industry and build relevant, usable skills, you’ll even learn how to pitch that script once it’s completed. Working remotely with a mentor – a screenwriting professional – you’ll develop these skills with an eye towards writing a Killer Script.

What’s the story you’re dying to tell?

Have you dreamed of turning your favorite book into a movie? Or do you want to create a completely original work but don’t know where to start? Either way, a Killer Script has well-developed acts, believable dialogue, and compels the audience to want to know what’s next.

You’ll also learn the importance of stepping away from the work, getting it read by another pair of eyes, and how to integrate notes and change your material in order to produce a polished script. Formatting, outlines, treatments. First drafts, re-writes, polishing. Securing an agent, becoming a member of the Writers Guild of America, selling your script. Becoming a screenwriter is about much more than making up stuff in your head. It’s a constant dance between creativity and structure, imagining and honing, as well as knowing more and saying more with less. Writing well for the screen takes work, discipline, and planning. Your Film Connection mentor can help you learn the way it’s done and in a number of months, you can have that movie down in final form, ready to be sold and made.

To apply for Film Connection at one of our externship location studios, click here.

Did you know CLEVELAND, OHIO is the 17th largest DMA in the U.S? It is home to the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame as well as the Baseball Hall of Fame in nearby Canton. One-time Cleveland DJ Alan Freed is widely credited with coining the phrase “rock and roll” to describe the new form of music that was taking over the airwaves. Cleveland was the location of the first rock and roll concert, the Moondog Coronation Ball in 1952. Fittingly, the authorities shut it down after the first song.

Superman creators Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel grew up in Cleveland, where together they contrived the idea for the man of steel. Cleveland has served as the location for many feature films, including The Fortune Cookie, Deer Hunter, Antwone Fisher and the holiday favorite A Christmas Story. Many scenes for Spider-Man 3 were filmed in Cleveland. The city was also the setting for the popular sitcom, The Drew Carey Show. Altogether there are more than 215 feature films, TV series or specials made in Cleveland. Besides Drew Carey, other famous Celebrities born in Cleveland include Halle Berry, Arsenio Hall, Andy Warhol and Debra Winger.

Fittingly, Film Connection offers Cleveland students award-winning courses in both TV and Film. Whether you plan on being a director, producer, writer, DP, camera operator, editor, etcetera, Film Connection’s mentored-externship programs and workshops are designed to suit your needs. Within approximately six to nine months, a you can have the opportunity to make real industry connections in Cleveland while you acquire real-world, on-the-job experience. Are you ready?

To apply for our Cleveland film school alternative, click here.

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 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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