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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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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.

Dayton Film School

Film Connection Locations

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 Dayton 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?

David McClain Dayton Film School Mentor

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David McClain Dayton Film School Mentor

Background

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

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Demetria Kalodimos Dayton Film School Mentor

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Demetria Kalodimos Dayton Film School 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 Dayton Film School Mentor

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Grant Salisbury Dayton Film School 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 Dayton Film School Mentor

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Jae Macallan Dayton 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 Dayton Film School Mentor

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Ron Osborn Dayton 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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Sam Borowski Dayton Film School Mentor

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Sam Borowski Dayton Film School Mentor

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“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 Dayton Film School Mentor

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John Lafia Dayton Film School 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 Dayton Film School Mentor

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Brian Dryden Dayton Film School Mentor

Background

Clients: The North Face, Cherokee Sports, LSU

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Peter Foldy Dayton Film School Mentor

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Peter Foldy Dayton Film School 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 Dayton Film School Mentor

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Eric Abrams Dayton Film School 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 Dayton Film School Mentor

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Monty Mickelson Dayton Film School 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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The Film Scene in Dayton Film School

The Dayton Film School, Ohio Film Connection Film School Alternative

Learn to Direct in Dayton!

Strolling along the Miami River in downtown Dayton, young lovers talk about the rest of their lives together. Or maybe they’re planning a three-state crime spree. Perhaps these two are spies discussing what went wrong during the last assignment. As a film director, it’s your job to bring the story – whatever that story may be – to life.

The Film Connection for Film Production & Editing film directing program will place you in a real-world Dayton production company where you’ll work one-on-one with your mentor on all aspects of directing. This means you won’t have to move to Los Angeles, New York, or even Cincinnati or Columbus to get the education you need to become a director.

Learning how to block, set up a boom, or any of the other 101 things a director does on the set is only part of the education. Our most successful graduates made themselves available. During this eight-month program, our externs will be on the set learning about grips, gaffers, and getting the most out of the on-screen talent. Whether it was a 30-minute shoot or on location for an entire day. No matter the situation, they came ready to work.

That willingness to work pays off. One of the biggest advantages you’ll get with Film Connection is the opportunity to work with people already in the industry. Impress them on the set and they’ll remember your name. They won’t bother to learn your name if you spend all day on your phone.

“I mean, the program is awesome,” graduate Rob Chiola said. “I recommend it to everybody because these connections that I’ve made are going to be worth a thousand times the price for the tuition.”

Oh yeah – the tuition. In addition to real-world experience and valuable networking opportunities, the cost is more than 90 percent less of some 4-year universities. Because our program is only nine months long, you’ll save time and money with Film Connection.

Creating a Killer Script

Before that couple makes their way down to the river, someone has to give them a reason to be there. When you enroll in the Film Connection Screenwriting Workshop, you’ll be the one who makes the decisions for the lovers, gangsters, or spies.

Our externs work remotely with a professional writer to help craft a “Killer Script.” These are the scripts that never leave the executive’s office, the scripts that get optioned, the scripts that get made. It doesn’t matter if you are already an accomplished writer or have never written anything more than a grocery list.

“It’s really incredible how much better I feel my understanding of story structure has gotten in this short time,” Film Connection extern Vanessa Pazmino says. “My mentor has offered to help me see my screenplay through to the final act and will allow me to seek his advice in the future. He has given me a real sense of confidence for the future of my writing.”

During this workshop, our externs will have one-on-one conversations a few times a week to discuss everything between “Once upon a time” and “The End.” Studying the classics and working to understand why they continue to entertain generation after generation.

The importance of clearly defined acts, how to develop a character, and writing dialogue that sings are just a few screenwriting facets that our externs discuss with their mentors. And while Film Connection covers much more when it comes to writing a screenplay, you’ll also learn non-writing aspects of a script.

Formatting the script, finding someone to read your screenplay, even becoming a member of the Writers Guild of America are important facets that will help you on your journey to becoming a screenwriter. Film Connection will give you the tools – it’s up to you how they will be used.

Learn Filmmaking in the Real World in Dayton with The Film Connection Approach

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 Dayton 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. As an extern cinematographer, we pair you with a working DP 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!

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

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 our film school alternative including everything from how to develop a story idea, to writing a pitch and pitching professionally, to writing a treatment.

Located in southwest Ohio just north of Cincinnati along I-75, the city of Dayton is home to over 150,000 people. Known as the “Birthplace of aviation” (the Wright Brothers were from this area), aerospace remains a key part of Dayton’s economy, mainly centered around Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. This area is no stranger to the entertainment industry, either; a number of entertainment pros have hailed from Dayton, including film producer Mel Epstein, actors Martin Sheen, Jonathan Winters and Chad and Rob Lowe, and Veggie Tales creator Mike Nawrocki. Additionally, Dayton benefits from Ohio’s generous tax incentives for filmmakers, which draw plenty of productions to the area. If you are looking for a career in filmmaking as a film director, film producer, film editor, or cameraman, you’ll find a surprising amount of opportunity to learn in the Dayton area, as opposed to relocating elsewhere–and Film Connection can help you connect with those opportunities.

Major movies, commercials, TV shows and documentaries are filmed in Dayton and surrounding areas on a regular basis. Some of the movies that have done location shooting in Dayton and vicinity include: Street Dreams, Immortally Yours, The Dream Catcher, The Manson Family, Rain Man, It Takes Two, Eight Men Out, and the classic Harper Valley P.T.A., just to name a few.

With numerous professional connections and relationships we’ve forged over the years, Film Connection is in a unique position to help you jumpstart your career in the film and TV industry. Our original, hands-on, one-on-one, on-the-job method of teaching (the mentor/extern approach), equips you with the skills you need while helping you make valuable industry contacts. Come find out why so many Film Connection graduates go on to have a career in film and TV, and are often hired even before they finish Film Connection! Enroll in our Dayton film school alternative today, and let us get you started!

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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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