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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 Dayton 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?

Steven Schott Dayton Mentor

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Steven Schott Dayton Mentor

Background

Credits: Jeff Foxworthy Show, The Lost Calendar, The Final Season

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Daniel Sollinger Dayton Mentor

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Daniel Sollinger Dayton Mentor

Background

Producer: The Alphabet Killer, Six Ways to Sunday, Alone in the Dark II, In My Sleep, Girls Against Boys, Deadliest Warrior, Age of Kali

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Joe Van Wie Dayton Mentor

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Joe Van Wie Dayton Mentor

Background

Following a spirited and notorious adolescence in Northeastern Pennsylvania, Joe did a stretch at New York University and ended up spending nearly a decade as an accomplished part of the New York City’s lively film and TV industry. During this time, he racked up credits ranging from producing feature films premiering at international film festivals to directing and producing content for a variety of national cable television networks. His most recent film is the locally-shot award-winning feature Forged. Joe is an active board member on the boards of Dress for Success, The Scranton Club and the American Advertising Federation of NEPA. Joe is also a member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the American Association of Political Consultants, and two time Pollie award winner.

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John Lux Dayton Mentor

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John Lux Dayton Mentor

Background

John Lux is the Chief Operating Officer for the IDEAS media and experience design company, which employs film program graduates nationwide. The projects his company handles stretch from Florida, to Europe, and as far as Shangai, China.

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Rebecca Ramon Dayton Mentor

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Rebecca Ramon Dayton Mentor

Background

Rebecca Ramon hails from Battle Creek, MI and is a proud Midwestern girl. She believes that’s exactly what keeps her down to earth and youthful. With a BA in Broadcasting & Cable production from Western Michigan University, and an MFA in Film Production from Chapman University, one of the top ten film schools in the nation, she’s definitely standing on her own two feet. Not only does Rebecca have a formal education, her mentor for post production was Paul Seydor, a member of ACE; the honorary society of motion picture editors. Paul edited movies such as “White Men Can’t Jump” and “This Christmas”. In other words, she has learned from the best, and has over ten years of experience, which ranges from pre-production to post-production in several mediums. Most importantly, she has the passion to share her knowledge as a mentor.

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Tabitha Hartbauer Dayton Mentor

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Tabitha Hartbauer Dayton Mentor

Background

The BSP editing facility sets the standard for editing in Colorado. Three video edit suites utilize “Premiere Pro CS6”, “Final Cut Pro” and “DaVinci” and project Panasonic High Definition 1080p images on to 110” Stewart Screens.

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Jason Hewitt Dayton Mentor

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Jason Hewitt Dayton Mentor

Background

Odd Thomas, 13 Sins, Blood Out, Left Behind, Season of the Witch, Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever, The Outsider

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Steve Riach Dayton Mentor

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Steve Riach Dayton Mentor

Background

Steve is an award winning producer, director and writer of over 250 films, documentaries, television shows and home video properties, including specials from the Olympics, Super Bowls, World Series, NBA and NCAA Championships, and college football bowl games.

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Avery Williams Dayton Mentor

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Avery Williams Dayton Mentor

Background

Avery O. Williams works steadily in both the film and theater worlds. He is the co-writer of the feature film Directing Eddie starring Valerie Perrine and Jade Barrymore, directed by Lawrence Kaldor which premiered at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival and was voted Best Comedy at the 2001 New York International Independent Film & Video Festival. He wrote and directed the industrial film for the City of Atalanta entitled Surviving Domestic Violence and he wrote and co-produced the film short The Willie Witch Projects, which was showcased at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival and is distributed by Trimark Pictures in their compilation entitled The Bogus Witch Project. Other short subject screenplays that have been made into films include Notes In A Minor Key, The Willie Witch Projects and The Chocolate Factory, Part 1.

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Harry Findysz Dayton Mentor

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Harry Findysz Dayton Mentor

Background

“The Film Connection Program uses real world people to mentor real world jobs.”

-Harry Findysz, Tucson, Arizona, Southern Arizona Video Productions

Producer of Live Television, Music Videos, Documentaries, Winner of Ashbury Best Music Documentary 2016 Linda Chorney The Cantina

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Greg Freeman Dayton Mentor

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Greg Freeman Dayton Mentor

Background

Greg Freeman is an award-winning Director of Photography with nearly two decades in news, sports, entertainment, special programming, documentaries, and commercials. Greg has directed projects for nearly every major television network including ABC, Discovery, ESPN, HBO, HGTV, NBC, PBS, and more.

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The Film Scene in Dayton

The Dayton, 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 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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