u Detroit Michigan Film School

This is your
Detroit Classroom

Real filmmaking education. Real film industry connections.

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 typical schools. Work directly with accomplished industry veteran filmmakers at one of our fully-equipped film production companies across the country.

Programs

You will study inside a real film production company in your city as you develop your movie idea with a legendary to filmmaker. Then you will fly to Los Angeles or New York to pitch your idea to an executive that could buy or get your movie idea made.

Director / Producer / Screenwriter Details

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 that starts the ball rolling down the hill.

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, without doubt, much more than that. He or she is also a qualified storyteller of the highest order.

Film Editing Details

The cinematographer is literally the set ‘magician.’ DPs are responsible for the technological wizardry to help create the needed light, while at the same time also having the keen sensibility to shape the light for the greatest artistic effect.

Cinematography Details

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Detroit

Film Connection Film Institute

Our "Near Me" Detroit Filmmaker Locations

  • Grosse Pointe
  • Bloomfield Hills
  • Ann Arbor
  • Wyandotte
  • Bricktown
  • Greektown
  • Park Avenue
  • Cass Corridor
  • West Canfield
  • Woodbridge
  • Boston-Edison
  • New Amsterdam
  • Highland Park
  • Palmer Woods
  • Sherwood Forest
  • MorningSide
  • Indian Village
  • Rivertown
  • Warrendale
  • Delray
  • Seven Mile
  • Littlefield
  • Royal Oak
  • Southfield
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Visit a Film Production Company
In Detroit

Get started with a tour of one of our Michigan apprenticeship/externship locations. Or call us for more information at 800-295-4433


About Our Detroit Film School

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 program should be to learn how to make movies—especially YOUR movie. Our 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 or trade school. We’re different, even innovative and you need to understand more before you apply. Here’s how you can get more info:


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Meet our Faculty

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

Ryan Kindahl Detroit Mentor

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Ryan Kindahl Detroit Mentor

Background

Documentaries, Music Videos, Commercials

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Megan Kennedy Detroit Mentor

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Megan Kennedy Detroit Mentor

Background

Megan is an award-winning photographer and videographer with over 10 years of video production experience, from directing and editing national PSA campaigns to producing feature-length documentaries.

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Calix Lewis Reneau Detroit Mentor

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Calix Lewis Reneau Detroit Mentor

Background

Calix Lewis Reneau is a producer and writer, known for An Even Worse Joke (2013), Canyon Road (2013) and My Cousin’s Ghetto Wedding (2016).

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Sandy Stern Detroit Mentor

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Sandy Stern Detroit Mentor

Background

Producer, Being John Malcovich, Saved!, Velvet Goldmine, Pump Up the Volume, Thirteen Conversations about One Thing, Equinox, Red Hot

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Rob Helmstetter Detroit Mentor

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Rob Helmstetter Detroit Mentor

Background

Rob has experience with major corporate ad agencies Publicis, Medicus, Digitas based in New York and Chicago. He has always been on the bleeding edge of technology and believes that services should be simple for the viewers.

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Michael Van Orden Detroit Mentor

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Michael Van Orden Detroit Mentor

Background

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

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Albert Dabah Detroit Mentor

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Albert Dabah Detroit 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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Derek Koen Detroit Mentor

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Derek Koen Detroit Mentor

Background

Washington Koen Media Productions is a full-service media production company specializing in video productions, streaming video solutions, presentations and audio/visual support for organizations both large and small. Whether corporate video presentations, documentaries, live streaming of meetings, or web streaming solutions, our highly-skilled and creative team- with over 20 years of combined experience – using today's latest tools and technology, can produce quality results for your company

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Brian Glazen Detroit Mentor

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Brian Glazen Detroit Mentor

Background

In 2013, Brian Glazen co-produced an independent film called Fishing Without Nets. This film went on to win for Best Direction at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and recently sold to Twentieth Century Fox for distribution to theaters nation wide.

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Laura Scheiner Detroit Mentor

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Laura Scheiner Detroit Mentor

Background

Seasoned film development executive, writer and script consultant with exceptional story development and script analysis skills. As a development executive I’m particularly adept at pinpointing the problems in a script and coming up with creative solutions. I’m a passionate collaborator who creates a fertile environment where writers can bloom and scripts can meet their potential.

As a writer for hire I pride myself as bringing my story sense, knowledge, talent and unbridled imagination to the table in order to bring the producer’s vision to life.

As a storyteller I always aim to entertain, engage, surprise, move and provoke.

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Craig Constant Detroit Mentor

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Craig Constant Detroit Mentor

Background

Craig Constant is an Executive Producer at Constant66 Films. After leaving the Marine Corps, he worked as a Photojournalist/Editor for the Fox News Channel for close to seven years. Since then, he’s worked as a Sound Technician, Production Sound Mixer, Camera Operator and Director of Photography.

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Detroit News

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Achieving Flow: Entering the Vortex

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How to Have a Successful Table Read

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The Film Scene in Detroit

The Detroit, Michigan Film Connection Film School Advantage

No joke, your path to Hollywood stardom begins right here in Detroit. We’re the Detroit Film Connection and we’ve got a network of local filmmaking professionals that offer what no other program anywhere can offer: real-world experience and industry contacts. You can’t afford to waste time and money on programs that won’t get you hired. Detroit Film Connection is the future of filmmaking and you better be on-board.

Whether you’d like to learn everything behind the scenes in six months or want to be a director in eight, Detroit Film Connection is your inside track to professionals who can ignite your career. And if you choose the director track, get ready to pitch your idea before a dream mentor in L.A. and an entertainment executive who actually greenlights Hollywood projects. Who knows? Maybe your idea will be what everyone’s talking about next summer! So get connected today at the Detroit Film Connection.

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DETROIT, MICHIGAN is the 11th largest DMA in the country. With a large, but unreported, Canadian audience across the border, Detroit’s actual DMA is no doubt larger than attributed. One great trivia fact about Detroit is that you have to drive south from there to reach Canada. The city is home to the Detroit Pistons (NBA), the Detroit Lions (NFL), the Detroit Tigers (MLB) and the Detroit Red Wings (NHL).

Live music has dominated Detroit’s night life since the late 40s, signified by the long-term residency of John Lee Hooker. Berry Gordy Jr. founded Motown Records which produced hit after hit during the 60s and 70s from artists such as Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Four TOps, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross and The Supremes, Marvin Gaye and more. At the same time Alice Cooper, Ted Nugent, Mitch Ryder, Glenn Frey and Bob Seger were putting out high enery motor city rock n roll. In the late 80s, Detroit gave birth to the Techno music scene by way of musicians including Juan Atkins, Derrick May, and Kevin Saunderson. Detroit also was a vanguard of garage rock in the 90s and Detroit Hip Hop went huge with Eminem, Kid Rock, Street Lord’z, Slum Village, and others.

Eminem’s 8 Mile, the award winning film he starred in, was shot in Detroit and exemplifies what FILM CONNECTION has to offer for the Detroit media and arts student. Whether your taste tends toward film or televison, FILM CONNECTION has a course curriculum to get you in the door and on your way to your chosen career. Detroit does have opportunities in the Film industry—more than 295 feature films, TV series and specials having been shot in Detroit. FILM CONNECTION’s Film School is the most successful in the country in placing graduates in the film industry. The reason for this is simple: FILM CONNECTION provides its students with real world job experience as well as real industry connections. The old Catch-22 idea that you can’t get the job without experience and you can get the experience without the job no longer applies. The other truism “It’s who you know” is also solved. Experience and Connections—these are the FILM CONNECTION Edge.

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Progress Reports

Checking in on our Michigan Film Students who are learning filmmaking where they live in places like Trenton and Detroit

Chris Barbeito
TRENTON, MI
We went over Lesson three in the book (Lenses) Allen and I talked more about Depth of Field. We also did a lot of things regarding lighting. He showed me in his studio and on one of his cameras what different lenses would do, and with lighting.

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Learn From Industry Pros

The Film Connection film school alternative is endorsed by filmmakers who are making the movies you love.

Professionals in the film business—including many of the famous producers, screenwriters and directors who’ve worked on the films that inspire you—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 apprentice (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 apprentice (extern) turned out to be a reliable resource and we hope […]

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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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Contact the Film Connection

Email: admissions@rrfedu.com