u Flint-Saginaw-Bay City, MI Film School

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Flint-Saginaw-Bay City 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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Flint-Saginaw-Bay City

Film Connection Film Institute

Our "Near Me" Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Filmmaker Locations

  • Heritage Square
  • Old Town
  • Northmoor
  • Sheridan Park
  • Southwest Village
  • Jameson Corridor
  • Weiss
  • Cathedral District
  • Carriagetown
  • Grand Traverse Street
  • Buick City
  • Sugar Hill
  • Kent
  • River Village
  • Mt. Morris
  • Bridgeport Charter Township
  • St. Charles
  • Carrollton Township
  • Midland
  • Thomas Township
  • Essexville
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Visit a Film Production Company
In Flint-Saginaw-Bay City

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 Flint-Saginaw-Bay City 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?

Ivan Alzuro Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

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Ivan Alzuro Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

Background

“Unlike the local University, Film Connection sends us committed and focused students. We have turned 1 student into full-time contractor – that says it all!”

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Daniel Lir Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

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Daniel Lir Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

Background

Dream Team Directors is a prestigious directorial team founded by Bayou Bennett and Daniel Lir. Their company motto, “Let our dream team manifest your dream”, symbolizes the expansion and positive attention they win for their celebrity and high-profile brand clients and collaborators such as Adidas, MTV, Coldplay, P. Diddy, Smashbox Cosmetics, Atlantic Records, Chrome Hearts, Oscar De La Renta, Oscar nominee Mark Ruffalo, Golden Globe nominee Anthony Mackie, Matt Bennett of the “Big Bang Theory” and Lea Michele of Fox’s “Glee.”

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Horacio Jones Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

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Horacio Jones Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

Background

Award winning director, Horacio Jones is a multi-faceted Video Producer, Director, and Editor. He has turned CinemaViva into one of the leading video production studios in San Diego. In addition to making outstanding corporate video productions, he is committed to making socially conscious and inspiring films and documentaries that bring magic into peoples lives in fun and colorful ways.

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Deen Olatunji Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

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Deen Olatunji Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

Background

Deen’s most recent film is “Warfare”, which was screened at the heart of Dallas and several other cities across the United States. Deen has also worked on several feature, short films and other content, which include “Kanaani” (Popular TV Series”), “The Call”, “King Sacrifice”, “Who Am I” , and “Dancing With The Docs-Texas”. (TV Series). He is currently working on his next projects “The Alarm Clock” (Short Film) and “Eze Back To School”  (Feature Film) all coming up in fall and winter 2016.

Deen believes the RRFC program is great because it’s one of the few reputable schools that teach you on the field which he states is a great way of learning.

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Rex Piano Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

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Rex Piano Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

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“The Film Connection allows aspiring writers to work with professionals.  The students not only learn theory, but practical applications to screenwriting.  I wish it was around when I was a student.” — Rex Piano, Producer/Director, Impact Earth, Fall of Hyperion, Rome: Rise and Fall of an Empire, Murder Dot Com, Hope Ranch, The Month of August

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Matt Kaczkowski Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

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Matt Kaczkowski Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

Background

Matt Kaczkowski graduated from Winona State University with a BA in Mass Communications Broadcasting. He spent three years as a DJ and produced an award-winning radio production.  Prior to starting SilverWater Productions, Matt was an event planner and A/V services coordinator for 4 years. Matt’s passion for film and video is a catalyst for SilverWater’s success.

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David McClain Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

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David McClain Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

Background

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

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Demetria Kalodimos Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

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Demetria Kalodimos Flint-Saginaw-Bay City 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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Rocco Michaluk Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

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Rocco Michaluk Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

Background

Michaluk has been creating award winning Film & TV productions for over 15 years. His Film Clients include Columbia Pictures, Indian PaintBrush, PBS, NBC, American Empirical Pictures and Fountainbrush Films. His Television clients include NBC, Television Academy / Emmy’s, MTV, Viacom, E! Entertainment, CBS, ABC, Travel Channel, Leftfield Pictures, PETA, and others.

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Alejandra Huerta Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

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Alejandra Huerta Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

Background

Alejandra Huerta specializes in On-Screen Promotions, Executive Presentation Tapes and Sizzle Reels. She started her career with Andromeda in Miami offering Production Services to MTV Latin America as an editor for on-air promotions. She then relocated to New York where she became a successful producer and editor for Viacom and NBC Universal. After her professional experience in NY she relocated to Florida where she continues to manage, produce and edit projects at Andromeda Productions.

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Joaquin Palma Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

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Joaquin Palma Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

Background

“The thing I admire most about the program is that it pairs you with people doing the job that you are aspiring to do. In doing that, I feel it gets rid of the “glamour” that people associate with this business, and helps them realize that it is, in fact, A JOB. It takes hard work, a lot of practice and a sincere courtesy towards one’s colleagues to get ahead and stay relevant; not that tired stereotype of the suffering artist that won’t settle for anything less than his vision of perfection! I don’t think they teach you that at traditional film schools.” — Joaquin Franco Palma

Joaquin Franco Palma was born and raised in Los Angeles and is a first-generation American. Having started his career as a production assistant, Joaquin has gone on to become an award winning writer and director of both independent features and TV; most notably, as a staff writer on the Emmy nominated HULU series, EAST LOS HIGH. Aside from writing for the screen, Joaquin is also a published author of fiction and is a youth writing volunteer for the NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND and NOSOTROS ORGANIZATION programs.

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The Film Scene in Flint-Saginaw-Bay City

The Flint-Saginaw-Bay City, Michigan Film Connection Film School Advantage

Think you need to be in L.A. or New York to go to a quality film school? Think again. We’ve got your ticket to the stars right here. We’re Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Film Connection and our programs bring together aspiring filmmakers and local professionals in a unique mentor setting that’s turning the industry upside-down!

If you’ve got a specific focus that you’d like to explore, you can try our 6-month behind the scenes program. You’ll be working closely on your personal project with local mentors who will meet with you in their studios or production houses. Those who want the complete package will want to try our 8-month director program. This track brings your idea from inception to the screen and culminates in an all-expenses paid trip to Los Angeles for your very own pitch meeting with industry executives. No other program anywhere offers this level of professional connections to its students.

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Located in east-central Michigan not far from the "thumb" of the lower peninsula, the cities of Flint, Saginaw and Bay City have a combined population of nearly 200,000 people. Together, they also form the Flint-Saginaw-Bay City television market. Entertainment industry pros hailing from this area include musician Stevie Wonder, filmmaker Kerry Conran, TV personality Bob Eubanks, actors Nancy Kovack, Sandra Bernhard and Matthew Glave, and the original "Bozo the Clown" Bob Bell. The Flint-Saginaw-Bay City area benefits from Michigan's attractive tax incentives for film projects, and several production companies make their home in this area. If you desire a career in film as a film producer, film director, film editor or cameraperson, the Flint-Saginaw-Bay City area provides a decent alternative to relocating to other places like New York or L.A. 

Movies, commercials, TV shows and documentaries are filmed in the Flint-Saginaw-Bay City area on a regular basis, as well as in the surrounding regions of Michigan. Some of the films shot in this area include Street Boss, Locked Away, Meltdown, Greener, and documentaries such as Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine, to name a few.  Additionally, television production in the area has included Evening Magazine and TV Nation.

With our many professional connections and relationships forged over the years, FILM CONNECTION is in a unique position to help fulfill your dreams of a career in the film and TV industry, including in the Flint-Saginaw-Bay City area. Using FILM CONNECTION’s original, hands-on, one-on-one, on-the-job method of teaching (called the mentor/apprentice approach), over 70% of Chicago FILM CONNECTION graduates go on to have a career in film and TV—often times being hired before they finish their FILM CONNECTION course. You owe it to yourself to see what we can do for you!

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Connections Matter

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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