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*When paid in full, tuition will receive a $2000 reduction, bringing the program’s total cost of $12,250 to $10,250 not including administrative fees.

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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.

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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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Film Connection Locations

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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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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$12,200 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

Average Accrued Interest Charges
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About Our Flint-Saginaw-Bay City 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?

Jim Fogarty Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

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Jim Fogarty Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

Background

Jim Fogarty is a writer and producer, known for Waxing Gibbous (2001), Coffee & Donuts (2007) and A Legacy Reborn: The Rebirth of the W.D. Packard Music Hall (2014). Request an Invitation

Dale DeToni Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

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Dale DeToni Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

Background

Owner/Producer, Dale DeToni, began his career thirty years ago when he brought his experience and education from some of Chicago’s largest recording studios to Springfield, with the dream of starting his own media production company. Request an Invitation

Damon Crump Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

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Damon Crump Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

Background

The Millionaire Matchmaker, Risen, Broke Sky, Aliens on the Moon, Endings, Assault on Waco, Telling Stories: The Comic Book Creators, Big Rich Texas Request an Invitation

Mark Gibson Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

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Mark Gibson Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

Background

“As a screenwriting mentor I know that every student like every writer is different.  The Film Connection screenwriting program allows me to work one on one with my students, customizing the curriculum, allowing me to focus on each student’s needs by helping them raise the level of their writing whether it’s their first script or their fiftieth.” As for credits, I think my two Disney films SNOW DOGS and THE WILD are certainly the most well known.  Request an Invitation

Conrad Denke Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

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Conrad Denke Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

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“There is no replacement for actual hands-on experience, and The Film Connection provides opportunities to work closely with our production team and learn what it takes to make it in the production business.” — Conrad Denke Conrad Denke, film producer/director and CEO/owner of Victory Studios has been in the film and video business for over 30 years. He was co-executive producer and director on the PBS series “National Desk.” Denke has worked on feature films including “Assassins” with Sylvester Stallone, “Once Upon a Time in Mexico” with Antonio Banderas and Johnny Depp,  “Santa Who?” with Leslie Nielson, “Boycott” for HBO, “Alone with Her” with Colin Hanks, “Cover” directed by Bill Duke, and “Mr. Warmth: Don Rickels” directed by John Landis. He is currently producing the television series “Band in Seattle” and has several projects in development including “Music for Young People” and “Daredevils and Disasters.” Request an Invitation

Seth Wood Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

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Seth Wood Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

Background

Seth has been working in production since 1998 and has a wide range of refined marketing skills. With abilities in media marketing and advertising, he is an asset to almost any organization. Seth works with companies and agencies all over the US to produce “brand” friendly marketing pieces that actually generate results. Because of his extreme expertise and experience in graphics, photography, video production, and other media marketing solutions, you can get all your products produced at one boutique advertising location… Seth’s office! Brands promoted with video projects over the past years include: Microsoft, Avaya Telecommunications, Susan G Koman, Texas Instruments, CAE, Evatran, Oster and many more. Check out the full list of production credits on his new leads generating website. www.SwoodMedia.com “I work hard, am deadline savvy, and ready to get YOUR job done right.” Request an Invitation

Ricky Lapkin Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

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Ricky Lapkin Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

Background

Ricky Lapkin full-service production company offering cinematic shorts and films, corporate audio visual services, and analog recording transfers to all digital formats. Request an Invitation

Mark Roos Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

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Mark Roos Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

Background

“I create music that connects people. It’s what I love to do and I’ve been doing it for over 25 years. I’ve worked with some if the best directors around on a variety amazing of projects in just about every medium there is, including computer games, full-feature and documentary films, websites, radio, television shows, commercials and custom music production.” Clients: Discovery Channel, MSNBC, History Channel Request an Invitation

Richard Brandes Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

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Richard Brandes Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

Background

Richard Brandes is an accomplished writer, director, and producer of over two dozen feature films, which have been released through such well known companies as Alliance/Atlantis, Screen Gems, Sony, HBO, CBS, NBC/Universal, and Lionsgate, to name just a few. Known in the industry for creating highly commercial, profitable films, Richard has an impeccable reputation for completing his projects on schedule and on budget. Request an Invitation

Paul Guay Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

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Paul Guay Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

Background

Credits: Liar Liar, The Little Rascals, Shrinking Violet Request an Invitation

Steve Rausch Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

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Steve Rausch Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

Background

Steve Rausch is owner and operator of focused motion. Focused Motion produces and shoot video content for commercials, industrial videos, surgeries and live sporting events. My company has worked on documentaries, programming for Discovery Networks and reality TV shows. Request an Invitation

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The Film Scene in Flint-Saginaw-Bay City

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

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. To APPLY for our Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Film School, click here. 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! To APPLY click here.
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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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