This is your
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 mentor-based 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 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

Learning filmmaking in the real world with the Film Connection mentoring approach makes building relationships in the film industry is a daily occurrence.

On-Set Etiquette

Knowing how to handle yourself on the set is a prerequisite to a successful career in filmmaking—your mentor will guide you through proper etiquette during real film shoots.

Hardware and Equipment

Film Connection mentors exist in the real world where the competition is fierce. Having the latest gear is essential to their success which gives you access to the latest hardware.

Making Movies

Isn’t the whole point of going to film school to learn how to make movies—especially YOUR movie? The Film Connection 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?

John Boros Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

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John Boros Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

Background

“The captain and anchor of our ship, guiding his crew with a father’s compassion and an uncle’s knack for mischief.”

Credits; The Fly, EMI Orientation

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Edward Isin Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

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Edward Isin Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

Background

FightZone Presents, Sacred Waters, The Wishing Stone, Dawg Fight

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Dean Baker Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

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Dean Baker Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

Background

Projects range from Multi-camera Live Webcasting to National TV Ads for Good Neighbor Pharmacies, Regulator Boats, and Product launches airing on Lifetime, The Learning Channel and The Golf Channel.

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Ryan Heppe Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

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Ryan Heppe Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

Background

During his tenure at CCH, Heppe was hired by legendary producer David Foster (The Getaway, Short Circuit, The Mask of Zorro) and quickly climbed to the position of Head of Development where he became involved with Foster’s productions: Collateral Damage starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Hart’s War starring Bruce Willis and Colin Farrell, and The Core starring Aaron Eckhart and Hilary Swank.

As a hyphenate Producer/Director/Writer/Actor, some of Heppe’s work includes: Production of the docu-drama The Magic Was In The Music, a remake of Short Circuit, adaptations of the 80’s television mini-series V and cop series T.J. Hooker, among others. As an actor, he’s starred in such stage productions as You Can’t Take It With You, Life On The Bowery, Dracula and Picnic at Hanging Rock – several of which he directed.

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Karl Koelling Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

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Karl Koelling Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

Background

I began TAPROOT with a passion to create inspiring film and video content that would move people and maybe even make the world a little bit better place. There are projects that TAPROOT pursues and develops based on our interests, but I’m a firm believer that we all have our callings, and that collectively we can have the biggest impact. As a result, TAPROOT partners with businesses, agencies, and other organizations that are doing important work, helping them tell their stories and share their ideas through cinematic filmmaking.

Our team has a multi-disciplinary background that enables us to understand and compellingly translate your messages and ideas to the visual medium of film and video, and we create and execute projects of varying scale from start to finish. I run TAPROOT and provide direction on all our projects, which include: story-based branded content, television commercials, web based video of all sorts, and film series.

If you care about how you’re presenting your work to the world and want to do so in an honest, inspiring manner – we’d make a good match.

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Keith Golinski Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

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Keith Golinski Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

Background

Keith Golinski of Fulvew Productions is a Director of Photography, editor and producer. He’s best known for his work on America’s Most Haunted (2013), Talking Dead (2005), and An Ordinary Killer (2003).

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Steven Schott Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

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Steven Schott Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

Background

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

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Daniel Sollinger Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

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Daniel Sollinger Flint-Saginaw-Bay City 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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Tina Miller Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

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Tina Miller Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

Background

Storytelling through video, aided by full-service in house production and post capabilities. Many of our pieces use documentary technique or a high-energy concept or brand approach.

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Dennis James Lee Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

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Dennis James Lee Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

Background

Credits: Hawaii Five-0, Behind Enemy Lines II: Axis of Evil, Dragon Wars: D-War, Soap Girl, Secret of the Five Fingers

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Erik Angra Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

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Erik Angra Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Mentor

Background

UFC 111 fight – Cinematographer, Animal Planet – Most Outrageous – 3 documentaries – EA Sports international commercials Kyrie Irving – NBC – HBO – Full flight features – Very astute cinematographer – Worked on film “21” – Edited TV series “Folk Lorist” – Extreme Makeover – AD Bo Burnham – International campaigns for Coca Cola

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Flint-Saginaw-Bay City News

What Makes a Good Love Scene?

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Low Budget Filmmaking Heroes

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What Science Says About Writer’s Block

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Lorne Michaels Potential Retirement from SNL and The Future of TV Sketch Comedy

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Achieving Flow: Entering the Vortex

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How to Have a Successful Table Read

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What You Should Know About Neil Gaiman

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EDM Jobs That Actually Exist!

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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.

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!

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Connections Matter

Learn From Industry Pros

The Film Connection film school 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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