u Gainesville, FL Film School

This is your
Gainesville 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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Gainesville

Film Connection Film Institute

Our "Near Me" Gainesville Filmmaker Locations

  • Capri
  • Appletree
  • Sugarfoot
  • Brywood
  • Duval Heights
  • Lincoln Estates
  • Madison Park
  • Black Acres
  • Mill Pont
  • Ironwood
  • Cedar Grove
  • Hidden Creek
  • Ridgewood
  • Springhill
  • Oakview
  • Tioga
  • La Crosse
  • Waldo
  • Windsor
  • Micanopy
  • Hawthorne
  • Alachua
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Visit a Film Production Company
In Gainesville

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


About Our Gainesville 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 Gainesville Mentor

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Ryan Kindahl Gainesville Mentor

Background

Documentaries, Music Videos, Commercials

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Megan Kennedy Gainesville Mentor

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Megan Kennedy Gainesville 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 Gainesville Mentor

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Calix Lewis Reneau Gainesville 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 Gainesville Mentor

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Sandy Stern Gainesville 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 Gainesville Mentor

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Rob Helmstetter Gainesville 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 Gainesville Mentor

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Michael Van Orden Gainesville Mentor

Background

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

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Albert Dabah Gainesville Mentor

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Albert Dabah Gainesville 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 Gainesville Mentor

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Derek Koen Gainesville 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 Gainesville Mentor

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Brian Glazen Gainesville 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 Gainesville Mentor

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Laura Scheiner Gainesville 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 Gainesville Mentor

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Craig Constant Gainesville 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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The Film Scene in Gainesville

The Gainesville, Florida Film Connection Film School Advantage

It used to be that you had to move to L.A. or New York to get a quality film education. Not anymore. At Gainesville Film Connection, we’ve got professional filmmakers that are ready to take you under their wing as your mentors. Whether you’re doing our 6-month behind the scenes program or the 8-month directors program, you’ll be working under the tutelage of real people working in the industry, not boring professors who make theories instead of movies. The directors program even culminates in a trip to Los Angeles to pitch your idea before an industry executive. Sign up today and get connected with industry pros who can make your cinematic dreams a reality!

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Located in Florida's northern interior, the city of Gainesville has an approximate population of nearly 125,000, but anchors a metropolitan area with over twice that number. Gainesville is also a college town, home to the massive University of Florida. Entertainment industry professionals hailing from this area include musicians Tom Petty and Bo Didley, home improvement expert Bob Vila, and actors Buddy Ebsen, Faye Dunaway, and Joaquin Phoenix. Film schools are scarce in the area, but there are a number of film or television production companies here, along with a film office. Florida is a film-friendly state, offering tax credits of up to 30 percent for movies filmed here.  If you are considering a career in filmmaking as a film director, film producer, film editor, or cameraman, Gainesville, Florida is a surprisingly friendly choice of location, as opposed to relocating to somewhere like New York or L.A.   

Gainesville and surrounding areas have hosted location filming for many movies, including Just Cause, Parenthood, Doc Hollywood and The Devil's Advocate. The area has also seen its share of television production, including episodes of National Geographic Explorer, Rescue 911 and others. 

FILM CONNECTION Film School of Gainesville offers an inexpensive, six month course that will hook you up with a working film or television professional as your personal instructor. You will gain valuable hands-on experience on real film or video shoots, and make valuable connections with industry professionals who do the hiring. Over 70% of FILM CONNECTION graduates get hired before or shortly after graduation. Why wait? Find out what Gainesville FILM CONNECTION can do for your career.

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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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