This is your
Green Bay-Appleton 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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Green Bay-Appleton

Film Connection Film Institute
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In Green Bay-Appleton

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


About Our Green Bay-Appleton 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?

Logan Hale Green Bay-Appleton Mentor

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Logan Hale Green Bay-Appleton Mentor

Background

Logan is a lifelong filmmaker. With 8 years of experience in Event and Experiential Marketing, Logan has a passion for communicating the brand message and essence with artistic quality and creativity.

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Tom Malloy Green Bay-Appleton Mentor

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Tom Malloy Green Bay-Appleton Mentor

Background

The Alphabet Killer, Love N’ Dancing, The Attic, Hero of the Underworld, Law & Order: SVU

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Jason Jackson Green Bay-Appleton Mentor

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Jason Jackson Green Bay-Appleton Mentor

Background

Past productions include LMN’s Monstresses; Investigation Discovery’s Cuff Me If You Can; America’s Most Haunted and UFO’s Crashed my Vacation; America’s Most Secret and I Faked My Own Death for Discovery; National Geographic’s 42 Ways to Kill Hitler and Don’t Try This At Home; Vampire Secrets and Ancient Ink for The History Channel; Las Vegas Bikers for truTV; Weather Channel’s Full Force Nature; True Confessions for WE-TV as well as Beyond Death and Investigative Reports for A&E.

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Matthew Temple Green Bay-Appleton Mentor

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Matthew Temple Green Bay-Appleton Mentor

Background

“All aspects of filmmaking are primarily experiential, so a program like this one gives the students what they need most- the opportunity to DO.” — Matthew Temple, Producer of “The Advocate” and Universal’s “Dragon Nest: Warriors’ Dawn”

Matthew Temple has long stood at the crossroads of art and social action–his work and passion split between telling stories and participating in the creation of new paradigms wherein new stories for the future can be created. As a storyteller, he works as a screenwriter, director, producer and actor.  As a social entrepreneur, he is the founder and president of the non-profit WeStrive, where he is the executive director of the Wandering Reel Traveling Film Festival. Temple is currently VP of Production and Development for Mili Pictures Worldwide.

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Nick Kielhold Green Bay-Appleton Mentor

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Nick Kielhold Green Bay-Appleton Mentor

Background

Nick is your basic military brat. Except for the fact that neither of his parents were actually in the military. But, like many military families, his family moved several times during his youth, living in Omaha, Chicago, and Minneapolis among other places. And although he wasn’t living on military bases, he developed a deep interest in History, and all things military. Ask him about the Battle of Tarawa in 1943, and you may just get an entire lesson on the Pacific Theater of World War II. When he’s not painting tanks for his war game simulations, Nick works here. He shoots video. He edits video. He talks about World War II. A lot. Anyone who comes into contact with Nick will become much better versed in the history of mankind and all the wars it has produced over the years. Nick provided 50% of the formula that founded Full Effect Productions over 18 years ago, and has played a vital role in its success. Nick is a 1987 graduate of the University of South Dakota, and his previous experience includes working at a local TV station as Commercial Videographer/Producer. Not taking a cue from his parents, Nick has decided to keep his family in one city, and has called Sioux City, Iowa home since 1988. He has a wife of 29 years and an adult son and daughter. In his free time, Nick can be found studiously painting small military ships, tanks and airplanes. He has amassed large numbers of these items that comprise entire military units used for battles at the MAGECON gaming convention. He’s a film buff who’s recently installed home theater has him positively giddy, and hardly ever seeing daylight.

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Ryan Kindahl Green Bay-Appleton Mentor

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Ryan Kindahl Green Bay-Appleton Mentor

Background

Documentaries, Music Videos, Commercials

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Megan Kennedy Green Bay-Appleton Mentor

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Megan Kennedy Green Bay-Appleton 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 Green Bay-Appleton Mentor

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Calix Lewis Reneau Green Bay-Appleton 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 Green Bay-Appleton Mentor

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Sandy Stern Green Bay-Appleton Mentor

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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 Green Bay-Appleton Mentor

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Rob Helmstetter Green Bay-Appleton 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 Green Bay-Appleton Mentor

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Michael Van Orden Green Bay-Appleton Mentor

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

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The Film Scene in Green Bay-Appleton

The Green Bay-Appleton, Wisconsin Film Connection Film School Advantage

Film is an incredibly hard industry to break into. It’s so hard most people don’t even know where to start. How do you find people to work with? How do you meet people that can hire you? How do you sell a script?

The Greenbay-Appleton Film Connection Film School can help you with all of these problems.

The Film Connection operates in much the same way that an apprenticeship (externship) program works. We find out what area of the film world you would like to become involved in and then we pair you with a mentor who is currently working in that field or genre.

Then you’re shown the ropes. You’re given a crash course in how to make movies. You learn on your feet.

We want you to learn, sure, but we also want you to make. So we pair you with a screenwriter who will help you mold your ideas into a finished screenplay. We will team you up with an editor who will help you assemble the footage you shoot. We will also provide two different mentors to help you make the right choices.

And the cherry on top? We set up a meeting with a studio exec. A real, living studio exec. And what are you going to do in this meeting? You’re going to pitch. You’re going to pitch the idea that you’ve been working on for the duration of the program.

It’s a chance, right? There’s no guarantee that the studio exec will green light your project. But there’s a chance.

And what more could you ask for?

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Located along the bay of the same name as the city, Green Bay, Wisconsin is a port city hosting a greater metro population of over 300,000. Home to NFL team the Green Bay Packers, this city is not only the smallest city to host an NFL team, but it also carries the nickname ÒTitletown USAÓ because the Packers have won a record 12 Superbowl titles in its history. About 30 miles to the southwest, the smaller community of Appleton is home to about 70,000 people.  Taken together, the Green Bay-Appleton area offers much in the way of natural beauty, waterfront scenery and urban landscapes, making this area well-suited for location filmmaking.

Major movies, commercials, TV shows and documentaries are filmed throughout Wisconsin on a regular basis, including in the Green Bay-Appleton area. Some of the films that have done location shooting in and around the region include Loose Cannons: The Movie, Ed Gein: The Musical, Project Solitude, and the documentaries Slacker Uprising and Supersize Me, to name a few. Television production is no stranger to this area, either; TV shows and series that have done filming in and around the Green Bay-Appleton area include WWF Raw, Independent Lens, The Bachelorette, and of course regular live television coverage of the Packers.

With our many professional connections and relationships forged over the years, FILM CONNECTION can get you close to the action in ways other film schools can’t. Our secret is our mentor-apprentice (extern) approach, where you are paired with a working film or television professional who personally instructs you during real film and video shoots, helping you make industry contacts of your own. Whether your interest is in film direction, film or television production, post-production or special effects, Green Bay-Appleton FILM CONNECTION can greatly increase your chances for success. Enroll today, and let us get you started!

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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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