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Programs

In the Film Connection for Film Production & Editing program, you will study directing, producing and screenwriting 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.

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 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 in-person or online.

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Film Education

From directing to producing to editing and screenwriting, our 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 or receive direct one-on-one training online.

Tuition
Comparison

Film Connection’s mentor styled education is a cost-effective approach to real-world, curriculum backed education in film production and editing and cinematography.

 

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$12,750** 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

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About Our Green Bay-Appleton 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 careers in the film industry. 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.

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Meet our Mentors

Why learn from teachers when you can learn from the professionals?

Zef Cota Green Bay-Appleton Mentor

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Zef Cota Green Bay-Appleton Mentor

Background

Alphabet City Films is a film production company based in New York City, NY. We are a collective of writers, directors, producers, cinematographers, and other talented filmmakers. We have created many short films, and recently produced our first feature length film: The Trouble.

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Jim DeGroot Green Bay-Appleton Mentor

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Jim DeGroot Green Bay-Appleton Mentor

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Clients: Green Bay Packers, Disney, National Guard, Doritos, ABC World News, Good Morning America, St. Joseph’s Medical Centers, Homeland Security

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Eero Johnson Green Bay-Appleton Mentor

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Eero Johnson Green Bay-Appleton Mentor

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“I’m Eero Johnson. I’m a film and video producer living in Bellingham, Washington. For over ten years I’ve been creating commercials, corporate videos, web videos, sales DVD’s, music videos … whatever it takes to get your message to your audience. I have a great group of clients and I love what I do.”

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Chris Varner Green Bay-Appleton Mentor

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Chris Varner Green Bay-Appleton Mentor

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In a career spanning nearly 20 years, Chris has worked in almost every facet of video production, from lens to post. His credits include EPK work on “Sleepy Hollow”, “Under The Dome”, “The Longest Ride”, “We’re The Millers”, “Iron Man 3”, “One Tree Hill” and more.

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John Raffo Green Bay-Appleton Mentor

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John Raffo Green Bay-Appleton Mentor

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John Raffo started as a photographer in New York before turning his attention to screenwriting. Over the last twenty years he’s worked on a variety of credited and uncredited projects (including, DRAGON, THE BRUCE LEE STORYTHE RELIC, and THE INTERPRETER”). His original screenplay RENKO VEGA AND THE JENNIFER NINE appeared on the 2011 Black List. THE 7TH SWORD is his first story written directly as a graphic novel.

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Shawn Hamer Green Bay-Appleton Mentor

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Shawn Hamer Green Bay-Appleton Mentor

Background

17 time Emmy award winning DP/Camera Operator, Producer and Director with over 20 years of experience in the Film, Television and Audio business. Extensive professional experience for top clients across the country from Miami to Anchorage, from New York to San Francisco. International production experience in South & Central America as well as China for both documentary and commercial production. Well versed in handling both low and high budget production ($1k to $3.5m). Professional still shooter as well with full ProFoto strobe lighting and speedlight kits. Lots of contacts in the Detroit metro area and in major cities across the globe for every type and size production – full cinema production, 3D production, aerial shoots, camera car, crane/jib, etc. I also have shot, explored, camped and lived all over Michigan – I know the state EXTREMELY well, particularly it’s remotest regions.

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Sebastian Triscari Green Bay-Appleton Mentor

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Sebastian Triscari Green Bay-Appleton Mentor

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“Young people are the future of this industry. Mentorship programs like The Film Connection are the most efficient and effective ways for anyone who has a passion to gain the information and experience necessary to be successful!”

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Mitch Kaufman Green Bay-Appleton Mentor

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Mitch Kaufman Green Bay-Appleton Mentor

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A native of Atlantic Beach, Mitch Kaufmann has been offering video services to area businesses and residents since 1984. He started Atlantic Video Productions by shooting weddings, business seminars, and sporting events.

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Horacio Jones Green Bay-Appleton Mentor

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Horacio Jones Green Bay-Appleton 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 Green Bay-Appleton Mentor

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Deen Olatunji Green Bay-Appleton Mentor

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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 Green Bay-Appleton Mentor

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Rex Piano Green Bay-Appleton 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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The Film Scene in Green Bay-Appleton

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

WANT TO BE A FILM DIRECTOR IN GREEN BAY?

Do you want to learn to be a film director? Do you have a concept for a film you want to make? Have you wanted to work in film for years but find going to ordinary film school too expensive, too time consuming, or both? If you want to learn film directing, learn how to write screenplays, produce, edit, or learn what it takes to make your movie a reality, Film Connection might be able to help you get skills, insight, and experience by working on real projects right in the Green Bay-Appleton area.

As you probably know, the television and film industry can be incredibly hard to break into. Even graduates from very well known and revered film schools can graduate without finding their “in” to working in the business of making movies and television shows. Many people can go a lifetime without ever really knowing how to find people to work with on projects, how to get hired in film, or how to sell a script. Green Bay-Appleton is no exception. That being said, you may be surprised to discover that Green Bay actually has a lot going on in the industry, and Film Connection has mentors who are local film professionals, all of which could benefit you greatly, so read on to find out how.

With a population of more than 320,000, Green Bay, Wisconsin has a lot to offer aspiring film directors and filmmaking professionals. A plethora of natural beauty, waterfront scenery, and urban landscapes as well as distinctive colonial architecture and mid-century modern houses and buildings (the Taliesin Preservation: Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center is southeast of Green Bay), make the area well-suited for a multitude of shooting locations: fertile ground for film directors looking to make their mark.

MOVIES AND TELEVISION SHOWS MADE IN GREEN BAY

Some of the films that have done location shooting in and around the Green Bay-Appleton area include the Critic’s Choice and People’s Choice award-winning comedy Bridesmaids, Public Enemies, starring Johnny Depp and Marion Cotillard, Loose Cannons: The Movie, Ed Gein: The Musical, Project Solitude, as well as 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.

And Green Bay also has the distinction of being the smallest city to host an NFL team and it carries the nickname “Titletown USA” 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 is the site of a number of movies, commercials, TV shows, and documentaries, all of which are filmed throughout Wisconsin on a regular basis, including in the Green Bay-Appleton area.

WHAT FILM CONNECTION MENTORS IN GREEN BAY WANT TO SEE IN THEIR STUDENTS

And wouldn’t you know it, Film Connection mentors and director/producers Jim Degroot, Tony Reale and Sean Bowers of Creative Edge Productions, in Green Bay have worked for the Green Bay Packers, as well as Disney, ABC and a number of other major commercial clients. They’re dedicated mentors who invest in the students who extern with them. They’re also known for being extremely helpful at helping students realize their goals and ambitions.

Speaking of what it takes to make it in the industry, Film Connection mentor Jim Degroot is all about bursting the bubbles of those who assume it’s always going to be glamorous. The reality of it is, it’s rarely ever glamorous, even on large scale, expensive productions. For anyone wanting to work in film, television, or new media, fortitude and a willingness to go the distance are essential:
It takes a pretty darned good work ethic, meaning you’ve got to speed up on time, you’ve got to be prepared, you’ve got to hustle the gear and stuff like that. So, in essence, you’re not going to go far in this business if you’re lazy…Let’s talk about work ethic, let’s talk about showing up on time, let’s talk about those basic things…The reality of it is, we need things that pay the bills, and sometimes those aren’t fun, glamorous, exciting things…[like] getting in a van and driving to New Hampshire and shooting the most boring things in the world, but, the check is there. And then you do fun things like music videos and fun TV commercials and things like that. So it’s also showing those students that you’re not going to pop in making movies right away. These are some of the dues you got to pay.

FILM CONNECTION OFFERS REAL-WORLD FILM EDUCATION

Film Connection students receive a different kind of education than what’s found at conventional film schools and colleges. Instead of having to go to class, our students train as externs inside of production companies just like Creative Edge Productions in Green Bay. We offer real-world training in film direction, production, cinematography, editing, screenwriting and more through a blended education model. Students complete preparatory reading and assignments in our comprehensive eBook curricula which prepares them for the in-industry, one-on-one lessons they receive with their mentor. Academic Facilitators at our headquarters in Los Angeles are available for tutoring and assistance should they need help with an assignment or a concept.

If film directing is your goal, Film Connection can help you get the skills, insight, and the connections that can help you build your career in film or television. Be warned however that our approach is not for everyone. Not all who apply are accepted into our programs. Being self-driven and hardworking are two qualities desired by our mentors. Also having an open mind and being receptive to learning are markers of the people who tend to do best. For those who show they’ve got the right stuff, professional filmmakers like Tony Reale at Creative Edge Productions are more than willing to go the distance: “We’re always happy whenever we can help somebody to get connected in this area.”

We believe that if you want to learn what it takes to be a film director or to direct and produce your own movies, television shows, or web series there’s just no substitute for learning in the industry. Nothing beats getting a real world education by training one-to-one, direct and personal with a film director who knows what they need to get the job done, as well as how to stay competitive and working in the field.

Sadly, a great many students graduate film school every year mistakenly assuming that their expensive degree and those many years of school are their way into the industry. Generally speaking, degrees are not what the professionals who do the hiring on film crews, shows, and production companies look for. What they want to know is what you’ve worked on, what you can do, and who can vouch for you. The industry is actually very small and very connected, especially in cities like Green Bay and the surrounding areas. Hence, it’s smart to get in and make a great impression on all the pros you meet.

Besides learning production skills such as directing, producing, and working on the crew, Film Connection for Film Production & Editing students will also have the benefit of training with a Film Connection screenwriting mentor. These mentors are experienced filmmaking professionals who know what it takes to make a great screenplay. Via online video conferencing they work with you, solely on your idea, your original concept. First they help you develop, hone, and refine that concept. Next, they assist you at creating your characters that feel authentic. Then they move onto helping you identify your film’s plot points, as well as the theme, the conclusion and the ultimate resolution. If you take advantage of all that’s available to you, you should be able to learn a great deal about something you’re truly passionate about.

With the many professional connections and relationships we’ve forged over the years, Film Connection can get you in the action in ways ordinary film schools can’t. Our secret is our mentor-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 help you get on your path to a successful career you’re excited about.

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READ THIS IF YOUR FOCUS IS BECOMING A PROFESSIONAL SCREENWRITER

If you’re truly serious about becoming a masterful screenwriter who knows how to develop ideas into fully fleshed, compelling scripts and that’s basically all you want to do, consider our Screenplay Workshop. Our Film Connection screenwriting mentors live mainly in New York or Los Angeles, nevertheless, they can work with you one-on-one, guiding you through the process of developing your idea into a feature length screenplay that’s ready to pitch.

Consider the approach that’s being talked about here. Rather than reading a book or watching an online seminar or class, our screenwriting students have the rare opportunity to get feedback and insight into the writing process by training directly with a filmmaking professional who knows just what the pros are looking for in a screenplay. Rather than merely listening, they’re asking questions and getting answers and the guidance which can help them develop their own work with the goal of writing a “Killer Script” i.e. a screenplay that’s leagues above the rest which has a very fair chance of getting bought and getting made. Gaining a high level of proficiency in the craft of screenwriting requires writing and rewriting, doing and redoing. In other words, mastering the art of writing for the screen is an iterative process. With a Film Connection screenwriting mentor you can grow your writing skills through active learning and receiving feedback straight from a professional.

And the cherry on top? If you succeed at writing the Killer Script and meet the other criteria (such as being in good standing with Film Connection, RRFC, and maintaining a specific GPA), we will set up a virtual meeting with a studio executive, agent, or producer for you to pitch your screenplay to. That’s right, that very same idea you’ve developed into a complete and polished screenplay is what you’re going to pitch straight to a pro who’s capable of getting it made. While we can’t give you any guarantee that they’ll green light your project, we can connect you to the opportunity. Are you willing to make the most of it?

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Connections Matter

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 real-world 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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