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Whether in-person or online. Real filmmaking education. Real film industry connections.

Film Connection is:
film education upgraded for the 21st century
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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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We provide job placement services.

 

Other students learn in classrooms...

OUR students learn in:

 

REAL Radio Stations

REAL Recording Studios

REAL Film Production Companies


 

Where jobs get filled.

When jobs become available, our students are often the first to know and get hired.

Long story short:

Our way just makes sense.

Our mentors want to hire people like you.

Afterall, if they’ve trained you themselves,
they know what you’re capable of.

See why we call ourselves Film Connection.
To find out exact job placement numbers in your area, give us a call.



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We provide job placement services.

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Other students learn in classrooms...


OUR students learn in the same places where jobs get filled.

 

REAL Radio Stations

REAL Recording Studios

REAL Film Production Companies

When jobs become available, our students are often the first to know and get hired.

Long story short:

Our way just makes sense.

Our mentors want to hire people like you.

Afterall, if they’ve trained you themselves,
they know what you’re capable of.

See why we call ourselves Film Connection.

To find out exact job placement numbers in your area, give us a call.

(800) 600-6956

We're here to help.

Hartford

Film Connection Locations

Our "Near Me" Hartford Filmmaker Locations

  • Frog Hollow
  • South End
  • Parkville
  • Asylum Hill
  • South Meadows
  • Blue Hills
  • Barry Square
  • Behind the Rocks
  • South Green
  • West End
  • North Meadows
  • Sheldon Charter Oak
  • West Hartford
  • East Hartford
  • Bloomfield
  • Farmington
  • Wethersfield
  • Newington
  • Manchester
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Real World
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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View BBB A Rating for Film Connection Film Institute
$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

**Total cost varies by program
*Average Accrued Interest Charges
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About Our Hartford 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.

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?

Logan Hale Hartford Mentor

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Logan Hale Hartford 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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Megan Kennedy Hartford Mentor

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Megan Kennedy Hartford 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 Hartford Mentor

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Calix Lewis Reneau Hartford 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 Hartford Mentor

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Sandy Stern Hartford 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 Hartford Mentor

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Rob Helmstetter Hartford 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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Ryan Kindahl Hartford Mentor

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Ryan Kindahl Hartford Mentor

Background

Documentaries, Music Videos, Commercials

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Derek Koen Hartford Mentor

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Derek Koen Hartford 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 Hartford Mentor

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Brian Glazen Hartford 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 Hartford Mentor

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Laura Scheiner Hartford 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 Hartford Mentor

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Craig Constant Hartford 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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Michael Van Orden Hartford Mentor

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Michael Van Orden Hartford Mentor

Background

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

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Location Management: How Camera and Location Departments Work Together

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What Do To When Art Institute Closes

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Looking In Weird Places

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The Upside of Side Projects

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Why Manners Matter in Music, Film, and TV

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The Film Scene in Hartford

The Hartford, Connecticut Film Connection Film School Alternative

Did you know there’s a tremendous film school alternative right here in Hartford? We’re the Hartford Film Connection and we’ve partnered with local filmmakers to give you a taste of what it’s really like to work in film. Our approximately 6-month-long behind-the-scenes track links you up with a working professional in your area who will mentor you in their studios or production houses. At the completion of the program, you can have the experience that most film school grads lack, as well as a number of valuable industry contacts you can work with on future projects.

WANT TO BE A FILM DIRECTOR IN HARTFORD?

Have you always wanted to learn what it takes to be a film director but find yourself forever on the outside looking in? Perhaps you’ve even looked into a few film schools, applied to them or even attended, nevertheless you’re still on the outside and it seems like there’s little hope of getting in and building that future for yourself.

Before you settle for Plan B or Plan C, know this: there is a commonsense way for you to start building your experience in film, television, or new media productions in Hartford and you probably don’t even have to quit your day or night job to make it happen. Because Hartford is just a short distance from New York City, the United States’ second-largest filmmaking hub behind Los Angeles, if you are considering a career in filmmaking as a film director, film producer, film editor, or cameraman (Cinematographer), attending film school in Hartford can be a surprisingly good alternative to relocating somewhere else.

If you want to learn how to direct films, learn how to write screenplays, or become a writer/director/producer who serves as the auteur of your art, mentorship with a professional filmmaker who is also a Film Connection mentor can help you get firsthand experience and insider knowhow without wasting your time or your money.

In fact, the pros have been shooting in Hartford and the surrounding areas for decades. Amistad, Revolutionary Road (starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslett, by film director James Camerson) Rachel Getting Married (directed by Jonathan Demme), The Ice Storm (by director Ang Lee) The Hunt for Red October, War of the Worlds, The Stepford Wives (both 2004 & 1975), The Family Stone, Malcolm X (directed by Spike Lee), Bonfire of the Vanities, Courage Under Fire, Mona Lisa Smile, and Mystic Pizza, are just a few of the featured films which were helmed here, some of them by Hollywood’s greatest film directors. Many well-known TV shows have filmed episodes in the area as well, including Wife Swap, House Hunters and Trading Spaces. In fact, Hartford and the entire state of Connecticut is production-friendly. Every year, the CT Film Office serves the needs of hundreds of major TV networks and producers, production studios, movie studios, and commercial producers, generating millions of dollars in economic benefit to the state of Connecticut.

To APPLY for our Hartford Film School alternative, click here.

FILM CONNECTION FOR FILM EDUCATION, THE MENTORED-EXTERNSHIP APPROACH

Instead of studying film inside of a classroom at a university campus or college at USC, AFI, The Art Institute, University of Hartford, or Yale, our students get mentored by a professional filmmaker in the Hartford area. This mentor allows them into their production company and shows them the skills they use every day, from how to set up various shots and camera angles, to how they work the budget, answer a phone call, create a shooting schedule and much, much more.

In approximately 6 to 9 months, students learn valuable skills, gain firsthand industry insight, and that’s not all. In the Film Connection for Film Production & Editing program, they also have the opportunity to write their own script. The way it works is each student is assigned a Film Connection screenwriting mentor, another working filmmaker and writer who starts with them from the very beginning, prior to page 1, and guides them on how they can turn that kernel of an idea into a premise that’s good enough, meaty enough to take approximately 110-120 pages to see through to an exciting and satisfying climax and denouement (resolution and outcome). Whether you’ve got an idea for a cutting edge horror film or thriller, or the hankerings for a comedy, you can receive the kind of firsthand mentored instruction and guidance which enables you to grow your capabilities as a screenwriter by working directly with someone who knows what goes into a polished and professional script that’s ready to be pitched, shopped, and sold.

If however, the real truth of the matter is that you want to delve deep into cinema verite and German expressionism, definitely look into conventional academic film schools so that you can read and write papers about film history and film as an agent for social change and countercultures of the 20th century. If however, learning how to be a film director, producer, or editor by assisting on actual professional shoots and projects sounds more interesting to you, consider applying to Film Connection. Since your externship lesson days and times are set-up by you and your mentor, most working professionals find they have the time to both extern in-industry as well as complete their industry-oriented eBook assignments on their own schedule.

WONDERING WHAT YOU WANT TO DO IN FILM? FIND YOUR FILM CAREER WITH US

And if you have a burning desire to work in film or television but just don’t know where you belong, getting in and actually seeing how a professional directs, produces, and in short, creates the final product, is one very good way to get the exposure you need to begin charting your course forward in your film career. Exploring your options is nothing to feel bad about either. In fact a great number of the professionals who work in film and television production today didn’t know exactly what they wanted to do in the biz, rather, they found their way through assisting on productions, perhaps being inducted by a family member or friend who enabled them to find their in and look behind the curtain. A vast number of production jobs are rarely mentioned by novices. Every sizable production needs a UPM (Unit Production Manager), an AC (Assistant Camera) person, as well as a key grip, grips, gaffers, sound mixers or “sound guys,” boom operators, line producers, production assistants,  and more.

BUT WHAT IF SCREENWRITING IS ALL YOU WANT TO DO?

Consider our Screenplay Workshop if screenwriting really is your reigning ambition. Our approach to screenwriting is slightly different than the mentored externships offered in our other educational offerings. Rather than go to a production facility, you would be assigned a Film Connection screenwriting mentor who guides you through the process of developing your own idea for a film. While they’re probably in Los Angeles or New York, you can be at home in Hartford since your lessons take place via online video conferencing that’s one-on-one. Perhaps you’ve already got the whole film playing in your imagination, you know the plot points, the characters, the twists and turns. Or maybe that idea is something that’s there just below the surface. You have the inclination to believe it’s something good, something worth writing but you just can’t see the shape of it yet. Wherever you’re at in the creation of your story and screenplay, your mentor will guide you on the creation of a story concept that’s well-developed and vying to be a “Killer Script.” If you’re wondering what’s a Killer Script, it’s the screenplay that stands out above the rest. It gets the professionals who read it, the producer, director, agent, manager, actor or Hollywood executive excited. It’s the script that’s so good, people are willing to invest in it and in-so-doing invest in you.

You will also survey and read a number of excellent scripts and discuss these screenplays with your mentor so that you can start thinking like a professional writer, seeing what’s essential, and what’s not. Importantly, throughout this process you should become fluent in writing for the screen i.e. a largely visual medium of images and sounds. Even the best novelists need to learn how to write for the medium while also keeping the words on the page crisp and enticing for that reader, whether they’re doing coverage, are an agent, manager, or a producer at an independent production company.

In approximately nine months you can have a fully written, polished screenplay as well as your four-page treatment, long and short synopsis, and your pitch. You’ll also learn about becoming a member of the Writer’s Guild of America and copywriting your original script or screenplay.

If you have the workings of what may be a Killer Script whether you’re an attendee of our Screenwriting Workshop or Film Connection for Film Production & Editing program, you will have the chance to step up to the plate and pitch your movie, your fully fleshed out film idea to the very same professionals who could help get your movie produced, who could buy your script and thereby make you a working professional screenwriter. Can you name one ordinary film school that offers the same thing?

Film Connection’s inexpensive and flexible six to nine month programs and workshops will pair you with a working film or television professional who will serve as your personal instructor. Go the Film Production & Editing route, and you will gain hands-on experience on real film or video shoots as well as have the opportunity of meeting and networking with professionals in the business on the local level, i.e. the people who do the hiring. Enabling you to get the experience, connections, and knowledge you need to get a job in film, television, or video and new media is what we’re all about. We’ve been doing it for more than thirty years and a great many of our graduates have gone on to build exciting careers in one of the hottest industries on the planet.

Find out what our Hartford Film Connection film school alternative can do for you.

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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.

Hans Zimmer

From his early days in pop music, Hans has written original scores for such films as Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008), Gladiator (2000), The Da Vinci Code (2005) Sherlock Holmes (2009) and over 100 others.

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Joel Schumacher

Joel Schumacher and RRF have donated to The Endometriosis Foundation of America. This group aims to increase disease recognition, provide advocacy, facilitate expert surgical training, and fund landmark endometriosis research.

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Larry King

The Film Connection was recently invited onto the Larry King program to talk about how our externship program is making a difference by connecting our students and getting them hired.

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Dr. Drew

Dr. Drew and RRF have helped Tracey Wilson, a former gang member, get into film school, and are now helping him make his first documentary about getting your GED and going to college.

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Judi Levine

Sundance Award-winning Producer of the Academy Award-winning film, The Sessions.

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Judge Mathis

Judge Mathis and RRF are helping inner city youth get educated through the RRF program.

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Sandy Stern

Credits: Being John Malkovich, Saved! and Velvet Goldmine.

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Henry Bromell

Henry Bromell produced, created, directed the series Homeland, and has written and produced the television dramas Northern Exposure, I’ll Fly Away, Homicide: Life on the Street, Chicago Hope, Carnivale, Brotherhood, Rubicon, and Homeland.

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Paul Guay

Credits: Liar Liar, The Little Rascals, Hearbreakers

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Evan Astrowsky

“I went to a good film school, but the day I graduated I had no idea what to do. No one wanted to hand me thousands of dollars to direct or produce anything so I had to figure it out on my own.”

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Ron Osborn

Credits: The West Wing, Meet Joe Black, Duckman

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Doug Eboch

Credits: Sweet Home Alabama, The Hollywood Pitching Bible

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