This is your
Hattiesburg-Laurel 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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Hattiesburg-Laurel

Film Connection Film Institute

Our "Near Me" Hattiesburg-Laurel Filmmaker Locations

  • Autumn Ridge
  • Sandstone
  • Westover
  • Highpointe
  • Dandridge
  • Parkhaven
  • Berkshire Hills
  • West Hattiesburg
  • Oak Grove
  • Petal
  • Sunrise
  • Batson
  • Macedonia
  • Sanford
  • Ellisville
  • Glade
  • Power
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Visit a Film Production Company
In Hattiesburg-Laurel

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


About Our Hattiesburg-Laurel 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 Hattiesburg-Laurel Mentor

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Logan Hale Hattiesburg-Laurel 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 Hattiesburg-Laurel Mentor

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Tom Malloy Hattiesburg-Laurel Mentor

Background

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

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Jason Jackson Hattiesburg-Laurel Mentor

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Jason Jackson Hattiesburg-Laurel 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 Hattiesburg-Laurel Mentor

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Matthew Temple Hattiesburg-Laurel 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 Hattiesburg-Laurel Mentor

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Nick Kielhold Hattiesburg-Laurel 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 Hattiesburg-Laurel Mentor

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Ryan Kindahl Hattiesburg-Laurel Mentor

Background

Documentaries, Music Videos, Commercials

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Megan Kennedy Hattiesburg-Laurel Mentor

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Megan Kennedy Hattiesburg-Laurel 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 Hattiesburg-Laurel Mentor

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Calix Lewis Reneau Hattiesburg-Laurel 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 Hattiesburg-Laurel Mentor

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Sandy Stern Hattiesburg-Laurel 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 Hattiesburg-Laurel Mentor

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Rob Helmstetter Hattiesburg-Laurel 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 Hattiesburg-Laurel Mentor

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Michael Van Orden Hattiesburg-Laurel Mentor

Background

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

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The Film Scene in Hattiesburg-Laurel

The Hattiesburg-Laurel, Mississippi Film Connection Film School Advantage

Want to kick your filmmaking career into high gear? We can help you at Hattiesburg-Laurel Film Connection. We’ve partnered up with several production companies in the Hattiesburg-Laurel area to create unique mentorships for our students.

If you’re interested in working behind the scenes, our 6-month program is for you. After selecting your concentration, you will paired up with local filmmaking professionals in that area that will meet with you at their studios and production houses. While other film school grads only have a short to show for their outrageously priced education, you will have real-world experience in a filmmaking professional environment in addition to your very own industry contacts.

If you’d prefer, there’s also our more comprehensive 8-month directors program. This program is where you’ll be writing, directing and editing your project under the tutelage of your local mentors. But that’s not all. You’ll also have a dream mentor, a working professional in Los Angeles, who will help you develop possibly the most important skill you’ll need to make your idea become a reality: pitching. We not only fly you out to meet with your dream mentor during the last week of your training, but we get you a pitch meeting with an industry executive. Get in front of people that will tell you if you’ve really got what it takes to make it in show business.

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Located in southern Mississippi over an hour north of the Gulf coast, the cities of Hattiesburg and Laurel have a combined population of over 60,000. Entertainment industry pros that have hailed from this area include opera star Leontyne Price, musicians Jimmy Buffet and Lance Bass, and actors Parker Posey and Shea Curry. Several film and TV production companies make their home in the Hattiesburg-Laurel area, and its location within range of the coast and several major cities makes this an excellent area to start a career in film without having to relocate to typical filmmaking hubs like New York or L.A. If you are considering a career in filmmaking as a film director, film producer, film editor, or cameraman, the Hattiesburg-Laurel are can be a great choice, with FILM CONNECTION there to help you. 

Major movies, commercials, TV shows and documentaries are filmed all over Mississippi on a regular basis, including in the Hattiesburg-Laurel area. Some of the movies that have done location shooting in this area and the surrounding regions include Mississippi Masala, The Ladykillers, Walk the Line, Pretty Baby and the classic Show Boat, to name a few. Television production is no stranger to this area, either. Some of the known TV shows that have filmed episodes here and in the area include The Amazing Race, The Simple Life and True Blood. 

Our many professional connections and relationships put us in a unique position to help you launch your career. With FILM CONNECTION’s original, hands-on, one-on-one, on-the-job method of teaching, using the mentor/apprentice approach, over 70% of Chicago FILM CONNECTION graduates go on to have permanent industry employment. Come find out what FILM CONNECTION of Hattiesburg-Laurel 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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