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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 ordinary film schools and programs. Work directly with an accomplished industry filmmaker at a fully-equipped film production company.

Programs

In the Film Connection for Film Production & Editing program, you will study directing, producing and screenwriting inside a real film production company in your city 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.

Cinematography Details

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 apprentice (extern) to a professional editor in a post-production facility.

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Tuition
Comparison

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

 

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$12,200 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 Houston 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 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 program. 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 Mentors

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

Ricky Lapkin Houston Mentor

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Ricky Lapkin Houston Mentor

Background

Ricky Lapkin full-service production company offering cinematic shorts and films, corporate audio visual services, and analog recording transfers to all digital formats. Request an Invitation

Mark Roos Houston Mentor

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Mark Roos Houston Mentor

Background

“I create music that connects people. It’s what I love to do and I’ve been doing it for over 25 years. I’ve worked with some if the best directors around on a variety amazing of projects in just about every medium there is, including computer games, full-feature and documentary films, websites, radio, television shows, commercials and custom music production.” Clients: Discovery Channel, MSNBC, History Channel Request an Invitation

Richard Brandes Houston Mentor

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Richard Brandes Houston Mentor

Background

Richard Brandes is an accomplished writer, director, and producer of over two dozen feature films, which have been released through such well known companies as Alliance/Atlantis, Screen Gems, Sony, HBO, CBS, NBC/Universal, and Lionsgate, to name just a few. Known in the industry for creating highly commercial, profitable films, Richard has an impeccable reputation for completing his projects on schedule and on budget. Request an Invitation

Paul Guay Houston Mentor

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Paul Guay Houston Mentor

Background

Credits: Liar Liar, The Little Rascals, Shrinking Violet Request an Invitation

Steve Rausch Houston Mentor

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Steve Rausch Houston Mentor

Background

Steve Rausch is owner and operator of focused motion. Focused Motion produces and shoot video content for commercials, industrial videos, surgeries and live sporting events. My company has worked on documentaries, programming for Discovery Networks and reality TV shows. Request an Invitation

Adam Weber Houston Mentor

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Adam Weber Houston Mentor

Background

Adam Weber is a multi-purpose media production addict who has specialized in copywriting, video production, audio production, front-end web development, digital advertising, media planning, and any other role you can think of in regards to making intangible things using software. He also likes to be creative by writing songs with his band Integrow and making delectable craft home brews in his free time. Request an Invitation

Mike Domgard Houston Mentor

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Mike Domgard Houston Mentor

Background

Credits: Blur Parties, Lincoln Promo Video, Inner Thoughts Request an Invitation

Aimee Schoof Houston Mentor

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Aimee Schoof Houston Mentor

Background

Aimee Schoof is an entertainment executive, producer, and co-founder of Intrinsic Value Films with Isen Robbins. She has produced more than 30 feature films that have premiered either at Sundance, Tribeca, SXSW, Toronto, Venice, New Directors/New Films, and Berlin. Request an Invitation

Dean Baker Houston Mentor

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Dean Baker Houston Mentor

Background

Projects range from Multi-camera Live Webcasting to National TV Ads for Good Neighbor Pharmacies, Regulator Boats, and Product launches airing on Lifetime, The Learning Channel and The Golf Channel. Request an Invitation

Ryan Heppe Houston Mentor

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Ryan Heppe Houston Mentor

Background

During his tenure at CCH, Heppe was hired by legendary producer David Foster (The Getaway, Short Circuit, The Mask of Zorro) and quickly climbed to the position of Head of Development where he became involved with Foster’s productions: Collateral Damage starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Hart’s War starring Bruce Willis and Colin Farrell, and The Core starring Aaron Eckhart and Hilary Swank. As a hyphenate Producer/Director/Writer/Actor, some of Heppe’s work includes: Production of the docu-drama The Magic Was In The Music, a remake of Short Circuit, adaptations of the 80’s television mini-series V and cop series T.J. Hooker, among others. As an actor, he’s starred in such stage productions as You Can’t Take It With You, Life On The Bowery, Dracula and Picnic at Hanging Rock – several of which he directed. Request an Invitation

Karl Koelling Houston Mentor

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Karl Koelling Houston Mentor

Background

I began TAPROOT with a passion to create inspiring film and video content that would move people and maybe even make the world a little bit better place. There are projects that TAPROOT pursues and develops based on our interests, but I’m a firm believer that we all have our callings, and that collectively we can have the biggest impact. As a result, TAPROOT partners with businesses, agencies, and other organizations that are doing important work, helping them tell their stories and share their ideas through cinematic filmmaking. Our team has a multi-disciplinary background that enables us to understand and compellingly translate your messages and ideas to the visual medium of film and video, and we create and execute projects of varying scale from start to finish. I run TAPROOT and provide direction on all our projects, which include: story-based branded content, television commercials, web based video of all sorts, and film series. If you care about how you’re presenting your work to the world and want to do so in an honest, inspiring manner – we’d make a good match. Request an Invitation

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The Houston, Texas Film Connection Film School Alternative

The Houston, TX Film Connection Film School Alternative

1) More Locations than Conventional Film School.

The Film Connection isn’t restricted to one campus, or even a handful of campuses. Because of the way we train you, we’ve got locations all over the United States, including in Houston, Texas. With our program, your path to Hollywood begins right where you live. Learn near where you live. Advantage: Film Connection.

2) Low Tuition Means Little or No Debt.

You shouldn’t have to mortgage your future to go to film school, yet that’s precisely what the other guys force you to do, thanks to their skyrocketing tuition rates. We bring common sense back to educational costs by keeping our tuition affordable. So low, in fact, that you can graduate our film school alternative with little or no debt. Other schools not only cost more, they have lots of add-on charges. Advantage: Film Connection.

3) On-the-Job Training, Not In a Classroom.

There is no such thing as a classroom with the Houston Film Connection. Instead, your classroom is the “real world.” We train you on the job by placing you as an apprentice with a real film production company. There’s no better, smarter or more effective way to learn to produce, direct or edit film. Real-world experience, not useless theoretical classroom instruction. Advantage: Film Connection.

4) One-on-One Mentoring.

With the Film Connection, all training happens one-on-one. Your instructor is a seasoned, working film professional who serves as your personal mentor—someone with real film credits and lots of industry connections. One teacher to one student. Advantage: Film Connection.

5) Endorsements From Hundreds of Film Professionals.

It’s not an idle boast: We’re endorsed by some of the best film professionals in the business. We’ve got more professional endorsements than any other film school , for one simple reason: our program works. More professional endorsements than ordinary film school. Advantage: Film Connection.

6) Job Placement Assistance (Not In Name Only).

At the end of your apprenticeship (externship), we don’t just hand you a sheet of job leads and leave you to it like the other schools do. Every one of our students is automatically enrolled in our Stay Connected Program, which works actively to help you find work for up to 12 months beyond graduation. “Job placement” at other schools means handing you a cold-call lead list when you graduate. Advantage: Film Connection.

7) You’re Already On the Inside.

Going to film school is the easy part of starting your career: the hard part is getting the attention of an industry that mainly hires from within—getting your foot in the door. With the Houston Film Connection, this step is built into our program from the beginning. You’re in the door from day one, working as an apprentice (extern) on real film productions. No need to clamor for attention, because you’re already getting one-on-one attention from one of the best, and you’re already getting the chance to meet lots of other people! The opportunity to advance is built right into the program. The other guys are on the outside, looking in. Advantage: Film Connection.

8) Unlimited Free Tutoring.

We don’t want any student to fall through the cracks. If you get stumped with an assignment or project, we offer free, unlimited tutoring to help you get over the hump. Unlimited private tutoring. Advantage: Film Connection.

9) Real Industry Connections—Lots of Them.

One of the biggest advantages of learning on-the-job is the ability to make connections. Ask anyone in this business and they’ll tell you connections are VITAL to your success in film. The only way to make these connections is to be where the industry pros are hanging out and working—and that’s where the Film Connection puts you. The people you meet as an apprentice (extern) are key to your future success. Real world film industry connections. Big Advantage: Film Connection.

10) Hollywood Awaits!

If you want to forge a career in the Houston film scene, you’ll have plenty to keep you busy. If you want to take it all the way to Hollywood, however, we offer an unprecedented opportunity. We’ve structured your curriculum to guide you through the steps of developing your own film idea, and when you’re ready, the Film Connection will arrange for you to PITCH YOUR FILM in Los Angeles to actual film industry executives! A real chance to break into Hollywood. Big Advantage: Film Connection. No other film school does this. 

Your HOUSTON, TEXAS FILM SCHOOL ALTERNATIVE

Looking for a good Houston Film School? What if you had the opportunity to learn directly from the pros? The FILM CONNECTION is the only film school alternative in Houston that hooks you up as a film student apprentice (extern) inside an actual Houston film production company, where you will learn directing, producing, editing, camera, screenwriting and more. The best way by far to break into film in Houston is to start inside a Houston film production company as a film apprentice (extern). Why would you spend upwards of 50 thousand dollars to go to film school at a college or film trade school, when you can spend far less money at our film school alternative in a real production company? Make the smart move and get your education on the inside track. Our film school alternative is the smartest, most cost efficient way to jumpstart your film career. To APPLY for our Houston Film School alternative, click here. The largest city in the state of Texas, HOUSTON is home to over 2 million people (make that 6 million if you count the greater metro area), making it the 10th largest DMA in the United States. Synonymous with space travel (“Houston, we have a problem”) and the oil and gas industries, the town is also home to the Astros (MLB), Rockets (NBA) and the Texans (NFL). Aside from a thriving independent film scene, and lots of TV and film production opportunities as the local level, Houston also serves as a backdrop for many major motion pictures. Here are just a few of the titles you might recognize that have been filmed in Houston:
  • Rushmore (1998)
  • Urban Cowboy (1980)
  • Friday Night Lights (2004)
  • Apollo 13 (1995)
  • Blood Simple (1984)
  • Boyhood (2014)
  • Armageddon (1998)
  • Tin Cup (1996)
  • Tree of Life (2011)
As you can see, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in the film industry right here in Houston, and the FILM CONNECTION can get you in the heart of the action where ordinary schools can’t. As a film apprentice (extern), you’ll receive one-on-one instruction from your mentor (a working film professional) while you work on-the-job in real production houses and on the set. You’ll gain valuable industry connections every day you show up for “class.” At the end of your six-month course, you will have all the experience and connections you need to start your career in film or TV. More often than not, FILM CONNECTION film school students get hired by their mentors before they graduate. To APPLY click here.
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 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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Contact the Film Connection


2800 Post Oak Blvd #4100
Houston, TX 77056
800-295-4433


849 Richey Street Room One
Houston, TX 77002
800-295-4433

Email: [email protected]
Hours: M - F 11:00AM - 8:00PM

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