This is your
Houston 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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About Our Houston 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 Houston Mentor

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Logan Hale Houston 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 Houston Mentor

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Tom Malloy Houston Mentor

Background

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

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Jason Jackson Houston Mentor

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Jason Jackson Houston 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 Houston Mentor

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Matthew Temple Houston 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 Houston Mentor

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Nick Kielhold Houston 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 Houston Mentor

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Ryan Kindahl Houston Mentor

Background

Documentaries, Music Videos, Commercials

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Megan Kennedy Houston Mentor

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Megan Kennedy Houston 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 Houston Mentor

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Calix Lewis Reneau Houston 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 Houston Mentor

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Sandy Stern Houston 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 Houston Mentor

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Rob Helmstetter Houston 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 Houston Mentor

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Michael Van Orden Houston Mentor

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

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The Film Scene in Houston

The Houston, Texas Film Connection Film School Advantage

The Houston, TX Film Connection Film School Advantage

1) More Locations than Any Other 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 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 any other 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 free 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 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 and go to film school 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.

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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 other 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.

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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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