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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.

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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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$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 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 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?

Michael Van Orden Houston Mentor

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Michael Van Orden Houston Mentor

Background

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

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Albert Dabah Houston Mentor

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Albert Dabah Houston Mentor

Background

Albert has been in the video production business for thirty-three years, owning and running Simba Productions in New York City.

Clients: CNN, HBO, Apple

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Bob Kelley Houston Mentor

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Bob Kelley Houston Mentor

Background

Clients: Discovery Canada, PBS, UCDavis, Associated Press, Fox News, Blackstone Media, NBC Universal

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Marc Silber Houston Mentor

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Marc Silber Houston Mentor

Background

With a background in visual media, director Marc Silber has interviewed scores of entrepreneurs, CEOs and creative professionals over the years. His interview series has received hearty praise and has helped countless business leaders and artists tell their story.

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Craig Roessler Houston Mentor

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Craig Roessler Houston Mentor

Background

A film and television studio executive and producer for over twenty years, Craig has directly overseen, managed, and/or produced 25 films and seven network series with budgets totaling over $500 million. 

Craig is known for his project-management skills, having close working relationships with talent and directors, producing big looking, studio-quality content on tight budgets, quickly providing workable solutions for development and production issues, and completing projects on time, on budget.

As Senior Vice President of Production, Programming and Creative Affairs for MGM Television Worldwide Inc., Craig had direct oversight of all content development, and oversaw pre-production, production, post-production, while working with business & legal affairs, marketing, and promotion. His MGM product was nominated for 10 Emmy awards and numerous others including DGA, Golden Globes, PGA and SAG awards. 

He oversaw studio projects such as the series Stargate SG-1, Stargate: Atlantis, Stargate: Universe, Dead Like Me, and The L Word, as well as Showtime Movies Inherit the Wind, Twelve Angry Men, In the Time of the Butterflies, That Championship Season, and Rocky Marciano, which opened the Monte Carlo Film Festival. Craig has worked with a wide range of talent, from well-established actors and directors to breaking new talent. 

Craig grew up in Los Angeles and Colorado, working summers on ranches breaking and training western saddle horses. He attended Columbia University, working his way through school as an actor on NBC’s soap opera “Another World,” while learning production work skills for quick, quality content.

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Kel Thompson Houston Mentor

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Kel Thompson Houston Mentor

Background

America’s Production Company was established in 2005 by Kel Thompson who has degrees in photography & advertising from Texas State University. Kel is also a graduate of the Palm Beach Film School. Kel was first published in photography at 17 years old in TX. Kel worked for News24Houston as their first helicopter videographer, before being hired by a major event production company in Florida. Two years later he established America’s Production Company after learning the ropes in photo, video, audio and event production.

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Zef Cota Houston Mentor

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Zef Cota Houston 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 Houston Mentor

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Jim DeGroot Houston Mentor

Background

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 Houston Mentor

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Eero Johnson Houston Mentor

Background

“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 Houston Mentor

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Chris Varner Houston Mentor

Background

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 Houston Mentor

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John Raffo Houston Mentor

Background

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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The Film Scene in Houston

The Houston, Texas Film Connection Film School Alternative

Why Houston is a Great Place to Learn to Become a Film Director.

Film Connection grad Taylor Giddens and crew on set

You live in Houston. You dream of becoming a film director. You are wondering if you can learn to become a great director in Houston, or do you need to move to somewhere like Hollywood to attend film school. The Houston Film Connection emphatically says, you can learn to become a great director in Houston. In fact, staying at home while you learn to become a director might be the absolute best thing you can do.

Here’s why staying in Houston and Training as a Film Extern Could be the Way for You:

It’s a well-known secret that the number one way to become a director is to start directing. It follows that the best film school to learn to become a director is the place where you can do the most directing. Forget film theory, forget cinematography rules, forget traditional concepts of education, just attend a school that will let you start making films and learn how to tell a story in pictures.

This is where the Houston Film Connection for Film Production & Editing film directing program comes into play. Once enrolled in our disruptive film directing mentor/externship program, you’ll be paired with an accomplished film director in a Houston film production company like Tyler Casper of Studio 713. Their 6800 square foot studio is chock full of 4K and Red Epic Dragon gear with a full on cyclorama green screen and vast post-production facilities. They work on over 200 music videos a year, plus assorted feature and corporate work. Their studio is humming and it’s why they are one of the Film Connection’s favorite film mentors.

With access to all that equipment, studio facilities plus the mentoring expertise of Tyler you will be directing your own films from virtually the get-go. Guess what? Your first films are almost guaranteed to suck. That’s to be expected. And that’s where the Houston Film Connection Film Directing Program excels. Imagine being able to go over your first efforts, scene by scene, frame by frame with a true professional, like Tyler, offering you suggestions, tricks of the trade, and personalized critiques on a one-on-one personal basis. Your learning curve to becoming a director has just went supersonic. It’s not rocket science, the more films you direct, the better you will become at directing and the San Antonio Film Connection will provide you with virtually unlimited access to all the gear, studio space and instruction you need to make as many movies as you can. There’s an old saying, “if you want to be rich, don’t hang around poor people.” Well, if you want to be a director, don’t hang around a bunch of film students—hang around a bunch of film professionals instead. With the Houston Film Connection Film Directing Program, you’ll be doing just that.

Now rest easy, we don’t hand you a camera and tell you to come back tomorrow with a film.

About the Curriculum for Film Connection for Film Production & Editing

The Houston Film Connection for Film Production & Editing film directing program comes with an outstanding structured curriculum that breaks down into three sections:

Section One: Learn Screenwriting.

Just like an author of a book tells a story with words, the director of a film tells a story with a camera. This film story started as an idea that became a screenplay. Our screenwriting section is designed to teach you everything that goes into writing a screenplay—we even pair you with a screenwriting mentor who has feature films to their credit—because the better you understand how to translate a written screenplay into a visual film, the better director you will become—this skill is the essence of film directing. Even if you never write a screenplay yourself, you’re going to need to understand screenwriting, at least conceptually, to become a director.

Section Two: Directing and Filmmaking.

This section of our film directing curriculum deals with all the technical and logistical considerations a director needs to know to create a film. Directors need to make dozens of decisions for every scene that’s shot. From lighting to permits, from cinematographer to meal breaks, there’s a million details a director needs to understand, communicate and decide. Our curriculum covers them all.

Section Three: Pitch Meeting.

Many of our students come to us with an idea in mind for a feature film they want to make. That might even be why you’re reading this. That’s great. Every film starts with an idea. For those students, we help them craft an elevator pitch (a 30 word or less description of your film), create a sizzle reel (think movie trailer), perfect their screenplay and produce a budget breakdown. We then set up a pitch meeting with film industry heavyweights who have the power to green light their film. What if you don’t have an idea for a movie but are looking to direct something other than a feature film, say a music video for instance? The same concepts still apply—at some point you will need to have a pitch meeting to get hired to be a director, regardless of the project. The Houston Film Connection will teach you the skills for this, or any other type of pitch meeting, so you can be prepared.
We started by posing the question, if you live in Houston can you learn to be a film director without leaving town? We followed that with some compelling reasons why you can learn everything you need to learn about becoming a film director without leaving Houston. We haven’t even touched on what might be the most important reason to stay in Houston to learn to become a director—homefield advantage.

Homefield advantage: You already live in Houston. You know the city. You know some great locations in Houston. You know people in Houston who can become your cast and crew. You know what the cost of living is in Houston. You presumably have a roof over your head in Houston. You might have a job or some great side gigs lined up in Houston. You can establish home town connections with local businesses to sponsor your films or become clients of your work. In short, you have a wealth of hometown advantages that will help you on your path to becoming a film director.

Which brings us to the real question you should be asking yourself is, “How many films am I going to direct in the next six months if I attend film school to become a director?” The answer depends on the film school so it should be the first question you ask of film schools you are thinking of attending. Because at the end of the day, degrees don’t matter when it comes to directing. What matters is your reel, and the more films you direct, the more content you will have for your reel. The Houston Film Connection will make sure you graduate with a great reel and awesome real-life Houston film connections.

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 programs, 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 expect, 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.
Ordinary film 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 a student extern with a real film production company. We believe that 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 ordinary film schools, 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 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 programs from the beginning. You’re in the door from day one, working as an 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) Tutoring is Available.

We don’t want any student to fall through the cracks. If you get stumped with an assignment or project, we offer real person-to-person tutoring, at no additional cost to you, to help you get over the hump.
 Personalized 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 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 ordinary 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 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 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)
  • Armageddon (1998)
  • Tin Cup (1996)
  • Tree of Life (2011)
  • Boyhood (2013)

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 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 could have all the experience and connections you need to start your career in film or TV. Some FILM CONNECTION film school students even get hired by their mentors before they graduate.

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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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Contact the Film Connection


2800 Post Oak Blvd #4100
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 936-4955


849 Richey Street Room One
Houston, TX 77002
(832) 251-7055

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

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