This is your
Kansas City Classroom

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

You will study inside a real film production company in your city as you develop your movie idea with a professional 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.

Film Production & Editing 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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Kansas City

Film Connection Locations

Our "Near Me" Kansas City Filmmaker Locations

  • Westside
  • River Market
  • Country Club Plaza
  • Brookside
  • Hyde Park
  • Glenhaven
  • Crossroads
  • Brookside
  • Waldo
  • Union Hill
  • Volker
  • 18th and Vine
  • Dunbar
  • Quality Hill
  • Ruskin Heights
  • Independence
  • Parkville
  • Ferrelview
  • Overland Park
  • Shawnee
  • Lee's Summit
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Tuition

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*When paid in full, tuition will receive a $2000 reduction, bringing the program’s total tuition of $12,200 to $10,200 not including administrative fees.

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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 Kansas City 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 Faculty

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

Logan Hale Kansas City Mentor

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Logan Hale Kansas City 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. Request an Invitation

Eero Johnson Kansas City Mentor

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Eero Johnson Kansas City 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.” Request an Invitation

Calix Lewis Reneau Kansas City Mentor

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Calix Lewis Reneau Kansas City 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). Request an Invitation

Sandy Stern Kansas City Mentor

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Sandy Stern Kansas City Mentor

Background

Producer, Being John Malcovich, Saved!, Velvet Goldmine, Pump Up the Volume, Thirteen Conversations about One Thing, Equinox, Red Hot Request an Invitation

Rob Helmstetter Kansas City Mentor

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Rob Helmstetter Kansas City 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. Request an Invitation

Ryan Kindahl Kansas City Mentor

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Ryan Kindahl Kansas City Mentor

Background

Documentaries, Music Videos, Commercials Request an Invitation

Megan Kennedy Kansas City Mentor

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Megan Kennedy Kansas City 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. Request an Invitation

Brian Glazen Kansas City Mentor

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Brian Glazen Kansas City 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. Request an Invitation

Laura Scheiner Kansas City Mentor

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Laura Scheiner Kansas City 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. Request an Invitation

Craig Constant Kansas City Mentor

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Craig Constant Kansas City 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. Request an Invitation

Michael Van Orden Kansas City Mentor

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Michael Van Orden Kansas City Mentor

Background

Credits: Being Doug, Called to Serve, The Washing, Spit Request an Invitation

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The Film Scene in Kansas City

The Kansas City, Missouri Film Connection Film School Alternative

Getting your film career off the ground in Kansas City has never been possible like this. We’re Kansas City Film Connection and we’re ready with mentors in every area of production to help you get your foot in the door. Our 6-month behind the scenes track will present you with local mentors who are professionals in the local filmmaking industry. Visit them at their production houses or studios to learn how the process happens. Our directors track, which lasts eight months, is more thorough and takes your filmmaking project from idea to pitch. Working with not only local mentors, but dream mentors in Los Angeles, you will put together a short scene or trailer with an eye towards marketing it. For your final week, you will be flown out to L.A. to pitch your project to an industry professional who may even give you the go-ahead! To APPLY for our Kansas City Film School, click here. Located on the western border of Missouri, Kansas City is the largest city in the state, hosting a population of nearly 500,000 people, plus a greater metro population exceeding 2 million. Culturally speaking, Kansas City is perhaps best known for its blues, jazz and barbecue; jazz greats Count Basie and Charlie Parker hailed from this area, among others. Among the many other entertainment industry people with ties to Kansas City are composer Burt Bacharach; musicians David Cook, Chely Wright and Melissa Etheridge; actors Joan Crawford, Chris Cooper, Ed Asner, and Jean Harlow; cartoon animator Fritz Freling; and entertainment icon Walt Disney. The film industry is significant in Kansas City. Not only are there several production companies in this area, but Kansas City is home to numerous major film festivals and regularly sees location shooting of movies, television shows, commercials and documentaries. If you are considering a career in filmmaking as a film director, film producer, film editor, or cameraman, Kansas City definitely provides enough opportunities to be a great alternative to moving to other known film hotspots like New York or Los Angeles.   Some of the movies that have been filmed in Kansas City include Bruno, Four Brothers, Mr. & Mrs. Bridge, Superhero Movie, and the classic film In Cold Blood, just to name a few. Television production is also significant here; television series that have shot in Kansas City include WWF Raw; Diners, Drive-ins and Dives; and Antiques Roadshow–not to mention the regular live television coverage of professional sports teams such as the Kansas City Chiefs (NFL) and the Kansas City Royals (MLB). With the large volume of film and TV production activity happening consistently in Kansas City, coupled with generous tax incentives offered to filmmakers by the state of Missouri, this area is ideal for both film students and filmmaking professionals to connect. FILM CONNECTION gets you into the thick of it by pairing you with a working industry professional in Kansas City, who will be your personal instructor, giving you hands-on experience and helping you make vital industry connections. Come find out why over 70 percent of our graduates get hired, sometimes even before they finish our film school!  To APPLY click here.
Connections Matter

Learn From Industry Pros

The Film Connection film school alternative is endorsed by filmmakers who are making 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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