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Lansing, MI Film School Classroom

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.



We're here to help.

We provide job placement services.

Find Out Why

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.

Lansing, MI Film School

Film Connection Locations

Our "Near Me" Lansing, MI Film School Filmmaker Locations

  • Bingham
  • Cherry Hill
  • Northtown
  • Turner Dodge
  • Shady Oak
  • Fabulous Acres
  • Eastfield
  • Marmoor
  • Quentin
  • Westchester
  • Highlands
  • Old Everett
  • Sagamore Hills
  • Wexford Heights
  • East Lansing
  • Windsor Township
  • Delta Township
  • Mason
  • Easton Rapids
  • Dewitt
  • Meridian Township
  • Grand Ledge
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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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View BBB A Rating for Film Connection Film Institute
$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
Sources: Sallie Mae student loan calculator - Nerd Wallet - Best Value Schools - Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

About Our Lansing, MI Film School 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?

John Boros Lansing, MI Film School Mentor

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John Boros Lansing, MI Film School Mentor

Background

“The captain and anchor of our ship, guiding his crew with a father’s compassion and an uncle’s knack for mischief.”

Credits; The Fly, EMI Orientation

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Edward Isin Lansing, MI Film School Mentor

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Edward Isin Lansing, MI Film School Mentor

Background

FightZone Presents, Sacred Waters, The Wishing Stone, Dawg Fight

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Tina Miller Lansing, MI Film School Mentor

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Tina Miller Lansing, MI Film School Mentor

Background

Storytelling through video, aided by full-service in house production and post capabilities. Many of our pieces use documentary technique or a high-energy concept or brand approach.

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Dennis James Lee Lansing, MI Film School Mentor

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Dennis James Lee Lansing, MI Film School Mentor

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Credits: Hawaii Five-0, Behind Enemy Lines II: Axis of Evil, Dragon Wars: D-War, Soap Girl, Secret of the Five Fingers

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Erik Angra Lansing, MI Film School Mentor

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Erik Angra Lansing, MI Film School Mentor

Background

UFC 111 fight – Cinematographer, Animal Planet – Most Outrageous – 3 documentaries – EA Sports international commercials Kyrie Irving – NBC – HBO – Full flight features – Very astute cinematographer – Worked on film “21” – Edited TV series “Folk Lorist” – Extreme Makeover – AD Bo Burnham – International campaigns for Coca Cola

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Steven Schott Lansing, MI Film School Mentor

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Steven Schott Lansing, MI Film School Mentor

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Credits: Jeff Foxworthy Show, The Lost Calendar, The Final Season

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Daniel Sollinger Lansing, MI Film School Mentor

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Daniel Sollinger Lansing, MI Film School Mentor

Background

Producer: The Alphabet Killer, Six Ways to Sunday, Alone in the Dark II, In My Sleep, Girls Against Boys, Deadliest Warrior, Age of Kali

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Joe Van Wie Lansing, MI Film School Mentor

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Joe Van Wie Lansing, MI Film School Mentor

Background

Following a spirited and notorious adolescence in Northeastern Pennsylvania, Joe did a stretch at New York University and ended up spending nearly a decade as an accomplished part of the New York City’s lively film and TV industry. During this time, he racked up credits ranging from producing feature films premiering at international film festivals to directing and producing content for a variety of national cable television networks. His most recent film is the locally-shot award-winning feature Forged. Joe is an active board member on the boards of Dress for Success, The Scranton Club and the American Advertising Federation of NEPA. Joe is also a member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the American Association of Political Consultants, and two time Pollie award winner.

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John Lux Lansing, MI Film School Mentor

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John Lux Lansing, MI Film School Mentor

Background

John Lux is the Chief Operating Officer for the IDEAS media and experience design company, which employs film program graduates nationwide. The projects his company handles stretch from Florida, to Europe, and as far as Shangai, China.

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Rebecca Ramon Lansing, MI Film School Mentor

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Rebecca Ramon Lansing, MI Film School Mentor

Background

Rebecca Ramon hails from Battle Creek, MI and is a proud Midwestern girl. She believes that’s exactly what keeps her down to earth and youthful. With a BA in Broadcasting & Cable production from Western Michigan University, and an MFA in Film Production from Chapman University, one of the top ten film schools in the nation, she’s definitely standing on her own two feet. Not only does Rebecca have a formal education, her mentor for post production was Paul Seydor, a member of ACE; the honorary society of motion picture editors. Paul edited movies such as “White Men Can’t Jump” and “This Christmas”. In other words, she has learned from the best, and has over ten years of experience, which ranges from pre-production to post-production in several mediums. Most importantly, she has the passion to share her knowledge as a mentor.

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Tabitha Hartbauer Lansing, MI Film School Mentor

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Tabitha Hartbauer Lansing, MI Film School Mentor

Background

The BSP editing facility sets the standard for editing in Colorado. Three video edit suites utilize “Premiere Pro CS6”, “Final Cut Pro” and “DaVinci” and project Panasonic High Definition 1080p images on to 110” Stewart Screens.

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Lansing, MI Film School News

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The Upside of Side Projects

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Why Manners Matter in Music, Film, and TV

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The Film Scene in Lansing, MI Film School

The Lansing, MI Film School, Michigan Film Connection Film School Alternative

You don’t have to leave your hometown to learn filmmaking. We’ve developed a film program unlike anything anywhere right here in Lansing! We’re the film school that pairs you with local filmmaking professionals to enhance your education in a real-world studio or production house setting. We’re the Film Connection Film School in Lansing, Michigan. Track one is our 6-month behind-the-scenes program. You’ll work with specialized local mentors on your personal filmmaking project under the watchful eyes of your very first industry contacts! Track two is our complete 8-month director track. You will collaborate with your local mentors and a dream mentor who lives in Los Angeles. During your final week, you will be flown out to L.A. to pitch your idea before an industry executive. Think you’ve got the stomach to throw down like the pros?

To APPLY for our Lansing, MI Film School, click here.

Lansing is the state capital of Michigan, located in the south-central part of the lower peninsula. Much of the city itself grew up around the establishment of an auto factory in the 1890s, building the car that would become known as Oldsmobile. Several industry pros have hailed from this area, including screenwriter Jim Cash (who wrote Top Gun), actors Timothy Busfield, Steven Segall, and Burt Reynolds, and film director John Hughes. Hosting a population of around 113,000 people today, Lansing is home to several production companies and is within driving distance of lakeshore views, beautiful forests and countryside, and major cities such as Detroit and Chicago. Additionally, Michigan has one of the most generous tax incentive plans available in the nation for filmmakers, attracting many film productions to the area. If you are thinking about a filmmaking career as a film producer, film director, or otherwise, Lansing makes a great alternative to the craziness of L.A. or New York.

Movies, commercials, TV shows, and documentaries are filmed in Lansing and surrounding areas of Michigan on a regular basis. Some of the films that have been filmed in and near this area include Gran Torino, Road to Perdition, Whip It, Blood Ties, and the 2007 documentary Slacker Uprising, to name a few. This area is no stranger to television production, either; episodes of WWF Raw, Hung, and Home Improvement have all done location shooting in Lansing or surrounding areas.

The secret to FILM CONNECTION’s success is our mentor-extern approach. During our inexpensive, 6-month course, you’ll be paired with a working film or television professional who serves as your personal instructor and mentor, guiding you through hands-on training on real film and video shoots. You’ll also make vital industry contacts along the way.  The fruit of our revolutionary system is in our graduates; many of them get hired in the industry, many times before they even finish our program. You owe it to yourself to see what FILM CONNECTION of Lansing, Michigan can do for your career!

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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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