This isn’t a boring Lansing film school classroom. This isn’t an overcrowded college laboratory. This is life. Real Life. YOUR LIFE.

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?

Don’t Spend More on your Film Education if You Don’t Have to

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.

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Adam Weber

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Daniel Lir

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Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs

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Alejandra Huerta

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Daniela Larsen

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Get Real World Film Production Experience in Lansing

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.

Our Lansing Film Industry Mentors Help you Build Real World Connections

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!

Learn the skills you need to take your idea from paper to the big screen.

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Success stories

Since he started his extern program with Uptone Pictures in Raleigh, NC, Grant Gilbert has been taking…


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