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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.



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.

Las Vegas Film School

Film Connection Locations

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 Las Vegas 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?

Zef Cota Las Vegas Film School Mentor

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Zef Cota Las Vegas Film School 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 Las Vegas Film School Mentor

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Jim DeGroot Las Vegas Film School 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 Las Vegas Film School Mentor

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Eero Johnson Las Vegas Film School 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 Las Vegas Film School Mentor

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Chris Varner Las Vegas Film School 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 Las Vegas Film School Mentor

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John Raffo Las Vegas Film School 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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Shawn Hamer Las Vegas Film School Mentor

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Shawn Hamer Las Vegas Film School Mentor

Background

17 time Emmy award winning DP/Camera Operator, Producer and Director with over 20 years of experience in the Film, Television and Audio business. Extensive professional experience for top clients across the country from Miami to Anchorage, from New York to San Francisco. International production experience in South & Central America as well as China for both documentary and commercial production. Well versed in handling both low and high budget production ($1k to $3.5m). Professional still shooter as well with full ProFoto strobe lighting and speedlight kits. Lots of contacts in the Detroit metro area and in major cities across the globe for every type and size production – full cinema production, 3D production, aerial shoots, camera car, crane/jib, etc. I also have shot, explored, camped and lived all over Michigan – I know the state EXTREMELY well, particularly it’s remotest regions.

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Sebastian Triscari Las Vegas Film School Mentor

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Sebastian Triscari Las Vegas Film School Mentor

Background

“Young people are the future of this industry. Mentorship programs like The Film Connection are the most efficient and effective ways for anyone who has a passion to gain the information and experience necessary to be successful!”

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Mitch Kaufman Las Vegas Film School Mentor

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Mitch Kaufman Las Vegas Film School Mentor

Background

A native of Atlantic Beach, Mitch Kaufmann has been offering video services to area businesses and residents since 1984. He started Atlantic Video Productions by shooting weddings, business seminars, and sporting events.

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Horacio Jones Las Vegas Film School Mentor

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Horacio Jones Las Vegas Film School Mentor

Background

Award winning director, Horacio Jones is a multi-faceted Video Producer, Director, and Editor. He has turned CinemaViva into one of the leading video production studios in San Diego. In addition to making outstanding corporate video productions, he is committed to making socially conscious and inspiring films and documentaries that bring magic into peoples lives in fun and colorful ways.

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Deen Olatunji Las Vegas Film School Mentor

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Deen Olatunji Las Vegas Film School Mentor

Background

Deen’s most recent film is “Warfare”, which was screened at the heart of Dallas and several other cities across the United States. Deen has also worked on several feature, short films and other content, which include “Kanaani” (Popular TV Series”), “The Call”, “King Sacrifice”, “Who Am I” , and “Dancing With The Docs-Texas”. (TV Series). He is currently working on his next projects “The Alarm Clock” (Short Film) and “Eze Back To School”  (Feature Film) all coming up in fall and winter 2016.

Deen believes the RRFC program is great because it’s one of the few reputable schools that teach you on the field which he states is a great way of learning.

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Rex Piano Las Vegas Film School Mentor

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Rex Piano Las Vegas Film School Mentor

Background

“The Film Connection allows aspiring writers to work with professionals.  The students not only learn theory, but practical applications to screenwriting.  I wish it was around when I was a student.” — Rex Piano, Producer/Director, Impact Earth, Fall of Hyperion, Rome: Rise and Fall of an Empire, Murder Dot Com, Hope Ranch, The Month of August

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The Film Scene in Las Vegas Film School

The Las Vegas Film School, Nevada Film Connection Film School Alternative

There’s a film school right here in Las Vegas…and it rocks! That’s because Film Connection Film School in Las Vegas, NV offers industry contacts in addition to top-shelf film education. Don’t waste your time or money with overpriced overhyped programs that offer nothing but lectures and meaningless relationships with your classmates. This is the only way to connect to local filmmaking professionals who will mentor you in their studios or production houses. Select our exceptional 6-month behind-the-scenes program or our distinctive 8-month director program. Aspiring directors in this program get to work with local and dream mentors in Los Angeles, and they’ll be flown out to L.A. so they can pitch their project to an industry executive who may even greenlight their idea on the spot!

To APPLY for our Las Vegas Film School, click here.

Nicknamed the Entertainment Capital of the World, Las Vegas, Nevada is the largest city in the state, anchoring a metropolitan area of nearly 2 million people. It is most widely known for its gambling and resort area known as “The Strip”, one of the most popular tourist areas in the world. The colorful nightlife and activity of this area also create a very popular backdrop for films; IMDB lists over 1800 film and television productions that have been filmed in Las Vegas. If you are considering a career in filmmaking as a film director, film producer, film editor, or cameraman, Las Vegas makes an excellent alternative to relocationg to Los Angeles or New York.

Just a few of the many films that have done location shooting in Las Vegas include: the Hangover, Into the Wild, Oceans Eleven, Casino, The Godfather, Con Air, Rain Man, Pay It Forward and Leaving Las Vegas–and this list merely scratches the surface.

Las Vegas is no stranger to television production, either.  Among the TV series that have done filming here are The Sopranos, Alias, Friends, Entourage, and C.S.I., just to name a few.

The large volume of filming that takes place in Las Vegas makes it an ideal connection point for filmmaking professionals and film students–and connection is at the heart of FILM CONNECTION’s strategy.  The secret to our success is our revolutionary mentor-extern approach, in which we place you with a working film or television professional for one-on-one training. You’ll gain valuable hands-on experience, while making vital industry connections that can lead to permanent employment. Many of our graduates get hired, often even before they finish our program. You owe it to yourself to find out what Las Vegas FILM CONNECTION can do for your career!

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Nothing looks like the streets of Vegas, which makes it an ideal location to shoot a bachelor party comedy, a heist film, or a casino movie (naturally). Travel a few miles off the strip, and you have wide open plains, deserts, and desolation. Such a variety of settings makes Las Vegas a popular place to shoot a film, tv show, music video, and more.

The colorful nightlife and activity of this area also create a very popular backdrop for films; IMDb lists over 1800 film and television productions that have been filmed in Las Vegas. If you are considering a career in filmmaking as a film director, film producer, film editor, or cameraman, Las Vegas makes an excellent alternative to relocating to Los Angeles or New York.

The large volume of filming that takes place in Las Vegas makes it an ideal connection point for filmmaking professionals and film students—and that connection is at the heart of FILM CONNECTION’s strategy. The secret to our success is our revolutionary mentor-extern approach, in which we place you with a working film or television professional for one-on-one training.

With our mentored programs you can gain valuable hands-on experience while making vital industry connections that can lead to permanent employment. Many of our graduates get hired, often before they finish our program. Our programs last six to nine months, universities may require four years. Their tuition can run close to six figures while we run less than $15,000. You owe it to yourself to find out what Las Vegas FILM CONNECTION can do for your career!

On the set, on location, or at your desk.

A glitzy downtown street, a dusty gas station on the outskirts of a city, or a wide-open space with the occasional cactus: all of these sets and more could be your classroom. We feel the best way to learn about filmmaking is to see it up close and personal as often as possible. But we also understand that’s not always doable for busy people.

Maybe you have a good-paying job, family commitments keep you close to home, or even health reasons that limit your mobility. Film Connection feels these are merely detours, not roadblocks. We’ve been offering remote learning for those who may not always be able to make it onto the set or into the production facility.

We want to help groom the next generation of hardworking filmmakers and help them gain the access and knowhow they need to be successful. With our remote option, you still need to put in the time and effort, and your computer needs to be powerful enough for virtual learning. In return, you can acquire a solid foundation that’s built on the experience and knowledge of our seasoned mentors have to offer.

Make the most of your opportunities.

During your time with us, you could be running cable for a public service announcement, working with editors on a TV episode, or helping with the camera on a feature-length film. No matter what you’re doing, it’s an opportunity to build your portfolio and expand your knowledge base.

But it’s also a time to impress those around you. Hollywood is a notoriously close-knit community and producers hire crews they know can get the work done. Whether you want to make your own films or work as part of a production company, everyone you meet during your time with us is a possible connection that can help your future.

What will they remember when they think of you? Willing to help when you’re asked? Offering a hand when you can? Absorbing information, treating people with respect, and working responsibly at everything you do? Knowing what to do is one thing, doing it the right way can be something else entirely.

Even if you’re making your movie, the relationships you create with the actors, the sound guy, and other crewmembers will come in handy. You’ll be able to lean on their experience while bringing your story to life. If you’re the kind of person they want to work with.

So what kind of impression do you want called to mind when the pros hear your name? Film Connection can give you the experience, the knowledge, and the opportunity to learn the industry from an insider’s perspective. The rest is up to you.

Las Vegas Film Connection mentors.

Our Las Vegas Film Connection mentors are filmmakers actively working in the development, production, and direction of feature films. One key mentor is a well-known cinematographer and commercial producer with more than two decades of experience in the industry.

Everything from theatrically-released films to reality television phenomenons like Toddlers in Tiaras, to filming today’s hottest DJs like Steve Aoki and Tiësto. From Amazon Prime releases to commercials, music videos, branded content, product video production, corporate, event video production to live streams, our Film Connection mentors know it all because they do it all.

With our mentors you can work on professional sets, operate the most up-to-date gear, and meet the industry insiders that make a living in the filmmaking business. And you can do it all from your hometown of Las Vegas.

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


5940 South Rainbow Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89118
(702) 551-7015

Email: [email protected]
Hours: M-F 9:00am - 6:00pm

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