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Programs

In the Film Connection for Film Production & Editing program, you will study directing, producing and screenwriting inside a real film production company in your city 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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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 who gets the ball rolling down the hill.
 
In the Film Connection for Screenwriting workshop, you will learn the elements that make for a “Killer Script” by developing and writing your own feature length screenplay under the direction and mentorship of a working professional screenwriter.

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In many ways the film editor is the most misunderstood of all film professionals. Often considered just a film technician, a good editor is so much more than that. He or she is also a qualified storyteller of the highest order.
 
In the Film Connection for Film Editing workshop, you will develop your knowledge of storytelling and screenplay structure as the foundational blueprint of a film. You will also develop your technical understanding of editing as an extern to a professional editor in a post-production facility.

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Film Connection Locations

Our "Near Me" Los Angeles Filmmaker Locations

  • Hollywood
  • Santa Monica
  • Beverly Hills
  • Pacific Palisades
  • Malibu
  • Hollywood Hills
  • Venice
  • Marina Del Rey
  • Westwood
  • West Adams
  • Sherman Oaks
  • Santa Fe Springs
  • Laurel Canyon
  • Redondo Beach
  • Baldwin Hills
  • Bellflower
  • Boyle Heights
  • Calabasas
  • Castaic
  • Cerritos
  • Century City
  • Chatsworth
  • Simi Valley
  • Compton
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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 film production company.

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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
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$61,000 Loan Interest

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$22,000 Tuition
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About Our Los Angeles Film School Alternative

Welcome to the LOS ANGELES FILM CONNECTION, the film school that gets you inside an actual Los Angeles film production company as a film student apprentice (extern), learning directing, producing, editing, camera, screenwriting or general production. One of the smartest ways to break into the Los Angeles film business is to start inside a Los Angeles film production company as a film apprentice (extern). And the FILM CONNECTION can help.

You don't have to spend 10-50 thousand dollars on film school tuition; you can go to film school in a real production company for far less. Learn directly from the pros, and get connected as you get educated. Our film school alternative is a smart, affordable and effective way to get a quality film education.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA is not only the 2nd largest DMA in the nation—it's also the film capital of the world. Every year, thousands of aspiring filmmakers, actors, screenwriters and film school graduates flock to Los Angeles looking for their chance to "break in" to the business. Countless films and major television productions are shot on Hollywood sound stages an on location throughout the Los Angeles area. Celebrity spottings are common occurrence.

With all this film activity and so much demand for talent, you’d think it would be easy to find your way into this business, but the opposite is true. Whether you want to produce, direct, edit, run camera or write screenplays, you won’t break in just by knocking on the doors. Most hiring is done from within, and getting noticed and making connections can be quite difficult. And it CAN’T be done by sitting in a classroom. You have to find a way to get where the action is happening.

That's where the Los Angeles FILM CONNECTION comes in. By placing you as a real apprentice (extern) for one-on-one training in a real film production company, we provide you with the inside track, the competitive edge to get you in the door and noticed, so when that opportunity comes knocking, you're the one who gets chosen.

How do we do it? Simple: the FILM CONNECTION is the Mentor Apprentice School of Film, and we provide each student with their own mentor, a working industry professional in the specific discipline chosen by the student. This mentor provides one-on-one training on real film sets, or TV stations and production companies. While apprenticing two to three days a week around the student's schedule over a period of six months, the student acquires dozens of industry connections and contacts—connections that often lead to future work. In fact, more than 70 percent of our students go on to rewarding careers in the film industry.

Check us out! You owe it to yourself to see what the Los Angeles FILM CONNECTION can do for your career!


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 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?

Tabitha Hartbauer Los Angeles Mentor

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Tabitha Hartbauer Los Angeles 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. Request an Invitation

Jason Hewitt Los Angeles Mentor

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Jason Hewitt Los Angeles Mentor

Background

Odd Thomas, 13 Sins, Blood Out, Left Behind, Season of the Witch, Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever, The Outsider Request an Invitation

Steve Riach Los Angeles Mentor

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Steve Riach Los Angeles Mentor

Background

Steve is an award winning producer, director and writer of over 250 films, documentaries, television shows and home video properties, including specials from the Olympics, Super Bowls, World Series, NBA and NCAA Championships, and college football bowl games. Request an Invitation

Avery Williams Los Angeles Mentor

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Avery Williams Los Angeles Mentor

Background

Avery O. Williams works steadily in both the film and theater worlds. He is the co-writer of the feature film Directing Eddie starring Valerie Perrine and Jade Barrymore, directed by Lawrence Kaldor which premiered at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival and was voted Best Comedy at the 2001 New York International Independent Film & Video Festival. He wrote and directed the industrial film for the City of Atalanta entitled Surviving Domestic Violence and he wrote and co-produced the film short The Willie Witch Projects, which was showcased at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival and is distributed by Trimark Pictures in their compilation entitled The Bogus Witch Project. Other short subject screenplays that have been made into films include Notes In A Minor Key, The Willie Witch Projects and The Chocolate Factory, Part 1. Request an Invitation

Harry Findysz Los Angeles Mentor

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Harry Findysz Los Angeles Mentor

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“The Film Connection Program uses real world people to mentor real world jobs.” -Harry Findysz, Tucson, Arizona, Southern Arizona Video Productions Producer of Live Television, Music Videos, Documentaries, Winner of Ashbury Best Music Documentary 2016 Linda Chorney The Cantina Request an Invitation

Greg Freeman Los Angeles Mentor

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Greg Freeman Los Angeles Mentor

Background

Greg Freeman is an award-winning Director of Photography with nearly two decades in news, sports, entertainment, special programming, documentaries, and commercials. Greg has directed projects for nearly every major television network including ABC, Discovery, ESPN, HBO, HGTV, NBC, PBS, and more. Request an Invitation

Tom Malloy Los Angeles Mentor

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Tom Malloy Los Angeles Mentor

Background

The Alphabet Killer, Love N’ Dancing, The Attic, Hero of the Underworld, Law & Order: SVU Request an Invitation

Jason Jackson Los Angeles Mentor

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Jason Jackson Los Angeles Mentor

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Past productions include LMN’s Monstresses; Investigation Discovery’s Cuff Me If You Can; America’s Most Haunted and UFO’s Crashed my Vacation; America’s Most Secret and I Faked My Own Death for Discovery; National Geographic’s 42 Ways to Kill Hitler and Don’t Try This At Home; Vampire Secrets and Ancient Ink for The History Channel; Las Vegas Bikers for truTV; Weather Channel’s Full Force Nature; True Confessions for WE-TV as well as Beyond Death and Investigative Reports for A&E. Request an Invitation

Matthew Temple Los Angeles Mentor

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Matthew Temple Los Angeles Mentor

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“All aspects of filmmaking are primarily experiential, so a program like this one gives the students what they need most- the opportunity to DO.” — Matthew Temple, Producer of “The Advocate” and Universal’s “Dragon Nest: Warriors’ Dawn” Matthew Temple has long stood at the crossroads of art and social action–his work and passion split between telling stories and participating in the creation of new paradigms wherein new stories for the future can be created. As a storyteller, he works as a screenwriter, director, producer and actor.  As a social entrepreneur, he is the founder and president of the non-profit WeStrive, where he is the executive director of the Wandering Reel Traveling Film Festival. Temple is currently VP of Production and Development for Mili Pictures Worldwide. Request an Invitation

Nick Kielhold Los Angeles Mentor

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Nick Kielhold Los Angeles Mentor

Background

Nick is your basic military brat. Except for the fact that neither of his parents were actually in the military. But, like many military families, his family moved several times during his youth, living in Omaha, Chicago, and Minneapolis among other places. And although he wasn’t living on military bases, he developed a deep interest in History, and all things military. Ask him about the Battle of Tarawa in 1943, and you may just get an entire lesson on the Pacific Theater of World War II. When he’s not painting tanks for his war game simulations, Nick works here. He shoots video. He edits video. He talks about World War II. A lot. Anyone who comes into contact with Nick will become much better versed in the history of mankind and all the wars it has produced over the years. Nick provided 50% of the formula that founded Full Effect Productions over 18 years ago, and has played a vital role in its success. Nick is a 1987 graduate of the University of South Dakota, and his previous experience includes working at a local TV station as Commercial Videographer/Producer. Not taking a cue from his parents, Nick has decided to keep his family in one city, and has called Sioux City, Iowa home since 1988. He has a wife of 29 years and an adult son and daughter. In his free time, Nick can be found studiously painting small military ships, tanks and airplanes. He has amassed large numbers of these items that comprise entire military units used for battles at the MAGECON gaming convention. He’s a film buff who’s recently installed home theater has him positively giddy, and hardly ever seeing daylight. Request an Invitation

Logan Hale Los Angeles Mentor

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Logan Hale Los Angeles 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

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The Los Angeles, California Film Connection Film School Alternative

The Los Angeles Film Connection Film School Advantage

1) Locations-Hundreds of Them.

Los Angeles is the undisputed heart of the film industry, but that doesn’t mean you have to study here. The Film Connection has locations all over the United States, from Houston to Atlanta to New York to Philadelphia, and many other cities. Your path to Hollywood can begin right near where you live. Learn near where you live. Advantage: Film Connection.

2) Low Tuition, Graduate Debt-Free.

Don’t bury yourself in student debt to go to film school: you could kill your dreams before they ever take flight. We’ve developed a system of training you that is highly effective and extremely affordable. Our tuition rate is so low that even if you finance, you can graduate with little or no student debt. Low tuition, no add-on charges. Advantage: Film Connection.

3) On-the-Job Training.

Forget about classrooms: there’s no place for them in our program. Los Angeles has more real-world opportunities than any other town, and many industry pros agree that working on-the-job is the one of the best ways to learn. So we put you in a real film production company as an extern. Your “classroom” is on-the-job, and on the set of real film productions. You can’t get any closer to the action than that. Real-world experience, no classrooms. Advantage: Film Connection.

4) One-on-One Mentoring With a Real Pro.

As a film extern, you’ll be paired with a mentor, a seasoned industry professional with real film credits and lots of connections. All training happens one-on-one, with no competition or interruptions from other students. Learn at your own pace, ask any questions you like. Your mentor can open doors for you like no one else. One teacher to one student. Advantage: Film Connection.

5) Endorsements From Major Film Professionals.

Who endorses the Los Angeles Film Connection? We’re endorsed by the best in the business because they see our results! Lots of endorsements from real film professionals. Advantage: Film Connection.

6) Real Job Placement Assistance.

Many of our apprentices don’t need any help finding work after graduation, because many end up getting hired by the companies where they apprenticed! But we’re so determined to help you break into the film industry that we leave nothing to chance. Every student is automatically enrolled in our Stay Connected Program which offers active job placement assistance for up to 12 months after graduation. We don’t just hand you a cold-call lead list when you graduate. We help you find work. Advantage: Film Connection.

7) You’re On the Inside at the Beginning

Even in a major film town like Los Angeles, breaking in can be difficult if you’re not already on the “inside.” With the Film Connection, you’re on the inside from day one of your training, because we place you as a working extern in a real film production company. You’ve got the opportunity to learn on-the-job and prove your skills to the people who matter. Get on the inside track of the film industry. Advantage: Film Connection.

8) One-on-One Tutoring.

Stumped with homework? Never fear. We offer tutoring to all students in good standing. Tutoring for when you need it. Advantage: Film Connection.

9) Real Industry Connections.

In this business, connections are everything are everything. Isn’t it ironic that you could spend 2-4 years in a Los Angeles film school and never make enough industry connections to get you started? That’s because the film industry pros don’t hang out in the classrooms—they’re working on the set. This is perhaps your biggest advantage to being a Los Angeles Film Connection apprentice—you’re learning on-the-job where the pros are working, and you can make the connections you need for the future. Real world film industry connections. Big Advantage: Film Connection.

10) Pitch Your Own Film to Hollywood

It’s not enough to get a film education in Los Angeles: if you want to break into film, you need to have a film to pitch. The Film Connection curriculum is geared toward helping you develop your own original film idea, and when it comes time to graduate, we’ll arrange a meeting with actual L.A. film industry executives and give you the chance to PITCH YOUR FILM to them. A real chance to break into Hollywood. Big Advantage: Film Connection.
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 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 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 extern turned out to be a reliable resource and we hope his experience […]

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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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Contact the Film Connection


6300 Wilshire Blvd. Suite #640
Los Angeles, CA 90048
800-295-4433


5111 Via Corona
Los Angeles, CA 90022
800-295-4433


503 S. Flower Street
Burbank, CA 91502
800-295-4433

Email: [email protected]
Hours: M-F 9:00AM - 6:00PM