This is your
Louisville 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 typical film schools and programs. Work directly with accomplished industry veteran filmmakers at one of our fully-equipped film production companies across the country.

Programs

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

Director / Producer / Screenwriter 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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Louisville

Film Connection Film Institute

Our "Near Me" Louisville Filmmaker Locations

  • Clifton
  • Crescent Hill
  • Notting Hill
  • Longwood
  • GlenOaks
  • Owl Creek
  • Asbury Park
  • Highlands
  • Polo Fields
  • Persimmon Ridge
  • Germantown
  • Anchorage
  • Hallmark
  • Belknap
  • Russell
  • Hawthorne
  • Park Hill
  • Wyandotte
  • Merriwether
  • St. Matthews
  • Clarksville
  • Shively
  • Georgetown
  • Jeffersontown
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Visit a Film Production Company
In Louisville

Get started with a tour of one of our Kentucky apprenticeship/externship locations. Or call us for more information at 800-295-4433


Tuition
Comparison

Film Connection’s unique mentor-style education is far more cost-effective than trade schools or traditional colleges and on average, requires less financing (based on national averages). Compare the true costs of education.

 

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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

Average Accrued Interest Charges
Sources: Sallie Mae student loan calculator - Nerd Wallet - Best Value Schools - Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

About Our Louisville 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?

Ricky Lapkin Louisville Mentor

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Ricky Lapkin Louisville Mentor

Background

Ricky Lapkin full-service production company offering cinematic shorts and films, corporate audio visual services, and analog recording transfers to all digital formats.

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Mark Roos Louisville Mentor

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Mark Roos Louisville Mentor

Background

“I create music that connects people. It’s what I love to do and I’ve been doing it for over 25 years. I’ve worked with some if the best directors around on a variety amazing of projects in just about every medium there is, including computer games, full-feature and documentary films, websites, radio, television shows, commercials and custom music production.”

Clients: Discovery Channel, MSNBC, History Channel

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Damon Crump Louisville Mentor

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Damon Crump Louisville Mentor

Background

The Millionaire Matchmaker, Risen, Broke Sky, Aliens on the Moon, Endings, Assault on Waco, Telling Stories: The Comic Book Creators, Big Rich Texas

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Mark Gibson Louisville Mentor

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Mark Gibson Louisville Mentor

Background

“As a screenwriting mentor I know that every student like every writer is different.  The Film Connection screenwriting program allows me to work one on one with my students, customizing the curriculum, allowing me to focus on each student’s needs by helping them raise the level of their writing whether it’s their first script or their fiftieth.”

As for credits, I think my two Disney films SNOW DOGS and THE WILD are certainly the most well known. 

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Conrad Denke Louisville Mentor

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Conrad Denke Louisville Mentor

Background

“There is no replacement for actual hands-on experience, and The Film Connection provides opportunities to work closely with our production team and learn what it takes to make it in the production business.” — Conrad Denke

Conrad Denke, film producer/director and CEO/owner of Victory Studios has been in the film and video business for over 30 years. He was co-executive producer and director on the PBS series “National Desk.” Denke has worked on feature films including “Assassins” with Sylvester Stallone, “Once Upon a Time in Mexico” with Antonio Banderas and Johnny Depp,  “Santa Who?” with Leslie Nielson, “Boycott” for HBO, “Alone with Her” with Colin Hanks, “Cover” directed by Bill Duke, and “Mr. Warmth: Don Rickels” directed by John Landis. He is currently producing the television series “Band in Seattle” and has several projects in development including “Music for Young People” and “Daredevils and Disasters.”

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Seth Wood Louisville Mentor

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Seth Wood Louisville Mentor

Background

Seth has been working in production since 1998 and has a wide range of refined marketing skills.

With abilities in media marketing and advertising, he is an asset to almost any organization. Seth works with companies and agencies all over the US to produce “brand” friendly marketing pieces that actually generate results. Because of his extreme expertise and experience in graphics, photography, video production, and other media marketing solutions, you can get all your products produced at one boutique advertising location… Seth’s office!

Brands promoted with video projects over the past years include: Microsoft, Avaya Telecommunications, Susan G Koman, Texas Instruments, CAE, Evatran, Oster and many more. Check out the full list of production credits on his new leads generating website.

www.SwoodMedia.com

“I work hard, am deadline savvy, and ready to get YOUR job done right.”

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Mike Domgard Louisville Mentor

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Mike Domgard Louisville Mentor

Background

Credits: Blur Parties, Lincoln Promo Video, Inner Thoughts

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Aimee Schoof Louisville Mentor

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Aimee Schoof Louisville Mentor

Background

Aimee Schoof is an entertainment executive, producer, and co-founder of Intrinsic Value Films with Isen Robbins. She has produced more than 30 feature films that have premiered either at Sundance, Tribeca, SXSW, Toronto, Venice, New Directors/New Films, and Berlin.

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Richard Brandes Louisville Mentor

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Richard Brandes Louisville Mentor

Background

Richard Brandes is an accomplished writer, director, and producer of over two dozen feature films, which have been released through such well known companies as Alliance/Atlantis, Screen Gems, Sony, HBO, CBS, NBC/Universal, and Lionsgate, to name just a few. Known in the industry for creating highly commercial, profitable films, Richard has an impeccable reputation for completing his projects on schedule and on budget.

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Paul Guay Louisville Mentor

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Paul Guay Louisville Mentor

Background

Credits: Liar Liar, The Little Rascals, Shrinking Violet

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Steve Rausch Louisville Mentor

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Steve Rausch Louisville Mentor

Background

Steve Rausch is owner and operator of focused motion. Focused Motion produces and shoot video content for commercials, industrial videos, surgeries and live sporting events. My company has worked on documentaries, programming for Discovery Networks and reality TV shows.

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The Film Scene in Louisville

The Louisville, Kentucky Film Connection Film School Alternative

Having a successful career in the film industry is pretty simple. You have to know people. You have to have connections.

The Louisville Film Connection Film School was established precisely to help you get connections in the industry. There’s no sitting in a lecture hall here. You’re going to be on-location filming. You’re going to be getting valuable real world experience.

The Film Connection isn’t like normal film schools. The Film Connection wants to help you make the movies YOU want to make. Do you have the best Slasher Film ever made jumping around in your head? We want to help you make it.

The Film Connection will pair you up with a Hollywood screenplay writer, an editor, and two mentors. This troop of people will assist you in making your idea come to life.

By the end of the program you’ll have a finished screenplay, a trailer for your film, and two fully produced scenes from your proposed film.

And the best part? We’ll get you in the room to pitch it to a real studio executive.

Yeah, thought you’d like that part.

To APPLY for our Louisville Film School, click here.

Louisville is the largest city in Kentucky, anchoring a metropolitan area of over 1.2 million people. Home to the Kentucky Derby, it is perhaps best known for its thoroughbred horse racing, which gets plenty of media coverage. Louisville is a river city, set along the Ohio River, and its proximity to rolling countryside and other major cities like Cincinnati and Indianapolis make it a great place to find good locations for filmmaking. Numerous entertainment industry pros hail from this area, including TV anchorwoman Diane Sawyer, musicians Joan Osborne and Wilson Pickett, and actors Sean Young, Victor Mature, Maggie Lawson, William Conrad, Ned Beatty and Irene Dunn. 

Louisville sees a lot of film and television production activity. Some of the well known movies that have been filmed in and around Louisville include Elizabethtown, Stripes, Demolition Man, Eight Men Out, Goldfinger, The Insider, Secretariat and The Return of the Living Dead, just to name a few. Some of the television series that have shot episodes here include High Chaparall, The Girls Next Door and Trading Spouses, among others. If you are considering a career as a film producer, film director, film editor or cameraperson, there are plenty of opportunities in Louisville to get connected and educated, as opposed to relocating to New York or Los Angeles–and FILM CONNECTION can help you make those connections.

FILM CONNECTION Film School of Louisville offers an inexpensive, six month course that will hook you up with a working film or television professional who will serve as your personal instructor and mentor. Not only will you gain hands-on experience, but you will also make valuable connections with industry professionals–connections that can lead to permanent employment. In fact, over 70% of FILM CONNECTION graduates get hired before or shortly after graduation. Come and see what we can do for your career!

To APPLY click here.
 

Current Atlanta Student News

Learning By Doing: Keith Huff Shoots His Debut Short Film in Louisville, KY

Learning By Doing: Keith Huff Shoots His Debut Short Film in Louisville, KY

Keith Huff enrolled in the Film Connection to learn by doing. When he was placed with mentor Herschel Zahnd of American Recording Co. in Louisville, KY, little could he have known how much he would learn in a short time.

Of course, Herschel got him on the set as an apprentice right away, and it wasn’t long before Keith was playing a key part of several of Herschel’s projects. But the real lessons came when it was time for Keith to start work on his own film—a short titled For Sale By Owner.

At the time, it felt a lot like Murphy’s Law. Keith relates that during the several-day film shoot, he lost locations, had to fire actors, and had to grab shots in between daily thunderstorms that plagued his shoot.

“It was mid-July, 100-degree weather,” Keith recalls. “Thunderstorms every single day would just come in right at the end. We would finish a scene and then dark clouds…We actually lost our set on the third day…But we just kind of rolled with it and made it work.”

It was truly life experience. “Herschel told me, ‘I can’t believe this. You’re probably getting 10 years’ worth of experience just in three days!’ Just because of all the crazy stuff we had.”

Perseverance paid off, however. Not only did Keith finish the shoot successfully (his debut will be released soon), but he’s more determined than ever to make a go of it as a filmmaker. When we caught up with him recently, Keith told us that not only does he have several projects of his own in the queue, but he plans to continue working with his mentor—proof that the relationships you make as an apprentice often last well beyond school.

“You couldn’t ask for a better mentor,” says Keith. “He really knows his stuff…We’ve already forged a friendship, and I’ve already got plans to be working with him on future projects. So it’s not just like, ‘Hey, your program is over. Goodbye.’ I feel like we are going to be working together for a while.”

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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 many of the famous producers, screenwriters and directors who’ve worked on the films that inspire you—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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