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 mentor-based programs avoid the unnecessary costs and unrelated requirements of typical schools. 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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In Louisville

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


About Our Louisville Film School

Our fully-immersive curriculum
covers all of the following:

Building Relationships

Learning filmmaking in the real world with the Film Connection mentoring approach makes building relationships in the film industry is a daily occurrence.

On-Set Etiquette

Knowing how to handle yourself on the set is a prerequisite to a successful career in filmmaking—your mentor will guide you through proper etiquette during real film shoots.

Hardware and Equipment

Film Connection mentors exist in the real world where the competition is fierce. Having the latest gear is essential to their success which gives you access to the latest hardware.

Making Movies

Isn’t the whole point of going to film school to learn how to make movies—especially YOUR movie? The Film Connection 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. 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?

Logan Hale Louisville Mentor

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Logan Hale Louisville 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.

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Tom Malloy Louisville Mentor

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Tom Malloy Louisville Mentor

Background

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

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Jason Jackson Louisville Mentor

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Jason Jackson Louisville Mentor

Background

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.

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Matthew Temple Louisville Mentor

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Matthew Temple Louisville Mentor

Background

“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.

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Nick Kielhold Louisville Mentor

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Nick Kielhold Louisville 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.

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Ryan Kindahl Louisville Mentor

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Ryan Kindahl Louisville Mentor

Background

Documentaries, Music Videos, Commercials

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Megan Kennedy Louisville Mentor

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Megan Kennedy Louisville Mentor

Background

Megan is an award-winning photographer and videographer with over 10 years of video production experience, from directing and editing national PSA campaigns to producing feature-length documentaries.

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Calix Lewis Reneau Louisville Mentor

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Calix Lewis Reneau Louisville Mentor

Background

Calix Lewis Reneau is a producer and writer, known for An Even Worse Joke (2013), Canyon Road (2013) and My Cousin’s Ghetto Wedding (2016).

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Sandy Stern Louisville Mentor

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Sandy Stern Louisville Mentor

Background

Producer, Being John Malcovich, Saved!, Velvet Goldmine, Pump Up the Volume, Thirteen Conversations about One Thing, Equinox, Red Hot

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Rob Helmstetter Louisville Mentor

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Rob Helmstetter Louisville Mentor

Background

Rob has experience with major corporate ad agencies Publicis, Medicus, Digitas based in New York and Chicago. He has always been on the bleeding edge of technology and believes that services should be simple for the viewers.

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Michael Van Orden Louisville Mentor

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Michael Van Orden Louisville Mentor

Background

Credits: Being Doug, Called to Serve, The Washing, Spit

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The Film Scene in Louisville

The Louisville, Kentucky Film Connection Film School Advantage

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!

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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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Learn From Industry Pros

The Film Connection film school 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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