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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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Workshops

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.

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 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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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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$12,750** Tuition
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$44,000 Tuition
$61,000 Loan Interest

2-Year
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$22,000 Tuition
$20,500 Loan Interest

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Traditional College

$88,000 Tuition
$122,000 Loan Interest

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About Our Miami 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 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.

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Meet our Mentors

Why learn from teachers when you can learn from the professionals?

Mike Domgard Miami Mentor

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Mike Domgard Miami Mentor

Background

Credits: Blur Parties, Lincoln Promo Video, Inner Thoughts

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Aimee Schoof Miami Mentor

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Aimee Schoof Miami 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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Dean Baker Miami Mentor

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Dean Baker Miami Mentor

Background

Projects range from Multi-camera Live Webcasting to National TV Ads for Good Neighbor Pharmacies, Regulator Boats, and Product launches airing on Lifetime, The Learning Channel and The Golf Channel.

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Ryan Heppe Miami Mentor

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Ryan Heppe Miami Mentor

Background

During his tenure at CCH, Heppe was hired by legendary producer David Foster (The Getaway, Short Circuit, The Mask of Zorro) and quickly climbed to the position of Head of Development where he became involved with Foster’s productions: Collateral Damage starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Hart’s War starring Bruce Willis and Colin Farrell, and The Core starring Aaron Eckhart and Hilary Swank.

As a hyphenate Producer/Director/Writer/Actor, some of Heppe’s work includes: Production of the docu-drama The Magic Was In The Music, a remake of Short Circuit, adaptations of the 80’s television mini-series V and cop series T.J. Hooker, among others. As an actor, he’s starred in such stage productions as You Can’t Take It With You, Life On The Bowery, Dracula and Picnic at Hanging Rock – several of which he directed.

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Karl Koelling Miami Mentor

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Karl Koelling Miami Mentor

Background

I began TAPROOT with a passion to create inspiring film and video content that would move people and maybe even make the world a little bit better place. There are projects that TAPROOT pursues and develops based on our interests, but I’m a firm believer that we all have our callings, and that collectively we can have the biggest impact. As a result, TAPROOT partners with businesses, agencies, and other organizations that are doing important work, helping them tell their stories and share their ideas through cinematic filmmaking.

Our team has a multi-disciplinary background that enables us to understand and compellingly translate your messages and ideas to the visual medium of film and video, and we create and execute projects of varying scale from start to finish. I run TAPROOT and provide direction on all our projects, which include: story-based branded content, television commercials, web based video of all sorts, and film series.

If you care about how you’re presenting your work to the world and want to do so in an honest, inspiring manner – we’d make a good match.

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Keith Golinski Miami Mentor

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Keith Golinski Miami Mentor

Background

Keith Golinski of Fulvew Productions is a Director of Photography, editor and producer. He’s best known for his work on America’s Most Haunted (2013), Talking Dead (2005), and An Ordinary Killer (2003).

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John Boros Miami Mentor

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John Boros Miami Mentor

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“The captain and anchor of our ship, guiding his crew with a father’s compassion and an uncle’s knack for mischief.”

Credits; The Fly, EMI Orientation

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Edward Isin Miami Mentor

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Edward Isin Miami Mentor

Background

FightZone Presents, Sacred Waters, The Wishing Stone, Dawg Fight

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Tina Miller Miami Mentor

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Tina Miller Miami Mentor

Background

Storytelling through video, aided by full-service in house production and post capabilities. Many of our pieces use documentary technique or a high-energy concept or brand approach.

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Dennis James Lee Miami Mentor

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Dennis James Lee Miami Mentor

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Credits: Hawaii Five-0, Behind Enemy Lines II: Axis of Evil, Dragon Wars: D-War, Soap Girl, Secret of the Five Fingers

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Erik Angra Miami Mentor

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Erik Angra Miami Mentor

Background

UFC 111 fight – Cinematographer, Animal Planet – Most Outrageous – 3 documentaries – EA Sports international commercials Kyrie Irving – NBC – HBO – Full flight features – Very astute cinematographer – Worked on film “21” – Edited TV series “Folk Lorist” – Extreme Makeover – AD Bo Burnham – International campaigns for Coca Cola

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Miami News

Should You Storyboard?

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Film Connection student Arronn Lepperman Learns the Craft of Screenwriting

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Location Management: How Camera and Location Departments Work Together

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What Do To When Art Institute Closes

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Looking In Weird Places

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The Upside of Side Projects

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Why Manners Matter in Music, Film, and TV

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The Film Scene in Miami

The Miami, Florida Film Connection Film School Alternative

Why Miami is a Great Place to Learn to Become a Film Director.

Do you currently live in Miami and dream about becoming a director or filmmaker? If so, you could well be asking yourself whether you should move to attend film school. The short answer is no. You can learn to become a director right there in Miami.

We believe the best way to become a director is to start directing. The more you direct, the better you’ll become at it. Therefore, it only makes sense that the best place to learn to become a director is the place where you’ll be able to do the most directing. Film schools are great on theory, rules, traditional concepts of education, but often getting access to the gear and scheduling shoots is painfully hard. But what if there was a film program where you could just start making films and learn how to tell a story in pictures with access to the gear and to the connections?

This is where the Miami Film Connection for Film Production & Editing comes into play. Upon enrollment in our no-nonsense film directing program, you will take part in mentoring externship which will pairs you with an accomplished film director in a high-octane Miami film production company like Kevin Sharpley of Kijik Multimedia. Kevin is a close associate of the Academy of Motion Pictures’ President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. He has worked on feature films, corporate videos, and everything in between with clients ranging from the US Air Force to Bacardi to the Miami Science Museum.

With access to equipment and local connections you will gain through your time with Kevin, you will be placed in an environment where you can direct get the skills and insight you need to start directing your own films. Here’s the spoiler alert. Your first films will probably suck. That’s to be expected. And that’s where the Miami Film Connection’s approach to film directing externship excels. Imagine being able to go over your first efforts, scene by scene, frame by frame with a professional director who offers suggestions, tricks of the trade, and critiques your films on a one-on-one personal basis. Your learning curve to becoming a director has just taken off. It’s not rocket science, the more films you direct, the better you can become at directing. Miami Film Connection provides you with the opportunity and real world instruction you need to get started at building that career now, not tomorrow, not a year from now.

The Film Connection for Film Production & Editing Curriculum

Rest easy, we don’t just hand you a camera and tell you to come back the next day with your film. The Miami Film Connection for Film Production & Editing film directing mentored externship has an outstanding structured curriculum that is broken down into three main sections:

Section One: Screenwriting.

Just like an author of a book tells a story with words, the director of a film tells a story with a camera. Our screenwriting section teaches you what goes into writing a screenplay—we even pair you with a screenwriting mentor (in addition to your directing mentor like Kevin) who has feature film screenplays to his credit. We do this not because you have to be a screenwriter to be a director (although it doesn’t hurt), but rather because it’s vital to understand how to translate a written screenplay into a visual film–this is the essence of directing. So, even if you never write a screenplay yourself, you need to understand the screenwriting process conceptually to become a director.

Section Two: Directing and Filmmaking.

This section of our curriculum deals with all the technical and logistical considerations a director needs to know to create a film. From lighting to working with a crew (never forget to feed them well), securing permits to budget breakdowns, from cinematography to location scouting, there’s a million details a director needs to understand and be able to communicate about. Our curriculum covers them all.

Section Three: Pitch Meeting.

A lot of our students come to us with an idea they want to turn into a movie. Maybe you’re one of them. That’s great. For those students, we help them craft an elevator pitch (your movie idea in 30 words or less), create a sizzle reel (think of it as a trailer for your movie), perfect their screenplay and produce a budget breakdown for their movie idea. Then we set up a pitch meeting with film industry heavyweights who have the power to green light their film. Guess what? Even if you are looking to direct something other than a feature film, like a music video for instance, you still will need to have a pitch meeting with the band, or the band’s management team, so that they will hire you to direct their music video. The Miami Film Connection will teach you the skills you need for any type of pitch meeting, so you can be prepared and confident about the project you are pitching.

We started by posing the question, if you live in Miami can you learn to be a film director without moving. We followed that with some great reasons why you can learn everything you need to learn about becoming a film director from the Miami Film Connection without ever leaving Miami. Here’s another reason to consider staying in Miami to learn to become a director.

The Importance of The Homefield Advantage

You already live in Miami. You know the city. You know some great locations. You know people in Miami who can become your cast and crew. You know what the cost of living is in Miami. You presumably have a roof over your head in Miami—you might even have a job or some great side-gigs in Miami. And where else can you better establish home town connections with local businesses to sponsor your films or become clients of your work than the city you live in?

So, maybe instead of wondering where you should move to in order to attend a film school, you should be asking yourself, “How many films am I going to direct in the next six months if I attend film school to become a director?” It’s also a great first question you should be asking of any film school you are thinking of attending. Because at the end of the day, it isn’t about degrees when it comes to directing, what matters, in our opinion, is your reel, and the more films you direct, the more content you will have for your reel, the more experience you’ll have, the better director you will be.

The Miami Film Connection Film School Alternative Advantage

1) Lots of Locations.

The Film Connection has world-class film school locations all over the United States, including here in Miami. Your path to Hollywood starts right here! No need to relocate to New York or L.A. to go to film school—unless, of course, you want to, because we have locations there, too!
Learn near where you live. Advantage: Film Connection.

2) Stay Out of Debt with Low Tuition.

Make no mistake: student debt can kill your film career before it starts. Ordinary film schools are expensive that it’s impossible for many people to attend without taking on tons of debt. Not us. Our tuition is kept low so you can graduate with little or no debt.
Other schools not only cost more, they have lots of add-on charges. Advantage: Film Connection.

3) Learn Film On-the-Job.

Films aren’t made in classrooms, so why would you go to film school there? Our mentored-externship approach places you in the heart of the action, inside a real film production company, where your classes take place on-the-job and on the set.
Real-world experience, not theoretical classroom instruction. Advantage: Film Connection.

4) Learn From a Real Film Professional, One-on-One.

With us, the person to teach you to direct films is a real director; the person to teach you to edit film is an actual film editor; and so on, and so forth. We don’t stick you in a class with a full-time professor; we pair you with a working film pro in your chosen field of interest, and this pro will mentor and teach you one-on-one.
One teacher to one student. Advantage: Film Connection.

5) Hundreds of Professional Endorsements.

We’re endorsed by some of the biggest names in film. Why do they endorse us? Because our program works!
More professional endorsements than any other film school. Advantage: Film Connection.

6) Real Job Placement Assistance.

When it comes to job placement assistance, the Miami Film Connection takes a more active role than any other film school. When you graduate, you’ll be enrolled in our Stay Connected Program for 12 months of active job placement help. We do all we can to find you work in this industry.
“Job placement” at other schools means handing you a cold-call lead list when you graduate. Advantage: Film Connection.

7) Starting On the Inside

The biggest struggle for film school graduates is getting “in the door”—getting noticed, getting on the inside. That struggle doesn’t exist with the Film Connection because from the very first day of your training, you’re placed INSIDE a real film company as an extern. You’re in the door before you learn a thing! And by the time you graduate, you’re already well established.
The other guys are on the outside, looking in. Advantage: Film Connection.

8) Tutoring At No Cost to Students.

With the Film Connection, you’re never alone with a problem. We offer tutoring to all our students.
 Private tutoring with a real person. Advantage: Film Connection.

9) Lots of Industry Connections.

No matter how skilled you are, you won’t get anywhere in this business without connections. One of the best features of our mentor-extern approach is that our real-world training puts you in the midst of lots of industry pros whom you could never meet in a classroom. These are the people who can one day hire you—and you have your entire externship to befriend them and impress them.
Real world film industry connections. Big Advantage: Film Connection.

10) From Miami to Hollywood…

You’ll find plenty to keep you busy in the Miami film scene, but if you want more…we’ve got more. In a move unprecedented for film schools, we’ve structured our curriculum to guide you step-by-step through the process of developing your own film idea, and when you graduate, we’ll arrange for you to meet with REAL INDUSTRY EXECUTIVES in Los Angeles to PITCH YOUR FILM!
A real chance to break into Hollywood. Big Advantage: Film Connection. NO ORDINARY FILM SCHOOL DOES THIS.

Your MIAMI, FLORIDA FILM SCHOOL ALTERNATIVE

Thinking about Miami Film Schools in sunny south Florida? Film Connection, the Miami film school alternative gets you inside an actual Miami film production company, working as a film student extern as you learn producing, editing, directing and more. Make no mistake, in Miami, the smart way to break into the film business is by working inside a Miami film production company as a film extern. That’s exactly what the FILM CONNECTION can do for you.

Typical film schools can cost upwards of 50 thousand dollars to attend. Why spend that kind of money when you could go to film school in a real production company for far less? You’ll learn from the pros, and while you get your education, you’ll also make vital industry connections. Our film school alternative is the smartest, most cost efficient way to go.

To APPLY for our Miami film school alternative, click here.

Located along Florida’s southeast coast MIAMI, FLORIDA is home to over half a million people, while the surrounding Miami-Ft. Lauderdale area is home to over 5.5 million. Known for its diversity of Latin influences, its popular beaches and its thriving dance club scene, Miami is also home to a vibrant film scene, with multiple film festivals year-round, and local production resources in constant demand. Miami has been home to major actors such as David Caruso, William H. Macy, Sidney Poitier, Eva Mendes and Philip Michael Thomas, as well as film directors Ondi Timoner and Brett Ratner. In addition, Miami is hailed as a popular spot for location filming for major film and TV productions. Just look at this partial list of major productions shot on location in and around Miami:

  • Bad Boys (I and II)
  • True Lies
  • The Birdcage
  • Miami Vice (TV series)
  • Dexter (TV series)
  • Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
  • Pain and Gain
  • Step Up Revolution
  • Meet the Fockers
  • There’s Something About Mary
  • Analyze This
  • Marley and Me

Needless to say, if you want to be a film director, film producer, screenwriter, film editor or cinematographer, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to connect to the industry here in Miami—and the FILM CONNECTION puts you closer to the action than any ordinary film school can.

Our mentor-extern approach is the key. We don’t stick you in a college classroom—in fact, you won’t spend a single day in a classroom with our program. Instead, from day one until you graduate, you’ll be working as an extern in a real Miami film production company, taught one-on-one by a working film professional with years of experience and lots of connections. As you learn on-the-job and on the set, you’ll make plenty of connections with other professionals—connections that usually lead to future work. Your path to Hollywood starts here! Apply today, and let the Miami FILM CONNECTION get you on the path to your dreams.

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Current Miami, FL Student News

Film Connection grad Rocky Shores receives shared credit for a film with his Miami-based mentor. Film makes the festival rounds!

Rocky Shores on a shoot for The Reel Miami Project

It was the word “Connection” in our name that first drew Rocky Shores to enroll in the Film Connection in Miami, FL. After already doing some video work for clients and finding himself on-set as an extra in the Robert Redford film The Conspirator, if there’s one thing Rocky understands, it’s the importance of connections. He recalls what he heard on set:
“One thing that everyone I spoke to kept saying—the one word I kept hearing was ‘connections,'” says Rocky. “It’s a business. You need to know people, and make connections and contacts…The reason I chose the Film Connection was because of that word.”

On the set of OvertownRocky began externing with filmmaker and Film Connection mentor Kevin Sharpley of Kijik Multimedia in Miami, Florida. Instantly they formed a solid connection, and Kevin began teaching him the ropes by involving him heavily in a documentary about a Haitian dance troupe, a film project called Ayikodans Rise. As they went along, Kevin was particularly struck by Rocky’s eye for the camera.

“[Kevin] shot some raw footage, and I went out and shot the rest of it with him,” Rocky says. “He gave me a big chunk of footage, and I think he was expecting about a three to five minute piece. Well, I’d frame him a 15-minute piece, and it floored him…He said I was a storyteller.”

By the time the film was completed, Rocky had received shared credit on the film—and now it’s hitting the film festival circuit! Ayikodans Rise showed at the Fort Meyers Beach Film Festival in April, and in June at the Miami Filmmaker Shorts festival. Congratulations, Rocky!

Now a Film Connection graduate, Rocky remains in close touch with his mentor, who still utilizes him on projects and is hoping to bring him on full paid staff. He’s also working on his screenwriting with a long-term goal of becoming a writer-director. Understanding the importance of connections in the film business is what helped him connect with Kevin—and he knows it’s also what will carry him through his career. “You can’t be in your shell if you’re going to be in this industry,” says Rocky. You need to be personable, you need to talk to people, and you need to work hard, and you need to be patient.”

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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