This is your
Miami 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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About Our Miami 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?

Sebastian Triscari Miami Mentor

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Sebastian Triscari Miami Mentor

Background

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

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Mitch Kaufman Miami Mentor

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Mitch Kaufman Miami Mentor

Background

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

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Eero Johnson Miami Mentor

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Eero Johnson Miami Mentor

Background

“I’m Eero Johnson. I’m a film and video producer living in Bellingham, Washington. For over ten years I’ve been creating commercials, corporate videos, web videos, sales DVD’s, music videos … whatever it takes to get your message to your audience. I have a great group of clients and I love what I do.”

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Chris Varner Miami Mentor

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Chris Varner Miami Mentor

Background

In a career spanning nearly 20 years, Chris has worked in almost every facet of video production, from lens to post. His credits include EPK work on “Sleepy Hollow”, “Under The Dome”, “The Longest Ride”, “We’re The Millers”, “Iron Man 3”, “One Tree Hill” and more.

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John Raffo Miami Mentor

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John Raffo Miami Mentor

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John Raffo started as a photographer in New York before turning his attention to screenwriting. Over the last twenty years he’s worked on a variety of credited and uncredited projects (including, DRAGON, THE BRUCE LEE STORYTHE RELIC, and THE INTERPRETER”). His original screenplay RENKO VEGA AND THE JENNIFER NINE appeared on the 2011 Black List. THE 7TH SWORD is his first story written directly as a graphic novel.

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Shawn Hamer Miami Mentor

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Shawn Hamer Miami Mentor

Background

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

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Ivan Alzuro Miami Mentor

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Ivan Alzuro Miami Mentor

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“Unlike the local University, Film Connection sends us committed and focused students. We have turned 1 student into full-time contractor – that says it all!”

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Daniel Lir Miami Mentor

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Daniel Lir Miami Mentor

Background

Dream Team Directors is a prestigious directorial team founded by Bayou Bennett and Daniel Lir. Their company motto, “Let our dream team manifest your dream”, symbolizes the expansion and positive attention they win for their celebrity and high-profile brand clients and collaborators such as Adidas, MTV, Coldplay, P. Diddy, Smashbox Cosmetics, Atlantic Records, Chrome Hearts, Oscar De La Renta, Oscar nominee Mark Ruffalo, Golden Globe nominee Anthony Mackie, Matt Bennett of the “Big Bang Theory” and Lea Michele of Fox’s “Glee.”

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Horacio Jones Miami Mentor

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Horacio Jones Miami Mentor

Background

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

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Deen Olatunji Miami Mentor

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Deen Olatunji Miami Mentor

Background

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

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

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Rex Piano Miami Mentor

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Rex Piano Miami Mentor

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

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The Film Scene in Miami

The Miami, Florida Film Connection Film School Advantage

The Miami Film Connection Film School 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. Most film schools are so expensive that it’s impossible 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 mentor-apprentice (extern) 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 useless theoretical classroom instruction. Advantage: Film Connection.

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

The best person to teach you to direct films is a real director; the best person to teach you to edit film is a real 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 apprentice (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) Unlimited Free Tutoring.

With the Film Connection, you’re never alone with a problem. We offer free, unlimited tutoring to all our students.
Unlimited free tutoring. 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-apprentice (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 apprenticeship (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 INUDSTRY EXECUTIVES in Los Angeles to PITCH YOUR FILM!
A real chance to break into Hollywood. Big Advantage: Film Connection. NO OTHER FILM SCHOOL DOES THIS.

Your MIAMI, FLORIDA FILM SCHOOL ALTERNATIVE

Thinking about Miami Film Schools in sunny south Florida? Look no further! Only one Miami Film School gets you inside an actual Miami film production company, working as a film student apprentice (extern) as you learn producing, editing, directing and more. Make no mistake, in Miami, the smartest way to break into the film business is by working inside a Miami film production company as a film apprentice (extern). That’s exactly what the FILM CONNECTION can do for you.

Typical film schools easily 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, 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 other film school can.

Our mentor-apprentice (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 apprentice (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 apprenticing 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 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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