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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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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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$22,000 Tuition
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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?

Ryan E. Heppe Miami Mentor

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Ryan E. 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. In the world of VO, he’s lent his voice to numerous commercials, both national and regional, and performs several characters on the animated series DaGeDar. Request an Invitation

Wade Marshall Miami Mentor

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Wade Marshall Miami Mentor

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Since 2007, Millennium Studios has been servicing productions in Shreveport and throughout Louisiana. Credits: True Blood, The Expendables 3, Olympus Has Fallen Request an Invitation

Jon Reiss Miami Mentor

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Jon Reiss Miami Mentor

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Named one of “10 Digital Directors to Watch” by Daily Variety, Jon Reiss is also critically acclaimed filmmaker whose experience releasing his feature Bomb It with a hybrid strategy was the inspiration for writing Think Outside the Box Office: The Ultimate Guide to Film Distribution and Marketing in the Digital Era (TOTBO), the first step-by-step guide for filmmakers to distribute and market their films.  He also co-wrote Selling Your Film Without Selling Your Soul and Selling Your Film Outside the US.   He also teaches at the Film Directing Program at Cal Arts. Request an Invitation

Rick Dahl Miami Mentor

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Rick Dahl Miami Mentor

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I’ve written for many of the major studios and networks. My first movie, “Red Rock West,” was nominated for Best Screenplay by the Independent Spirit Awards.  I think this program is fantastic. I get to spend an hour a week, one-on-one with my students. We read over their material carefully. It affords me the opportunity to dig deep and get into the details of screenwriting – a deceptively complicated craft. We can cover various aspects of formatting, different styles of writing and how they impact the reader – which ultimately determines the filmic outcome and audience sees on screen. The time allows me to get know my students so that I’m able to help them put some part of themselves into their stories.  Once you get past the basics, screenwriting is about story. And we all have one to tell. The more personal that is, the more impact it will have. The terrific thing I get to experience with Film Connection, because of the one-on-one time I have with my students, is the growth they achieve in their writing Request an Invitation

Jana Sue Memel Miami Mentor

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Jana Sue Memel Miami Mentor

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“Students at the Film Connection receive the extraordinary benefit of a one-on-one mentoring relationship with highly experienced industry professionals. What an amazing way to learn your craft. Nothing could be better.” — Jana Sue Memel, Films Jana have produced have been nominated for eleven Oscars and won three. They have also won Emmy’s, Director and Writer Guild Awards and numerous film festival awards.  Credits:  So I Married An Axe Murderer, Tough Guys, Down Came A Blackbird, Duke of Groove Request an Invitation

Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs Miami Mentor

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Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs Miami Mentor

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Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs has been one of the most consistent actors in Hollywood and his amazing work has won millions of hearts all over the world. He was born in the year 1953 on 4th of September and this makes his age 61 at this time. At this age he has already been a legendary actor and he will be always remembered for his contributions. He was born in a place called New York City, which lies in New York of United States of America. He belongs to the ethnicity black and nationality American. He is very humble and always carries a smile on his face. He is an extremely tall man as he has a very impressive height of 6 feet 2 inches, which is around 1.87 meters. He went to the university called Wilkes University for his degree. A lot of information on him and his interesting biography can be grabbed from wiki sites like Wikipedia and IMDb. He has been very motivated in his career and to make the scenes look real he has given many shirtless scenes as well. He has been living a king’s life and all thanks to his hard work and dedication. He has poured perfection in almost all of his work. He has been earning good money also and has his net worth in millions of dollars. He has a net worth of 1 million dollars and this speaks his success story. Videos related to him are absolutely loved in YouTube. It does not seem like he is much into social networking sites like Twitter and Instagram and does not like to upload his pictures in those sites to share them. After being so popular he has managed to keep his personal life very low profile. It does not seem like he is gay but, as he has not revealed his sexual preference nothing can be said with assurance. He has never talked about his wife and children but he looks like married. If he is not married also he has never revealed the person he is dating right now or his girlfriend. He has never talked about his current affair also if he is having any. It seems like he has not been through divorce. He has played great roles in TV shows and movies and this has made him who he is today. He played the role of Charles in a movie called Claudine in the year 1974. He played the role of Cochise in a movie called Cooley High in the year 1975. He played the role of Floyd in a movie called The Annihilators in the year 1985. In the year 2004 he played the role of Anthony in a movie called 30 Miles. Other movies to his credits are Nocturnal Agony, Otis, Tamales and Gumbo, Indecent Behavior, L.A Vice, Chance and Youngblood. He has been superb with his roles in TV shows and series as well. He appeared in a TV show called Welcome Back, Kotter from the year 1975 to the year 1979. Other TV series to his credits are Pointman, Ellen, Moesha and The Jacksons: An American Dream. Request an Invitation

Jim Fogarty Miami Mentor

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Jim Fogarty Miami Mentor

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Jim Fogarty is a writer and producer, known for Waxing Gibbous (2001), Coffee & Donuts (2007) and A Legacy Reborn: The Rebirth of the W.D. Packard Music Hall (2014). Request an Invitation

Dale DeToni Miami Mentor

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Dale DeToni Miami Mentor

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Owner/Producer, Dale DeToni, began his career thirty years ago when he brought his experience and education from some of Chicago’s largest recording studios to Springfield, with the dream of starting his own media production company. Request an Invitation

Damon Crump Miami Mentor

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Damon Crump Miami Mentor

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

Mark Gibson Miami Mentor

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Mark Gibson Miami Mentor

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“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.  Request an Invitation

Conrad Denke Miami Mentor

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Conrad Denke Miami Mentor

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“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.” Request an Invitation

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Location Management: How Camera and Location Departments Work Together

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The Film Scene in Miami

The Miami, Florida Film Connection Film School Alternative

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 extern (mentor-apprentice) 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 (apprentice) 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 (apprentice). 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. To APPLY click here.

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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