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

View All Programs

Miami

Film Connection Film Institute
Schedule a Tour

Visit a Film Production Company
In Miami

Get started with a tour of one of our Florida apprenticeship locations. Or call us for more information at (786) 358-5430


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:


Request Information Choose Your Location Call Admissions

Meet our Faculty

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

Logan Hale Miami Mentor

Read Profile

Logan Hale Miami 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.

Request an Invitation

Tom Malloy Miami Mentor

Read Profile

Tom Malloy Miami Mentor

Background

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

Request an Invitation

Jason Jackson Miami Mentor

Read Profile

Jason Jackson Miami 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.

Request an Invitation

Matthew Temple Miami Mentor

Read Profile

Matthew Temple Miami 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.

Request an Invitation

Nick Kielhold Miami Mentor

Read Profile

Nick Kielhold Miami 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.

Request an Invitation

Ryan Kindahl Miami Mentor

Read Profile

Ryan Kindahl Miami Mentor

Background

Documentaries, Music Videos, Commercials

Request an Invitation

Megan Kennedy Miami Mentor

Read Profile

Megan Kennedy Miami 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.

Request an Invitation

Calix Lewis Reneau Miami Mentor

Read Profile

Calix Lewis Reneau Miami 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).

Request an Invitation

Sandy Stern Miami Mentor

Read Profile

Sandy Stern Miami Mentor

Background

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

Request an Invitation

Rob Helmstetter Miami Mentor

Read Profile

Rob Helmstetter Miami 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.

Request an Invitation

Michael Van Orden Miami Mentor

Read Profile

Michael Van Orden Miami Mentor

Background

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

Request an Invitation

View Full List

Miami News

How to Have a Successful Table Read

Learn More

What You Should Know About Neil Gaiman

Learn More

EDM Jobs That Actually Exist!

Learn More

How to Get Out of a Creative Funk

Learn More

Everything We Know About Ant-Man and The Wasp

Learn More

What Sucks About The Big Bang Theory

Learn More

What (Most) Actors Want from (Most) Directors

Learn More

Game of Thrones has got Everyone Guessing

Learn More

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.

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 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.

Learn More

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.

Learn More

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.

Learn More

ICM Partners

and RRF have donated to the Hide & Seek Foundation’s SOAR (Support of Accelerated Research).

Learn More

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”…

Learn More

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…

Learn More

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.”

Learn More

Alex Keledjian

Producer of Project Greenlight

Learn More

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.

Learn More

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”.

Learn More

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 […]

Learn More

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.”

Learn More

View Full List