This isn’t a boring Salinas film school classroom. This isn’t an overcrowded college laboratory. This is life. Real Life. YOUR LIFE.

What if we told you that you could go to film school in Salinas or Monterey? We have our unique film school right in your hometown. You will be paired with a mentor who is actively working in the movie biz, and they will take you through a step-by-step how-to of making movies. At the end of it all, you have a bunch of bonafide industry contacts and the know-how to use them. Pretty cool huh? The Film Connection. The alternative solution.

Don’t Spend More on your Film Education if You Don’t Have to

The scenic coastal town of Monterey, California, and the nearby city of Salinas, comprise the two most significant cities of Monterey County on California’s central coast. The breathtaking beauty of the area was the muse for several of the novels of legendary author John Steinbeck, who hailed from Salinas; the same beauty today continues to attract filmmakers. Close to breathtaking coastal cliffs, mountains, and rolling hills, this area is ideal for diverse locations for filming. Several film and TV production companies make their home in Monterey or Salinas, and the county has its own film commission office.

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Adam Weber

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Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs

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Alejandra Huerta

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Daniela Larsen

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Get Real World Film Production Experience in Salinas

If you are considering a career in filmmaking as a film director, film producer, film editor, or cameraman, the Monterey-Salinas area can be an excellent choice for you, especially if you desire a scenic alternative to the busy, crazy land of Los Angeles. Numerous well-known movies have been filmed in the Monterey-Salinas area, including Star Trek VI: The Voyage Home, Sudden Impact, and Invincible, as well as several famous classics such as National Velvet, The Parent Trap, and East of Eden. This area is no stranger to television production, either; Falcon Crest was filmed in this area, as well as episodes of WWF Raw and Rescue 911.

Our Salinas Film Industry Mentors Help you Build Real World Connections

FILM CONNECTION Film School of Monterey-Salinas offers an inexpensive, six-month course that will hook you up with a working film or television professional who will serve as your personal instructor and mentor. You will gain hands-on experience on real film or video shoots, and upon graduation, you will have the experience and the connections to get a job in film or video in Monterey, Salinas or anywhere else you choose to go. Many FILM CONNECTION graduates get hired before or shortly after graduation. What are you waiting for? Find out what we can do for you.

Learn the skills you need to take your idea from paper to the big screen.

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Success stories

Since he started his extern program with Uptone Pictures in Raleigh, NC, Grant Gilbert has been taking…


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