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Real filmmaking education. Real film industry connections.

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 fully-equipped film production company.

Programs

You will study inside a real film production company in your city as you develop your movie idea with a professional 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.

Film Production & Editing 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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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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$12,200 Tuition
$0* Loan Interest

Trade
School

$44,000 Tuition
$61,000 Loan Interest

2-Year
Junior College

$22,000 Tuition
$20,500 Loan Interest

4-Year
Traditional College

$88,000 Tuition
$122,000 Loan Interest

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About Our Nashville 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 program should be to learn how to make movies—especially YOUR movie. Our 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 program. 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?

Mike Domgard Nashville Mentor

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Mike Domgard Nashville Mentor

Background

Credits: Blur Parties, Lincoln Promo Video, Inner Thoughts Request an Invitation

Aimee Schoof Nashville Mentor

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Aimee Schoof Nashville 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. Request an Invitation

Dean Baker Nashville Mentor

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Dean Baker Nashville 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. Request an Invitation

Ryan Heppe Nashville Mentor

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Ryan Heppe Nashville 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. Request an Invitation

Karl Koelling Nashville Mentor

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Karl Koelling Nashville 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. Request an Invitation

Keith Golinski Nashville Mentor

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Keith Golinski Nashville 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). Request an Invitation

John Boros Nashville Mentor

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John Boros Nashville Mentor

Background

“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 Request an Invitation

Edward Isin Nashville Mentor

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Edward Isin Nashville Mentor

Background

FightZone Presents, Sacred Waters, The Wishing Stone, Dawg Fight Request an Invitation

Tina Miller Nashville Mentor

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Tina Miller Nashville 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. Request an Invitation

Dennis James Lee Nashville Mentor

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Dennis James Lee Nashville Mentor

Background

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

Erik Angra Nashville Mentor

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Erik Angra Nashville 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 Request an Invitation

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Nashville News

Filmmaker Daytrips: LA Film Locations

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Truffaut: A Brief History

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Five Romantic Movies Nearly Everyone Will Love

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Can Being Too Indie Hurt Your Career?

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Not the Norm: Non-Traditional Roles in Film and TV

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Career Tips 101: From Nice Guy to Right Guy

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The Best Smartphones to Film With

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What French Cinema Has Taught Us

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The Film Scene in Nashville

The Nashville, Tennessee Film Connection Film School Alternative

If you like wasting your money, then go ahead and spend it on a film school that only gives you a piece of paper and nothing else. But if you want to invest in your future, try Nashville Film Connection. We’re the only film program that offers you mentorships with professional filmmakers to learn the ropes and get connections in the biz. We offer a great behind the scenes program that teaches you the technical side of filmmaking. Thrillseekers will want to try our more comprehensive directors track that takes your idea from page to screen alongside your mentors. You’ll even be flown to L.A. to meet with an industry executive that will hear your pitch. No one can offer this but Nashville Film Connection. To APPLY for our Nashville Film School, click here. Not only is Nashville the state capital of Tennessee, but with the nickname “Music City U.S.A.”, it is considered by many to be the music capital of America as well. A great many record labels and recording studios can be found in the area, and many professional music entertainers make their home here.  Although the music scene here crosses many genres, the dominant genre is country music, which also serves as the catalyst for a major tourist industry which includes landmarks such as Opryland USA. However, Nashville is not just a hub for music. The film and television industry has a significant presence here, as well, stimulated in part by the demand for music videos and the musical theme of the city, which inspires plenty of movies. IMDB lists over 800 titles of movies, television shows, documentaries and specials that have been connected with Nashville. Walk the Line, The Green Mile, Country Strong, The Country Bears, Head of State and The Matrix are only a few of the well-known films that have done location filming here. If you are looking at a career in filmmaking as a film producer, film editor, film director, cameraperson, or screenwriter, you’ll find that Nashville holds a great amount of opportunity for you to learn. The secret to FILM CONNECTION’s success is our mentor-apprentice (extern) approach. We pair you with a working film or television professional that will personally instruct you during our 6-month course. You’ll gain valuable experience on real film and video shoots and make plenty of important industry connections along the way. Our success rate is stellar, with over 70 percent of our graduates getting permanent industry jobs. You could be next. Enroll in Nashville Film Connection today, and you could be on the set within the month! To APPLY click here.  

Current Nashville Student News

Film Connection apprentice Matthew Gibson builds his resume…in Nashville?

Film Connection apprentice Matthew Gibson builds his resume...in Nashville? Nashville, Tennessee. It’s not just about the music. Just ask Matthew Gibson, a film apprentice with Zac Adams of Skydive Films in Nashville. Since starting his on-the-job training with Zac in early 2015,  Matthew has already earned Assistant to the Editor film credits on several feature film projects and music videos, as well as Sound Recorder credits on the just-released documentary Autism In America (narrated by Grey’s Anatomy star Chandra Wilson), and Pre-Production Assistant credits on a new documentary Iron Will, featuring narration by none other than Billy Bob Thornton! That doesn’t even begin to mention his own film projects. Yes. In Nashville. Not L.A. What’s even more remarkable about all this is that Matthew is earning all these film credits around a full-time job. “I’m still working full time 40 hours a week just to pay bills and stuff,” says Matthew, “but on my off days I’m doing stuff like this….Sunday was my day off and I just wanted to crash, but [Zac was] like, ‘Well, we gotta shoot. We need you…I was at a shoot at 8 o’clock on Sunday morning.” Why does Matthew push himself so hard? Simple: he’s passionate about film and wants to turn it into a career. “The more you can do, the more you can sell yourself,” he says, “and I’d like to learn as much of it as I can.” In fact, it was the flexibility of the program, the ability to schedule his apprenticeship around his job, that first drew Matthew to enroll in the Film Connection. That, and the opportunity to learn on-the-job and make future job connections. “They are very willing to help you with job placement, which is really the ultimate goal of any program,” he says. “That very much appealed to me…Film Connection [also] appealed to me because I still need to work 40 hours a week to pay my bills and keep my apartment and car and stuff…it’s a lot less taxing money-wise, as well as time-wise, because they are willing to work with you.” Matthew admits that sometimes he fights exhaustion, but it’s his determination to switch to a film career that keeps him going. “Money’s nice, fame is nice, but really, you just want to do what you love,” says Matthew. “I’ve worked enough crappy jobs to know that you should focus. You’re going to be more successful doing something that you like doing. That’s why I’m doing this.” Read More from Matthew Gibson
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Learn From Industry Pros

The Film Connection film school alternative is endorsed by filmmakers who are making 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 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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Contact the Nasvhille Film Connection


1900 Church Street, Ste 300
Nasvhille, TN 37203
(615) 852-5960

Email: [email protected]
Hours: M-F 11:00am - 8:00pm

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