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Your Nashville 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.

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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!

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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.”

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