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*When paid in full, tuition will receive a $2000 reduction, bringing the program’s total tuition of $12,200 to $10,200 not including administrative fees.

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Programs

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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Workshops

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 apprentice (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 fully-equipped film production company.

Tuition
Comparison

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

Average Accrued Interest Charges
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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 Mentors

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

David McClain Nashville Mentor

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David McClain Nashville Mentor

Background

Credits: Coca Cola, Google, Dateline, Travel Channel, NBC Request an Invitation

Demetria Kalodimos Nashville Mentor

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Demetria Kalodimos Nashville Mentor

Background

In 2000, Demetria established Genuine Human Productions, writing, directing, shooting and editing true stories about real people…genuine humans. Demetria Kalodimos has anchored and reported television news for more than 30 years. She’s won some of journalism’s most prestigious awards including 15 regional Emmys, 2 National Headliners and 2 Investigative Reporters and Editors Awards. Request an Invitation

Grant Salisbury Nashville Mentor

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Grant Salisbury Nashville Mentor

Background

Over fifteen years post production experience in Orlando—Grant has provided video editorial, 2D & 3D animations, and motion graphics for a multitude of media clients through his post production company, GFX Creative. Short & Long Format Video Editorial, Event & Theme Park Animations, Infomercials, Broadcast Commercials, Corporate Communications and Interactive Media for The Walt Disney Company, Universal Studios, Sea World, Lockheed-Martin, AAA Insurance, 3M, Siemens, Honda, A&D Medical, Toyota, FedEx and others. Request an Invitation

Jae Macallan Nashville Mentor

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Jae Macallan Nashville Mentor

Background

Jae Macallan is the owner, producer, and lead editor for Yoyostring Creative in Seattle, WA., with satalite offices in Portland, OR and San Diego, CA.  Yoyostring produces traditional video as well as animation, 360 VR, live video switching and video mapping.  Request an Invitation

Ron Osborn Nashville Mentor

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Ron Osborn Nashville Mentor

Background

“Simply put, there is no better or more effective way to teach anything than one-on-one, mentor to student.  This is what the Film Connection does.” — Ron Osborn A writer/producer in television for 35 years, Ron has been nominated for 7 Emmys, 3 Cable Ace Awards, and 2 Writers Guild Awards on shows like MOONLIGHTING, THE WEST WING, and the adult animated DUCKMAN.  He has written pilots for every primetime network, numerous cable networks, as well as movies like MEET JOE BLACK; and has developed feature projects with Steven Speilberg, Ron Howard, and George Lucas, among others. . Request an Invitation

Sam Borowski Nashville Mentor

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Sam Borowski Nashville Mentor

Background

“The Recording Radio and Film Connection is such an effective program, because it takes the student out of the classroom and puts them in the very field they seek to be a part of. With mentors that actually work in the student’s respective field, they get first-hand knowledge of how everything works and just what to do. I think it’s the best way to get hands-on experience and the lessons learned are very valuable. I also think that the interview process helps to match a student with a mentor that will be right for them.” – Sam Borowski Directed and produced the feature film, Night Club starring Oscar-Winner Ernest Borgnine, Natasha Lyonne and Paul Sorvino. Wrote and produced the feature-length documentary Creature Feature: 60 Years of the Gill-Man with Oscar-Winner Benicio Del Toro and narrated by 2-time Emmy-Winner Keith David. Also directed and produced the film Maniac. Request an Invitation

John Lafia Nashville Mentor

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John Lafia Nashville Mentor

Background

John Lafia is a director and writer, known for Child’s Play (1988), Child’s Play 2 (1990), Man’s Best Friend(1993) and 10.5 (2004) Request an Invitation

Brian Dryden Nashville Mentor

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Brian Dryden Nashville Mentor

Background

Clients: The North Face, Cherokee Sports, LSU Request an Invitation

Peter Foldy Nashville Mentor

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Peter Foldy Nashville Mentor

Background

“For a fraction of the price of a university course, students of the Radio, Record and Film Connection receive one-on-one consultation and mentoring from a seasoned film professional. It is an opportunity for an exchange of meaningful ideas and for some, even a chance to network, an essential requirement to make an in-road in the film business.” Request an Invitation

Eric Abrams Nashville Mentor

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Eric Abrams Nashville Mentor

Background

“Unlike many programs that stress theory over doing, our goal is for our students to have completed a 1st draft of a screenplay or be well on their way in 10 sessions.”   Credits I’m proud of: “Married…With Children,” “Gary & Mike,” ‘Live & Maddie,” and an unaired Muppet pilot. Request an Invitation

Monty Mickelson Nashville Mentor

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Monty Mickelson Nashville Mentor

Background

Freelance Journalist, Financial Writer, Corporate Communications Copywriter, Writer of Corporate Training and Life Skills Videoscripts, Public Relations Account Manager, Special Events Promotion and Media Wrangling, Award-Winning Published Novelist, and Feature Film Screenwriter. Request an Invitation

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Nashville News

Why Manners Matter in Music, Film, and TV

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Want to Know if Film is for You? Make a Microshort!

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Great Movies about Moviemaking

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For The Love Of…Lists

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Five Scientific Discoveries That Need to be Movies

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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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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 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 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

Recording, Radio, Film Connection & CASA Schools is licensed by the State of Tennessee Higher Education Commission.