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New Orleans Film School Classroom

Whether in-person or online. Real filmmaking education. Real film industry connections.

Film Connection is:
film education upgraded for the 21st century
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Programs

In the Film Connection for Film Production & Editing program, you will study directing, producing and screenwriting 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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We provide job placement services.

 

Other students learn in classrooms...

OUR students learn in:

 

REAL Radio Stations

REAL Recording Studios

REAL Film Production Companies


 

Where jobs get filled.

When jobs become available, our students are often the first to know and get hired.

Long story short:

Our way just makes sense.

Our mentors want to hire people like you.

Afterall, if they’ve trained you themselves,
they know what you’re capable of.

See why we call ourselves Film Connection.
To find out exact job placement numbers in your area, give us a call.



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We provide job placement services.

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Other students learn in classrooms...


OUR students learn in the same places where jobs get filled.

 

REAL Radio Stations

REAL Recording Studios

REAL Film Production Companies

When jobs become available, our students are often the first to know and get hired.

Long story short:

Our way just makes sense.

Our mentors want to hire people like you.

Afterall, if they’ve trained you themselves,
they know what you’re capable of.

See why we call ourselves Film Connection.

To find out exact job placement numbers in your area, give us a call.

(800) 600-6956

We're here to help.

New Orleans Film School

Film Connection Locations

Our "Near Me" New Orleans Film School Filmmaker Locations

  • Bywater
  • French Quarter
  • Pines Village
  • 7th Ward
  • Lakeview
  • West End
  • Mid City
  • Algiers Point
  • St. Claude
  • Audubon
  • East Carrollton
  • Hollygrove
  • Gentilly Terrace
  • Bayou St. John
  • Holy Cross
  • Behrman
  • Old Aurora
  • Tulane-Gravier
  • Desire
  • Lower 9th Ward
  • Broadmoor
  • Milan
  • Marlyville-Fontainebleu
  • Metairie
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Real World
Film Education

From directing to producing to editing and screenwriting, our 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 film production company or receive direct one-on-one training online.

Tuition
Comparison

Film Connection’s mentor styled education is a cost-effective approach to real-world, curriculum backed education in film production and editing and cinematography.

 

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$12,750** 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

**Total cost varies by program
*Average Accrued Interest Charges
Sources: Sallie Mae student loan calculator - Nerd Wallet - Best Value Schools - Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

About Our New Orleans Film School 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 careers in the film industry. 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 certificate program should be to learn how to make movies—especially YOUR movie. Our Film Production & Editing 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 requiring coursework not associated with your area of interest. We are a post-secondary institution or trade school that's different in its approach. 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?

John Lafia New Orleans Film School Mentor

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John Lafia New Orleans Film School 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)

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Brian Dryden New Orleans Film School Mentor

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Brian Dryden New Orleans Film School Mentor

Background

Clients: The North Face, Cherokee Sports, LSU

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Peter Foldy New Orleans Film School Mentor

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Peter Foldy New Orleans Film School 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.”

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Eric Abrams New Orleans Film School Mentor

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Eric Abrams New Orleans Film School 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.

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Monty Mickelson New Orleans Film School Mentor

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Monty Mickelson New Orleans Film School 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.

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Daniela Larsen New Orleans Film School Mentor

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Daniela Larsen New Orleans Film School Mentor

Background

Daniela Larsen is the former CEO of Creative Media Education. She created and expanded education & certifications in Digital Media, Film, Cyber Security, Leadership and Technology. She also developed strategic partnerships in the private and public sector to make this education and training accessible to the public. Finally, she used digital media, documentaries and non profit experience to create opportunities for cause marketing, tell the stories that have real impact and increase the reach of online education to the remotest places in the world. She is currently the Executive Director & Founder of Small Candles Education & Economic Development, the CEO of the Navanas Institute and a Certified Partner for Infusionsoft.

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Ryan E. Heppe New Orleans Film School Mentor

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Ryan E. Heppe New Orleans Film School 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. In the world of VO, he’s lent his voice to numerous commercials, both national and regional, and performs several characters on the animated series DaGeDar.

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Wade Marshall New Orleans Film School Mentor

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Wade Marshall New Orleans Film School Mentor

Background

Since 2007, Millennium Studios has been servicing productions in Shreveport and throughout Louisiana.

Credits: True Blood, The Expendables 3, Olympus Has Fallen

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Jon Reiss New Orleans Film School Mentor

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Jon Reiss New Orleans Film School Mentor

Background

Named one of “10 Digital Directors to Watch” by Daily Variety, Jon Reiss is also critically acclaimed filmmaker whose experience releasing his feature Bomb It with a hybrid strategy was the inspiration for writing Think Outside the Box Office: The Ultimate Guide to Film Distribution and Marketing in the Digital Era (TOTBO), the first step-by-step guide for filmmakers to distribute and market their films.  He also co-wrote Selling Your Film Without Selling Your Soul and Selling Your Film Outside the US.   He also teaches at the Film Directing Program at Cal Arts.

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Rick Dahl New Orleans Film School Mentor

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Rick Dahl New Orleans Film School Mentor

Background

I’ve written for many of the major studios and networks. My first movie, “Red Rock West,” was nominated for Best Screenplay by the Independent Spirit Awards. 

I think this program is fantastic. I get to spend an hour a week, one-on-one with my students. We read over their material carefully. It affords me the opportunity to dig deep and get into the details of screenwriting – a deceptively complicated craft. We can cover various aspects of formatting, different styles of writing and how they impact the reader – which ultimately determines the filmic outcome and audience sees on screen.

The time allows me to get know my students so that I’m able to help them put some part of themselves into their stories. 

Once you get past the basics, screenwriting is about story. And we all have one to tell. The more personal that is, the more impact it will have.

The terrific thing I get to experience with Film Connection, because of the one-on-one time I have with my students, is the growth they achieve in their writing

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Jana Sue Memel New Orleans Film School Mentor

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Jana Sue Memel New Orleans Film School Mentor

Background

“Students at the Film Connection receive the extraordinary benefit of a one-on-one mentoring relationship with highly experienced industry professionals. What an amazing way to learn your craft. Nothing could be better.” — Jana Sue Memel,

Films Jana have produced have been nominated for eleven Oscars and won three. They have also won Emmy’s, Director and Writer Guild Awards and numerous film festival awards. 

Credits:  So I Married An Axe Murderer, Tough Guys, Down Came A Blackbird, Duke of Groove

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The Film Scene in New Orleans Film School

The New Orleans Film School, Louisiana Film Connection Film School Alternative

Thought you had to choose between Mardi Gras and film school? No way. Film Connection is now available in New Orleans. You’ll start by meeting a real working industry mentor who will guide you through the curriculum, the how-to of filmmaking. And you’ll also meet other industry pros who can actually get you hired. It’s a new type of film school, technically a trade school but wer’re anything but “bookish” in our methodology. Read on and learn more about what we believe film school should be: A means to really learn the ins-and-outs of the industry, gain experience, and get connections.

To APPLY for our New Orleans film school alternative, click here.

Want to Learn Film Directing in New Orleans?

New Orleans is one of the most recognizable locations in the industry. From A Streetcar Named Desire to Mardis Gras Massacre, the color, music, and steamy setting of The Big Easy (the city’s nickname, not the movie) is ripe for a movie setting. So what better location to learn about making movies?

At the New Orleans Film Connection, our externs learn about gaffers and grips, blocking and backlighting, and everything else that goes into making a film. Working one-on-one with a mentor within a professional production company, you’ll get hands-on experience on how to work with actors, cinematographers, producers, and other key players in the process.

Become familiar with all phases of making a movie. Be in the room during pre-production meetings. Be on-location during the shoot. Be in the cutting room while a director and editor work to bring it all together. And be ready for long days and little sleep.

But that’s the life of a director. With The Film Connection for Film Production & Editing film directing program, you’ll gain familiarity with working on actual productions and you’ll have opportunities to interact and build connections with those already in the industry.

Recent Film Connection Student Success Stories include…

  • Graduate Anne Marie Cummings’ movie was optioned by Intrinsic Value Films, which produced such films as: The Experimenter (2016), The Truth About Lies (2017), American Satan (2017).
  • Film Connection graduate Victor Cobb sold his script for action-drama Misguided Behavior to a production company in Atlanta. The film was made and is now available on Amazon Prime.
  • Film Connection graduate Ofu Obekpa completed production on two of his original shorts, crewed Captain America: Civil War, sold a script and directed his own feature film, Klippers, starring WWE’s Kevin Nash.
  • Film Connection grad Arronn Lepperman shoot his own feature film, Into the Haunt, in just 16 days.

Learn Screenwriting in New Orleans by Training with a Professional Screenwriter.

When it comes to getting a movie made, it has to start with a solid script. By enrolling in Film Connection’s Screenwriting Workshop, you’ll work remotely with an experienced screenwriter to help you tell your story in full. You’ll learn how to create three acts, develop dialogue that rings true and characters which strike a chord with people. You’ll also learn how to write for genre and theme and the importance of knowing and writing with your target audience in mind.

All of these elements—and more!—come together to form your script. You and your mentor will aim at making your screenplay a “Killer Script” i.e. a script that gets read, bought, and made! Your mentor will discuss with you the classics, films whose screenplays were Killer Scripts and which still hold a place of prominence in cinema. Whether it’s an original work set on the Louisiana Bayou or an adapted piece that takes place in the French Quarter, your screenplay can take shape when you receive direct feedback and instruction from a screenwriting mentor who works with you on your idea.

Becoming a screenwriter requires so much more than just telling the story. A great screenplay sets the scene, the time and place, it shows the change of the protagonist in a way we can identify with, and it says something of substance to all of us. While it’s the director and cinematographer’s jobs to flesh out what you’ve written, it all starts with you, the maker of the road map, the artitect of the blueprint. Beyond the art and artistry of writing, at Film Connection, we’ll even show you the proper formatting for your screenplay to keep it from going straight into the recycling bin. We’ll even work with you on perfecting your logline and your pitch so that you can be ready to pitch to the professionals and maybe even get your film made!

First drafts, rewrites, polishing, and more follow so that you can ultimately have a product that’s ready to be shopped. The workshop doesn’t end there, however. Your mentor will work with you on how to get an agent, become a member of the Screenwriters Guild of America, and when and how to get paid. From start to finish, we want to set you on course to storm Hollywood.

New Orleans is Great for Filmmaking

Located near the mouth of the Mississippi River, New Orleans, Louisiana is a city rich in history. Still in the process of restoration after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans metropolitan area currently has a population of about 1.2 million people. With generous tax incentives offered by the state, and a wide variety of interesting scenery, New Orleans is highly popular for location filming. Numerous film and TV production companies also make their home in New Orleans, and major movies, commercials, documentaries and TV shows are filmed in this area regularly. If you are considering a career in filmmaking as a film director, film producer, film editor, or cameraman, New Orleans can be an excellent place to launch that career.

IMDB lists over 950 productions that have been filmed in New Orleans. Some of the well-known movies that have done location shooting here include Captain Marvel (2019), American Horror Story, Fantastic Four, Green Book, Baby Driver, Logan, Django Unchained, The Big Short, Interview with the Vampire, The Expendables, Red, Jonah Hex, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Ray, The Guardian, and classic films Easy Rider and A Streetcar Named Desire, just to name a few. Television production in New Orleans is significant, as well. Not only is New Orleans the 52nd largest DMA in the nation, but episodes of Saturday Night Live, Dawson’s Creek, The Girls Next Door and The Amazing Race have been filmed here.

The amount of film and television activity in this area make New Orleans an ideal connection point for film students and filmmaking pros. Film Connection in New Orleans helps connect you by hooking you up with a working film or television professional who serves as your instructor-mentor. With us you can gain real-life experience on film and video shoots and make vital industry connections as you learn. No wonder why so many of our graduates have launched exciting careers in  film, television, and new media. You could be next! Enroll in our film school alternative today.

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New Orleans is one of the most recognizable locations in the industry. From A Streetcar Named Desire to Mardis Gras Massacre, the color, music, and steamy setting of The Big Easy (the city’s nickname, not the movie) is ripe for a movie location. So what better city to learn about making movies?

Because of its setting and strong film commission, there are plenty of New Orleans film schools to choose from. But how many offer the chance to learn about the industry from the inside? We place you with a real-world production company so you can learn firsthand the parlance, the tricks of the trade, and the nitty-gritty of getting the work done.

At the New Orleans Film Connection, our externs learn about gaffing, gripping, blocking, backlighting, and everything else that goes into making a film. Working one-on-one with an experienced mentor, you’ll get experience on how to work with actors, cinematographers, producers, and other key players in the process.

And you won’t have to pay a premium to do it or uproot your life for years on end. Our tuition costs are just a fraction of what universities and outrageously expensive film schools require and our programs run just six to nine months. Instead of spending years in a classroom, doesn’t it make sense to spend that time getting experience? And when you’re starting out in the film industry, having tens of thousands of dollars in debt to pay back is probably the last position you want to be in.

Get familiar with all the phases of making a movie. Be in the room during pre-production meetings. Be in the action during production and on-location during the shoot. Be in the cutting room in post while the director and editor work to bring all the elements together. And be ready for long days, little sleep, and really giving it your all.

That’s what it takes to start making a name for yourself in the film industry. With Film Connection, you can start proving yourself to industry insiders from the start. You aren’t working with other students, these are the people that make movies every day. Ask questions, observe, and be ready to ask “how high?” when they tell you to jump.

We’ll enable you to get a real-world look at how movies, tv shows, videos, and commercials are made. We’ll provide unfettered access to a filmmaking pro. But the rest is up to you. The Big Easy will have a whole other definition for you when you complete New Orleans Film Connection programs.

Close to home or in your home

Whether you live in the Lower Ninth Ward, the French Quarter, or Uptown, you’ll have easy access to Film Connection Cinematography, Production and Editing, and Directing programs. You won’t need to move thousands of miles away, quit your job, or say goodbye to family and friends.

However, we also understand that life has a funny way of getting in the way. Even before Covid-19, Film Connection had been offering remote learning for decades. Our externs still had access to their mentors, still learned the ins and outs of the industry, and still learned what it was like to build the right relationships with those around them.

In fact, we feel our remote learning programs actually give you more access to the knowledge and experience you need to make a career in the filmmaking industry. Want to learn from one of our cinematography mentors, but live a thousand miles away? With remote learning, all you really need is a good internet connection and a strong enough computer.

We do this because we want to give as much access as we can, not limit your options. We can’t wait to introduce the next generation of filmmakers to the industry.

What will you do with YOUR opportunities?

With Film Connection, you’ll get more than your foot in the door – you’ll have a seat at the table. You’ll be learning and working alongside those that are already making a living in the industry. Along with the one-on-one time you get with your mentor, you’ll also be interacting with those around the set, on location, and elsewhere within the production company.

Now ask yourself: How do I want to be remembered? Even if your only interest is to gain the knowledge and experience to make your own movie, you’ll still need a crew to pull it off. Gaffers, grips, best boys, editors – you could meet them all during your time as an extern in a local production company. Want to learn how to build, set, and shoot a scene? Learn from the people who do the work for a living. And when you have a question, all you have to do is ask!

Are you the kind of person they’ll want to help? Does your personality, work ethic, and all-around responsibility show that you have what it takes to become a professional? Will these crewmembers WANT to help you? Everyone you meet is a chance to build a new relationship that may help you down the road.

If you’re looking for work in a production company, they may also become your coworkers and even employers. How will you be remembered? The experience you gain working on the gear and the technical side of movie production is undeniable – but how you handle these daily opportunities to prove yourself is just as important.

For better or worse, who you know is just as valuable as what you know. So what are the people who know YOUR name going to remember? That all depends on you.

New Orleans Film Connection Mentor

Our New Orleans mentor has extensive experience as a cinematographer, acting as a Director of Photography for local news, broadcast television, cable series (BBC, MTV, Comedy Central, and HBO to name a few), Fox Sports, Disney TV, and others. Their work as a DP, director, producer, and editor of documentaries and promotional videos has earned Emmys and Press Club awards.

Technology being what it is, many independent films have been shot with nothing more than a few smartphones. But for consistent, professional-looking productions, a wide variety of cameras are needed. And our New Orleans mentor has the gear to shoot newscasts, cable series, music videos, feature-length films, and anything else. Both on the set and on location.

Versatile cameras, upgraded SSD modules, hard drives, drones, monitors, lenses, teleprompters, lighting, editing gear, and more. You’ll learn how to set, shoot, and edit a scene with the New Orleans Film Connection mentor. And you’ll do it in real-world situations.

Connections Matter

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 real-world method works.

Hans Zimmer

From his early days in pop music, Hans has written original scores for such films as Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008), Gladiator (2000), The Da Vinci Code (2005) Sherlock Holmes (2009) and over 100 others.

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Joel Schumacher

Joel Schumacher and RRF have donated to The Endometriosis Foundation of America. This group aims to increase disease recognition, provide advocacy, facilitate expert surgical training, and fund landmark endometriosis research.

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Larry King

The Film Connection was recently invited onto the Larry King program to talk about how our externship program is making a difference by connecting our students and getting them hired.

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Dr. Drew

Dr. Drew and RRF have helped Tracey Wilson, a former gang member, get into film school, and are now helping him make his first documentary about getting your GED and going to college.

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Judi Levine

Sundance Award-winning Producer of the Academy Award-winning film, The Sessions.

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Judge Mathis

Judge Mathis and RRF are helping inner city youth get educated through the RRF program.

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Sandy Stern

Credits: Being John Malkovich, Saved! and Velvet Goldmine.

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Henry Bromell

Henry Bromell produced, created, directed the series Homeland, and has written and produced the television dramas Northern Exposure, I’ll Fly Away, Homicide: Life on the Street, Chicago Hope, Carnivale, Brotherhood, Rubicon, and Homeland.

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Paul Guay

Credits: Liar Liar, The Little Rascals, Hearbreakers

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Evan Astrowsky

“I went to a good film school, but the day I graduated I had no idea what to do. No one wanted to hand me thousands of dollars to direct or produce anything so I had to figure it out on my own.”

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Ron Osborn

Credits: The West Wing, Meet Joe Black, Duckman

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Doug Eboch

Credits: Sweet Home Alabama, The Hollywood Pitching Bible

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