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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.

Cinematography Details

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.

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 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 extern to a professional editor in a post-production facility.

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Film Connection Locations

Our "Near Me" New Orleans 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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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 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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$12,750** 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 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 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?

Zef Cota New Orleans Mentor

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Zef Cota New Orleans Mentor

Background

Alphabet City Films is a film production company based in New York City, NY. We are a collective of writers, directors, producers, cinematographers, and other talented filmmakers. We have created many short films, and recently produced our first feature length film: The Trouble.

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Jim DeGroot New Orleans Mentor

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Jim DeGroot New Orleans Mentor

Background

Clients: Green Bay Packers, Disney, National Guard, Doritos, ABC World News, Good Morning America, St. Joseph’s Medical Centers, Homeland Security

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Eero Johnson New Orleans Mentor

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Eero Johnson New Orleans Mentor

Background

“I’m Eero Johnson. I’m a film and video producer living in Bellingham, Washington. For over ten years I’ve been creating commercials, corporate videos, web videos, sales DVD’s, music videos … whatever it takes to get your message to your audience. I have a great group of clients and I love what I do.”

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Chris Varner New Orleans Mentor

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Chris Varner New Orleans Mentor

Background

In a career spanning nearly 20 years, Chris has worked in almost every facet of video production, from lens to post. His credits include EPK work on “Sleepy Hollow”, “Under The Dome”, “The Longest Ride”, “We’re The Millers”, “Iron Man 3”, “One Tree Hill” and more.

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John Raffo New Orleans Mentor

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John Raffo New Orleans Mentor

Background

John Raffo started as a photographer in New York before turning his attention to screenwriting. Over the last twenty years he’s worked on a variety of credited and uncredited projects (including, DRAGON, THE BRUCE LEE STORYTHE RELIC, and THE INTERPRETER”). His original screenplay RENKO VEGA AND THE JENNIFER NINE appeared on the 2011 Black List. THE 7TH SWORD is his first story written directly as a graphic novel.

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Shawn Hamer New Orleans Mentor

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Shawn Hamer New Orleans Mentor

Background

17 time Emmy award winning DP/Camera Operator, Producer and Director with over 20 years of experience in the Film, Television and Audio business. Extensive professional experience for top clients across the country from Miami to Anchorage, from New York to San Francisco. International production experience in South & Central America as well as China for both documentary and commercial production. Well versed in handling both low and high budget production ($1k to $3.5m). Professional still shooter as well with full ProFoto strobe lighting and speedlight kits. Lots of contacts in the Detroit metro area and in major cities across the globe for every type and size production – full cinema production, 3D production, aerial shoots, camera car, crane/jib, etc. I also have shot, explored, camped and lived all over Michigan – I know the state EXTREMELY well, particularly it’s remotest regions.

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Sebastian Triscari New Orleans Mentor

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Sebastian Triscari New Orleans Mentor

Background

“Young people are the future of this industry. Mentorship programs like The Film Connection are the most efficient and effective ways for anyone who has a passion to gain the information and experience necessary to be successful!”

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Mitch Kaufman New Orleans Mentor

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Mitch Kaufman New Orleans Mentor

Background

A native of Atlantic Beach, Mitch Kaufmann has been offering video services to area businesses and residents since 1984. He started Atlantic Video Productions by shooting weddings, business seminars, and sporting events.

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Horacio Jones New Orleans Mentor

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Horacio Jones New Orleans Mentor

Background

Award winning director, Horacio Jones is a multi-faceted Video Producer, Director, and Editor. He has turned CinemaViva into one of the leading video production studios in San Diego. In addition to making outstanding corporate video productions, he is committed to making socially conscious and inspiring films and documentaries that bring magic into peoples lives in fun and colorful ways.

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Deen Olatunji New Orleans Mentor

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Deen Olatunji New Orleans Mentor

Background

Deen’s most recent film is “Warfare”, which was screened at the heart of Dallas and several other cities across the United States. Deen has also worked on several feature, short films and other content, which include “Kanaani” (Popular TV Series”), “The Call”, “King Sacrifice”, “Who Am I” , and “Dancing With The Docs-Texas”. (TV Series). He is currently working on his next projects “The Alarm Clock” (Short Film) and “Eze Back To School”  (Feature Film) all coming up in fall and winter 2016.

Deen believes the RRFC program is great because it’s one of the few reputable schools that teach you on the field which he states is a great way of learning.

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Rex Piano New Orleans Mentor

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Rex Piano New Orleans Mentor

Background

“The Film Connection allows aspiring writers to work with professionals.  The students not only learn theory, but practical applications to screenwriting.  I wish it was around when I was a student.” — Rex Piano, Producer/Director, Impact Earth, Fall of Hyperion, Rome: Rise and Fall of an Empire, Murder Dot Com, Hope Ranch, The Month of August

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Location Management: How Camera and Location Departments Work Together

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Looking In Weird Places

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The Upside of Side Projects

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Why Manners Matter in Music, Film, and TV

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The Film Scene in New Orleans

The New Orleans, 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.

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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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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 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 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 extern turned out to be a reliable resource and we hope his experience […]

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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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