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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.

Film Editing Details

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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
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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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$12,750** Tuition
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$44,000 Tuition
$61,000 Loan Interest

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$22,000 Tuition
$20,500 Loan Interest

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$88,000 Tuition
$122,000 Loan Interest

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About Our New York 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.

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Meet our Mentors

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

Jim Fogarty New York Mentor

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Jim Fogarty New York Mentor

Background

Jim Fogarty is a writer and producer, known for Waxing Gibbous (2001), Coffee & Donuts (2007) and A Legacy Reborn: The Rebirth of the W.D. Packard Music Hall (2014).

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Dale DeToni New York Mentor

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Dale DeToni New York Mentor

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Owner/Producer, Dale DeToni, began his career thirty years ago when he brought his experience and education from some of Chicago’s largest recording studios to Springfield, with the dream of starting his own media production company.

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Damon Crump New York Mentor

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Damon Crump New York Mentor

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The Millionaire Matchmaker, Risen, Broke Sky, Aliens on the Moon, Endings, Assault on Waco, Telling Stories: The Comic Book Creators, Big Rich Texas

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Mark Gibson New York Mentor

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Mark Gibson New York Mentor

Background

“As a screenwriting mentor I know that every student like every writer is different.  The Film Connection screenwriting program allows me to work one on one with my students, customizing the curriculum, allowing me to focus on each student’s needs by helping them raise the level of their writing whether it’s their first script or their fiftieth.”

As for credits, I think my two Disney films SNOW DOGS and THE WILD are certainly the most well known. 

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Conrad Denke New York Mentor

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Conrad Denke New York Mentor

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“There is no replacement for actual hands-on experience, and The Film Connection provides opportunities to work closely with our production team and learn what it takes to make it in the production business.” — Conrad Denke

Conrad Denke, film producer/director and CEO/owner of Victory Studios has been in the film and video business for over 30 years. He was co-executive producer and director on the PBS series “National Desk.” Denke has worked on feature films including “Assassins” with Sylvester Stallone, “Once Upon a Time in Mexico” with Antonio Banderas and Johnny Depp,  “Santa Who?” with Leslie Nielson, “Boycott” for HBO, “Alone with Her” with Colin Hanks, “Cover” directed by Bill Duke, and “Mr. Warmth: Don Rickels” directed by John Landis. He is currently producing the television series “Band in Seattle” and has several projects in development including “Music for Young People” and “Daredevils and Disasters.”

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Seth Wood New York Mentor

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Seth Wood New York Mentor

Background

Seth has been working in production since 1998 and has a wide range of refined marketing skills.

With abilities in media marketing and advertising, he is an asset to almost any organization. Seth works with companies and agencies all over the US to produce “brand” friendly marketing pieces that actually generate results. Because of his extreme expertise and experience in graphics, photography, video production, and other media marketing solutions, you can get all your products produced at one boutique advertising location… Seth’s office!

Brands promoted with video projects over the past years include: Microsoft, Avaya Telecommunications, Susan G Koman, Texas Instruments, CAE, Evatran, Oster and many more. Check out the full list of production credits on his new leads generating website.

www.SwoodMedia.com

“I work hard, am deadline savvy, and ready to get YOUR job done right.”

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Ricky Lapkin New York Mentor

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Ricky Lapkin New York Mentor

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Ricky Lapkin full-service production company offering cinematic shorts and films, corporate audio visual services, and analog recording transfers to all digital formats.

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Mark Roos New York Mentor

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Mark Roos New York Mentor

Background

“I create music that connects people. It’s what I love to do and I’ve been doing it for over 25 years. I’ve worked with some if the best directors around on a variety amazing of projects in just about every medium there is, including computer games, full-feature and documentary films, websites, radio, television shows, commercials and custom music production.”

Clients: Discovery Channel, MSNBC, History Channel

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Richard Brandes New York Mentor

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Richard Brandes New York Mentor

Background

Richard Brandes (Jeepers Creepers, Penny Dreadful, My Daughter Was Stolen, Lifetime Network) is an accomplished writer, director, and producer of over two dozen feature films which have been released through well known companies including Alliance/Atlantis, Screen Gems, Sony, HBO, CBS, NBC/Universal, and Lionsgate, to name just a few. Known in the industry for creating highly commercial, profitable films, Richard has an impeccable reputation for completing his projects on-schedule and on-budget.

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Paul Guay New York Mentor

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Paul Guay New York Mentor

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Credits: Liar Liar, The Little Rascals, Shrinking Violet

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Steve Rausch New York Mentor

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Steve Rausch New York Mentor

Background

Steve Rausch is owner and operator of focused motion. Focused Motion produces and shoot video content for commercials, industrial videos, surgeries and live sporting events. My company has worked on documentaries, programming for Discovery Networks and reality TV shows.

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Should You Storyboard?

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Film Connection student Arronn Lepperman Learns the Craft of Screenwriting

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Location Management: How Camera and Location Departments Work Together

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What Do To When Art Institute Closes

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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 York

The New York, New York Film Connection Film School Alternative

DIRECTING IN NEW YORK: DO YOU HAVE AN IDEA FOR A MOVIE?

Are you ready to take your idea to the next level? If you are then the New York Film Connection film directing mentored-externship is for you. We offer a film directing training that is designed specifically to help you get your movie made.

Ever since Thomas Edison shot the first moving picture in nearby West Orange, New Jersey in 1893, New York has played a role in motion pictures and television. Today, New York is where the major players in cable television movies are headquartered. Netflix, HBO, Hulu and others maintain their corporate offices there. Broadway ensures there’s always plenty of topflight talent in the city.

The New York Film Connection works with many filmmakers and film production companies throughout the city so we can help you tap into the local film infrastructure in ways that most can’t and help you realize your dreams.

Our method of education immerses you in the real world of filmmaking. You’ll get your hands dirty, work with the gear, learn how things get produced and most of all turn your idea into a screenplay and gain the skills you need to direct your movie.

It’s important to understand you can’t learn how to be a director by studying books. A great way to become a director is to learn by doing. An even better way to become a director is to learn by doing under the supervision of a mentor who is a professional filmmaker as they can steer you clear of beginner mistakes. Two great filmmakers have this to say about what it takes to be a director.

“The best education in film is to make one.”
-Stanley Kubrick, Writer, Producer, Director: 2001: A Space Odyssey; A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, Eyes Wide Shut

“Pick up a camera. Shoot something. No matter how small, no matter how cheesy, no matter whether your friends and your sister star in it. Put your name on it as director. Now you’re a director. Everything after that you’re just negotiating your budget and your fee.”
-James Cameron, Writer, Producer, Director: Aliens, The Terminator, True Lies, Titanic, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Avatar.

We agree with Stanley and James. At the New York Film Connection, our emphasis is heavy on the nuts and bolts and light on theory and angst. We concentrate on how to make your movie, not why you want to make a movie.

Here’s a simple test to see if you are ready to become a director and make your movie. Do the two following quotes from famous directors make sense to you? Do they describe your personality? If so, the New York Film Connection film directing externship should definitely be on your radar.

“A director makes 100 decisions an hour. If you don’t know how to make the right decision, you’re not a director.”
-George Lucas, Writer/Director: American Graffiti, and the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises.

“My three Ps: passion, patience, perseverance. You have to do this if you’ve got to be a filmmaker.”
-Robert Wise Director: Star Trek: The Motion Picture, The Andromeda Strain, The Sand Pebbles, The Sound of Music, West Side Story, Run Silent Run Deep.

If this describes you, and you have an idea for a movie, then you are qualified to attend the New York Film Connection film directing mentored-externship.

Let’s start with your idea for a movie—after all, isn’t that why you came to this page in the first place? All movies start with an idea, so the fact that you have an idea for a movie means you’re ready for the next steps. And the New York Film Connection is ready to help you take those next steps. Our Film Directing methodology is all about guiding you and helping you transform your idea into your movie. Here’s how our Film Directing metholology works.

SCREENWRITING:

Remember that idea you have for a movie? The first step in turning your idea into a movie is to create a screen play for that idea. Why? Because ideas themselves aren’t worth much (unless you are an established movie titan)—they are a lot like opinions; everyone has one. You see, in the movie business, ideas that are backed up with a screenplay have value. Screenplays can be sold. Ideas can’t.

The New York Film Connection film directing training pairs you with a professional screenwriter (with feature film credits). He serves as your screenwriting mentor and is there to help turn your idea into your screenplay. Remember, without a screenplay there is no movie. You will work with your screenwriting mentor throughout the courses; refining, honing, rewriting, editing and fleshing out your idea until finally you have a screenplay.

The goal here is to come up with a good screenplay. A good screenplay tells a story so that it translates into film. This may sound easy, but it isn’t.This is why we team you up with a professional screenwriter—they help you with ideas, serve as a critic, keep you on track and rescue you from writer’s block. Here’s what a few knowledgeable people have to say about the importance of screenwriting.

“If your goal is to become a film director, you must master screenwriting.”
Akira Kurosawa, filmmaker who wrote Seven Samurai, Rashomon and Last Man Standing and whose screenplays were adapted for The Magnificent 7 and A Fistful of Dollars.

“People have forgotten how to tell a story. Stories don’t have a middle or an end any more. They usually have a beginning that never stops beginning.”
-Steven Spielberg, Screenwriter/Director,  The Sugarland Express, Poltergeist, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, AI: Artificial Intelligence.

“A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end… but not necessarily in that order.”
-Jean-Luc Godard, leading French New Wave director famous for the ‘auteur theory’ of directing.

DIRECTING AND FILMMAKING:

Now that you are working on your screenplay, the next step towards making it into your movie is to gain an understanding of all aspects of filmmaking. Sure, the Film Connection has a structured online course curriculum that will give you many insights into film production. But more importantly, we’re going to place you inside a New York film production company.

Along with observing first-hand how professionals go about making films, you will be immersed into the real-world, fast paced filmmaking environment. You’ll learn hands-on and in-person how films get made, from pre-production through post-production and distribution. You’ll learn what “hurry up and wait” means and how to survive and thrive in absolute chaos. And you’ll continue working on turning your screenplay into your vision of your movie as you move through our film directing externship and learn the following.

  • Storytelling: Without a story, there is no film.
  • Scene Settings and Look: The Magic Behind What’s in a Shot.
  • Working with Actors: Getting the Performance You Are Looking For.
  • Working with the Crew: Making a Movie Requires an Army
  • Working with the Editor: We’ll Fix It in Post.
  • Budgetary Considerations: The Business Side of Filmmaking

Imagine being around film professionals, observing and participating live on a real-world film project with an actual budget. You can fake or simulate this kind of experience—it’s the fast track to what you need to know to make your movie. The Film Connection approach to film school takes heed of the advice of famous directors and puts you inside the film business, with mentors who are in the industry in real life, who are connected with the local film scene and resources and operate as part of the community they work in.

“The real trouble with film school is that the people teaching are so far out of the industry that they don’t give the students an idea of what’s happening.”
-Brian De Palma, Director, The Untouchables, Body Double, Mission: Impossible, Scarface

“…the curriculum is often abstract and not relevant to real life, teachers and students don’t connect with resources and experts outside of the classroom, and schools operate as if they were separate from their communities.”
-George Lucas, Director, American Graffiti, and the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises

THE PITCH MEETING: THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE YOUR FILMMAKING DREAMS COME TRUE.

Let’s get back to that idea you have for a movie. If you chose to attend The New York Film Connection film directing mentored-externship, within six months you, and your screenwriting mentor, will have honed, sharpened, polished your screenplay so it’s ready to be pitched. You will have learned, by hands-on participation, the essentials of film production and film directing and already used that experience to make a sizzle reel—a short promotional video designed to sell your idea to those who can fund it.

Your mentors (one for screenwriting and one for directing) will prepare you for this pitch meeting—a meeting that places you in front of film and TV executives—where you will have a chance to sell your screenplay—you know, the screenplay you created based on your idea for a movie.

You will go into the meeting armed with your elevator pitch, sizzle reel, screenplay, budget breakdown and plenty of guidance on what to expect from your mentors. If you’ve done it right and they love your idea and are impressed with you and the stars align, you’ll get the green light to make your movie.

DOES THE FILM CONNECTION APPROACH TO DIRECTING WORK?

It’s true that most of our students don’t get the green light to make their movie on their first try. Meanwhile, they’ve gained valuable experience on the screenwriting, production and pitching processes, made top level industry contacts, and have gained a better understanding of how things actually work in the real world.
And sometimes magic happens, like it did with these students and graduates with the help of their mentors.

  • Film Connection graduate Anne Marie Cummings movie was optioned by Intrinsic Value Films.
  • Film Connection graduate Ofu Obekpa sold his script and directed his own feature called Klippers starring WWE’s Kevin Nash.
  • Film Connection graduate Yuqing Chi wrote Lost in Love which is being directed by Emmanuelle Gallissi.
  • Film Connection graduate Melissa Merkel flew to Los Angeles for her pitch meeting and her screenwriting mentor put her on a Lifetime series project he was working on the first week she was there.
  • Film Connection graduate Victor Cobb sold his script to a company in Atlanta that turned it into a Lifetime Original Film Project.

THE NEXT STEP IN YOUR FILM EDUCATION IS UP TO YOU

If you are serious about transforming your idea for a movie into reality, we encourage you to apply to the New York Film Connection film directing externship.

If you work hard, are passionate and dedicated, you can do everything we’ve been talking about in as little as six months. The Film Connection Film Directing training is open enrollment, which means you can start anytime. Are you ready to turn your idea into a movie?

THE NEW YORK CITY FILM CONNECTION ADVANTAGE

1) Hundreds of Locations.

New York City is home to one of the world’s major film communities, but you don’t have to come here to go to our film school. The Film Connection has locations all over the United States. With our unique program, you can be apprenticed in film near your own hometown!
Learn near where you live. Advantage: Film Connection.

2) Low Tuition Helps You Graduate Debt Free.

Why on earth would you want to go tens of thousands of dollars into debt for film school? That’s one of the quickest ways to kill your career before it starts. The Film Connection has devised a way to keep our tuition rates low, so you can get a world-class film education and still graduate with little or no debt.
Other schools not only cost more, they have lots of add-on charges. Advantage: Film Connection.

3) Learn On-the-Job, Not In a Classroom.

The best way to learn film (whether producing, directing, editing or screenwriting) is to partake in the filmmaking process, not by sitting in some stale classroom. With our mentor-extern approach, you’ll be placed as an extern in a real New York City film production company, where all your classes will take place on-the-job and on the set.
Real-world experience, not useless theoretical classroom instruction. Advantage: Film Connection.

4) Learn One-on-One From a Real Film Pro.

Not only do you learn on-the-job with our program: you also learn one-on-one from a seasoned film professional, someone with actual film credits, years of experience and lots of connections. This person will become your mentor, teaching you everything there is to know about film within your chosen discipline (whether film editing, film producing, directing, screenwriting, etc.).
One teacher to one student. Advantage: Film Connection.

5) Recommended by Hundreds of Pros.

Did you know Film Connection has been endorsed by hundreds of high-level film professionals? These filmmaking pros endorse and recommend us because they know we are your best gateway into the film industry.
More professional endorsements than any other film school. Advantage: Film Connection.

6) Job Placement Assistance.

When you graduate our program, you won’t be handed a cold-call list of job openings and wished “good luck.” We take an active role in job placement for all our students by offering up to 12 months of job placement assistance after graduation. If you don’t get hired right out of our program, we’ll leverage our connections to help you find work.
“Job placement” at other schools means handing you a cold-call lead list when you graduate. Advantage: Film Connection.

7) On the Inside Track From Day One

One of the biggest challenges for film school graduates is getting “inside” the industry. With the Film Connection, you don’t even have to wait until you graduate—you’re “in the door” from your very first day of training!
The other guys are on the outside, looking in. Advantage: Film Connection.

8) Tutoring is Available.

We offer tutoring to all currently enrolled students. No more worrying about getting stuck with an assignment; we’ll help you through it.
Personalized Tutoring if you need it. Advantage: Film Connection.

9) Industry Connections.

In the film industry, connections are key. Your skills alone can’t get you too far if you don’t have the right connections. As a film extern working on-the-job, you get the chance to make connections with actual real industry pros—connections you’d probably never make sitting in some college classroom.
Real world film industry connections. Big Advantage: Film Connection.

10) The Path To Hollywood

If you want to forge a career in the New York film scene—you’ll find plenty to keep you busy. If you want to take your skills to Hollywood, though—we’ve got you covered there, too. With our industry-oriented curriculum, written by working filmmaking professionals, you’ll develop your own film idea from concept to completion, and when you’re ready, we’ll arrange for you to PITCH YOUR FILM in front of real film industry executives!
A real chance to break into Hollywood. Big Advantage: Film Connection. NO OTHER FILM SCHOOL DOES THIS.

Your NEW YORK, NEW YORK FILM SCHOOL ALTERNATIVE

While there are many New York film schools to choose from, there’s only one alternative that gets you inside an actual New York film production company to work as a film student extern while you learn directing, producing, editing, camera, screenwriting or general production. The direct, no-nonsense way to break into the film business in New York is to start as a film extern inside a New York film production company–and that’s where the New York Film Connection has the advantage.

You do not have to spend from 10 to 50 thousand dollars to go to film school at a college or film trade school when you can learn filmmaking in a real production company for far less money. With Film Connection you can learn directly from the pros, and make vital industry contacts while you get a real-world education in film. We believe that hands-down, our curriculum-backed, industry-oriented film school alternative is the smartest most cost efficient alternative to film school available today. Whether you’re interested in building a career as a film director, screenwriter, film producer, grip, gaffer, Unit Production Manager, or simply know you want to work in film, we’re all about placing you where you need to be to learn the real ins-and-outs of filmmaking in a commonsense, hands-on manner.

To APPLY for our New York Film School, click here.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK is the largest DMA in the U.S. If Los Angeles is the entertainment capital of the country, New York is its media center. New York radio is legendary, Howard Stern being only the latest in a long litany of DJ Superstars to grace New York airwaves. All the major TV networks, as well as several of the largest cable companies, are headquartered in New York. This city also has a long-standing love affair with sports, supporting two MLB teams (Yankees and Mets), two NFL teams (Giants and Jets), two NBA teams (Knicks and Nets) and a hockey team (Rangers).

An abundance of film schools are only part of the New York film scene. The “Big Apple” has served as a backdrop for hundreds of major film and television productions over the years. Here are just a few of them:

  • “Friends” (TV Series)
  • The Dark Knight Rises
  • How To Marry a Millionaire
  • The Wolf of Wall Street
  • I Am Legend
  • Goodfellas
  • The Amazing Spider-Man
  • Annie Hall
  • The Godfather
  • The Fisher King
  • “How I Met Your Mother” (TV Series)
  • “Orange Is the New Black” (TV Series)
  • …and many, many others!

Obviously, if you want to be a film director, film producer, film editor, screenwriter or cinematographer, New York City holds many real-world opportunities for you—and the Film Connection can help you make the most of those opportunities like no ordinary film school can.

By pairing you with a real film professional in a real film production company, we give you the chance to learn on-the-job and on the set while you have the opportunity to make valuable connections for the future. Why would you learn filmmaking from a career professor in a classroom when you can learn with a real film professional on actual film shoots? With literally thousands of graduates, many of whom have gone on to work in the industry and even see their screenplays sold, optioned, and/or produceds, we’ve got the track record which shows our mentored-externship approach is the ideal alternative to those high-priced traditional film and broadcast schools.

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Progress Reports: Checking in on our New York Film Students who are learning filmmaking where they live in places like New York City

Sher Lor, New York, NY

“My mentor got my foot in the door of the film industry, now I’m working full time on my own doing what I love.”

Doug Myer, New York, NY

“I really am happy with the Film Connection film program. A corporate company came in regards to shoot a marketing video for their website. I served as a teleprompter for two days on this particular project and I was paid for that job. That’s right, I am going to class and I also got paid…This program is great in that it puts you in the real world so you get to get extern on real projects and make real contacts as you learn.”

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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Contact the Film Connection


1330 Avenue of the Americas 23A
New York, NY 10019
(917) 580-6765


112 Lincoln Ave Suite 509
Bronx, NY 10458
(347) 352-4558


311 W 34TH Street
New York, NY 10001
(332) 877-0685

Email: [email protected]
Hours: M - F 12:00PM to 9:00PM

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