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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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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 extern to a professional editor in a post-production facility in-person or online.

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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.

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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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About Our New York Film School Alternative

Our fully-immersive curriculum
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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.

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

Ivan Alzuro New York Mentor

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Ivan Alzuro New York Mentor

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“Unlike the local University, Film Connection sends us committed and focused students. We have turned 1 student into full-time contractor – that says it all!”

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Daniel Lir New York Mentor

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Daniel Lir New York Mentor

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Dream Team Directors is a prestigious directorial team founded by Bayou Bennett and Daniel Lir. Their company motto, “Let our dream team manifest your dream”, symbolizes the expansion and positive attention they win for their celebrity and high-profile brand clients and collaborators such as Adidas, MTV, Coldplay, P. Diddy, Smashbox Cosmetics, Atlantic Records, Chrome Hearts, Oscar De La Renta, Oscar nominee Mark Ruffalo, Golden Globe nominee Anthony Mackie, Matt Bennett of the “Big Bang Theory” and Lea Michele of Fox’s “Glee.”

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Rocco Michaluk New York Mentor

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Rocco Michaluk New York Mentor

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Michaluk has been creating award winning Film & TV productions for over 15 years. His Film Clients include Columbia Pictures, Indian PaintBrush, PBS, NBC, American Empirical Pictures and Fountainbrush Films. His Television clients include NBC, Television Academy / Emmy’s, MTV, Viacom, E! Entertainment, CBS, ABC, Travel Channel, Leftfield Pictures, PETA, and others.

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Alejandra Huerta New York Mentor

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Alejandra Huerta New York Mentor

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Alejandra Huerta specializes in On-Screen Promotions, Executive Presentation Tapes and Sizzle Reels. She started her career with Andromeda in Miami offering Production Services to MTV Latin America as an editor for on-air promotions. She then relocated to New York where she became a successful producer and editor for Viacom and NBC Universal. After her professional experience in NY she relocated to Florida where she continues to manage, produce and edit projects at Andromeda Productions.

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Joaquin Palma New York Mentor

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Joaquin Palma New York Mentor

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“The thing I admire most about the program is that it pairs you with people doing the job that you are aspiring to do. In doing that, I feel it gets rid of the “glamour” that people associate with this business, and helps them realize that it is, in fact, A JOB. It takes hard work, a lot of practice and a sincere courtesy towards one’s colleagues to get ahead and stay relevant; not that tired stereotype of the suffering artist that won’t settle for anything less than his vision of perfection! I don’t think they teach you that at traditional film schools.” — Joaquin Franco Palma

Joaquin Franco Palma was born and raised in Los Angeles and is a first-generation American. Having started his career as a production assistant, Joaquin has gone on to become an award winning writer and director of both independent features and TV; most notably, as a staff writer on the Emmy nominated HULU series, EAST LOS HIGH. Aside from writing for the screen, Joaquin is also a published author of fiction and is a youth writing volunteer for the NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND and NOSOTROS ORGANIZATION programs.

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Drew Mason New York Mentor

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Drew Mason New York Mentor

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I started getting serious about making videos during summer backpacking trips with my friends between college semesters at Central Michigan University. Shortly after graduating, I was asked to produce a local TV show. I jumped at the opportunity and never looked back. Since then, I’ve produced videos for documentaries, national ad campaigns, and commercials for multinational companies. Recently I was part of a team that produced videos for Lansing’s Silver Bells in the City, and we received an Emmy Award for special event coverage.

My introduction to the business wasn’t with videography; I was a wedding DJ for nearly 8 years. Through this experience, I discovered that weddings are not only among my favorite things to be a part of, but also to film. I love capturing the excitement, love, and energy surrounding them.

When I’m not editing videos – haha, funny joke – I like to make music. In fact, I serenaded my wife Amanda with my ukulele for our first kiss. True story! I also try to get out to the backcountry wilderness with just a backpack from time to time, especially in beautiful northern Michigan.

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David McClain New York Mentor

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David McClain New York Mentor

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Credits: Coca Cola, Google, Dateline, Travel Channel, NBC

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Demetria Kalodimos New York Mentor

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Demetria Kalodimos New York Mentor

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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.

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Grant Salisbury New York Mentor

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Grant Salisbury New York Mentor

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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.

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Jae Macallan New York Mentor

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Jae Macallan New York Mentor

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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. 

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Ron Osborn New York Mentor

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Ron Osborn New York Mentor

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“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. .

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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 and move on to realize your dreams.

Whether you choose to train in filmmaking completely online or in-person as a student extern, our method of education is all about enabling you to learn the real world of filmmaking. Learn how films and various other projects like commercials and documentaries get produced. Learn how to turn your idea into a fully developed screenplay and gain the skills you need to direct your own movie. If your schedule and lifestyle permits you to do study directing via our signature mentored-externship approach, you will receive direct in the field training with a working film professional who will instruct you in one-on-one lessons. Along with that, you will complete required reading and assignments that are all completely geared towards enabling you to achieve the skills and knowhow it takes to make your own very own film and launch your career. If you select the mentored-externship with Film Connection plan on getting your hands dirty. You’ll be working with the gear, interfacing with working film, TV, or commercial production professional, and learning by doing, in just the same way so many greats before you have done.

“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 training online is more suitable for you, know this: your lessons will still be one-on-one. That’s right, thanks to today’s powerful technologies we can pair you with a working filmmaking professional who will train you in direct, personalized lessons. In other words, rather than listening to lectures or passively watching video tutorials, in our program you’re having conversations, you’re asking questions and getting real world answers in a way that makes sense.

It’s important to understand that you can’t learn how to be a director by studying books alone. Arguably, the best way to become a director is to learn by doing under the supervision and guidance of a professional filmmaker who can steer you clear of making those common beginner mistakes.

If everything you’ve read thus far resonates with you and you have an idea for a movie, then definitely consider enrolling in and attending the New York Film Connection film directing mentored-externship or 100% online, one-on-one training.

Let’s dig into 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 methodology works.

SCREENWRITING:

Remember that idea you have for a movie? The first step in turning your idea into a movie is to create a screenplay 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, a good polished 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 or she 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, and better yet, you attain the knowledge of knowing exactly what it takes to develop a script from an idea into a fully fleshed out, ready-to-produce movie.

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. The Film Connection’s structured online course curriculum has been written by actual filmmakers and is designed to show you the nuts and bolts of film production, whether you’re training solely online or have opted to do the in-person externship, immersed in a real-world fast paced production environment at a New York production facility.

With us and the direct instruction provided by your film mentor you will learn how films get made, from pre-production through post-production and onto 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 coursework 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

The Film Connection approach to film school takes heed of the advice of famous directors and connects 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. Do the student externship and you could be learning surrounded by film professionals, observing and participating live on a real-world film project with an actual budget. You can’t fake or simulate this kind of experience—it’s the fast track to what you need to know to make your movie. Go the 100% online route with us and you can get one-on-one instruction from a working professional on your schedule, get direct answers to your questions, and greatly grow your understanding of the various processes and steps that go into taking an idea and seeing it through to completion. We’re not like any ordinary film school.

“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 or online mentored training, within six months you, and your screenwriting mentor, will have honed, sharpened, and polished your screenplay so that it’s ready to be pitched. By this time you will have learned 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.

Meet all of the necessary requirements and 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 your mentors’ guidance on what to expect. If you’ve done it right, they love your idea, are impressed with you, feel it’s commercially viable, 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.
But success does come to many of those who try and try again. Here are a few notable student and graduate successes who, with the help of their mentors, have come away with some big wins.

  • 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 film 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 program.

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 get trained in film near your own hometown. In fact, you can even learn right from the comfort of your living room or desk. To learn more, just give us a call and ask about the 100% online option for film education.
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) Say Goodbye to the Classroom

Say goodbye to having to suffer through boring, one-sided lectures in some classroom. We ardently believe the best way to learn film (whether producing, directing, editing or screenwriting) is to train with a filmmaking professional who’s been there and done it themselves. Our mentors actively earn their living by working in the industry. Whether you choose to train as an extern inside of a New York film production where your classes take place on-the-job and on the set, or opt for our 100% online option, direct one-on-one instruction is the way to go.
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” and connected to an industry professional right 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. Do the student externship inside of a film production company and you’ll be learning on-the-job. As you train, you also 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 training with a professional filmmaker inside of a New York film production company. Learn the ins and outs of directing, producing, editing, camera operation, screenwriting or general production. The no-nonsense way to break into the film business in New York is to train with a working pro. With Film Connection you can choose to train in-person or opt for the 100% online film education and receive one-on-one lessons with a film professional, your mentor. All of it is backed up by our current and comprehensible eBook curriculum that doesn’t waste your time with lots and lots of theory and film criticism (though the necessary need-to-know aspects are included). In lieu of talking at you, we work with you, empowering you to become the kind of film professional you want to be. If direct and no-nonsense (and affordable) sounds like the approach for you, definitely look into all we have to offer.

However you do it, Film Connection has got you covered. Learning directing, producing, editing, camera, screenwriting or general production is all possible with us. Want to learn what it takes to break into the New York film industry through online training or want to train in-person, inside of a New York film production company as an extern, we can help.

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 just 6-9 months and for a lot less money than you’ll pay to attend the average institution. With Film Connection you can learn directly from the pros, and connect to the industry while you get your real-world education in film. We believe, hands-down, that 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 getting you the smarts and connections you need to get going with building your career.

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 the actual how-tos and make valuable connections for the future. Why would you learn filmmaking from a career professor in a classroom when you can learn from the actual professionals who earn their living 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 produced, we’ve got the track record which shows our mentorship approach is the ideal alternative to those high-priced traditional film and art 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 real-world 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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