u New York Film School by the NYC Film Connection

This is your
New York Classroom

Real filmmaking education. Real film industry connections.

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 typical schools. Work directly with accomplished industry veteran filmmakers at one of our fully-equipped film production companies across the country.

Programs

You will study inside a real film production company in your city as you develop your movie idea with a legendary to filmmaker. Then you will fly to Los Angeles or New York to pitch your idea to an executive that could buy or get your movie idea made.

Director / Producer / Screenwriter Details

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 that starts the ball rolling down the hill.

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, without doubt, much more than that. He or she is also a qualified storyteller of the highest order.

Film Editing Details

The cinematographer is literally the set ‘magician.’ DPs are responsible for the technological wizardry to help create the needed light, while at the same time also having the keen sensibility to shape the light for the greatest artistic effect.

Cinematography Details

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About Our New York Film School

Our fully-immersive curriculum
covers all of the following:

Building Relationships

Learn filmmaking in the real world with the Film Connection’s mentored externship-based approach. We make building relationships an integral part of what we do.

Hardware and Equipment

Film Connection mentors work in the real world where the competition is fierce and having the right gear matters. As an extern you have access to the latest hardware and tools of the trade.

On-Set Etiquette

Knowing how to handle yourself on the set is a prerequisite for any successful career in filmmaking. Your mentor will guide you through proper etiquette during real film shoots.

Making Movies

We believe the whole point of going to any film school or program should be to learn how to make movies—especially YOUR movie. Our curriculum is designed around this concept, from start to finish.

What is the Next Step?

We get it. This isn’t your normal four-year college or trade school. We’re different, even innovative and you need to understand more before you apply. Here’s how you can get more info:


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Meet our Faculty

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

Background

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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Jon Reiss New York Mentor

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Jon Reiss New York Mentor

Background

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

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Rick Dahl New York Mentor

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Rick Dahl New York Mentor

Background

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

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

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

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

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

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Jana Sue Memel New York Mentor

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Jana Sue Memel New York Mentor

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

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

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

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Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs New York Mentor

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Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs New York Mentor

Background

Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs has been one of the most consistent actors in Hollywood and his amazing work has won millions of hearts all over the world. He was born in the year 1953 on 4th of September and this makes his age 61 at this time. At this age he has already been a legendary actor and he will be always remembered for his contributions. He was born in a place called New York City, which lies in New York of United States of America. He belongs to the ethnicity black and nationality American. He is very humble and always carries a smile on his face. He is an extremely tall man as he has a very impressive height of 6 feet 2 inches, which is around 1.87 meters. He went to the university called Wilkes University for his degree. A lot of information on him and his interesting biography can be grabbed from wiki sites like Wikipedia and IMDb.

He has been very motivated in his career and to make the scenes look real he has given many shirtless scenes as well. He has been living a king’s life and all thanks to his hard work and dedication. He has poured perfection in almost all of his work. He has been earning good money also and has his net worth in millions of dollars. He has a net worth of 1 million dollars and this speaks his success story. Videos related to him are absolutely loved in YouTube. It does not seem like he is much into social networking sites like Twitter and Instagram and does not like to upload his pictures in those sites to share them.

After being so popular he has managed to keep his personal life very low profile. It does not seem like he is gay but, as he has not revealed his sexual preference nothing can be said with assurance. He has never talked about his wife and children but he looks like married. If he is not married also he has never revealed the person he is dating right now or his girlfriend. He has never talked about his current affair also if he is having any. It seems like he has not been through divorce.

He has played great roles in TV shows and movies and this has made him who he is today. He played the role of Charles in a movie called Claudine in the year 1974. He played the role of Cochise in a movie called Cooley High in the year 1975. He played the role of Floyd in a movie called The Annihilators in the year 1985. In the year 2004 he played the role of Anthony in a movie called 30 Miles. Other movies to his credits are Nocturnal Agony, Otis, Tamales and Gumbo, Indecent Behavior, L.A Vice, Chance and Youngblood.

He has been superb with his roles in TV shows and series as well. He appeared in a TV show called Welcome Back, Kotter from the year 1975 to the year 1979. Other TV series to his credits are Pointman, Ellen, Moesha and The Jacksons: An American Dream.

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Ricky Lapkin New York Mentor

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Ricky Lapkin New York Mentor

Background

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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Damon Crump New York Mentor

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Damon Crump New York Mentor

Background

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

Background

“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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The Film Scene in New York

The New York, New York Film Connection Film School Advantage

The New York City Film Connection Film School 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-apprentice (extern) approach, you’ll be placed as an apprentice (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.

The Film Connection has been endorsed by hundreds of high-level film professionals. These 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) Unlimited Free Tutoring.

We offer free, unlimited tutoring to all our students. No more worrying about getting stuck with an assignment; we’ll help you through it.
Unlimited free tutoring. Advantage: Film Connection.

9) Industry Connections.

In the film industry, connections are key. Your skills alone will get you nowhere without connections. As a film apprentice (extern) working on-the-job, you get the chance to make connections with real industry pros—connections you’d never make sitting in some 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—trust us, 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 curriculum, 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 Los Angeles 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 is only one that gets you inside an actual New York film production company, where you will work as a film student apprentice (extern) while you learn directing, producing, editing, camera, screenwriting or general production. Make no mistake, the smartest way to break into the film business in New York is to start as a film apprentice (extern) inside a New York film production company–and that’s where the New York FILM CONNECTION has the advantage.

Don’t make the mistake of spending 10-50 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. Play it smart–learn directly from the pros, and make vital industry contacts while you get a real-world education in film. Hands down, our film school alternative is the smartest, most cost efficient film school available today.

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
  • That Touch Of Mink
  • How To Marry a Millionaire
  • The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Broadway Danny Rose
  • I Am Legend
  • You’ve Got Mail
  • 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 producer, film director, film editor, screenwriter or cinematographer, New York City holds many real-world opportunities for you—and the Film Connection can hook you up with those opportunities like no other 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 making valuable connections for the future. Why would you learn filmmaking from a career professor in a classroom when you can learn more effectively with a real film professional on actual film shoots? The results are clear: over 70 percent of our graduates get hired, and you could be next! The FILM CONNECTION’s proven track record shows that it is the ideal alternative to the cost of 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 apprentice (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 the movies you love.

Professionals in the film business—including many of the famous producers, screenwriters and directors who’ve worked on the films that inspire you—endorse Film Connection’s programs for one simple reason: they know our immersive hands-on method works.

Mark Kohn

Marc is an accomplished executive with a consistent record of managing costs, measuring progress with metrics and creating operational efficiencies. He’s a thoughtful and enthusiastic professional possessing the ability to create a vision, gain executive alignment and effectively lead dynamic high performance teams for success.

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Jason Hewitt

Jason Hewitt, a native of Louisiana, left the technology industry to join the film and television industry. Hewitt was an early mover in the Internet economy, founding the website creation and marketing management company Planet Symphony in 1994.

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David Fuhrer

David’s stage and studio clients include: Bravo, “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”, Sex & The City, American Cancer Society, Clairol, Law & Order – Criminal Intent, Amazon, Verizon, VH1, The History Channel, MTV, Director’s Guild of America and many many more.

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ICM Partners

and RRF have donated to the Hide & Seek Foundation’s SOAR (Support of Accelerated Research).

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Carl Millender

Carl Millender born in Shreveport, Louisiana on March 5, 1970 is a pioneer in the film and television industry. In 1990 Carl Millender became a cultural consultant for NBC’s new programs, including “The Fresh Prince of Bel-air”, “Seinfeld”…

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Brian Glazen

Equal parts MacGyver, Steven Spielberg and Gandhi, Brian has ideas. Ideas about marketing, ideas about communication and ideas about fixing just about anything that might be broken. When he’s not sharing his ideas with clients you can usually find him fixing things at his own home or eagerly searching for things that may need fixing…

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Sam Borowski

“Film Connection truly is the ‘Film School of Hard Knocks.’ It helps new students to gain experience and network and teaches one thing I always preach to young filmmakers: practicality. It gives new students and would-be filmmakers, writers and editors, a chance to connect personally with their mentors.”

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Alex Keledjian

Producer of Project Greenlight

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Richard Berg

Richard Berg is an Art Director’s Guild and Emmy nominated Production Designer. He is responsible for the Production Design of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami, Eleventh Hour, Miami Medical, Chase and Modern Family. Berg is also an architect.

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Jeff Kushon

Great program. I’m proud to be a part of it.” Jeff has worked on over 200 film sets and has been a Set Decorator on hit movies, “Dude Where’s My Car”, “Nurse Betty”, “Blade 2”, “Beautiful”, “She’s All That” as well as TV shows “Modern Family”, “Trust Me” and “Miami Medical”.

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Luis Estrada

“Our first apprentice (extern) in this program was put right in the middle of the action and it was amazing how he was able to learn by doing. This Film Connection is great for people with a sincere interest in this field. Our apprentice (extern) turned out to be a reliable resource and we hope […]

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Matt Pellowski

“Being paired with working professionals and established companies allows up-and-coming artists to learn on the job, introduces them to the realities of film production, and helps them acquire the tools needed to become successful. Two of our current staff are graduates of the Film Connection.”

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Contact the New York Film Connection


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

Email: admissions@rrfedu.com
Hours: M - F 12:00PM to 9:00PM