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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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Other students learn in classrooms...

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REAL Recording Studios

REAL Film Production Companies


 

Where jobs get filled.

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

Long story short:

Our way just makes sense.

Our mentors want to hire people like you.

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

See why we call ourselves Film Connection.
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Other students learn in classrooms...


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

 

REAL Radio Stations

REAL Recording Studios

REAL Film Production Companies

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

Long story short:

Our way just makes sense.

Our mentors want to hire people like you.

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

See why we call ourselves Film Connection.

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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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$12,750** Tuition
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$22,000 Tuition
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About Our New York Film School 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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Meet our Mentors

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

Michael Van Orden New York Film School Mentor

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Michael Van Orden New York Film School Mentor

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Credits: Being Doug, Called to Serve, The Washing, Spit

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Albert Dabah New York Film School Mentor

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Albert Dabah New York Film School Mentor

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Albert has been in the video production business for thirty-three years, owning and running Simba Productions in New York City.

Clients: CNN, HBO, Apple

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Bob Kelley New York Film School Mentor

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Bob Kelley New York Film School Mentor

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Clients: Discovery Canada, PBS, UCDavis, Associated Press, Fox News, Blackstone Media, NBC Universal

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Marc Silber New York Film School Mentor

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Marc Silber New York Film School Mentor

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With a background in visual media, director Marc Silber has interviewed scores of entrepreneurs, CEOs and creative professionals over the years. His interview series has received hearty praise and has helped countless business leaders and artists tell their story.

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Craig Roessler New York Film School Mentor

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Craig Roessler New York Film School Mentor

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A film and television studio executive and producer for over twenty years, Craig has directly overseen, managed, and/or produced 25 films and seven network series with budgets totaling over $500 million. 

Craig is known for his project-management skills, having close working relationships with talent and directors, producing big looking, studio-quality content on tight budgets, quickly providing workable solutions for development and production issues, and completing projects on time, on budget.

As Senior Vice President of Production, Programming and Creative Affairs for MGM Television Worldwide Inc., Craig had direct oversight of all content development, and oversaw pre-production, production, post-production, while working with business & legal affairs, marketing, and promotion. His MGM product was nominated for 10 Emmy awards and numerous others including DGA, Golden Globes, PGA and SAG awards. 

He oversaw studio projects such as the series Stargate SG-1, Stargate: Atlantis, Stargate: Universe, Dead Like Me, and The L Word, as well as Showtime Movies Inherit the Wind, Twelve Angry Men, In the Time of the Butterflies, That Championship Season, and Rocky Marciano, which opened the Monte Carlo Film Festival. Craig has worked with a wide range of talent, from well-established actors and directors to breaking new talent. 

Craig grew up in Los Angeles and Colorado, working summers on ranches breaking and training western saddle horses. He attended Columbia University, working his way through school as an actor on NBC’s soap opera “Another World,” while learning production work skills for quick, quality content.

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Kel Thompson New York Film School Mentor

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Kel Thompson New York Film School Mentor

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America’s Production Company was established in 2005 by Kel Thompson who has degrees in photography & advertising from Texas State University. Kel is also a graduate of the Palm Beach Film School. Kel was first published in photography at 17 years old in TX. Kel worked for News24Houston as their first helicopter videographer, before being hired by a major event production company in Florida. Two years later he established America’s Production Company after learning the ropes in photo, video, audio and event production.

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Zef Cota New York Film School Mentor

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Zef Cota New York Film School Mentor

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

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Jim DeGroot New York Film School Mentor

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Jim DeGroot New York Film School Mentor

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

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Eero Johnson New York Film School Mentor

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Eero Johnson New York Film School Mentor

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

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Chris Varner New York Film School Mentor

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Chris Varner New York Film School Mentor

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

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John Raffo New York Film School Mentor

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John Raffo New York Film School Mentor

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

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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 Film Connection Film School in New York, NY mentored-externship program is for you. We offer 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 top-flight 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.

LEARN 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.

LEARN FILMMAKING AND DIRECTING:

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 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 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.

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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.”

Ready to make YOUR movie in New York?

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 top-flight talent in the city.

All the ingredients are here – how will you bring them together to tell your story? With the New York Film Connection, you’ll learn how. We place you in a one-on-one situation with a director, cinematographer, screenwriter, or producer so you can learn about the industry from the inside out.

Why spend your time in a classroom when you can be on the set or even on location? We feel the best way to learn is by doing and you’ll be in the center of the action from week one. You’ll be placed in real-world situations every day because you’re learning in the real world. This way you’ll get experience AND an education.

And you won’t have to take out huge student loans to enroll. Let’s face it: the cost for a two-year college, four-year university, or trade school education isn’t getting any cheaper. For a fraction of the cost, you’ll learn how films, TV shows, commercials, and other video productions are made and get your hands dirty doing it.

You won’t need to commit years of your life to do it, either. Our Directing, Film Production and Editing, and Cinematography Programs last six to nine months and are designed around what you want to do. Working with an Academic Facilitator, you’ll be able to set your schedule and have a say in the particular focus of your curriculum.

On the set, on location, or from your home

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. And when that’s not possible? Film Connection has a solution for that, too.

We have been offering a remote learning option for decades. With a “new normal” in place after the pandemic, there’s no telling how long precautions will be in place to keep everyone safe. Film Connection will still give you access to the people that will help you build your film-making foundation.

Even without a pandemic in full swing, we understand you may have family, work, and other “life” commitments. We just don’t feel those should keep you from pursuing a career in directing, production, cinematography, or screenwriting. Film Connection wants to provide more access, not take it away.

Make Valuable Connections

Perhaps the most valuable part of the Film Connection programs is something you can’t put a price on: Opportunity. Because you’re working with people in the industry on a daily basis, every day is a chance to make an impression on potential employers, co-workers, and others that made your services in the future.

These connections aren’t made in the classroom, they’re made on the set, in the studio, or on location. So much of making it in the world of film, TV, and other video productions is who you know. During our programs, you’ll be working with the very people traditional students are trying to get in front of.

The key is what you do with those opportunities. There will be long days on the set, hours of grinding to get a scene just right or racing around getting ready for the next shoot. It’s not always glamorous, but how you hold yourself during the daily hustle and bustle will give you the opportunity to impress.

Many of our students have gone on to work with the production companies they externed in or made the connections that allowed them to start and finish their own projects. The relationships you make today will serve you in the future.

How do you want to be remembered? If it’s time to bring your story to life, apply today.

New York Film Connection Mentors

Making a name for yourself in the film industry is hard enough as it is – and doing it in New York is that much harder. So it’s especially important to already have someone on the inside waiting to help. New York Film Connection mentors have the experience, the knowledge, and the willingness to help the next generation of filmmakers.

Our mentors have worked on more than 20 feature films as well as short films, commercials, TV, sports broadcasting, and new media productions. They premiered movies at film festivals, been featured on Amazon Prime, produced their own independent films, and worked in film and TV development.

Our mentors are well-versed in forms of mediums, including 16mm, 35mm, and digital recording. That agility comes in handy when working with such well-known brands as Facebook, Showtime, The SyFy Channel, BMW, Jose Cuervo, Tum’s, and others. When you work with our mentors in New York, know that you’ll be working with filmmakers that have seen – and done – it all.

Connections Matter

Learn From Industry Pros

The Film Connection film school alternative is endorsed by filmmakers who are making movies, maybe even the movies you love.

Professionals in the film business—including famous producers, screenwriters and directors—endorse Film Connection’s programs for one simple reason: they know our real-world method works.

Hans Zimmer

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

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Joel Schumacher

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

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Larry King

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

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Dr. Drew

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

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Judi Levine

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

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Judge Mathis

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

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Sandy Stern

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

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Henry Bromell

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

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Paul Guay

Credits: Liar Liar, The Little Rascals, Hearbreakers

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Evan Astrowsky

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

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Ron Osborn

Credits: The West Wing, Meet Joe Black, Duckman

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Doug Eboch

Credits: Sweet Home Alabama, The Hollywood Pitching Bible

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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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