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Tuition

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*When paid in full, tuition will receive a $2000 reduction, bringing the program’s total tuition of $12,200 to $10,200 not including administrative fees.

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Programs

In the Film Connection for Film Production & Editing program, you will study directing, producing and screenwriting inside a real film production company in your city as you develop your movie idea with a professional filmmaker. Then, upon meeting the necessary requirements, you will be given the opportunity to fly to Los Angeles or New York and pitch your film idea to an executive who could buy or get your movie made.

Film Production & Editing Details

In the Film Connection for Cinematography program, you will learn the techniques involved in capturing a moving image and will start to develop “the eye of the DP.” The cinematographer is literally the set ‘magician.’ DPs are responsible for the technological wizardry required to get the needed shots and to shape light to achieve the director’s desired artistic effect.

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Workshops

The screenwriter is the person who creates, takes, or adapts an idea and formulates a screenplay. Without the writer, there would be no movie. Period. He or she is the starting gate. He or she is the person who gets the ball rolling down the hill.
 
In the Film Connection for Screenwriting workshop, you will learn the elements that make for a “Killer Script” by developing and writing your own feature length screenplay under the direction and mentorship of a working professional screenwriter.

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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.

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Film Connection Locations

Our "Near Me" Orlando Filmmaker Locations

  • Clear Lake
  • Parramore
  • South Division
  • Thornton Park
  • Lake Nona
  • Celebration
  • Winter Park
  • College Park
  • Kissimmee
  • Conway
  • Edgewood
  • Azalea Park
  • Altamonte Springs
  • Titusville
  • Port Orange
  • Edgewater
  • Ormond Beach
  • Sanford
  • Port St. John
  • Rockledge
  • St. Cloud
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An Immersive
Film Education

From directing to producing to editing and screenwriting, our externship-based, mentor-taught programs avoid the unnecessary costs and unrelated requirements of ordinary film schools and programs. Work directly with an accomplished industry filmmaker at a film production company.

Tuition
Comparison

Film Connection’s mentor styled education is a cost-effective approach to hands-on, curriculum backed education in film production and editing and cinematography.

 

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$12,200 Tuition
$0* Loan Interest

Trade
School

$44,000 Tuition
$61,000 Loan Interest

2-Year
Junior College

$22,000 Tuition
$20,500 Loan Interest

4-Year
Traditional College

$88,000 Tuition
$122,000 Loan Interest

Average Accrued Interest Charges
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About Our Orlando Film School Alternative

Our fully-immersive curriculum
covers all of the following:

Building Relationships

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

Hardware and Equipment

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

On-Set Etiquette

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

Making Movies

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

What is the Next Step?

We get it. This isn’t your normal four-year college requiring coursework not associated with your area of interest. We are a post-secondary institution or trade school that's different in its approach. Here's how you can get more info:


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Meet our Mentors

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

Edward Isin Orlando Mentor

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Edward Isin Orlando Mentor

Background

FightZone Presents, Sacred Waters, The Wishing Stone, Dawg Fight Request an Invitation

Tina Miller Orlando Mentor

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Tina Miller Orlando Mentor

Background

Storytelling through video, aided by full-service in house production and post capabilities. Many of our pieces use documentary technique or a high-energy concept or brand approach. Request an Invitation

Dennis James Lee Orlando Mentor

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Dennis James Lee Orlando Mentor

Background

Credits: Hawaii Five-0, Behind Enemy Lines II: Axis of Evil, Dragon Wars: D-War, Soap Girl, Secret of the Five Fingers Request an Invitation

Erik Angra Orlando Mentor

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Erik Angra Orlando Mentor

Background

UFC 111 fight – Cinematographer, Animal Planet – Most Outrageous – 3 documentaries – EA Sports international commercials Kyrie Irving – NBC – HBO – Full flight features – Very astute cinematographer – Worked on film “21” – Edited TV series “Folk Lorist” – Extreme Makeover – AD Bo Burnham – International campaigns for Coca Cola Request an Invitation

John Boros Orlando Mentor

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John Boros Orlando Mentor

Background

“The captain and anchor of our ship, guiding his crew with a father’s compassion and an uncle’s knack for mischief.” Credits; The Fly, EMI Orientation Request an Invitation

Daniel Sollinger Orlando Mentor

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Daniel Sollinger Orlando Mentor

Background

Producer: The Alphabet Killer, Six Ways to Sunday, Alone in the Dark II, In My Sleep, Girls Against Boys, Deadliest Warrior, Age of Kali Request an Invitation

Joe Van Wie Orlando Mentor

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Joe Van Wie Orlando Mentor

Background

Following a spirited and notorious adolescence in Northeastern Pennsylvania, Joe did a stretch at New York University and ended up spending nearly a decade as an accomplished part of the New York City’s lively film and TV industry. During this time, he racked up credits ranging from producing feature films premiering at international film festivals to directing and producing content for a variety of national cable television networks. His most recent film is the locally-shot award-winning feature Forged. Joe is an active board member on the boards of Dress for Success, The Scranton Club and the American Advertising Federation of NEPA. Joe is also a member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the American Association of Political Consultants, and two time Pollie award winner. Request an Invitation

John Lux Orlando Mentor

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John Lux Orlando Mentor

Background

John Lux is the Chief Operating Officer for the IDEAS media and experience design company, which employs film program graduates nationwide. The projects his company handles stretch from Florida, to Europe, and as far as Shangai, China. Request an Invitation

Rebecca Ramon Orlando Mentor

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Rebecca Ramon Orlando Mentor

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Rebecca Ramon hails from Battle Creek, MI and is a proud Midwestern girl. She believes that’s exactly what keeps her down to earth and youthful. With a BA in Broadcasting & Cable production from Western Michigan University, and an MFA in Film Production from Chapman University, one of the top ten film schools in the nation, she’s definitely standing on her own two feet. Not only does Rebecca have a formal education, her mentor for post production was Paul Seydor, a member of ACE; the honorary society of motion picture editors. Paul edited movies such as “White Men Can’t Jump” and “This Christmas”. In other words, she has learned from the best, and has over ten years of experience, which ranges from pre-production to post-production in several mediums. Most importantly, she has the passion to share her knowledge as a mentor. Request an Invitation

Steven Schott Orlando Mentor

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Steven Schott Orlando Mentor

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Credits: Jeff Foxworthy Show, The Lost Calendar, The Final Season Request an Invitation

Jason Hewitt Orlando Mentor

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Jason Hewitt Orlando Mentor

Background

Odd Thomas, 13 Sins, Blood Out, Left Behind, Season of the Witch, Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever, The Outsider Request an Invitation

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The Film Scene in Orlando

The Orlando, Florida Film Connection Film School Alternative

Orlando Film Connection provides what overpriced traditional film programs won’t: industry contacts that will bypass the years of having to knock on doors that won’t open for you. Because the truth is that no one in the film industry hires anybody for their diploma. Employers want real-world experience and no other film school puts you right in the action like Orlando Film Connection. Start with our 6-month program if you feel that behind the scenes is your calling. You’ll be paired up with filmmaking professionals who will guide your personal project and give you that hard-to-get toehold in the industry. And if you’re looking for a fully immersive film education, then try the 8-month directors track. Working with your local mentors, you will write, direct, and edit your project. You will also be working closely with a dream mentor who’s located in Los Angeles. Through regular online meetings, you will fashion a pitch for your project and get to present it during the last week of your studies in L.A! To APPLY for our Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne Film School, click here. The Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne area has a combined population of well over 2 million people, and taken together, offer more activities and entertainment in one small area than anywhere else in the country. World renowned theme parks like Walt Disney World and Universal Studios Theme Park, world-class sports ranging from NBA to NASCAR, vacation resorts and sandy beaches are all to be found here. This area also happens to be one of the hottest spots for professional filmmaking and television production outside of Los Angeles and New York City, home to numerous studios, sound stages, production companies and film school programs. If you are considering a career in filmmaking as a film director, film producer, film editor, or cameraman, the Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne area is an excellent place to pursue it. Hundreds of major movies, commercials, TV shows and documentaries have been filmed all over Orlando, Daytona Beach and Melbourne. Just a few of the well-known movies filmed here include Days of Thunder, Monster, Oceans Eleven, Minority Report, The Mask of Zorro and Fried Green Tomatoes–and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Television production in the Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne area is huge as well. Some famous television series filmed here include The Golden Girls, Swamp Thing and the mini-series From the Earth to the Moon. The presence of so much film and television production makes this area ideal both for film students and filmmaking professionals. FILM CONNECTION of Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne will hook you up with one of these working professionals who serves as your instructor-mentor while you extern. As you learn, you will gain vital connections with other industry professionals, the ones who do the hiring.  Over 70 percent of our graduates find permanent industry jobs, many before they even graduate.  You owe it to yourself to see what our low-cost film school alternative can do for you. To APPLY click here.
Connections Matter

Learn From Industry Pros

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

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

Mark Kohn

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

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Jason Hewitt

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

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David Fuhrer

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

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ICM Partners

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

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Carl Millender

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

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Brian Glazen

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

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Sam Borowski

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

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Alex Keledjian

Producer of Project Greenlight

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Richard Berg

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

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Jeff Kushon

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

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Luis Estrada

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

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Matt Pellowski

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

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416 Geneva Drive
Oviedo, FL 32765
407.900.2620

Email: [email protected]