This is your
Palm Springs Classroom

Real filmmaking education. Real film industry connections.

An Immersive
Film Education

From directing to producing to editing and screenwriting, our mentor-based 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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Palm Springs

Film Connection Film Institute

Our "Near Me" Palm Springs Filmmaker Locations

  • Baristo
  • Andreas Hills
  • Mountain Gate
  • Old Las Palmas
  • Deepwell Estates
  • Chino Canyon
  • Vista Norte
  • Sunmor
  • Indian Canyons
  • The Movie Colony
  • Warm Sands
  • The Mesa
  • Cathedral City
  • Rancho Mirage
  • Palm Desert
  • Bermuda Dunes
  • Bonnie Bell
  • Desert Hot Springs
  • Thousand Palms
  • Indio
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Visit a Film Production Company
In Palm Springs

Get started with a tour of one of our California apprenticeship locations. Or call us for more information at 800-295-4433


About Our Palm Springs Film School

Our fully-immersive curriculum
covers all of the following:

Building Relationships

Learning filmmaking in the real world with the Film Connection mentoring approach makes building relationships in the film industry is a daily occurrence.

On-Set Etiquette

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

Hardware and Equipment

Film Connection mentors exist in the real world where the competition is fierce. Having the latest gear is essential to their success which gives you access to the latest hardware.

Making Movies

Isn’t the whole point of going to film school to learn how to make movies—especially YOUR movie? The Film Connection 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?

Ryan Kindahl Palm Springs Mentor

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Ryan Kindahl Palm Springs Mentor

Background

Documentaries, Music Videos, Commercials

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Megan Kennedy Palm Springs Mentor

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Megan Kennedy Palm Springs Mentor

Background

Megan is an award-winning photographer and videographer with over 10 years of video production experience, from directing and editing national PSA campaigns to producing feature-length documentaries.

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Calix Lewis Reneau Palm Springs Mentor

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Calix Lewis Reneau Palm Springs Mentor

Background

Calix Lewis Reneau is a producer and writer, known for An Even Worse Joke (2013), Canyon Road (2013) and My Cousin’s Ghetto Wedding (2016).

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Sandy Stern Palm Springs Mentor

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Sandy Stern Palm Springs Mentor

Background

Producer, Being John Malcovich, Saved!, Velvet Goldmine, Pump Up the Volume, Thirteen Conversations about One Thing, Equinox, Red Hot

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Rob Helmstetter Palm Springs Mentor

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Rob Helmstetter Palm Springs Mentor

Background

Rob has experience with major corporate ad agencies Publicis, Medicus, Digitas based in New York and Chicago. He has always been on the bleeding edge of technology and believes that services should be simple for the viewers.

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Michael Van Orden Palm Springs Mentor

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Michael Van Orden Palm Springs Mentor

Background

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

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Albert Dabah Palm Springs Mentor

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Albert Dabah Palm Springs Mentor

Background

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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Derek Koen Palm Springs Mentor

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Derek Koen Palm Springs Mentor

Background

Washington Koen Media Productions is a full-service media production company specializing in video productions, streaming video solutions, presentations and audio/visual support for organizations both large and small. Whether corporate video presentations, documentaries, live streaming of meetings, or web streaming solutions, our highly-skilled and creative team- with over 20 years of combined experience – using today's latest tools and technology, can produce quality results for your company

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Brian Glazen Palm Springs Mentor

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Brian Glazen Palm Springs Mentor

Background

In 2013, Brian Glazen co-produced an independent film called Fishing Without Nets. This film went on to win for Best Direction at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and recently sold to Twentieth Century Fox for distribution to theaters nation wide.

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Laura Scheiner Palm Springs Mentor

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Laura Scheiner Palm Springs Mentor

Background

Seasoned film development executive, writer and script consultant with exceptional story development and script analysis skills. As a development executive I’m particularly adept at pinpointing the problems in a script and coming up with creative solutions. I’m a passionate collaborator who creates a fertile environment where writers can bloom and scripts can meet their potential.

As a writer for hire I pride myself as bringing my story sense, knowledge, talent and unbridled imagination to the table in order to bring the producer’s vision to life.

As a storyteller I always aim to entertain, engage, surprise, move and provoke.

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Craig Constant Palm Springs Mentor

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Craig Constant Palm Springs Mentor

Background

Craig Constant is an Executive Producer at Constant66 Films. After leaving the Marine Corps, he worked as a Photojournalist/Editor for the Fox News Channel for close to seven years. Since then, he’s worked as a Sound Technician, Production Sound Mixer, Camera Operator and Director of Photography.

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Palm Springs News

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The Film Scene in Palm Springs

The Palm Springs, California Film Connection Film School Advantage

Sunny Palm Springs is now the location of a film school. Our alternative film school that is. At Film Connection we tailor make your film school for you with a hands-on approach. Your industry Mentor will guide you through the step-by-step approach we take to filmmaking. So after eight months you have all the tools and connections you need to break into the film biz without going into massive debt. Film Connection. Everything you need and more.

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Palm Springs, California is an upscale resort town located in the desert about 2 hours east of Los Angeles. Although Palm Springs isn't widely known for its film schools, the area is home to several film or TV production companies, is serviced by its own film office, and even hosts a reputable international film festival. Not far from the city towers the majestic Mt. San Jacinto, rising over 10,000 feet above the desert. With such a diversity in beautiful scenery for film locations, and with L.A. a short drive away, Palm Springs can be an excellent small-town alternative for people who are considering a career in filmmaking as a film director, film producer, film editor, or cameraman.    

Movies, commercials, TV shows and documentaries are filmed all over the Palm Springs area regularly, making it ideal for those filmmakers who love California but are not interested in living in Los Angeles. Just a few of the movies that have shot in Palm Springs and vicinity include Oceans Eleven, The Scorpion King, Mission Impossible III, Into the Wild, Next, Letters from Iwo Jima, and The Fast and The Furious. 

Television production in Palm Springs is huge as well. TV productions such as Hidden Palms, The Bold and the Beautiful and Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List have been shot here, as well as episodes of The Mentalist, Beverly Hills 90210, Cops, The L Word and Murder, She Wrote.

Palm Springs' beautiful scenery, its film/television activity and its prime location within range of L.A., San Francisco and Las Vegas make it ideal for film students and filmmaking professionals alike. Check us out and see how FILM CONNECTION of Palm Springs, California can help you launch your career.

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Connections Matter

Learn From Industry Pros

The Film Connection film school 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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