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The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Film Connection Film School

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Your Philadelphia Film School Alternative

The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Film Connection Film School Advantage

1) Locations Everywhere.

Because of our unique brand of apprenticeship (externship) training, the Film Connection isn’t limited to one or a few campuses. We’ve got locations everywhere, including in Philadelphia! No need to move or to quit your day job. Your pathway to Hollywood starts right where you live!
Learn near where you live. Advantage: Film Connection.

2) Graduate Debt-Free With Our Low Tuition.

The cost of education has been skyrocketing, and it’s a travesty. How can you launch a film career when you’re buried in student debt? It doesn’t have to be this way, and we have a system that proves it every day. Our tuition is so low that you can graduate with little or no debt and get on with your film career.
Other schools not only cost more, they have lots of add-on charges. Advantage: Film Connection.

3) Ditch the Classroom, Learn On-the-Job.

At the Philadelphia Film Connection, we don’t believe in classrooms. You will have a structured curriculum, but you won’t spend a single day in a classroom with other students. Instead, we train you on-the-job by placing you as a working apprentice (extern) in a real film production company. It’s a more effective way to learn, and it’s a great way to get connected to the film industry.
Real-world experience, not useless theoretical classroom instruction. Advantage: Film Connection.

4) One-on-One Mentoring From a Bona Fide Film Professional.

There’s no classroom with our program; there’s also no “class.” You’re the only student, paired with an established film professional with actual film credits and lots of connections. This seasoned pro will become your personal mentor, training you in all the aspects of your chosen film discipline one-on-one.
One teacher to one student. Advantage: Film Connection.

5) Hundreds of Film Professionals Endorse Us.

We’ve got so many endorsements from high-profile film professionals that they are too many to list here. But here are just a few: Oliver Stone, Hans Zimmer, David Lynch, Grant Heslov—and even other entertainment icons like Russell Simmons, Judge Mathis and Larry King! These pros endorse us because they know our program does more to break people like you into the business than any other school.
More professional endorsements than any other film school. Advantage: Film Connection.

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6) Actual Job Placement Assistance.

No informal “cold call” job lists from us. We don’t just clue you in on the latest job offerings—we bend over backwards to help you get hired. Our one-of-a-kind Stay Connected Program provides up to 12 months of active job placement assistance after you graduate. (You might not need it, though—play your cards right, and your mentor just might hire you! It happens all the time with the Film Connection.)
“Job placement” at other schools means handing you a cold-call lead list when you graduate. Advantage: Film Connection.

7) No Pounding on the Door: You’re Already On the Inside.

The biggest challenge to breaking into the film business is getting your foot in the door—getting noticed by busy people who don’t know you from Adam. With the Philadelphia Film Connection, we’ve got you covered in this area. From day one, you’re placed as a working apprentice (extern) INSIDE a real film production company, so you can build those relationships as you go. By the time you graduate, you’re already an industry insider.
The other guys are on the outside, looking in. Advantage: Film Connection.

8) Unlimited Free Tutoring.

If you’re having trouble with your assignments and your mentor isn’t available to ask—ask us! We offer free, unlimited tutoring to all our students to ensure no one falls through the cracks.
Unlimited free tutoring. Advantage: Film Connection.

9) Connections—Tons of Them.

The Film industry is centered around connections. You could be the best cinematographer, director, producer, screenwriter or film editor on the planet, but if no one knows you—good luck with that. The greatest advantage with the Film Connection is that all your classes take place in the heart of the industry—on-the-job and on the set—where you can meet and connect with hundreds of established pros. These are the people of influence you’d never meet in a classroom—the people who can one day hire you.
Real world film industry connections. Big Advantage: Film Connection.

10) Take It All the Way to Hollywood!

You might be perfectly content to work in the thriving Philadelphia film scene, but if you want more…we’ve got more. Your curriculum is structured to guide you through the steps of developing your own film idea. When your apprenticeship (externship) is complete, we’ll arrange a meeting in Los Angeles with actual Hollywood film industry professionals, and you’ll have the chance to pitch your movie to them! Can you think of one other film school that does this? We think not…
A real chance to break into Hollywood. Big Advantage: Film Connection. NO OTHER FILM SCHOOL DOES THIS.

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Among Philadelphia Film Schools, only one actually gets you inside a real Philadelphia film production company to work as a film student apprentice (extern), learning the arts of directing, producing, editing, camera, screenwriting or general production from the pros. Hands down, the smartest way to break into the film business in Philadelphia is to apprentice (extern) inside a Philadelphia film production company–and the FILM CONNECTION is the film school that puts you there.

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 get your film school education in a real production company for far less money. Be smart, get on the inside track, learn from the pros and make vital industry contacts while you learn in a real-world environment! Our film school alternative is the smartest, most cost efficient film school you’ll find anywhere.

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Home to more than 1.5 million people (and anchoring a metro of nearly 4 million), PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA is the 4th largest DMA in the United States. A city rich in history, music, art, culture and sports fans (with SIX major teams calling Philly home), the “City of Brotherly Love” is bustling with things to see and do. This city’s legacy in the entertainment industries can’t be understated, either. Entertainment icon Dick Clark first launched his star-making dance/music show American Bandstand at a Philadelphia television station in the early 1950s. Other major entertainers and film professionals with Philadelphia roots include Peter Boyle, David Brenner, Bill Cosby, Bradley Cooper, Tina Fey, Grace Kelly, Irvin Kershner, Will Smith, Holly Robinson Peete, Boyz II Men, Frankie Avalon, M. Night Shyamalan, Kevin Bacon, and John, Ethel and Lionel Barrymore, just to name a few.

Since the late 1980s, Philadelphia has been home to an emerging film industry as well, thanks in part to generous incentives and the support of the Philadelphia Film Office. MovieMaker Magazine once named Philadelphia as the second best location to make a film. Today, local soundstages, great local talent and diverse locations make Philly a popular site for film and TV productions. Here are just a few noteworthy films and shows that have done location shooting here:

  • Unbreakable
  • World War Z
  • Limitless
  • Philadelphia
  • The Sixth Sense
  • Twelve Monkeys
  • After Earth
  • Marley and Me
  • Baby Mama
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (TV Series)
  • Rocky (all the Rocky films)

You can see that there are plenty of opportunities in Philadelphia to connect to the film industry, and the FILM CONNECTION’s mentor-apprentice (extern) approach can get you closer to the action than any other film school can. Whether you desire to be a director, producer, editor, camera operator, lighting director, special effects master or any film professional, the FILM CONNECTION has a tailored course curriculum for you.

You will study one-on-one with your mentor who will be a film professional in your field of study. Your classroom will be on-the-job and on the set in Philadelphia. Upon graduation, you will have gained the on-the-job, real world experience and industry connections that you need to succeed in a career in the film industry—and if you choose it, when you’ve completed your apprenticeship (externship), we can even arrange for you to pitch your OWN FILM to REAL INDUSTRY EXECUTIVES in Los Angeles! You owe it to yourself to see what we can do for your film career.

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