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The Portland, Oregon Film Connection Film School

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Your Portland Film School Alternative

Here’s your chance to be a part of the growing film community in Portland. With Portland Film Connection, you learn by doing. We’ve lined up local specialists who will guide your progress and give you a chance to shine. Our 6-month behind-the-scenes track connects you with professionals in the Portland area. When you finish, you will not only have the real-world experience that most film school graduates are missing, but you’ll have industry contacts for any projects that you develop in the future. Our second track is our more extensive 8-month director program. Here you will collaborate on your project with local mentors and a dream mentor in Los Angeles. During your final week, you will be flown out to L.A. to pitch your idea before an industry executive. Get onboard this amazing opportunity today.

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Portland is Oregon's largest city, located in the northwest part of the state near the Washington state line, and home to a greater metro population exceeding 2 million people. Famous for its coffee, microbreweries and active lifestyle, Portland offers close proximity to a great diversity of beautiful scenery, including mountains, rivers, and the Pacific coast, making it a great central location for filming. Additionally, besides being home to several production companies, Portland attracts a significant amount of feature film and TV production activity. If you are considering a career in filmmaking as a film director, film producer, film editor, or cameraman, Portland has plenty of opportunities to offer as an alternative to relocating to New York or L.A.  

IMDB lists over 600 major movies, TV shows, documentaries and specials that have been filmed in Portland.  A few examples of better-known films include Elizabethtown, HeÕs Just Not That Into You, Pay It Forward, Twilight, and Into the Wild, just to name a few. TV shows filmed in this area include the popular series Leverage, as well as episodes of The Amazing Race and WWF Raw.

With the abundance of production activity taking place in Portland, this town is a significant connection point for film students and filmmaking professionals, and FILM CONNECTION of Portland can put you in the center of the action in ways other film schools can't match.  Our secret is our mentor-apprentice (extern) approach, in which we pair you with a working film or television professional who personally trains you on real film and video shoots. As a result of our revolutionary program, over 70 percent of our graduates go on to permanent industry work–and you could be next!  Enroll today, and let us get you on the set. 

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Checking in with Graduates from Portland

"I was taking some classes over at P.S.U. and then took a class at the Northwest Film Center and I really wanted an atmosphere that was a lot more progressive." Stephen Blanquie of Portland, OR on why he chose the Film Connection.

"I felt like I was setting myself up for something that I wasn't really into. At P.S.U. they had something called 'cluster classes' that was meant to make us more well-rounded artists (prerequisite classes.). It was basically an excuse for us to meet up with other (professors) and focus on things we weren't really interested and wasn't really related to film-works… I always had been a real independent kind of person, I was always looking for an environment where I could do my own thing and focus on stuff I really wanted to focus on… So I wanted to actually work in a studio and be around people that were actually making a living in film and what I wanted to do. That seemed like something I wanted to be around."

"They do a lot of commercials and promotional type edits and they do training videos…The first few weeks was on a health reform seminar and with that I was merely holding down a third angle, getting reaction shots from the crowd and when you're in a room full of doctors things can only get so enthusiastic. Hahaha… Then afterwords they had a helicopter which was really cool, Lisa's husband had these things called drones that he can pretty much take a Go Pro camera and he can get some overhead shots, some overhead views. They used overhead shots warehouses in the desert for a secret terrorist organization feel for some other stuff and they called it a 'Rosswell flight-test crew'. We went up to the mountains to get the overhead shots of some snowboarders… I shot some B-roll, it was a lot of grip work. A funny thing with that was that none of us brought sunscreen on the shoot, so we all ended up getting burned and peeling so bad so when I would walk into the office for the next couple of days I would start laughing so hard. But it turned out great and hopefully we will be happy to see how the footage looks."

— Stephen Blanquie, Portland, OR

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