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Film Connection is:
film education upgraded for the 21st century
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Programs

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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We provide job placement services.

 

Other students learn in classrooms...

OUR students learn in:

 

REAL Radio Stations

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.
To find out exact job placement numbers in your area, give us a call.



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We provide job placement services.

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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.

To find out exact job placement numbers in your area, give us a call.

(800) 600-6956

We're here to help.

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Real World
Film Education

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.

This institution is not authorized to enroll Oregon students.

Tuition
Comparison

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
$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

**Total cost varies by program
*Average Accrued Interest Charges
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About Our Portland 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 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.

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?

John Boros Portland Mentor

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John Boros Portland 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

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Edward Isin Portland Mentor

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Edward Isin Portland Mentor

Background

FightZone Presents, Sacred Waters, The Wishing Stone, Dawg Fight

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Tina Miller Portland Mentor

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Tina Miller Portland 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.

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Dennis James Lee Portland Mentor

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Dennis James Lee Portland Mentor

Background

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

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Erik Angra Portland Mentor

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Erik Angra Portland 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

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Steven Schott Portland Mentor

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Steven Schott Portland Mentor

Background

Credits: Jeff Foxworthy Show, The Lost Calendar, The Final Season

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Daniel Sollinger Portland Mentor

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Daniel Sollinger Portland 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

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Joe Van Wie Portland Mentor

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Joe Van Wie Portland 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.

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John Lux Portland Mentor

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John Lux Portland 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.

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Rebecca Ramon Portland Mentor

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Rebecca Ramon Portland Mentor

Background

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.

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Tabitha Hartbauer Portland Mentor

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Tabitha Hartbauer Portland Mentor

Background

The BSP editing facility sets the standard for editing in Colorado. Three video edit suites utilize “Premiere Pro CS6”, “Final Cut Pro” and “DaVinci” and project Panasonic High Definition 1080p images on to 110” Stewart Screens.

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The Film Scene in Portland

The Portland, Oregon Film Connection Film School Alternative

Get Hands-on Film Directing Training and More!

While enrolled in The Portland Film Connection for Film Production & Editing film directing mentored-externship, you’ll learn how to work with both actors and producers, lighting and sound, and set, costume, and other designers. The ability to take a screenplay and bring it to life takes patience, vision, and a certain amount of bravado.

But what most film schools don’t cover is how long it takes to sit in that chair.

“There is probably going to be one niche skill that you end up [relying on for income] as a filmmaker,” Portland Film Connection mentor Erin Galey says. “So right out of film school, somebody’s going to hire you to be a piece of a production.”

With Film Connection, you’ll learn those pieces as part of a real-world production company in Portland. Instead of a classroom, you’ll be on location, on the set, or in the editing room learning the skills that make you invaluable on a shoot.

Will you start out as a director for a big-budget film? Of course not. But you’ll learn what it takes to become a director and how to get there.

“Nobody tells you that,” Galey adds. “Nobody told us that in film school. Nobody ever really talked to us about realistic career paths.”

“They’re going to hire you to be an editor, or a sound mixer, or a PA,” Galey says. “And that real-world skill, that’s how you’re going to get paid. And that’s how you’re going to make a living for five to seven years until you get your first feature done.”

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 to 9 month programs connect 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 take to your externship seriously and you could have industry contacts for any projects that you develop in the future. Collaborate on your project with local mentors who teach you the hands-on skills you need as a filmmaker. Do well and during your final week, you could even pitch your idea before an industry executive. Get onboard this amazing opportunity today.

To APPLY for our Portland film school alternative, click here.

Learn Screenwriting in Portland

When writing a story, there are literally no limits to where the plot can go. It could be about a journey to the center of the earth or the friendship between a talking raccoon with a mean streak and a walking tree that also talks, but just one word.

In fact, both of those stories have already been told and even made into movies. But those adapted screenplays also had the back of major studios and a brand name. So if you’re looking to turn your favorite book into an adapted screenplay, you’ll need to learn how to write a makeable movie.

With the Portland Film Connection Screenwriting Workshop, you’ll work remotely with a screenwriting professional a few times a week. During this one-on-one collaborations, you’ll discuss the work you want to adapt, what genre and theme you’ll write to, and how the story will be told.

In addition to the creative roles of a screenwriter, you’ll also get into the mechanical aspects of writing a script. This includes how to properly format a script, finding an agent, and even when/how to get paid for your work.

Unless your last name is Verne or Lee. Then you’ll be able to write anything you want.

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 Wild, Twilight, Elizabethtown, He’s 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-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, many 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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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.

A number of major companies are based in Portland Oregon, or at least use The Rose City as a base for their Northwest headquarters. Nike, Adidas, Precision Castparts, and others means there are plenty of opportunities to produce content. Because of that, there are many film schools to choose from in the city to learn production services.

But how many put you in the middle of the action from the start? The Portland Film Connection places you inside a full-service video production company, giving you a mentor where you’ll receive one-on-one guidance on the technical aspects of making films and post-production as well as the practical side of making movies, tv shows, commercials, and other videos.

Whether you want to make your own films or work as part of a production company, you’ll learn the tricks of the trade in the protection studio, on the set, or on location. Why sit in a classroom when you can be gaining real-world experience? Why commit yourself to four years at university, taking classes you don’t really care about, and paying up to six figures for tuition?

Portland Film Connection programs last around six months, cost a fraction of those “name” schools, and you don’t have to uproot your entire life to move hundreds or even thousands of miles away. But you will have to work hard, be responsible, and take this seriously. You’ll work closely with the crew, learning, gaining experience with people who are doing this for a living.

Just ask yourself what makes more sense.

Close to home or in your home?

Film Connection believes the best way to learn about the industry is to do it from the inside. Being on the set, operating the equipment, and having the face to face interactions with those on a shoot just can’t be replicated in a classroom. And we feel these opportunities should be accessible to as many people as possible. That’s why we have locations in more than 40 different states. Why move if you don’t have to?

But we also understand that getting to your hometown production studio can be a hardship. With job commitments, family priorities, and whatever else life can throw at us (2020 ring a bell?), even leaving the home on a consistent basis can be difficult. That’s why Film Connection has been offering remote learning for decades.

You’ll still have that one-on-one time with your mentor, it will just be over a strong internet connection. This also means you have access to all of our mentors (based on availability). We believe in increasing the availability of our programs, not limiting who can attend. And we believe our virtual learning allows anyone who wants to put in the work gets a seat at the table (upon acceptance).

Take advantage of your opportunities.

Much of making it in the film production industry is having the technical expertise but also the ability to learn new things and versatility to take on different projects. Even when making your own movies, there will be times you’ll need to lean on the experience of others. The key is knowing who to talk to and, frankly, getting them to talk to you.

This could be the most valuable aspect of the Film Connection: We give you the opportunity to meet, greet, and work with the people who are already making a living in the industry. In many cases, it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. And we put you in a situation where you can meet someone that can help you reach your career goals in the industry.

The question is: How do you handle these opportunities? To put it bluntly: No one likes working with a flake. But do your work, be willing to take direction (so to speak), and show that you belong in this setting, this industry, and people will remember. At times this industry can be a very “closed community.” But show them what you can and you can find you’re welcomed with open arms.

Your Portland Film Connection mentor.

The ability to shift from small independent films to marketing to promotional work is how many filmmakers make their careers sustainable. With Film Connection, you’ll learn how to produce those pieces as part of a real-world production company in Portland. Our mentors have worked with Adidas, Columbia, Subaru, Intel, University of Oregon, WeWork, Getty Bros., The Nature Conservancy and have taken the helm of a number of socially conscious dramas and action short films.

Not only will you gain the technical skills needed to make a living, but you will learn how to cultivate a client list and maintain those relationships. You’ll learn how to work with both actors and producers, lighting and sound, and set, costume, and other designers. The ability to take a screenplay and bring it to life takes patience, vision, and a certain amount of bravado. With us, you can train one-on-one with an experienced professional screenwriter via remote video conferencing or phone calls, so that you can take that film idea from concept all the way to “The End.”

These are the skills you’ll pick up with the Portland Film Connection mentors. Will you leave the program with a job as a director for a big-budget film? Probably not. But you’ll learn what it takes to become a director and how to get there, and you’ll learn how to be an editor, a member of the crew, and you’ll get some real world experience in just a fraction of the time students spend in expensive film schools.

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


1001 SW 5th Ave<br />Suite 1100 #973
Portland, OR 97204
(503) 715-1720

Email: [email protected]

This institution is not authorized to enroll Oregon students.

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