This is your
Portland Classroom

Real filmmaking education. Real film industry connections.
Schedule a Tour

Visit a Film Production Company
In Portland

Get started with a tour of an Oregon externship location. Or call us for more information at (503) 715-1720.


Please fill out the following information, and Admissions will contact you:

* Not all programs are available in every state. Consult an Admissions Representative to learn more.

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.

Cinematography Details

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.

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 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.

Film Editing Details

View All Programs

Portland

Film Connection Locations

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.

This institution is not authorized to enroll Oregon students.

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.

 

Learn More About Tuition

 

View BBB A Rating for Film Connection Film Institute
$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
Sources: Sallie Mae student loan calculator - Nerd Wallet - Best Value Schools - Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

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 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:


Request Information Externship Location Call Admissions

Meet our Mentors

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

Sebastian Triscari Portland Mentor

Read Profile

Sebastian Triscari Portland Mentor

Background

“Young people are the future of this industry. Mentorship programs like The Film Connection are the most efficient and effective ways for anyone who has a passion to gain the information and experience necessary to be successful!”

Request an Invitation

Mitch Kaufman Portland Mentor

Read Profile

Mitch Kaufman Portland Mentor

Background

A native of Atlantic Beach, Mitch Kaufmann has been offering video services to area businesses and residents since 1984. He started Atlantic Video Productions by shooting weddings, business seminars, and sporting events.

Request an Invitation

Horacio Jones Portland Mentor

Read Profile

Horacio Jones Portland Mentor

Background

Award winning director, Horacio Jones is a multi-faceted Video Producer, Director, and Editor. He has turned CinemaViva into one of the leading video production studios in San Diego. In addition to making outstanding corporate video productions, he is committed to making socially conscious and inspiring films and documentaries that bring magic into peoples lives in fun and colorful ways.

Request an Invitation

Deen Olatunji Portland Mentor

Read Profile

Deen Olatunji Portland Mentor

Background

Deen’s most recent film is “Warfare”, which was screened at the heart of Dallas and several other cities across the United States. Deen has also worked on several feature, short films and other content, which include “Kanaani” (Popular TV Series”), “The Call”, “King Sacrifice”, “Who Am I” , and “Dancing With The Docs-Texas”. (TV Series). He is currently working on his next projects “The Alarm Clock” (Short Film) and “Eze Back To School”  (Feature Film) all coming up in fall and winter 2016.

Deen believes the RRFC program is great because it’s one of the few reputable schools that teach you on the field which he states is a great way of learning.

Request an Invitation

Rex Piano Portland Mentor

Read Profile

Rex Piano Portland Mentor

Background

“The Film Connection allows aspiring writers to work with professionals.  The students not only learn theory, but practical applications to screenwriting.  I wish it was around when I was a student.” — Rex Piano, Producer/Director, Impact Earth, Fall of Hyperion, Rome: Rise and Fall of an Empire, Murder Dot Com, Hope Ranch, The Month of August

Request an Invitation

Matt Kaczkowski Portland Mentor

Read Profile

Matt Kaczkowski Portland Mentor

Background

Matt Kaczkowski graduated from Winona State University with a BA in Mass Communications Broadcasting. He spent three years as a DJ and produced an award-winning radio production.  Prior to starting SilverWater Productions, Matt was an event planner and A/V services coordinator for 4 years. Matt’s passion for film and video is a catalyst for SilverWater’s success.

Request an Invitation

Ivan Alzuro Portland Mentor

Read Profile

Ivan Alzuro Portland Mentor

Background

“Unlike the local University, Film Connection sends us committed and focused students. We have turned 1 student into full-time contractor – that says it all!”

Request an Invitation

Daniel Lir Portland Mentor

Read Profile

Daniel Lir Portland Mentor

Background

Dream Team Directors is a prestigious directorial team founded by Bayou Bennett and Daniel Lir. Their company motto, “Let our dream team manifest your dream”, symbolizes the expansion and positive attention they win for their celebrity and high-profile brand clients and collaborators such as Adidas, MTV, Coldplay, P. Diddy, Smashbox Cosmetics, Atlantic Records, Chrome Hearts, Oscar De La Renta, Oscar nominee Mark Ruffalo, Golden Globe nominee Anthony Mackie, Matt Bennett of the “Big Bang Theory” and Lea Michele of Fox’s “Glee.”

Request an Invitation

Rocco Michaluk Portland Mentor

Read Profile

Rocco Michaluk Portland Mentor

Background

Michaluk has been creating award winning Film & TV productions for over 15 years. His Film Clients include Columbia Pictures, Indian PaintBrush, PBS, NBC, American Empirical Pictures and Fountainbrush Films. His Television clients include NBC, Television Academy / Emmy’s, MTV, Viacom, E! Entertainment, CBS, ABC, Travel Channel, Leftfield Pictures, PETA, and others.

Request an Invitation

Alejandra Huerta Portland Mentor

Read Profile

Alejandra Huerta Portland Mentor

Background

Alejandra Huerta specializes in On-Screen Promotions, Executive Presentation Tapes and Sizzle Reels. She started her career with Andromeda in Miami offering Production Services to MTV Latin America as an editor for on-air promotions. She then relocated to New York where she became a successful producer and editor for Viacom and NBC Universal. After her professional experience in NY she relocated to Florida where she continues to manage, produce and edit projects at Andromeda Productions.

Request an Invitation

Joaquin Palma Portland Mentor

Read Profile

Joaquin Palma Portland Mentor

Background

“The thing I admire most about the program is that it pairs you with people doing the job that you are aspiring to do. In doing that, I feel it gets rid of the “glamour” that people associate with this business, and helps them realize that it is, in fact, A JOB. It takes hard work, a lot of practice and a sincere courtesy towards one’s colleagues to get ahead and stay relevant; not that tired stereotype of the suffering artist that won’t settle for anything less than his vision of perfection! I don’t think they teach you that at traditional film schools.” — Joaquin Franco Palma

Joaquin Franco Palma was born and raised in Los Angeles and is a first-generation American. Having started his career as a production assistant, Joaquin has gone on to become an award winning writer and director of both independent features and TV; most notably, as a staff writer on the Emmy nominated HULU series, EAST LOS HIGH. Aside from writing for the screen, Joaquin is also a published author of fiction and is a youth writing volunteer for the NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND and NOSOTROS ORGANIZATION programs.

Request an Invitation

View Full List

Portland News

Should You Storyboard?

Learn More

Film Connection student Arronn Lepperman Learns the Craft of Screenwriting

Learn More

Location Management: How Camera and Location Departments Work Together

Learn More

What Do To When Art Institute Closes

Learn More

Looking In Weird Places

Learn More

The Upside of Side Projects

Learn More

Which Books are Good to Adapt?

Learn More

Why Manners Matter in Music, Film, and TV

Learn More

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, 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.

To APPLY click here.

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

Read More from Stephen Blanquie

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.

Learn More

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.

Learn More

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.

Learn More

ICM Partners

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

Learn More

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”…

Learn More

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…

Learn More

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.”

Learn More

Alex Keledjian

Producer of Project Greenlight

Learn More

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.

Learn More

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”.

Learn More

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 […]

Learn More

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.”

Learn More

View Full List

Contact the Portland Film Connection


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

Email: [email protected]
Hours: M-F 9:00AM - 6:00PM

This institution is not authorized to enroll Oregon students.

Film Connection provides unique, mentor-based programs that are affordable, so you can stay in control of your finances.

New! Finance your education with Climb.
Get approved in minutes with no impact to your credit score.