This isn’t a boring Portland OR film school classroom. This isn’t an overcrowded college laboratory. This is life. Real Life. YOUR LIFE.
While enrolled in the Film Connection film school in Portland, Oregon, you’ll learn how to work with both actors and producers, lighting and sound, 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, OR. 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 on board this amazing opportunity today.