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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.

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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

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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.

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.

 

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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 San Antonio 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:


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Meet our Mentors

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

Steven Schott San Antonio Mentor

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Steven Schott San Antonio Mentor

Background

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

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Daniel Sollinger San Antonio Mentor

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Daniel Sollinger San Antonio 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 San Antonio Mentor

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Joe Van Wie San Antonio 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 San Antonio Mentor

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John Lux San Antonio 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 San Antonio Mentor

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Rebecca Ramon San Antonio 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 San Antonio Mentor

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Tabitha Hartbauer San Antonio 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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Jason Hewitt San Antonio Mentor

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Jason Hewitt San Antonio Mentor

Background

Odd Thomas, 13 Sins, Blood Out, Left Behind, Season of the Witch, Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever, The Outsider

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Steve Riach San Antonio Mentor

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Steve Riach San Antonio Mentor

Background

Steve is an award winning producer, director and writer of over 250 films, documentaries, television shows and home video properties, including specials from the Olympics, Super Bowls, World Series, NBA and NCAA Championships, and college football bowl games.

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Avery Williams San Antonio Mentor

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Avery Williams San Antonio Mentor

Background

Avery O. Williams works steadily in both the film and theater worlds. He is the co-writer of the feature film Directing Eddie starring Valerie Perrine and Jade Barrymore, directed by Lawrence Kaldor which premiered at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival and was voted Best Comedy at the 2001 New York International Independent Film & Video Festival. He wrote and directed the industrial film for the City of Atalanta entitled Surviving Domestic Violence and he wrote and co-produced the film short The Willie Witch Projects, which was showcased at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival and is distributed by Trimark Pictures in their compilation entitled The Bogus Witch Project. Other short subject screenplays that have been made into films include Notes In A Minor Key, The Willie Witch Projects and The Chocolate Factory, Part 1.

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Harry Findysz San Antonio Mentor

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Harry Findysz San Antonio Mentor

Background

“The Film Connection Program uses real world people to mentor real world jobs.”

-Harry Findysz, Tucson, Arizona, Southern Arizona Video Productions

Producer of Live Television, Music Videos, Documentaries, Winner of Ashbury Best Music Documentary 2016 Linda Chorney The Cantina

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Greg Freeman San Antonio Mentor

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Greg Freeman San Antonio Mentor

Background

Greg Freeman is an award-winning Director of Photography with nearly two decades in news, sports, entertainment, special programming, documentaries, and commercials. Greg has directed projects for nearly every major television network including ABC, Discovery, ESPN, HBO, HGTV, NBC, PBS, and more.

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San Antonio News

Should You Storyboard?

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Film Connection student Arronn Lepperman Learns the Craft of Screenwriting

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Location Management: How Camera and Location Departments Work Together

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What Do To When Art Institute Closes

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Looking In Weird Places

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The Upside of Side Projects

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Which Books are Good to Adapt?

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Why Manners Matter in Music, Film, and TV

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The Film Scene in San Antonio

The San Antonio, Texas Film Connection Film School Alternative

Why San Antonio is a Great Place to Learn to Become a Film Director.

Film Connection grad Taylor Giddens and crew on set

If you live in San Antonio and dream of becoming a director or filmmaker you might be asking yourself whether you need to move in order to become a successful director. The short answer is no. You can learn to become a director right there in San Antonio as well or better than anywhere else in the country. Here’s why:
The number one way to become a director is to start directing. It follows that the best place to learn to become a director is the place where you can do the most directing. Forget theory, forget rules, forget traditional concepts of education, just start making films and learn how to tell a story in pictures.
This is where the San Antonio Film Connection for Film Production & Editing film directing methodology comes into play. Once you enroll, you’ll be mentored in an externship program that will pair you with an accomplished film director in a San Antonio film production company like Rogelio Zamora of Rogy Productions. Rogelio is an Emmy Award winning filmmaker who has worked with HBO Sports, created tons of music videos, and worked on several reality shows. His studio is stocked with 4K equipment, drones, and a full post-production suite with full-on visual effects.

With access to equipment and the mentoring expertise of Rogelio you will be directing your own films from virtually the get-go. Guess what? Your first films are most likely going to be terrible. Sorry for letting the wind out of your sails but bad first films are to be expected, even at those super expensive film schools. Where the San Antonio Film Connection for film directing excels is that you’re able over your first efforts, scene by scene, frame by frame with a true professional who’s there offering suggestions, tricks of the trade, who critiques to you on a one-on-one personal basis. Your learning curve to becoming a director has just accelerated greatly. It’s not rocket science, the more films you direct, the better you will become at directing and the San Antonio Film Connection can provide you with access to the gear, studio space, and the instruction you need to make as many movies as you can.

Film Connection for Film Production & Editing: The Filmmaker/Film Director’s Curriculum

Rest assured, we don’t hand you a camera and tell you to come back tomorrow with a film. The San Antonio Film Connection’s approach to film directing has an outstanding structured curriculum that can be broken down into three sections:

Section One: Screenwriting.

Just like an author tells a story with words, the director is there to tell a story with a camera. Our screenwriting section will teach you what goes into writing a screenplay—we’ll even pair you with a screenwriting mentor with feature films to his credit—because understanding how to translate a written screenplay into a visual film is the essence of directing. Even if you never write a screenplay yourself, you need to understand screenwriting conceptually to become a director.

Section Two: Directing and Filmmaking.

This section of our curriculum deals with all the technical and logistical considerations a director needs to know to create a film. From lighting to permits, from cinematographer to meal breaks, there’s a million details a director needs to understand and be able to communicate about. Our curriculum covers them all.

Section Three: Pitch Meeting.

Many of our students come to us with an idea in mind for a feature film they want to make. That’s great. For those students, we help them craft an elevator pitch, create a sizzle reel, perfect their screenplay and produce a budget breakdown and then set up a pitch meeting with film industry heavyweights who have the power to green light their film. Guess what? Even if you are looking to direct something other than a feature film, say a music video for instance, you still will need to have a pitch meeting with the band so that they hire you to direct their music video. The San Antonio Film Connection will teach you the skills for this, or any other type of pitch meeting, so you can be prepared.

We started by posing the question, if you live in San Antonio can you learn to be a film director without moving. We followed that with some great reasons why you can learn everything you need to learn about becoming a film director without moving from San Antonio. Guess what? If you’re a current resident of San Antonio, here’s another compelling reason why San Antonio could be the best place for you to learn to become a director.

Don’t Forget Your Homefield Advantage:

You already live in San Antonio. You know the city. You know some great locations. You know people in San Antonio who can become your cast and crew. You know what the cost of living is in San Antonio. You presumably have a roof over your head in San Antonio. You can establish home town connections with local businesses to sponsor your films or become clients of your work.

So, isn’t the real question you should be asking yourself is, “How many films am I going to direct in the next six months if I attend film school to become a director?” It’s also the first question you should be asking of film schools you are thinking of attending. Because at the end of the day, what matters to those in the industry is your reel, and the more films you direct, the more content you will have for your reel. The more experience you get, the better that reel will be and the greater the number of your film industry connection will be. Think about it.

Ever heard that film schools are an expensive waste of time and money?

That might be true for conventional film school but the San Antonio Film Connection film school alternative is anything but normal. It’s not a regular film school. It’s more than that. It’s a gateway. The Film Connection pairs you up with mentors who are currently doing exactly what you want to be doing. Do you wanna be a writer/director? Do you wanna be an editor? Or a Producer? Or a camera operator? Well, the Film Connection has all of the connections to make that happen.

You’ll walk away from our program with connections in every area of the industry. You’ll be taken on-location, to assist with shooting, and you’ll bee shooting the ideas that you’ve been thinking about forever.

The Film Connection will pair you with a screenwriter, editor, and two different mentors to help guide you.

By the end of the program you’ll be well on you way to a career in the film industry.

To APPLY for our San Antonio film school alternative, click here.

Located in south-central Texas, the city of San Antonio has experienced tremendous growth, increasing in population by around 40 percent over the past two decades, and currently home to nearly 1.4 million people. The city has a large tourism industry, with such attractions as the famed RiverWalk area downtown, as well as historical sites like The Alamo. Listed as the 37th largest DMA in the nation, San Antonio has numerous television stations, radio stations and production companies.

Major movies, TV shows, documentaries and specials are regularly filmed in this area; in fact, IMDB lists over 300 such productions that have done location filming in and around San Antonio.  Some of the better-known films that have done shooting here include Miss Congeniality, Syriana, Spy Kids, European Vacation, and Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls–just to name a few.

With the abundance of production activity taking place in the area, San Antonio serves as a great connection point for filmmaking professionals and film students.  Whether your interest in filmmaking is as a film director, film producer, film editor, lighting technician or special effects master, you’ll find plenty of opportunity here–and with the many professional contacts we’ve forged over the years, FILM CONNECTION of San Antonio can connect you to those opportunities in ways conventional film schools can’t. Our advantage is our mentor-extern approach, in which we pair you with a working film or television professional who personally mentors you as you work on real film and video shoots, making important industry connections along the way. Enroll today, and you could be on the set within the month!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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ICM Partners

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

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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”…

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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…

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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.”

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Alex Keledjian

Producer of Project Greenlight

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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.

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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”.

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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 […]

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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.”

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Contact the San Antonio Film Connection


21750 Hardy Oak Boulevard, Unit 102
San Antonio, TX 78258
(210) 970-7370

Email: [email protected]
Hours: M - F 11:00AM to 8:00PM

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