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Film Connection is:
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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

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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.

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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 San Antonio Film School 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?

Mike Domgard San Antonio Film School Mentor

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Mike Domgard San Antonio Film School Mentor

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Credits: Blur Parties, Lincoln Promo Video, Inner Thoughts

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Aimee Schoof San Antonio Film School Mentor

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Aimee Schoof San Antonio Film School Mentor

Background

Aimee Schoof is an entertainment executive, producer, and co-founder of Intrinsic Value Films with Isen Robbins. She has produced more than 30 feature films that have premiered either at Sundance, Tribeca, SXSW, Toronto, Venice, New Directors/New Films, and Berlin.

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Dean Baker San Antonio Film School Mentor

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Dean Baker San Antonio Film School Mentor

Background

Projects range from Multi-camera Live Webcasting to National TV Ads for Good Neighbor Pharmacies, Regulator Boats, and Product launches airing on Lifetime, The Learning Channel and The Golf Channel.

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Ryan Heppe San Antonio Film School Mentor

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Ryan Heppe San Antonio Film School Mentor

Background

During his tenure at CCH, Heppe was hired by legendary producer David Foster (The Getaway, Short Circuit, The Mask of Zorro) and quickly climbed to the position of Head of Development where he became involved with Foster’s productions: Collateral Damage starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Hart’s War starring Bruce Willis and Colin Farrell, and The Core starring Aaron Eckhart and Hilary Swank.

As a hyphenate Producer/Director/Writer/Actor, some of Heppe’s work includes: Production of the docu-drama The Magic Was In The Music, a remake of Short Circuit, adaptations of the 80’s television mini-series V and cop series T.J. Hooker, among others. As an actor, he’s starred in such stage productions as You Can’t Take It With You, Life On The Bowery, Dracula and Picnic at Hanging Rock – several of which he directed.

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Karl Koelling San Antonio Film School Mentor

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Karl Koelling San Antonio Film School Mentor

Background

I began TAPROOT with a passion to create inspiring film and video content that would move people and maybe even make the world a little bit better place. There are projects that TAPROOT pursues and develops based on our interests, but I’m a firm believer that we all have our callings, and that collectively we can have the biggest impact. As a result, TAPROOT partners with businesses, agencies, and other organizations that are doing important work, helping them tell their stories and share their ideas through cinematic filmmaking.

Our team has a multi-disciplinary background that enables us to understand and compellingly translate your messages and ideas to the visual medium of film and video, and we create and execute projects of varying scale from start to finish. I run TAPROOT and provide direction on all our projects, which include: story-based branded content, television commercials, web based video of all sorts, and film series.

If you care about how you’re presenting your work to the world and want to do so in an honest, inspiring manner – we’d make a good match.

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Keith Golinski San Antonio Film School Mentor

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Keith Golinski San Antonio Film School Mentor

Background

Keith Golinski of Fulvew Productions is a Director of Photography, editor and producer. He’s best known for his work on America’s Most Haunted (2013), Talking Dead (2005), and An Ordinary Killer (2003).

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John Boros San Antonio Film School Mentor

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John Boros San Antonio Film School Mentor

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“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 San Antonio Film School Mentor

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Edward Isin San Antonio Film School Mentor

Background

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

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Tina Miller San Antonio Film School Mentor

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Tina Miller San Antonio Film School Mentor

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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 San Antonio Film School Mentor

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Dennis James Lee San Antonio Film School Mentor

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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 San Antonio Film School Mentor

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Erik Angra San Antonio Film School 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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The San Antonio Film School, 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.

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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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San Antonio has a large tourism industry, with such attractions as the famed RiverWalk area downtown, as well as historical sites like The Alamo. San Antonio has numerous television stations, radio stations, and production companies that take advantage of the great weather, and the production value the natural beauty of the area provides.

Major movies, TV shows, documentaries, and specials are regularly filmed in this area, including Miss Congeniality, Syriana, Spy Kids, European Vacation, and Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls 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 opportunities here. And while there are many film schools here and in neighboring Austin, how many put you in the middle of the action from the start?

We feel the Film Connection offers a distinct advantage with our mentor-extern approach. We pair you with a working film or television professional who personally mentors you and enables you to gain experience as you work on real productions like film and video shoots while making important industry connections along the way. With access to equipment and the expertise of our San Antonio mentors, you can accelerate your path to becoming a director, producer, auteur, editor or professional crew member by making the most of what we have to offer.

And, with us, you can do it in less time and for less tuition than many junior colleges, trade schools, or four-year universities. While it’s true that many professions require a certain amount of time in the classroom – we just don’t feel filmmaking is one of them. For us, the best way of learning is doing and we’ll give you as much as you can handle.

Why uproot your life?

Everybody’s heard of the handful of “brand name” schools where so many directors of yore got their start. With the technology of today and the evolution of the film industry, there’s just no reason to put your life on hiatus. With locations in more than 40 states, there’s no reason to head to one coast or the other.

Especially if those trips just aren’t possible. Part of the appeal of chasing your dreams is dropping everything and giving it your all. But sometimes you just can’t dump job responsibilities, family commitments, and other life priorities. With the San Antonio Film Connection, you don’t have to make that choice.

For decades, Film Connection has been offering remote learning for those that have scheduling conflicts that interfere with making it into the production studio. Yes, being on the set is important, but you’ll still receive one-on-one mentoring, get your questions answered, and receive the feedback you need to follow those aforementioned dreams.

This also means you can connect with mentors that may be nowhere near your zip code. If you have a powerful enough computer and reliable internet, we can give you access to any of our mentors in the U.S. (based on availability). No longer is where you are now an impediment to where you want to be in the future.

Make Connections

The cost of tuition and the length of our programs have very tangible values and apply to almost every extern. But there’s something else the San Antonio Film Connection offers that isn’t as easy to put a price tag on: Opportunity. Every day you come to the production studio, the set, or the location is a new day to make a connection with someone already working in the business of making films.

These are the people you could be working with in the future, whether as part of a production company or as you start making your movies. Above the line or below, everyone you meet has a certain experience, specific knowledge, and expertise that you can learn from and potentially use.

The key is, do they want to work with you? The filmmaking community is very tight-knit and word travels fast. When your name comes up in conversation, as a potential hire or otherwise, what will they say? Were you willing to help with scaffolding, finding a production assistant, or any other task? Did you show up on time and do what you said you would do? Did you take guidance from a professional like a professional?

Or did you roll your eyes, missing these opportunities to make a good name for yourself? The San Antonio Film Connection can give you a solid foundation to making it in the industry, but the rest is up to you. Once you win a few Oscars or rake in hundreds of millions of dollars at the box office, you can have an ego. Until then, building bridges is more impactful than burning bridges.

Mentor Information San Antonio

Besides documentary videos and films, our mentors specialize in timelapse photography, industrial video production including aerial progress videos and documental archives, lifestyle and real estate video production, corporate training videos, testimonials, and demonstrations, and conference/convention video production.

Our mentors also bring a whole new meaning to the phrase “on location.” In addition to the U.S., our San Antonio mentors have production agreements in Mexico, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Cuba, Spain, and France. Although you may not need your passport when you work with our San Antonio mentors, you may want to make sure it’s current.

When you look at our mentor’s client list, you’ll see why they’re in such demand around the globe. The list is a veritable who’s who of Fortune 500 companies and well-known brands and content providers, including the Discovery Channel, PBS, The Weather Channel, Spotify, and Directv. Brands include Audi, Infiniti, Ford, State Farm, Volvo, McDonald’s, AT&T, Honda, KIA,, Advil, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, Denny’s, El Pollo Loco, Coors Light, Bud Light, Lipton, Nestle, Starbucks, Taco Bell, and many others.

Our San Antonio mentors work in both public and private arenas as well as national and regional non-profit clients. A few of those clients are the Center for Disease Control (CDC), The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NHTSA, Catholic Charities CRC, The Ricky Martin Foundation, UCOFSA, The Department of Justice, the Lance Armstrong Foundation, and The Central Texas Blood Center.

Think you can benefit from the experience that comes from working with a broad client range, across all mediums, across the globe? Yeah – we think so too.

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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San Antonio, TX 78258
(210) 970-7370

Email: [email protected]

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