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San Diego, CA Film School Classroom

Whether in-person or online. Real filmmaking education. Real film industry connections.

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.

San Diego, CA Film School

Film Connection Locations

Our "Near Me" San Diego, CA Film School Filmmaker Locations

  • Little Italy
  • La Mesa
  • Encinitas
  • Mission Beach
  • Bird Rock
  • Old Town
  • La Jolla
  • Miramar
  • Pacific Beach
  • Burlingame
  • Carmel Valley
  • El Cerrito
  • La Playa
  • Midway
  • Nestor
  • Rolando
  • Skyline
  • Webster
  • El Cajon
  • Lakeside
  • National City
  • Chula Vista
  • Del Mar
  • Solana Beach
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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.

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 San Diego, CA 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?

Tabitha Hartbauer San Diego, CA Film School Mentor

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Tabitha Hartbauer San Diego, CA Film School 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 Diego, CA Film School Mentor

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Jason Hewitt San Diego, CA Film School 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 Diego, CA Film School Mentor

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Steve Riach San Diego, CA Film School 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 Diego, CA Film School Mentor

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Avery Williams San Diego, CA Film School 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 Diego, CA Film School Mentor

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Harry Findysz San Diego, CA Film School 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 Diego, CA Film School Mentor

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Greg Freeman San Diego, CA Film School 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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Tom Malloy San Diego, CA Film School Mentor

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Tom Malloy San Diego, CA Film School Mentor

Background

The Alphabet Killer, Love N’ Dancing, The Attic, Hero of the Underworld, Law & Order: SVU

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Jason Jackson San Diego, CA Film School Mentor

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Jason Jackson San Diego, CA Film School Mentor

Background

Past productions include LMN’s Monstresses; Investigation Discovery’s Cuff Me If You Can; America’s Most Haunted and UFO’s Crashed my Vacation; America’s Most Secret and I Faked My Own Death for Discovery; National Geographic’s 42 Ways to Kill Hitler and Don’t Try This At Home; Vampire Secrets and Ancient Ink for The History Channel; Las Vegas Bikers for truTV; Weather Channel’s Full Force Nature; True Confessions for WE-TV as well as Beyond Death and Investigative Reports for A&E.

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Matthew Temple San Diego, CA Film School Mentor

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Matthew Temple San Diego, CA Film School Mentor

Background

“All aspects of filmmaking are primarily experiential, so a program like this one gives the students what they need most- the opportunity to DO.” — Matthew Temple, Producer of “The Advocate” and Universal’s “Dragon Nest: Warriors’ Dawn”

Matthew Temple has long stood at the crossroads of art and social action–his work and passion split between telling stories and participating in the creation of new paradigms wherein new stories for the future can be created. As a storyteller, he works as a screenwriter, director, producer and actor.  As a social entrepreneur, he is the founder and president of the non-profit WeStrive, where he is the executive director of the Wandering Reel Traveling Film Festival. Temple is currently VP of Production and Development for Mili Pictures Worldwide.

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Nick Kielhold San Diego, CA Film School Mentor

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Nick Kielhold San Diego, CA Film School Mentor

Background

Nick is your basic military brat. Except for the fact that neither of his parents were actually in the military. But, like many military families, his family moved several times during his youth, living in Omaha, Chicago, and Minneapolis among other places. And although he wasn’t living on military bases, he developed a deep interest in History, and all things military. Ask him about the Battle of Tarawa in 1943, and you may just get an entire lesson on the Pacific Theater of World War II. When he’s not painting tanks for his war game simulations, Nick works here. He shoots video. He edits video. He talks about World War II. A lot. Anyone who comes into contact with Nick will become much better versed in the history of mankind and all the wars it has produced over the years. Nick provided 50% of the formula that founded Full Effect Productions over 18 years ago, and has played a vital role in its success. Nick is a 1987 graduate of the University of South Dakota, and his previous experience includes working at a local TV station as Commercial Videographer/Producer. Not taking a cue from his parents, Nick has decided to keep his family in one city, and has called Sioux City, Iowa home since 1988. He has a wife of 29 years and an adult son and daughter. In his free time, Nick can be found studiously painting small military ships, tanks and airplanes. He has amassed large numbers of these items that comprise entire military units used for battles at the MAGECON gaming convention. He’s a film buff who’s recently installed home theater has him positively giddy, and hardly ever seeing daylight.

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Logan Hale San Diego, CA Film School Mentor

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Logan Hale San Diego, CA Film School Mentor

Background

Logan is a lifelong filmmaker. With 8 years of experience in Event and Experiential Marketing, Logan has a passion for communicating the brand message and essence with artistic quality and creativity.

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The Film Scene in San Diego, CA Film School

The San Diego, CA Film School, California Film Connection Film School Alternative

Who gives you Sea World and Film School in the same city? We do. The folks at Film Connection brought an alternative film school to San Deigo, California. Your Mentor will steer you through a hands-on film-making crash course that will leave you ready, willing, and able to work in the film biz. Film Connection. Alternative. Different. Cool.

To APPLY for our San Diego, CA Film School, click here.

San Diego, California is the 7th largest city in the nation but probably number one or two in terms of weather, beauty, and diverse locations for filming. Film Schools in San Diego pale in comparison to its infamous neighbor Los Angeles, but professional filmmaking in San Diego is just as popular as it is in L.A. Many film and TV production companies make their home in San Diego and so if you are considering a career in filmmaking as a film director, film producer, film editor, or cameraman San Diego is an excellent choice for you.

Many major movies, commercials, TV shows, and documentaries are filmed all over San Diego every single day, making it ideal for those filmmakers who love California but are not interested in living in la-la land Los Angeles.

Some of the well-known movies that have been filmed in San Diego include:
Almost Famous, Traffic, Into the Wild, Babel, Lords of Dogtown, Bruce Almighty, Antown Fisher, The Cell, Pearl Harbor, Bring It On, Apollo 13, Free Willy 2, Wayne’s World 2, and Bugsy to name a few.

Television production in San Diego is huge as well and has been home to such productions as: American Idol, COPS, 24, Entourage, Nip/Tuck, MTV Real World, JAG, and X Files.

Thousands of professional commercials, TV shows, and Feature Films are shot on the streets of San Diego every year. It is also only two hours from Los Angeles, 8 from San Francisco, and a short jaunt to either Arizona or Las, Vegas, Nevada making it ideal for both film students and filmmaking professionals.

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Film Connection puts you in the middle of the action

San Diego, California is the 7th largest city in the nation but probably number one or two in terms of weather, beauty, and diverse locations for filming. Film Schools in San Diego pale in comparison to its infamous neighbor Los Angeles, but professional filmmaking in San Diego is just as popular as it is in L.A.

Many film and TV production companies make their home in San Diego, so it makes sense that there are also a number of San Diego filmmaking schools for you to choose from. But how many put you in the middle of the action on day one? Film Connection places you in a professional production company so you can get hands-on experience from the start.

Of course, you won’t be grabbing a camera or sitting in the director’s chair on day one. But you will learn by doing, building a foundation on how movies, TV shows, commercials, videos, and more are produced. Interested in writing a film script? You’ll have weekly, one on one remote meetings with a professional screenwriter to help you draft a “Killer Script.”

You’ll have one-on-one access with a mentor, a filmmaking professional in San Diego, taking an accelerated learning program that will prepare you for a future in the industry. Not everyone wants to spend four years in school – our programs are six to nine months long. You’ll also save a lot more time with us, too.

With enrollment fees reaching six figures for many “name” universities, Film Connection tuition remains under $15,000. In many professions, huge student loans are just a fact. We just don’t think becoming a director, editor, cinematographer, or screenwriter should be part of that conversation.

Close to home or in your home

You won’t need to uproot your life and move to L.A., either. With easy access from La Jolla, La Playa, and La Mesa, as well as El Cajon and El Cerrito, you can work one on one with an industry professional on set or on location. In fact, you may not even have to leave your house.

FIlm Connection feels the best way to learn about the industry is by being placed in a fully immersive environment. Get your hands on the equipment, build relationships, and pick up the little nuances that make a production successful. Of course, now that social distancing is a household phrase, making it into the studio may not always be a possibility.

Film Connection is all about increasing access for our externs, not cutting it off. We’ve been offering remote learning for decades, providing unmatched learning opportunities online. We all found out in 2020 – life can be turned upside down without warning. But that shouldn’t keep you from telling your story. Or maybe that will become your story!

What we offer can’t be found in books

As an educational institution, there will still be required readings, tests, and exams to prove your knowledge of the curriculum. But we also offer something else that just can’t be measured: opportunity. Every day you train, you’ll be working with San Diego film professionals. Learning from them, gaining experience from them, and building relationships with them.

There’s an old – and perhaps overused – saying in the entertainment industry: It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. While the San Diego Film Connection will teach you a lot of the “what,” we’ll also introduce you to plenty of the “who.” When it comes time to make your movie, sell your script, or find other work in the industry, the connections you make during our program could pay off huge.

That is, depending on the impression you make during the daily “interviews.” Were you someone people could rely on, did you learn from your mentor and your experience, or were you indispensable? Or were you on your phone the whole time?

If you can’t follow through during the program, no one is going to make the effort to remember your name. Do what you say you’ll do, when you say you’ll do it, and how they want it to be done, and you may find yourself on the contact list of a few VIP phones.

Just like setting up your schedule, having a say in your curriculum, and getting your movie made, your success with Film Connection is largely up to you. We’ll give you the opportunities, but it’s up to you to make the most of them.

San Diego Film Connection Mentors

There’s a reason we feel the Film Connection way of learning about filmmaking is the best way there is. It’s because of our mentors. One look at the resume of our San Diego mentors and you’ll see why. They specialize in scriptwriting, high-quality story-driven content, location and studio production, post-production and video editing, project consultation, animation, and graphic design, web videos, and branding.

They’re Emmy-nominated, work in several facilities and on location, and have worked over several mediums. They’ve produced documentary films, Latinx projects, short films, music videos, and more. Our San Diego mentor’s clients include Vice, Red Bull, UBS, Union Bank, the Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce, California State Parks, Theatre Corner/KPBS, and San Diego Gas & Electric. They have other experience in the Healthcare, Automotive, Education, and Sports industries.

Our San Diego location is also our greatest advertisement: One of our Film Connection mentors hired a Film Connection graduate as their Studio Manager. He also serves as a Production Assistant, 1st Assistant Camera, and Studio Supervisor. Wondering if our programs work? The San Diego Film Connection proves it.

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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