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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.

Find Out Why

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 Francisco Film School

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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 Francisco 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?

Ryan E. Heppe San Francisco Film School Mentor

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Ryan E. Heppe San Francisco 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. In the world of VO, he’s lent his voice to numerous commercials, both national and regional, and performs several characters on the animated series DaGeDar.

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Wade Marshall San Francisco Film School Mentor

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Wade Marshall San Francisco Film School Mentor

Background

Since 2007, Millennium Studios has been servicing productions in Shreveport and throughout Louisiana.

Credits: True Blood, The Expendables 3, Olympus Has Fallen

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Jon Reiss San Francisco Film School Mentor

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Jon Reiss San Francisco Film School Mentor

Background

Named one of “10 Digital Directors to Watch” by Daily Variety, Jon Reiss is also critically acclaimed filmmaker whose experience releasing his feature Bomb It with a hybrid strategy was the inspiration for writing Think Outside the Box Office: The Ultimate Guide to Film Distribution and Marketing in the Digital Era (TOTBO), the first step-by-step guide for filmmakers to distribute and market their films.  He also co-wrote Selling Your Film Without Selling Your Soul and Selling Your Film Outside the US.   He also teaches at the Film Directing Program at Cal Arts.

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Rick Dahl San Francisco Film School Mentor

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Rick Dahl San Francisco Film School Mentor

Background

I’ve written for many of the major studios and networks. My first movie, “Red Rock West,” was nominated for Best Screenplay by the Independent Spirit Awards. 

I think this program is fantastic. I get to spend an hour a week, one-on-one with my students. We read over their material carefully. It affords me the opportunity to dig deep and get into the details of screenwriting – a deceptively complicated craft. We can cover various aspects of formatting, different styles of writing and how they impact the reader – which ultimately determines the filmic outcome and audience sees on screen.

The time allows me to get know my students so that I’m able to help them put some part of themselves into their stories. 

Once you get past the basics, screenwriting is about story. And we all have one to tell. The more personal that is, the more impact it will have.

The terrific thing I get to experience with Film Connection, because of the one-on-one time I have with my students, is the growth they achieve in their writing

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Jana Sue Memel San Francisco Film School Mentor

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Jana Sue Memel San Francisco Film School Mentor

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“Students at the Film Connection receive the extraordinary benefit of a one-on-one mentoring relationship with highly experienced industry professionals. What an amazing way to learn your craft. Nothing could be better.” — Jana Sue Memel,

Films Jana have produced have been nominated for eleven Oscars and won three. They have also won Emmy’s, Director and Writer Guild Awards and numerous film festival awards. 

Credits:  So I Married An Axe Murderer, Tough Guys, Down Came A Blackbird, Duke of Groove

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Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs San Francisco Film School Mentor

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Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs San Francisco Film School Mentor

Background

Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs has been one of the most consistent actors in Hollywood and his amazing work has won millions of hearts all over the world. He was born in the year 1953 on 4th of September and this makes his age 61 at this time. At this age he has already been a legendary actor and he will be always remembered for his contributions. He was born in a place called New York City, which lies in New York of United States of America. He belongs to the ethnicity black and nationality American. He is very humble and always carries a smile on his face. He is an extremely tall man as he has a very impressive height of 6 feet 2 inches, which is around 1.87 meters. He went to the university called Wilkes University for his degree. A lot of information on him and his interesting biography can be grabbed from wiki sites like Wikipedia and IMDb.

He has been very motivated in his career and to make the scenes look real he has given many shirtless scenes as well. He has been living a king’s life and all thanks to his hard work and dedication. He has poured perfection in almost all of his work. He has been earning good money also and has his net worth in millions of dollars. He has a net worth of 1 million dollars and this speaks his success story. Videos related to him are absolutely loved in YouTube. It does not seem like he is much into social networking sites like Twitter and Instagram and does not like to upload his pictures in those sites to share them.

After being so popular he has managed to keep his personal life very low profile. It does not seem like he is gay but, as he has not revealed his sexual preference nothing can be said with assurance. He has never talked about his wife and children but he looks like married. If he is not married also he has never revealed the person he is dating right now or his girlfriend. He has never talked about his current affair also if he is having any. It seems like he has not been through divorce.

He has played great roles in TV shows and movies and this has made him who he is today. He played the role of Charles in a movie called Claudine in the year 1974. He played the role of Cochise in a movie called Cooley High in the year 1975. He played the role of Floyd in a movie called The Annihilators in the year 1985. In the year 2004 he played the role of Anthony in a movie called 30 Miles. Other movies to his credits are Nocturnal Agony, Otis, Tamales and Gumbo, Indecent Behavior, L.A Vice, Chance and Youngblood.

He has been superb with his roles in TV shows and series as well. He appeared in a TV show called Welcome Back, Kotter from the year 1975 to the year 1979. Other TV series to his credits are Pointman, Ellen, Moesha and The Jacksons: An American Dream.

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Jim Fogarty San Francisco Film School Mentor

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Jim Fogarty San Francisco Film School Mentor

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Jim Fogarty is a writer and producer, known for Waxing Gibbous (2001), Coffee & Donuts (2007) and A Legacy Reborn: The Rebirth of the W.D. Packard Music Hall (2014).

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Dale DeToni San Francisco Film School Mentor

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Dale DeToni San Francisco Film School Mentor

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Owner/Producer, Dale DeToni, began his career thirty years ago when he brought his experience and education from some of Chicago’s largest recording studios to Springfield, with the dream of starting his own media production company.

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Damon Crump San Francisco Film School Mentor

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Damon Crump San Francisco Film School Mentor

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The Millionaire Matchmaker, Risen, Broke Sky, Aliens on the Moon, Endings, Assault on Waco, Telling Stories: The Comic Book Creators, Big Rich Texas

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Mark Gibson San Francisco Film School Mentor

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Mark Gibson San Francisco Film School Mentor

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“As a screenwriting mentor I know that every student like every writer is different.  The Film Connection screenwriting program allows me to work one on one with my students, customizing the curriculum, allowing me to focus on each student’s needs by helping them raise the level of their writing whether it’s their first script or their fiftieth.”

As for credits, I think my two Disney films SNOW DOGS and THE WILD are certainly the most well known. 

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Conrad Denke San Francisco Film School Mentor

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Conrad Denke San Francisco Film School Mentor

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“There is no replacement for actual hands-on experience, and The Film Connection provides opportunities to work closely with our production team and learn what it takes to make it in the production business.” — Conrad Denke

Conrad Denke, film producer/director and CEO/owner of Victory Studios has been in the film and video business for over 30 years. He was co-executive producer and director on the PBS series “National Desk.” Denke has worked on feature films including “Assassins” with Sylvester Stallone, “Once Upon a Time in Mexico” with Antonio Banderas and Johnny Depp,  “Santa Who?” with Leslie Nielson, “Boycott” for HBO, “Alone with Her” with Colin Hanks, “Cover” directed by Bill Duke, and “Mr. Warmth: Don Rickels” directed by John Landis. He is currently producing the television series “Band in Seattle” and has several projects in development including “Music for Young People” and “Daredevils and Disasters.”

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The San Francisco Film School, California Film Connection Film School Alternative

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

You live in San Francisco. You dream of becoming a director or filmmaker. You’re asking yourself what the best way to achieve your goal. To start, you’re in a great city to learn to become a film director. With the help of the San Francisco Film Connection Film Directing Program you can LEARN TO BECOME A DIRECTOR without ever leaving the Bay Area.

Here’s why: The secret to becoming a film director is to start directing. Therefore, it follows that the best place to learn to become a director is the place where you can do the most directing. Forget film theory, forget the rules of cinematography, forget traditional concepts of education, just find a way to start making films and learn how to tell a story in pictures.

This is where the San Francisco Film Connection Film Directing Program comes into play. Once you’ve enrolled, you’ll be mentored our externship program. That means you get paired with an accomplished San Francisco film director and their film production company—someone like Sean McCarthy of Guerilla Wanderers. Sean owns two studios in the Bay Area, a million dollars in film equipment and has won Telly Awards, Ava Awards, Hermes Awards, Viffs Awards and BAFFS Awards.

As a student, you will have access to this equipment and studios plus the mentoring expertise of Sean and find yourself directing your own films from virtually the get-go. Spoiler alert. Your first films are most likely going to suck. Don’t worry, that’s to be expected. And that’s where the San Francisco Film Connection Film Directing Program excels. Imagine being able to go over your first efforts, scene by scene, frame by frame with a true professional, like Sean McCarthy offering you suggestions, tricks of the trade, while he critiques your films on a one-on-one personal basis. Your learning curve to becoming a director has went supersonic. It’s not rocket science, the more films you direct, the better you will become at directing and the San Francisco Film Connection provides you with virtually unlimited access to all the gear, studio space and instruction you need to make as many movies as you can.

Rest assured, we don’t simply hand you a camera and tell you to come back tomorrow with your finished film. The San Francisco Film Connection Film Directing Program has an outstanding structured curriculum that breaks down into three main sections:

Section One: Screenwriting. Just like an author of a book tells a story with words, the director is there to tell a story with a camera. Our screenwriting section teaches you what goes into writing a screenplay—we even pair you with a screenwriting mentor with feature films to their credit for this section—because if you understand how to translate a written screenplay into a visual film you’ve learned is the essence of directing. Even if you never write a screenplay yourself, you need to understand screenwriting conceptually is vital to becoming a good 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. It covers everything from pre-production to production to post-production–from lighting to permits, from cinematographer to meal breaks, there’s a million details a director needs to understand, communicate and decide on throughout the filmmaking process. 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. This might even be true in your case. That’s great—fabulous even. For those students, we help them craft an elevator pitch (a thirty words or less description of their movie idea), create a sizzle reel (in essence a movie trailer for their movie idea), perfect their screenplay (with the help of their screenwriting mentor) and produce a budget breakdown. Then we set up a pitch meeting for them 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 will still need to have a pitch meeting with the band so that they will hire you to direct their music video. The San Francisco Film Connection will teach you the skills for this, or any other type of pitch meeting you need, so you can be prepared.

We started by posing the question, is San Francisco a good place to learn film directing. We followed that with some great reasons why you can learn everything you need to learn about becoming a film director in San Francisco. Guess what? If you’re a current resident of San Francisco, here’s another compelling reason why it can be the best place for you to learn to become a director.
Homefield advantage: You already live in San Francisco. You know the city. You know some of its great locations. You know people in San Francisco who can become your cast and crew. You know what things cost in San Francisco. You presumably have a roof over your head in San Francisco. You might have a job or a thriving side-gig setup. Because you live in San Francisco, 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. You’ll find their answers interesting. Because at the end of the day, degrees don’t matter when it comes to directing. What matters is your reel, and the more films you direct, the more content you will have for your reel. The San Francisco Film Connection will make sure you graduate with a great reel and awesome real-life Houston film connections.

The San Francisco Film Connection Film School Alternative Advantage

1) Locations and More Locations.

The Film Connection is not limited to a central campus, or even a handful of campuses. Our on-the-job training approach has enabled us to establish hundreds of locations throughout the U.S. Whether you want to learn filmmaking here in San Francisco, or in Los Angeles, Sacramento, Nashville, Atlanta, Phoenix or Billings, Montana, we can arrange an externship near where you live.
Learn near where you live. Advantage: Film Connection.

2) Super Low Tuition.

Taking on tens of thousands of of debt can kill your career before it ever gets off the ground. Our tuition is so low that you can graduate the program with little or no debt, and get on with your film career without the extra burden.
Low tuition, no add-on charges. Advantage: Film Connection.

3) Learn On-the-Job, Not In a Classroom.

Which do you think would be better: to learn film in a classroom, or to learn on-the-job and on the set of real film productions? With our program, you’re placed as an extern in a real San Francisco film production company, where you learn the real world of film by participating in the process.
Real-world experience, no classrooms. Advantage: Film Connection.

4) Be Mentored One-on-One By a Film Professional.

Our instructors aren’t career professors lecturing in classrooms; they are real film producers, film directors, screenwriters, film editors, etc. who are actually working and have real film credits. One of these stellar professionals will become your personal mentor, teaching you everything you need to know about the film business in general, and your area of expertise in particular.
One teacher to one student. Advantage: Film Connection.

5) The Film School Alternative Most Recommended By the Pros.

Our alternative to film school has lots of professional endorsements? The pros who recommend the Film Connection are among the best in the business. We have their support because they see our results every day, in the many film students we introduce into the industry.
Lots of endorsements from real film professionals. Advantage: Film Connection.

6) Job Placement Assistance.

If you aren’t hired immediately upon graduation from our externship programs and workshops we don’t leave you alone to find your way. For all our graduates, we offer up to 12 months of active job placement assistance through our Stay Connected program.
We don’t just hand you a cold-call lead list when you graduate. We help you find work. Advantage: Film Connection.

7) From the Jump, You’re On the Inside

Getting the attention of someone on the “inside” of the film business is often one of the biggest hurdles film students face. With the San Francisco Film Connection, this isn’t an issue, because from day one of your training you’re already on the inside, working in a real film production company, proving your abilities to the people who have the power to help advance your career.
Get on the inside track of the film industry. Advantage: Film Connection.

8) Tutoring.

No one has to fall through the cracks in our film school alternative. For any student struggling with assignments or projects, we offer tutoring.
Struggling? Tutoring is available. Advantage: Film Connection.

9) Real Connections with Real Professionals.

With our program, you’re meeting and connecting with hundreds of actual film industry pros—the ones who can one day hire you. Connections are KEY to succeeding in the film business, and we put you in the heart of the industry so you can make those connections.
Real world film industry connections. Big Advantage: Film Connection.

10) Take It All the Way To Hollywood

Dreaming of making it big in Hollywood? Our film school alternative provides a pathway no ordinary film school offers. With our structured curriculum, you’ll be guided step by step in the development of your very own film idea, and when you’re ready, we’ll set up a meeting in Los Angeles for you to pitch your film to actual industry executives! This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity, and only the Film Connection offers it.
A real chance to break into Hollywood. Big Advantage: Film Connection.

Your SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA FILM SCHOOL ALTERNATIVE

Welcome to the San Francisco FILM CONNECTION, the film school alternative that places you in an actual San Francisco film production company, where you will learn directing, producing, editing, camera, screenwriting or general production by working as a film student extern. We believe the best way to “break into the film business” in San Francisco is to start out inside of a San Francisco film production company. FILM CONNECTION gets you in the door. So what will you do once you’re learning right inside of a professional filmmaking environment? What will you do with access and opportunity as a regular part of your externship?

We don’t believe film school should cost 50 thousand dollars or more, so we place you inside a real production company to learn filmmaking for far a lot less. Many industry professionals agree that our mentor-extern approach to teaching filmmaking is a smart and cost-effective way to learn. Get connected as you get educated with our film school alternative.

To APPLY for our San Francisco Film School alternative, click here.

While SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA is itself home to about 800,000 people, the greater San Francisco Bay Area (comprising San Jose, Oakland and lots of other cities) is a sprawling metropolitan area of about 8.5 million people, making the Bay Area the 5th largest DMA in the country. Moving well beyond its roots as a gold-rush town, San Francisco has a reputation for being an intellectual city, a liberal city and a cultural city, which allows for great diversity in the media and performing arts. This city will forever be linked with the Summer of Love, which spawned a revolution in the music business with acts such as the Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin and the Grateful Dead.

Additionally, San Francisco boasts a thriving film community, not only due to its numerous film festivals per year and plenty of film and TV productions on the local level, but also because its diverse scenery and resources attract hundreds of major productions to film on location. Just look at a sampling of the many films that have been filmed in the San Francisco Bay Area:

  • Blue Jasmine (2013)
  • The Five-Year Engagement (2012)
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)
  • Mrs. Doubtfire (2013)
  • The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
  • House of Sand and Fog (2003)
  • The Princess Diaries (2001)
  • Patch Adams (1998)
  • Interview With the Vampire (1994)
  • Basic Instinct (1992)
  • Escape From Alcatraz (1979)
  • The Graduate (1967)
  • The Birds (1963)
  • Vertigo (1958)

As you might imagine, San Francisco’s active film scene makes it a great place for up-and-coming producers, directors, film editors and screenwriters to connect to the industry and learn the business without necessarily having to migrate to Los Angeles. This makes FILM CONNECTION’s Film School alternative in San Francisco an excellent choice for the student seeking career opportunities in film.

The FILM CONNECTION curriculum revolves around the mentor and student extern relationship. We place you as an extern in a real production company, and we pair you with a mentor who has years of experience in film production, who trains you one-on-one in all aspects of the trade. Not only does this approach provide the very best and most thorough education possible, but it also enables you to gain valuable work experience and make lots of connections to advance your career. In as little as six months, you’ll not only be well-prepared to embark on your film career, but you’ll also have the connections to help you do it! You owe it to yourself to see what the San Francisco Film Connection can do for your career.

The secret to becoming a film director is to start directing. Therefore, it follows that the best place to learn to become a director is the place where you can do the most directing. Because at the end of the day, degrees don’t matter when it comes to directing. What matters is your reel, and the more films you direct, the more content you will have for your reel.

That’s what the San Francisco Film Connection can offer. You’re not in a classroom, waiting for your chance to get your hands dirty, competing with other students for the professor’s attention. We’ll place you in a real-world, production company from the start. You’ll have one-on-one time with a filmmaker, receiving immediate answers to your questions and feedback on your ideas.

You’ll be working with the latest gear in an immersive environment, learning how to interact with others on the crew, and watching the pros set, shoot, and edit a scene. There will be required reading, homework, and tests of course—we are an educational institution after all. But we know there’s only so much you can get from a book.

The best way to learn filmmaking is by doing. And with the Film Connection, you’re learning the actual how to’s with industry insiders. Our programs save you time (six months instead of a four-year university) and money (just a fraction of the “name” school tuition). And you’ll have much more than a diploma when you’re finished.

You’ll have experience, a completed project, and a truer understanding of what has to happen to make a movie. Whether you want to make your movie or find work within a production company, the San Francisco Film Connection can give you the foundation you need.

Why move for school? San Francisco has it all.

If you’re a current resident of San Francisco, here’s another compelling reason why it can be the best place for you to learn to become a director: Homefield advantage. You already live in San Francisco. You know the city. You know some of its great locations. You know people in San Francisco who can become your cast and crew.

Use that information to your advantage. But what if you can’t get out and about in the city? You may have job commitments, family expectations, or the world could be dealing with a pandemic. Covid or not, Film Connection has been offering remote learning opportunities for people just like you. If you can’t get to the studio, we’ll bring the studio to you.

Obviously, we feel being inside a production company, on the set, or on location is the best way to learn about filmmaking. But we also understand Life Happens. With our virtual program option, you’ll still get those tricks of the trade from the pros without upending your life. At Film Connection, we want to offer as much access as we can—remote learning allows us to do that.

We bring the opportunities, you make the connections.

Get that valuable face time with your mentor, real hands-on experience with the gear, and exposure to almost every aspect of making films, TV shows, videos, and more. But remember, this is also the time to teach everyone what you’re about.

Every day is a chance to make a connection with someone already working in the industry. Whether it’s a producer, director, cinematographer, gaffer, grip, or production assistant, these are the people that you could be working for, working with, or who could one day be working for you.

We’re going to let you in a little secret: Filmmakers like a known entity. If you show your worth and make yourself indispensable during your time with Film Connection, your mentor will see that first hand. If you impress the crew, they’ll be more willing to work on your film in the future. Almost everyone you interact with is a professional. Show them you belong, too.

San Francisco Film Connection Mentors

That means you get paired with an accomplished San Francisco film director and their film production company. Film Connection mentors in San Francisco have two studios in the Bay Area, a million dollars in film equipment, and have won Telly Awards, Ava Awards, Hermes Awards, Viffs Awards, and BAFFS Awards. You’re in a great city for filmmaking, why not work with a great director?

As an extern, you can get trained amidst all of the equipment and studios while you gain exposure to the expertise our mentors have to offer. Imagine being able to go over your first efforts, scene by scene, frame by frame with a true industry insider. Apply what you’re learning to your craft and your path to becoming a director can go supersonic.

It’s not rocket science; the more films you direct, the better you become at directing. The San Francisco Film Connection gets you going at learning the actual day to day practices of bringing ideas to life via film, television, and commercial production. Start now and build a career you’re passionate about.

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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