This isn’t a boring Seattle film school classroom. This isn’t an overcrowded college laboratory. This is life. Real Life. YOUR LIFE.


Have you had a film idea you’ve been itching to write and direct? Have you read the books and even taken a few seminars but find you still don’t know exactly what you need to do to see your movie realized? If that’s where you’re at now, don’t feel bad about it. A great number of people graduate some very expensive film schools like AFI, USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, or even The Tisch School of the Arts at Columbia University, and they still don’t know the skills and lack the connections that are vital when it comes to making their own movies.

Becoming a film director is largely dependent upon your exposure and experience in the field. A good director knows every role on-set. They understand the job of the UPM (Unit Production Manager), the Assistant Camera (AC), the DP or Cinematographer, and they know how to communicate their vision and lead the crew. A good director also knows one more essential thing: how to turn their “vision” into reality throughout the production process. From executing the shooting script, to coming up with the shotlist with the DP, to directing the actors in the right way, a solid director has the ability to multitask as well as focus, to direct as well as inspire.

Don’t Spend More on your Film Education if You Don’t Have to

If learning film directing and starting your career as a director is your dream, or if you want to learn how to really write high-caliber, professional screenplays, Film Connection in Seattle is one resource you should definitely look into. If you’re not sure what exactly you want to do in film or television but know its the industry you want to work in, we can help you find your way. Maybe line producing is your thing, or your deep understanding of story, structure, and visual sensibilities give you the markings of a great editor. Many of our graduates have gotten their feet in the door, trained on actual professional shoots and projects, and have found their calling as a result of our hands-on, in-industry approach to film education.

  • Do you want to direct horror flicks? Great, we’ll pair you with a horror director.
  • Do you want to direct indie films? We’ll pair you with an independent film director who knows indie filmmaking.
  • Or do you just want to write great screenplays and leave the rest up to the director and production company?

If that’s you, read on!

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Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs

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Daniela Larsen

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Success stories

Since he started his extern program with Uptone Pictures in Raleigh, NC, Grant Gilbert has been taking…


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