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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 Seattle 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?

Zef Cota Seattle Mentor

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Zef Cota Seattle Mentor

Background

Alphabet City Films is a film production company based in New York City, NY. We are a collective of writers, directors, producers, cinematographers, and other talented filmmakers. We have created many short films, and recently produced our first feature length film: The Trouble.

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Jim DeGroot Seattle Mentor

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Jim DeGroot Seattle Mentor

Background

Clients: Green Bay Packers, Disney, National Guard, Doritos, ABC World News, Good Morning America, St. Joseph’s Medical Centers, Homeland Security

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Eero Johnson Seattle Mentor

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Eero Johnson Seattle Mentor

Background

“I’m Eero Johnson. I’m a film and video producer living in Bellingham, Washington. For over ten years I’ve been creating commercials, corporate videos, web videos, sales DVD’s, music videos … whatever it takes to get your message to your audience. I have a great group of clients and I love what I do.”

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Chris Varner Seattle Mentor

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Chris Varner Seattle Mentor

Background

In a career spanning nearly 20 years, Chris has worked in almost every facet of video production, from lens to post. His credits include EPK work on “Sleepy Hollow”, “Under The Dome”, “The Longest Ride”, “We’re The Millers”, “Iron Man 3”, “One Tree Hill” and more.

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John Raffo Seattle Mentor

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John Raffo Seattle Mentor

Background

John Raffo started as a photographer in New York before turning his attention to screenwriting. Over the last twenty years he’s worked on a variety of credited and uncredited projects (including, DRAGON, THE BRUCE LEE STORYTHE RELIC, and THE INTERPRETER”). His original screenplay RENKO VEGA AND THE JENNIFER NINE appeared on the 2011 Black List. THE 7TH SWORD is his first story written directly as a graphic novel.

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Shawn Hamer Seattle Mentor

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Shawn Hamer Seattle Mentor

Background

17 time Emmy award winning DP/Camera Operator, Producer and Director with over 20 years of experience in the Film, Television and Audio business. Extensive professional experience for top clients across the country from Miami to Anchorage, from New York to San Francisco. International production experience in South & Central America as well as China for both documentary and commercial production. Well versed in handling both low and high budget production ($1k to $3.5m). Professional still shooter as well with full ProFoto strobe lighting and speedlight kits. Lots of contacts in the Detroit metro area and in major cities across the globe for every type and size production – full cinema production, 3D production, aerial shoots, camera car, crane/jib, etc. I also have shot, explored, camped and lived all over Michigan – I know the state EXTREMELY well, particularly it’s remotest regions.

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Sebastian Triscari Seattle Mentor

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Sebastian Triscari Seattle Mentor

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“Young people are the future of this industry. Mentorship programs like The Film Connection are the most efficient and effective ways for anyone who has a passion to gain the information and experience necessary to be successful!”

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Mitch Kaufman Seattle Mentor

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Mitch Kaufman Seattle Mentor

Background

A native of Atlantic Beach, Mitch Kaufmann has been offering video services to area businesses and residents since 1984. He started Atlantic Video Productions by shooting weddings, business seminars, and sporting events.

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Horacio Jones Seattle Mentor

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Horacio Jones Seattle Mentor

Background

Award winning director, Horacio Jones is a multi-faceted Video Producer, Director, and Editor. He has turned CinemaViva into one of the leading video production studios in San Diego. In addition to making outstanding corporate video productions, he is committed to making socially conscious and inspiring films and documentaries that bring magic into peoples lives in fun and colorful ways.

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Deen Olatunji Seattle Mentor

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Deen Olatunji Seattle Mentor

Background

Deen’s most recent film is “Warfare”, which was screened at the heart of Dallas and several other cities across the United States. Deen has also worked on several feature, short films and other content, which include “Kanaani” (Popular TV Series”), “The Call”, “King Sacrifice”, “Who Am I” , and “Dancing With The Docs-Texas”. (TV Series). He is currently working on his next projects “The Alarm Clock” (Short Film) and “Eze Back To School”  (Feature Film) all coming up in fall and winter 2016.

Deen believes the RRFC program is great because it’s one of the few reputable schools that teach you on the field which he states is a great way of learning.

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Rex Piano Seattle Mentor

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Rex Piano Seattle Mentor

Background

“The Film Connection allows aspiring writers to work with professionals.  The students not only learn theory, but practical applications to screenwriting.  I wish it was around when I was a student.” — Rex Piano, Producer/Director, Impact Earth, Fall of Hyperion, Rome: Rise and Fall of an Empire, Murder Dot Com, Hope Ranch, The Month of August

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Seattle 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 Seattle

The Seattle, Washington Film Connection Film School Alternative

DO YOU WANT TO LEARN TO BECOME A FILM DIRECTOR IN SEATTLE?

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.

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!

DO YOU WANT TO WRITE GREAT SCRIPTS OR SCREENPLAYS?

If you already know you’re all about writing for film, then consider our Screenplay Workshop which gets you training directly and privately with a Film Connection screenwriting mentor.

Our approach to screenwriting training goes above and beyond what you find in books and online tutorials. Rather than talk at you, our experienced professional screenwriting mentors work with you, guiding you through the entire process of bringing a story idea to life through a well-written screenplay that moves and engages the reader. Oftentimes even the most driven aspiring writers become disappointed when they find there’s a big disconnect between reading about screenwriting and actually applying the practices and principles utilized by the pros. That’s because learning to write movies is an iterative process. It requires doing and redoing, learning and relearning, to gain a high level of proficiency in the craft. Through direct, one-on-one training via online video conference or telephone connection, you can have an educational experience that’s all about enabling you to write your own high quality Killer Script. In so doing, you will be in a prime position to absorb the insight and advice your screenwriting mentor has to share with you. And as for staying inspired, well that shouldn’t be a problem. What’s more inspiring than learning to bring your own story idea to life?

YES YOU CAN LEARN FILMMAKING IN SEATTLE

Seattle Film Connection’s film school alternative is dedicated to enabling driven, dedicated individuals launch their careers in film and television for not a lot of time or money. Thanks to us, over the past three decades people from all walks of life have been able to get connected and get working in the industry or even make their own movies and open their own production companies.

Getting in and learning from within the industry also enables folks who know they want to work in film but don’t have a specific job or crew position in mind, to gain their bearings and locate the career path that’s right for them. Film Connection graduate David Nance had a great paying job and some experience as a professional actor when he enrolled in our Film Production & Editing program. Our approach made sense to him:

The one-on-one approach is definitely more how I learn,” he says. I learn hands-on. I have to actually see and touch and feel and also have that direction with someone who’s ‘in the know’ rather than reading from a book or watching something online.”

David was matched with Film Connection mentors in Seattle who took them under their wings and got him involved on a production right away. In so doing, David was able to see what he gravitated towards:

It was very eye opening just seeing the pre-production process…I met with their UPM (Unit Production Manager), we went over call sheets, time sheets, general arranging. I got to see how deal memos were crafted and then revised, and saying, ‘Oh, we’ve lost this person so now we’ve got to bring this person which means we need to craft another deal’…Things like that.

Thanks to the hands-on training he received, David was able to ascertain that his skills as a project manager were perfectly suited for the role of film producer or line producer. After working on the production end of feature film Last Seen in Idaho, David has gone on to produce The Ritual (2018) and An Unconditional Recipe (2019). He also worked as 2nd Unit Director on Gone with the Dead, the Movie.

Whether you want to be a film director, write, produce, edit, or be a behind the scenes person, Seattle Film Connection might be your ticket to the future you want. And in case you’re thinking that Seattle, Washington is no place to launch a film career, think again!

Film enthusiasts know that this city is always a favorite for locations. Fifty Shades of Grey (2015), Fifty Shades Darker (2017), and Fifty Shades Freed (2018), were all shot in Seattle. So was Sleepless in Seattle, The Fabulous Baker Boys, The Last Mimzy, Firewall, The Ring 2 and An Officer and a Gentleman. Even “The Fugitive” television series was shot in Seattle.

If you want to work in the entertainment industry – film or television – in Seattle, Film Connection can place you inside of a professional production company for in-industry lessons and mentored-externship on actual commercial projects. We believe there’s no substitute for getting in and learning on-the-job and in the very same environment in which you want to work. For more than thirty years, we’ve been helping people break into the business and gain solid connections and skills in a matter of months (6 to 9 months), not years.

Check us out and see why so many of our mentored-externship film school alternative graduates find work in film, TV, and media right in their hometown, like Seattle.

To APPLY for our Seattle Film School, click here.

SEATTLE, Washington is fourteenth in the DMA listings. Also known as The Emerald City, Seattle is famous for its stunning scenic views. Surrounded by lakes, rivers, Puget Sound, and mountains, Seattle is a recreation enthusiast’s dream come true. The greater Seattle area is home to 2.8 million people. You have heard of Microsoft, Nordstrom’s and Starbucks, who are based here. Also known as the birthplace of grunge rock and espresso coffee, Seattle is the home of baseball’s Edgar Martinez, glass art’s Dale Chihuly, musicians Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Queensryche, Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart and Kenny G., software giant Bill Gates, maestro Gerard Schwartz, actor Tom Skerritt, writers Ann Rule, Tom Robbins and Robert Fulghum.

Seattle is well known for its fresh seafood and inventive Northwest fare. Rainier Square, in the heart of Seattle, offers world class entertainment, commerce, fashion, art and design, while University Village is the premier open-air lifestyle shopping center in the Pacific Northwest. In all of Seattle, West Seattle not only has great views of Elliot Bay and the skyline, but also plenty of hip restaurants. This area was an independent town until forcibly annexed by Seattle in 1907.  Seattle has no shortage of local bars; from Belltown’s posh lounges to the University District’s college bars to Capitol Hill, Seattle has a something for everyone.

As for sports and recreation, you can catch the Seattle Seahawks, the city’s pro football team, or hang with the Seattle Mariners Baseball Club when they play in Safeco Field. Or if you are into the outdoors, hiking, biking and water sports are huge. But if you want to rip the new Beginner’s Trail on a bike at Seattle’s Colonnade Park, you’ll need to get some practice. If you choose to live in Seattle, you will be called a Seattleite.

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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 Seattle Film Connection


801 Second Ave
Ste 800 #8034
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 504-1680

Email: [email protected]
Hours: M-F 9:00AM - 6:00PM

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