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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.



We're here to help.

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.

Seattle Film School

Film Connection Locations

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 Seattle 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 Seattle Film School Mentor

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Tabitha Hartbauer Seattle 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 Seattle Film School Mentor

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Jason Hewitt Seattle 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 Seattle Film School Mentor

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Steve Riach Seattle 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 Seattle Film School Mentor

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Avery Williams Seattle 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 Seattle Film School Mentor

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Harry Findysz Seattle 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 Seattle Film School Mentor

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Greg Freeman Seattle 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 Seattle Film School Mentor

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Tom Malloy Seattle 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 Seattle Film School Mentor

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Jason Jackson Seattle Film School Mentor

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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 Seattle Film School Mentor

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Matthew Temple Seattle Film School Mentor

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“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 Seattle Film School Mentor

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Nick Kielhold Seattle 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 Seattle Film School Mentor

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Logan Hale Seattle 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 Seattle Film School, 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 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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Contact the Film Connection


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

Email: [email protected]

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