This is your
Spokane Classroom

Real filmmaking education. Real film industry connections.

An Immersive
Film Education

From directing to producing to editing and screenwriting, our mentor-based programs avoid the unnecessary costs and unrelated requirements of typical schools. Work directly with accomplished industry veteran filmmakers at one of our fully-equipped film production companies across the country.

Programs

You will study inside a real film production company in your city as you develop your movie idea with a legendary to filmmaker. Then you will fly to Los Angeles or New York to pitch your idea to an executive that could buy or get your movie idea made.

Director / Producer / Screenwriter Details

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 that starts the ball rolling down the hill.

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, without doubt, much more than that. He or she is also a qualified storyteller of the highest order.

Film Editing Details

The cinematographer is literally the set ‘magician.’ DPs are responsible for the technological wizardry to help create the needed light, while at the same time also having the keen sensibility to shape the light for the greatest artistic effect.

Cinematography Details

View All Programs

Spokane

Film Connection Film Institute
Schedule a Tour

Visit a Film Production Company
In Spokane

Get started with a tour of one of our Washington apprenticeship locations. Or call us for more information at 800-295-4433


About Our Spokane Film School

Our fully-immersive curriculum
covers all of the following:

Building Relationships

Learning filmmaking in the real world with the Film Connection mentoring approach makes building relationships in the film industry is a daily occurrence.

On-Set Etiquette

Knowing how to handle yourself on the set is a prerequisite to a successful career in filmmaking—your mentor will guide you through proper etiquette during real film shoots.

Hardware and Equipment

Film Connection mentors exist in the real world where the competition is fierce. Having the latest gear is essential to their success which gives you access to the latest hardware.

Making Movies

Isn’t the whole point of going to film school to learn how to make movies—especially YOUR movie? The Film Connection 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 or trade school. We’re different, even innovative and you need to understand more before you apply. Here’s how you can get more info:


Request Information Choose Your Location Call Admissions

Meet our Faculty

Why learn from teachers when you can learn from the professionals?

Ricky Lapkin Spokane Mentor

Read Profile

Ricky Lapkin Spokane Mentor

Background

Ricky Lapkin full-service production company offering cinematic shorts and films, corporate audio visual services, and analog recording transfers to all digital formats.

Request an Invitation

Mark Roos Spokane Mentor

Read Profile

Mark Roos Spokane Mentor

Background

“I create music that connects people. It’s what I love to do and I’ve been doing it for over 25 years. I’ve worked with some if the best directors around on a variety amazing of projects in just about every medium there is, including computer games, full-feature and documentary films, websites, radio, television shows, commercials and custom music production.”

Clients: Discovery Channel, MSNBC, History Channel

Request an Invitation

Damon Crump Spokane Mentor

Read Profile

Damon Crump Spokane Mentor

Background

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

Request an Invitation

Mark Gibson Spokane Mentor

Read Profile

Mark Gibson Spokane Mentor

Background

“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. 

Request an Invitation

Conrad Denke Spokane Mentor

Read Profile

Conrad Denke Spokane Mentor

Background

“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.”

Request an Invitation

Seth Wood Spokane Mentor

Read Profile

Seth Wood Spokane Mentor

Background

Seth has been working in production since 1998 and has a wide range of refined marketing skills.

With abilities in media marketing and advertising, he is an asset to almost any organization. Seth works with companies and agencies all over the US to produce “brand” friendly marketing pieces that actually generate results. Because of his extreme expertise and experience in graphics, photography, video production, and other media marketing solutions, you can get all your products produced at one boutique advertising location… Seth’s office!

Brands promoted with video projects over the past years include: Microsoft, Avaya Telecommunications, Susan G Koman, Texas Instruments, CAE, Evatran, Oster and many more. Check out the full list of production credits on his new leads generating website.

www.SwoodMedia.com

“I work hard, am deadline savvy, and ready to get YOUR job done right.”

Request an Invitation

Mike Domgard Spokane Mentor

Read Profile

Mike Domgard Spokane Mentor

Background

Credits: Blur Parties, Lincoln Promo Video, Inner Thoughts

Request an Invitation

Aimee Schoof Spokane Mentor

Read Profile

Aimee Schoof Spokane Mentor

Background

Aimee Schoof is an entertainment executive, producer, and co-founder of Intrinsic Value Films with Isen Robbins. She has produced more than 30 feature films that have premiered either at Sundance, Tribeca, SXSW, Toronto, Venice, New Directors/New Films, and Berlin.

Request an Invitation

Richard Brandes Spokane Mentor

Read Profile

Richard Brandes Spokane Mentor

Background

Richard Brandes is an accomplished writer, director, and producer of over two dozen feature films, which have been released through such well known companies as Alliance/Atlantis, Screen Gems, Sony, HBO, CBS, NBC/Universal, and Lionsgate, to name just a few. Known in the industry for creating highly commercial, profitable films, Richard has an impeccable reputation for completing his projects on schedule and on budget.

Request an Invitation

Paul Guay Spokane Mentor

Read Profile

Paul Guay Spokane Mentor

Background

Credits: Liar Liar, The Little Rascals, Shrinking Violet

Request an Invitation

Steve Rausch Spokane Mentor

Read Profile

Steve Rausch Spokane Mentor

Background

Steve Rausch is owner and operator of focused motion. Focused Motion produces and shoot video content for commercials, industrial videos, surgeries and live sporting events. My company has worked on documentaries, programming for Discovery Networks and reality TV shows.

Request an Invitation

View Full List

Spokane News

What Makes a Good Love Scene?

Learn More

Low Budget Filmmaking Heroes

Learn More

What Science Says About Writer’s Block

Learn More

Lorne Michaels Potential Retirement from SNL and The Future of TV Sketch Comedy

Learn More

Achieving Flow: Entering the Vortex

Learn More

How to Have a Successful Table Read

Learn More

What You Should Know About Neil Gaiman

Learn More

EDM Jobs That Actually Exist!

Learn More

The Film Scene in Spokane

The Spokane, Washington Film Connection Film School Advantage

Do you have a brilliant idea for a movie? Do just need a little bit of help getting your idea polished?

Spokane Film Connection Film School has everything you need.

The Film Connection pairs you with industry professionals who are currently working in the genre you want to working in. They help you through every step of the creative process.

We will team you up with a Hollywood screenwriter who will help you form your idea into a feature length screenplay. We will also introduce you to an editor, who will help you assemble the footage that you shoot, and two mentors to guide you through the creative process.

By the time you’re done with our program you’ll have a finished screenplay, two fully produced scenes, and a trailer for your feature film. And the best part? The last step of our program is that you’ll sit down with a real studio exec and pitch him your movie.

Pretty astounding, right? Yeah. Pretty astounding.

To APPLY for our Spokane Film School, click here.

Located in eastern Washington not far from the Idaho border, Spokane is home to around 208,000 people, anchoring a metro area of nearly three times that population. Entertainment professionals and celebrities with ties to this area include comedienne Julia Sweeney, crooner/actor Bing Crosby, and actors Craig T. Nelson, Hilary Swank and Dyan Cannon. Spokane not only offers urban backdrops for location filming, but is also in driving distance to a number of natural features including mountains, lakes, forests and rivers. Spokane also benefits from generous incentives offered by the state of Washington for filmmakers, including rebates of up to 30 percent for expenditures.

Major movies, commercials, TV shows and documentaries are filmed throughout Washington state on a regular basis, including in and around Spokane. Some of the movies that have done location filming here include The Joneses, Benny & Joon, Knockaround Guys, Smoke Signals, Vision Quest and Lonely Hearts, just to name a few. Whether your interest is in film producing, film directing, post-production, lighting or otherwise, Spokane offers more opportunities than you might think–and FILM CONNECTION can get you close to the action in ways other film schools can’t.

The secret to FILM CONNECTION’s success is our mentor-apprentice (extern) approach. During our inexpensive, 6-month course, you’ll be paired with a working film or television professional who serves as your personal instructor and mentor. You’ll gain valuable hands-on experience while making important industry connections. Enroll in Spokane FILM CONNECTION today, and discover why over 70% of our graduates find permanent jobs in the industry.

To APPLY click here.

Connections Matter

Learn From Industry Pros

The Film Connection film school is endorsed by filmmakers who are making the movies you love.

Professionals in the film business—including many of the famous producers, screenwriters and directors who’ve worked on the films that inspire you—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.

Learn More

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.

Learn More

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.

Learn More

ICM Partners

and RRF have donated to the Hide & Seek Foundation’s SOAR (Support of Accelerated Research).

Learn More

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”…

Learn More

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…

Learn More

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.”

Learn More

Alex Keledjian

Producer of Project Greenlight

Learn More

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.

Learn More

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”.

Learn More

Luis Estrada

“Our first apprentice (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 apprentice (extern) turned out to be a reliable resource and we hope […]

Learn More

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.”

Learn More

View Full List