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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.

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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.

Film Connection is:
film education upgraded for the 21st century
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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 Washington DC 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?

Greg Freeman Washington DC Mentor

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Greg Freeman Washington DC 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 Washington DC Mentor

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Tom Malloy Washington DC Mentor

Background

The Alphabet Killer, Love N’ Dancing, The Attic, Hero of the Underworld, Law & Order: SVU

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Jason Jackson Washington DC Mentor

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Jason Jackson Washington DC 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 Washington DC Mentor

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Matthew Temple Washington DC 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 Washington DC Mentor

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Nick Kielhold Washington DC 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 Washington DC Mentor

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Logan Hale Washington DC 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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Megan Kennedy Washington DC Mentor

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Megan Kennedy Washington DC Mentor

Background

Megan is an award-winning photographer and videographer with over 10 years of video production experience, from directing and editing national PSA campaigns to producing feature-length documentaries.

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Calix Lewis Reneau Washington DC Mentor

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Calix Lewis Reneau Washington DC Mentor

Background

Calix Lewis Reneau is a producer and writer, known for An Even Worse Joke (2013), Canyon Road (2013) and My Cousin’s Ghetto Wedding (2016).

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Sandy Stern Washington DC Mentor

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Sandy Stern Washington DC Mentor

Background

Producer, Being John Malcovich, Saved!, Velvet Goldmine, Pump Up the Volume, Thirteen Conversations about One Thing, Equinox, Red Hot

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Rob Helmstetter Washington DC Mentor

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Rob Helmstetter Washington DC Mentor

Background

Rob has experience with major corporate ad agencies Publicis, Medicus, Digitas based in New York and Chicago. He has always been on the bleeding edge of technology and believes that services should be simple for the viewers.

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Ryan Kindahl Washington DC Mentor

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Ryan Kindahl Washington DC Mentor

Background

Documentaries, Music Videos, Commercials

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The Film Scene in Washington DC

The Washington DC, Dist. Of Columbia Film Connection Film School Alternative

What separates the Film Connection from ordinary schools, colleges, and trade schools is the amount of access to working professionals our externs get. With Film Connection, you’ll get one-on-one instruction from people who are actively working in the industry right in the D.C. area.

Want to Learn Directing in Washington, D.C?

That includes Buck Kahler, an Air Force veteran who has more than 30 years of filming experience to his name. During that time, he learned under mentors of his own. Now, he’s more than willing to pass that information on to the next generation of filmmakers, to continue his legacy through imparting his knowledge onto those who deserve it.

“I want to get as much information out there as possible to young people who are interested in this field because it’s not going away…Especially as far as cinematography tricks and techniques and just little hints that I can get across to people and have them practice, I think if they can take that with them, when they’ve been working in the field for 30 years they can do something and say, ‘Oh yeah, I remember when Buck taught me that 30 years ago.’”

Our mentors want you to succeed as much as you do. Enroll in our Film Connection for Film Production & Editing directing program and you’ll be placed in a film production company learning tricks of the trade as well as set etiquette, workflow procedures, how to prepare a location for a shoot, and much, much more.

It’s hard work though, so consider yourself forewarned. With us, you could be in the editing room for a few hours working on an industrial short for a company, or spend more than 10 hours on-location for a documentary. You’ll work hard but if film is your passion, you’ll love every minute of it. And you’ll have the opportunity to make those local, industry connections that just aren’t available in a classroom.

Want to Learn Screenwriting? Train with a Professional Screenwriter, One-on-One,  in Washington, D.C.

The Film Connection Screenwriting Workshop is designed to get you writing, get you access, and get you opportunities you may have not thought possible. This workshop will run the gamut of screenwriting, from the first inkling of an idea, to potentially pitching your script to an industry executive.

Instead of working within a production company, you’ll be working remotely with your mentor in the Screenwriting Workshop. You’ll still get the experience of collaborating with an industry professional, but you won’t need to move to do it. Take Geoffrey D. Calhoun for example.

While living in Detroit, Calhoun worked with his Los Angeles-based mentor through phone calls and Skype messaging. The two hit it off immediately and Calhoun paid close attention to specific suggestions and recommendations. Since finishing the workshop, Calhoun has won first place at the International Horror Film Festival for Hipster Z, a script he co-wrote. His screenplay for Scott Glenn’s Heroes From Heaven: Battle Ground Earth is currently in pre-production, and his book The Guide for Every Screenwriter (2019) has reached Amazon’s Best Seller List and can now be found at Barnes & Noble. Speaking of Film Connection, Geoffrey says:

“In order to be successful you need to stay humble and you need to stay a student…The Film Connection has set up a nice program that gives you 200 hours of screenwriting time to provide you an opportunity for you to prove yourself. If you’re not self-motivated, if you’re not hungry, then you’re not going to succeed.”

To APPLY for our Washington, D.C. Film School, click here.

WASHINGTON, D.C. is the capital of the United States and the 8th largest DMA in the country. The city was named after George Washington, the first President of the United States, while the name, District of Columbia , abbreviated as D.C., is a reference to Christopher Columbus.

Located on the banks of the Potomac River and bordered by Virginia and Maryland, Washington D.C. was planned and developed in the late 18th century. The city was initially intended to serve as the permanent national capital, and the federal district was formed to keep the national capital distinct from the states. Washington D.C. is home to the Nationals of MLB, the Wizards of the NBA and the Redskins of the NFL. The new Nationals Park in southeast Washington, built in 2008, can seat 41,222 sports fans.

IMBD lists over 960 feature films, TV series and specials shot on location in Washington D.C. The Washington, D.C. Film Society is an active non-profit organization that is dedicated to the appreciation of quality mainstream, independent and international films.

The Washington, D.C. Independent Film Festival has birthed many new artists, while Washington, D.C. is also a silent star in many Hollywood films including Wedding Crashers, The Sentinel, Syriana, National Treasure, and Mission: Impossible III, among others. The city is now considered a popular destination for movies and television. In fact, On Location Tours, which is a sightseeing company that specializes in TV and movie tours, has launched a guided bus tour taking visitors around the nation’s capital to the places where feature films and TV programs have been shot, including Georgetown where The Exorcist was filmed, the church that was featured in the film, Wedding Crashers, and the St. Elmo’s Fire bar.

Aspiring political enthusiasts seeking a career in television or film could really appreciate this city. If that’s you, you might seriously want to think about applying for Film Connection’s mentor/extern school of film and TV. Film Connection’s alternative to film school offers a low-cost, six month course in filmmaking that will place you under the direct, one-on-one supervision of your personal mentor (a working film or TV professional) where you will learn on real film or TV shoots and be exposed to dozens of industry contacts. Many Film Connection graduates find work in the television and film industries by the time they graduate our no-nonsense and cost efficient programs.

So, if you’re seeking a career in film or tv and live in the Washington D.C. area, get started on the right path today with the Film Connection, the film school alternative.

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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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1455 Pennsylvania Ave NW #400
Washington, D.C. 20004
2029308050

Email: [email protected]

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