u Wichita-Hutchinson, KS Film School

This is your
Wichita-Hutchinson Classroom

Real filmmaking education. Real film industry connections.

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 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

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Wichita-Hutchinson

Film Connection Film Institute

Our "Near Me" Wichita-Hutchinson Filmmaker Locations

  • Clifton Square
  • Old Town
  • River West
  • Stanley/Aley
  • Sunflower
  • Maple Valley
  • Crestview
  • South Seneca
  • Haysville
  • Derby
  • Oaklawn-Sunview
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • College Hill
  • Riverside
  • Power
  • New Salem
  • Farmington
  • Countryside West
  • Briarwood
  • Willowbrook
  • Yoder
  • Haven
  • Mt. Hope
  • Maize
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Visit a Film Production Company
In Wichita-Hutchinson

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


About Our Wichita-Hutchinson Film School

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 program should be to learn how to make movies—especially YOUR movie. Our 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:


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Meet our Faculty

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

Michael Van Orden Wichita-Hutchinson Mentor

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Michael Van Orden Wichita-Hutchinson Mentor

Background

Credits: Being Doug, Called to Serve, The Washing, Spit

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Albert Dabah Wichita-Hutchinson Mentor

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Albert Dabah Wichita-Hutchinson Mentor

Background

Albert has been in the video production business for thirty-three years, owning and running Simba Productions in New York City.

Clients: CNN, HBO, Apple

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Derek Koen Wichita-Hutchinson Mentor

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Derek Koen Wichita-Hutchinson Mentor

Background

Washington Koen Media Productions is a full-service media production company specializing in video productions, streaming video solutions, presentations and audio/visual support for organizations both large and small. Whether corporate video presentations, documentaries, live streaming of meetings, or web streaming solutions, our highly-skilled and creative team- with over 20 years of combined experience – using today's latest tools and technology, can produce quality results for your company

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Brian Glazen Wichita-Hutchinson Mentor

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Brian Glazen Wichita-Hutchinson Mentor

Background

In 2013, Brian Glazen co-produced an independent film called Fishing Without Nets. This film went on to win for Best Direction at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and recently sold to Twentieth Century Fox for distribution to theaters nation wide.

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Laura Scheiner Wichita-Hutchinson Mentor

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Laura Scheiner Wichita-Hutchinson Mentor

Background

Seasoned film development executive, writer and script consultant with exceptional story development and script analysis skills. As a development executive I’m particularly adept at pinpointing the problems in a script and coming up with creative solutions. I’m a passionate collaborator who creates a fertile environment where writers can bloom and scripts can meet their potential.

As a writer for hire I pride myself as bringing my story sense, knowledge, talent and unbridled imagination to the table in order to bring the producer’s vision to life.

As a storyteller I always aim to entertain, engage, surprise, move and provoke.

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Craig Constant Wichita-Hutchinson Mentor

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Craig Constant Wichita-Hutchinson Mentor

Background

Craig Constant is an Executive Producer at Constant66 Films. After leaving the Marine Corps, he worked as a Photojournalist/Editor for the Fox News Channel for close to seven years. Since then, he’s worked as a Sound Technician, Production Sound Mixer, Camera Operator and Director of Photography.

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Zef Cota Wichita-Hutchinson Mentor

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Zef Cota Wichita-Hutchinson 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 Wichita-Hutchinson Mentor

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Jim DeGroot Wichita-Hutchinson 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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Bob Kelley Wichita-Hutchinson Mentor

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Bob Kelley Wichita-Hutchinson Mentor

Background

Clients: Discovery Canada, PBS, UCDavis, Associated Press, Fox News, Blackstone Media, NBC Universal

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Marc Silber Wichita-Hutchinson Mentor

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Marc Silber Wichita-Hutchinson Mentor

Background

With a background in visual media, director Marc Silber has interviewed scores of entrepreneurs, CEOs and creative professionals over the years. His interview series has received hearty praise and has helped countless business leaders and artists tell their story.

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Craig Roessler Wichita-Hutchinson Mentor

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Craig Roessler Wichita-Hutchinson Mentor

Background

A film and television studio executive and producer for over twenty years, Craig has directly overseen, managed, and/or produced 25 films and seven network series with budgets totaling over $500 million. 

Craig is known for his project-management skills, having close working relationships with talent and directors, producing big looking, studio-quality content on tight budgets, quickly providing workable solutions for development and production issues, and completing projects on time, on budget.

As Senior Vice President of Production, Programming and Creative Affairs for MGM Television Worldwide Inc., Craig had direct oversight of all content development, and oversaw pre-production, production, post-production, while working with business & legal affairs, marketing, and promotion. His MGM product was nominated for 10 Emmy awards and numerous others including DGA, Golden Globes, PGA and SAG awards. 

He oversaw studio projects such as the series Stargate SG-1, Stargate: Atlantis, Stargate: Universe, Dead Like Me, and The L Word, as well as Showtime Movies Inherit the Wind, Twelve Angry Men, In the Time of the Butterflies, That Championship Season, and Rocky Marciano, which opened the Monte Carlo Film Festival. Craig has worked with a wide range of talent, from well-established actors and directors to breaking new talent. 

Craig grew up in Los Angeles and Colorado, working summers on ranches breaking and training western saddle horses. He attended Columbia University, working his way through school as an actor on NBC’s soap opera “Another World,” while learning production work skills for quick, quality content.

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The Film Scene in Wichita-Hutchinson

The Wichita-Hutchinson, Kansas Film Connection Film School Advantage

The movie business is notoriously hard to gain traction in. It’s impossibly hard to break in. You have to meet people, impress them, prove that your trustworthy, and then maybe they’ll give you work.

Or you could go to the Wichita-Huchinson Film Connection Film School and not worry about any of that.

The Film Connection wants to be in the business of YOU. That is to say, we want to help you make the movie you want to make. Do you have the next great romantic comedy? Perfect, we’ll pair you with someone who is currently working in that genre and then we’ll get started.

We’ll also pair you with a screenwriter and an editor, to ensure that the work you produce will be of the highest quality.

And the final piece of awesomeness? We set up a meeting for you with a real studio executive. And you’re going to pitch him your movie.

Yeah, we thought you’d like that last bit.

To APPLY for our Wichita-Hutchinson Film School, click here.

Located in south-central Kansas along the Arkansas River, the city of Wichita is the largest in the state, hosting a population exceeding 350,000 people. About 40 miles upriver, the town of Hutchinson is home to about 40,000 people. This region has become known as a cultural center; Wichita hosts a symphony orchestra, art galleries, and several museums situated in a scenic area around the river. Numerous media/entertainment people have hailed from this area, including musician Joe Walsh, actors Kirstie Alley and Don Johnson, and film director Richard Thorpe. Several film or television production companies are located in the area, and the Wichita-Hutchinson area encourages filmmaking through a local film commission and the famed Tallgrass Film Festival. If you are considering a career in filmmaking as a film director, film producer, film editor, or cameraman, Wichita provides a surprising alternative to relocation to media hubs like L.A. or New York–especially with FILM CONNECTION to get you in the door.   

Some of the well known movies that have been filmed in Wichita, Hutchinson or surrounding areas include The Big Kahuna, Twister, Mars Attacks!, Dancing on the Moon, and two of the Sarah Plain and Tall television movies (Skylark and Winter's End). Other television productions filmed here include episodes of Cops! and Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.

With the strong professional connections and relationships we've forged over the years, FILM CONNECTION is in a unique position to help fulfill your dreams of a career in the film and tv industry. Our innovative mentor-apprentice (extern) approach offers hands-on, one-on-one training while helping students make vital industry contacts. Over 70% of FILM CONNECTION graduates find permanent industry employment, often even before they finish their schooling. You owe it to yourself to see what our Wichita-Hutchinson, Kansas FILM CONNECTION can do for your career.

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Success Stories from Students near Wichita, KS

Make your dreams a reality through the Film Connection.

“This past week my mentor and I continued to work on some of his projects that he has been working on. My mentor is really good about teaching me the easy way to do things, as well as making sure I know that there are several different ways to accomplish something. This week my mentor and I worked on a wedding reception and a charity event highlight on film. I got to learn how to do lower thirds, which are going to be very important. There are several pages in my notebook full of handy notes for myself, which I will read over constantly to understand better and better. I am inspired because I have never made something that I can truly be proud of and that is what I want to do.”

— Luke Knolla, Wichita, Kansas

Connections Matter

Learn From Industry Pros

The Film Connection film school alternative 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.

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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 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 […]

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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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