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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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Film Connection Locations

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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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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View BBB A Rating for Film Connection Film Institute
$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
Sources: Sallie Mae student loan calculator - Nerd Wallet - Best Value Schools - Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

About Our Wichita-Hutchinson 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?

David McClain Wichita-Hutchinson Mentor

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David McClain Wichita-Hutchinson Mentor

Background

Credits: Coca Cola, Google, Dateline, Travel Channel, NBC

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Demetria Kalodimos Wichita-Hutchinson Mentor

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Demetria Kalodimos Wichita-Hutchinson Mentor

Background

In 2000, Demetria established Genuine Human Productions, writing, directing, shooting and editing true stories about real people…genuine humans. Demetria Kalodimos has anchored and reported television news for more than 30 years. She’s won some of journalism’s most prestigious awards including 15 regional Emmys, 2 National Headliners and 2 Investigative Reporters and Editors Awards.

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Grant Salisbury Wichita-Hutchinson Mentor

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Grant Salisbury Wichita-Hutchinson Mentor

Background

Over fifteen years post production experience in Orlando—Grant has provided video editorial, 2D & 3D animations, and motion graphics for a multitude of media clients through his post production company, GFX Creative.

Short & Long Format Video Editorial, Event & Theme Park Animations, Infomercials, Broadcast Commercials, Corporate Communications and Interactive Media for The Walt Disney Company, Universal Studios, Sea World, Lockheed-Martin, AAA Insurance, 3M, Siemens, Honda, A&D Medical, Toyota, FedEx and others.

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Jae Macallan Wichita-Hutchinson Mentor

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Jae Macallan Wichita-Hutchinson Mentor

Background

Jae Macallan is the owner, producer, and lead editor for Yoyostring Creative in Seattle, WA., with satalite offices in Portland, OR and San Diego, CA.  Yoyostring produces traditional video as well as animation, 360 VR, live video switching and video mapping. 

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Ron Osborn Wichita-Hutchinson Mentor

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Ron Osborn Wichita-Hutchinson Mentor

Background

“Simply put, there is no better or more effective way to teach anything than one-on-one, mentor to student.  This is what the Film Connection does.” — Ron Osborn

A writer/producer in television for 35 years, Ron has been nominated for 7 Emmys, 3 Cable Ace Awards, and 2 Writers Guild Awards on shows like MOONLIGHTING, THE WEST WING, and the adult animated DUCKMAN.  He has written pilots for every primetime network, numerous cable networks, as well as movies like MEET JOE BLACK; and has developed feature projects with Steven Speilberg, Ron Howard, and George Lucas, among others. .

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Sam Borowski Wichita-Hutchinson Mentor

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Sam Borowski Wichita-Hutchinson Mentor

Background

“The Recording Radio and Film Connection is such an effective program, because it takes the student out of the classroom and puts them in the very field they seek to be a part of. With mentors that actually work in the student’s respective field, they get first-hand knowledge of how everything works and just what to do. I think it’s the best way to get hands-on experience and the lessons learned are very valuable. I also think that the interview process helps to match a student with a mentor that will be right for them.” – Sam Borowski

Directed and produced the feature film, Night Club starring Oscar-Winner Ernest Borgnine, Natasha Lyonne and Paul Sorvino. Wrote and produced the feature-length documentary Creature Feature: 60 Years of the Gill-Man with Oscar-Winner Benicio Del Toro and narrated by 2-time Emmy-Winner Keith David. Also directed and produced the film Maniac.

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John Lafia Wichita-Hutchinson Mentor

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John Lafia Wichita-Hutchinson Mentor

Background

John Lafia is a director and writer, known for Child’s Play (1988), Child’s Play 2 (1990), Man’s Best Friend(1993) and 10.5 (2004)

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Brian Dryden Wichita-Hutchinson Mentor

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Brian Dryden Wichita-Hutchinson Mentor

Background

Clients: The North Face, Cherokee Sports, LSU

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Peter Foldy Wichita-Hutchinson Mentor

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Peter Foldy Wichita-Hutchinson Mentor

Background

“For a fraction of the price of a university course, students of the Radio, Record and Film Connection receive one-on-one consultation and mentoring from a seasoned film professional. It is an opportunity for an exchange of meaningful ideas and for some, even a chance to network, an essential requirement to make an in-road in the film business.”

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Eric Abrams Wichita-Hutchinson Mentor

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Eric Abrams Wichita-Hutchinson Mentor

Background

“Unlike many programs that stress theory over doing, our goal is for our students to have completed a 1st draft of a screenplay or be well on their way in 10 sessions.”
 
Credits I’m proud of: “Married…With Children,” “Gary & Mike,” ‘Live & Maddie,” and an unaired Muppet pilot.

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Monty Mickelson Wichita-Hutchinson Mentor

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Monty Mickelson Wichita-Hutchinson Mentor

Background

Freelance Journalist, Financial Writer, Corporate Communications Copywriter, Writer of Corporate Training and Life Skills Videoscripts, Public Relations Account Manager, Special Events Promotion and Media Wrangling, Award-Winning Published Novelist, and Feature Film Screenwriter.

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Wichita-Hutchinson News

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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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Why Manners Matter in Music, Film, and TV

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The Film Scene in Wichita-Hutchinson

The Wichita-Hutchinson, Kansas Film Connection Film School Alternative

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-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 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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