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*When paid in full, tuition will receive a $2000 reduction, bringing the program’s total tuition of $12,200 to $10,200 not including administrative fees.

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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 apprentice (extern) to a professional editor in a post-production facility.

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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 fully-equipped 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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$12,200 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

Average Accrued Interest Charges
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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 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 program. 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 Mentors

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 Request an Invitation

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 Request an Invitation

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 Request an Invitation

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. Request an Invitation

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. Request an Invitation

Kel Thompson Wichita-Hutchinson Mentor

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Kel Thompson Wichita-Hutchinson Mentor

Background

America’s Production Company was established in 2005 by Kel Thompson who has degrees in photography & advertising from Texas State University. Kel is also a graduate of the Palm Beach Film School. Kel was first published in photography at 17 years old in TX. Kel worked for News24Houston as their first helicopter videographer, before being hired by a major event production company in Florida. Two years later he established America’s Production Company after learning the ropes in photo, video, audio and event production. Request an Invitation

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. Request an Invitation

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 Request an Invitation

Eero Johnson Wichita-Hutchinson Mentor

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Eero Johnson Wichita-Hutchinson Mentor

Background

“I’m Eero Johnson. I’m a film and video producer living in Bellingham, Washington. For over ten years I’ve been creating commercials, corporate videos, web videos, sales DVD’s, music videos … whatever it takes to get your message to your audience. I have a great group of clients and I love what I do.” Request an Invitation

Chris Varner Wichita-Hutchinson Mentor

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Chris Varner Wichita-Hutchinson Mentor

Background

In a career spanning nearly 20 years, Chris has worked in almost every facet of video production, from lens to post. His credits include EPK work on “Sleepy Hollow”, “Under The Dome”, “The Longest Ride”, “We’re The Millers”, “Iron Man 3”, “One Tree Hill” and more. Request an Invitation

John Raffo Wichita-Hutchinson Mentor

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John Raffo Wichita-Hutchinson Mentor

Background

John Raffo started as a photographer in New York before turning his attention to screenwriting. Over the last twenty years he’s worked on a variety of credited and uncredited projects (including, DRAGON, THE BRUCE LEE STORYTHE RELIC, and THE INTERPRETER”). His original screenplay RENKO VEGA AND THE JENNIFER NINE appeared on the 2011 Black List. THE 7TH SWORD is his first story written directly as a graphic novel. Request an Invitation

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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-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. To APPLY click here.  

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 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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