This isn’t a boring Zanesville film school classroom. This isn’t an overcrowded college laboratory. This is life. Real Life. YOUR LIFE.

Don’t drop a lot of money on a meaningless film degree. Employers want real-world experience, not lots of hours in lecture halls. That’s why we developed Film Connection Film School in Zanesville, Ohio. We present mentors that will help get your career off the ground by providing you with experience on real film sets with real film crews. We have two certificate programs to suit everyone’s needs. The first is Film Connection for Cinematography, our 6-month behind-the-scenes track that pairs you up with a working professional from the Zanesville area. The other is Film Connection for Film Production & Editing, the 8-month director’s program. Learn about filmmaking with local mentors and dream mentors based in Los Angeles. At the end of the program, we fly you out to L.A. to meet with a pitch executive and have your own meeting. Let us help you get your career going with Zanesville Film Connection!

Don’t Spend More on your Film Education if You Don’t Have to

Zanesville, Ohio is located in the east-central part of the state, hosting a population of around 25,000 people. Despite its small size, Zanesville is strategic to plenty of natural scenery and is within convenient driving distance to major cities such as Columbus, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and other places–making it a great central spot for finding filming locations. Several production companies make their home in this area, and Zanesville also benefits from a generous tax incentive plan offered by the state to attract filmmakers to the region. If you are looking at a filmmaking career, whether in directing, producing, editing, or other filmmaking professions, you’ll find a surprising number of opportunities to learn in Zanesville–and FILM CONNECTION can get you connected to those opportunities.

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Get Real World Film Production Experience in Zanesville

Ohio regularly serves as the location site for movies, TV shows, specials, and documentaries, including around the Zanesville area. A sampling of the movies that have done location filming in the region around Zanesville includes Little Man Tate, Noises Off, Traffic, Rebound, the 2007 documentary Slacker Uprising, and film classic Brubaker, to name a few.

Our Zanesville Film Industry Mentors Help you Build Real World Connections

The secret to our success is our mentor-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, guiding you through hands-on training on real film and video shoots in and around Zanesville. The fruit of our revolutionary system is in our graduates; many of them get hired in the industry, many times before they even finish our program. You owe it to yourself to see what FILM CONNECTION can do to help you jumpstart your career!

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Success stories

Since he started his extern program with Uptone Pictures in Raleigh, NC, Grant Gilbert has been taking…


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