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Your Wisconsin Film School Alternative

The Film Connection in Wisconsin is the best film school in the state, for one important reason: we put you in the heart of the action, from your very first day of training.  While other film schools gather their students into crowded classrooms far from any real film industry activity—we put you into a real film production facility as a working apprentice (extern), learning one-on-one from a seasoned industry pro.  Our mentor-apprentice (extern) approach offers you the chance to gain valuable work experience in film while making important industry connections—all while you are a student, instead of after you graduate!

Imagine being taught cinematography by a working cinematographer. Imagine learning to edit films from a film editor with real credits.  Imagine learning to direct movies by working alongside an actual director. This might seem like a fantasy to most film students, but at the Wisconsin Film Connection, this is how we teach our students every day.

The best part is that you don’t have to migrate to Hollywood to get started in the film industry, because we have plenty of connections to get you started right here in Wisconsin! 

Do you doubt?  Take a look at this partial list of major films that have been filmed on location in Wisconsin:

  • Public Enemies (2009)
  • The Blues Brothers (1980)
  • Chain Reaction (1996)
  • Iron Will (1994)
  • Damien: Omen II (1978)
  • The Straight Story (1999)
  • Major League (1989)
  • The Amityville Horror (2005)
  • Bridesmaids (2011)

Between feature films like these, ongoing local production needs and a thriving indie film scene that includes over a dozen film festivals each year, you can see that there are plenty of opportunities to plug in to the film industry right here in Wisconsin—and the Wisconsin Film Connection can get you closer to the action than any other film school can.

From day one of your training, you’ll be learning on-the-job and on the set as a working film apprentice (extern).  Whether your interest is in producing, directing, screenwriting, editing or cinematography, we have mentors specializing in these areas who can tailor our curriculum to your needs.  And if you want to break into the Los Angeles film scene to make your own movies, your mentor will take you step by step through the full development of your own film idea—and when you graduate, we’ll set up the meeting for you to pitch that film to actual L.A. film executives! (Can you name any other film school that does this? We bet you can’t.)

One thing you don’t want to do when trying to launch a film career is get bogged down with student debt.  With the high cost of most film schools, this problem is pretty much unavoidable—but not with the Wisconsin Film Connection.  Our on-the-job film school costs about 75 PERCENT LESS than the average film school, so you graduate with little or no debt, and you can focus on developing your film career.

How simple can it be?  With our program, you learn filmmaking one-on-one from the best in the business, and you learn it by participating in real productions.  You gain real work experience, and you form valuable relationships with other film professionals.  By the time you graduate, you are already an industry insider, because you’ve been on the inside all along!  If you’re serious about a film career, you owe it to yourself to give us a look.  APPLY NOW FOR FREE to learn more about this amazing opportunity. 

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The Film Connection is where it all starts. We help make your dreams happen.
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