Quotes from Our Students
“I learned more about the history of film today and how people used to film videos and movies and clips with still photography. I met some more filmmakers and editors who were really nice and fun to be around”
Thanks Jesse Zesbaugh, RRFC and Victory studios.
“Today I decided to go forth with the last two chapters in this program. I am excited to say a lot of hard work and a long process of getting something right has finally paid off. I will present my script with a proud voice representing the school of Film Connection. I am currently waiting to hear back from the school letting me know who and when I will do this. Thanks Jesse Zesbaugh, RRFC and Victory studios.”
Joe Capilli, Seattle, WA
Real Projects, Real People
“I just finish working on the third interview with Henry Kissinger, Thanks to my mentor!”
“I’m going to be going to a college university soon and because of The Film Connection I’ll be leagues ahead of my studies for the first two years.”
Codee Mixon, North Las Vegas, NV
“It has been pleasure working and learning with Deen, he is an awesome mentor, and teacher. I’ve learned many of the techniques using the RED CINEMA VIDEO CAMERA.”
Ramiro Hernandez Moya, Dallas, TX
“I’m on my last pieces of editing the script and jotting down notes on where I want to extend which Eric has incredibly helpful, in fact, he even read through both of my short screenplays and gave a few pointers.”
Joshua Berrent, Bristow, VA
Matthew Tsabetsaye, Tucson, AZ
Observing Real Studio Sessions
I am learning a bunch and having tons of fun observing studio sessions with my mentor!
Work with your mentor on your own projects.
“Ron Peterson was awesome! He taught me a lot! Same with Rocco. He and I worked on my short film and it’s going to be posted on his website soon! I had a great time and learned a lot.”
Connections are Everything
“I just had a stroke of luck meeting up with a small production company who wants to make my movie :). Gear, editing, even actors. All for free, yo! One of the guys is a former RRFC student too.”
Experience Leads to Jobs
“Since my set experience, I’ve gotten a series of jobs that have led to opportunities to pitch my ideas for potential reality series. This wouldn’t have been possible without Richard and the Film Connection.”
Arronn Martinez, Middleton, ID
Just got a great Screenwriting Mentor
“Thank you Elliot (Student Services Advisor) I’m excited to get started!”
Setting you up for success.
“This program has been absolutely great in setting me up and I managed to have the experience to qualify me for graduate school (which was the reason I joined the program) and also find some employment.”
Update from Will Newell
“I am working with [my mentor] on the post production of a film right now.”
Happy to be a part of the Film Connection
“I am so happy to be a part of the Film Connection, I learn so many things working with my mentor Sean McCarthy (writer and Director) from Guerilla Wandarers”
Interested, Motivated, and Excited
“I don’t consider the quizzes, blogging or writing assignments are tasks. Probably because I am truly interesting in what I am learning, motivated and excited.”
My apprenticeship so far
“I has so much fun working in media management as a PA for RITE Media on Ushers music video. I started working around 9:00 am and had a huge smile on my face the entire time working on set”
Excited to Learn Premiere
“Tomorrow Jason is going to help me with Adobe Premiere and how to use it, I am very excited about that.'”
“This (tutoring session) was extremely helpful! Yes, thank you. This will definitely help me get my screenplay underway.”
My mentors and student advisor
“My mentors and student advisor are very supportive and knowledgeable, and don’t tear me down if I mess up.”
Methods for Writing
“Today I met with Aimee and she looked over lesson 2 as well as the progression of my story. Right now I’m bouncing off of a lot of ideas. It’s very loose and my characters aren’t very well developed. Aimee gave some great insight on what needs to be developed more and shared with me to look at the book Story by Robert McKee. It is an awesome book! He is thorough on what elements are needed to make a story work. He also outlines that the structure of the story is very important. It gives great examples of excerpts from scripts that don’t work and why. For next week I am to work on some sample coverages. This is to help me breakdown a script and become comfortable enough with them to know why it does or doesn’t work. I will be reading The Shining and a script from a project that Aimee is working on right now and then breaking them down. I am also working on developing my character’s backgrounds in more detail and the structure of the story.”
Kim Ferrari, Los Angeles, CA
A priceless learning experience.
“So today was the day for editing my video. I went into it very nervous and anxious because I never had any experience in this area at all and anything to do with the working of electronics is definitely not my forte in the least. Mr. Triscari had made sure to stress to me that in the real world, to work with an editor is VERY expensive and so it is an absolute must that when you go into edit, you have done all the necessary preparation. So after coming up with the idea, writing the synopsis, storyboarding everything, shooting the actual interviews and B roll, this was going to be the final step in bringing the image I had in my head into a tangible film.
I remember when we first starting prep for doing the editing, I was a little shocked and overwhelmed with the amount of the decisions that needed to be made every step of the way. What’s the audio? What’s the visual? Is there a better shot that could be used? Should sound effects be added? It literally is a blank canvas and as the producer you are brushing on every stroke. But, the second time around, it dawned on me that this whole “editing thing” could be really fun. This is where your creativity could kick into full speed and the sky is the limit. My feelings towards editing and my perspective on it took a total 180 degree turn.
Myself, Mr. Triscari, and Ryan, a staff member at the studio, sat down for a little over 4 hours and went step by step through the whole video and put together a rough cut. I definitely saw firsthand how time consuming it is but how absolutely VITAL this step of the process is as well. It was a priceless experience to have to be put on the spot like that about making decisions for what I wanted and to really be forced to step up to the plate and not sit back and let someone else make the decisions for me. I also saw that even when you do wear the “hat” of the producer, it definitely does not mean you know everything and can’t take someone else’s advice. If you are working with good people who you know you can trust, there needs to be some give and take as well in regards to the decisions that are made in the editing room. I felt like it was a priceless learning experience to see what it was like to be sitting in that position.”
Michelina Friss, Camp Hill, PA
I was hired by Victory Studios!
“I was hired by Victory Studios and I am so excited. This studio is able to provide me with all the means to be a successful student coming from this school. I am going to be taught a lot to do with editing. This is the department I feel I can love and have so much room for improvement. Can’t wait to learn 3D animation and keep on learning filming. Thanks my mentor for going out of your way to accommodate me for bettering my education.”
Joe Capilli, Seattle, WA
I did not expect it to be as fun as it actually was.
“In Chapter 2 I watched a lot of movies, not counting the twelve we had to watch and write about. I also got to experience and participate in the progress of doing a casting. it was very interesting seeing the steps that had to be taken for a casting. I did not expect it to be as fun as it actually was. The company that my mentor owns, got hired to do a shooting for a company named OPMA. In this shooting I got to experience what it takes to carry out a task, that when compared to a movie doesn’t seem like a big deal, but when compared to what other video production companies do, it was a very big deal. During this shooting I learned things such as, how to work a boom stick, how to bounce lights, what were the name of some of the camera shots we used, I even learned a little about makeup. Over all I learned a lot from the movies I watched, but I also learned a lot more from the hands on experience that was provided by my mentor.”
Gibran Trujillo-Pelcastre, Myrtle Beach, SC
New Year 2016, New Projects
“I returned from Christmas and New Year’s vacation with a fresh new perspective and outlook. My mentor Wes Cobb informed me that 3 new Film Connection students have joined our Charlotte team and we are all massively excited. I have also noticed that we, the original members of the Charlotte Film Connection, seemed to have grown significantly in both knowledge and skillset since we first started working together as a collaborative unit last year. When I first started in the program, I had this idea that I would try to learn it all and shoot my projects guerilla-style –and that was mainly because I didn’t really know anyone in the area to collaborate with. Now everything is different — we’ve all slightly matured as filmmakers and each of us seemed to have come into his or her own. I observed that each of us has our own strengths and abilities, and something unique to bring to the table. I no longer feel the need to do everything myself, and with that realization, comes the desire to become more specialized in my focus. I think I would really like to hone in on my screenwriting skills, and also work towards becoming an Independent Producer in the coming months. You would think that narrowing my focus would feel tight and restrictive but, in all honestly, I’ve never felt more free and inspired to pursue the filmmaking aspects that really interest me.
Our New Year is off with a bang — we have another exercise film project coming up on January 23rd. We’re currently having our pre-production meetings and trying our best to put all the elements together. Our first short film “Facade” is in post production. My team and my mentor are enthusiastic about (and actively encouraging) my passion for taking Behind the Scenes Still Photo Coverage, so I will continue to do that and will upload the files to my Student Blog, Dropbox Account, and Social Media Sites shortly after.”
“Productions have slowed down due to the winter season and holidays. The documentary has finished and it turned out so well. So happy I was a part of something that seems so big and important to me. Even just being slightly involved has made me very happy.”
Seth Brown, Columbus, OH
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