Film Student Sean Chou Is Going Places Thanks To His Mentor, Mars Callahan
When Film Connection student Sean Chou signed up for the program, he had confidence that it would lead him to a film career — he just had no concept of how quickly it could happen!
Sean was invited into our Film School by Film Director Mars Callahan, a writer/director whose latest project — "Pool Hall Junkies" — stars Christopher Walken, Chazz Palminterri and Rod Stieger.
Mars was so impressed with Sean, in fact, that he hired Sean to be his Second Assistant Director on the feature. Sean's first task? Watch and take notes as Film Director Mars Callahan worked with actors Christopher Walken and Rod Steiger!
Not only had Sean never met a celebrity before, he had never even stepped foot on an actual working movie set. "I never dream I'd be able to go to Film School on a real movie set," said Sean. The crew members — all veterans — were very impressed with Sean and had no idea that this was his first paying job in the film industry.
Callahan is currently in post on the film and has convinced the production company to allow him to keep Sean on the payroll during their post production phase. Sean will serve as assistant to the post production supervisor. He will also be able to shadow that whole process of editing as well as having the opportunity to go to the lab during final cut, color correction, etc.
"I wish someone would've walked me through the entire process of filmmaking like this, when I was looking to break into the field." reports Mars. "The Film Connection concept is brilliant. Go to film school as you work on a real movie. You learn more, you do more and you're better equipped to get a job in the Film Industry. Those other over-priced film directing schools just don't work–you come out under-trained, unemployed and broke. Film Connection is the anti-Film School and it really works." says Mars Callahan
Mars Callahan took Sean under his wing during the pre-production stages of the project. Sean trained under Callahan's supervision for about 4 months before Callahan hired him onto the project. Now, even though only a few months have passed, Sean has a full film credit to his name — critical to success in the film industry.
"The knowledge Sean has received from your program could never have been attained in the traditional film school environment," Callahan asserts.
Callahan also had praise for the Entertainment Connection course materials.
"The film curriculum used in Film Connection's Film School is very current and top-notch" Mars states. "I've given lectures at several colleges and film schools throughout the country, including NYU. Now that I have had a chance to really examine the Film Connection course first hand, I've got to say: your information and curriculum is much more up-to-date than they are using at other film making schools." Callahan has already signed on to direct another feature in April, and he plans to bump Sean up to First Assistant Director on that project.
So, shortly after entering the Entertainment Connection program, Sean is well on his way to a full-time career in the film industry.
"Congratulations on a remarkable concept way ahead of the times," says Mars. "I highly recommend your film school to anyone trying to pursue a career in film production. It works! Sean is proof of that. When it comes to job placement in the film industry, Film Connection is certainly the way to go."