Is This Too Good to Be True?
We hear that a lot. Quite frankly, we get it. We do have a terrific program, one puts you in an excellent position to be employed after graduation or to find help in following your dream. And yes, we offer all this for a remarkably affordable tuition rate. So we get it, it does sound too good to be true.
If you are serious about film school, we encourage you to do your homework. Check us out. Read our success stories. Call us and ask us to put you in touch with our current students and graduates and talk to them directly. If you do this, we are convinced you will be convinced and eager to take advantage of all that our program offers.
One other point worth making: if you know anybody who is actively working in the film business, ask them to look over our website and offering and see what they say. (The constant refrain we get is “I wish the Film Connection was around when I was getting started.”) You see, working film professionals know that one of the best ways to get established in the film business is to get yourself inside the door of a film production company, work you tail off, learn on real shoots from real pros, and make connections. Guess what–that’s exactly how the Film Connection works. You know why? Because the entire Film Connection program was designed from the ground up by working film professionals.
So defy conventional wisdom that says when something sounds too good to be true, it is. The Film Connection is the exception to that rule. This is your future we’re talking about; do your due diligence, visit one of our affiliated film production companies and talk with the film professional who will serve as your personal mentor (teacher), and then come to your own conclusions.
IF YOU HAVE THE INTEREST, WE HAVE THE RIGHT FILM PRODUCTION COMPANY AND MENTOR FOR YOU.
Still skeptical? Please review the following seven enrollment steps with your family, and don’t hesitate to show this to anyone who is helping you with your tuition costs:
STEP ONE: Sign up here [CLICK to APPLY FOR FREE]
STEP TWO: One of our Admissions representatives will contact you by phone within 24-48 hours after you apply. You can also call us at 310 456-9623 and ask to speak to an Admissions Counselor. NO COST FOR THIS EITHER
STEP THREE: Talk to your family about the Film Connection and share with them the advantage of our program (STILL NO COST YET.) You might even show them this page and tell them:
- We are the film school that puts you in the door of an actual film or video production company.
- We are the film school that trains you one on one. Imagine yourself on the set or a location shoot, seated next to a professional filmmaker/director/producer/editor/screenwriter, while you learn filmmaking with no other students in the room. This is a private learning experience.
- We cost only $9,800.00 – Books and Materials and Job Placement assistance included. (You still don’t pay anything yet–tuition payment is not required until all your questions are answered to your satisfaction and you decide to attend the Film Connection Film Institute.)
Next, show these 4 pages to your family:
STEP FOUR: If you are utilizing Financial Assistance, apply for it for free by calling our Financial Assistance Department. at 310-456-9623 XT. 226. Then talk to your Head Of Admissions the day before your Open House Interview so we can prepare you. If you are not utilizing Financial Assistance, just ignore the Financial Assistance part of this step and talk to your Head of Admissions the day before your scheduled interview with the film or video production company. COSTS TO DATE–ZERO!
STEP FIVE: Go to your OPEN HOUSE INTERVIEW, either alone or with your family, follow our guidelines and get yourself accepted into our program. AGAIN, NO COST.
STEP SIX: If you and your family liked what you saw and if you were accepted by your mentor, enroll. (OK, THIS IS WHEN YOU PAY.)
STEP SEVEN: Begin your apprenticeship (externship) inside the real film production company.
Some FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1) It says that you have to be accepted by the mentor for entry into your program. Don’t you accept everyone?
No we don’t. Our mentors are actual working filmmakers who have agreed to give back their gift of knowledge to you or your child. That said, they are looking to train only those students who show enthusiasm, motivation, and a hard work ethic. When you or your son or daughter attends the OPEN HOUSE INTERVIEW, the mentor is also interviewing you to see if he or she wants to train you or your child. Whether you get accepted or not depends entirely on your work ethic and attitude. Nothing else.
2) It says you don’t have any application fees. Is that really true?
YES. The Film Connection does not have any application fees, up-front fees, holding fees or any other kind of preliminary charges of any kind. Period. The only thing you pay is your tuition and any applicable interest charges associated with your account if you decide to use a financing option. The Film Connection is an fully recognized and licensed school and is full compliance with federal and state laws and is HEOA Compliant. We also have a REFUND POLICY, which you can view here [CLICK HERE TO REVIEW REFUND POLICY].
3) So let me get this straight: I get to go down to the production company first, meet the mentor and talk about scheduling, your curriculum and your program, before I pay even one single penny?
Yes, yes, yes. There is NO money exchanged before you see the program with your own eyes first.
4) Wait a minute: are they going to ask me for money at the film or video production company?
NO, NO, NO. You will NOT be asked for ANY MONEY at the open house interview.
5) What if I go to the film company for the open house interview and I don’t like what I see?
No problem. There is no obligation of any kind. If you don’t like what you see, you can simply walk away and go check out other film schools.
6) Can I check out two or more studios that work with your school?
If there is another production facility available, yes. But please understand the apprenticeship (externship)s that we offer our rare and difficult to come by. Because our one-on-one training is offered by busy industry professionals inside their busy production facilities, we only have a select few openings per month. If we set you up with an interview, chances are it is not just the best option available, but possibly the only one. With that in mind, we will do our best to accommodate you and your needs with a second option per our discretion.
7) Can you explain how your apprenticeship (externship) is different than a regular internship?
Absolutely. Interns are gophers, helpers, errand runners. They fetch coffee. And while being an intern is a good thing it is not the best way to learn a trade because interns “help first, and learn second”. But Film Connection apprenticeship (externship)s are set up in a completely different way. As a Film Connection apprentice (extern), you will actually study from our structured course curriculum in private, one-on-one sessions with a professional filmmaker who is both your mentor and your teacher. You will learn film production, editing or screenwriting by studying how things get done on actual film and video shoots. For a complete list of what you will learn, please click here.
8) Will I be able to schedule my lessons around my current job or other schooling?
Yes. Most students start off going to the production facility twice per week, and then increase to three to five times per week as they delve deeper into the fascinating world of filmmaking.
9) Come on, this sounds too good to be true. Is it?
Let us show you how TRUE this is. Let us prove ourselves to you. Let us show you that we are a school of integrity, professionalism, and that we are honest about everything we claim.
Let the Film Connection help you realize your dreams. If you spend too much on a film education, you could wind up with some serious debt, which is like carrying around a 600-pound gorilla while you’re trying to start your career in film. Our apprentice-based film program is not only highly affordable, but it is also the way recommended by these film professionals:
Success Stories from Our Students
“The Film Connection gave me the means to pursue screenwriting as a career. I learned from professionals, but I would say that in their own way, they were teachers because they were trying to elevate you.”
“As time went by, the fellow editor that i had been working with that was supposed to be working on putting the piece together with what i had pulled but was having a hard time getting the project done as fast as my mentor had asked and would sometimes not be able to come in to work on it because he was very busy with his own projects. I could see that my mentor was getting frustrated with the situation and was not happy with how long it was taking him to do the work. I felt like it was a good opportunity for me to really show my talents, and how much I had learned! I asked my mentor if i could give it a shot and finish the documentary. I wanted to show that I could put the full documentary together, add supporting B-roll and dialogue along with doing the audio mix for the piece. He told me that he would love it if I took this opportunity to shine. I worked all day every day on the documentary for about 2 weeks and was finally able to show him a documentary. Though the documentary was still going to need adjustments, I had gotten the project done in two weeks while it had been almost a full year that the project had been worked on by others.”
“When I first joined the studio team, it was very nerve-wracking…Meeting new people is difficult and sometimes uncomfortable. As time goes on, you build relationships, and sometimes great friendships. Your networking skills are the key thing that keeps your career alive. Create business cards, and hand them out. The worst thing that could happen is they end up in the garbage can, but you did everything you could. Trying is everything in this industry, the more you try the farther you get.”
“Everyone there was hard working and a great person to work with. After one week of watching them work, they really made me feel like part of the team and started giving me worthy tasks such as editing some shoots they did a few days prior and even letting me go out and shoot b-roll for a client’s video.”
“I have worked with my mentor Tom on two different projects. One was a short film that I produced and directed. Tom acted in the short film for me and was able to find a young woman to play the other part. I also worked with Tom on a project that he was shooting…”