The Film Connection

Introduction

FILM CONNECTION

With locations in nearly every city in America, the Film Connection Film School is in a unique position to train you as a professional filmmaker near where you live. We place you as an apprentice (extern) in an actual film production company to be trained one-on-one by a professional filmmaker who becomes your local mentor. Not only will you learn the technical aspects of directing, cinematography, editing and more, but you'll also gain valuable on-the-job experience, as well as the opportunity to gain the insider access and make connections that are so necessary to having a successful career in film.

At the Film Connection, we have one primary purpose: to help new, aspiring film industry hopefuls gain the training, experience and connections they need to break into the business. We're not here just to teach you the skills: we're here to help you launch your career. We're committed to your success.

Do you need prior experience to be a Film Connection student? No, you don't. Some of our students have prior film experience; many others don’t. Our curriculum is flexible enough to accommodate your needs, whether you're a newbie or a veteran in the film business. We get your foot in the door while helping you take your skills to the next level.

THE SECRET INGREDIENT: MENTORSHIP

What is our secret? It's actually no secret at all, although it's not talked about much by other film schools. The secret is mentorship.

Almost every successful professional in the film business, regardless of their schooling or experience, can point to at least one mentor who helped them along. Mentoring has been a key part of the film industry for as long as the industry itself has been around, and before film schools existed, it was the only way to get into the film industry. Even today, there's no better way to learn the ropes or get established in film than to work one-on-one with a real working film professional. Classroom instruction can teach you some skills, but it can't actually connect you to the industry. A mentor, however, can. This is why at the Film Connection, the mentor-apprentice (extern) method is the bedrock of our whole program. How does mentoring work? If you're looking to be a producer, we pair you with a producer to learn one-on-one. If you want to be a director, we pair you with a seasoned director. If you want to be a screenwriter, we pair you with a successful screenwriter. You get the idea: with our program, you are mentored and taught by someone who is successfully doing the job you want to be doing in film. The goal here is simple: by placing you as an apprentice (extern) with a mentor in a real production company, we enable you to get the training, the work experience and the connections you need in order to get a job in the industry when you graduate.

A SAFETY NET

As effective as our training approach is, we know that in this business, nothing is a sure thing. While many of our students get hired as soon as they graduate (and even before), there's no guarantee that a job will be waiting for you when you graduate. You need a safety net—a support network already in place when you need it. That's why the Film Connection has set up a job placement program that is second to none.

Simply put, if by the time you graduate the program, you haven't been hired by your mentor or by a connection you've made in the course of your training, we'll help you find work. We equip you with the tools you need to put your best foot forward, we scour our network of connections for every film job opening we can find, and we help you apply for them. This safety net is in place if you need it for up to a full year after you graduate.

Why do we do all this? Simple: at the Film Connection, our goal is not to take your money, teach you some skills and turn you loose. Our goal is to help you get your film career off the ground. That's why we go the extra mile for you.

OUR COMMITMENT TO AFFORDABLE EDUCATION

It's not unusual for film schools to charge upwards of $50,000 or more in tuition, and our one-on-one mentor-apprentice (extern) approach is easily valued at least that much, if not more. But at the Film Connection, we are committed to keeping your costs down so you are not burdened with crippling amounts of debt when you graduate. That's why we limit the cost of our programs to $9,800 (books, materials, and software included). We keep our tuition low so you can actually afford to go to school and get on with your career without having to pay your student loans for years after you graduate.

INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS WHO ENDORSE THE FILM CONNECTION

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CINEMATOGRAPHY PROGRAM

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Also called the Director of Photography (or DP, for short), the cinematographer is the person who brings the “magic” behind the camera, blending his/her technical knowledge of lighting techniques with the artistic sensibility to compose the best shots for the film. [+]

Also called the Director of Photography (or DP, for short), the cinematographer is the person who brings the “magic” behind the camera, blending his/her technical knowledge of lighting techniques with the artistic sensibility to compose the best shots for the film. Working side-by-side with the director from concept to completion, the DP serves as the director's right hand as a partner, confidant and ally through the entire process of the shoot. The director relies on a good cinematographer to help come up with outstanding shots and direct the camera/lighting crew to make every image the best it can be. Needless to say, this job is full of creative possibilities. It is also a position that can make or break a film. As an apprentice (extern) in the Film Connection cinematography program, you will be paired with a working DP who will mentor you one-on-one, teaching you not only the basics of the job, but also the tricks and techniques that come with years of experience. You'll not only learn to work the gear—you'll learn to trust your own artistic eye under the guidance of your mentor. Best of all, by learning on the set, you'll gain the hands-on experience that is absolutely essential to becoming a successful DP. 
 THE FILM CONNECTION OFFERS A REVOLUTIONARY WAY TO LEARN FILMMAKING AND BREAK INTO THE BUSINESS WITHOUT TAKING ON TONS OF STUDENT DEBT. WHAT YOU WILL LEARN AS AN APPRENTICE OF THIS PROGRAM: Here’s an overview of the curriculum you will be studying as a Film Connection film school student: LESSON 1: RULE OF THIRDS LESSON 2: BASIC LIGHTING LESSON 3: T-STOPS AND F-STOPS LESSON 4: DEPTH OF FRAME LESSON 5: ASPECT RATIO LESSON 6: SHOT SIZES LESSON 7: FRAME RATE LESSON 8: FINAL ASSIGNMENT 1 LESSON 9: FINAL ASSIGNMENT 2 LESSON 10: FINAL ASSIGNMENT 3 [-]

DIRECTOR/PRODUCER/SCREENWRITER PROGRAM

Online & Campus Combined Part time September 2017 USA Hartford Daytona Beach San Diego Orlando Jonesboro New Haven San Francisco Panama City Little Rock Norwalk San Jose Pensacola Bakersfield District of Columbia Muscle Shoals Santa Barbara Tallahassee Eureka Fort Myers Anchorage Boulder Tampa Los Angeles Jacksonville Fairbanks North Star Denver West Palm Beach Palm Springs Miami Juneau + 28 more

Learn the ins and outs of filmmaking, on-the-job and on the set! With locations across the country, the Film Connection Film School can place you as an apprentice (extern) in an established film production company near where you live. You'll be paired with a seasoned film professional who will mentor you one-on-one on all the aspects of directing, producing, editing, cinematography and more. By learning on-the-job, you'll not only get the hands-on experience you need, but you'll also have the chance to make connections and form important working industry relationships you'd never be able to achieve in a classroom. We are the school that gives you the training, the job experience and the insider access you need in order to break into the business. [+]

DIRECTOR/PRODUCER/SCREENWRITER PROGRAM Learn the ins and outs of filmmaking, on-the-job and on the set! With locations across the country, the Film Connection Film School can place you as an apprentice (extern) in an established film production company near where you live. You'll be paired with a seasoned film professional who will mentor you one-on-one on all the aspects of directing, producing, editing, cinematography and more. By learning on-the-job, you'll not only get the hands-on experience you need, but you'll also have the chance to make connections and form important working industry relationships you'd never be able to achieve in a classroom. We are the school that gives you the training, the job experience and the insider access you need in order to break into the business. TURN YOUR BEST MOVIE IDEA INTO A TREATMENT, PITCH OR SCREENPLAY! Do you have a brilliant idea for a film or hit TV show, but you have no idea how to go about getting it made? If so, you've come to the right place! With our revolutionary director/producer/screenwriting program, the Film Connection doesn't just teach you the rudiments of working in film—we teach you take your creative ideas and turn them into reality. In addition to your local mentor who teaches you on the set, the Film Connection also pairs you with an established film screenwriter, director, or producer—someone with actual film credits, someone who's been part of movies you know and love. This industry legend will work one-on-one with you to help develop your best idea into a marketable treatment, pitch or screenplay—something you can use to get your foot in the door of Hollywood. This is a highly practical, highly effective approach that can only be accomplished via our mentor-apprentice (extern) learning approach, which is why it's something other film schools can't offer. But there's more: once your film idea has been developed, the Film Connection will arrange for you to fly to Los Angeles to pitch the idea to a real Hollywood film executive—someone who can actually help you get the film or TV show made! This is an opportunity you won't find with any other film school. The Film Connection is endorsed by some of the top names in the industry for one reason: our program works. We don't just teach you the techniques of filmmaking—we leverage our own connections to pair you with a credited filmmaker who can actually help you turn your movie idea into something that can actually get made. THE FILM CONNECTION OFFERS A REVOLUTIONARY WAY FOR YOU TO LEARN FILMMAKING AND BREAK INTO THE INDUSTRY, WITHOUT SADDLING YOU WITH CRIPPLING STUDENT DEBT… WHAT YOU WILL LEARN AS AN APPRENTICE (EXTERN) IN THE DIRECTING/PRODUCING PROGRAM: DIRECTING/SHOOTING: • Shot blocking • Working with Actors • Lighting • Grip and Electric • The Art of the Interview • How to Make Your Day WRITING: • How to Pitch a Movie Professionally • How to Develop an Idea • How to Write a Treatment • Screenwriting PRODUCING: o Budgeting o Financing o Deal Making o Contracts, Permits, Licensing [-]

FILM EDITING PROGRAM

Online & Campus Combined Part time September 2017 USA Norwalk San Jose Pensacola Bakersfield District of Columbia Muscle Shoals Santa Barbara Tallahassee Eureka Fort Myers Anchorage Boulder Tampa Los Angeles Jacksonville Fairbanks North Star Denver West Palm Beach Palm Springs Miami Juneau Hartford Daytona Beach San Diego Orlando Jonesboro New Haven San Francisco Panama City Little Rock + 28 more

From a certain point of view, the film editor may be the most misunderstood of all film professionals. Often thought of as just a technician, a good film editor is actually more of an artist. It is the job of the editor to sort through many hours of footage provided by the director, and somehow piece together the shots that will best tell the story the director is trying to tell. A good film editor doesn't just find the best shots: he/she knows how to create artistic sequences that keep the audience guessing and wanting more. Needless to say, film editing can make or break a film, which is why good film editors are highly respected in the industry, and even more in high demand. [+]

From a certain point of view, the film editor may be the most misunderstood of all film professionals. Often thought of as just a technician, a good film editor is actually more of an artist. It is the job of the editor to sort through many hours of footage provided by the director, and somehow piece together the shots that will best tell the story the director is trying to tell. A good film editor doesn't just find the best shots: he/she knows how to create artistic sequences that keep the audience guessing and wanting more. Needless to say, film editing can make or break a film, which is why good film editors are highly respected in the industry, and even more in high demand. In the Film Connection film editing program, you'll learn both the technical aspect and the storytelling aspect of film editing. As an apprentice (extern), you'll be mentored by a professional editor in a real post-production facility as you learn to use Final Cut Pro and other professional editing software programs, and with our structured course curriculum, you'll also learn how to use those technical skills to tell a good story. THE FILM CONNECTION IS THE REVOLUTIONARY WAY TO LEARN FILMMAKING AND LAUNCH YOUR FILM CAREER WITHOUT TAKING ON CRUSHING AMOUNTS OF DEBT... WHAT YOU WILL LEARN AS AN APPRENTICE OF THIS PROGRAM: LESSON ONE: GETTING STARTED LESSON TWO: THE STORY LESSON ONE: GETTING STARTED LESSON TWO: THE STORY LESSON THREE: THE THREE ACT STRUCTURE AND PLOT POINTS LESSON FOUR: CHARACTER LESSON FIVE: THEME/GENRE LESSON 6: ACTIONS AND DESCRIPTIONS LESSON 7: FORMATTING LESSON 8: DIALOGUE LESSON 9: SYNOPSIS AND TREATMENT LESSON 10: THE SCENE OUTLINE LESSON 11: THE FIRST DRAFT LESSON 12: THE FIRST READ LESSON 13: POLISHING LESSON 14: THE GOOD READ LESSON 15: REWRITING, PART TWO LESSON 16: AGENTS LESSON 17: SELLING YOUR SCRIPT LESSON 18: REWRITING, PART THREE LESSON 19: ON SET/CREDITS/WGA LESSON 20: YOUR CAREER AS A WRITER [-]