The Learn in L.A. Film Program by Film Connection

The Learn in Los Angeles Film Program by Film Connection, your Film School Alternative

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How it All Works


If you compare us with our competition, you’ll soon discover that the Learn in L.A. Film Program by Film Connection is definitely NOT like the others. While the basic educational concepts may be similar, your approach to learning those concepts will be quite different. Here is a brief overview of what it looks like to be a film student apprentice under our revolutionary program.


Once you enroll and are accepted into the Learn in L.A. Film Program, in preparation for your studies, you will be asked to come up with a minimum of three original concepts for a full-length film. Of those several film ideas, ultimately one will be selected for development. Your entire course will be geared around developing that idea into a full-length film. For the next six months, every aspect of our structured course curriculum, from screenwriting to budgeting to selecting cast and crew, will be specifically designed around your own film concept. The point is not just to teach you filmmaking with “practice projects” (most film schools can do that much), but to help you develop your own marketable full-length film, one that has the potential to break you into the big-time as a Film Director/Producer.


With the Learn in L.A. Film Program, you won’t be learning in a classroom or simulated studio, but in real film production companies in Los Angeles, and/or on real film shoots. Your instructors (we call them mentors) will be actual Hollywood filmmaking professionals, people with real film credits—people who not only know the real movie business, but are also well-connected to the industry itself. All instruction happens privately, one-on-one, not in a classroom with other students. You are a student apprentice, studying under a master mentor.

During each phase of your studies, you will be mentoring under someone who specializes in that particular aspect of filmmaking. For example, when you are learning screenwriting, we may place you with a professional screenwriter; when you are learning the aspects of production and budgeting, we may place you with a producer; when you are learning camera work, we may place you with a cinematographer, and so on. While our basic “Learn Where You Live” film program generally places you with one mentor during the whole process, with the Learn in L.A. Film Program, you may have as many as seven different mentors. However, with each mentor, at each stage of your training, you will be learning one-on-one.


As if our alternative learning approach weren’t enough to make us stand out from our competition, consider this: at the conclusion of your Learn in L.A. Film Program, we give you the exclusive opportunity to pitch your film to no less than THREE Hollywood executives! Film Connection is the only film school on the planet that offers this kind of opportunity—and it is included in the tuition price.

As part of your curriculum, we will coach you on the methods and best practices of preparing a movie pitch, and we’ll make sure you’re ready before you go in. You will then pitch your developed film concept to three separate people:

  • A Hollywood agent
  • A Hollywood manager
  • A Hollywood development executive

This is NOT a PRACTICE PITCH; this is the real deal. If these executives like your movie idea and believe it is marketable, they will pick up your film, and you will be on your way to breaking into the business as a Film Director or Film Producer.


Unfortunately (and understandably), not every film idea gets picked up. But the good news is, that isn’t the end of the story for you—because through the entire six months you’ve been a student apprentice with Film Connection’s Learn in L.A. Film Program, something has been happening to you:

You’ve been getting connected into the film industry.

Because you have been learning in real Hollywood film environments, you’ve gotten to know a lot of moviemaking professionals along the way: screenwriters, producers, directors, production designers, cinematographers, gaffers, post-production specialists, and many others. In effect, you have become a Hollywood insider—and our Learn in L.A. Film Program has qualified you for any of a number of “below-the-line” jobs in the industry that can help you make a good living while you continue to pursue your ultimate dream of directing or producing. Many of our students land lucrative jobs in the business before they even graduate!

What this means for you is that you have a lot more opportunities than just this one film pitch. No matter how it goes, you can find rewarding work in the film business, and you’ll have the industry connections you need to make that happen. And we don’t just leave you to your own devices, either; we also offer the following benefits to help you get hired:

  • We offer you a GUAURANTEED INTERNSHIP in a real Los Angeles film production facility, where you can continue to develop your connections.
  • We offer you an additional year of job training and placement assistance through our STAY CONNECTED PROGRAM.


Now that you have an idea of what it’s like to be a Learn in L.A. Film Connection student apprentice, and all the benefits involved…we challenge you to compare that to what you will experience at most other traditional film schools:

With Film Connection’s Learn in L.A. program, you get:

  • Real-world education on real Hollywood film shoots and in real Hollywood production companies
  • One-on-one personal instruction from up to seven Hollywood film professionals
  • The chance to develop your own film idea
  • The chance to pitch your film to three Hollywood executives (ONLY offered with our program)
  • A guaranteed internship upon graduation, plus an additional year of job placement services and training
  • A tuition rate that includes all your education and supplies, and is a fraction of the cost of most film schools

With other film schools, you get:

  • Classroom instruction with dozens of other students
  • A full-time instructor who is likely NOT connected to the industry
  • Training on other people’s projects, group projects or practice projects (not your own film idea)
  • Training in simulated environments, not real film shoots
  • Graduation with little to no industry connections or job prospects
  • A tuition rate of up to 100,000

Which film program most appeals to you?