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Working Film Professionals, Not College Professors


In the film industry, the best way to learn a job is to do the job. So why would anyone want to learn the job from someone who isn’t actually doing the job?

Many film schools make the claim that their instructors are industry professionals. While we wouldn’t venture to criticize people we don’t know, the question lingers: are these instructors professional filmmakers, or just professional teachers?

The reason we pose the question is that when it comes to learning film, the whole idea of learning from a full-time professor seems counter-productive to us. At Film Connection, we think the best people from whom to learn filmmaking are people who are actually making a successful living in the film industry—not people who are paid a full-time salary to teach concepts, or people who used to make a living at it. That is why with Film Connection’s Learn in L.A. Film Program, the only people we trust to teach you are current, real-world, working movie professionals—and we call them mentors, rather than teachers.


Teaching and mentoring are two different concepts. They often intertwine, but not always (most mentors are also teachers, but not all teachers are mentors). The difference between the two has to do with the foundational approach and the goals of each.

Simply put, the goal of a teacher is basically to convey information, while the goal of a mentor is to provide guidance. A teacher’s job is done when the information has been conveyed, and unfortunately, many teachers don’t really care one way or the other what the student does with the information, or whether it helps their future. A mentor, on the other hand, has a deeper interest in the success of the student, and will not just convey the information, but will also provide advice, guidance and nurturing to make sure the student understands and applies what is being taught. A mentor’s influence can last well beyond the class time; that’s why the teachers we remember most growing up are the teachers who mentored us, as well.

At Film Connection, we believe the art of filmmaking is best taught through professional one-on-one mentoring in real film production companies—not by college professors in classrooms. With our program, your “teacher” is not just someone who takes you through our curriculum, but also a mentor who has an avid interest in your success, because he/she has personally taken you on as an apprentice! Specifically, in the Learn in L.A. Film Program, your mentor is a successful working professional within the Hollywood film industry, someone with actual film credits, someone who knows firsthand how to show you the ropes.

So which would you prefer? Would you rather be taught by a professor with no real ties to the movie industry, who is just there to convey information? Or would you rather be mentored by a Hollywood professional, an insider with a proven track record of success, and a vested interest in your success?