Going where no film school has gone before, the New York Film Academy has announced a new joint relationship with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) that will incorporate visual storytelling alongside the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).
The replacement for NASA’s legendary Hubble Telescope, the JWST is expected to be competed and launched in 2018, allowing scientists greater insight into understanding how galaxies are created and continue to develop, learn more about the process behind the creation of planets and stars, and further explore the possibility of the existence of extraterrestrial life. NYFA will collaborate with NASA in promoting and raising interest and knowledge about this unprecedented project, with the Academy making available and using its vast production resources to craft a variety of informational content. This content will take the form of Public Service Announcements, sophisticated animated recreations of the extraordinary astronomical events and objects that scientists will observe using the JWST, and interactive eBooks and video hubs that will be located in popular public areas to create excitement and awareness amongst the public.
According to astrophysicist and NYFA director of STEAM Education Initiatives Rajiv Uttamchadani, “The New York Film Academy’s collaboration with NASA and the James Webb Space Telescope presents a unique opportunity for us to implement one of our society’s most significant scientific undertakings directly into the Academy’s curriculum and programs. This will be crucial to the furthering of our efforts to create educational environments that will strongly engage and excite visual arts students in the sciences.”
This collaboration with NASA is a testament to the Academy’s belief in using the power of visual storytelling to actively immerse both its students and the general public in the study and exploration of new worlds, whether it be through a camera or a telescope.