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shooting at Universal Studios
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Life and Learning in the CityLos Angeles has great weather, a vibrant and culturally diverse population and inseparable ties to the film industry. Go almost anywhere in Los Angeles and it is apparent that you are in the heart of movie land. You can cruise Sunset Strip and check out the giant billboards for the summer's blockbusters. Stroll down the Hollywood Walk of Fame to see the stars of the film and television universe planted in the sidewalk. Everywhere you go the world-famous Hollywood sign seems to follow you. All are reminders that you, too, can be a part of the exciting world of film and television one day.
The Backlot and Shooting in LAThe New York Film Academy's central administration building, classrooms, and school facilities are adjacent to the Universal Studios backlot and in the surrounding area. Universal Studios sprawls over 390 acres of offices, interior sound stages and outdoor movie sets. In-class production exercises are shot on the world-famous Universal Studios backlot.
Driving around the lot, one alternately happens across a dusty Mexican villa, an imposing Roman square, a New York alley straight from the 1930s and a street with saloons and wooden sidewalks that would be right at home in an old Western. Nearby, multiple lakes, (including the infamous Jaws lake!), an old New England street and a Renaissance courtyard make up the landscape of the Studios' backlot.
For their individual films, students shoot in Los Angeles, where a wide variety of locations can be found. Participants in our filmmaking workshop can shoot in gritty, urban neighborhoods downtown; on a beach at sunset in Malibu; on the famed shopping strip of Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills; or on the boardwalk of Venice Beach. Indeed, one of the attractions of Los Angeles for the film industry has been the city's incredibly varied landscape - from seaside to desert to mountain slope and fruit grove.
Students can take their cameras and crews to the hills around the city and to Sunset Boulevard, to the shops of Chinatown, West Hollywood, Koreatown, Little Tokyo and to the ocean cliffs of Santa Monica.
TransportationLiving in LA requires a car, especially if the student plans to pursue a long-term program in the city. In order to scout locations, transfer crew and equipment or just to go out on the town, it is necessary to drive in LA. However, once you have a car in the city, the possibilities for filming locations opens up enormously. Los Angeles allows for a variety of natural scenes and open spaces, as well as the urban and suburban environments in and around the city.
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Housing ServicesThere are no NYFA-run dorms in Los Angeles; however, NYFA has a good relationship with Oakwood Apartments, a gated community across the street from the campus that will offer students housing at a discount. The complex offers one and two bedroom apartments with kitchenettes. Prices range from $1400 to $3200 per month.
The NYFA housing coordinator can help all students find private housing and maintains a roommate list that students can use to get in touch with one another. Students can find a variety of apartments within easy driving distance of campus from about $700 per month and up, depending on the location, size of the apartment and length of the student's stay.
For additional information on finding suitable housing should contact us at 818.295.2020, or email our Los Angeles housing coordinator at LAHousing@nyfa.edu.
BPPEThe New York Film Academy is approved to operate by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education ("Bureau") as a degree granting institution in the State of California. An approval to operate means that the Bureau has determined and certified that the institution meets the minimum standards for integrity, financial stability, and educational quality, including the offering of bona fide instruction by qualified faculty and the appropriate assessment of students' achievement prior to, during, and at the end of its programs. For more information about the Bureau, please visit www.bppe.ca.gov.
Click here to download New York Film Academy's 2011 School Performance Fact Sheet for the Los Angeles Campus.
Click here to download New York Film Academy – BPPE 2011 Annual Report.