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  • New York Film Academy Welcomes 222nd Military Broadcast Operations Detachment


    On March 4th, 2017, the New York Film Academy College of Visual and Performing Arts (NYFA) welcomed the 222nd Broadcast Operations Detachment to the College to provide hands-on instruction on voice training and filmmaking. The 222nd provides public affairs and media relations support for the U.S. Army Reserves, Regular Army, and Department of Defense.

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    The New York Film Academy Los Angeles has a long history of supporting the military and veteran communities by provided exclusive workshops. NYFA previously hosted the 201st and 222nd military units last year and held several exclusive training workshops for wounded warriors.

    The training was held at the College’s state-of-the art campus in Burbank, CA. NYFA’s instructors, who are all industry professionals, led workshops focused on voice training to provide a refined creative approach to enhance their narrative skill sets. The soldiers were instructed to bring a narrative story that they connected with emotionally to add value to the training delivered. The workshop was followed by a compilation of film/framing compositions and advanced sound/audio instruction. By providing the experience from the Director’s point-of-view, the service members were uniquely supported in their current roles within the unit.

    About the event, Kerry Wright Commander of the 222nd Broadcast Operations Detachment said, “The New York Film Academy puts together the best training an Army broadcast unit could ask for. The 222 Broadcast Operations Detachment has received valuable workshop training, covering interviews, lighting, voice overs, and camera framing and composition — all of which covers our required mission essential tasks. NYFA’s Veterans Services is committed to ensuring that our Army Public Affairs soldiers receive the best in training from highly qualified instructors. We are grateful, and look forward to seeing you at future workshops.” 

    The New York Film Academy, the world’s largest and most prestigious private global visual and performing arts private institution, is committed to supporting this newest generation of veterans. NYFA is proud to serve military veterans and servicemembers in their pursuit of a world-class education in filmmaking—and related disciplines—through its Veterans Advancement Program, Chaired by Colonel Jack Jacobs, Medal of Honor recipient.


    March 21, 2017 • Community Highlights, Veterans • Views: 2721

  • Burbank VFW Ship 8310 Welcomes Student Veterans


    vfwOn Sunday, September 25, 2016 the Burbank VFW Ship 8310 welcomed New York Film Academy (NYFA) veterans for an afternoon of camaraderie. Veterans had the opportunity to network with each other, watch football, and share a meal, which was generously provided by the VFW.

    The event was spearheaded by NYFA MFA Acting for Film student and VFW member Paul McKenna (E-7 Sergeant First Class US Army), along with help from the New York Film Academy Veterans Services team. The purpose of the event was to welcome veterans to the Burbank military community, and promote networking among veteran students.

    VFW Ship 8310 promotes solidarity among the ranks, much like an enlisted club on any military base. Eric Brown, Veterans Coordinator stated, “What better way to cultivate a relationship between veterans of various eras, than setting the stage at this local VFW. We are a band of brothers and sisters who dedicated our lives not to just serve for this great nation, but ultimately each other”.

    Juan Guillen, Captain of the VFW Ship 8310, generously offered their location and services to the New York Film Academy veterans for any future events that they would like to hold at the club.

    The mission of the VFW is to ensure that veterans are respected for their service, always receive their earned entitlements, and are recognized for the sacrifices that they and their loved ones have made on behalf of the Nation.


    October 5, 2016 • Community Highlights, Veterans • Views: 3133

  • NYFA Supports “Not On My Watch” to Combat Military and Veteran Suicides


    The New York Film Academy was proud to support the 2nd annual “Not on My Watch” event which was created to draw attention to the fact that more than 20 veterans and military personnel commit suicide every day nationwide.


    In 2014, the latest year available, more than 7,400 veterans took their own lives, accounting for 18 percent of all suicides in America. Veterans make up less than 9 percent of the U.S. population.

    To bring awareness to this very sad but important issue, NYFA students led by Paul McKenna, MFA Acting student and Iraq war veteran volunteered to support all those veterans who have committed suicide by standing vigil and walking their post on the Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena, CA from September 14th-17th. Each volunteer wore a dog tag representing a Veteran that was lost due to suicide. At the end of their post the dog tags were hung on a battle cross to show the growing numbers of those lost and those remembered.


    NYFA was proud to have students and staff willing to accept this role to remember all of those who have served our country and have unfortunately committed suicide. We hope to continue these efforts as part of our NYFA CARES initiative.


    September 28, 2016 • Community Highlights • Views: 2797

  • Burbank on Parade “A Salute to our Heroes”


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    Last month, the Burbank Parade Committee invited the New York Film Academy College of Visual & Performing Arts (NYFA) veteran students to march in their annual parade. A NYFA veteran student graciously displayed New York Film Academy flags and decals on his Classic Corvette.

    NYFA Veteran students also chose to walk with their fellow veterans displaying their commitment to their brothers and sisters who have served in the military.

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    Paul McKenna, who served in the Army and US Marine Corps said, “I’m truly grateful as a student veteran to be in a school that understands and supports their veteran community. It’s hard to find people who truly care and are willing to go above and beyond.” Paul is currently a student pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts in Acting for Film degree.

    The New York Film Academy is proud and honored to have participated in this event along with the veteran community.


    May 3, 2016 • Community Highlights, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 4488

  • NYFA Actions Basketball Team Wins Burbank Sports League


    The New York Film Academy College of Visual & Performing Arts Men’s Basketball team performed admirably this Winter 2016 Season thanks to the guidance of their coach, former player, Lucius Allen, who not only played for the 1971 NBA Champion Milwaukee Bucks, but was also a part of the two-time NCAA championship team at UCLA in 1967 and 1968. At the beginning of the season, our NYFA Actions faced off against high-level opponents with ‘down-to-the-wire’ victories. During the mid-season reign, the team continued to grow and enhance their skills and court strategies, which paid off when they earned a solid position in the playoffs.

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    The first round of the playoffs tested the team’s training and diligence when matched against formidable teams. The games started out close, but in the end, NYFA secured victories culminating in a score of 61- 50 in their final game to end the playoff season. With their new found ethics of team work, led by coach Lucius Allen, the NYFA Actions earned their place in the championship game for the Burbank Sports League.

    The season finally came to a head this past Tuesday night when the Actions took on the Burbank ‘Wolf pack’ in the championship game of the Burbank Sports League. It was a true nail biter, but the team kept their composure and were able to keep the score close as starting point guard Jean Hyppolite led the way with 23 points.

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    With aggressive defense, and a well-executed offense, the Actions were able to take the lead away from the ‘Wolf pack’. They held this advantage until the end of the game with a win and a final score of 65-56.

    Coach Lucius Allen, and the entire basketball athletic staff have done an incredible job this season. We’d like to invite everyone out to the games this summer as our very own NYFA Actions will be looking to move up a division and repeat this season’s victory.


    April 26, 2016 • Community Highlights, Sports, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 3272

  • NYFA Conducts Workshops for Military Soldiers


    On January 9, The New York Film Academy Los Angeles campus facilitated a unique day of workshops for more than twenty-five soldiers from the 201st and 222nd Public Affairs detachments.

    With the support of the New York Film Academy’s Foundation, the College was honored to have the opportunity to work with this exemplary group of servicemembers.

    The 201st and 222nd units are both based out of Bell, CA and consist of public affairs officers, combat photographers, combat correspondents and broadcast specialists who are involved in creating, filming, reporting, hosting and editing news and entertainment radio and television program.

    These groups are primarily responsible for participating in and supervising the operation of audio or video news for the American Forces Network (AFN), The Pentagon Channel or Armed Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS). Combat Correspondents, or broadcast journalists in the 222nd prepare scripts and news copy for radio and television programs and participate as hosts, announcers, masters of ceremonies, and actors in radio and television broadcasts. The 222nd has a long, proud history of telling soldiers’ stories as they serve all over the world. Most recently, the 222nd supported the public affairs mission with two yearlong tours of duty in Baghdad, Iraq.

    The classes were taught by NYFA instructors in the College’s Filmmaking Department, who have decades of experience in the industry. Documentary Chair, Barbara Multer-Wellin led the program. The first workshop provided an overview on essential interview techniques and how to formulate intriguing interview questions, which were then used to dialogue with special guests John Henry and Nick Searcy.

    John Henry is the co-founder of Purple Star Veterans and families, a non-profit created to assist struggling transitioning veterans and their families, and Nick Searcy is a renowned actor who has starred on productions such as: Tigerland, Castaway, The Fugitive, and most current ongoing TV series (Justified). The soldiers interviewed the gentlemen utilizing the techniques and interview skills they procured through the workshop.

    After the interview techniques session the participants divided into two groups for instruction on camera and lighting techniques and how to properly light a set for an interview and on the importance of sound and how to achieve the best sound quality for a high quality interview. Lance Fisher (Filmmaking Instructor) instructed one group and the other was taught sound by James Coburn (Filmmaking Instructor).

    At the end of the intense training day, Christopher Cardoza, a Specialist assigned to the 201st Public Affairs Detachment stated, “This experience was without a doubt, one of the most honorable moments of my military career. I was able to practice the proper tools of Networking, Building Relationships, and having a Rolodex of greatness!” In addition to his service at the 201st, Specialist Cardoza is a BFA student at NYFA and assisted the College’s Veterans Service staff in putting this successful event together.

    “One of the greatest hands-on training that our unit has performed, in the time I’ve been with the 201st,” remarked SPC Kris Wright.

    These workshops were tailored for our 201st and 222nd guests, and based on the New York Film Academy’s mission to provide the most hands-on instruction in the world and the participating members from the 201st and 222nd Public Affairs Detachment soldiers were very thankful for the trainings, which provided the opportunity to gain a large amount of knowledge that will be instrumental in the growth of their careers.

    The New York Film Academy, the world’s largest and most prestigious visual and performing arts private institution, is a certified and award-winning Military Friendly School committed to supporting this newest generation of veterans. NYFA is proud to serve military veterans and servicemembers in their pursuit of a world-class education in filmmaking—and related disciplines—through its Veterans Advancement Program Chaired by Colonel Jack Jacobs, Medal of Honor recipient.

    The 201st posted this article after attending our workshop on January 9th. You will have to be logged in to Facebook in order to view. Please click here to check it out.

    -Michael Kunselman and Eric Brown


    January 15, 2016 • Community Highlights, Filmmaking, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 3595

  • NBCUniversal Presents Career Opportunities for NYFA Student Veterans


    NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies, is dedicated to hiring the newest generation of veterans. This week, NBCUniversal Campus 2 Career recruiters spent a few hours with New York Film Academy student veterans as part of NYFA’s Veteran Appreciation Week. The event was sponsored by the Office of Veterans Services, and brought together more than 45 veterans.

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    “This was an incredible experience for the students to receive real world knowledge and gain creative ways to network,” said Former US Navy member and current NYFA Veterans Coordinator, Eric Brown.

    The NBCUniversal Campus 2 Career Internship Program offers one of the most competitive media opportunities in the industry. The internships give students real-life experience, robust learning opportunities on the job and through NBCs campus curriculum. NBCUniversal also offers the “Page Program” to graduates, which is a yearlong program that provides a unique experience within the media industry while also training and developing future company leaders.

    NBC Universal Campus 2 Career Internship Program will help NYFA veterans create a cutting edge pathway in media, production and marketing of entertainment while learning from industry professionals.

    “This was very exciting and informative in regards to learning about internships for NBC Universal,” said Doug Prideaux, a BFA Acting veteran student. “I really do appreciate them reaching out and helping veterans potentially gain jobs.”

    On behalf of NYFA and its Veterans Affairs team, we’d like to thank NBCU’s Internship Program for spending time with our student veterans in Los Angeles.


    November 16, 2015 • Academic Programs, Community Highlights, Guest Speakers, Veterans • Views: 4189