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  • NYFA Australia Gold Coast Grad Stars in ABC’s “Newton’s Law”

    Makwaya Masudi, a graduate of the Acting for Film program at the New York Film Academy, Gold Coast, has landed the opportunity of a lifetime as a series regular on the new ABC program “Newton’s Law” starring iconic Australian actor Claudia Karvan (“The Heartbreak Kid,” “Paperback Hero,” “Daybreakers”).

    Masudi, a Kenyan native who came to Australia as a refugee, plays Zareb Mulumba – an office cleaner turned legal client to Karvan’s character Josephine Newton. The stellar cast also includes Toby Schmitz (“McLeod’s Daughters,” “Home and Away,” “The Pacific”), Georgina Naidu (“Offspring,” “Winners and Losers”) and Miranda Tapsell (“The Sapphires,” “Love Child”).

    Of his student experience at the New York Film Academy, Makwaya says, “NYFA trained me on how to work under a huge amount of pressure like calm water. It also gave me so much experience and helped me find out what type of actor I am.” He also believes that “getting to study in a production set-like environment” helped him prepare for the real world of television and entertainment.

    Acting opportunities are now in abundance for Masudi as he sets his sights on the American market. Check out Makwaya as Zareb Mulumba on “Newton’s Law” Thursday nights on ABC.

    February 20, 2017 • Acting, Entertainment Australia, Student and Alumni Spotlights • Views: 1096

  • NYFA Australia Gold Coast Grads Star in “Young Man’s Dream” Music Video

    Madeline Howlett and Georgia Allison, recent graduates of the Acting for Film program at the New York Film Academy Gold Coast campus, scored themselves lead features as mermaidesque muses in the newly released “Young Man’s Dream” music video for Australian rock group Byron Short and the Sunset Junkies.

    Of her New York Film Academy student experience, Madeline says, “NYFA being on the backlot of the Village Roadshow Studios has a professional agenda from the very beginning. Our lecturers were also very respected and gave us professional advice on how to present yourself in a professional manner when big things are happening around you.”

    Crediting her lecturers for ensuring she learnt in a supportive and inspiring environment, Madeline believes “having teachers who were also brutally honest has made me respect them even more and has helped me learn tremendously as an actress; their support and encouragement has had a huge benefit for me out in the industry.”

    Currently working on a collaborative project with another NYFA graduate, Madeline’s major goal for 2017 is to gain agency representation, stating, “I have never been more excited for my future. This year is my year to grow immensely.”

    February 10, 2017 • Acting, Entertainment Australia, Student and Alumni Spotlights • Views: 444

  • From Football to Acting for Film

    Kevin Gordon is no stranger to the spotlight. Known in the football world as “Flash” Gordon, Kevin Gordon decided to make the switch from sports to school in 2016, after six years as a professional Australian National Rugby League (NRL) player for the Gold Coast Titans.

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    A self-confessed Will Smith fan, Kevin’s online videos such as “Magic Carpet” along with his impersonations of characters such as William Wallace (“Braveheart”) and Khal Drogo (“Game of Thrones”) generated a social media buzz that further fueled his desire to pursue acting.

    Auditioning for the Acting for Film at New York Film Academy Australia, Gold Coast, Kevin’s humble charm and strong on-camera look won over the interview panel, and he secured himself a place on the course to study at the Los Angeles campus.

    “NYFA was good for me ’cause I didn’t know anything about acting… and NYFA was really welcoming for students,” Kevin says.

    Since graduating, Kevin has been fortunate to secure an OPT Visa, which will allow him to work in the US throughout 2017.

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    “I started my OPT in October last year, and had a busy two months before the Christmas break,” he says. “I did a lot of auditions, and got into a few student films and other shows that are going to be online later in the year.”

    Gordon credits NYFA for giving him “the confidence to go and audition for any role, whether it’s in LA or anywhere in the world.”

    Kevin’s big news for 2017 is his role in an upcoming Chinese feature film – “it was my first time being on a professional set and it felt good. It’s going to be another big year for me. I’m going to continue improving myself and make some big movies!”

    January 31, 2017 • Entertainment Australia, Student and Alumni Spotlights • Views: 1675

  • NYFA Australia Gold Coast Acting for Film Grad Rubs Shoulders with Aussie A-Listers at the AACTA Awards

    tyson BrownNew York Film Academy Australia, Gold Coast Acting for Film alumnus Tyson Brown had the fortune of being a guest of this year’s Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards held at The Star in Sydney. Tyson had the pleasure of meeting and mingling with Australia’s industry elite including Isla Fisher and Mel Gibson.

    “What you learn in one year, it’s just incredible how ready you are for the industry,” said Brown of his preparedness to enter the working world of entertainment after graduation.

    Tyson, a fan of comedy and character, most enjoyed his Text Analysis subject, explaining, “I love analyzing the script, knowing the whole story and building a character up from it.” His advice to aspiring actors: “Do what you want to do before it’s too late and don’t let anyone stop you!”

    Brown is currently appearing in the “Kevil Hill Zombie Evilution” attraction at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast and has auditioned for roles at Universal Studios in Singapore, the Disney Channel, and for several pilots being pitched to Netflix in the USA.tyson and isla

    January 16, 2017 • Acting, Entertainment Australia • Views: 1380

  • NYFA Australia Gold Coast Grad’s “Mannequin” Wins Award at Reel Horror Film Fest

    A self-proclaimed horror film buff, New York Film Academy Australia, Gold Coast alumnus Zach-McCoy Davies’ latest short film “Mannequin” recently won an award at the Reel Horror Film Festival held at Movie World on the Gold Coast. The Reel Horror Film Festival is a part of Warner Bros. Movie World Theme Park’s Fright Nights, which is held during the Halloween season.

    “Mannequin” has also screened at the Princeton Student Film Festival, as well as Willoughby Shorts and Screen It Film Fest in Australia.

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    His short horror film focuses on a lonely costume designer working within a dark theatre who begins hearing bumps in the night upon the arrival of a bubble-wrapped mannequin.

    “NYFA prepared me for the reality of the business. It is hard work, you will be pushed aside more often than not but it’s how you bounce back that shows whether you can make it in the industry,”said Davies on his experience as a student at NYFA Australia.

    Overall, Davies says he enjoyed the atmosphere of being on the backlot and seeing other films being produced. “The lecturers also made the classes engaging, and being able to direct/write/edit your own short film with cinema grade equipment was a massive plus,” added Davies.

    His advice to aspiring filmmakers is that “no matter what the circumstance, the struggle will always pay off in the end…if you keep pushing forward.”

    Davies has recently started his own video production company servicing small businesses and clients on the Gold Coast, from weddings to corporate videos. Keep an eye out for his next short horror film, which is currently in the works.

    January 11, 2017 • Entertainment Australia, Student and Alumni Spotlights • Views: 1461

  • NYFA Australia Student’s “The Undeniable Truth” Finalist at Roma Cinema DOC Film Festival

    Chris Le Roy is a current Filmmaking student at the New York Film Academy Australia, Gold Coast. His digital dialogue, “The Undeniable Truth,” has been accepted as a finalist in the Roma Cinema DOC (Rome) Film Festival and is a semi-finalist in the Hollywood Screenings Film Festival.

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    Chris says his time at New York Film Academy Australia has been “a wild four months so far.” He adds, “I can see massive jumps in the quality of my films — from story, composition, sound, actor selection, performances and more — and I guess that is why my digital dialogue got into a film festival so quickly.” The intensive, hands-on format of study at NYFA Australia has allowed Chris to evolve as a filmmaker.

    “Having to make six short films plus two production films, write the material, produce it and then have if shown in a cinema, is a big ask, but it has forced me to develop my craft and really push myself,” says Chris.

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    “For me, getting in and producing films that have made it onto the film festival circuit, that people want to watch, tells me the training NYFA Australia has given me has prepared me for a very long film career. I think that is probably the key thing that I recognize,” he adds.

    With plans to continue on to the Advanced Diploma program, Chris is now focused on his end of year short film “Drawing Hope,” which he will shoot in February 2017, utilizing the RED camera. After graduation, Chris hopes to secure ongoing work in the industry and to win an award at some of the larger, prestigious film festivals.

    December 1, 2016 • Entertainment Australia • Views: 1572

  • New York Film Academy Gold Coast Campus Hosts Actor Travis McMahon

    Travis McMahon, best known for “Kokoda: 39th Battalion” (2006), “Cactus” (2008) and “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries” (2012 – 2015), offered his insight into the world of entertainment to eager Acting for Film students and staff members of the New York Film Academy Australia, Gold Coast campus during a Q&A session on Monday, October 31st.

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    Nominated for an AFI Award (now known as the AACTA’s) in 2001 for Best Actor in a Guest Role in a Television Drama on popular Australian program “Stingers,” Travis discussed how his training has helped him with his processes as an actor. These processes include that of reading the script as many times as possible when researching a new role, to gain a sense of character and story.

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    Now that Travis is established in the industry, he looks for good stories to be attached to and characters to be invested in. “When deciding on projects, I look for good writing because it clearly indicates whether the project will be worth it,” Travis told his keen student audience.

    His advice to budding actors is to listen to themselves, listen and honor what they are wanting out of their careers, and to never compromise their vision for that of another.

    November 4, 2016 • Community Highlights, Entertainment Australia, Guest Speakers • Views: 1964

  • NYFA Australia GC Grad’s Music Video Featured on MTV

    Damian Lang is a graduate of the New York Film Academy Australia, Gold Coast. His digital dialogue, “Diamond In The Rough,” has just come off its festival run, screening at four festivals and winning Best Student Short at the Colorado International Film Festival. Damian’s music video production for Gold Coast based DJ duo “Bombs Away” is also currently featured on MTV.

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    Damian says that NYFA helped prepare him for the real world of the industry through its hands-on approach. “As a filmmaking student, we were constantly creating and learning while performing multiple roles in a film-like environment,” he explains.

    Currently working as a Locations Production Assistant on the latest Marvel feature shooting at Village Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast, Australia, Damian is also in post production for his latest music video produced for New Zealand rock-band “Mi-Sex,” as well as for his latest short-film entitled “The First Step.”

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    His advice to aspiring filmmakers is that “no one gets a free ride, the choices you make will define you.”

    Check out Damian’s work on the latest music video for “Bombs Away” on MTV Australia’s website, by clicking here

    October 26, 2016 • Entertainment Australia, Filmmaking, Student and Alumni Spotlights • Views: 1476

  • NYFA Australia Alum’s “Ice Cold” Wins Best Foreign Short at Action on Film Festival

    Jonathan G wins awardWriter, Director, Producer and Editor Jonathan Gesthuizen’s short film “Ice Cold,” which he produced while attending the New York Film Academy Australia, Gold Coast, officially won Best Foreign Short Film at the 2016 Action on Film (AOF) International Film Festival Los Angeles.

    “It was great to be recognized by the judges and our film peers,” said Gesthuizen. “The competition was fierce, and I enjoyed watching some really great films. The atmosphere was surreal, prestigious, exciting and intimidating all at the same time.”

    A glitzy red carpet formal awards evening concluded the festival last month in Hollywood, where Gesthuizen was awarded his prize.

    “I feel honored and excited about winning this award and how it will assist us in gaining the traction we need for the making of the feature, which has recently been written with help of co-writer Paul Gough,” added Gesthuizen. “Most people associate a film’s success with the budget the producer and director have to work with, but this is not always the case, as a $70,000 film won an award at the festival in the same category over another with a $20 million budget. It’s all about getting the story across and how well you can engage your audience with the characters.”

    Gesthuizen aims to have a feature version of “Ice Cold” completed and entered into next years AOF.

    He will begin casting in late October in both New Zealand and Australia. Filming will begin shortly after that with a release date set for late July 2017.

    If you would like to support this project please check out their Facebook page “Ice Cold” for further information.

    October 7, 2016 • Entertainment Australia, Filmmaking, Student and Alumni Spotlights • Views: 1825

  • Australia Gold Coast Grad’s “Ravish Blue” Screens at NBC Universal Short Film Festival

    New York Film Academy Australia, Gold Coast graduate Jakim Wong’s thesis film “Ravish Blue,” is an Official Selection at the Discordia Sydney Film Festival, IndieFlix, and Indiegogo Film Festival. The film has also screened at the NBC Universal Short Film Festival in San Francisco.

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    “It’s been over six months since I graduated from NYFA,” said Wong. “Simply put, I have been having fun, which is the most important thing! ‘Ravish Blue,’ my final film, has been in several film festivals nationwide and still going strong. This has pushed me to do even more. ‘Ravish’ is now getting its own soundtrack, adding a scene or two, getting polished up, re-color-graded, and mixed.”

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    Wong has also completed filming his new short “Rawry McDermott and the Eon Bridger,” which is scheduled to be released on the festival circuit in September 2016.

    In addition, Wong has secured a deal with Ipswich’s “Willowbank Raceway,” who are providing him with funding to bring a drag-racing feature to life. This project will be his first feature film. Currently titled “SJDR,” the feature commences principal photography later this year in the Ipswich/Willowbank area of Queensland and will involve race cars, high performance vehicles, car chases, drones and, as Wong puts it, “guaranteed fun.”

    September 14, 2016 • Entertainment Australia, Filmmaking, Student and Alumni Spotlights • Views: 1419