Recently, the New York Film Academy College of Visual and Performing Arts hosted the first annual Boy Scout Merit Badge Event at its state of the art facilities in Burbank, CA. The event provided opportunities for the Scouts to earn the Movie Making, Photography, Animation and Game Design Merit Badges.
Following in the footsteps of award-winning directors and Eagle Scouts such as Steven Spielberg and Michael Moore these young men gained an insight into the film and entertainment industry. Steven Spielberg’s first film was to earn his Photography Merit Badge, The requirement called for “telling a story with pictures.” The young Spielberg made a three-minute film called “Gunsmog.” Michael Moore’s Eagle Scout Service Project was a filmstrip documenting the pollution around Davison, MI. Time will only tell when one of our NYFA Scouts will add their name to this list.
New York Film Academy is committed to sharing our opportunities with the community and is happy to be part of this Scouting and filmmaking legacy. More than 40 Scouts and Scouters participated in the four merit badge opportunities. The event featured the opportunity to operate a camera and to animating a bouncing ball. The Scouts were extremely excited about the hands-on training and the instructors were thrilled to support these efforts.