The New York Film Academy College of Visual & Performing Arts (NYFA) is a truly international educational institution. With schools in six cities across three countries, and programs in many more, NYFA also runs special weekend workshops throughout the world. Recently, one of those workshops took place in the beautiful and historical Kiev, Ukraine.
The event was hosted by the educational center FILM.UA Faculty. Based out of one of the largest studios in the Ukraine, FILM.UA Faculty offers a powerful combination of lectures, courses, seminars and training in professions related to the film and television industry.
Over the weekend more than a hundred representatives of film production companies, as well as independent screenwriters, directors and producers expanded their knowledge under the guidance of award-winning writer, director, producer, and NYFA Instructor, Paul Brown (“The X-Files,” Quantum Leap,” “Twilight Zone,” “Star Trek: Voyager”) and producer, as well as head of NYFA MFA Feature productions, Lydia Cedrone (“The Betrayed,” “In Memorium”).
Despite the snow and frigid temperatures outside, it was really hot inside the studios from all of the creative ideas pumping up in the air. “It was friendly, fun, really intense, with 100% of dedication,” said one of the students, Igor Shvetsov. “At the end, we even performed our first mini-plays! To be honest, I did not plan to act… but it happened that I had to come up on stage … Enormous thanks to all for a great time and gained experience. Special thanks to Anastasia Lodkina for the creative idea, Marina Borodina for the acting talent, Alina Dianova for directing and tough character, and Vasily Popov for co-writing and moral support.”
Producing student Ksenia Bugrimova added: “The information about unions was very helpful; finally I got a clear understanding about them. And, of course, a great relief to find out that our budgeting and production stages are exactly the same. Hence we are on the right track!”
“Together with our students we spent three days with Paul Brown and Lydia Cedrone from the New York Film Academy. This means 20 plus hours of creative and productive work, 100 plus professional connections, 101 loglines created, and 20 new scripts. And, of course, a triple portion of excitement and inspiration,” FILM.UA Faculty commented on their FB page.
New York Film Academy would like to thank everyone who spent this productive weekend with us and express special gratitude to the management and staff of FILM.UA Faculty for creating such a positive and collaborative learning environment.