The New York Film Academy Los Angeles campus recently teamed up with the Screen Actor’s Guild of America for a one day “Make a Film a Day Workshop” with the Actor’s Fund.
The Actors Fund is a 501© non-for-profit that supports young working actors. The idea is to socialize them beyond acting so they can be well-rounded young people outside of their profession.
Within the Actor’s Fund is a program called Looking Ahead. The aim is to take students to colleges all over Los Angeles and New York City. When Mason Richards, Chair of Community Outreach, heard they were coming he decided to team up with Lynda Goodfriend, Chair of the Acting for Film Department and the Admissions Department, to do a little something extra for the students when they came to the New York Film Academy.
The students spent the day learning crew roles, how to operate a camera, and how to work as a team. Acting for Film Instructor Christopher Cass led the class. Kelly Gardner, Dean of Students, spoke with the kids about finding your own personal message through storytelling. At the end of the day, we were able to view their work.
Richards was excited about the engagement saying, “All of them were students who are working actors, but they were all interested in being on the crew. We have students who, after participating in the workshop, were signing up for school.”