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  • New York Film Academy Celebrates its Graduating Class on May 30th

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    On Saturday, May 30th, New York Film Academy Los Angeles students from the Filmmaking, Acting, Producing, Screenwriting, Photography, Cinematography, Game Design, and 3D Animation and Visual Effects disciplines gathered to receive their degrees during two commencement ceremonies at the Harmony Gold Theater in Hollywood, California. Deans Louis Fantasia, Eric Conner, and Mike Civille as well as Department Chairs Lynda Goodfriend (Acting), Tony Schwartz (Producing), Nunzio DeFilippis (Screenwriting), Mark Sawicki (3D Animation and Visual Effects), Michelle Kirk (Photography) and Associate Chairs Mike Williamson (Cinematography), Adam Finer (Screenwriting), and Julia Raz (Game Design) addressed the students, congratulating them and giving personal fair wells and final advice for the future. School Director Dan Mackler and Dean Louis Fantasia presented diplomas.

    NYFA Los Angeles grad

    actor Manish Dayal

    Manish Dayal, film and television actor known for his recurring role as Raj Kher in the hit TV show 90210 and starring in a leading role in the film The Hundred Foot Journey, was the Commencement Speaker for the Acting and Screenwriting graduates. Mr. Dayal relayed the importance of having a positive perspective of “failing” in life as every success he’s experienced would not have been possible with the failures that led him there.

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    David A. Permut, television and movie producer known for creating Richard Pryor: Live in Concert and Dragnet, which was an early example of remaking a television series into a motion picture, was the Commencement Speaker for the Film, Producing, Cinematography, Photography, Game Design, and 3D Animation and Visual Effects Graduates. Mr. Permut stressed the importance of remaining positive and having patience in the film industry as the average time it takes an idea to debut on the screen from conception is seven years, and the time it’s taken for many of his projects to come to fruition has well exceeded that.

    Los Angeles grad

    After the commencement ceremonies, graduates and their family and friends celebrated at the Riot House Restaurant in West Hollywood’s Andaz Hotel on the Sunset Strip. Congratulations to all of NYFA’s 2015 degree program graduates!

    MFA in Filmmaking
    Paul Dees
    Simeon Flores
    Ryan Lopez
    Eduardo Michel Piza
    Eljazz Rakhimbekov
    Alexander Rodriguez
    Daniel Zagaevschi

    MA in Film & Media
    Ahmed Farouk Ibrahim Al Ayooti
    Abdullah Bin Kulaib
    Paulo Erico Claridades
    Ali Farshchi
    Krid Krongyuth
    Huimin Mao
    Andrei Mindru
    Varun Verma
    Manal Elias

    BFA in Filmmaking
    Tyrone Breaux
    Noe Miguel Obregon Escobar
    Joelle Kahn

    MFA in Acting
    Kankana Chakraborty
    David Dasilma
    Ricardo Diaz Guillen
    Omar-Farouq Ayorinde Edu
    Marthe Einseth
    David Epstein
    Yara Ferreyra
    Brandon James Gailliard
    Ivonne Garcia Asimbaya
    William Justice
    Jong Man Kim
    Ivona Kustudic
    Nenad Nikolovski
    Nozipho Jamilah Profit-Mclean
    Danielle RowLee
    Fernando Quintana Lasso
    Chris Ferera
    Emre Pala
    Dian Yu
    Zhen Wang

    BFA in Acting
    Andras Farago-Szabo
    Rebecca Hamilton
    Anthony Hubbard
    Anthony Kiser
    Kristoffer McMillan
    Eboni Osteen
    William Stavrakos
    Diana Valencia Medina

    AFA in Acting
    Susannah Almer
    Blake Altman
    Carlos Rodrigo Chavez
    Leonardo Diaz
    Karen Flores Kauffman
    Ryan Harrington
    Dylan Jackson
    Benjamin Jooste
    Michael Brandon Lamkins
    Hadas Sima Lev
    Kamali Martin
    Lucero Rodriguez
    Dulce Sosa
    Ellinor Taflin
    Alexis Taylor

    MFA in Producing
    Ismelda Cruz Mojica
    Marisela de Los Angeles Delgado Fuentes
    Carlos Eguiagaray
    Melinda Graves
    Ana Pou Valeriano
    Tripp Townsend III
    Meng An
    Luoting Jin
    Pengchen Li
    Phillip Simon
    Arthur Smith
    Anna Tveritina
    Xu Yang
    Shijie Zhang

    AFA in Producing
    Tyler Scheff
    Davin Tjen

    MFA in Screenwriting
    Ray Cadiz
    David Ephraim Cantor
    Yanwen Guo
    Christopher Hayes
    Dakota Klaes
    Xiaoxiu Li
    Thomas Saetveit Jensen
    Agosto Silveira
    Angelina Tala
    Pallavi Vaidya

    AFA in Screenwriting
    Quintin Allen Bell
    Tevin Knight
    Daria Leshchenko
    Jamaul Phillips

    MFA in Photography
    Sultan Al Rubayq
    Khulud Albati
    Mihaela Belichovska
    Walla Jarallah
    Yisen Li
    Pavlinka Popovska
    Elli Tashkandi
    Qian Zhe

    MFA in Cinematography
    Peng Ding
    Nelson Javier Flores
    Kevin Gillingham
    Leandro Moura

    MFA in Game Design
    Omar Ahmedien
    Ohoud Ali
    Kevin Newton
    Zheng Qin
    Chad Robinson
    I-Chieh Shen
    Yufei Zhao
    Ziyi Zou

    BFA in 3D Animation & Visual Effects
    Arjun Nair

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  • Emirati Graduate Directs First Feature “Abdullah”

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    “Abdullah”

    Given the various locations of the New York Film Academy all over the world, often students have the opportunity to explore multiple locations while studying for a certificate or degree. Former AFA Filmmaking student Humaid Alsuwaidi studied his first year in Abu Dhabi and moved to Los Angeles to complete his degree his second year.

    Since his graduation, Alsuwaidi has been hard at work on his first feature film Abdullah, which he directed with fellow NYFA students, including:

    • Jack Elliott: Director of Photography
    • Fatima Al Taei: Main Actress
    • Malik Zenger: Gaffer
    • Shih-Yao Huang: Key Grip
    • Aiham Alsubaihi: 1st AC
    • Effendi Edris: Cam Op
    • Stuart Matthews: Grip

    His film tells the story of an Emirati boy (Abdullah) who develops a fascination with music from an early age, but struggles to hide that over the years from his very conservative family—where many things are “haram- forbidden/prohibited.”

    Alsuwaidi shot the film in the emirates of Ajman, north of UAE, despite all of the difficulties in location and funds. The task of finding the right crew came naturally, as he found NYFA alumni are the best to work with, as they have a high standard of understanding the demands of a film production.

    Humaid’s risk paid off, and he feels very satisfied on the results of his production. He is currently in the middle of post-production.

    We look forward to viewing the finished product!

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    April 30, 2015 • Abu Dhabi, Filmmaking, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 5207

  • AFA Filmmaking Grad to Screen ‘Ticketed’ at Cannes

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    It cannot be stressed enough how valuable social media and crowdfunding have become in terms of independent filmmaking. As a student filmmaker working on a strict budget, it’s often times an essential part of pre-production. AFA Filmmaking graduate Shantal Freedman took full advantage of this avenue, launching a successful crowdfunding campaign back in September 2014 which raised enough money to get her through the production of her film Ticketed. Freedman recently turned to fans to launch another crowdfunding campaign to raise $7,000 to finish her thesis film.

    This May, Freedman will premiere her film, Ticketed, at the Cannes Short Film Festival. The film focuses on a small town cop, Jackie, who spends most of her time writing out parking tickets. As a trained police officer, all Jackie wants is a little more action: to bust a bunch of bad guys like the cops on TV. When the opportunity knocks, a group of miscreants seize the chance to steal a winning lottery ticket worth $60,000,000.

    However, fate has other plans when the ticket falls into the safekeeping of Jackie. When the thugs attempt to reclaim the ticket by any means necessary, Jackie winds up on the run.

    “More than anything in the world, I want to make movies that as many people as possible can see,” said Freedman. “I also want to get some sort of enjoyment out of it by putting the audience in a better place after viewing the film than they were before viewing it.”

    Freedman also hopes to change the status quo in terms of females in the film industry. She hopes to bring more females in front of the camera with deeper characters and equal representation.

    ticketed set

    The writer, Andrew Freedman, and Shantal have developed Ticketed into a feature. They also have several other scripts that they are shopping around in the horror genre. Ultimately, Shantal hopes to direct action/adventure films.

    She is also busy working at several entertainment companies in Los Angeles. She interns for the renowned casting director, Risa Bramon Garcia, and will be helping her as she starts to cast the 3rd season of Masters of Sex. She works for the talent management company, The Robb Company, and the talent management company, Jump Start Talent, where she is on a track to becoming a manager.

    Freedman’s advice for current students currently working on short films: “You’ll be your best and your happiest if you go all in and commit 100% to the film. If you do that, you’ll tackle every challenge and you’ll be the most pleased with your work at the end.”

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    March 16, 2015 • Filmmaking, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 4469

  • Congrats to our Degree Program Graduates in Los Angeles!

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    September 2012 MFA and AFA Filmmaking Graduates

    New York Film Academy Los Angeles September 2012 MFA and AFA Film Graduates gathered at the Harmony Gold Theater in Hollywood, California dressed in cap and gown and walked on stage to receive their diplomas. Art Helterbran (Chair of the Filmmaking Department), Mike Civille (Dean of Academic Advising), Adam Finer (Chair of Industry Outreach and Professional Development), and Eric Conner (Dean of Students) spoke to the graduates, offering moving words of encouragement for the future. The Commencement Speaker, Harley Peyton (Producer and writer for television shows Twin Peaks and Dracula and feature films Bandits and Friends with Benefits), inspired the graduates with very practical advice for navigating the entertainment industry. Mr. Peyton was extremely surprised and touched when Eric Conner presented him with an Honorary MFA Degree in Producing from the New York Film Academy. Graduates and their family and friends assembled at Bugatta Supper Club afterwards for a fun celebration.

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    BFA, AFA, and MA Filmmaking and Acting Graduation in Los Angeles

    NYFA graduates from the September 2012 BFA Film and Acting, September 2012 MA Film, and March 2013 AFA Acting programs received their degrees during an exciting commencement ceremony at the Harmony Gold Theater in Hollywood California. Dan Mackler (NYFA Los Angeles Director), Lynda Goodfriend (Acting Department Chair), Art Helterbran (Filmmaking Department Chair), and Adam Finer (Chair of Industry Outreach and Professional Development) presided on stage and spoke to the graduates, reminiscing of their time together and encouraging them to pursue their future careers with as much enthusiasm as they did their degrees. The Commencement Speaker, Yuri Lowenthal (one of the most prolific voice over actors in Hollywood and the voice of famed cartoon character Ben Ten), gave a rousing and entertaining address to graduates about the importance of constantly producing work and always finishing what you started. Family and friends in attendance erupted in applause and cheers when degrees were officially conferred upon the graduates and they threw their caps in the air.

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    Master of Arts Filmmaking Degrees Conferred Upon NYFA Graduates

    On a beautiful day in Hollywood, California, NYFA Los Angeles Master of Arts Film graduates sharply dressed in cap and gown, walked the stage at the Harmony Gold Theater and received their diplomas in front of an audience of proud family and friends looking on. Dan Mackler (NYFA Los Angeles Director), Eric Conner (Dean of Students), Mike Civille (Dean of Academic Advising), Adam Finer (Chair of Industry Outreach and Professional Development), and Louis Fantasia (Dean of Faculty) were in attendance and addressed the graduates, congratulating them on their significant accomplishment and giving sage advice for the future. The Commencement Speaker, Maureen Milligan (who has produced for television shows such as One Tree Hill, Reign, and Eastbound and Down), spoke to the graduates about the importance of pursuing work that incites a spark of inspiration inside them, which coined as “alchemy.” Congratulations to these New York Film Academy Master of Arts Film graduates and the best of luck pursuing your dreams!

    Below is a list of all of our graduates:

    MFA in Filmmaking

    • Khaliel S. Abdelrahim
    • Siddhant Adlakha
    • Ao Ni MGL
    • David Betran
    • Luca Brinciottimf
    • Sharice Nicole Bryant
    • Gabriel Alicto Chavez
    • Bruce Sze Han Chen
    • ChunYu Chu
    • Massiel Leonor Cordero Núñez
    • Christiano Dias
    • Corinna Elwood
    • Daniel Chinweze Enenta
    • Badr Farha
    • Abhijit Gajwani
    • Aurélien Heilbronn
    • Matt James Hielsberg
    • Kuei-Chieh Hsu
    • Zhifan Huang
    • Kirill Iakimetc
    • Denise Ntombikayise Khumalo
    • Ruchi Kishore
    • Ji Li
    • Jiayi Liang
    • Shangyuan Liao
    • Jiaqi Lin
    • Di Liu
    • Miao Liu
    • Ivan Sergeyevich Lopatkin
    • Yiting Lyu
    • Utku Macuncu
    • Andrew John Messersmith
    • Yusuke Nagasaki
    • Daria Nazarova
    • Nigina Niyazmatova
    • Batuhan Ozbek
    • Kyle David Pavlin
    • Jeremy Paul Pelsinki
    • Laura Elisa Pérez Rebullén
    • Lingling Ruan
    • Michelle Sainz Castro
    • Maral Servat
    • Shaik Nazrin Shah Bin Abdul Rahim
    • Muhan Shen
    • Nuo Shi
    • Nathália Pereira Guerra Simões
    • Song Song
    • Anvita Sudarshan
    • Suleyman Suleymanoglu
    • Huanglizi Sun
    • Yu Sun (Max)
    • Yu Sun
    • Nicci Thompson
    • Chia Ying, Tsai
    • Sevgi Tumen
    • Javier Urtasun
    • Arturo Alejandro Vargas
    • Heran Wang
    • Jing Wen
    • Beixi Wu
    • Shuai Yang
    • Xi Yang
    • Bo Yao
    • Oxana V. Yatsenko
    • Yuki Yoshimatsu
    • Liping Yu
    • An Zhang
    • Xiaoyu Zhang
    • Yating Zhang
    • Zhang Yi
    • Difei Zhou
    • Gabriela Zogall

    AFA in Filmmaking

    • Ikem Mfon Chukwudifu
    • Diana Maritza Guerrero
    • JayRex Hale
    • Alejandro Kahuam Lopez
    • Ryan Kenny
    • Roman Kolesov
    • Denis Kulikov
    • Euphrasie Leloup
    • Victor Olea
    • Paul Renna
    • Reghis Reginauld F. Romero V
    • Petros Skevis

    BFA in Filmmaking

    • Abdullah Ahmed Badeeb
    • Ge Zhen
    • Yang Jin
    • Liu Jiaqi
    • Mukhomedzhan Ruslan
    • Vladislav Nikitin
    • Christopher Payne Medina
    • Natalia Sofia Raful Guzmán
    • Feiyang Sun
    • Lilian Teplan
    • Kuan Wang

    BFA in Acting

    • Xizi Chen
    • Kenneth Michael Huitt
    • Judith Morales Martinez
    • Gabriel Uzcategui
    • Maegan Christine Wilson

    AFA in Acting

    • Kelly W Auble
    • David Alanson Bradberry
    • Paulina Garcia Matar
    • Mario J. Lozano-Pacheco
    • Christin Muuli
    • Gabric Ramos
    • Samat Turgunbaev
    • Victoria Sage Watlington

    MA in Film & Media Production

    • Adeyemi Hafeez Adesoji
    • Meshari Abdullah B. Albarrak
    • Yiru Chen
    • Robin de Corbière
    • Alon Golan
    • Guanyu Hu
    • Yue Hu
    • Lili Huang
    • Sujith John
    • Veddaant P Joshi
    • Anqi Li
    • Xinyi Liu
    • Matias Azevedo Lovro
    • Khachatur Martirosyan
    • Takafumi Sakabe

    MA in Film & Media Production

    • Hagar Mostafa Ali
    • Abdullah Alrachid
    • Marija Apchevska
    • Emilio Sebastiano Caccetta
    • Valeriya Elenskaya
    • Mengxue Gu
    • Soraya Adeline Hajjaji
    • Eduardo Hidalgo Caballero
    • Yue Huang
    • Jin Ye
    • Zhen Li
    • Cunyang Liu
    • Adam Paul Marino
    • John McCain
    • Soni Mizrahi Tuvachi
    • Sandra Prieto Murcia
    • Carlos Rodriguez Izaguirre
    • Zhanbo Shang
    • Yichang Sun
    • Deniz Tokdemir
    • Wang Tian
    • Wang Ying
    • Zhixin Weng
    • Tianyi Wu
    • Liye Yan
    • Zijian Zhang
    • Yao Zhang
    • Yizhao Zhang
    • Ji Zhe

     

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    October 6, 2014 • Acting, Community Highlights, Filmmaking • Views: 6172

  • AFA Filmmaking Grad Becomes DP / Associate Producer for Revolt TV

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    Joshua Berry

    Since graduating from New York Film Academy’s AFA Filmmaking Program, Joshua Berry has quickly climbed the ranks on Revolt TV’s In Harm’s Way, a music television show that consists of music videos, band interviews and performances, as well as interstitial segments with the host of the show. Josh is Director of Photography/Associate Producer on the show. Given the tight budget, Josh works with a small crew consisting of him, a sound mixer, and sometimes a freelance camera operator. Most of their shoots consist of a four camera set up: Josh will operate one camera, set another one up on a tripod, mount a GoPro for a super wide angle, and a B Cam operator. Not only that, he sets up all of the lighting and electric as well.

    In his associate producer role, Josh is tasked with gathering elements that his editor requires. These elements consist of stock photos, pulling music for the show, and organizing all of the music videos that come in for the show.

    “My NYFA education was definitely helpful for what I am doing today,” says Josh. “I run a set essentially by myself and I am partially able to do that because of the constant hands on training at NYFA, which taught me how to preform every position on a film set.”

    As Josh continues to develop invaluable skills on set every day, he hopes to one day ‘tell a story’. To do so, Josh hopes to someday work on a narrative film or TV series, whether it be as a director of photography or director.

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    May 6, 2014 • Filmmaking, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 4660