• The New Year Rings in Fresh Film School Talent

    NYFA Union Square Snow

    Winter in Union Square, NYC

    It’s a new year and we’re quickly becoming accustomed with fresh faces and new talent at the New York Film Academy. The motto of our film school is students receive a “hands-on education” and our new crop of students can tell you, this is certainly the case. Make no mistake, the film school courses are very intense. From day one, students quickly become familiar with our helpful TAs in the equipment room, as they’re checking in and out film equipment to shoot their own short films. While instructors and TAs are on set, guiding individuals and teaching them proper filmmaking tactics, students will deal with similar pressures faced by professional filmmakers.

    Given NYFA’s location in Union Square, the heart of New York City, students don’t have to look far to find the perfect set for their film. Just take a walk around Union Square Park if you’re in the area, you’ll be sure to catch a NYFA T-shirted film school student capturing his or her first ideas onto film. Yes, film. The New York Film Academy is one of the only film schools left who still uses the ArriFlex to create 16mm films. We feel it’s important to learn the roots of cinema before entering the world of digital filmmaking. Though, our students are not deprived in the digital arena at all. NYFA provides access to the RED Epic, Canon 5D, and HDSLR. Plus, students have access to editing suites, at their own convenience, to edit each of their projects. So, our students are well versed in all aspects of filmmaking.

    Just recently, The Huffington Post recommended readers to check out NYFA’s film school workshops as a way to “Change the world using new media.” Perhaps you’d like to change the world or your New Year’s resolution is to learn the craft of filmmaking. If so, be sure to check out our short term workshops or Degree Programs that we have to offer.

    As an example of what you can expect coming out of our film school programs, last September we compiled some of 1 Year Filmmaking students’ films into an impressive reel. Have a look.



    January 21, 2014 • Film School, Filmmaking • Views: 5005

  • NYFA Holds Cinematography Workshop with ARRI ALEXA


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    Recently, the advanced New York Film Academy Cinematography students in Los Angeles met at Arriflex for a week long intensive workshop on the Alexa. The digital camera marks features modularity, PL mount lenses, a Super 35 sized CMOS sensor shooting up to 2880 x 2160 resolution and supports uncompressed video or proprietary raw (ARRIRAW) data. To put it simply, another monumental step forward in the world of digital filmmaking. The workshop was led by ARRI Inc.’s Vice President of Cameras, Bill Russell, and Stephan Ukas-Bradley, Manager of Technical Services.

    During the first day, Cinematography Chair, Michael Pessah’s students received training on brand new Alexa models – even before they were available to the general public!

    On second day of the workshop, NYFA students were given a tour of Alternative Rentals, a premiere camera rental house in Culver City. At Alternative Rentals, they spent some time testing various lenses by Zeiss, Canon, Angenieux and Red on the ALEXA. Students checked out and rented the Alexa from Alternative rentals for use in their NYFA projects.

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    Students filming on set of Desperate Housewive’s “Wisteria Lane”

    The third day of the workshop, students designed and photographed an extensive camera test under the supervision of Suki Medencevic, ASC. In this test, the Alexa, the RED Epic, RED Scarlet, 35mm Panavision and the 5D were compared in a travelling dolly shot. The class will grade the camera test at Fotokem, under the supervision of their senior colorist Alastor Arnold (Parker, etc) in Fotokem’s Digital Intermediate theater.

    On the fourth day of the workshop, the Cinematography students filmed a practicum with the Alexa, directed by Matt Sarnoff. The practicum was filmed on the Universal Backlot and included professional actors. “An Alexa on the Universal lot?” said Pessah. “It doesn’t get better than that!”

    After a day of rest, the Cinematography students teamed up with recent NYFA Producing students for a one-day shoot with the Alexa. They rotated crew positions and were able to DP their own project. All in all, the workshop was an exclusive and incredibly informative experience for all of our aspiring cinematographers.


    July 8, 2013 • Acting, Cinematography • Views: 6468