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  • NYFA Australia Instructors to Join Port Shorts Young Filmmaker Masterclasses

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    New York Film Academy Australia and Port Shorts Ambassadors will be participating in Port Shorts Young Filmmaker Masterclasses with teams of high school film students in Cairns and Mossman on August 18th and 19th. New York Film Academy Australia instructors Brian Vining and Dean Mayer will join Screen Queensland production incentive and attractions Manager Gina Black.

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    2016 Port Shorts Film Festival Call for Entries with Ambassador Stephen Curry from Port Shorts Inc on Vimeo.

    Port Shorts Film Festival ambassadors Stephen Curry (The Castle, The Cup), Wolf Creek EP Matt Hearn and screenwriter Kier Shorey (Blurred), will deliver a free workshop in Port Douglas later this month. With a prize pool worth more than $15,000 up for grabs, the Port Shorts Film Festival shines the spotlight on the imagination of Australia’s most creative minds, with a support network geared to stimulate the next generation of filmmakers.

    Port Shorts Film Festival Director Alison George said organizers were delighted to bring up such a well-credentialed film industry panel for the benefit of the Far North Queensland filmmaking community.

    “Port Shorts is very proud to present the free Port Shorts Masterclass Series and we would like to thank Festivals Australia for helping to fund the workshops as well as our Ambassadors, New York Film Academy Australia and Screen Queensland for supporting us with their involvement,” said George.

    The main Port Shorts Film Festival is held in Port Douglas October 28-29. For more information, please visit www.portshorts.com.

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    August 16, 2016 • Entertainment Australia, Film School, Filmmaking • Views: 3496

  • NYFA Australia Grad’s “Ice Cold” to Screen at Several International Film Festivals

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    Prior to attending the New York Film Academy Australia, Gold Coast, Jonathan Gesthuizen had never written a script. “I really struggled with it to begin with and soon realized that, while it was my weakest skill, it was the area of filmmaking that I was most passionate about,” said NYFA Australia alumnus Jonathan Gesthuizen. “The Director’s Craft Workshops and screenwriting classes were pivotal to being able to co-write and direct Ice Cold.

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    Now, Gesthuizen’s short film Ice Cold, which he produced while at NYFA Australia, will be screened at international film festivals after being officially selected for the Tokyo On-Line Lift Off festival, Access Code India festival, Eurofest in St Petersburg, Russia and Action on Film Festival in Los Angeles.

    Ice Cold was submitted for my Digital Dialogue film assignment,” recalled Gesthuizen. “Bobby Mailman (acting student, co-writer) and I were both students mid 2015 and the story came about when Bobby and myself collaborated on an idea based loosely around some of her early childhood memories.”

    The short film is an action, thriller, romantic drama that centers around Jonny, Bella, and Dion as they struggle to grow up and survive in a world overcome with drugs, alcohol and violence. It is a story based around a young indigenous girl and her childhood sweetheart, Jonny, who are separated in their early teens and later reunite and escape from the clutches of Bella’s ruthless drug kingpin boyfriend.

    Ice Cold is about love breaking something open and conquering all, no matter what the obstacles are,” said Gesthuizen. “It’s about new beginnings, change, and how deeply love can be in its most simplest moments.”

    Gesthuizen hopes the networking opportunities at the festivals will be a great opportunity to meet with other filmmakers and industry members as he tries to secure full feature funding from his script that is close to completion.

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    “It’s a huge jump from a short to a feature length film, but I believe in the story and that it will gain traction once exposed to a wider audience,” he says. “It’s also a great chance to be able to see how we stand side by side against our other film associates.”

    In addition to Ice Cold, Gesthuizen says he’s currently writing a couple of other short film projects. One of his projects, Twenty to Heaven, is about a true life experience about a caving expedition that went wrong in the early 90’s and how he and others came close to death. The other is a film called Isle of Broken Dreams, which is about a secondhand opshop that has a huge selection of second hand wedding dresses. The film centers around several main characters and their stories as to how their dresses came to be at the shop.

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    August 11, 2016 • Entertainment Australia, Filmmaking, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 5373

  • Highlights from NYFA Australia Sydney’s Acting Department

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    It’s been a busy few months for the Acting department at the New York Film Academy Australia – Sydney. We started with a bang at NYFA Australia Sydney’s ‘Big Night Out’ – our end of semester showcase for the January intake of actors. Loosely themed around food and drink, we turned one of our larger spaces in the campus at Fox Studios Australia, into a bar/restaurant and served up a collection of delicious tasting scenes.

    We had couples both making up and breaking up over dinner, scenes from Mystic Pizza and Pulp Fiction (This IS a tasty burger!) and not to forget our very own version of the last supper.

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    Peppered throughout the evening was also a collection of motley characters, with everything from surly waiters, pompous maître ds and a psychotic chef to an overzealous busboy. Running over three nights—to an audience of family, friends, students and faculty—a theatrical feast was had by all.

    Following that was our Advanced Diploma acting students with their graduation plays. In a NYFA Australia first, they performed over two weeks in the beautiful 236-seat Monkey Baa Theatre at Sydney’s premiere entertainment location, Darling Harbour. First up, was an Australian classic Don’s Party by David Williamson with guest director Travis McMahon. This was followed by an American classic Dark of the Moon by Howard Richardson and William Berney. Directed by our resident American Speech teacher, Paige Walker, who, as one of the most sought after Voice Over artists and dialect teachers in the country, we are proud to claim as our own.

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    Amidst all of the above activity, students have been busy shooting their show reel scenes both on campus and on location. We have also seen the launch of our graduating students’ first ever self-devised web series Actor’s Vs, which is rapidly gaining a cult following online. With a comedy/improvisation night and scenes from Chekov just around the corner, not to mention our next big showcase at the historic Australian Theatre For Young People in September, NYFA Australia Sydney is full steam ahead.

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    July 25, 2016 • Acting, Entertainment Australia • Views: 3932

  • NYFA Australia Student Works on Set of “The Nest 3D”

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    Barry Havenga

    Part of the benefits of attending the New York Film Academy Australia is its accessibility to the Village Roadshow Studios. Over the past few months, NYFA Australia Filmmaking student, Barry Havenga, had the opportunity to work on-set of The Nest 3D, which just so happened to be filming at Village Roadshow Studios. The young filmmaker will be working as a stand-in for actor Kellan Lutz, known for his roles in the Twilight series as well as many other film and television productions.

    It just so happens that Barry was initially scouted by a casting agent at a café near the school who thought he had a suitable look for the role. Either way, it was certainly a case of being in the right place at the right time!

    From a filmmakers’ perspective, Barry feels that he now has a better understanding of what actors go through and what they require from their directors, as he was able to observe different approaches from the directors on set. Having been prepared for on-set experience at NYFA, Barry felt familiar and confident with the everyday protocol. Not only that, the experience has further fueled Barry’s interest in acting.

    His first day on set involved feeding lines to Kelsey Grammer, who Barry admits is quite “awesome.” From this, Barry developed a working relationship with both Grammer and Lutz, mentioning a vision board night with Lutz and fellow actors as his most memorable experience.

    We wish Barry the best of luck in pursuing both his filmmaking and acting passions!

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  • NYFA Australia Sydney’s Ben Osmo Wins Oscar for Best Sound Mixing

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    Coming in with a “technical” knockout in last night’s 88th Academy Awards was Mad Max: Fury Road, winning six behind-the-scenes Oscars. The groundbreaking visuals and sound from the production paved the way for its momentous evening, which included New York Film Academy Australia, Sydney Instructor Ben Osmo, who won an Oscar for Best Sound Mixing.

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    The acclaimed film, shot in both Namibia and parts of Australia, is about a woman who rebels against a tyrannical ruler in post-apocalyptic Australia in search for her home-land with the help of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshipper, and a drifter named Max. Director George Miller put together quite an impressive cast and crew in this critically and financially successful sci-fi adventure.

    Passing on that successful production experience to our students will be none other than Instructor Osmo, who teaches hands-on production and sound workshops, which take our students out of the classroom and directly onto a real set environment.

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    We’re so proud of Mr. Osmo and would like to congratulate him on his Oscar win!

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    February 29, 2016 • Community Highlights, Entertainment Australia, Filmmaking • Views: 11480

  • Eka Darville: From Down Under to Hell’s Kitchen

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    Eka Darville

    As an Australian actor on the up and up, Eka Darville’s career has certainly progressed from the days of the Australian TV series Blue Water High. Eka currently appears as Malcolm Ducasse in Netflix’s smash hit Jessica Jones, which is based off the Marvel comic series.

    Recently, Darville visited the New York Film Academy Sydney campus to discuss with some of his fellow Aussies the finer points of a career in the United States. Topics such as the difference between a manager and an agent were explored, as well as the importance of securing a good publicist (and what they actually do).

    Having worked with some of Hollywood’s heavyweights, such as Krysten Ritter, Rachel Taylor, Carrie-Anne Moss, Stephen Lang and Terrance Howard, perhaps the most important insight that Darville shared was the work ethic required to “make it.”

    A number of questions about working on shows such as Vampire Diaries, Steven Speilberg’s Terra Nova, Spartacus and Power Rangers were also answered, allowing students insight into their favorite TV shows.

    At the end of the session, Darville was kind enough to take some photos with the Q&A guests. The New York Film Academy would like to thank him for his generous donation of time.

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    January 25, 2016 • Acting, Entertainment Australia, Guest Speakers • Views: 7428

  • “Thor,” “Kong,” and “Alien: Paradise Lost” to Film at Village Roadshow Studios in Australia

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    One of the immediate and most obvious benefits of having a film school inside the confines of a movie studio is the unprecedented access to the movie industry and the behind-the-scenes exposure to major motion pictures. Similar to our Los Angeles campus, which offers workshops on the Universal Studios backlot, the New York Film Academy Gold Coast Australia location offers programs on the backlot of Village Roadshow Studios adjacent to Warner Bros Movie World in Queensland, Australia.

    Given its resources and state-of-the art studio space, the Queensland studio will be the filming location of three upcoming major motion pictures, including the third installment of Thor, Kong: Skill Island, and Alien: Paradise Lost.

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    “Queensland offers an amazing and diverse backdrop for Thor: Ragnarok and we are very excited to bring this film to such an incredible locale,” said Louis D’Esposito, Co-President of Marvel Studios.

    This has become a serious location option for many studio films, with Queensland’s Village Roadshow Studios already having been the location for the Scooby Doo films, House of Wax, Pitch Black, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Daybreakers, and Fools Gold amongst many others. Just this past year we saw NYFA Australia Gold Coast Chair of Acting, Brad McMurray and One-Year Acting Grad, Nick Allen-Ducat in San Andreas—starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Paul Giamatti—which also filmed in Queensland.

    “As our economy diversifies, Queensland is demonstrating its strength as a lead destination for filmmakers both internationally and locally, and my government is doing what it can to ensure that Queensland remains a global hub for the screen sector,” said Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

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    As is the goal with all of NYFA’s programs, the Gold Coast location offers a real world filmmaking experience in a truly hands-on curriculum. There are several course offerings available, including our hands-on intensive Two-Year FilmmakingOne-Year Filmmaking, Two-Year Acting for Film and One-Year Acting for Film programs as well as short-term and evening workshops.

    For more information about NYFA’s Gold Coast campus, please visit: https://www.nyfa.edu.au/locations/gold-coast.php.

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  • NYFA Australia Graduate to Screen 3 Films at Sydney Indie Film Festival

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    It’s with great enthusiasm that we discover New York Film Academy Sydney graduate Ren Thackham has not one, not two, but three films screening in this year’s Sydney Indie Film Festival!

    Coming from a background in production design and having produced corporate videos for several years, Thackham returned to her hometown of Sydney to attend NYFA’s One Year Diploma of Screen and Media, in order to take her filmmaking skills to the next level.

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    “No matter how much experience you have flying solo, you’re miles behind anyone with a year of NYFA under their belt,” said Thackham. “The teachers are all industry, they’re speaking from experience not textbooks and they give real answers to real world questions. It provides the confidence to take on more ambitious projects. The training was definitely valuable and I miss it, but the post graduate support and the pride NYFA has in their graduates is worth the course fee alone.”

    The three films that Thackham will be screening at the Sydney Indie Film Festival, which runs from October 17-25, are:

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    A film that follows one man through a game of poker where Lady Luck herself materializes and takes him to a fantasy world where he meets the characters at the table as they really are. This was Thackham’s NYFA graduation film.

    Glow
    This short film throws a twist on the smartphone addiction debate by referring to it as an actual drug called Glow. Glow has been her most successful film thus far, as its been selected for nearly every online festival she has entered.
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    Brainless Killers
    This is by far her most ambitious project. It’s set in a world where zombies and humans coexist. Zombridge is the town where all the zombies reside and survive off donations of cerebral fluid. The story follows a couple of journalists into Zombridge where they uncover an illegal hunting and farming operation and have to blow the lid off the story before they become victims themselves. It’s a twist on the animal rights issue, but instead of showing how animals are treated, Thackham gives a new perspective of how humans would like it if they were treated similarly by someone else further up the food chain. “Starring Australian Comedian ‘Steve Hughes’ with ‘Odd Studio’ doing the make up (The artists behind Mad Max Fury Road), and the best production design I could muster, it’s going to be my best film yet.”
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    Like most filmmakers, Thackham has a couple of feature scripts she’s currently writing. Her hopes are that her shorts will bring help her the attention and contacts needed to make her features a reality.

    “When you have a project, even at script stage, your perspective of the world becomes richer,” says Thackham. “Every place you visit is a potential location, every item a prop, every stranger you meet could inspire a character, every situation you’re in could be a scene. That’s what makes you want to do it forever; it’s way more fun than living in the real world!”

    If you’re in the Sydney area and would like to see Ren Thackham’s films, visit sydneyindiefilmfestival.com for more information.

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    October 7, 2015 • Entertainment Australia, Filmmaking, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 6673

  • ‘Everybody Stand Up’ for NYFA Australia Gold Coast Alumni

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    Popular Australian musical duo Bombs Away’s most recent music video, “Everybody Stand Up,” featuring Luciana, was directed by New York Film Academy Australia Gold Coast alumni and a current student. The video has been gaining buzz with over 100,000 views on Youtube in just about a month.

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    on set of “Everybody Stand Up”

    Produced by Joel Thomas from Voyageur Productions, “Everybody Stand Up” was directed by Gold Coast alumnus Damian Lang, who says he and his crew thought the Bombs Away guys were a pleasure to work with. In addition to Lang, the crew consisted of current student, Harrison Scholes, as well as alumni Matt Robinson, Melissa King and Shawn Chapman.

    “My experience from NYFA was critical to my performance,” says Lang. “It has also helped me present myself professionally as a director and a business.”

    Lang is currently working on two music videos and just finished wrapping his short film, The First Step. His hope is to eventually direct his first feature film.

    For now, enjoy this music video from Lang and his NYFA crew.

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    September 1, 2015 • Entertainment Australia, Filmmaking, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 7784

  • MFA Grad’s ‘Breakfast in Beirut’ to Screen at Festivals Worldwide

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    Coming off the success of her award-winning short film, 7 Hours, which screened at over 30 film festivals across the world, New York Film Academy MFA Filmmaking graduate Farah Fuad ALHashem has a new film currently making the rounds at festivals around the world.

    The documentary film, Breakfast in Beirut, recently screened at the Lebanese Film Festival in Sydney, Australia and is currently circulating around the Arab world with screenings coming up at the Alexandria International Film Festival for Mediterranean Countries 2015 (September 2nd-8th, 2015 in Egypt). In November, it will screen at the Cairo International Film Festival as well as screenings in Paris, Venice, Beirut and Dubai.

    The documentary film’s experimental direction examines Beirut as a chaotic city and its inhabitants’ relationship with it. But underneath this chaos, the heart of Beirut is waiting to be discovered.

    After writing 17 different versions of the script, with script supervisor Rachel Vine in Universal Studios, Hollywood, writer and filmmaker Farah ALHashem kept changing the storyline until her arrival in Beirut, where she ended up shooting a completely different version of the script.

    For more information about the film, you can visit the Facebook Page. Also, have a look at the trailer below!

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    August 24, 2015 • Documentary Filmmaking, Filmmaking, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 6464