• New York Film Academy (NYFA) 1-Week Animation Workshop Concludes With Special Chinese Tea Performance


    Twenty students from the Chinese GMFZ High School joined a 1-Week Animation Workshop from July 30th to August 3rd at New York Film Academy’s Los Angeles campus. At the end of the course, the students prepared a special Tea Performance to show their appreciation to the New York Film Academy (NYFA).

    During the week-long animation workshop, the students learned about Paper Puppets, Stop Motion Animation, Visual Story, VFX, and Editing. In addition, they had the opportunity to film on the Universal Studios Backlot, Hollywood’s world-famous lot where movies such as American Beauty, Back to the Future, and Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds have been filmed. NYFA has a special relationship with Universal Studios, where students have the unique opportunity to spectate the importance of “studio life” to the Los Angeles area up close and first-hand, while also getting the one-of-a-kind experience of shooting on the lot themselves.

    The location shooting went very well as students were taught hands-on skills in storytelling. The GMFZ students showed satisfaction with this learning experience upon getting their certificate at the end of the week.

    The program was concluded with the Chinese GMFZ School performing a unique tea performance, a cultural exchange that was greatly appreciated by NYFA staff and faculty. The performance demonstrated the traditional Chinese art of tea tasting as a show of gratitude to NYFA for arranging their Animation Workshop. 

    During the ceremony, students explained the history and procedures involved in the art of tea-making with a recital and performance. A sample of 10 kinds of teas from various provinces in China were brought to the Chair of Animation, Craig Caton-Largent, who happened to be an ardent fan of Chinese tea.

    The New York Film Academy proudly holds a special relationship with Chinese filmmaking students. In 2017, President of NYFA Michael Young visited multiple schools in China, and the Academy has offered local workshops in Shanghai and Beijing. The New York Film Academy congratulates the Chinese GMFZ High School students on their completion of the 1-Week Animation Workshop, and warmly extends their gratitude for their exquisite Tea Ceremony!


    August 9, 2018 • 3D Animation, International Diversity • Views: 2212

  • NYFA Los Angeles 2nd Annual Summer Spotlight


    The New York Film Academy College of Visual & Performing Arts (NYFA) hosted its 2nd Annual Summer Spotlight at its state of the art facilities in Los Angeles. The Summer Spotlight is designed to build cross-educational platforms between NYFA and other schools nationwide for students who have an interest in learning in a world class, hands on environment.

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    Counselors pose for a photo outside of the New York Film Academy LA campus.

    Over the course of the two-day event, NYFA representatives provided tours of the campus including the Universal Studios backlot, educated counselors about NYFA degree programs, and spoke with current students, and alumni. The event showcased a special screening of the student film The Moment I Was Alone (2016), directed and produced by NYFA students Kellen Gibbs and Rochel Goldsmith, which has won several awards on the film festival circuit. A student panel followed the screening where NYFA students shared their experiences at New York Film Academy. Panelists included two veterans, Adam Teitelbaum (MFA Screenwriting student) and Michael Teitelbaum (MFA Screenwriting student) who said, “Being invited to share my experience as a veteran student at NYFA was a major privilege and I was thrilled to see so many great people and administrators who were excited to learn about NYFA’s academic programs.”

    More than 30 high school counselors from various states and regions attended the event. Included in the attendee list was Edith Disler, who serves as the Director of External Relations for the Texas Veterans Commission. The New York Film Academy has an extensive history in supporting the military and veteran communities. Edith was invited to talk with NYFA veteran students about their experience at the College and their experience transitioning from military to higher education.

    “In addition, working artist (painter/sculptor) Arjan Zazueta joined the group. Mr. Zazueta works at the Institute of International Education (IIE) and works closely with Fulbright Foreign Student Program awardees in the creative art fields. Ms.  Emma Stone also works on administering the Fulbright Program as a Program Officer at AMIDEAST.”


    Authors: Eric Brown, Michael Kunselman & Patrick Stinich


    June 28, 2016 • Community Highlights, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 4086

  • 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: 6912