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  • NYFA Filmmakers Graduate in MFA, MA, and BFA Programs

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    Filmmaking students from New York Film Academy’s Los Angeles campus gathered with family and friends at the Harmony Gold Theater in Hollywood on Saturday, September 19th to receive their MFA, MA, and BFA degrees. There were two commencement ceremonies that occurred at 2pm and 6pm, each completely filling the 400-seat venue. Presiding over the ceremony, speaking, and presenting degrees from the Filmmaking Department were Chair Art Helterbran, Associate Chair David Newman, and Associate Chair Ed Timpe, as well as Dean of Students Eric Conner, and Dean of Academic Advising Mike Civille.

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    Commencement Speakers Erik Bork and Peter Strauss gave words of inspiration and advice for the future. Erick Bork is best known for his work on the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers and From the Earth to the Moon, for which he wrote multiple episodes and won two Emmy and two Golden Globe Awards as part of the producing team, and his blog Flying Wrestler for which he was named one of the “Top 10 Most Influential Screenwriting Bloggers” in 2014.

    Since 2001, Peter Strauss has served as Executive Vice President of Mandalay Pictures (Sleepy Hollow, Donnie Brasco, I Know What You Did Last Summer). Before that he presided as EVP and Director at Allied Artists Pictures Corporation (Cabaret, Papillion, and The Man Who Would Be King), EVP at Rastar Films, President of Panache Productions Inc., and President, CEO and Chairman of the Board at International Movie Group Inc.

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    The graduates and their guests celebrated afterwards in the stylish party atmosphere of the Andaz Hotel’s Riot House Restaurant on the Sunset Strip.

    Congratulations to New York Film Academy’s MFA, MA, and BFA Filmmaking Graduates!

    2:00PM CEREMONYMFA in Filmmaking

    Abdullah Abuljadail
    Amal Aljohani
    Daryl Anderson
    Jared Carlson
    Zenana Coombs
    Kraig Dane
    Xiao Guo
    Seung Hoon Han
    Amber Darlene Hayden-Gardenhire
    Luis Henriquez
    Ishani Jayamaha
    Xiaochen Jiang
    Jalon Johnson
    Jun Kuang
    Chantal Le Hunte
    Chenxi Li
    Guo Li
    Xinyi Li
    Yi Li
    Kah Kai Liew
    Simone Loudd
    Binbin Ma
    Runyu Ma
    Allyson Manno
    Luka Mgeladze
    Andrey Milyayev
    Brian Nkosi
    Oliver Ernesto Olivo Batista
    Alvaro Ortega Sanahuja
    Stjepan Ostoic Papic
    Tomer Preis
    Catherine Rand
    Eeshaan Roy
    Martin Ruiz
    Javier Salvago Escalera
    Juan Sebastián Sarmiento Bazzani
    Ke Shi
    Shrunal Tembhurne
    Leila Viera
    Mariana Wahrhaftig
    Sheng Wang
    Meghan Weinstein
    Yifan Xiao
    Wei Xin
    Fanting Xu
    Kang Xu
    Yunyi Zeng
    Mimi Zhang
    Jinming Zhao
    Lin Zhao

    BFA in Filmmaking

    Daniel Brizuela
    Casey Daniel
    Georgy Gorshunov
    Brian Hayes
    Casey Hempel
    Richard Jacob
    Gary Kent
    Timothy Kirkpatrick
    Carolina Mejia Lartilleux
    Brian Melo
    Sean Miyakawa
    Andrey Nuzhnyy
    Mariana Robles Thome
    Brittney Sugar

    AFA in Filmmaking

    Federico Bartolucci
    Jose Guilherme Correia Jr.
    Kellen Gibbs
    Rochel Goldsmith
    Fernando de Oliveira Haddad
    Brooke Marshal Hagen
    Oscar Ferid Hasbun Alcala
    Johannes Hochgatterer
    Sergey Korchinskiy
    Edward Orozco
    Thomas Personeni
    Hans Stjernswaerd
    Robert Styles
    Siyu Wang

     

    6:00PM CEREMONYMA in Film & Media Production

    Zhirayr Avetisyan
    Pierre Beaufrand Mendoza
    Grigory Borodavkin
    Ecenaz Bulat
    Yiqi Cao
    Junnian Cheng
    Kamala Khanna Chittoor
    Ifeoma Chukwuogo
    Shiyuan Dai
    Daniel Frank Demenezes
    Iaroslav Denisov
    Joaquin Fernandez Martin
    Shan Gao
    Markel Goikoetxea Markaida
    Zhuoying Han
    Yuzhe Huang
    Stephen Johnson
    Varun Kalyanasundaram
    Dhrunad Gautambhai
    Lyndall Eileen Klinkert
    Yan Li
    Binyue Liu
    Lishuo Liu
    Ye Luo
    Wanlin Ma
    Ioannis Marinopoulos
    Huan Mo
    Vasha Narace
    Adesola Ibrahim Omidina
    Shiyao Peng
    Raja Pothineni
    Otbah Rayess
    Kevin Robert
    Carla Roda Gomez
    Jainardhan Sathyan
    Shobi Nadeesha Chamini Seneviratne
    Leqi Tao
    Sophie Ellen Taylor
    Liang Xie
    Yunrui Yang
    Ying Ye
    Qianwei Zhang

    BFA in Filmmaking

    Mohamed Alaali
    Mohammed Alhiniah
    Madina Altynbayeva
    Pedro Paulo Araujo
    Matthew Beilinson
    Sanzhar Bekzhanov
    Ahmed Bhabhrawala
    Pedro Borges
    Maria Gabriela Cardenas
    Yu-Ning Chen
    Napoleon Cheung
    Adrian Cicerone
    Alisson Fhal
    Louisa Grams
    Alejandro Ibarra
    Huibing Jiang
    Bud Jones Jr.
    Chi Shun Lee
    Linxuan Li
    Kwok Yaw Loh
    Teng Ma
    Mzonke Maloney
    Diego Mejia Lartilleux
    Karolina Mikolajczak
    Aditya Mohan
    Noan Ribeiro
    Marcelo Rodrigues Barbosa
    Omar Said
    Zichen Song
    Brianna Flores Stanton
    Kang Yang
    Victoria Yang
    Zhikun Yu
    Yi Zhang
    Yimo Zhao
    Yinpeng Zheng

     

     

     

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    September 28, 2015 • Filmmaking • Views: 5019

  • Michael Cudlitz Discusses His Acting Career with NYFA Students

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    Last week, the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles screened the final episode of the television series, Southland, and the fourth episode of Band of Brothers. Why you ask? Because of our special guest, actor, Michael Cudlitz. From his introduction to when he left the stage, Michael was very down-to-earth and cordial – something that is truly refreshing in this town.

    Michael discussed his fondness for TV work, due to the fact that most series are very character driven. He also talked about coping with the ups-and-downs of being an actor. Even Michael is currently “unemployed” (although, of course, he has prospects) and this didn’t seem to bother him in the least. He encouraged NYFA’s acting students to surround themselves with positive people who motivate, not bring them down, and to always be doing something to progress their career. “I think it’s all hard and it’s all exciting,” added Cudlitz.

    2Another aspect of acting that Michael stressed was research and “doing your homework.” Michael had been on at least twenty ride-alongs with cops while preparing for his role of Officer John Cooper on Southland. Though, he admits he was fairly unprepared for his role as a World War 2 soldier in Band of Brothers.

    “You need to just go with what’s there. You need to live in that moment… What’s important is, whatever work you do at home, trust that it’s going to be there when you’re at work, and forget about it, in a way. I mean, forget about it in the moment. Don’t get so lost in the process, that the process is screwing you up. Because other people, other actors, directors, everyone’s going to bring different elements into it, things that you never thought of, and it’s going to help elevate what you’re doing.”

    All in all, his love of acting was very inspiring. He’s truly the kind of guy you’d want in your group of friends. It’s clear that his success was a result of focus and hard work.

     

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    July 17, 2013 • Acting, Guest Speakers • Views: 4729