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  • Take a Virtual Tour of New York Film Academy Battery Park

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    Coming up on it’s second year this July 2015, the New York Film Academy at Battery Park has proven to be an invaluable addition to our students and staff. The campus, located in lower Manhattan at 17 Battery Park South, occupies 72,000 square feet on two full floors and offers breathtaking views of Battery Park and The Statue of Liberty.

    Each classroom is uniquely designed from scratch to meet the specific needs of the hands-on programs, including state-of-the-art production studios and sound stages. Classes are held in Filmmaking, Acting, Musical Theatre, Screenwriting, Producing, Photography, Cinematography, Documentary Filmmaking, Broadcast Journalism, 3D Animation, Graphic Design and Game Design. This summer, we will kick off our renowned summer camp programs for kids and teens, which has been successfully operating since 1996.

    For those of you who are curious about the New York Film Academy and would like to take an introductory tour before visiting us in person, have a look below at our Google Virtual Tour below!

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    April 13, 2015 • Academic Programs, Community Highlights • Views: 10565

  • Film Finance Expert John Hadity Speaks with NYFA Producing Students

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    John HadityJohn Hadity, the renown film finance expert, recently spent time with New York Film Academy‘s Producing students at the Battery Park New York City campus this month. An Industry Speaker in the Producing Program’s Film Finance series, John shared the latest developments in various areas, including: tax schemes, equity financing, and bank loans. Currently, John is the Executive Vice President for Entertainment Partners Financial Solutions. Over the course of his career, John has worked with a diverse group of film companies including twelve years as the Executive Vice President of Motion Picture & Television Production Finance for Miramax Films. He is also on the Executive Board of the Producers Guild of America. His expertise has established John as one of the first “go to guys” in the world of film finance, a fact not unrecognized by NYFA Producing students!

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    August 11, 2014 • Guest Speakers, Producing • Views: 4548

  • Broadcast Journalism Students Filming in New York City

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    NYFA Broadcast Journalism 2014The January Broadcast Journalism students at the New York Film Academy had been in class for a little more than a week when they got their first assignment. They went out with TAs to shoot cover footage for a 30-second voiceover segment they scripted that morning.

    If you’re interested in enrolling in NYFA‘s Broadcast Journalism program, CLICK HERE for more information.

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    January 21, 2014 • Broadcast Journalism, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 3353

  • Philippines Disaster Relief Fund at NYFA

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    As many of you are aware, the Philippines was recently struck by one of the most powerful and devastating storms recorded in human history. Having leveled many cities and killing thousands of Philippine nationals, Typhoon Haiyan has left an indelible mark on the country.

    As a small start, the New York Film Academy has donated $10,000 to the relief fund. In addition, we would like to reach out to our community to help aid relief efforts overseas. We will be placing a donation box at each front desk of 17 Battery Place as well as at the front desk at Union Square. We will be accepting cash (and coin) donations which we will then donate to Direct Relief, the non-profit emergency response and global health organization with a special initiative for this relief effort.

    Starting Monday, November 18th through Friday November 22nd, we will be collecting cash donations. Let’s pitch in and make a big statement from the entire NYFA community.

    Thank you all so much for your support, every penny helps!

    If you would like to make an individual donation online, you may do so here: DONATE NOW.Philippines

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    November 15, 2013 • Acting • Views: 3718

  • Win a 4 Week Musical Theatre Scholarship to NYFA!

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    Do you believe you have what it takes to enter the competitive, but rewarding career of Musical Theatre? The New York Film Academy School of Musical Theatre, consisting of Broadway professional instructors, is inviting high school students from around the world to participate in a unique competition to Win a 4-Week Musical Theatre Scholarship at our Battery Park, New York City location in Summer 2014! Just like performing on the center stage, you should not be shy in this contest.

    TO ENTER: Interested students must prepare a 60-90 second monologue from a published contemporary American play or screenplay and one short musical theatre song.

    Participants must post their monologue and song on NYFA Musical Theatre Facebook Page by Friday, January 31st

    • When submitting your performance piece, please include your full name, phone number and name of the high school you are currently attending.
    • To be eligible, entrants are required to be 14-17 years of age as of June 29, 2014.
    • Must be proficient in English.
    • Winners Announcement: by March 3rd, 2014
    • Designated winners will be asked to provide proof of age before the dispensation of prizes.

    Please address any questions regarding the competition to Marissa Lieberman at marissa.lieberman@nyfa.edu or call +1 (212) 674-4300.

    We look forward to viewing performances from high school talents from all around the world. Break a leg!

    PLEASE NOTE: Travel and housing expenses are not included. Dorm facilities are available. Our NYC housing coordinator is available to help students find safe and convenient accommodations and flights to New York City.
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    October 30, 2013 • Contests, Musical Theatre • Views: 5970

  • What Software Does NYFA’s Animation School Teach?

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    Animation Chair Robert Appleton

    The New York Film Academy is bringing its hands-on intensive Animation School to the brand new Battery Park campus. Headed up by Chair Robert Appleton, NYFA’s Animation School is one of the premier facilities to learn the art of 3D Animation.

    The curriculum provides lessons which incorporate widely used, industry-standard software. During the first semester, the primary program used is Autodesk Maya which focuses on 3D modeling and animation. Although, students also work with Adobe Photoshop and After Effects.

    In the second semester, students begin using Pixologic’s ZBrush for high-poly (extremely detailed) modeling. Working with ZBrush is like working with digital clay, and is often very intuitive for fine artists. Students also learn how to composite using The Foundry’s Nuke industry standard software. Compositing is “putting the pieces together” for a shot. This includes working with green screen footage so live actors can be relocated to CG environments, and in our case culminate in the student integrating a CG character into live action footage. Something we take for granted these days on the big screen. Furthermore, this character will be animated using motion capture, so the students even get a chance to go to a Mo-cap studio and hop around on a stage, getting in touch with their inner actor.

    In addition, the animation program introduces students to scripting— programming specialized for use with CG — using the languages MEL script (a proprietary Maya scripting language) and Python, which is widely used for all sorts of applications.

    NYFA’s classroom computers are fully loaded with the software needed; however, students can frequently benefit from educational discounts that can be found for many programs when working outside of the school. In fact, Autodesk makes most of its programs available in educational, yet fully-functional versions free of cost. After completion of the course, the student will graduate quite the software polyglot and be well prepared for the professional world of animation!

     

     

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    October 29, 2013 • 3D Animation • Views: 5301

  • Miss Universe Olivia Culpo Hones Her Craft at NYFA

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    Miss Universe Olivia Culpo with Roger Del Pozo

    With beauty and talent under her belt, Miss Universe Olivia Culpo is determined to bring her career to the world of acting. First, she admits, she must learn how to truly master her on-camera presence. Lucky for her, part of winning the coveted Miss Universe title comes a full scholarship to the New York Film Academy. “Working with NYFA throughout my reign has been so helpful, the school has so much to offer and I am excited to further my career with the skills they taught me.” says Culpo.

    NYFA, a hands-on international school of the arts, has been a proud sponsor of the Miss Universe Organization for several years. Past contestants have continued their training at the New York Film Academy Acting for Film School, including Dayana Mendoza, Miss Universe 2008, who was on NBC’s The Apprentice, Crystle Stewart, Miss USA 2008, who became a series regular on Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse, and Stormi Henley, Miss USA 2009, who was a semi-finalist on American Idol Season 10.

    Screen Shot 2013-09-11 at 4.44.15 PMThis Tuesday, the Rhode Island native and current titleholder, was part of a special one-on-one workshop with NYFA Director of Acting and Musical Theatre Admissions, Roger Del Pozo, at the school’s brand new Battery Park location. Del Pozo has maintained a career of working with actors through his professional casting and audition work in the industry. His experience and expertise in regards to “on-camera presence” for this particular NYFA workshop were very relevant due to Culpo’s recent work as a television correspondent. “It was great working with Olivia,” says Del Pozo. “She was very funny, charming and easy to work with. I think that she will make a great actress, as she is not only very beautiful, she is also extremely comfortable on camera. She was able to be herself and get her personality across, which is half the battle.”

    Like any aspiring young actress, Culpo has been bouncing around from audition to audition, hoping to land her first break through role. She says she’d really love to be a part of a romantic comedy or “chick-flick,” specifically with a comedy actor. Her plans are to head west within the next few months in order to further pursue her acting passion in Los Angeles.

    -Frank Pasquine

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    September 16, 2013 • Acting • Views: 4883

  • New York Film Academy Opens in Battery Park

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    New York Film Academy Battery Park

    The New York Film Academy has opened the doors to its brand new campus, located at 17 Battery Place. The modern facility occupies 72,000 square feet on two full floors and offers breathtaking views of Battery Park and The Statue of Liberty. Each classroom was uniquely designed from scratch to meet the specific needs of the hands-on programs, including state-of-the-art production studios and sound stages.

    Summer Camp programs and Adult Musical Theatre programs have already begun, while Acting, Musical Theatre, Screenwriting, Producing, Photography, Journalism, and 3D Animation will kick off in the Fall. NYFA cannot be more thrilled to provide this wonderful new environment to its students, and is looking forward to meeting a whole new crop of talent!

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