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  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) Teaches Science and the Movies

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    This semester, the Liberal Arts and Sciences department of the New York Film Academy (NYFA) has opened three new Science elective courses for our BFA students: Principles of the Physical Sciences, General Biology, and (everyone’s favorite) Science and the Movies.

    These new courses add to existing science electives Anatomy and Physiology, Geology, and Geography. Furthermore, this semester NYFA is introducing more amazing tools and resources to aid in the student’s learning process, including microscopes and other lab materials.NYFA Liberal Arts & Sciences

    This new additional hands-on-equipment stays true to NYFA’s “learn by doing” pedagogical approach that is applied to its degree and conservatory programs, including filmmaking, acting for film, cinematography, screenwriting, documentary, photography, animation, and musical theatre.

    For BFA students at the New York Film Academy, the liberal arts and sciences is an invaluable part of their curriculum, crucial to the the development of a creative artist. The department, chaired by NYFA’s Dean of General Education, Dr. Mary Samuelson, offers a broad array of classes in the Arts & Humanities, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Natural Sciences, and History of Art, Theatre & Media.

    In science instructor Camille Boag’s General Biology class, students recently explored common backyard critters under the microscope, squealing at the intricate hairs on a spider’s leg and marveling at the delicate pattern of a butterfly’s wing. These students will never look at a flower the same way again after dissecting them in class, identifying their reproductive organs and reflecting on exactly why these small creatures look they way they do.

    Science instructor Fred Siegel had his students explore the laws of physics in his Physical Sciences course, investigating the principles of reflection and refraction, the relationships between lens shape, focal length and aperture, and measuring the variables which influence the motion of a pendulum. Students clearly had a blast, and were in agreement that learning via hands-on laboratory exercises is an invaluable experience.

    What better way to learn Science?!

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    October 24, 2018 • Liberal Arts and Sciences • Views: 923

  • Filmmaking Students from NYFA Gold Coast Impress Audience

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    The audience at the New York Film Academy Gold Coast Campus Mid Year Screening got a double dose of talent on October 13, viewing projects from both its July 2017 Advanced Filmmakers and July 2017 Diploma Filmmakers.

    NYFA Gold Coast July 2017 Advanced Filmmaking and July 2017 Diploma Filmmaking Mid Year Screening

    The Advanced Filmmaking students showed off their skill in producing television commercials while the Diploma Filmmaking students showcased a diverse range of non-sync short films.

    “We are extremely proud of the work that our Advanced filmmakers have showcased tonight,” remarked Brian Vining, the Deputy Chair of Filmmaking at NYFA Gold Coast. He continued, “We are extremely proud of the work that our Advanced filmmakers have showcased tonight. Many of the television commercials have been conceived, shot and produced to a very high standard and several were indistinguishable from industry standard productions.”

    NYFA Gold Coast July 2017 Advanced Filmmaking and July 2017 Diploma Filmmaking Mid Year Screening

    NYFA Gold Coast prides itself in training our students in several diverse media, in order to better prepare them for careers in the real world workforce. But, of course, storytelling is just as important, and the Diploma Filmmaking students didn’t disappoint with their artful short films.

    Trevor Hawkins, Lecturer in Directing, Editing & Filmmaking for NYFA Gold Coast, had this to say about the July 2017 group: “There are certainly some promising young storytellers and filmmakers evident in our recent screenings of the July Advanced Filmmakers and the July Diploma Filmmakers.”

    NYFA Gold Coast July 2017 Advanced Filmmaking and July 2017 Diploma Filmmaking Mid Year Screening

    The screening was all the more successful considering it’s just the halfway point in the students’ syllabus. Hawkins added, “It’s always great to be involved in their journey as filmmakers and I certainly look forward to their future productions.”

    Congratulations to our NYFA Gold Coast July 2017 Diploma Filmmaking and Advanced Filmmaking students on such a triumphant night!

    NYFA Gold Coast July 2017 Advanced Filmmaking and July 2017 Diploma Filmmaking Mid Year Screening

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    October 17, 2017 • Filmmaking, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 2246

  • Robert Thorpe Wins Audience Choice Award for Best Director

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    Robert Thorpe

    Robert Thorpe with his actor Randall Wulff

    As a proud supporter of the GI Bill, the New York Film Academy was the perfect fit for military veteran and former student, Robert Thorpe. Robert came out of the military at the age of 38, and was looking to get immediate experience on set. “I wanted hands-on,” said Thorpe. “Get in, get dirty and make films.”

    While attending NYFA for a BFA in Filmmaking, Robert focused on his thesis film, The Birthing Field. “I knew a lot coming in to NYFA, having studied film privately, but I still needed to gain a better understanding of why I choose specific shots, or why I cut here or there. In essence, NYFA taught me how to use the camera as an extension of the story and not merely just to shoot some cool stuff.”

    Already an Audience Choice Award Winner for Best Director at the International Film Festival of Cinematic Arts Los Angeles, The Birthing Field is a dramatic horror about a young couple, Matt and Angie, who leave Boston to start a new life in San Diego. On their way while in Arizona, they are abducted and forced into the world of human trafficking where they must reproduce children for the black market.

    the birthing field

    While sitting at his desk one day, he noticed an image of a malnourished boy standing in front of a glass door with the yellow brilliance of the sun blowing out the background outside. The tones were so warm and inviting to the point that he began writing a story around the imagery. This story eventually evolved into The Birthing Field.

    Robert created the film with the initial focus on creating awareness and as a tool for raising funds for a feature version, which he is currently writing the screenplay for. He started working on the film in the fall of 2012 and soon realized his love for the world he created. Over the next year, he wrote several drafts of the script as well as a first draft for the feature. “I learned about my characters and they told me what they do,” said Robert. “I just had to put it on paper for everyone else to see. I rarely start writing the first draft with a whole story in mind — I am a visual person.

    Robert plans on shooting another short, a Sci-Fi horror called Alien Desert, before tackling the feature version of the The Birthing Field.

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    November 26, 2014 • Filmmaking, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 5921