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  • NYFA LA Graduation at Harmony Gold Preview House

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    Over the long weekend, the Los Angeles campus of the New York Film Academy saw two hundred students turn into graduates as they crossed the stage of the Harmony Gold Preview House to collect their degrees.

    Three separate ceremonies were held to accommodate the large student body and their families. Mike Seville, Anne Moore, and Rich Thorne each presented an Address to the Graduates sending messages of pride and hope one last time to their students.

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    World-renowned talent came to NYFA to give the commencement speech to the graduates. The woman responsible for the “Murder House” finale of “American Horror Story,” Jessica Sharzer, gave one of the speeches. Sharzer won a Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Screenplay for the episode entitled “Afterbirth.” Sharzer, a former NYFA student, spoke highly of her time with NYFA where she also taught at its Princeton, New York, and Paris locations. She encouraged students to have a value system in place. Know what’s working and what stakes are worth risking.

    Joshua Bitton gave the first commencement speech of the day. A common thread throughout his speech was having the confidence to pursue one’s dream. Bitton is perhaps best known for his role as Sgt. J.P. Morgan in “The Pacific” on HBO, but many outside of the industry might be surprised to learn Bitton is also a sought after acting coach.

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    Bitton ended his speech by saying, “An MFA program is tough. I’ve been there. But it’s also an artist’s dream. You wake up and every day you create. You focus on furthering your expression. Out there it’s a business. You must learn how to play that game or get a team around you that can do it for you. But always remember what drew you to this — the desire to express yourself and create. It is brave and it is beautiful. It is you and you are enough.”

    The final Commencement Speaker was Martha Coolidge. The pioneering director of “Valley Girl” and “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge” shared her pioneering experience of breaking into the industry stating, “Although there was no working female directors in Hollywood or anywhere I could name in this country. I did have women in my classes and the world was changing. All of us filmmakers were very excited about that and felt it would be very quick. We’re still talking about what it’s like to be a woman director. So it wasn’t quite as quick as we’d hoped.”

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    The speed was slow but Coolidge was not content to conquer just the silver screen. She’s been dominating the television screen, as well as having directed stand out episodes of “Angie Tribeca,” “The Night Shift,” “Madam Secretary,” and “Sex and the City.” She advised students to strengthen their relationships, never be afraid to ask questions, and embrace competition. “You can’t just sit and wait. You have to be a self-starter or it will never happen.”

    The New York Film Academy would like to congratulate all the graduates who crossed the stage over the weekend. As you enter the phase of your professional career we hope you come back to the place where it all began and that you share your knowledge with the next generation. Good luck in all your future endeavors.

    Graduating Class of 2017

    MFA in Acting

    Areg Antonyan, Youn Hee Cho, Claire Xuewei Cui, Roberto Jadue, Zijing Ke, Yulia Konashevich, Kensiwe Mathebula, Paul McKenna Jr, Daniella Mendoza, Jonathan Neal, Anastasiya Serada, Alina Smolyar, Yifan Xu, Zheyu Zhang, Zandi Zim

    BFA in Acting

    Maria Fernandez Arras Salvoch, Christina Barron, Kiara Beltran, Kassie Bey, AnnaLuisa Capasa, Calvin Ripley Chelberg, Tiffany Alexis Clare, Daniel Colt, Kevin Dary, Chiara Sofia Ferarro Brenner, Atli Fjalarsson, Ximena García Gonzalez, Miranda Guzman, Kira Hagi, Alessandra Hajaj, Alston Huff, Pilar Irigoyen, Dominique Jeswal, Finoa Ketter, Alvin Lee, Kylar Miranda, Stefanie Morosini, Ella Mun-Gavin, Jonas Olsen, Masato Di Santo, Stephanie Quintero, Micaela Reis, Juan Felipe Restrepo Salamanca, Eric Ronn, Jose Francisco Saldaña, Bianca Schrader, Josephine Marie Siwko, Dulce Sosa, Jahnessa Vasquez, Justin Michael Vasquez, Victoria Watlington, Tyler Williams, Casey Wohlgemuth, Jazell Young, Damir Zharkimbekov,

    AFA in Acting

    Daniel Annerl, Mack Bates, Kate Bolshakova, Corinna Marianna Camero Gonzalez, Selma Cisneros, Camila Echeverri Duarte, Nicole Fahel, Kevin Flores, María José García, Lika Idrisova, Newton Benjamin Kitaura, Joao Pedro Lopes Paneguini, Damon McKinnis, Emily Morrison, Kyle Promisson, Cam Rafidison, Victoria Ribeiro, Nuria Roca, Marie Senghore, Qusay Sultan, Shantell Woods, Alissa Ylitalo,

    MFA in Producing

    Amari Agee, Batool Hassan Alarfah, Mujahed Aljumaiaah, Larissa de Rosa Beck, Xiangrong Du, Thomas Freeman, Yizhen Hou, Ah Reum Jung, Jiagyue Lin, Junhao Ma, Zoé Pelloux, Nikita Sapronov, Yoselin Solorzano, Huidi Sun, Sventlanova Natalia, Zhikun Yu, Jihan Zhang, Ziyi Zhao.

    BFA in Producing

    Magnea Helgadóttir, Davin Tjen, Lok Kwan Woo

    MFA in Screenwriting

    David Castillo, Zenana Coombs, Lindsey Hall, Anna Kriegel, Antonina Kshanovska, Tiffany Lewis, Queenian Nneka Okagu, Rachna Sukuru,

    BFA in Screenwriting

    Jordan Chyzowski, Elias Kofoed-Hansen, Michael Levin, Zara Lewes, Daniela Mayorca, Anastasia Mezikaeva Cermeño, Michael Sweeney, Doug Terra

    AFA in Screenwriting

    Audrey Cornett, Sergio Cox, Eric Obaro, Adam Zagri

    MFA in Photography

    Sara Al Sahaly, Ebtehal Farhat, Chun-Hsun Huang, Alejandro Ibarra, Silvia Catalina Quintero Torres, Seham Sultan,

    BFA in Photography

    Kivansh Choksi, Edward Vincent Rubia, Mengmeng Lu

    MFA in Game Design

    Zhongpeng Shao

    BFA in Game Design

    Junliang Zhang

    MFA in Filmmaking (Feature Track)

    Yesser Laham, Rafael Nani Pires

    MFA in Filmmaking

    Musab Omair Alamri, Gabriela Bueno, Yue Chen, Valéria Costa, Yiheng Guo,

    Hu Yiduo, Hawar Karim, Kuan Wen Wei, Yu Liu, Chiyuan Ma, Joshua Tre Van, Tianze Wang, Xiao Zi Jun, Yao Yu, Yuehan Zhang, Dulat Zhumagazin

    MFA in Film and Media

    Joud Al-Rashid, Syed Ahsen Ali, Qiuyu Chen, Jasmine Chiswell, Carlos De Anda, Jiufang Ding, Victoria Gagieva, Ashley Hargrove, Fang He, Yanzhu Li, Christina Nijim, Farid Rasul, Sommer Saqr, Twisha Thakar, Yuheng Tong, Nataliya Tsvetkova, Cheng Yang, Yumeng Zhang

     BFA in Filmmaking

    Jaquece Jamaar Abraham, Edoardo Achilli, Issa Al-Zadjali, Khalid Alahmari, Fernando Amarante Ibarra, Bakyt Angsabay, Talha Bin Abdulrahman, Shu-Chieh Chu, Fady Elmankabady, Trokon Victor George, Rochel Goldsmith, Anatole Lardeyret, Brandon Lee, Matheus Ronn Leite, Xuejiao Liu, Emmanuel Maldonado, Bruno Paolucci, Chang Hyun Park, Dominic Polito, Aysha Radwan, Alejandro Seri, Tianzuo Zhang

    AFA in Filmmaking

    Peter Farquhar, Brooke Marshal Hagen

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    June 2, 2017 • Community Highlights, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 2542

  • NYFA Screenwriting Graduates Celebrate with Industry Pitch Fest Event

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    On January 21st, 2016, graduating MFA and BFA New York Film Academy Screenwriting students attended their culminating Industry Pitch Fest Event, held at the penthouse ballroom of the Andaz Hotel up on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood.

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    A catered event and mingling opportunity for the students, executives, and faculty alike, this capstone event celebrated the New York Film Academy’s graduating Screenwriting students, offering them a professional outlet to jumpstart their careers by pitching their thesis projects to industry executives.

    These writing students spent their final semester in their Business of Screenwriting III class, working with Business of Screenwriting instructor David O’Leary and Pitching instructor Ashley Bank, preparing and fine-tuning their pitches for their thesis film and TV projects. And they shined on this pinnacle evening, leaving with new professional contacts and a wave of interest in the scripts they’d worked so hard on all year.

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    Considered by the school to be their first night as professional screenwriters, this group of bright students brought their A-game, as they pitched agents, managers and production company representatives in a relaxed, round-table environment. The Screenwriting Department faculty who’d worked with the students all year came out to support them in this important and successful evening.

    Organized and hosted by O’Leary, the event featured representatives from various Hollywood companies, including literary agencies, management companies, and TV and Film production companies.

    Attendees included: BenderSpink, Bright Whale Entertainment, Blumhouse, The Coalition Group, The Dino De Laurentiis Company, Elevate Entertainment, ICM Partners, Kaplan/Perrone, Madhouse Entertainment, Magnet Management, Manifest Talent Group, Next Level Entertainment, No Bull Script, Original Film, Quadrant Pictures, RatPac Entertainment, Reel FX, Scenario Entertainment, Super Vision Entertainment and Writ Large Entertainment.

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    NYFA wishes to thank all of its participants, particularly our industry guests, without whom this evening could not have been possible. Also, we’d like to extend a big congratulations to all of our Fall’14 MFA and BFA graduates!

    We can’t wait to see what you do next.

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    January 27, 2016 • Community Highlights, Screenwriting • Views: 3203

  • 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: 4977

  • Photography Students Keep Their Own Canon or Nikon HDSLR

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    photographyThe starting point for any photographer is to purchase a quality camera. While it is not the only aspect of photography that will yield quality work, it is clearly an essential tool in the field. As such, the New York Film Academy aims to provide students with the very best cameras in the market today. Not only that, we feel the camera should, in a sense, become your ‘baby’. That’s precisely why students enrolling in New York Film Academy’s MFA, BFA, Two-Year or One-Year Photography program, will receive and get to keep a state-of-the-art Canon or Nikon HDSLR camera (his or her preference). Each camera gives students the option to shoot stills and HD video. So, students in our photography program will even have the option of experimenting in digital filmmaking — perhaps even creating his or her own short film.

    The New York Film Academy provides hands-on, intensive training for photographers, providing them with real world, professional experiences in an incomparable urban environment with millions of photo opportunities on a daily basis. We guarantee you, that you can walk out the building and discover something unique. We also encourage students to find their niche in order to separate themselves from the competitive world that lies ahead.

    If you’re interested in learning more about NYFA’s Photography Programs, whether it be a degree or certificate program, CLICK HERE for more information.

     

     

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    May 13, 2014 • Photography • Views: 3588