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  • Episodic Instagram, Austin Veterans, Copenhagen TV2, and More From New York Film Academy’s Broadcast Journalism School

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    Digiday posted a fascinating article last week about storytelling in the digital age. The premise was that “publishers” (the online sort) are treating Instagram stories like episodic television. It’s really a brilliant innovation. The way people process information is changing (or should that be “has changed?”). People react less to words and more to images. So how do you take what would otherwise be disjointed arrays of pixels and give them staying power? You tell a story — and episodic television has been telling stories since the dawn of the TV era. By creating basic storylines, that carry over from “episode” to “episode,” you create anticipation, tension, interest and (most importantly) audiences!
    The same is true in nonfiction video too.
    NYFA grad Melissa Aleman is back in the Weekly Update again, this time with Col. Jack Jacobs, the chair of the NYFA Veterans Advancement Program. Melissa was the videographer at a special veterans event that NYFA held in Austin, Texas. It is wonderful to see how Melissa is using the skills she learned as a Broadcast Journalism student not just to build a career, but to “give back” as well. Meanwhile, Col. Jack Jacoba is the heart and soul of our veterans’ activities here at NYFA.
    So how do you produce news stories in the digital era? Well, you can learn a lot from NYFA grad Celina Liv Danielsen. She works in the news department at TV2, in Copenhagen, Denmark. Look carefully at the picture below — Liv is using three microphones. Two are wireless lavalier mics (see the antennae on the back of the camera?), and one is a mini-shotgun mounted on the front of the camera. Just like she learned to do here at NYFA!
    The skills students learn in the NYFA Broadcast Journalism program can be used in a number of different ways. Recently I heard from graduate Karina Gaudereto. She is working for a company called SEVEN PR, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She wrote:
    This is a PR Agency for techlology startups, and I am a press agent for some companies in this area … There is one TV production called Floresta Produções which is a joint venture with Sony Entertainment. They make one of the most famous reality shows here like Lady Night at Multishow, and also UFC, Shark Tank, and shows like Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. They called out our help because they want to expand their productions for branded content and TV premium. It’s been cool but tough!

    Here is a screen grab from one of Karina’s student projects. I know for a fact she misses New York … if not the winter weather.

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  • Imagine “Frank” on Your Film

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    Frank NYFA

    One of the more experimental and yet successful films to come out of the independent scene in 2014 was the Lenny Abrahamson film Frank. Though the film starred Academy Award nominated actor Michael Fassbender, who has proven his ability to carry a film with his looks, charisma and acting ability, the actor played almost the entire film (aside from 5 minutes) with a cartoonish, paper mache mask on.

    The story surrounds the world of a young musician, Jon, who gets more than he can handle after joining an eccentric pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank. Not only does the film pack a powerful punch in terms of emotion, it truly captures the mindset of an aspiring musician.

    Much like the work of Wes Anderson and Richard Linklater, the film brings a sigh of relief to filmmakers aiming to break the mold and try something different.

    As a fun experiment of our own, the New York Film Academy wondered what it’d be like if some of our student films added a flavor of “Frank.” How would your film look different if you cast a “Frank”? Share your pictures with us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with #MyFrank.

    Paris NYFA Frank

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    January 26, 2015 • Community Highlights, Entertainment News • Views: 4059

  • #NYFASummer Instagram Contest

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    #NYFASummer

    With New York Film Academy Summer Camp Programs wrapped and others in the full swing of things all around the world, we thought it was time to see what it is you’re all up to. Given the obvious popularity of Instagram amongst all of our students, we figured this would be the best place to stay in touch.

    All you have to do is tag your photos with #NYFASummer and we can see what you’re doing. Whether you’re in New York City, Los Angeles, Harvard, Florida, Europe or wherever, you’re all #NYFASummer students at heart!

    The best photos showing your support of #NYFASummer will be posted on NYFA’s official Instagram page and a select few will receive the Magic Shutter Ver. 3 App. And if you win this app, you’ll be able to show off some pretty amazing photos to your peers back at home. So, start tagging now!

    The best photos will be posted on NYFA Instagram from now until September 1st. The top winners will be announced soon after to receive the Magic Shutter Ver. 3 App.

    Here’s a glimpse at what you can win.

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    July 23, 2014 • Contests • Views: 6031

  • Your ‘InstaShort’ Could Be on Good Morning America!

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    86th oscars

    In honor of the upcoming Oscars, New York Film Academy students, alumni and faculty are invited to participate in an exciting Instagram video-making opportunity for a chance to have their InstaShort aired on ABC’s Good Morning America.

    good morning americaInterested students, alumni and faculty are asked to make an “InstaShort”: A 15-second Instagram short film remaking a movie that’s been nominated at this year’s 86th Academy Awards. Participants are required to upload their finished film to their Instagram account with the hashtag #GMAInstaShorts, the film title, NYFA members involved, and tag @NewYorkFilmAcademy.

    ABC will be airing selected shorts and combine all submissions into one video that will be shared across all of our social media channels with a blog post of credits (school, students involved, parts they played, etc.).

    For your chance to have your video aired on ABC’s Good Morning America next week, simply post your “InstaShort” on your own Instagram account AND send your video clips to marketing@nyfa.edu by Tuesday, February 25th.

    If you have any questions, please email marketing@nyfa.edu.

    We look forward to seeing your entry!

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    February 20, 2014 • Acting, Contests, Filmmaking • Views: 4312

  • NYFA Grad Animates Instagram

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    Yet again, while scoping the Internet, we stumbled across another talented New York Film Academy Animation graduate. Eliska Podzimkova, who studied here in the summer of 2012, created a very innovative Instagram page called eliskap (formerly animateNY). Though she now resides in Prague, Eliska, like so many of our students, fell in love with New York City during her studies. Her admiration and nostalgia for the city inspired her to create the page in which she offers followers the chance to put her ‘personal touch’ on their image, if they hashtag #animateNY.

    Being that we had an “in” with Eliska (she went to our school), we were fortunate enough to have her collaborate with us on an image. We hope this will be the first of many collaborations as we’re huge fans of her creative work! Be sure to follow the New York Film Academy on Instagram to see more of Eliska’s work and other happenings at the school.

    animateNY NYFA Grad

    animation by Eliska Podzimkova

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    February 20, 2014 • 3D Animation, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 4760

  • NYFA Instagram Contest: The Holidays

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    Screen Shot 2013-12-02 at 5.02.39 PM

    The month of December brings about the holiday season for many cultures around the world and gives us a chance to reflect on 2013. For the rest of the month, the New York Film Academy wants to see how you celebrate this holiday season with friends and family. Whether it’s around the fireplace or congested in a massive Times Square crowd, we want to see!

    To enter this month’s “Holiday” contest, follow us on Instagram and add #NYFAHoliday to your photo or send to marketing@nyfa.edu by Tuesday 12/31 at 12:00pm EST.

    The winner will be mailed a NYFA T-Shirt and have his or her photo posted on NYFA Instagram and Facebook!

    Also, congratulations to last week’s winner, DongBo, who sent us this incredible photo below from Beijing, China.

    photo by DongBo

    photo by DongBo

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    December 2, 2013 • Contests, Photography • Views: 4273

  • NYFA Instagram Contest: Thankfulness

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    thankfulness

    As the year comes to a close and many cultures celebrate their own unique holidays, we are reminded of the people and aspects of life we appreciate the most. In the United States, people celebrate this tradition with friends and family during Thanksgiving. Given this feeling of gratitude and thankfulness that us upon us, the New York Film Academy is opening up this week’s Instagram contest to the theme of “being thankful.”

    To enter this week’s “Thankfulness” contest, follow us on Instagram and send us a photo of what you’re thankful the most to marketing@nyfa.edu by Friday 11/29 at 12:00pm EST.

    The winner will be mailed a NYFA T-Shirt and have his or her photo posted on NYFA Instagram and Facebook!

    We’d also like to congratulate last week’s winner, Kaira Karnad, who sent us this photo from India.

    Kaira

    photo by Kaira Karnad

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    November 25, 2013 • Contests, Photography • Views: 6284

  • NYFA Instagram Contest: Vintage Photography

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    vintage photo

    Have you ever gone back into your old photo collection to reminisce on the past? Do you sometimes get a feeling of nostalgia when looking at your vintage Polaroids? Well, this week, the New York Film Academy is looking for some Vintage Photography. If you think you have that classic shot that will stand above the rest, send it in and you could win this week’s contest!

    To enter this week’s “Vintage” contest, follow us on Instagram and send us your best photo to marketing@nyfa.edu by Friday 11/22 at 12:00pm EST.

    The winner will be mailed a NYFA T-Shirt and have his or her photo posted on NYFA Instagram and Facebook!

    We’d also like to congratulate last week’s winner, former NYFA student Greta Dias, who sent us this beautiful shot from Sun City. Greta is from Brazil and hopes to study photography next year at the New York Film Academy in LA.

    Greta Dias

    photo by Greta Dias

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    November 18, 2013 • Contests • Views: 5844

  • NYFA Instagram Contest: Landscape Photography

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    Positano

    This week, the New York Film Academy is looking for Landscape Photography that will leave us in awe. If you think you have that photo in your arsenal, send it in and you could win this week’s contest!

    To enter this week’s “Landscape” contest, follow us on Instagram and send us your best photo to marketing@nyfa.edu by Friday 12:00pm EST.

    The winner will be mailed a NYFA T-Shirt and have his or her photo posted on NYFA Instagram and Facebook!

    We’d also like to congratulate last week’s winner, former NYFA student Jessica Robinson, who sent us this romantic black and white photo shot in Central Park.

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    photo by Jessica Robinson

     

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    November 11, 2013 • Contests, Photography • Views: 5686

  • NYFA Instagram Contest: Black and White Photography

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    american girl in italy

    “American Girl in Italy” by Ruth Orkin

    As we all know, black and white photography was at one point in time the only form of photography. Since the advent of color, we’ve seen an array of exploration into the medium. However, black and white remains a style of choice for many professional photographers. Some classic, gritty images can only be truly expressed through black and white. With that, the New York Film Academy wants to see which black and white photograph stands out in your portfolio.

    To enter this week’s “Black and White” contest, follow us on Instagram and send us your best black and white photo to marketing@nyfa.edu by Friday 12:00pm EST.

    The winner will be mailed a NYFA T-Shirt and have his or her photo posted on NYFA Instagram and Facebook!

    We’d also like to congratulate last week’s winner, Stephania Sanquiz from Venezuela, who sent us this rather flexible “Halloween” photo.

    Halloween phoot

    photo by Stephania Sanquiz

     

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    November 4, 2013 • Contests, Photography • Views: 7294