• NYFA Holds “Directing the Scene” Master Class in London


    This past Sunday, Feb. 5, New York Film Academy conducted a Master Class in Filmmaking at the Historic ARTS Theatre in London’s West End.


    Jonathan Whittaker, Chair of Short-term Filmmaking at New York Film Academy

    Taught by Jonathan Whittaker, Chair of the Short-term Intensive Programs at NYFA, the event welcomed filmmakers and performing artists not just from the London area, but from all over Europe.

    With over fifteen years of experience in the film industry—having produced, directed and lensed short films, music videos, live concerts, commercials, TV shows, features, docs, virtual reality experiences and 3D specials—Whittaker’s “Directing the Scene” Master Class enlightened attendees on how to properly break down a scene and take it from the page to the screen.

    Through a lecture that included film clips and anecdotes from films such as Martin Scorsese’s iconic boxing masterpiece “Raging Bull,” and Steven Speilberg’s classic hit “Jaws,” the two-hour Master class highlighted how the filmmaker identifies the purpose of the scene and fits it into the larger whole, designates point of view and designs shots that communicate POV to the audience. Additionally, the lecture explained how the director determines the visual elements that comprise the metaphor, as well as how he or she uses pacing to create tension in the film.

    “Not only was there a great turnout, the participant engagement and thoughtful feedback made this a successful workshop,” said Whittaker.

    The Master Class was very well received by aspiring artists and perspective students. We hope to see some of the individuals again at one of our many locations around the world.


    February 9, 2017 • Community Highlights, Road Show • Views: 3964

  • Paul Brown Holds Masterclass in London’s Soho Theatre


    New York Film Academy instructor Paul Brown’s recently held a “Secret of Great Stories” Masterclass at London’s famed Soho Theatre that was both insightful and uplifting. Brown has a great way of cutting through all of the noise and focusing on what makes a great story and an effective storyteller.

    paul brown london

    Brown is an award-winning writer, director and producer, having worked in film and television for over twenty-five years. He has produced over one-hundred television dramas, pilots, and movies, working on such series at The X-Files, Quantum Leap, The New Twilight ZoneStar Trek Voyager and Enterprise. He has received nominations for three “Emmy Awards” and three “Golden Globes” as well as winning the “Edgar Award” from the Mystery Writers of America for Best TV Drama. He has also received the “Genesis Animal Rights Award.”

    He co-created Disney’s world-wide smash hit Camp Rock. Most recently, he directed and co-wrote the dramatic feature film Heaven’s Rain in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest.

    As a teacher for the New York Film Academy, he also gives lectures on writing, acting, and filmmaking throughout the year in Latin America, Europe, and Russia.

    “His emphasis on emotion and honesty as the cornerstones of great stories resonated with the audience, which was made up of very enthusiastic film lovers — many of whom are looking to expand on their film education at the New York Film Academy,” said NYFA’s Recruitment Manager Roger Del Pozo.

    The attendees in London had very articulate questions and feedback and even shared some of their own film projects with us after the Masterclass.


    September 20, 2016 • Community Highlights, Filmmaking • Views: 4480

  • Producer Gaby Tana Speaks to NYFA Producing Students

    Gaby Tana

    Gaby Tana

    Prominent film producer Gabrielle (Gaby) Tana joined our Producing Program students last week for an inspiring Industry Speaker session. Gaby has not one, but two major feature film releases upcoming: Stephen Frears’ Philomena starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, and Ralph Fiennes’ The Invisible Woman (Sony Pictures Classics).

    Coming off very successful premieres at the Venice, Toronto, and New York Film Festivals, Gaby shared her inside perspective on developing, financing, and overseeing the production of both films. A producer based in New York and London, Gaby discussed the role of BBC Films as both a creative and business partner, working with various financing entities such as Pathe, how tax schemes have aided her efforts, and how producers can impact marketing and distribution strategies. Gaby also shared some of her experiences producing earlier films The Duchess (which starred Keira Knightly), and Ralph Fiennes’ directorial debut Coriolanus.

    New York Film Academy Producing students will continue to track the progress of Gaby’s two films as they open in the US in November and December.


    November 19, 2013 • Guest Speakers, Producing • Views: 7562

  • Hidden Film Festivals


    Hidden Film FestivalThe summer seems to be the time of year that film festivals are in full swing around the world. This goes for the ambitious Hidden Film Festivals as well. This unique series of festivals is commonly referred to in the plural sense due to the intense travel schedule it adheres to in the heart of summer.

    The festival is coming off of a sold-out debut year in 2013, which included 4 countries, 2 continents, and hundreds of attendees over the course of only 4 weeks in the month of July. The cities of Dublin, London, Paris, and Toronto had the pleasure of hosting the event who differentiates itself to many other festivals by announcing the film line-up..well..never. The platform not only keeps the audience in the dark about the films that they are about to watch, but creates an environment that showcases their thoughts on each film.

    Going into its second year, the call for submissions has already started. Submissions can fall into any of these expansive film categories:

    • Features
    • Documentaries
    • Music Videos
    • Student Films
    • Shorts
    • Experimental films
    • Unproduced Screenplays

    They are looking for never before screened gems that can create buzz in an environment that does not invite industry press. The philosophy at the HFF is to encourage attendees to write, tweet, blog, and post online about the films that have yet to be seen by press, thus stripping them of their eligibility to premiere at the more exclusive events.

    Many festivals are quickly realizing the power of social media to not only help promote their own festival, but the talent that are on display. The HFF takes this notion a bit further with instilling platforms that maximize exposure by putting the audience on the digital stage. Flipping the spotlight creates a healthy launching pad for these amateur filmmakers. If you are planning on being in one of these cultural hubs next summer, we recommend seeking out the Hidden Film Festival and finding an undiscovered gem.


    October 23, 2013 • Film Festivals • Views: 4725

  • Kristy Cates in London

    Kristy Cates

    Kristy Cates as Elphaba in “Wicked”

    Our very own Kristy Cates who is the Director of Student Outreach and the Head of Voice for the Musical Theatre Programs, traveled to London to present the workshop “Broadway Musical Theatre Workshop.” On Saturday, October 19th she presented her exciting workshop where she coached talented and highly motivated participants.

    This is part of our ongoing initiative to reach out to and find those special talents who we know will thrive under our extraordinary training. We look forward to her return and hearing about her workshop and about the fine talent she auditioned.

    Most recently, Kristy was the featured soloist with the Oklahoma symphony, singing in front of approximately 20,000 people! Prior to that she created the role of Mary Hawkins in the world premier of Treasure Island at the Arkansas Rep Theatre. In addition to her popular classes at the New York Film Academy, she maintains her own voice studio and is a successful voice over artist.

    -Mark Olsen


    October 21, 2013 • Musical Theatre • Views: 6119