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  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) MFA in Producing Students Give Notes to Oscar-Winning Screenwriter Tom Schulman

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    Academy Award Winner Tom Schulman, renowned for penning Best Screenplay Winner Dead Poets Society, engaged in a team discussion with New York Film Academy (NYFA) MFA in Producing students over potential modifications on his new script, which is currently slated for production in the next few months.

    Over the course of more than two hours, Schulman listened with undivided attention as students dissected his script and offered detailed notes on its story, characters, and its world.

    The special opportunity for the students came as part of their Script Collaboration & Story Development class (MFA Program, 5th semester). The class is designed to teach students script analysis, and how to write and convey notes to a screenwriter professionally and effectively.

    NYFA instructor John Morrissey invited Schulman to participate not only as the recipient of the students’ notes, but also to offer our Producing students a rare opportunity to make a direct impact on the story of a professional film.

    Many times during the conversation–punctuated by laughter and meticulous detail-offering—Schulman jotted down students’ notes on a sheet of paper. When asked what he considered the best way for a producer to provide notes to a writer, he promptly responded: “The way we have been doing it here today!”

    He then shared with the students some inside stories on how studio executives give notes to screenwriters and praised the students for their genuine passion and thoughtfulness.

    New York Film Academy thanks Academy Award-winning screenwriter Tom Schulman for giving his time and advice to our MFA in Producing students.

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    May 8, 2019 • Guest Speakers, Producing, Screenwriting • Views: 400

  • New York Film Academy Hosts Producing Pitchfest For MFA and BFA Students

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    The recent graduates of New York Film Academy’s MFA and BFA Producing programs got to share their final projects with high-powered industry professionals at this year’s Producing Pitchfest.

    A herculean effort went into completing these producing projects. NYFA is known for having classes that are fast-paced and hands-on. Students enter as aspiring creatives and leave with the ability to walk onto a set and make a film. From the producing side, students create a show bible, design a budget, and learn multiple ways to pitch their script to executives, studios, and potential investors.    

    The “story pitch” is as much a part of Hollywood movie making as is the script itself. At the Producing Pitchfest, students were given the opportunity to pitch their projects to professional producers, directors, writers and executives. Getting an opportunity to pitch a projects to professionals is incredibly important. Not only did students get the chance to get constructive feedback from the guests, they also had the chance to land a deal!

    Student Reginald E. Luck credited NYFA with his ability to look and sound professional in the presence of such incredible talent. “NYFA taught and prepared me by grilling me during thesis committee meetings. They really made me focus on why I was telling this story,” he began. “When my instructors said, ‘Relax, you got this,’ I found they were right. I had made pitching harder in my mind than it turned out to be in reality.”

    Luck said his favorite part of the event was meeting and interacting with the writers and producers who attended the festival. “It really made me feel important to have them all listen intently to my story,” Luck confessed. “I was given some tremendous pointers by each person I pitched too.”

    At the end of the event, many of the participating judges let our instructors know how impressed they were with the students and their work. The event was a huge success all the way around. Students walked away with encouragement, new ideas, and a lot of real-world contacts.

    The New York Film Academy would like to thank the following panelists for taking the time to hear our student’s pitches: writer and director Blake Harris, writer and director Doug Cooney, writer and director Brian Herskowitz, actor and producer John Morrissey, producer Patrick Peach, writer and producer David Rosenberg, writer and producer Arnold Rudnick, attorney and producer Marlon Schulman and filmmaker and festival director Kimberly Browning.

    Congratulations to all of our graduates. We look forward to all of the great stories you’ll tell.  

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    April 27, 2018 • Academic Programs, Community Highlights, Producing • Views: 747

  • Producing Grads Team Up for “Lilin’s Brood”

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    Nothing like cuddling up with your loved one on Valentine’s Day with a psychological thriller, chiller/horror film. Come on, you know it sounds great. Now that you’re convinced, we have the perfect recommendation for you. Lilin’s Brood, created by New York Film Academy MFA Producing graduates Artii Smith and Phil Simon, has been picked up for distribution and is now available on iTunes, and will be released on Amazon next Friday, February 12th—just in time for Valentine’s Day.

    The movie is about a “New Media” news coverage team (W.H.I.S.T.L.E.) that is stranded near a beleaguered brothel in the middle of nowhere. The footage that is recovered will reveal what happens when they encounter a group of women with a terrifying secret.

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    “It’s personal in a sense that we both really love the horror/thriller genre and wanted to create a story that people like us would love to see,” said Smith. “Also, the characters we created were a loose combination of people we’ve known from our past experiences.”

    The NYFA grads shot the film on a small budget over an eleven day period.

    “Coming up with a strategy far in advance on how to tackle each phase of a project should be top priority,” says Smith. “We planned every single creative detail and business strategic move meticulously.”

    The filmmaking duo also suggests young filmmakers really believe in the story they are working on. It takes so much energy to create a feature, and you don’t want to be stuck doing a project you’re not passionate about.

    Before studying at NYFA’s Producing program, Smith was only interested in producing projects. He didn’t want to write and he wasn’t entirely sure about becoming a director either. But NYFA changed his attitude.

    “I think my joy for writing was discovered and ultimately nurtured at NYFA, and my love for directing really flourished as well. Working with writing professor David O’Leary, I believe, now that I look back, was an essential experience I needed in helping me develop and write engaging feature film scripts. Working with directing professor Nick Sivakumaran really helped me discover my love for directing.”

    Smith and Simon currently have a part two to Lilin’s Brood already written up and ready to shoot. They are also have several other projects in various stages of development—from treatment to full script—that vary in different genres such as Science Fiction, Drama, Comedy, Action and Historical Biopics.

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    February 5, 2016 • Filmmaking, Producing, Screenwriting, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 4979

  • NYFA Acting, Screenwriting, Documentary and Producing MFA, BFA, & AFA Graduates Receive Degrees

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    Saturday, September 19th was a big day for New York Film Academy Los Angeles Acting, Screenwriting, Documentary, and Producing students who received their MFA, BFA, and AFA degrees in the morning at the Harmony Gold Theater in Hollywood. The graduates processed into the commencement ceremony dressed in cap and gown as family and friends, filling the 400-seat house, proudly looked on. Speaking and presenting diplomas as they presided over the graduation were Chair of Screenwriting Nunzio DeFilippis, Chair of Acting Lynda Goodfriend, Chair of Producing Tony Schwartz, Dean of Students Eric Conner, Chair of Documentary Barbara Multer-Wellin, and Associate Chair of Screenwriting Adam Finer.

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    Adele Lim, Guest Speaker

    Adele Lim, the ceremony’s commencement speaker, known for writing and producing TV series such as One Tree Hill, Reign, Private Practice, and Life Unexpected among many others, delivered an extremely inspirational and often humorous speech that primed graduates to get out and conquer the entertainment industry. That evening the graduates and their guests enjoyed a chic after party at the Andaz Hotel’s Riot House Restaurant on the Sunset Strip.

    MFA in Acting

    • Tamara Bunker
    • Patrice Driver
    • Jasmine Harris
    • Charlotte Makala
    • Maria Luisa Martins
    • Anthony McBride
    • Phuthi Ngwenya
    • Lucia O’Brien
    • Amber Nicole Rivette
    • Sheila Robinson
    • Paul Romero
    • Chiffon Valentine
    • Norhanne Yessayan

    BFA in Acting

    • Victor Akintunde
    • Luis Alberto Alvarez Medrano
    • Sean Babapulle
    • Conner Blake
    • Lynn Braem
    • Rosaria Cianciulli
    • Gunner Coulter
    • Ricardo Cruz
    • Mehdi Dumartin
    • Julia Eckert
    • Patrick Ferroni
    • Selina Fraga
    • James Gaines
    • Chanelle Garrett
    • Madigan Haggerty
    • Jean-Baptiste Hakim
    • John Hardisty
    • Christopher Huff
    • Ayse Kirca
    • Michael Kunselman
    • Andrea Guillianna Martinez
    • Rene Rose Nault
    • Queenian Nneka Okagu
    • Maija Ozolina
    • Eleanor Patrikios
    • Christopher Pineiro
    • Kimberly Romano
    • Victor Daniel Rosas Martinez
    • Chandler Smith
    • Sean Spencer
    • Yulia Yusupova
    AFA in Acting

    • Guy Bailey
    • Olivia Ekelund
    • Ignacia Quappe
    • Ian Sanphy
    • James Turpin

    MFA in Screenwriting

    • Heather Hult
    • Vijayasarathy Mayalagu
    • John Russo
    • Daniel Wayne Smith

    BFA in Screenwriting

    • Lucas Snoey

    AFA in Screenwriting

    • Markel Hill
    • Daniel James Hunt
    • Jinghui Jia
    • Christopher Kühne

    MFA in Documentary

    • Mohammed Basurah
    • Xiao Chen
    • Kai Lu
    • Ivoree Myles
    • Seojong Park
    • Ma. Abigail Prieto
    • Tiffany Toulze

    MFA in Producing

    • Anishka Alles
    • Talal Alshehail
    • Ignacio Campos
    • Natasha Pineda
    • Fernanda Rouchou Malta
    • Chuhan Wang
    • Li Xia

     

     

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    September 28, 2015 • Acting, Documentary Filmmaking, Producing, Screenwriting • Views: 4541

  • So You Want To Be A Producer?

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    You’ve seen him or her portrayed in the movies as often suave, well-groomed individuals and perhaps you have concocted your own idea of what a producer’s role is on a movie. But, what does a producer actually do? New York Film Academy’s Producing for TV & Film Program aims to break down exactly what it takes to produce a film or television series in today’s market. The program is geared toward students with little to no experience, as often is the case with up and coming producers. After all, you need to start somewhere. It is those students who are eager to control their own destiny in the world of film and television who will flourish in NYFA’s hands-on intensive Producing Program.

    From day one, students are treated as producers and this will last throughout the duration of the course. Students are encouraged to bring a piece of intellectual property, or original material, into the course to develop as their thesis project. Like the real world, the process is broken down into the various stages of production: pitch, treatment, script, talent search, budgeting, scheduling, and plans for marketing and distribution.

    In the past, NYFA has welcomed a number of well known producers to speak with students, providing valuable insight and the motivation needed to break into this exclusive industry. Past speakers have included: Steven Spielberg, Gary Marshall, Ron Howard, Al Ruddy, and many more.

    New York Film Academy degree programs are offered at our Los Angeles Campus in Universal Studios. Qualified students have the option of completing course work at NYFA New York City in a one-year non-degree program and requesting that their work be accepted for advanced standing and start in the second year of the degree program in Los Angeles.

    If you’d like to request information about New York Film Academy’s Producing Program, CLICK HERE

     

     

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    April 30, 2013 • Producing • Views: 5446