new york film academy

  • Are Drawing Skills Needed For 3D Animation Program?


    Another often asked question regarding coming to the NYFA animation program is “Do I need drawing and artistic abilities and skills in order to attend your school?”.

    If you have art school and or drawing experience that is a definite plus as it indicates that you have above average ability to visualize your characters and scenes. We do have a life drawing class during our first semester as it’s very important to have a grasp of the human anatomy for modeling and animation.

    For modelers drawing skills are a definite plus and if you can design a character and draw a decent turnaround, then draw him/her in an action pose and model the character accurately with correct topology then that’s a really nice thing to put on your reel. You may for instance see a job advertisement for a modeler with this addition: “Traditional art skills and ability to do draft occasional concept drawings/paintings would be a major plus”.

    However I know some good modelers who are not such great draftsmen, and in allot of companies artists specialize and so one person does the drawings and another does the models.

    As I said in a recent blog, artistic skills are not essential. Technical abilities are highly valued in the animation industry so you can be lacking artistically and still do well in such ares as shading and lighting, rigging, rendering and particle systems. These areas require good skills in scripting languages such as Python, Maxscript and MEL, and programing languages such as C++.

    Robert Appleton, New York Film Academy 3D Animation School Instructor


    April 7, 2009 • Acting • Views: 1140

  • Film School Student Stephanie Okereke in The News


    Nollywood actress, Stephanie Okereke landed her first acting roles in the 1997 movies Compromise and Waterloo. Over the years, the Imo State-born actress has grown to become one of Nigeria’s foremost actresses, having featured in over a hundred movies.

    She got her big break in 2003 in the movie Emotional Crack, which earned her two awards (out of eight nominations) at the Reel Awards for the Best Actress, English and Actress of The Year. The following year, Emotional Crack premiered at the African Film Festival in the United States.

    This opened the door to many opportunities for the actress. As a result, Hollywood came calling in 2005 and the beautiful actress auditioned for a role in The Good Shepherd which featured Robert De Niro, but an unfortunate car accident on her way to the AMAA awards in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State hindered her chances of appearing in the film.

    Ups & Downs

    The actress, who is also a model, was the second runner-up in the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria contest in 2002, which was won by Chineye Akinlade nee Ochuba. Despite the fame, the English and Literary Studies graduate of the University of Calabar has had her own fair share of problems and scandals.

    In 2007, the leggy actress called it quits with her husband of two years, Chikelue Iloenyosi, a former player with the Nigerian National football team, who nursed her after her 2005 accident. Okereke was able to bounce back after the incident and she landed a role in the MNET sponsored series, Snitch, shot in South Africa in 2006. She played a Nigerian undercover agent in the series.

    Taking Control

    Having trained at the New York Film Academy Film School, the talented actress cut her teeth as a director, scriptwriter and producer last year with the movie Through the Glass. The movie, shot in the US, featured a Nigerian and American cast.


    March 23, 2009 • Acting • Views: 6768

  • Film & Television Industry Statistics


    Cinema is an incredible artistic medium, but it is also the basis for a multi-billion dollar industry.  Although the major motion picture industry is changing, and independent filmmakers are reaching new levels of creative and economic success each year, audiences worldwide still love going to the movies! That’s good news for anyone considering film school.

    More information can be found by taking a look at the current statistics from the Motion Picture Association of America:

    •    Over 357,000 employees helped make 2007 a historic year for the movie industry.  In fact, there were 19,000 more people working in the industry than there was a decade prior.

    •    In 2007 the worldwide box office reached a historic high of $26.72 Billion, a    4.9 % increase from the 2006 box office of $25.47 Billion!

    •    Here in the United States the box office rose 5.4 % in 2007, reaching $9.63 Billion.

    •    United States customers bought a total of 1.4 billion movie tickets in 2007. The average American went to 6 movies between the middle of 2006 and the middle of 2007.

    •    50 % more films earned over the $100 million mark in the domestic box office than in the year prior.

    •    The average U.S. citizen spent 1,962 hours watching movies or TV in 2007; an increase of 6% from 2003.

    •    Americans also spent 6 % more money on filmed entertainment in 2007 than in the previous year.

    •    DVD players helped bring home theater entertainment into 87 % of American homes.

    •    Similarly, digital cable subscriptions were up 5% in 2007, bringing more Americans a wider variety of options for quality programming.

    We all enjoy different styles of films and television shows, and that means there are myriad opportunities for creative people to have lasting careers in a successful industry.  Working in film and television is certainly a challenging vocation, but it is also exciting and rewarding!  The preceding statistics speak to the fact that employees in this industry are in a position to profit from an ever-increasing desire for quality entertainment!


    March 23, 2009 • Acting • Views: 7901