Sam McKnight, alum of both the AFA Filmmaking and 1-Year Photography conservatory at New York Film Academy (NYFA), recently had his work featured on the cover of Hype Hair magazine, where he shot multiple Grammy Award-nominated artist Marsha Ambrosius.
McKnight is a self-described military brat who served in the United States Army for six years, after being medically retired due to a leg injury. “I believe the Military really teaches core values of life,” McKnight tells NYFA. “I learned how to be disciplined, and how to have a great work ethic. The military is culturally diverse so I was able to learn how to interact with different groups of people.”
These skills came in handy when McKnight first attended the AFA in Filmmaking program at NYFA’s Los Angeles campus. His original passion was in music, and early on McKnight found himself visualizing ideas and images to put to the music his father was always listening to while they traveled together.
McKnight soon found himself engrossed in still photography as well as filmmaking. “I learned in Filmmaking that lighting is the key for everything,” says McKnight. “After getting a grasp on film, I really wanted to understand the composition of photography. Learning the subject in front of me and what was behind that subject was appealing.”
McKnight has found success in both photography and filmmaking, and found that the diversity he encountered in the Armed Forces also existed in the art world. “I learned teamwork is the key. Never give up and find other strategies to get the job done. NYFA really gave me foundation about what the film industry is and how it works. Being on a culturally diverse campus is a great help in learning how to interact and work with different people.”
The NYFA community is not only diverse but alumni often find themselves brought together by their work. The music videos McKnight found himself involved with were overseen by none other Akila Robinson, who attended the 12-Week Evening Digital Filmmaking workshop at NYFA’s New York campus in 2010.
New York Film Academy congratulates Filmmaking and Photography alum Sam McKnight on his Hype Hair cover and looks forward to his continued success in both mediums!
New York Film Academy (NYFA) Photography Alum Alejandra Arias has published a book of photography entitled Lucy’s Mind. The introduction was penned by famed photographer Duane Michals, who met and connected with Arias while speaking as a guest lecturer at New York Film Academy’s New York City campus in 2017.The stunning photos of Lucy’s Mind feature the character Lucy, alone in her apartment, dealing with various internal states of sadness, boredom, and anger. The photos are accompanied by dialogue between Lucy and a character named Henry.
Many of the photo names involve Lucy herself—“Lucy’s Blue Glasses,” “Lucy’s Hypothesis,” and “Lucy on Growing Up” for example. Others have titles like “An Awake One,” “We’re All Waiters,” and “What You Call Karma.”
Arias originally hails from Mexico City, Mexico, and attended the 1-year Photography Workshop in Spring 2016. She first met and got to know Michals after he spoke to NYFA Photography students at a special guest lecture.
Michals is an American photographer known for his sequential images, which often deal with mysteries and myths as well as for his creative extension of the possibilities within the medium of photography. While working as a freelance commercial photographer, Michals managed to also retain his own highly personal vision through his art.
The noncommercial photographs of Michals have been widely exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States and Europe. He has published a number of books of his work, including Sequences (1970), Homage to Cavafy: Ten Poems by Constantine Cavafy/Ten Photographs by Duane Michals (1978), and Eros & Thanatos (1992).
New York Film Academy congratulates NYFA photography alum Alejandra Arias on Lucy’s Mind and is delighted to have helped facilitate a relationship between her and famed photographer Duane Michals.
On Thursday, December 6, New York Film Academy (NYFA) hosted a TALENT MEET AND GREET at its Los Angeles Campus. NYFA invited talent agents and managers from around Hollywood to meet with Acting for Film alumni in an informal setting.
Agents and managers that attended the event were: Guy Kochlani (Across the Board Talent Agency), Laura Bowman (Brady, Brannon & Rick Talent), Ryan Hayden (Ideal Talent Agency), Denise Barrett (BBA Talent), Jean-Marc Carre & Vincent Carre (Central Artists), Sandy Oroumieh & Lucia Chiao (Rothman / Andrés Entertainment), Christopher Montgomery-Bender (Prodigy Talent), and Tyler Kahl (Allegory Creative Talent).
The talent agents and managers set up their own desks and booths and NYFA alumni went from table to table handing out headshots and spending a few minutes with each representative. For the aspiring actors this was a unique opportunity to meet many talent representatives — all in one evening!
The NYFA alumni were given time to pitch themselves and ask the agents and managers advice on careers, the entertainment industry, and how to succeed. Hearing real-world critiques from a variety of industry professionals helped them better prepare for their future as they continue to network and pursue their acting careers.
Barbara Weintraub, Chair of Industry Outreach and Professional Development, organized the event and was thrilled with the turnout and positive feedback from both the alumni and agencies. She heard back from students the next day who were contacted by the companies.
Here is just some of what the alumni had to say following the meet and greet:
This experience has been nothing short of amazing. It’s one thing to email your headshot and resume to an agent and hope to hear back, but now not only do you get to hand them a physical copy — you get to sell your personality to them. —Jack
I love this. It’s a great opportunity to meet with agents and managers!
It’s great to see agents in real life instead of just submitting your headshot.
—Laura Van Yck
This event is so great, and I am so happy that the school is doing this and giving us the opportunity to get in touch with people in the industry and to get to know new people and talk to them.
New York Film Academy thanks the industry representatives for their time and looks forward to having more of these events in the future!
On December 6, nominations for the 76h Annual Golden Globes were announced live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The Golden Globe Awards have been given out to cast and crew of film and television productions since 1944, and are selected by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The ceremony naming the winners will be held on January 6, 2019, hosted by Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg.
This year’s nominees include some surprises, as well past winners and past nominees. Unlike the Academy Awards, the Globes include categories in television, and divides many of its categories between drama and comedy/musical categories.
New York Film Academy (NYFA) is pleased to see members of its community earn several nominations, and looks forward to seeing them at the ceremonial dinner in January, where we hope they come away with the prestigious Golden Globe statuette!
NYFA alum and Saturday Night Live veteran Bill Hader is up for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy for his lead performance in the HBO hit series, Barry, which is also up for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy. Earlier this year, Hader earned five Emmy nominations for his work on the show, and came away with a win for Outstanding Lead Actor.
His Barry co-star, veteran actor Henry Winkler, also won an Emmy this year, and is also up for a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television. Winkler has been a guest speaker for New York Film Academy students in the past.
Other guest speakers and lecturers at New York Film Academy have also worked on several nominated films and television series this year. This includes Adam Driver, who spoke with NYFA students in New York City earlier this year, and who has a featured role in BlacKKKlansman, nominated for Best Motion Picture – Drama.
Ralph Breaks the Internet, the highly anticipated sequel to Wreck It Ralph, is up for Best Motion Picture – Animated. Guest speaker for NYFA Los Angeles Amy Smeed served as an animator on the hit movie.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, writer and star of Broadway hits Hamilton and In the Heights, is nominated for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for his role in Mary Poppins Returns. His agent, Andrew Finkelstein, spoke with NYFA students in a productive Q&A at our Los Angeles campus.
Actress Thandie Newton earned a nod for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for her powerful performance in the HBO epic, Westworld. The sci-fi robot yarn with a western twist has had two NYFA alumni work on it. Francesco Panzieri, a Visual Effects artist for Spider-Man: Homecoming, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Avengers: Infinity War, worked on the series. Panzieri took 1-Year 3D Animation & VFX at NYFA in 2008.
Eric Demeusy, who attended the 1-Year Filmmaking program at NYFA’s film school in Los Angeles, worked on Westworld’s famous and evocative title sequence. He’s previously won the Emmy for Main Title Design for his work on Netflix smash hit, Stranger Things.
The New York Film Academy congratulates this year’s Golden Globe nominees and looks forward to seeing the ceremony next month!
Here is a full list of the nominees for 2019 Golden Globe Awards:
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Amy Adams, Vice Claire Foy, First Man Regina king, If Beale Street Could Talk Emma Stone, The Favourite Rachel Weisz, The Favourite
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Mahershala Ali, Green Book Timothée Chalamet, Beautiful Boy Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me? Sam Rockwell, Vice
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy Olivia Coleman, The Favourite Emily Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns Charlize Theron, Tully Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade Constance Wu, Crazy Rich Asians
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama Glenn Close, The Wife Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born Nicole Kidman, Destroyer Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me? Rosamund Pike, A Private War
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy Lin Manuel Miranda, Mary Poppins Returns Viggo Mortinson, Green Book Robert Redford, The Old Man and the Gun John C Riley, Stan And Ollie
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate Lucas Hedges, Boy Erased Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody John David Washington, BlacKkKlansman
Best Director – Motion Picture Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born Alfonso Cuaron, Roma Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman Adam McKay, Vice Peter Farrelly, Green Book
Best Screenplay – Motion Picture Roma The Favourite If Beale Street Could Talk Vice Green Book
Best Original Score – Motion Picture A Quiet Place Isle of Dogs Black Panther First Man Mary Poppins Returns
Best Original Song – Motion Picture “All The Stars,” Black Panther “Girl in the Movies,” Dumpling “Requiem for a Private War,” A Private War “Revelation,” Boy Erased “Shallow,” A Star is Born
Best Foreign Language Film Capernaum Girl Never Look Away Roma Shoplifters
Best Motion Picture, Animated Incredibles 2 Isle of Dogs Mirai Ralph Breaks the Internet Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy The Favourite Green Book Vice Mary Poppins Returns Crazy Rich Asians
Best Motion Picture, Drama BlacKkKlansman If Beale Street Could Talk Black Panther A Star Is Born Bohemian Rhapsody
Best Actress in a Limited-Series or TV Movie Amy Adams, Sharp Objects Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora Connie Britton, Dirty John Laura Dern, The Tale Regina King, Seven Seconds
Best Actor in a Limited-Series or TV Movie Antonio Banderas, Genius: Picasso Daniel Bruhl, The Alienist Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story Benedict Cumberbatch, Patrick Melrose Hugh Grant, A Very English Scandal
Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Limited-Series, or TV Movie Alex Bornstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects Penelope Cruz, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story Thandie Newton, Westworld Yvonne Strahovski, The Handmaid’s Tale
Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Limited-Series or TV Movie Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method Kieran Culkin, Succession Edgar Ramirez, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story Ben Whishaw, A Very English Scandal Henry Winkler, Barry
Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy Kristen Bell, The Good Place Candice Bergen, Murphy Brown Alison Brie, Glow Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Debra Messing, Will & Grace
Best Actor in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy Sasha Baron Cohen, Who Is America? Jim Carrey, Kidding Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method Donald Glover, Atlanta Bill Hader, Barry
Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama Caitriona Balfe, Outlander Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale Sandra Oh, Killing Eve Julia Roberts, Homecoming Keri Russell, The Americans
Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama Jason Bateman, Ozark Stephan James, Homecoming Richard Madden, Bodyguard Billy Porter, Pose Matthew Rhys, The Americans
Best TV Movie or Limited-Series The Alienist The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story Escape at Dannemora Sharp Objects A Very English Scandal
Best TV Series, Musical or Comedy The Good Place The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel The Kominsky Method Kidding Barry
Best TV Series, Drama The Americans Bodyguard Homecoming Killing Eve Pose
Lujein Ashi is a filmmaker, graphic designer, and storyteller who works for Saudi Arabia’s leading oil company, Saudi Aramco. In August, Lujein completed the 4-week Filmmaking workshop at New York Film Academy’s Los Angeles campus after winning a scholarship with a 1-minute video.
New York Film Academy (NYFA) met up with Lujein to find out what her experience was like with the program, and what her plans for the future include.
New York Film Academy (NYFA): So, how did your interest in coming here start?
Lujein Ashi (LA): I’ve always loved filmmaking stories since I was a child. I told stories to my sisters before we’d go to sleep, stuff I’d make up. I remember there was one moment that really stood out to me in my life. I went to watch Lord of the Rings in the cinema. I was with my friends. When we left everybody was so happy, but I felt sad. I didn’t understand it then. I understand it now. I felt like I was on the wrong side of the screen, like I was the one who was supposed to be giving people that feeling, not people giving that feeling to me. So, stories have always been a part of my life.
When it came time to choose what I wanted to study in college, I had to choose something that was practical. In the Gulf, we don’t have many opportunities for film, but then the New York Film Academy came to Bahrain to do a promo. I went and I just sat there and listened to [Dean of Enrollment Services] Tami Alexander do the presentation. She was really sweet.
I told her one day I’m going to come — hopefully, if it’s meant for me — and I signed up to their newsletter. I think it was like a month or two later, I get an email saying there was an opportunity for two scholarships for Saudi students. They want to encourage Saudi filmmakers because they’re opening cinemas in Saudi.
I saw the email late. I had two days to come up with my 1-minute video. I’ve never done a film before, but I knew I could write. So I wrote a script really fast and I did a very little video. I must have done something right, because she contacted me and told me I was one of the two students that got the scholarship. I was really, really happy. I cried hysterically.
So I came here. It’s been a crazy four weeks. It’s just so amazing, the collaboration that you have with people… people that were strangers to me on Day One are like really close friends. There’s nothing like it, really. It’s everything I thought it would be, and even more.
LA: I think there’s no place better to learn filmmaking than in Los Angeles because it’s the hub of worldwide, excellent movies. It’s where the Hollywood industry is. Universal, Warner Brothers… all of these places, they’re all here. So there’s no place better to learn filmmaking.
NYFA: What did you learn about filmmaking?
LA: It’s all about story, that’s for sure. If your story is weak, then it doesn’t matter what you’re going to do. It’s not going to be something that touches people. Also technically the camera is your eye. You need to be one with the camera. You have to look through it, and if you don’t like what you see then you’re not going to like your movie.
I mean, it’s not like people can imagine what you meant, you know? So you have to be aware of the technical stuff. Which [at first] was very hard for me, because I’ve never touched a camera before, but Charlie did a really good job teaching us.
NYFA: Is this something you want to continue doing? What’s your plan after this?
LA: I found my heart here. I really did. It’s an amazing thing to find. People live their whole lives trying to find that thing they love. I think that’s the key to a happy life. I really feel like I found it here. I’m really going to try and do my master’s in this. Hopefully, then I could just do this for as long as I can.
NYFA: Do you see opportunities opening up in Saudi Arabia or Bahrain?
LA: Yes, for sure! Especially with the opening of cinemas, the government has been opening different entertainment entities trying to open things up to the people. I think there’s definitely going to be a demand for that. It’s going to be an exciting time for Saudi.
NYFA: As Saudi opens up, is there a place there for you? Do you see yourself working there?
LA: I don’t know. I mean, sure, if there’s a place for me in Saudi to make great movies. I would love to. I mean, it’s my country. But to me, my geographic location was never something that was important. I’m very multicultural. My father is from Saudi, my mom’s from Lebanon, I lived in Baghdad, and I’m married to a Palestinian. I come from very different places, so I never felt like I belonged somewhere. Sometimes it’s a disadvantage, but sometimes it’s an advantage. Wherever you are, you feel like you can just connect with people because you’re from everywhere, basically.
So yeah, I mean, I could be — for example— in LA or in New York or anywhere with like-minded people, trying to do the same thing, just doing what we love; ultimately making somebody feel something. That’s why we go to the movies, right? Because we want to feel something! I could make somebody feel like Lord Of The Rings made me feel or Game of Thrones or any of these shows that have changed me so profoundly. It just amazes me how somebody could get that feeling out of you. It’s so satisfying.
NYFA: You mentioned two high-fantasy titles — is that kind of your thing?
LA: I love fantasy, yeah. I mean, I love getting out of the real boring world and leaping into somebody’s imagination. That’s something out of this world!
NYFA: Why do you think stories are important?
LA: I think they make people feel empathy for one another and understand each other on a level that maybe we don’t. In real life, there are a lot of issues that, when a film sheds light on them, could actually bring people closer together. You know, I think arts and filmmaking have the capacity to change people’s lives, to change societies and to open people up.
Truthfully, it’s fundamental for our growth. It’s fundamental for us to connect and to see the point-of-view of other people. If I saw it from your perspective, which is what film lets you do, maybe I’ll be able to connect with you and understand you.
The New York Film Academy wishes Lujein Ashi the best of success with her future endeavors, and hopes to see more of her amazing and beautiful stories in the near future!
New York Film Academy (NYFA) Photography alum Apeksha Agarwal recently had her editorial, Radiant Rose, published in the eleventh issue of LeFair Magazine.
Agarwal hails from India and has studied and worked across the globe. After working in business, Agarwal decided to move to New York to pursue her passion for photography, enrolling in the 1-year Photography conservatory at NYFA’s New York campus in Fall 2016.
“While Appy was a student, she continually pushed herself to learn, and create outstanding imagery,” NYFA Chair of Photography David Mager says of Agarwal. “It’s great to see that she is still growing in her process, and is being recognized in the industry for her beautiful work.”
Her latest editorial, Radiant Rose, features stunning photos that make use of dark shadows and the bright red of a large blooming rose. You can see her work on pages 44-48 of LeFair Magazine’s eleventh issue here.
Agarwal has been busy since graduating NYFA, and has built an impressive portfolio. She has photographed artists and brands including Jade Weber, Tyler Shields, Abla Sofy, Raja Kumari, Nidhi Sunil, and Lulu & Sky. In addition to LeFair Magazine, she has been published in Bella, Elléments, 7Hues, and Imirage. Agarwal has also produced shoots for L’Officiel, Hello India, Cosmo Lady, Urvashi Rautela, Preity Zinta, R. Madhavan, Max Emerson, Inas X, Siddharth Mallya, and Gulshan Grover.
“Photography is my calling, my profession,” Agarwal tells NYFA, “and the thing that will undoubtedly drive me insane someday. I assume perfection is possible, and I want to wring it out of every picture I take.”
New York Film Academy congratulates Photography alum Apeksha Agarwal on her gorgeous work featured in LeFair Magazine, as well as the other successful projects she’s embarked on since graduating NYFA!
Jameelah Rose del Prado Lineses has won several awards for her various film projects since attending New York Film Academy (NYFA), and last October, she added another. At the 8th Annual International Film Festival Manhattan, Lineses earned the Best Cinematography Award for her music video, Atareek.
The 2018 International Film Festival Manhattan (IFFM 2018) opened on October 17 and ran until October 21, with its awards ceremony held on October 18 at the Philippine Consulate in New York City. Lineses screened Atareek at the Producers Club Theaters, just a few blocks from Times Square. Saudi Vice Consul of the Saudi Arabian Consulate, Mazin AlMouallimi, was in attendance at the event.
Atareek is “a journey to the colorful streets of Old Balad” that explores “the beautiful history of the city’s rich culture and heritage.” It was the only film representing Saudi Arabia at this year’s festival, and was shot, directed, edited, and produced by Lineses, who was assisted by her mother throughout the shoot.
Lineses picked up a lot of the skills necessary for filmmaking, from pre-production through post-production, at the New York Film Academy, which she first attended in June 2011 when she enrolled in the 8-Week Filmmaking workshop. Two months after that, she deepened her studies and attended the 1-Year Filmmaking program at NYFA’s New York City campus.
Atareek was filmed in 2017 entirely in Jeddah during the Atareek festival and is the third production Lineses has made that features Historic Jeddah. Her previous films, Historic Jeddah and Our Journey to Hijaz, have garnered significant praise from multiple festivals in the last several years.
In addition to Atareek, Lineses worked on two other films that were Official Selections at IFFM 2018. She was Associate Producer on Reunion as well as Assistant Director, Editor, cast member, and one of the producers of Mindanao.
New York Film Academy congratulates Jameelah Rose del Prado Lineses on her film Atareek and her latest award win!
UPDATE (June 21, 2019):
New York Film Academy is proud to announce that Jameelah Rose del Prado Lineses’s Atareek is now an Official Selection at the 15th Annual Houston Asian American and Pacific Islander Film Festival in Houston, Texas (HAAPIFEST), where it will compete in the music video category. HAAPIFEST runs from June 20 – June 28, 2019, and this is the first time the Houston Asian American and Pacific Islander Film Festival will have a music video category. Atareek will be screened on June 28, which is the closing ceremony and Arts Night of HAAPIFEST. You can find tickets here. The June 28 HAAPIFEST screening will be held at:
Chinese Community Center
9800 Town Park Dr.
Houston, TX 77036
New York Film Academy’s Photography school recently launched its first annual New York Film Academy Photo Alumni Portfolio Review. This year, thirteen of our Photography alumni from around the world gathered at NYFA’S Los Angeles campus for an evening of food, feedback, and networking with top photo industry professionals.
NYFA Photography alumni prepared printed portfolios and came ready to discuss their work and post-graduation photo goals. Our esteemed reviewers included: Photo Agent Jen Jenkins from Giant Artists; Producer and creative consultant, Mara Serdans; and Patti Silverstein from Elemental PhotoArt.
The evening began with an informal discussion with the review committee. Graduates asked about industry standards for portfolio presentation as well as for insight about the next steps they could take to continue their career path. The reviewers also discussed each of their photography journeys.
After the group discussion, both the alumni and reviewers sat down to a delicious Mediterranean meal, and had fun goofing off in our NYFA Photo Booth. The vibe was informal but also productive and rewarding. The evening concluded with each student meeting with a reviewer to get feedback on their personal portfolio projects.
“To be able to hear first hand about your work from people working in the photo industry is the best way to grow and learn as an artist,” says NYFA alum Tanya Gawdi. Gawdi is also the guest alumni editor of FAYN Issue #4. “It was a wonderful networking opportunity and it’s always amazing to be back at NYFA.”
Patti Silverstein, one of the guest reviewers, was also pleased to be there, stating: “I was so happy to have been invited to participate in the NYFA Portfolio event! It was such a fun evening meeting and reviewing the work of a very talented and passionate group of photographers.”
Silverstein continued, “The event was really well organized and relaxed, with just the right amount of time for socializing and for reviewing.”
The New York Film Academy thanks the guest reviewers for their valuable input and congratulates the Photography alumni on their fantastic work!
Lots happening at NYFA over the past couple of weeks, and away from NYFA too. The September 8-week Broadcast Journalism workshop students graduated earlier this month. There they are below, along with instructors Daniel Hernandez and Evgenia Vlasova. The graduates come from (left to right) New York, Ukraine, New Orleans, Norway via London and Brazil. The instructors are originally from Mexico and Russia, although I believe they are now citizens of Brooklyn.
The day after graduation, the 8-week and 1-year students got a behind the scenes tour of NBC News. Col. Jack Jacobs, an MSNBC contributor as well as Chair of NYFA’s Veteran’s Advancement Program, showed them how a network news operation works. In the picture below, they are on the set on the NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt.
Later they were on a “live” set, for an up-close and personal look at the production of AM Joy, withJoy Reid. Then they went to the control room where the program was being assembled, and sent out “live.”
I think everyone found the tour fascinating, even though we weren’t able to visit the Saturday Night Live set. Apparently a number of the sets for that night’s show were still being built.
Evgenia Vlasova made some news last week too. She was back home to Khabarovsk, in Russia’s Far East, to see her family for the holidays. And she was also back on-the-air, on the morning show that for many years she hosted and co-produced. Who says “you can never go home.”
And as far as I know, Genia is the only person in the Russian Far East with a NYFA hoodie. But who knows, maybe she will recruit some potential students…
Summer Session graduate Mariana Janjacomo has been busy as well. She writes: “Back in Brazil, I’ve been working as a freelance journalist for a lot of media companies… When I was in New York, I got to interview three Hollywood stars for the Capricho website, it is the biggest website for teenagers in Latin America. Lights and camera were already set-up, but it was very challenging to interview them in English. My questions were in the final version of the video too, so I’m glad I had to a chance to practice that kind of interview at NYFA.
Among the stars she interviewed were Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick, who are appearing in the film A Simple Favor.
New York Film Academy (NYFA) Alum Gonzalo Martin might agree that “life is strange,” especially since he nabbed the lead role in Square Enix’s highly-anticipated video game, Life is Strange 2. Square Enix is the Japanese developer and publisher of wildly popular games Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, and Dragon Quest, among others.
The episodic graphic adventure video game, available on nearly all major platforms (including Xbox One, Playstation 4, PC and macOS), is the sequel to the smash hit and critically-acclaimed Life is Strange, originally released in 2015. That title has sold over 3 million copies to date.
The newest entry released its first episode in September 2018, with the last of five episodes set to come out in 2019. Life is Strange 2 was developed by Dontnod Entertainment (Vampyr, Twin Mirror) and has already been nominated for several gaming awards and won the Special Jury Prize at the 2018 Ping Awards.
Life is Strange 2 tells the story of young brothers Sean and Daniel Diaz, who are on the run from the police. The game is a third-person story adventure, with dialogue trees and gaming decisions
affecting the story and future episodes.
Gonzalo Martin stars as lead protagonist Sean Diaz, who the player controls throughout the game. Martin is an Acting for Film alum from the New York Film Academy, having attended the AFA program in 2015, and has previously been a part of the Academy’s admissions team. At NYFA’s acting school, Martin was given both practical experience and a hands-on education to develop his skills as an actor, with training from a faculty of experienced actors currently working in the industry.
Previous acting roles of Martin include BuzzFeed Murder Mystery Stories, and the films I’ll Be Next Door for Christmas and When It Rings.
The New York Film Academy congratulates Gonzalo Martin on landing the lead role in Square Enix’s Life is Strange 2!