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  • Gold Coast’s Village Roadshow Studios Hosting New Major Co-Production

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    Filming has begun on the largest Chinese-Australian co-production ever, and with the project Australia’s Gold Coast continues its importance to the film industry as a whole. Students at New York Film Academy (NYFA) Gold Coast are reaping the rewards by learning their craft in the heart of Gold Coast as more and more major movies are shot around them.

    Legend of Sun and Moon, based on a famous Chinese legend, will star Dililreba Dilmurat and Dao Xiao, and—unlike most Hollywood blockbusters—will be written and directed by a woman, Eva Jin. The film will be financed, produced, and distributed by a collaboration of Chinese and Australian companies, with assistance from the Queensland government’s film programs.

    While Hollywood may be most associated with the film industry, plenty of other cities and nations provide hundreds of films each year to audiences all around the world. The Chinese film industry in particular has been steadily growing for a long time, with many co-productions with other countries proliferating since the early 21st century successes of films like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hero. Chinese cinema is now one of the largest film industries in the world.

    While Australia’s film industry isn’t as large as America’s or China’s, it has played an important role in co-productions, offering a wide array of spacious landscapes and consistently pleasant weather that originally attracted film productions to similar climates like Los Angeles. Plenty of Hollywood blockbusters are shot on location or in soundstages in Australia, including in Sydney and in Queensland, such as Thor: Ragnarok, The Matrix, The Wolverine, Kong: Skull Island, and Mission: Impossible 2. 

    Many productions in Australia are supported by government organizations and programs, including Screen Queensland and the Production Attraction Strategy. This not only bolsters Australian cinema but fosters jobs and growth for the community. According to Screen Queensland CEO Tracey Vieira, “Legend of Sun and Moon will provide approximately 300 jobs and spend over $15.3 million in Queensland.” The film will shoot at Village Roadshow Studios, one of Australia’s foremost production facilities, which consists of nine sound stages. 

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    Village Roadshow Studios

    The use of Village Roadshow Studios is also one of the biggest advantages to studying at NYFA Gold Coast. In addition to being amidst Hollywood productions and a working international film studio, NYFA Gold Coast students also study and can shoot their own films on a professional backlot.

    Located at Southport, the NYFA Gold Coast campus also has a two-level, state-of-the-art facility for students to use, situated in an ideal, convenient space close to light rail transport and student service amenities such as libraries, cafes, restaurants, shopping centers, and immigration services. In addition, the facility is located directly across from the Gold Coast Broadwater, with a popular waterfront promenade, large estuary, and attractive parklands that make for perfect filming locations. 

    Not too far from the campus are other diverse, incredible filming locations that students can use for their productions. Gold Coast has fifty miles of coastline and is considered a surfer’s paradise, while also home to tropical rainforests, rugged country, exciting and epic theme parks, and a modern cityscape. Additionally, the capital city of Brisbane is just a short drive away, with its museums, artistic attractions, and other cultural opportunities in students’ reach.

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    NYFA Gold Coast Students

    Along with its stunning locales and modern facilities, NYFA Gold Coast offers students the experience and guidance of a talented, knowledgeable faculty. Many of the chairs and instructors have industry awards and illustrious credits including House of Flying Daggers, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Meet the Robinsons, Mako: Island of Secrets, Inspector Gadget 2, The Dark Knight Rises, Rocky Balboa, Moneyball, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, and many, many more. These faculty members work closely with NYFA’s students throughout the entirety of their courses.

    With such close proximity to a talented faculty, state-of-the-art facilities, the Hollywood grandeur of Village Roadshow Studios, and the majestic scenery of Queensland, New York Film Academy Gold Coast students are in perfect position to achieve their dreams of acting in and making movies. Legend of Sun and Moon will no doubt be followed by even more and even bigger international productions in the Gold Coast, and NYFA students will get to see it firsthand.

    If you’re interested in studying at New York Film Academy Gold Coast, you can find more information here.

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    July 6, 2018 • Entertainment Australia, Entertainment News • Views: 483

  • President Meets and Greets With New York Film Academy Australia Students

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    President Michael J. Young visits NYFA Australia

    NYFA President Michael J. Young addresses NYFA Australia students

     

    In early February, New York Film Academy (NYFA) President Michael J. Young visited the Gold Coast campus at New York Film Academy Australia along with the NYFA Australia Board of Directors. Attending the meet and greet were many of NYFA Australia’s current students, including the January 2018 class just getting underway.

    Far from a quiet, staid succession of speeches, the event buzzed with an energy of enthusiasm and good cheer that started with the excited student body loudly cheering and ended with an impromptu dance party.

    Tasha Cooper, Director of NYFA Australia, Gold Coast, introduced President Young, who had come from the Academy’s New York City campus, where he is based. Young, who has been with the New York Film Academy since it was founded in 1992, talked about the history of the school, as well as its future. After speaking briefly, he then let students pick his brain with a myriad of questions, both thoughtful and fun, while also using the opportunity to get to better know the aspiring artists.

    President Michael J. Young visits NYFA Australia

    President Michael J. Young and NYFA Australia students

    Of meeting the NYFA Australia student body, President Young said, “I was honored and delighted to meet the many aspiring filmmaking, acting, and screenwriting students studying with us at the Gold Coast campus. Their enthusiasm was awe-inspiring, and I expect we will see their talent to be equally so.”

    The New York Film Academy expanded to Australia in 2011, and boasts a state-of-the-art facility co-located in Southport, the Gold Coast’s leading educational and creative arts precinct. Attending NYFA Australia’s programs — including camps, workshops, Diplomas, and Advanced Diplomas — affords students the opportunity to shoot and act on NYFA’s exclusive backlot facilities at Village Roadshow Studios, the location of many Hollywood films including Thor: Ragnarok and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. By working within this professional, Hollywood environment, NYFA Australia students gain a unique experience that prepares them for real-world work in the filmmaking industry.

    Director, Tasha Cooper introducing President Michael J Young

    Director, Tasha Cooper introducing President Michael J. Young

    The diverse, vibrant environment of the Gold Coast suits the artistic, zestful personalities of NYFA Australia’s student body. While President Young didn’t expect his casual but informative talk with the students to erupt into a dance party, the festive, exuberant atmosphere made it clearly inevitable. A barista was even on hand, providing students with speciality coffee.

    It’s hard to say who had more fun during the visit — President Young or the students. Likely, everyone equally had a great time. After the event, Tasha Cooper remarked, “As part of a global institution, NYFA Australia students were excited to partake in a tradition where NYFA President, Michael Young, learns more about their story and what they hope to achieve from our interactive and intensive programs.”

    Cooper added, “It was a fantastic event that filled our school with laughter, spirit, and even some spontaneous dancing!”

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    February 20, 2018 • Community Highlights, Entertainment Australia • Views: 1402

  • Academy Award Winner Ben Osmo is Guest Speaker at New York Film Academy Australia Gold Coast

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    The New York Film Academy (NYFA) Australia welcomed Academy Award winner and former NYFA Australia instructor Ben Osmo to its Gold Coast campus for an exclusive event as a part of its continuing Guest Speaker Series last month.

    Osmo received the Academy Award for his work as production sound mixer on the critically acclaimed international Blockbuster hit “Max Mad: Fury Road,” a much-anticipated reimagining of the 1980s apocalyptic action thriller directed by George Miller and starring Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy.

    The veteran sound mixer and recorder also picked up a BAFFTA Nomination and ACCTA Award for his work on “Mad Max: Road Fury,” but these recent accolades are only a small part of his impressive resume. His other credits include Hollywood Blockbuster “Alien Covenant,” directed by Ridley Scott; family features “Babe” and “Happy Feet Two”; and beloved Australian films including “Strictly Ballroom” and “Dead Calm.”

    Hosted by Deputy Chair of Filmmaking Brian Vining, the Guest Speaker event commenced with a Q&A session followed by a special screening of Osmo’s documentary on the making of the sound for “Mad Max: Fury Road.”

    NYFA Gold Coast students and staff alike were thrilled at the opportunity to delve further into the realm of sound design and editing for film, an often under-appreciated yet integral component of a great movie masterpiece.

    Students described the event as “very informative,” with September Advanced Diploma acting for film student Tommie Thomas explaining, “As an actor, you don’t realize how much collaboration goes into making a film until you are able to hear it from someone of this caliber.”

    New York Film Academy Australia prides itself in offering students the opportunity to develop their own technical and creative abilities through continued mentoring and master classes with illustrious members of the film and entertainment industry.

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  • New York Film Academy Australia Alum Premieres and Wins Big With Mockumentary

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    Digital Athletes: The Road to Seat League

    The list of sports films and sports comedies are endless, but not many movies have been about the burgeoning E-Sports wave, the billion-dollar industry of competitive video games. New York Film Academy Australia (NYFA AU) Gold Coast alumnus and California native Josh Hale sought to change that, and it’s starting to pay off for the filmmaker.

    His mockumentary film “Digital Athletes: The Road to Seat League” just had its North American premiere at the Historic Bay Theatre on November 3, and has already picked up multiple awards and official selections to festivals around the world. “I am on cloud nine,” Hale told NYFA while in California showcasing his film.

    Hale’s most recent win was the Best Comedy Film Award from the San Francisco International New Concept Film Festival. The Festival bills itself as an “international platform for film lovers, new filmmakers and film/media students who love filmmaking to stand out,” with a specific mission of “discovering and selecting potential talents with new concepts to accelerate the prosperous development of the film industry.”

    Hale told The San Leandro Times that his mockumentary style was inspired by comedy classics like “This is Spinal Tap” and “Best in Show.” He continued, “I find E-Sports fascinating.” Hale shot the entire feature-length film on Australia’s Gold Coast on a tiny budget of $5000, using local actors.

    Hale graduated from the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media in Filmmaking at NYFA AU Gold Coast. Skills he developed during his time at NYFA AU, including producing and budgeting, were the fundamental skills he utilized during the production. Hale is still a part of the NYFA AU family, and is now passing on his experience and knowledge at the campus as a Teaching Assistant.

    Josh utlitzed his hands-on training with NYFA Gold Coast to go make a feature film right out of college,” noted NYFA Gold Coast Director Tasha Cooper. “He’s one of our success stories and we’re very proud of his recent achievements.”

    The New York Film Academy congratulates Josh Hale on his success, and looks forward to seeing what further accomplishments his hard work and dedication will bring!

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  • NYFA Gold Coast Holds Sept. 2016 & March 2017 Filmmaking End of Year Screenings

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    This October, the New York Film Academy Gold Coast campus held a joined graduation screening night for Sept. 2016 Filmmakers and March 2017 Filmmaking at Event Cinemas in Pacific Fair.

    Students and guests gathered in the foyer, where they were photographed at our NYFA media wall before being ushered into the cinema to watch the end of year films. All graduating students screened incredibly diverse and high quality films that showcased their exceptional skills in the art of storytelling.

    Directing and Editing lecturer Trevor Hawkins stated, “It’s been a privilege to be part of these students’ journey in becoming future filmmakers. Filmmaking is a skilled craft. Having a good story also helps, and NYFA certainly gives a firm grounding on both counts. The result has been some of the most impressive end of year productions. I wish them all well and I hope to work with them again sometime in the future.”

    Deputy Chair of Filmmaking Brian Vining said, “The screening was a huge success, with a big turnout of current student filmmakers, family, supporters, cast members and alumni. We are very proud of the skills, motivation and talent of our graduating filmmakers.”

    Congratulations to the graduating students: Brad Smith, Emilie Chetty, Lynne Cairncross, Adam Anonuevo, Callum Taylor, Isaac Moit and Philip Paton. We are very proud of their skills, motivation and talent, and can’t wait to see them succeed in their chosen fields.

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  • NYFA Gold Coast Celebrates March 2017 Actors’ End of Year Screenings

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    This October, the New York Film Academy Gold Coast campus held the March 2017 Diploma of Acting for Film end of year screening at Event Cinemas in Pacific Fair. The event included an opening reception for students, friends and family, and concluded with a screening of the students’ performances filmed throughout their year at NYFA Gold Coast.

    Acting Coordinator Louise Lee Mei said, “We are all very proud of the skill, motivation and determination of these students. Two special guests, Gael McDonald from Williams Management and Casting Director Cinzia Coassin, were in attendance to congratulate the graduates on their showcase scenes. As students prepare to enter our Advanced Diploma, the Acting for Film team look forward to further developing their professional skills for on-camera work.”

    Senior Acting Lecturer Adam Couper stated, “These students truly embraced the spirit of collaboration. They were a tight-knit and mutually respectful group and I think the work we saw showed how successful they were.”

    On behalf of all the staff and lecturers at the New York Film Academy Gold Coast, we would like to give our sincerest congratulations to the following graduating students: Amber Monaghan, Christopher Le Poidevinm, Ilavalu Tupou, Jake Dodds, Lachlan Crane, Lachlan Bliss, Olivia Samin, Shaunyl Benson and Tarnequa Pettet.

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  • New York Film Academy Gold Coast Celebrates Halloween

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    Staff and students from the New York Film Academy Gold Coast joined together for a friendly celebration of Halloween at the Southport campus location this October.

    Embracing the infamously spooky American holiday, the international community of NYFA Australia dressed up in their scary costumes and relaxed in the theatre during their lunch break, enjoying classic horror movie clips, a costume contest, and creative fun.

    It was a memorable event, allowing many students and staff to explore a side of the holiday they had never before experienced. International September Filmmaking student Daniel Lama shared, “I’ve never seen a Halloween like this in my life. It was awesome.”

    Students were captivated by the montage of horror movies that were playing on the big screen, which showcased some of the best scenes from horror movie classics from 1985 to the present.

    Staff and students also had fun posing at the Halloween-themed photo booth in their costumes, as a part of the campus-wide costume competition. Contestants were fierce and the judges had their work cut out for them, and in the end it was announced that Jessica Martens, who dressed as the Headless Horseman, was the winner. She won tickets to “Blade Runner 2049.”

    July Filmmaking student Jessica Seeley said of the event, “It was a fantastic Halloween celebration at NYFA Australia. It was great to see the students and faculty all get involved and dress up.”

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  • NYFA Gold Coast Holds July 2017 Acting for Film Mid-Year Student Performances

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    This September, New York Film Academy Gold Coast Campus held the July 2017 Acting for Filmmaking mid-year performance showcase for an enthusiastic invited audience.

    The mid-year performances provide Acting for Film students the important opportunity to gain hands-on experience, utilizing what they have learned so far in their course whilst working on challenging material.

    Directed by Acting Lecturer, Veronica Neave, students performed excerpts from the play “All In The Timing” by David Ives.

    On the choice of material: “The world according to David Ives is a very odd place,” explained Neave. “It is enchanting, perplexing, incessantly intelligent and side-splitting funny. The July actors have risen valiantly to this challenge and have give an outstanding performance.”

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    October 11, 2017 • Academic Programs, Acting, Community Highlights, Film School • Views: 595

  • NYFA Gold Coast Q&A With Vice President of Queensland Branch of the Australian Cinematography Society (ACS)

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    This September, Vice President of the Queensland Branch of the Australian Cinematography Society Hemma Kearney gave a Q&A at the NYFA Gold Coast campus. Hemma is an internationally renowned filmmaker and cinematographer. She has traveled the world as a cinematographer and produces films for small businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and multi-national companies.

    With over 10 years industry experience, Hemma discussed how her ethos in all things filmmaking is to break the rules and deliver a strong message using the tools of filmmaking.

    She’s worked on major feature films, notably “The Chronicles of Narnia,” but was inspired to make her own films. This led her to create her own production company, Show + Tell Productions.

    Hemma has since become the vice president of the QLD Australian Cinematographer’s Association branch. She lectures around the world on her travels, inspiring young filmmakers to also explore outside of the filmmakers average toolkit or boundaries.

    After the Q&A at NYFA’s Gold Coast campus, July Advanced Filmmaking student Rosie Spooner stated, “I feel really inspired and motivated to pursue my career as a female cinematographer. Hearing Hemma talk about her experiences has made me feel determined to work hard to make it happen.”

    July Advanced Filmmaking student Rob Caccaviello agreed: “Having Hemma Keanery in our presence was not only a great experience, but an awesome opportunity for us.”

    He continued, “It was inspiring to listen to someone who’s created their own success at this age. Having her share her journey with us as aspiring filmmakers was a huge privilege. Her success came with a great sense of passion, determination and commitment, values which she encouraged us to embrace.”

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    October 2, 2017 • Academic Programs, Acting, Cinematography, Film School, Filmmaking, Guest Speakers • Views: 1182

  • NYFA Gold Coast Celebrates Jan ’17 Acting for Film End of Year Screenings

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    In early September 2017, the New York Film Academy Gold Coast campus held the January 2017 Acting for Film end of year screenings at Event Cinemas in Pacific Fair.

    As a part of the New York Film Academy Australia’s commitment to hands-on education, the event was a glamorous and festive occasion that allowed the students to share their hard work in class projects with an invited audience of friends and family along with teachers and classmates.

    The opportunity to celebrate their school accomplishments and experience a formal screening was not to be missed.

    “It has been a pleasure seeing the students of January 2017 grow and develop into wonderful actors, which was portrayed through their screening tonight,” said NYFA Australia Acting Chair Stuart Lumsden. “On behalf of all the staff and lecturers at the New York Film Academy, Gold Coast, we would like to give our sincerest congratulations for all you have achieved throughout the year.”

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    September 15, 2017 • Academic Programs, Acting, Community Highlights, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 1126