• NYFA Instagram Contest: Sports



    The World Series begins this week, hockey is almost a month in, basketball is a week away, and football and soccer are in the full swing of things. It’s safe to say that it’s a busy time of the year for sports fanatics. That’s why the New York Film Academy is excited to launch this week’s sports themed Instagram Contest. Have you captured a game winning goal or an impossible one-handed grab? We want to see it, so long as it it sports related!

    To enter this week’s “Sports” contest, follow us on Instagram and send us your best photo to

    The winner will be mailed a NYFA T-Shirt and have his or her photo posted on NYFA Instagram and Facebook!

    We’d also like to congratulate last week’s winner, Lee “Airector” Jinmoo, an actor / director from Korea, who sent us this “seasonal changes” photo below:

    Season Winner

    photo by “Airector” Lee Jinmoo


    October 21, 2013 • Contests • Views: 5054

  • New York Film Academy Photography Students Shoot German Currents: 7th Annual Film Festival of German FIlm

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    photo by Andrew Linga

    Photography students from the Los Angeles campus were on hand as the exclusive event photographers for the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles German Currents 7th Annual Film Festival, held last weekend at the Egyptian Theatre in the heart of Hollywood. Students shot the opening night event, workshops and screenings over the weekend. A sample of their images are below or checkout the link here:

    Thanks to July 2013 1YR students: Andrew Linga, Aric Coppola and Jimmy Rhodes; January 2013 MFA students: Nicole Campbell and Joseph Bornilla; January 2013 2YR student: Liam Hayes; and January 2013 One Year graduate Luc-Richard Elie. Great job everyone!

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    photo by Joseph Bornilla

    Andrew Linga

    photo by Andrew Linga



    October 10, 2013 • Photography, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 4620

  • Student Photography Exhibition Begins at Ed Freeman Gallery


    Last Friday night, students from the January 2013 One Year Photography program celebrated their graduation with a final exhibition at the Ed Freeman Gallery in Los Angeles’ Chinatown. Students, Joseph Bornilla, Nicole Campbell, Luc-Richard Elie, Liam Hayes and Aanchal Kalra, were joined by family and friends as they showcased their work in one of LA’s most dynamic gallery areas.

    The exhibition is open through September 15. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Sunday, 1pm – 6pm. There will also be a closing reception on Saturday, September 14, 7pm – 10pm, with other galleries open on Chung King Road. The students will once again be in attendance and available to discuss their work.

    The address is Ed Freeman Gallery, 945 Chung King Road, LA, 90012.



    September 6, 2013 • Photography, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 4972

  • NYFA Photo Students to Exhibit at Ed Freeman Chinatown Gallery


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    Students in the One Year Photography Certificate program at the Los Angeles Campus of the New York Film Academy will show their work at the prestigious Ed Freeman Gallery, 945 Chung King Road, Los Angeles.

    The opening night reception is Friday, August 30, 2013 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM.

    The exhibition continues through September 15, 2013. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Sunday, 1:00 to 6:00 PM.

    Closing night reception, Saturday, September 14, 7:00 – 10:00PM.

    For further information, contact Bobbi Fabian, Chair of Photography at or 818-333-3558.

    The exhibition, which features the work of five outstanding young photographers, (listed below) is free and open to the public.

    The five featured photographers who explore divergent paths of the photographic image are:

    Born in the Philippines, Joseph Bornilla creates narratives that anthropomorphize everyday kitchen objects and food.

    Nicole Campbell, from Nashville, TN, obscures the landscape through plastic, steeping the scenery in a candy-colored spectrum. She reflects her inner feelings, lending her work “a serenity and clarity that is often unattainable in the city.”

    In Luc-Richard Elie’s project, Half Man/Half Amazing, we are asked to examine our own duality. The Brooklyn, NY, photographer’s subjects undergo a physical transformation for the camera, using their bodies as a canvas for self-expression. 

    Los Angeles native Liam Hayes questions the dearth of the male nude in the photo-historical canon of art. His images elevate the male body, asking us to find beauty in diversity.  “I want people to be intrigued. To follow those lines that make up ‘Man’ … Appreciate our differences.”

    Aanchal Kalra’s project, Cocoon, represents the moments in life that seem unphotographable. Born in India, she seeks out people in situations of self-reflection or abandon, giving us an opportunity to bear witness to the most private of worlds.

    These students and their work reflect the international power of visual storytelling, taught at the New York Film Academy. The Los Angeles campus of the New York Film Academy offers several Photography programs – MFA, BFA, One and Two Year Certificate and 8 week workshops.  For more information, please visit or contact Bobbi Fabian, Chair of Photography at or 818-333-3558.

    We look forward to seeing you on August 30!


    August 16, 2013 • Photography • Views: 5274

  • Photo Instructor Kathleen McLaughlin Awarded Travel Grant

    New York Film Academy photography faculty member, Kathleen Laraia McLaughlin, has been working on a long-term documentary project in northern Transylvania, Romania since 1999. Her book, The Color of Hay: The Peasants of Maramures, published in 2011, is a culmination of this work. Last year she exhibited her photographs at the Sibiu International Film Festival (in Romania) and was part of their Masters Lecture Series. This October she returns to Romania with the help of a grant from the Institute of Romanian Culture. You can follow her progress on her Facebook site: or view her work at
     Kathleen teaches photo history in the 8 Week, One Year and MFA programs at the Los Angeles campus.

    July 30, 2013 • Photography • Views: 4833

  • New York Film Academy Opens in Battery Park

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    New York Film Academy Battery Park

    The New York Film Academy has opened the doors to its brand new campus, located at 17 Battery Place. The modern facility occupies 72,000 square feet on two full floors and offers breathtaking views of Battery Park and The Statue of Liberty. Each classroom was uniquely designed from scratch to meet the specific needs of the hands-on programs, including state-of-the-art production studios and sound stages.

    Summer Camp programs and Adult Musical Theatre programs have already begun, while Acting, Musical Theatre, Screenwriting, Producing, Photography, Journalism, and 3D Animation will kick off in the Fall. NYFA cannot be more thrilled to provide this wonderful new environment to its students, and is looking forward to meeting a whole new crop of talent!

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  • Louis Mole Talks About NYFA’s Documentary Program


    Documentary graduate, Louis Mole, sits down with us to discuss his experience at the New York Film Academy.

    “It is such a hands-on intensive course, and it really drills into every single aspect of the filmmaking program from directing to producingphotography, and editing.” said Louis Mole. “You come out of the program with the fundamental expertise of every single aspect of making a film – which is so unique.”

    Immediately after graduating the New York Film Academy, Louis went to Singapore and worked on 2 series. One of which was Asian Swindlers, a six part series about Asian conmen, in which Louis wrote 3 episodes and oversaw the edit.

    After Singapore, Louis came back to New York where he currently works for the production company behind the Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winning Documentary, The House I Live In.


    February 28, 2013 • Documentary Filmmaking, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 5130

  • Photo Chosen to Represent NYFA Photography


    Walking around the streets of New York, you may have noticed our new photography ad. Its intention was to capture one’s attention and indeed it has. In fact, it even caught New York Film Academy Acting graduate, Andreas Holm-Hansen completely off guard. Andreas, a Denmark native, resides in Los Angeles now, but his friends have been spotting his face all over the city. “People have been complementing me and sending pictures of themselves next to the ad, which is pretty cool.”

    The photo was chosen from at least 300 student photos by Senior Faculty at New York Film Academy. The winning photo was shot by NYFA Photography graduate, Guillermo Berna. “The Idea came from a dream I had a long time ago, before I even thought of studying at NYFA,” said Berna. “It was something I was trying to do, but wasn’t really achieving the effect I wanted. I love water, it’s the most refreshing element on Earth. It’s been used forever as a filter of life – as a basic energy supply. It produces an incredible lighting effect when reflected on. It’s been used to show a split second moment – a sensation of time paused by many other photographers. It just gives the feeling I was looking for. Nowadays, digital cameras are a photographer’s playground, so you never worry about negative expenses and time lost. You just need to shoot and have perfect control of the lighting.”

    Guillermo shot the photo using a Canon 7D with a 24mm, 120mm 3.5 Nikon zoom. All manual. “Focus had to be checked at every click.” There were a lot of post production trimming elements that went into creating the final product: exposure, colors, light and vignetting filters. Believe it or not, no Photoshop, just light room corrections. “I was never afraid to ask friends and teachers. I listened carefully to everyone’s tips.”

    Guillermo lives and works in Brazil. He’s thrilled to hear that his simple digital file can now be seen by thousands of people on a daily basis. However, like Andreas, Guillermo has not been able to see the ad with his own eyes. Since moving to L.A., Andreas has been in Pink’s music video Blow Me (One Last Kiss) and will be playing an American soldier in Iron Man 3. Much of Andreas’ time now revolves around auditioning and photo shoots.

    If you spot Guillermo’s photo of Andreas, Tweet us @NYFA and tell us where you are!



    January 14, 2013 • International Diversity, Photography, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 4928

  • Vogue Photography Director Speaks at NYFA


    The New York Film Academy Photography School was honored to host a guest lecture by industry figure Ivan Shaw, long-time photography director at US Vogue magazine. Mr. Shaw shared the story of his own surprising career path, anecdotes about working with some of the greatest photographers in the fashion world, and urged students to find and stay true to their own creative voice.

    “Among his many invaluable tips, what created the most vivid impression was Mr. Shaw’s admonition to ‘live or die by your work,’” states Brian Dilg, chair of the photography program. “He repeatedly urged students to develop a unique approach that they hadn’t seen done already, cautioned against the temptation to imitate even one’s greatest heroes, and to stick by an individual method and style even if you have never seen it published anywhere yet.”

    In addition to delivering a presentation and answering questions from students, Mr. Shaw also generously met with a small group of selected alumni to review individual portfolios and provide in-depth, personal feedback and career advice.

    “It was a truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet someone at the top of the photography field in an intimate setting,” stated Dilg. “We are very grateful to Mr. Shaw for his exceptionally generous willingness to give back to the photography community, as well as his interest in discovering new talent and producing consistently stunning work in the pages of Vogue.”


    November 28, 2012 • Photography • Views: 5345