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  • NYFA Grad Rohit Gupta Releases Trailer for ‘Midnight Delight’

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    midnight delightDot and Feather Entertainment dropped the first movie teaser trailer for their upcoming Midnight Delight, a comedy surrounding a set of characters who get into hilarious antics as they try to make sense of their lives through conversations with people they have never met before. The narrative throws hits us with several uncanny situations throughout the film.

    The feature film was written and directed by New York Film Academy alumnus Rohit Gupta (Life! Camera Action…Another Day Another Life) and co-produced with Saumin Mehta, who is also credited for most of its post-production. Gupta’s earlier productions have won numerous international awards and recognition from around the world including at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.

    The movie stars: Alexandra Hellquist, Shaheed Woods, Michele Suttile, Dipti Mehta, Rachel Myers, John Crann, Michael Laguerre, Adit Dileep, Sofia Sivan, Bill McCrea, Maggie Alexandar, Josh Echevarria and Michael Lester.

    Initial response to the newly posted 50-second teaser has been favorable. Tantalizingly edited to offer a sneak preview that whet fans’ appetite without revealing too much, it has been described as “One of the best teasers from the independent film circuit and Indian-American filmmakers.” It features actors Rachel Myers, Shaheed Woods, Michele Suttile, John Crann and new comer Michael Laguerre.

    The movie is slated to release later this year.

    Until then get your first exclusive look here.

    Midnight Delight – Official Movie Teaser Trailer #1 [HD] from DotandFeatherfilms.com on Vimeo.

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    March 12, 2015 • Filmmaking, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 4750

  • NYFA Alum Rohit Gupta in the Running for the Prestigious NRI of the Year Award

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    rohit gupta nyfaNew York Film Academy alumnus and New York-based film director, Rohit Gupta, is one of five global Indians short-listed for the prestigious NRI (Non-Resident Indian) of the Year award for Distinctive Global Achievement in Arts and Entertainment, according to a leading Indian media organization.

    To recognize globally successful Indians and to celebrate their achievements, Times Now – an English news channel from the Times Group – announced a new international initiative to honor successful NRIs around the world.

    Rohit’s films Life! Camera Action... and Another Day Another Life have jointly won over one hundred international accolades in various categories around the globe. His journey and process of work are considered a major source of inspiration among aspiring filmmakers, media, film students and youth at large the world over.

    The first edition of the Times Now ICICI Bank NRI of the Year Awards powered by Global Indian International School will be held in Mumbai later this month.

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  • NYFA Grad Rohit Gupta Honored by the Limca Book of Records

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    Rohit and Ravi

    Rohit (Left) and Ravi Kumar (Right)

    Acclaimed filmmaker and New York Film Academy graduate, Rohit Gupta has been honored by India’s renowned Limca Book of Records for his award-winning feature film Life! Camera! Action. The film sets a new record being the first full-length motion picture shot by a two-person crew: producer/director Rohit Gupta & Ravi Kumar R. It is also the first film to be released via facebook.

    LCA Movie PosterSince its release, Life! Camera! Action has received wide critical acclaim, earning over seventy international accolades in various categories including the prestigious Top Nine Most Popular and Board of Directors’ Special Awards, 28th Goldie Film Awards (USA), Orson Welles Award-California International Film Awards, Royal Reel Award-Canada International Film Festival, Grand Jury Award-Oregon Film Awards (USA), Best Feature Film-IFFPIE (Official World Peace Film Festival) (Indonesia) and many others around the world. Renowned news producer Silicon India listed the film as One of the 10 Outstanding Movies by Indian American Filmmakers. The list includes Hollywood blockbusters such as The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable by M. Night Shyamalan, Mississippi Masala and Namesake by Mira Nair, and Fire and Earth by Deepa Mehta.

    This inspiring ninety-minute quasi-autobiographical family drama features the struggle of the protagonist Reina – played by award winning actress Dipti Mehta – who sets off on a career in filmmaking against parental consent. Running the risk of being disowned for going against the norm of pursuing a future in engineering, medicine or architecture, the film celebrates the strength of the central character to challenge the rules regardless of the consequences.

    Gupta’s journey and the process of his work is widely considered a major source of inspiration to aspiring filmmakers, students of cinema and youth at large the world over. Gupta who has co-written, produced, directed, edited, written lyrics, shared credits in music and photography, marketed, branded and distributed his work, commented that, “It has been a marvelous journey and the road ahead looks equally interesting.”

    Rohit first forayed into films with a four-minute American suspense-thriller film, Another Day Another Life, which also received tremendous acclaim from around the world including an Official Selection at Cannes in 2009. He is currently working on the post-production of his highly anticipated upcoming American comedy feature titled Midnight Delight, due for release in 2014.

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  • Financing Your Indie Film and Developing an Audience

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    Rohit Gupta is a Mumbai native who came to the United States over 12 years ago. Coming from a family of entrepreneurs, Rohit didn’t have “the slightest idea about filmmaking” until he joined the New York Film Academy  for a 4 week film workshop. Realizing his passion for the craft, he extended his stay and enrolled into the one year conservatory program. Rohit was an MBA graduate who came from a family of entrepreneurs. He decided to take his shot in an “unstable” industry and fell in love. The film assignments he was working on for classes became inspiration for later works. Another Day, Another Life was shot in seven hours, edited on his laptop, and completed on a $100 budget. His first feature film Life! Camera Action was shot in ten days with a two member crew on a Panasonic DVX 100. Rohit has claimed that his rounds on the festival circuit, including the Short Films Corner at Cannes, has resulted in over 100 awards and accolades internationally. Talk about independent success on a micro-budget!

    As an independent filmmaker, Rohit has compelling views on cultivating an audience and working with financiers to distribute your film. Rohit credits his success to his drive and ambition. He has an optimistic outlook in a field with many pitfalls and setbacks. “There is nothing more or less to it than just doing it now. With pure excitement, love and compassion in your heart, all will fall in place magically.” For any aspiring filmmaker, the most important thing is to keep an open mind. He advises current students to think of the possibilities, explore them, and figure out what they ultimately want to do. “The fun is to create something with what resources we have on-hand than worrying about what we don’t.”

    THE AUDIENCE. Speaking with other filmmakers from all over the world, the anxiety is the same. “What is the audience going to like?” Rohit is critical of those who worry too much about the audience’s reception of the product–to the point that it affects the process of creating the product. The audience, he says, won’t know what they like “until they see it.” Some worry too much about audience expectations that there is a choke hold on creativity and productivity. Many aspiring filmmakers say their biggest hurdle is the lack of resources. Rohit believes with technology at our fingerprints, everyone is able to do what they want. Find opportunities everywhere. How you take advantage of the resources at NYFA is solely your initiative in the end. As he says, “No one is to be credited or blamed but yourself.”

    FINANCIERS AND THE REAL INVESTMENT. “It’s not the creativity that needs to chase the finance, it’s the other way round!” Don’t waste your time with financiers if they don’t step up after your first meeting. Never give up your creative control just because someone is investing in your project. Be committed to execution without financial pressure. Unless you do this, you won’t know what you like about what you do and why. Only when you feel strongly about the work will your audience connect. This is the definition of success. Asking for advice from those who never made a feature film is a great way of finding reasons for not doing it. Learn from and collaborate with those who’ve objectively achieved a level of success that you can relate to. There is nothing like being original. If you try to make everybody happy, you will lose yourself. In the end, if you are happy, then everybody around feels the energy and, in turn, feels happy, too. It’s just like doing everything else. There is no mantra to it. Learning is a constant phenomenon and the beauty is no amount of learning will ever be enough.

    What do you think about Rohit’s views? Tell us if you agree or disagree with him on Twitter! And if you want to find out more about the filmmaking program, please request info here!

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  • New York Film Academy Graduate Rohit Gupta Nominated for Several Awards at World Music and Independent Film Festival

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    New York Film Academy One-Year Filmmaking Graduate Rohit Gupta is back on the festival circuit with feature film Life! Camera  Action…, which has just been nominated for several awards at the upcoming 2011 World Music and Independent Film Festival in Washington, DC. The film is up for the following awards:

    •  Best Drama

    •  Best Director, Rohit Gupta

    •  Best Screenplay, Rohit Gupta & Amanda Sodhi

    •  Best Actress, Dipti Mehta

    •  Best Supporting Role, Noor Naghmi

    •  Best Supporting Role, Swati Kapila

    •  Best Original Soundtrack, Manoj Singh

     Life! Camera Action… is the journey of a young, Indian-American woman who sets off to pursue a career in filmmaking against the wishes of her family. Rohit filmed the project in ten days on a Panasonic DVX 100 with two crew-members. The project evolved from 15-minute assignment while studying at New York Film Academy.

    Cast and crew posingCast and crew pose on set

    In a recent interview, Rohit commented that he always believed in the film but that getting nominated for awards is still a “big honor.” He adds, “I thank these people for seeing what I’m seeing in [the story].”

    The film had its world premiere in November at the Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council Film Festival. It has since taken home awards including an Award of Merit at The Indie Fest 2010 and Award of Excellence at the Accolade Film Awards 2010. The film was invited to Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts South Asian Film Series and IFF 2011 – Tampa Bay, Florida.

    Rohit previously screened NYFA short film Another Day Another Life at several film festivals internationally.

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    April 25, 2011 • Acting • Views: 3708