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  • NYFA’s ‘The Broken Slates’ Wins the $10,000 Imagine Film Challenge Grand Prize


    Team NYFA

    As a prime example and proof of the value of New York Film Academy’s hands-on intensive education, look no further than last week’s representatives in the 48 Hour Imagine Film Challenge. The Broken Slates, consisting of 12 NYFA Los Angeles students, beat out UCLA, Loyola Marymount, and Columbia College Chicago to win the $10,000 Grand Prize!

    Team NYFA delivered the award-winning film, Deliver Us, in just 48 hours. The film was screened live in Imagine Park and aired on ShortsTV.

    We are so proud of our talented students for putting together such an impressive film in under 48 hours.


    May 7, 2014 • Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 4299

  • Final Hours of the Imagine Film Challenge

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    The Imagine Film Challenge is in full swing. Team NYFA (aka The Broken Slates) – including over two dozen actors from NYFA – are 24 Hours away from exhibiting Deliver Us, and hopefully “delivering us” a win! NYFA and the other three schools were required to film part of their projects on the Convention floor of the Cable Show.

    In a moment of life imitating art, a potential real life protest march interfered with the Broken Slates filming their own protest march. The Convention Center is right next to the Staples Center, where the Clippers play. Right before game-time, there was supposed to be a massive protest rally against the owner of the team (in light of his recent ban from the NBA due to his racist comments). NYFA had to then scramble to find a new location to film their own protest rally, which in the end turned out to be larger than the real-life demonstration.

    The team continues to film and edit as this is written, all in preparation for tomorrow’s screening at the Convention Center. Among the judges is Rutger Hauer from Blade Runner!

    “I’m very proud of NYFA‘s team for their ambition and work ethic,” says Eric Conner. “And to all of our two dozen plus actors for being part of the project.”

    The final films will be broadcast on Shorts TV.

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    May 1, 2014 • Film School, Filmmaking, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 5446

  • NYFA One of Four Schools Competing in the Imagine Film Challenge



    New York Film Academy is excited to announce that we will be one of four schools competing in the Imagine Film Challenge at the Cable Trade Show in LA. With just a few days left, NYFA’s Team (The Broken Slates) is prepping their drama Deliver Us, the story of one man’s attempt to lead a peaceful protest in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.

    The hitch: The Broken Slates has only 48 Hours to shoot AND edit this ambitious film while having their behind-the-scenes work filmed by Shorts TV. No problem, right? Not for Laura Perez Rebullen (Writer/Director), Tripp Townsend (Producer), Gabriel Chavez (Cinematographer) Javier Rojas (Line Producer) and the rest of Team NYFA.

    What drew you to the Imagine Film Challenge? 

    Laura: The possibility to reach audiences on a different level. (I wanted to) create awareness about issues that are happening all around the world, including my home country of Venezuela.

    Tripp: Having Laura come from a country where there is such a need for peace, you just know that there is real passion and an extra responsibility towards such a project.

    What’s the biggest obstacle in making this movie in 48 Hours?

    Gabriel: The scope of this film is unlike anything we have attempted before. Shooting the film in a concise and compelling way will be the greatest challenge for me as a cinematographer as one could easily be bogged down in the spectacle of the film.

    Javier: We are doing a really big, ambitious project with so many extras and a lot of locations in a small amount on time

    Tripp: But with the support that we have received from both our school and the community, it tells me that no matter the challenge, we can overcome it.

    What’s your secret for making it through all 48 Hours in one piece and getting the film done?

    Gabriel: We’ve all done other 48 hour competitions before and have a fairly established work mantra going into every competition. With this one, the key is pre production. A film of this scope simply would not be possible without the extensive pre production we have been doing.

    Javier: Our secret is the crew and wonderful cast that we have.  I have plenty of confidence in them and think that we’re gonna do a project that everyone is proud of.

    Laura: Trusting my crew. To me that’s the most important thing and the secret to a director’s sanity. It is also important to know what you want. Speak your mind in a respectful manner and be a good listener. Also, do your homework during prep. Be prepared for anything. And coffee, lots of coffee, possibly chocolate chip cookies too.


    April 24, 2014 • Filmmaking • Views: 4817