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  • New Years Update From New York Film Academy (NYFA) Broadcast Journalism

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    We’re only a few weeks into the New Year, but it already feels like months have gone by. That is the essence of digital journalism today. And with the coming of the New Year, I’ve heard from some more NYFA Broadcast Journalism graduates.

    One of the last times I saw Alyssa Cruz was when she was sitting in our Green Screen studio, getting ready to record on-camera segments for her Resume Reel.

    Following graduation, she spent time in New York, then returned to her home country, the Philippines. But then she was on the move again. She wrote recently:

    “I am currently a video editor and narrator for a media company which features food documentaries, here in Singapore.”

    Having worked in Singapore, I can tell you that it is an important hub for Asia-Pacific media production.

    Another graduate, Tommy Germain, was here at NYFA a few weeks back. And he arrived with a camera crew! Tommy is originally from Cameroon, and from there he went to Brazil. He’s had a successful acting career, but now he is working behind the camera as well. His first digital project is all about New York City. He and his team flew all the way from Nigeria, just so he could include NYFA in this program.

    Thanks, Tommy!

    Six months ago, a series of devastating earthquakes hit southern California. NYFA alum Karen Hua, as part of a series of end-of-the-year stories, went back to see how people living in the communities hit hardest by those earthquakes were coping. And the news director at her station sent her by herself…

    This is what it means to be a multimedia journalist (MMJ.) Karen brought along all of the camera, lighting, audio and editing equipment needed for the assignment, packed in the back of the station’s SUV. Karen herself described the trip:

    “Nothing like solo MMJing in the desert, popping your tire and having limited service! It’s one big adventure!”

    Working “on the road” may sound glamorous, but the truth is it often involves plastic dinner plates and lots of coffee…

    If you are one of my former students, you know that I have a tendency to launch into personal stories that I feel help “illuminate” the subjects we deal with in class. (And if you are Evgenia Vlasova, you have probably heard all of those stories at least four times…) 

    One of those oft-told stories is about me traveling on-the-road for a month, trying to record voiceover narrations in a different hotel room every night. (Rooms similar to the one pictured above.) The one way I finally was able to get good audio was to go into a hotel room closet, close the door, put a blanket over my head, and read my script by flashlight.

    For those of you who doubt successful video producers actually use such techniques, I submit the picture below of NYFA grad Wes Newfarmer. Yes, this hack actually works…

    Finally, just before Christmas, Genia and I spent a week in Nur-Sultan, the capital of Kazakhstan. We were there to teach a Journalism workshop for mid-career professionals at Kazmedia, the nation’s dominant TV media company. We weren’t there to tell them what to report, but rather offer suggestions on how to report. The workshop was funded through a contract with the US State Department, one which NYFA won over other colleges and universities. And at the conclusion, one of the national channels there announced they were going to produce a new political talk show based on what we explored in the workshop. (The folks with the certificates in the picture below were some of the attendees.)

    We must have done well, seeing as we will be going back sometime in the spring to hold a second workshop. In addition, NYFA responded to another Request for Proposals from the State Department and was selected to offer a three-week Journalism Summer School for early-career journalists this coming July in Moscow.

    It’s a good thing one of us speaks Russian…

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    January 21, 2020 • Broadcast Journalism, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 933

  • New York Film Academy in Hong Kong and Singapore

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    The New York Film Academy will be in Hong Kong and Singapore this August 2014! If you’re interested in pursuing a career in the arts and would like to study in one of our hands-on certificate or degree programs, you do not want to miss this!

    Hong Kong

    August 9th, 2014 at Hong Kong Mandarin Oriental from 12pm-9pm.

    Singapore

    August 13th, 2014 at Four Seasons Hotel from 12pm-9pm

    New York Film Academy is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and provides students with a variety of options to access a performing and visual arts education. With locations all around the world, NYFA is well known for its diverse student body.

    Many luminaries in the entertainment industry have sent family members to study at the institution including Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Al Pacino, Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Foxx, Jodie Foster, Kevin Kline, Pierce Brosnan, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins, Bono (U2), directors Stephen Frears, Peter Bogdonavich, Roger Donaldson, and James L. Brooks, among others.

    If you’re interested in attending to find out more about the New York Film Academy and its hands-on courses and degree programs, email Tami Alexander at tami@nyfa.edu.

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    August 4, 2014 • Road Show • Views: 15323

  • Louis Mole Talks About NYFA’s Documentary Program

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    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.

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    February 28, 2013 • Documentary Filmmaking, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 5128

  • New York Film Academy Cinematography Graduate Shoots in Singapore

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    Thirty Second [NYFA Commercial] from Michael Zaw on Vimeo.

    New York Film Academy graduate Michael Zaw is actively working in the Singapore television industry as a Director of Cinematography. Since graduating from the January 2011 one-year cinematography course in New York, Michael has worked for the History Channel, Crime and Investigation Channel, Channel News Asia, and Singapore Local Channels.

    Michael says that formal training helped him to distinguish the choices he can make in filmmaking and the differences between techniques and elements. He adds, “I am proud that I was in NYFA…I miss NYFA and NY very very much. I kept in touch with all my classmates, I love them so much.”

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    February 9, 2012 • Acting • Views: 4840