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  • NYFA Animation and VFX Students Visit California Science Center

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    Last week, with stops in Santa Monica and downtown, a group of New York Film Academy Animation and VFX students got to go behind-the-scenes at SideFX Software and take in the sites at the California Science Center.

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    If you don’t know SideFX, well, it’s rapidly taking over the VFX and interactive world with its powerful procedural cg animation and VFX tool Houdini. Gabriel Fernandez and Ujala Saini are one year students in the Animation and VFX program and they made the most out of meeting the people that know Houdini best — the people that make it and use it everyday — and asked lots of great questions.

    Tiffany Victor, a student in NYFA’s Animation VFX BFA program, jumped at the chance to be the first to beta test a new UNITY game built with the powerful Houdini Engine in the Htc Vive Virtual Reality System. Big CG thanks to Ben Mears, Rob Stauffer, Genesis Lee and the rest of the team at SideFX for opening their doors to the NYFA Animation and VFX students here in Los Angeles.

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    After that, the trip headed downtown to the California Science Center with its Science of Pixar Exhibition, and the Space Shuttle Endeavour for the cherry on top. The Pixar show was full of over-sized interactive learning stations that brought the nuts and bolts of CG animation to life. The exhibition gave everyone a chance to see how the tools they use for homework today are the same tools they will use in their careers tomorrow.

    With only time for one last stop, the group took the opportunity to check out NASA’s Space Shuttle Endeavor.

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    January 13, 2017 • 3D Animation • Views: 3564

  • Terrence Malick’s New Doc Will Have 2 Versions

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    Terrence Malick is known for making relatively few films, but films with big ideas and an artistry to them that is worth a thousand lesser movies. His documentary looks like it will be no exception, especially considering the auteur has been working on it for several years now. It looks like its production has reached its end game however, with the announcement that Malick has found full financing to finish and release his project.

    Or should we say projects? Never a stranger to the unconventional, Malick also announced his movie would be released in two completely different versions. One version will be feature length, narrated by Cate Blanchett, and distributed in a standard 35mm film format. Another will be released exclusively in IMAX, as a forty minute cut narrated by Brad Pitt. Its IMAX format is no surprise, given that the company is co-financing the documentary along with Broad Green Pictures, Sophisticated Films, and Wild Bunch.

    Will the 40-minute cut be a greatest-hits version of the feature, or will they compliment one another, two necessary parts of a greater whole? Knowing Malick, it’s probably the latter, though it’s impossible to say—almost nothing is known about the project. Called Voyage of Time, Malick has only said so far that it’s a “celebration of the universe, displaying the whole of time, from its start to its final collapse.” In the meantime, you can get similar cosmic themes by Malick in his amazing film The Tree of Life, also starring Brad Pitt. Brad Pitt is a busy guy.

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    February 4, 2015 • Documentary Filmmaking, Entertainment News • Views: 3857

  • NYFA Goes Above and Beyond Your Average Film School

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    While the New York Film Academy prides itself on its programs in the arts and its creative student body, we are fully aware and supportive of the importance of the sciences. That’s why we’ve been branching out more than ever in a S.T.E.A.M. initiative that allows our degree students to explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, in addition to the arts.

    Recently, students from the New York Film Academy teamed with physicists from California State University, Northridge, to investigate the effects of global warming on the health of Southern California’s natural vegetation. Two weather balloons were launched from Tehachapi, California, reaching altitudes of approximately 90,000 feet. The balloons traveled a linear distance of 35 miles, eventually landing in the Mojave Desert. Through the launch, we were able to capture vast images of vegetation and measure temperature, pressure, humidity, and wind direction.

    See for yourself how NYFA goes above and beyond in this fantastic piece put together by our NYFA Media Content Department.

    New York Film Academy Presents Climate Change Experiment from New York Film Academy on Vimeo.

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    June 18, 2014 • Film School • Views: 5036