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  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) BFA 3D Animation & VFX Student Arina Andriushchenko Works on Dish TV Commercial

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    It’s been a productive winter for New York Film Academy (NYFA) BFA 3D Animation & VFX student Arina Andriushchenko; just weeks after working on a stop motion animated video for the hit video game Borderlands 3, Andriushchenko has now completed work on a commercial for Dish TV.

    What makes Andriushchenko’s productivity all the more impressive is that she’s smack in the middle of studying for her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 3D Animation & VFX from NYFA’s Burbank-based campus.

    Like the Borderlands 3 commercial, this new project is stop motion animation, a forte of NYFA instructor Misha Klein, who worked on both ads. The ad playfully recalls the Wild West as it promotes classic western and outlaw movies for the TV provider.

    The set itself was designed in 3D using Maya, but recreated in real life with plastic and foam materials. As an assistant for the art department, Andriushchenko worked on some set decorations and set dressings for the video. She also worked on miniatures and small jewelry mounts (bracing) that allow the models to move. At one point, she even improvised by creating a new size for the drill since no existing sizes exist for such small objects.

    New York Film Academy congratulates BFA 3D Animation & VFX student Arina Andriushchenko on her work and encourages everyone to check out the Dish TV stop motion video here.

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    January 10, 2020 • 3D Animation, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 650

  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) BFA 3D Animation & VFX Students Arina Andriushchenko & Nathan Hacker Work on ‘Borderlands 3’ Holiday Video

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    New York Film Academy (NYFA) BFA 3D Animation & VFX students Arina Andriushchenko and Nathan Hacker were able to add some professional experience to their portfolios before even graduating their BFA studies at our Burbank-based campus. The pair recently had the opportunity to do some animation work for a commercial advertising the hit video game Borderlands 3.

    Arina Andriushchenko and Nathan Hacker Borderlands 3
    The Borderlands franchise comprises a series of action role-playing, first-person shooter video games created by Gearbox Software and published by 2K Games that merges western, fantasy, and sci-fi genres. Borderlands 3 was released earlier this year after much anticipation from the series’s passionate fanbase.

    The newest ad for the game arrived just in time for the holidays and recalls the stop motion wintry animation of classic Rankin/Bass productions like Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town.


    Andriushchenko and Hacker worked as part of the commercial’s art department, collaborating with NYFA instructors Tony Candelaria and Misha Klein on the video’s stop motion animation. Klein teaches stop motion at NYFA; Candelaria teaches sculpture.

    Andriushchenko worked on the character puppets for Sheep and Skag characters’ puppets as well as assisting Candelaria, who created all the sculptures for the puppets. Misha Klein was the main animator of the video.

    “We were very glad to work with our teachers together,” says Andriushchenko, “and, in general, it was just an amazing experience. We’ve learned a lot.”

    He and Hacker also did decorations for the sets, creating Christmas trees and their decorations, elements for the cave, gingerbread men garland, and other assorted props. Additionally, they worked on facial expressions for the puppets.

    New York Film Academy congratulates BFA in 3D Animation & VFX students Arina Andriushchenko and Nathan Hacker on their hard work and for getting a head start on their careers on animation!

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    December 30, 2019 • Faculty Highlights, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 1079

  • Mindfruit Studio Stops in at NYFA’s Stop Motion Class

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    Last week New York Film Academy’s 3D Animation and VFX students got to meet and talk with Damon Stea and Cassandra Chowdhury, the dynamic duo who run Mindfruit Studios.

    Mindfruit is a Los Angeles-based team with the goal of creating diverse, unique, and beautiful videos. Fantastical costumes, puppets, and stop motion are their bread and butter. They’ve worked on everything from a video billboard for Forever 21 to a film shot entirely on a computer scanner. Their work has been featured at South by Southwest, Vimeo Film Fest, the Disposable Film Fest, and on screens around the globe.

    Not only did the students of Matthew B.W. Sheehan’s stop motion class get to pick Damon and Cassandra’s brains about all things stop motion, they even received help wrestling some deeper questions when 3D Animation BFA Jessica Chung asked about the do’s and don’ts of freelance work and making your first deal.

    All in all, a victory for education at the New York Film Academy.

    -Matthew B.W. Sheehan

    Professor of Animation and VFX

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    April 5, 2016 • 3D Animation, Game Design, Guest Speakers • Views: 3732

  • A Stop Motion Gift from China

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    New York Film Academy Los Angeles animation students recently enjoyed a rare treat when visiting professor and stop motion artist Xian Wu gave a presentation of his amazing works, including clips from Professor Wu’s most recent animated feature film. In an event hosted by NYFA Chair of 3-D Animation and Visual Effects, Mark Sawicki, the first presentation displayed work involving a beautiful setting of a village and a train station. The incredible detail put into the models was magical. Models were created at many different scales, and animated with the utmost patience and care to yield a charming cinema experience. The film was shot at 12 frames per second, and took 5 years to complete.

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    Next was a screening of the soon to be released animated feature that Professor Wu created. The characters were absolutely delightful, and had the audience cheering with pleasure. Professor Wu explained that the puppets had removable mouths attached with magnets to enable their expressions to change. The eyes had tiny holes in the middle of the pupil, allowing a small pin to be inserted to move the eyes to the proper position for each frame. The puppets were also able to stand on one foot by bolting the feet from underneath. For walking action, the little screw holes in the floor were filled in with colored clay to make the mounting trick invisible.

    The students were touched at the end of the evening when Professor Wu presented NYFA with an original stop motion puppet used in the film. This priceless animation art piece is now on display at the school for all to see. In gratitude, Mark Sawicki gave Professor Wu a signed copy of his stop motion book, “Animating with Stop Motion Pro,” published by Focal Press.
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    Mr. Wu’s gift to NYFA

    The event was a wonderful exchange of cultures in the field of animation that we are confident will continue in the years ahead.  Thank you so much, Professor Wu, for an unforgettable experience and your gift of an amazing piece of animation art.

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    July 30, 2015 • 3D Animation, Guest Speakers • Views: 5435