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  • NYFA Filmmaking Instructor Directs Interactive Murder Mystery Series

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    Starting tomorrow, Untitled Murder Project 2.0, from, will be available online. The 49-episode interactive murder mystery comes from director and New York Film Academy Instructor, Alonso Mayo. Untitled Murder Project 2.0 is the follow-up to 2011’s Untitled Fiction Project, an hour-long experiment in unscripted fiction filmmaking about the aftermath of an affair. Like its predecessor, Untitled Murder Project 2.0 was shot using structured improvisation, with dialogue developed by the actors and the director on the day of the shoot based solely on an outline. The 13 original episodes of Untitled Fiction Project comprise Chapter 1 of Untitled Murder Project 2.0.

    Alonso Mayo, recently wrote and directed the feature film The Story of Luke, starring Lou Taylor Pucci, Seth Green, Cary Elwes and Kristin Bauer. The film won 20 festival top prizes including Best Film from the San Diego Film Festival, Irvine Film Festival, and San Luis Obispo Film Festival. Originally from Lima, Peru, Mayo won the Student Academy Award with his American Film Institute thesis film WednesdayAfternoon.

    “I wanted to experiment with a new storytelling format,” said Mayo. “I love making feature films, but to a certain point the format is limiting – given the storytelling possibilities offered by the internet. It was a great challenge to develop a project that puts many of the decisions that you would ordinarily be in charge of as a filmmaker in the hands of the audience, and still retain enough control to guarantee a uniform and entertaining experience.”

    Untitled Murder Project 2.0 Chapters 1 & 2 are available starting 10/10/2013 (22 total episodes) and the next 3 chapters (9 episodes each) will be released weekly through the end of October.


    October 9, 2013 • Film School, Filmmaking • Views: 5055

  • NYFA Filmmaker Nominated for Student Academy Award


    Documentary Filmmaker Nancy Hanzhang Shen is in charge of New York Film Academy’s Chinese Social Media and works as a liaison with Chinese colleges. Her latest documentary film Why Am I Still Alive was a finalist for the US Student Academy Awards®2012 and Winner of Best shorts Documentary Festival 2012. The film has screened at the Academy Theater at Lighthouse International in New York City, White Sands International Film Festival 2012, and the China International Education Fair on Cultural & Creative Industries Exhibition. The film is currently screening at New York City Independent Film Festival 2012.

    Here are just a few words of appraisal from respected industry professionals:

    • “What a beautiful, heartbreaking film. Exquisitely done, and my heart aches for the film’s subject.”— Ilene Starger, member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
    • “The film is a wonderful piece of work. It deserves to be really widely seen.” —Tom Hurwitz, ASC Four Academy Awards for Best Full-length Documentary
    • “You didn’t give up! That is what it takes to be a filmmaker. You are only one person and you can and will make a difference.” — Maryann Deleo, ACADEMY AWARD winning filmmaker (Chernobyl Heart)
    The NYC Independent Film Festival will screen the film at the Producers Club on Sunday, Oct 21st, 2012.
    The Producer’s Club is located at 358 West 44th Street New York, NY 10036 (Between 8 ave and 9 ave.)
    For tickets and more information, click here.




    October 17, 2012 • Documentary Filmmaking • Views: 4218