• 16mm Camera Test at Griffith Park


    As a part of Six-Week 16mm & HD New York Film Academy Filmmaking Camp our students learn how to actually shoot on film. Why, you may ask? Well, regardless of the fact that nowadays digital imaging is equivalent or maybe even surpassing the technical capabilities of film, many productions are still shot on film. This means that knowing how to work with 16mm is still a precious skill in the industry.

    Recently, at a beautiful location at the Griffith Park, the students had the opportunity to familiarize themselves with film for the very first time. Have a look for yourself!


    July 20, 2016 • Filmmaking, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 3390

  • NYFA Los Angeles 2nd Annual Summer Spotlight


    The New York Film Academy College of Visual & Performing Arts (NYFA) hosted its 2nd Annual Summer Spotlight at its state of the art facilities in Los Angeles. The Summer Spotlight is designed to build cross-educational platforms between NYFA and other schools nationwide for students who have an interest in learning in a world class, hands on environment.

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    Counselors pose for a photo outside of the New York Film Academy LA campus.

    Over the course of the two-day event, NYFA representatives provided tours of the campus including the Universal Studios backlot, educated counselors about NYFA degree programs, and spoke with current students, and alumni. The event showcased a special screening of the student film The Moment I Was Alone (2016), directed and produced by NYFA students Kellen Gibbs and Rochel Goldsmith, which has won several awards on the film festival circuit. A student panel followed the screening where NYFA students shared their experiences at New York Film Academy. Panelists included two veterans, Adam Teitelbaum (MFA Screenwriting student) and Michael Teitelbaum (MFA Screenwriting student) who said, “Being invited to share my experience as a veteran student at NYFA was a major privilege and I was thrilled to see so many great people and administrators who were excited to learn about NYFA’s academic programs.”

    More than 30 high school counselors from various states and regions attended the event. Included in the attendee list was Edith Disler, who serves as the Director of External Relations for the Texas Veterans Commission. The New York Film Academy has an extensive history in supporting the military and veteran communities. Edith was invited to talk with NYFA veteran students about their experience at the College and their experience transitioning from military to higher education.

    “In addition, working artist (painter/sculptor) Arjan Zazueta joined the group. Mr. Zazueta works at the Institute of International Education (IIE) and works closely with Fulbright Foreign Student Program awardees in the creative art fields. Ms.  Emma Stone also works on administering the Fulbright Program as a Program Officer at AMIDEAST.”


    Authors: Eric Brown, Michael Kunselman & Patrick Stinich


    June 28, 2016 • Community Highlights, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 4316

  • New York Film Academy High School Camp Grad Spotlight: Oksana Kuzychenko


    Two-time champion of the Russian National Hip-Hop Dancing Championship among junior teams, Oksana Kuzychenko, has always wanted to dedicate her life to the preforming and visual arts. In her early childhood she took dancing and singing classes and lately she discovered her new passion for photography. Last summer Oksana spent 4 weeks in Los Angeles learning Acting for Film at the New York Film Academy High School Camp.

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    Recently, we spoke with Oksana to catch up on her life after NYFA summer camp.

    Can you please share with us what you’ve been up to since graduating from our summer program?

    Currently, I’m finishing my senior year of high school, teaching stretching classes, and dancing. Last December our team won junior league in the Cheer-Hip-Hop Competition at the International Forum of Contemporary Dance and Cheersport. At the same competition, my sister and I took second place among junior duos.

    Also, in May, our team finished fifth at the 13th World Dance Olympiad in the “Teams Show” category among adults. For us it is a great achievement, because we moved into the adult league only last year and had to compete against teams who have danced in the adult league for more than 3-5 years.

    Would you say your experience at NYFA was useful in terms of your dancing performances?

    It helped me to become less shy and fearless. Now, when I perform on stage, I feel more confident. Also, when I teach stretching I use breathing exercises, which we practiced in my NYFA Voice & Movement class.

    In addition, I learned at NYFA how to make short videos and now I often film different school events.

    What was most memorable about your time at NYFA?

    Acting in short student films on the Universal Studios backlot. Never in my life have I been so close to the real world of cinema.

    Did you have any favorite instructors?

    Andrew Bloch! He is very kind, cheerful and thoughtful. He cared about every single student and constantly encouraged us. My English wasn’t very good at that time and Andrew Bloch treated me with understanding and support.

    In the future, do you plan on building a professional career in dancing or is it something you consider more of a hobby?

    Since childhood, my dream was to become an actress—act in the theatre and movies. And of course, as an actress, it is a huge plus to be flexible and rhythmic. But if my acting dream does not come true, I will open my own dance school and will raise new champions!

  • NYFA Screens ‘The Monuments Men’ with Writer / Producer Grant Heslov

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    Tova Laiter with Grant Heslov at a full house

    Grant Heslov, Academy Award winning Writer/ Producer (Argo) and George Clooney’s partner at Smokehouse, was the guest tonight at the New York Film Academy for a sneak preview of the upcoming SONY Pictures release The Monuments Men! Over 220 eager students participated in the Q&A, which was moderated by Producer Tova Laiter.

    One of the first questions on Tova’s mind was how the film came about. Grant, a very funny and charming speaker, told the students that, “I was traveling, forgot my book at the hotel, so I went to the airport bookstore. I really loved it. It was a story I’d never heard before and George (Clooney) and I decided to make it. You never know what you’re going to find in an airport!”

    When asked by Tova how he and Clooney met Grant described his college days. “It was the summer of my freshman year, when I was about 19. I took an acting class and George was in it. We’ve been friends ever since.”

    grant heslovGrant earned a BFA in Theater and Acting at USC and was an actor for 20 years. He feels that his education in acting has been a great base for much of the work he does in terms of writing and character, being on sets, and observing how it’s all done.

    A student asked Grant about the writing process and specifically about handling a writing block in the middle of a project. Grant admitted that writing is challenging. “The middle is always hard. I’m lucky that I write with a partner. You have to turn off your editor mind and just write whatever.”

    Steven, a student, asked Grant what drives him, especially now that he is an accomplished actor, writer and producer. “The desire to tell good stories is the drive.”

    Grant plays a doctor in The Monuments Men, although this was not planned. He told the story of a British actor whose wife went into labor and pulled out of the project at the last minute. George Clooney suggested Grant jump in and play the doctor. “I still have my SAG card,” he joked.

    Student, Marielle asked Grant about the responsibility involved in telling real stories, which he has done plenty of in recent film projects (Good Night and Good Luck, Argo, and now The Monuments Men). Grant explained, “We aren’t making docs or docu-dramas, but you try to stay true. In Good Night and Good Luck, for example, we had access to the newscasters as they were still around. In Argo, we stuck pretty close to the story except for the end. In this film, there were hundreds of Monuments Men. Then you are trying to piece it all together, and we changed the names so we can get into the flaws of the characters more.”

    Asked what were his biggest assets and obstacles in becoming a filmmaker, he joked that in both cases it was, “being an actor.”

    A student asked Grant what was his relationship with art and history as a storyteller. “I love art and I love history. I am interested in World War II –as it was a defining moment in history. I’m Jewish, and there is a connection.”

    Clearly Grant and George have a good system in place working together. He shared with the audience that all of their films have been produced and completed under budget. The Monuments Men finished $5 million under budget and they wrote it in 3-4 months.

    Finally, Grant told another comedic story about having a hard time naming their production company, Smokehouse Productions. He said that his and George’s office was directly across the street from the restaurant in Burbank, and that they used to go there to drink at the bar (It is also across the street from one of the NYFA buildings in Burbank). One day, George called him and suggested they name their production company after the restaurant.


    February 3, 2014 • Guest Speakers • Views: 6431