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  • New York Film Academy Visits Kiev, Ukraine

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    The New York Film Academy College of Visual & Performing Arts (NYFA) is a truly international educational institution. With schools in six cities across three countries, and programs in many more, NYFA also runs special weekend workshops throughout the world. Recently, one of those workshops took place in the beautiful and historical Kiev, Ukraine.

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    The event was hosted by the educational center FILM.UA Faculty. Based out of one of the largest studios in the Ukraine, FILM.UA Faculty offers a powerful combination of lectures, courses, seminars and training in professions related to the film and television industry.

    Over the weekend more than a hundred representatives of film production companies, as well as independent screenwriters, directors and producers expanded their knowledge under the guidance of award-winning writer, director, producer, and NYFA Instructor, Paul Brown (“The X-Files,” Quantum Leap,” “Twilight Zone,” “Star Trek: Voyager”) and producer, as well as head of NYFA MFA Feature productions, Lydia Cedrone (“The Betrayed,” “In Memorium”).

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    Despite the snow and frigid temperatures outside, it was really hot inside the studios from all of the creative ideas pumping up in the air. “It was friendly, fun, really intense, with 100% of dedication,” said one of the students, Igor Shvetsov. “At the end, we even performed our first mini-plays! To be honest, I did not plan to act… but it happened that I had to come up on stage … Enormous thanks to all for a great time and gained experience. Special thanks to Anastasia Lodkina for the creative idea, Marina Borodina for the acting talent, Alina Dianova for directing and tough character, and Vasily Popov for co-writing and moral support.”

    Producing student Ksenia Bugrimova added: “The information about unions was very helpful; finally I got a clear understanding about them. And, of course, a great relief to find out that our budgeting and production stages are exactly the same. Hence we are on the right track!”

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    “Together with our students we spent three days with Paul Brown and Lydia Cedrone from the New York Film Academy. This means 20 plus hours of creative and productive work, 100 plus professional connections, 101 loglines created, and 20 new scripts. And, of course, a triple portion of excitement and inspiration,” FILM.UA Faculty commented on their FB page.

    New York Film Academy would like to thank everyone who spent this productive weekend with us and express special gratitude to the management and staff of FILM.UA Faculty for creating such a positive and collaborative learning environment.

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    December 14, 2016 • Community Highlights, Study Abroad • Views: 4831

  • NYFA Graduate Releases Children’s Book “B is for Brighton Beach”

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    Former New York Film Academy Digital Filmmaking student and current pre-K teacher Michael Salita has recently released the children’s book B Is For Brighton Beach, which provides a loving tribute to Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach. The pre-K level book includes illustrations by Elena Stekacheva, and cleverly engage students with the alphabet while preparing them to read.

    Similar to Salita’s life, the story is also about a Brooklyn resident who emigrated from Ukraine and has embraced his new home in Brighton Beach. In the book, every letter manages to tell a story. Given Salita’s filmmaking background, he wanted to create a book that looks just like the movies.

    “My book [is] an alphabetical journey of Brighton Beach with a social studies component. Children, parents, grandparents, teachers and others can learn about the beautiful, bustling, beachfront neighborhood of Brighton Beach from a young child’s point of view,” said Salita. “And tourists and visitors can take advantage of the map and explore Brighton Beach from A to Z.”

    Thus far, Salita’s book has already received wonderful reviews from the New York Post, Bay News, and Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

    Salita’s next project will be another alphabet book O is for Odessa, which will focus on the city where he was born and provide an introduction to that city for U.S. children and educators.

    If you’re interested in purchasing B is for Brighton Beach, please CLICK HERE.

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    October 9, 2015 • Filmmaking, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 4797