The Most Hands-on Intensive Programs In The World

Filmmaking School at the New York Film Academy

Each student writes, shoots, directs, and edits his or her own films.

What makes our filmmaking programs and workshops unique?

Learning to be a filmmaker is not done "by the numbers." It is done by immersion in the process and by knowing the "whys" that teach the "hows." At the Academy you will learn by doing from day one. It is done by hands-on experience, trial and error, feedback and correction, and questions and answers. Your teachers will demystify the craft of film production and challenge you to master the art of visual storytelling.

In the creation of our film school and curriculum, we worked with students and faculty from around the world. We adapted the best ideas and elements from the top university film schools and designed an alternative which provides a thorough grounding in filmmaking, and is also flexible in meeting the diverse needs of our students.

We teach the art and craft of filmmaking through a balance of classroom instruction, hands-on film workshops, and immediate directing experience. Students are behind the camera from the first day of class. Students will learn about and explore the numerous visual, dramatic, and technical challenges that directors face. In addition to writing, producing,directing, and editing their own films, students assist other members of their crews in the roles of director of photography, assistant cameraperson, and gaffer/grip, providing everyone with extensive set experience. Ultimately, through intensive hands-on instruction, our goal is to empower students to artfully, cinematically, and originally tell stories.
Student Shooting Another wonderful aspect of our film school is the student body. The Film Academy draws an incredibly diverse, international group of film students who share a passion for telling stories with moving images. One recent film school class included students from the United States, Canada, France, Italy, England, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain, Australia, Singapore, Mexico, Brazil, India, Israel, Japan, and China.

The combination of non-stop collaborative work, diverse cultures and experiences, and a shared passion for film make our workshops and programs intensely enriching experiences. Students forge bonds, both professional and personal, that often extend beyond the film school. Students often say that the New York Film Academy's workshop or program was the most exciting, difficult, and rewarding creative experience they have ever had.

At the end of each of the Film Academy film courses, the final films are celebrated in a school screening open to cast, crew, friends and family. All students who successfully complete the workshop will receive a New York Film Academy Diploma and leave the film school with a digital master tape of all their projects.

Filmmaking Equipment

The equipment our Film Academy students use is comparable to that of the leading degree programs in the United States.

Students in the Four, Six and Eight-Week Filmmaking Workshops shoot 16mm film with Arriflex-S cameras and portable Lowel lighting packages for every shoot. Students in the Digital Filmmaking Workshops shoot on the Panasonic DVX 100 digital video camera.

Students in the One-Year Filmmaking Program will use Arriflex-S and Arriflex-SR 16mm cameras, the 35mm Panavision camera, and the Panasonic DVX 100 and HVX 200 P2 HD digital video cameras.

Students in the One-Week Movie Camp will shoot on Digital Video Camera (New York City and Los Angeles) or Panasonic DVX 100 digital video cameras (all other locations).

In all filmmaking programs and editing School workshops students edit digitally using Final Cut Pro on Macintosh computers.

Universal Studios' exclusive prop and costume collection that regularly supplies Hollywood blockbusters, will be made available at a special rate for New York Film Academy students attending at the Los Angeles location.

Final Screening / Portfolio

At the conclusion of all filmmaking workshops, a screening of the students' final films is held in each of our film and acting schools, providing a unique opportunity for family and friends to see the work students have produced. Students retain the digital master tapes of their work to include in their portfolios. Each student, upon successful completion of the program, receives a diploma.

Degrees Offered:

MFA Filmmaking
MA Filmmaking
BFA Filmmaking
AFA Filmmaking

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Bryan Norton's Blog
I like to think that nobody has seen more short films than I. This, of course, is probably not true, but I like to believe it. Even having taught at this film school for over a decade now, I still have yet to see everything imaginable... >> Read full article

I like to think that nobody has seen more short films than I. This, of course, is probably not true, but I like to believe it. Even having taught at this film school for over a decade now, I still have yet to see everything imaginable. The 8-week Filmmaking Workshop, which was the core of NYFA several years back, served as my introduction to the film school and still is my favorite course to teach. Something about the intensity of those 8 weeks, and that incredible sprint to the finish line of that final film screening is exhilarating!

Graduation and the final film show….the big night! Some final film shows, to be sure, are more memorable than others. My idea of a perfect screening is when all the films are different. A diversity of student interests - comedy, horror, drama, documentary - is always a treat. But this tradition of the "final screening" - the one with family and friends in attendance, and your actors anxiously waiting to see themselves on the big screen - this is the night where I, your teacher, wear an ugly tie and make a speech. No matter how many times I've been up there, I'm still nervous, but not about my speech. I'm nervous for my students. This when they may find out that their comedy isn't funny or their horror movie isn't scary. Or that their movie is too long or their actors look too much alike and the audience gets them confused. But that's the process, and it's a rite of passage. Every film you make is a learning experience, and, hopefully, for my students, film school is just the beginning of a long journey of learning and growing as film artists.

See you at the screening.

Bryan Norton
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