WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT
The New York Film Academy is a unique educational institution, devoted to providing the most focused filmmaking, acting, and animation instruction in the world. Our summer camps offer an intensive, hands-on experience which gives students the opportunity to develop their creative skills to the fullest extent possible.
In the creation of our curriculum, we worked with students and faculty from around the world. We adapted the best ideas and elements from the leading degree Camps and designed alternatives which provide a thorough grounding in either filmmaking, acting, or animation and are also flexible in meeting the diverse needs of our students.
New York Film Academy courses balance the study of the art form with practical experience, in order to train students to be the best filmmakers, actors or animators they can be. The subject is taught through a balance of classroom instruction, hands-on Camps, and immediate experience. Indeed, from day one, students are behind the camera, performing in a scene, or creating a 3-D model—learning by doing.
In all New York Film Academy filmmaking Camps, each student writes, produces, directs, and edits his or her own films. In addition, they each assist other members of the crew in the roles of director of photography and assistant camera person, providing all with extensive set experience. The acting and animation Camps are just as extensive and thorough.
New York Film Academy students are not lost in large classes. As an explicit policy, the Film Academy limits class size, making individual attention and interaction among students and instructors possible. All students are encouraged to meet faculty one-on-one for consultation throughout the Camp.
The Academy strives to create an environment that promotes personal development and learning over competition. In keeping with this philosophy, the New York Film Academy takes pride in its open door policy of admission. Students from diverse backgrounds, from all countries and from all walks of life are welcome. This nurtures a supportive, positive atmosphere conducive to the level of collaboration required to make a great film.
Learning to be a filmmaker, actor, or animator is not done "by the numbers." It is done by immersion in the process and by knowing the "whys" that teach the "hows." It is done by hands-on experience, trial and error, feedback and correction, and questions and answers. By working in a series of projects and by working hands-on almost every day, students will learn by doing.
Above all, our students are storytellers. Film directors are confronted with a number of visual, dramatic, and technical challenges. Film actors face the awesome challenge of bringing these stories to life by creating living, breathing characters. 3-D animators must create an imaginary world and characters of their own design. The Film Academy’s Camps encourage students to work through these challenges; to empower students to artfully tell their stories.
Our eclectic faculty are experienced instructors and professional filmmakers who have Master of Fine Arts degrees from the most prestigious graduate film schools in the United States including NYU, Columbia University, USC, AFI and UCLA.
The Academy is pleased to be the film school of choice among many Hollywood filmmakers and their families, including the son of Steven Spielberg; the son of current James Bond, Pierce Brosnan; son of Academy Award winning actor F. Murray Abraham; director Luc Besson's sister (The Fifth Element, La Femme Nikita); and director Peter Bogdanovich’s daughter. And yet, some of the best films to come out of the New York Film Academy are from students with no connections to the film industry.