Jump to content


Photo

New York Film Academy


  • Please log in to reply
12 replies to this topic

#1 Alan Brown

Alan Brown
  • Basic Members
  • PipPip
  • 29 posts
  • Student
  • London

Posted 19 October 2007 - 01:44 PM

I've just started my second year of film school in the UK (Bournemouth Arts Institute) and I'm toying with the idea of doing one of the short 4 week filmmaking courses at the NYFA in New York sometime in the summer of 08. It would be a chance to experience filmmaking in another country and get out and explore the Big Apple.

Does anybody have any experience of the short courses offered by the New York Film Academy!
  • 0

#2 Bill DiPietra

Bill DiPietra
  • Sustaining Members
  • 2339 posts
  • Cinematographer
  • New York City

Posted 19 October 2007 - 04:56 PM

I've just started my second year of film school in the UK (Bournemouth Arts Institute) and I'm toying with the idea of doing one of the short 4 week filmmaking courses at the NYFA in New York sometime in the summer of 08. It would be a chance to experience filmmaking in another country and get out and explore the Big Apple.

Does anybody have any experience of the short courses offered by the New York Film Academy!


If you are already in film school, why come overseas to basically rehash what you are already learning? The last time I looked, NYFA was rather high-priced considering the basic classes that they offer. I always looked at NYFA as an alternative for people who either didn't get into film school or just couldn't afford it. Does your school offer any study abroad trips? I agree that coming over for the summer and shooting some stuff in NYC is a cool idea. I just wouldn't bother enrolling in another program.

My advice to you is to stay in the film school you are already attending and learn as much as you can. There will always be plenty of opportunities for you here in NYC once you finish your education. Then people can start paying YOU.

Good luck and have fun.
  • 0

#3 Alan Brown

Alan Brown
  • Basic Members
  • PipPip
  • 29 posts
  • Student
  • London

Posted 28 October 2007 - 04:11 AM

"There will always be plenty of opportunities for you here in NYC once you finish your education. Then people can start paying YOU."

I hope so. I don't want to stuck in the British film industry when I graduate. The U.S. is the place to be for people interested in making high quality, entertaining, films.
  • 0

#4 Felipe Perez-Burchard

Felipe Perez-Burchard
  • Basic Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 130 posts
  • Other
  • Los Angeles, CA USA / Mexico D.F., Mexico

Posted 28 October 2007 - 04:25 AM

I went to NYFA in the summer of 98 for a 6 week course... I was 16 and had never shot with a motion picture camera; it was fantastic!!!
However, if you are already in film school I would almost say skip NYFA, it is immersive but it is introductory (how can it not be if it is 4 or 6 weeks)... When I later went to film school, my "Intro to Film" course was quite similar only in a college setting -- I was ahead of the game in that sense because of my NYFA experience, but ultimately it might be too basic for you (and it was expensive) -- then again we are talking 10 years ago... they weren't all over the place like they are now.
I did meet great creative collaborators, though, which is always enriching.

Hope my 2 cents help.

best,
  • 0

#5 Tim O'Connor

Tim O'Connor
  • Sustaining Members
  • 860 posts
  • Other
  • Boston, Massachusetts

Posted 29 October 2007 - 01:08 PM

I went to NYFA in the summer of 98 for a 6 week course... I was 16 and had never shot with a motion picture camera; it was fantastic!!!
However, if you are already in film school I would almost say skip NYFA, it is immersive but it is introductory (how can it not be if it is 4 or 6 weeks)... When I later went to film school, my "Intro to Film" course was quite similar only in a college setting -- I was ahead of the game in that sense because of my NYFA experience, but ultimately it might be too basic for you (and it was expensive) -- then again we are talking 10 years ago... they weren't all over the place like they are now.
I did meet great creative collaborators, though, which is always enriching.

Hope my 2 cents help.

best,



I've been seeing ads everywhere on the sides of busses and billboards for the NYFA showing
apparent students behind a Panavision camera. Does NYFA really offer the opportunity to shoot
with these cameras?
  • 0

#6 Alan Brown

Alan Brown
  • Basic Members
  • PipPip
  • 29 posts
  • Student
  • London

Posted 29 October 2007 - 04:22 PM

Thanks for all the advice guys but something interesting has come up. When I finish my second year of film school I may take a gap year. I've just discovered that there are internship opportunities in the U.S. for British university students taking a gap year. What you have to do is find a U.S. company willing to take on a foreign trainee for a maximum of 16 months. The internship/workplacement has to be connected to what the trainee is studying in his native country and must pay a minimum of $750 a month.

It sounds almost perfect. If I can find a film production company in either Los Angeles or New York willing to to take me on as a trainee for 10-12 months then I can take a break from my current course, go to the U.S. for a year and be paid to live and study in the city of angels or the big apple, and then return home to complete my degree.

Now, where's that phone. There must be production companies in LA or NY who will sponsor me!!
  • 0

#7 Bill DiPietra

Bill DiPietra
  • Sustaining Members
  • 2339 posts
  • Cinematographer
  • New York City

Posted 31 October 2007 - 01:36 PM

Thanks for all the advice guys but something interesting has come up. When I finish my second year of film school I may take a gap year. I've just discovered that there are internship opportunities in the U.S. for British university students taking a gap year. What you have to do is find a U.S. company willing to take on a foreign trainee for a maximum of 16 months. The internship/workplacement has to be connected to what the trainee is studying in his native country and must pay a minimum of $750 a month.

It sounds almost perfect. If I can find a film production company in either Los Angeles or New York willing to to take me on as a trainee for 10-12 months then I can take a break from my current course, go to the U.S. for a year and be paid to live and study in the city of angels or the big apple, and then return home to complete my degree.

Now, where's that phone. There must be production companies in LA or NY who will sponsor me!!


Cool! Good luck!
  • 0

#8 Nathan Connolly

Nathan Connolly

    New

  • Basic Members
  • Pip
  • 1 posts
  • Student

Posted 14 December 2007 - 09:37 AM

Thanks for all the advice guys but something interesting has come up. When I finish my second year of film school I may take a gap year. I've just discovered that there are internship opportunities in the U.S. for British university students taking a gap year. What you have to do is find a U.S. company willing to take on a foreign trainee for a maximum of 16 months. The internship/workplacement has to be connected to what the trainee is studying in his native country and must pay a minimum of $750 a month.

It sounds almost perfect. If I can find a film production company in either Los Angeles or New York willing to to take me on as a trainee for 10-12 months then I can take a break from my current course, go to the U.S. for a year and be paid to live and study in the city of angels or the big apple, and then return home to complete my degree.

Now, where's that phone. There must be production companies in LA or NY who will sponsor me!!



Hey I was wondering if you would mind posting any more details on the internships for university students or any website addresses that would be really useful. Thanks.
  • 0

#9 Carlos Garcia D

Carlos Garcia D

    New

  • Basic Members
  • Pip
  • 6 posts
  • Student

Posted 11 January 2008 - 03:21 PM

I've been seeing ads everywhere on the sides of busses and billboards for the NYFA showing
apparent students behind a Panavision camera. Does NYFA really offer the opportunity to shoot
with these cameras?


Yea, in the one year program there is a 1 week 35 mm workshop. You can also use it for your thesis if you want. The camera is kind of old, probably not in the best condition
  • 0

#10 Walter Graff

Walter Graff
  • Sustaining Members
  • 1334 posts
  • Other
  • New York City

Posted 11 January 2008 - 05:36 PM

Yea, in the one year program there is a 1 week 35 mm workshop. You can also use it for your thesis if you want. The camera is kind of old, probably not in the best condition


NYFA does not own a Panavsion camera. One of the teachers there does own his own (an older regular, MOS camera, but in great shape with great lenses and lets the students shoot with it. There is a course there that uses one of the Panavision Gold cameras loaned free from Panavision but unlike hte shot on the bus, you can not go outside with it.
  • 0

#11 Carlos Garcia D

Carlos Garcia D

    New

  • Basic Members
  • Pip
  • 6 posts
  • Student

Posted 11 January 2008 - 07:26 PM

I just graduated from NYFA one year program and i am pretty sure you can use that camera they get from Panavision in your thesis if you want. At lest that is what they told us...
  • 0

#12 Tim O'Connor

Tim O'Connor
  • Sustaining Members
  • 860 posts
  • Other
  • Boston, Massachusetts

Posted 11 January 2008 - 09:09 PM

I just graduated from NYFA one year program and i am pretty sure you can use that camera they get from Panavision in your thesis if you want. At lest that is what they told us...



I hope so because I think seeing that camera, which looks pretty clean and shiny
in the pictures, is really going to grab the attention of people wondering where to spend their
money on a film school.
  • 0

#13 Walter Graff

Walter Graff
  • Sustaining Members
  • 1334 posts
  • Other
  • New York City

Posted 11 January 2008 - 09:13 PM

I hope so because I think seeing that camera, which looks pretty clean and shiny
in the pictures, is really going to grab the attention of people wondering where to spend their
money on a film school.


That camera you see is not owned by the school only rented from Panavision.
  • 0


Willys Widgets

Gamma Ray Digital Inc

Glidecam

Technodolly

Abel Cine

CineTape

Visual Products

FJS International, LLC

Media Blackout - Custom Cables and AKS

Tai Audio

Broadcast Solutions Inc

Opal

Ritter Battery

Aerial Filmworks

The Slider

CineLab

Paralinx LLC

rebotnix Technologies

Metropolis Post

Rig Wheels Passport

Wooden Camera

Glidecam

Metropolis Post

Willys Widgets

CineTape

Paralinx LLC

Wooden Camera

Broadcast Solutions Inc

Ritter Battery

Media Blackout - Custom Cables and AKS

Tai Audio

The Slider

Aerial Filmworks

Abel Cine

CineLab

rebotnix Technologies

FJS International, LLC

Gamma Ray Digital Inc

Visual Products

Rig Wheels Passport

Opal

Technodolly