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new york film academy

The Academy was founded in 1992 on a belief that a top qualify education in filmmaking should be accessible to anyone with the drive and ambition to make films. The Academy opened its doors in 1992 in Robert DeNiro‘s Tribeca Film Center. Since that time we have grown into our own facilities in Manhattan‘s Union Square and Soho. We also opened Film Academies at Universal Studios in Los Angeles and King‘s College in London, England. We hold One-Year and short-term programs throughout the year in these locations. During the summer we offer our short-term programs at a number of additional locations, including Harvard University; Princeton University; Disney-MGM Studios-Florida; Paris, France; and Florence, Italy.

Each year hundreds of students of all occupations, races, ethnicities, and of a wide range of ages from around the world benefit from the extraordinary education offered at the New York Film Academy. Today, little more than a decade after the first students graduated, the New York Film Academy is considered one of the most prominent fixtures of film education in the world.

The New York Film Academy was designed for a new generation of filmmakers, screenwriters, actors, producers and animators who share a passion for motion pictures and want to learn by making their own projects in a hands-on, intensive program.

Filmmaking demands the integration of many kinds of knowledge. It is the integration of knowledge that distinguishes the New York Film Academy from many other film schools. In our courses students learn not only how to operate a camera, light a scene, or edit film. They learn how all the aspects of filmmaking relate to, interact with, and depend upon each other.

The many different programs of the New York Film Academy share a philosophy that balances in-class instruction by award-winning filmmakers with an intense exploration of the medium through practical, hands-on work. For us, learning by doing means requiring each student to make a series of short films. This takes them through the entire filmmaking process. Each student writes, produces, directs, and edits each film, then screens it and engages in constructive discussion and critique. The student applies the experience gained through this process to the next project, and the learning process continues.

Hands-On Experience From Day One

Orson Welles once stated, "If you give me three days, I can show you the ABCs of film." The New York Film Academy gives our students a bit more time - our programs run from four, six, and eight weeks to one year. Our goal is to give students the basic tools and practical hands-on experience needed for filmmaking. This lays a solid foundation for future work. The students themselves will apply what they have learned to whichever path they take.
For many students, the time and tuition required to complete a four-year university program are impractical burdens. We believe that students provide the talent; we provide the instruction, equipment and structure. It is the students‘ drive and creative ability that carries them forward.

We provide students with the opportunity to learn directing by doing just that - directing. Students are challenged to make creative decisions that in some way, great or small, contribute to the drama of their films. We encourage students to explore the various ways of expressing an idea or a thought through moving images.

The New York Film Academy believes that the correct path for filmmakers is to immediately start making their own films in a hands-on intensive working environment.

Towards this end, all students begin making their own films in the first week of all our workshops.

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 workshops 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 programs 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 workshops, 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 workshops, 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 workshops 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 workshop.

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 workshops encourage students to work through these challenges; to empower students to artfully tell their stories.

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.

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