New York Film Academy Graduate Gets 2-Yr Distribution Deal

Krizzie L. SyfuKrizzie L. Syfu is one of three directors whose film has been selected for a two year film tour by SM. Krizzie, a Philippine based director, was a student in New York Film Academy’s four-week digital workshop at Universal Studios in June 2009. Her film Tahanan is the story of a once-sheltered student (Lauren Young) whose eyes are opened after volunteering in an orphanage. Comments Krizzie in an interview about the project, “an average person can be a hero. Heroism isn’t limited to great acts of nation-building” …
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Seven Hottest Australian Actors in Hollywood

Cate BlanchettLet’s face it: Australian actors are hot. And I don’t just mean physically. Australian actors are the buzz from Broadway stage icon Hugh Jackman to sexy Hollywood seductress Nicole Kidman. New York Film Academy has new Filmmaking and Acting one-year programs and short term workshops beginning in February 2012 in Australia, which has me wondering what bewitching talent will apply to this year’s workshop. Check out our ranking of the most irresistible Australian accents…

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On Box Office Success: Brett Ratner at NY Film Academy

Brett Ratner

Brett Ratner

New York Film Academy students and alumni packed the room to capacity on the Tuesday, January 24th talk with prolific filmmaker Brett Ratner, director of films Rush Hour 1, 2, & 3 and X-Men: The Last Stand. “How many people are at this school?” Brett joked as more students poured in, grabbing floor seats and standing room only space.

Brett started the event by screening his student films, providing hilarious commentary on the trepidation of the actors to kiss, the out of focus shots and the many overexposures. Brett advised students you have to start somewhere as he continued through his body of work, explaining the evolution of how he got better (Brett’s films have grossed over 1.3 billion dollars)…

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Kubrick Unearthed: NY Film Academy Instructor’s Feature Documentary Plays at Sundance

Image from 1980 film The Shining

Image from 1980 film The Shining

New York Film Academy Editing Instructor Rodney Ascher is the subject of The New York Times article, “Cracking the Code in ‘Heeere’s Johnny!’” for his feature length documentary Room 237, which examines the multiple theories surrounding Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 masterpiece The Shining. The theorists claim the film is ostensibly about the Holocaust, the genocide of American Indians, and most bizarrely, all a veiled confession that Kubrick helped NASA fake the Apollo Moon landings. The result is a two hour documentary that Rodney premiered at Sundance Film Festival this past Monday…

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NYFA’s Tips to Becoming a Casting Director: You Asked – We Answered

New York Film AcademyCheck out these great New York Film Academy tips for casting your own films:

DETERMINE WHAT ROLES YOU WANT TO CAST:

The first step of casting your film is to decide what roles you need to fill. Focus on the lead roles (larger parts) first, deciding which factors are important for each character.

1. Questions to consider for each part: Age? Gender? Height? Ethnicity? Any unusual personality traits? Do they need any special skills such as ability to sing or play an instrument?

2. You do not need a breakdown for every character. Many smaller roles can be cast from people that you auditioned but didn’t end up casting as the lead…

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