Tuesday, March 15, 2011

New York Film Academy to conduct workshop in Mumbai

One of the leading film schools of the world – the New York Film Academy that conducts workshops in U.K., France, Switzerland, South Korea, Japan, China, Nigeria and Italy will be entering India for the first time in May 2011. The workshop will be conducted from 02 May to 28 May 2011 at Lilavatibai Podar School at Santacruz in Mumbai. The same faculty as in New York, USA, will conduct the workshop in Mumbai and will bring along all cameras, lights and every other equipment required for this workshop, from NYFA, USA. This ensures that the students are at par with what one learns at any NYFA location in USA or Mumbai.

This Four-Week Workshop provides students with a thorough introduction to the foundations of film craft. NYFA is perhaps the only film school that is so hands-on and intensive. The teaching methodology is as much practical learning as theory. The workshop comprises of shoots on a daily basis giving practical insights to every aspect of the theory that is taught. The academy boasts of one of the highest camera to student ratio as compared to any other film school in the world. Each student is exposed to the roles and functions of all crew members in a film shoot. A group of 4-6 students is assigned a camera. Each and every student of every group has to direct three films, which allows him or her to understand and execute the jobs of a film director. When the student is not directing his or her own film, the student is assisting his team member playing a different role each time. Thus apart from directing, each student has to perform the tasks of a DOP, a gaffer, a production asst and so on. This unique method gives a complete exposure to the various tasks that a crew needs to conduct in a film shoot.

NYFA is considered the best hands-on film school in the world by many of today's top filmmakers who have sent their family members to study there. They include Steven Spielberg, Al Pacino, Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Foxx, Jodie Foster, Kevin Kline, Pierce Brosnan, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins, Bono(U2), directors Stephen Frears, Peter Bogdonavich, Roger Donaldson and James L. Brooks among others.

The fee for the workshop is in two parts. Registration Fee of Rs 20,000 has to be paid latest by 20th March, 2011, while the Tuition + Equipment Fee is USD 3650 which has to be wire transferred to New York Film Academy straight away. This can be done only after you register for the workshop. However, Educational Loan for the course is also being made available from HDFC Bank Ltd.

While Diplomas on completion of the course will be awarded by New York Film Academy, 25 students will receive an internship with established production houses in India. One outstanding student also gets an internship with Anurag Basu, a leading Director from Bollywood.

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