Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Nyu Film School - A chronicle

I obtained the Bfa in Film yield from Nyu's Tisch School of the Arts. As man who has also attended Usc's Film School as well as having taken classes at Ucla's Film Program, I view I could offer some good perspective of what I view of each and start with the one I spent the most time at: Nyu.

The Location

Nyu's film school is placed in Greenwich community on the island of Manhattan in New York City. Going to school in such an urban location offers both positives and negatives. On a inevitable note, New York City is your campus and therefore you are in the mix of all the limitless cafes, stores, notable locations, iconic neighborhoods and curious New York personalities that the city is notable for.

On the negative side, also, New York City is your campus so you don't have the 'protected campus experience' you would have at a school with a concluded off dedicated campus. In my view I viewed living, taking classes and development films in Nyc to be a mammoth advantage. Where else would you get such great inspiration and material to draw from than in one of the greatest cities in the world. The only negative would be if you wanted to get out of the city to shoot or just to get some quiet away from the hustle of the city. It's hard to keep a car in the city without spending a fortune but subways and trains can take you just about in any place you need to go affordably.

The Curriculum

Nyu Film School's curriculum consists of classes in all the major areas of the filmmaking process. There are classes in sound, editing, writing, television technology and ultimately group classes where you make films together in small crews. Generally, as you move through the schedule the projects you work on become more complex. In beginning film classes you might make black and white 8mm or short videos.

As you expand you make longer and more complicated projects and can choose between experimental type or report films. Ordinarily students are given a inevitable amount of tape or film stock and the basic equipment such as lights and dollies that one would need. If a learner wishes to make something that requires more complicated props and/or equipment then they need to contribute the funding themselves.

Generally, every learner that wants to can direct their own films with other students acting as crew members on their films and vice versa. Nyu has a good option of equipment. It is not all the time the latest technology and technology changes so frequently, especially when it comes to video, but in normal you won't be lacking for anything. They have ample editing facilities running from old steenbeck for film splicing to computer systems for use of final draft and adobe premier. Again, if a learner wishes to shoot more footage than the school is willing to contribute film or video for the learner can pay for added developing, etc.

The Professors

Generally I found the professors to be competent with a few 'exceptional' ones thrown in. They are all working professionals with some more thriving than others. In some classes you also have guest lecturers and occasionally notable alumni will teach a class such as Spike Lee or Woody Allen. Each week the school hosts film screenings and the director or producers of the film will show up to discuss with the class and take questions about how the film was put together and the history of development the film. These are great opportunities to network with thriving alumni and often previous graduates of the schedule show up to watch these screenings so they are a great way to make contacts.

After Graduation.

Where I felt the Nyu Film schedule fell a wee short was in vocation planning and direction. They didn't dedicate a whole lot of time to teaching you how to build a vocation after you graduated. This is one of the flaws I have found in most film programs. Luckily, Nyu has so many graduates that work in the industry that if you are proactive you should precisely be able to find thriving graduates willing to sit down and speak with you about your 'after graduation' game plan.

In recent years the school has been good at building up its active alumni society on both the East and West coasts so either you conclude to be based in New York or Los Angeles you can apply this reserved supply to originate a network for yourself which is very important. Overall, I found the Nyu Film School palpate to be a good one for those wanting a generalized instruction in different aspects of filmmaking before embarking on a career.


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