- Florence, Italy
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Fall Semester, MayMester Intersession, Spring Semester, Summer, Year Round
- Program Description:
Florence, and indeed all of Tuscany, provides the perfect setting for shooting movies and learning the craft of filmmaking. Florence’s architecture is breathtaking: monuments, churches, bridges and ancient statues decorate the city in an incredibly stunning way. Magnificent art galleries and the Uffizi Museum contain some of the most famous works of the most important artists in the world.
Since 2004, New York Film Academy (NYFA) Florence has offered hands-on and intensive programs. NYFA Florence currently offers courses in Filmmaking and Acting for Film. In 1-week, 4-weeks, 6-weeks, 8-weeks, and 12-week semester programs, students will be able to learn from, study with, and create with students from many different countries and cultures. This allows all students to grow personally and professionally.
All New York Film Academy programs worldwide include hands-on, intensive courses, which are taught in English. Our teachers are award-winning and internationally recognized instructors and professional filmmakers who have earned their terminal graduate degrees from the most prestigious film programs in the United States. NYFA Florence doesn't just benefit acting and filmmaking students, but students from any discipline who wish to expand their narrative, creative, and presentation experience.
A semester in Filmmaking includes an intensive sequence of classes. Students extend and deepen their in-class learning by producing films. Working in crews of three or four, each student writes, produces, directs and edits four films of increasing complexity. In addition, each student fulfills the essential roles of Director of Photography, Assistant Camera Operator, and Gaffer (Lighting Technician) on the films of her/his crewmembers. Thus, everyone has the extensive hands-on experience of working on several more short films in the first two months.
From the very first day of class, the focus of the Filmmaking workshops is to learn through making films. Each student writes, produces, directs, and edits his or her own films, and rotates among crew positions when his or her classmates shoot.
The semester program in Acting for Film concentrates on building a foundation in the craft of acting. NYFA uses training techniques rooted in the theater but applicable to screen acting. Students participate in a broad array of core classes that introduce them to finding the actor within while simultaneously training their instrument to do the kind of technical, emotional, and physical work necessary for film acting. Since we believe that film actors also benefit immeasurably from working in front of a live audience, training in the first semester also builds towards a live performance.
The Acting for Film workshops provide students with a foundation of acting skills with a specific focus on acting for film. Classes emphasize the basic elements of the craft of acting using multiple acting techniques, scene study, and monologue work as starting points. In conjunction with these classes, students participate in courses aimed specifically at training the actor for the technical requirements of acting on a film set. The participants audition for the filmmaking student film projects. No significant prior experience or knowledge is assumed. The program brings everyone to the same level very quickly, beginning with the fundamentals while also filling in the inevitable gaps in the understanding of those with some prior experience.
- Setting Description:
- For centuries, Florence has inspired and nurtured artists, writers, musicians, and actors. The city is one of the most important destinations for American students studying abroad, particularly those in the arts. NYFA Florence's facilities are located in the neighborhood of Santa Croce, whose curved streets are the remnants of the amphitheater built 2,000 years ago! Wander through historic sites and charming places within the city's limits, on either side of the river Arno. No other U.S. program in Florence has such a prominent and convenient location.
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