I obtained the BFA in Film Production from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. As somebody who has additionally attended USC’s Film School in addition to having taken lessons at UCLA’s Film Program, I assumed I might supply some good perspective of what I considered every and begin with the one I spent essentially the most time at: NYU.
NYU’s movie college is situated in Greenwich Village on the island of Manhattan in New York City. Going to high school in such an city location gives each positives and negatives. On a constructive word, New York City is your campus and subsequently you might be within the mixture of all of the limitless cafes, shops, well-known places, iconic neighborhoods and fascinating New York personalities that the town is known for.
On the unfavorable aspect, additionally, New York City is your campus so you do not have the ‘protected campus expertise’ you’d have at a faculty with a closed off devoted campus. In my opinion I considered dwelling, taking lessons and making movies in NYC to be an incredible benefit. Where else would you get such nice inspiration and materials to attract from than in one of many biggest cities on the earth. The solely unfavorable could be in case you needed to get out of the town to shoot or simply to get some quiet away from the hustle of the town. It’s exhausting to maintain a automobile within the metropolis with out spending a fortune however subways and trains can take you nearly wherever you could go affordably.
NYU Film School’s curriculum consists of lessons in all the key areas of the filmmaking course of. There are lessons in sound, modifying, writing, tv expertise and eventually group lessons the place you make movies collectively in small crews. Generally, as you progress by way of this system the initiatives you’re employed on develop into extra complicated. In starting movie lessons you may make black and white 8mm or quick movies.
As you progress you make longer and extra complicated initiatives and might select between experimental kind or narrative movies. Generally college students are given a certain quantity of tape or movie inventory and the essential gear reminiscent of lights and dollies that one would wish. If a pupil needs to make one thing that requires extra complicated props and/or gear then they should present the funding themselves.
Generally, each pupil that wishes to can direct their very own movies with different college students performing as crew members on their movies and vice versa. NYU has a wide variety of kit. It is just not all the time the most recent expertise and expertise adjustments so ceaselessly, particularly in terms of video, however usually you will not be missing for something. They have ample modifying amenities operating from previous steenbeck for movie splicing to pc techniques to be used of ultimate draft and adobe premier. Again, if a pupil needs to shoot extra footage than the varsity is keen to provide movie or video for the scholar will pay for added creating, and many others.
Generally I discovered the professors to be competent with just a few ‘distinctive’ ones thrown in. They are all working professionals with some extra profitable than others. In some lessons you even have visitor lecturers and infrequently well-known alumni will educate a category reminiscent of Spike Lee or Woody Allen. Each week the varsity hosts movie screenings and the director or producers of the movie will present as much as talk about with the category and take questions on how the movie was put collectively and the historical past of constructing the movie. These are nice alternatives to community with profitable alumni and sometimes earlier graduates of this system present as much as watch these screenings so they’re an effective way to make contacts.
Where I felt the NYU Film Program fell just a little quick was in profession planning and course. They did not dedicate a complete lot of time to educating you tips on how to construct a profession after you graduated. This is without doubt one of the flaws I’ve present in most movie applications. Luckily, NYU has so many graduates that work within the business that in case you are proactive it’s best to simply be capable to discover profitable graduates keen to take a seat down and converse with you about your ‘after commencement’ sport plan.
In current years the varsity has been good at increase its lively alumni group on each the East and West coasts so whether or not you determine to be primarily based in New York or Los Angeles you’ll be able to make the most of this useful resource to create a community for your self which is essential. Overall, I discovered the NYU Film School expertise to be one for these wanting a generalized schooling in numerous facets of filmmaking earlier than embarking on a profession.