I obtained the BFA in Movie Manufacturing from NYU’s Tisch College of the Arts. As somebody who has additionally attended USC’s Movie College in addition to having taken lessons at UCLA’s Movie Program, I assumed I might supply some good perspective of what I considered every and begin with the one I spent probably the most time at: NYU.
NYU’s movie faculty is situated in Greenwich Village on the island of Manhattan in New York Metropolis. Going to highschool in such an city location provides each positives and negatives. On a optimistic observe, New York Metropolis 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 legendary for.
On the unfavorable facet, additionally, New York Metropolis is your campus so you do not have the ‘protected campus expertise’ you’ll have at a faculty with a closed off devoted campus. For my part I considered residing, taking lessons and making movies in NYC to be an incredible benefit. The place else would you get such nice inspiration and materials to attract from than in one of many biggest cities on the earth. The one unfavorable could be for those who needed to get out of the town to shoot or simply to get some quiet away from the hustle of the town. It is laborious to maintain a automobile within the metropolis with out spending a fortune however subways and trains can take you nearly wherever you might want to go affordably.
NYU Movie College’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. Usually, as you progress by this system the tasks you’re employed on turn into extra advanced. In starting movie lessons you would possibly make black and white 8mm or quick movies.
As you progress you make longer and extra advanced tasks and might select between experimental sort or narrative movies. Usually college students are given a specific amount of tape or movie inventory and the essential tools similar to lights and dollies that one would want. If a pupil needs to make one thing that requires extra advanced props and/or tools then they should present the funding themselves.
Usually, 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 selection of kit. It isn’t at all times the newest expertise and expertise adjustments so often, particularly with regards to video, however basically you will not be missing for something. They’ve ample modifying services operating from outdated steenbeck for movie splicing to laptop techniques to be used of ultimate draft and adobe premier. Once more, if a pupil needs to shoot extra footage than the college is keen to produce movie or video for the scholar will pay for added growing, and so on.
Usually I discovered the professors to be competent with a couple of ‘distinctive’ ones thrown in. They’re all working professionals with some extra profitable than others. In some lessons you even have visitor lecturers and sometimes well-known alumni will educate a category similar to Spike Lee or Woody Allen. Every week the college hosts movie screenings and the director or producers of the movie will present as much as focus on with the category and take questions on how the movie was put collectively and the historical past of creating 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 a good way to make contacts.
The place I felt the NYU Movie Program fell a bit of quick was in profession planning and path. They did not dedicate a complete lot of time to educating you how you can construct a profession after you graduated. This is among the flaws I’ve present in most movie applications. Fortunately, 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 sit down down and converse with you about your ‘after commencement’ recreation plan.
Lately the college has been good at build up its lively alumni group on each the East and West coasts so whether or not you determine to be based mostly in New York or Los Angeles you possibly can make the most of this useful resource to create a community for your self which is essential. General, I discovered the NYU Movie College expertise to be a very good one for these wanting a generalized schooling in numerous features of filmmaking earlier than embarking on a profession.