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now mind you i haven't gone to this school but here is the impresion i got from the open house. now listen up because im about to save you approx. 40,000 plus rent and film stock. I went to the open house and didn't even stick around for the tour. My impretion was this, you are being taught the bare basics from people who are working on their own films and only work there to support their own films and use the editing equipment. Now at first it seems like a good experience until you look at how much money you have and how much time and money they want. first off they want an 18 hour day from you. as a filmmaker i can tell you A. i have never put in an 18 hour day and B. i don't have an attention span to do that. Next problem with that is paying rent because they don't provide housing. If you are like me you don't have enough money to pay 12 months rent in new york city and not work a job. With an 18 hour day you don't really have time to work or even SLEEP! What real filmmaker lives like this. We are starving artists not money bags. They also think that it is a logical idea that they offer no financial aide or help with finding housing or graduate services or job placement. So they say hello heres what you do goodbye and good luck. They seem impatient and that makes for terrible teachers and if they are too critical they get fired. I think if they think you are wasting time and energy and more important (not to me but probably to most of you) money... I have a feature film script that has been recieved relatively well by my peers but i need an honest opinion on it. I got one honest opinion which was actually relatively good. The person said it was basically a good idea and with some work and creative vision it would make for a great indie film. Lastly i have seen my cousins film that came out of that school it was her final project and it was only five minutes long maybe less. I also know non-actors who can act better and the film was for the most part out of focus and grainy. The lighting was good but the focus... the focus! the most important thing in a film is to have good focus and good depth and this had terrible focus and no depth. i am taking 35mm photography and you are strictly graded on focus. that is high school photography not fucking film school. They teach that better then film school is taught. i have found more comraderie amongst struggling filmmakers to help me if i agree to help them then could be forced upon one at film school. when i went to the open house they bored me into leaving early. they spent too much time answering questions that they made themselves sound bad and bored me at the same time. They obviously should quit their day jobs for a sales job. The point here is they are teaching you to make good interesting films that get right to the point and right to the action and work well when they can't do it themselves when talking to people. tell me what is the point in that. buy a camera buy a book and get to shooting your film. you will learn more from a guerilla film book or rebel without a crew by robert rodrigiuz then you will at nyfa and you will save approxomately 35,000 dollars based on buying a mini dv camera (3 ccd is recomended) buying the book and one or two thousand on other things that come up. if you want to transfer from dv to film (which is becoming less neccesary) that alone may cost several thousand dollars but i suggest just transfer to vhs or leave the dv tape in it's original format. trust me im saving you time and money by telling you this and if you don't believe me go to their open house and be objective to everything they say. weigh it with your income and you experience in photography and sound and then decide. oh yeah all the films i saw come out of their have been silent black and white. with dv you'll get cd quality sound and color picture with higher resolution then 16mm. and you don't need big expensive lights and lighting classes to get the correct lighting for the exposure. dv and mini dv will save you a lot of money. weigh the pros and cons and if you aren't convince got to nyfa and maybe it'll do you good and i wish you the best of luck. <b>Review Submitted by:</b> <a href="">glenn nelson</a> (unverified)


I would ignore the comments above- how can anybody pretend judge a film school from an Open House that they left early? This guy sounds like a know it all complainer who formed his own opinion within 5 minutes and checked out. I went to NYFA for a 3 month evening program and loved every minute. Teachers were experienced and passionate. I shot 2 shorts and learned more than I could have imagined in such a short period. Especially great for those working full time. You have to understand what NYFA is. It is an alternative and competitor to the 3yr Film Schools. Now I am not sure if it is the best place to get a full education and graduate from but if you are not ready to committ 3 yrs and $100G's to film school you can take almost any type of class at NYFA without enrolling full time and then you can make a much more educated decsions. Personally, I think it is a fantastic idea and a way to get some exposure to filmmaking so that you can make a much more educated decsion. No problems with equipments, teachers, staff, etc- all were very pleasant and accesible for the most part. As for living in NY and going to school- yeah, that's a tough one unless you have rich parents but like everything else in film, it's a challenge that you can achieve if you really want to.

My score: 8.

the problem lies with in their total lack of ability to provide financal aide and job placement or housing. it isn't a real film school. it is fun but that is is you won't get a job because you went there. you don't even become a better film maker from what i know. i have a cousin who went for the summer program and said it was fun but she didn't learn anything she couldn't have learned on the internet and from friends.

My score: 10.

NEW YORK FILM ACADEMY You have to experience it in order to know if its really worth it. Although NYFA is kinda expensive, but it is not that expensive compared w. other film schools. You can not judge a school by going 2 a open house. That's kinda weird. I m currently attend @ nyfa one year program. u have no clue how fun it is in the class. I was studying @ nyu last semester, and tell u the truth. i think nyfa is better than nyu.. @NYFA, we r not only learn the skills, we also gain experience. NYU does not provide equipements for students every week. However, the students @ NYFA have to shoot every week!! it is true the film industry is very competitive, no one will get a job when they graduate!!!!

My score: 10.

i wanted to say in this review it isn't about the program so much as the money you'll spend in an art form that is a you got it or you don't art form. I am with robert rodrigiz where he says that film school is a waste of time. he made el mariachi with $5,000 and a borrowed camera. You can make a film with $3,000 these days with a mini dv camera. You won't have the money for great special effects but your film will come out right and mini dv tape is cheaper then film stock. Transfer to film may be expensive but it is cheaper then starting off shooting on film. Im just saying why waste money at nyfa when you can learn by doing and doing it a lot cheaper.

My score: 1.

i fully agree that you can't make an educated review without having experienced something other than half of an open house tour and some people just like to talk a lot--like myself. i went to the NYFA open house in Los Angeles and got a pretty good impression of the faculty, program and equipment. the 'campus' is small and the school is somewhat pricey, but it is fully hands on and you actually leave with the rights to your own films--which is rare, if i'm not mistaken. the faculty is straightforward, friendly, and excited about helping you to understand what is really going to happen during a experience in their school. i received a very good impression of everyone working there. it's true that there are a lot of 'working professionals' as teachers who may or may not be successful, whom are also preoccupied with their own projects--but i wouldn't want to learn from someone who wasn't at least trying to work in the business. my favorite thing about the open house was the special tour of the universal backlots, in which students get to use for their films--as well as costumes from the universal wardrobe dept. so it may be pricey, but if you can find a way, it would probably be beneficial and fun in some way or another. i, myself, am not looking at film school as any kind of future, but maybe another tool to add to my belt. success never depends on the school you go to, but on how much effort you put into acheiving your dreams.

My score: 7.

I went to the nevember 2003 open house and i too left early. First of all it is better to go to a bigger school as you get a bachlor's degree. Which when you fail, because 99% of aspiring filmmakers fail, you will have a degree to fall back on. Also the turnout rate at the nyfa isn't even 1% NYU is only 3% but you are going to a school to specialize in something where you will not a get a degree... I would only suggest nyfa as a post graduate waste of time kind of thing. It is too expensive and you only get 1 year to make your films... It can sometimes take that long to make one film. Especially on flat bed editors. The equipment is out dated in the film industry and the only thing really going for this school is location. Right in the heart of the major cities. But as said in the review you are expected to pay all costs. Film stock costs $5 a second... You do the math for a 15 minute film... Rent in new york is 1,500-2,000 dollars a month for a somewhat decent place, plus utilities. 18 hour work days don't allow you to hold a job. If you plan to commute and live with your parents that could work but as someobody who has lived in major cities all his life i knew that this was a complete impossibility. My biggest suggestion to aspiring filmmakers is four years in a university studying film as well as other things and know right now your odds are low. you could be the greatest in the world and fail. Meeting people is key and networking with producers and people who know producers and for the most parts the lowest scum of the earth the hoarders and wasters. You need to convince these people to make your film and you will have to beyond resonable doubt convince them they will make money. Go to california and just talk to people working in film. Go to hollywood and talk to aspiring filmmakers. With the nyfa the worst part i must say is the lack of a thesis project in which you propose an idea and they put money in to help you make it. I want to make features not shorts and i want to learn how to make mistakes and still end up with something compelling. Unlike this entry says, performance is the most important. the audience will forgive most mistakes as long as you have great performances. I am working on a feature and i shot the first scene with a dirty lens. When i screened the trailer as well as the first 8 minutes of the film it got rave reviews. Im not saying im going anywhere with filmmaking im just making an example of where i made horrible mistakes that were overlooked because the acting was good and the story line was good. I had people approach me saying after watching that i want to see the rest of the film. I had a written review emailed to me that gave me a great review save for the dirty lens. I expect a good turnout for the screening once i have finished editing. The new york film academy lets you screen your films but doesn't help promote them and they can even get fired if they go to harsh on you. they used to until it hurt the enrollment numbers. So they will tell you what you want to hear so you say i had a great experience and you will come here and tell everyone how great your experience was. They don't help you network in the film industry and mentioning the new york film academy might even hurt your chances of finding a job in the industry as they use outdated equipment. Honestly the film industry is going high definition change with it or forget you career. i heard the number $22,ooo for the one year program and that is total bullshit... it is $40,000 thousand and as mention plus expenses for living and film stock. I suggest you check out chapman's university because they have a back lot and great equipment. you will also learn film and digital... another great thing is it is four years. NYU and UCLA are great schools too. Although their student to teach ratio is much higher. Four year schools buy you time and a place to live. that is important when making films. For those of you with poor grades who think the nyfa is your only way in got to a small school or a state school for a year then attempt transfering. Also consider technical school that teaches you the technical side of film. chances are if you had a hard time in high school you shouldn't be aspiring to direct a film you should aspire to work on one. If that isn't good enough go to community college for writing and while you are there gain life experience and try to make contacts with rich people as much as rich people can tend to be pricks if they are on your side you may have an easier time getting funding when you can't find it. it's tough out there and the reality is that you probably will not be a director and if you are you probably won't have total control of your ideas and how the film is to be made. even if you make it to the top you will have critics. you will only make it if you are tough, thick skined, passionate and have access to loads of money and creativity. i think you will find if you look that as universities are more expensive they also offer greater experience and more options than an unaccredited film school.

My score: 10.

This review makes no sense whatsoever and is worse than the actual review rating. First of all, you can't review a school from only a tour. And if your cousins film was of poor quality, it's because SHE and her group did a shitty job. What does it prove? If she didn't improve after classes she clearly has no talent for this industry. The school don't produce these films. They are all student projects. The whole purpose with the practices are not to spit out Ford Coppola materials right away, but you should learn to undertstand camerawork and do them somewhat well if you want to know filmmaking. The fact is that almost all students are complete beginners and know nothing about filmmaking at all - that's why they attend a school.
I dont think NYFA is a 5 star school, but its OK and deserves some credit. I attended a one month course and teachers were quite dedicated. Some taught us very useful information and some not. But ALL of us definetly improved our work quite a lot in only one month from our first efforts which was very encouraging and inspiring to us. In all honesty, these silly little student projects did reveal who had potential talent to continue and may actually go somewhere in this industry, and who had none. We did learn a lot from the course although I would not necessarily be interested to take a one-year course with NYFA.

Here's my plus and minuses with NYFA:
1. Most of the teachers are very dedicated to their craft, a nice group of people, and several of them already work in film and television and were no amateurs. Only two of the teachers were not that great, even if they were very passionate about film. We at least had respect for their passion for film even if they did not offer much. But in any case, I learned a lot all-in-all.
2. They use the Arriflex 16mm camera. New Arriflex models are top of the line cameras. The model used at the school is very old, outdated and not exactly prime - but I felt this had a good purpose: 1) why would any school want inexprienced students to use +$100K cameras??? These old clonkers were sufficient for our skill level, 2) being old and black/white made us have to go to the core of learning camera operations, which I think is a really necessary and excellent way of "forcing" someone to learn the filmmaking trade, 3) Yes, the film quality is not great, has no sound, cannot be zoomed or be flexible in any way and the camera has no advanced features, but if you have a little bit of talent, you can certainly improve the quality. The purpose is to try to bring the story across with the simplest of means when you can't lean on sound, props, and special effects. It really shows you how much attention must be paid on story telling by knowing to work with angles, shots, lighting, etc and was an important key to learning to view films from a different perspective. You can cover up a lot of poor filmmaking by adding sounds, special effects and so on. Because of our practices at NYFA I now watch movies sometimes without sound to analyze how a scene is filmed, edited and shot, to get the story across without dialogue.
3. Yes, the actors don't know a squat how to act, but we don't know a thing how to make professional films, so it evens out. We are all there to learn and we tried to respect this.

Here's the minuses:
1. The school has very limited props. Props is only open 2 hours a day, is disaster as far as organization is concerned. They did not even have mine arranged for me for the only shot I had at the Universal Studios backlot....
2. Administration is very disorganized, and has NO lenience for anything - even when they mess it up for you. Nor do they ever, e-v-e-r, admit to do a mistake while they committed quite a few (this was very annoying. For example, if they delayed my film for editing class, they didnt allow me to edit on additional time. I could not understand why they would not let me use post-production on lunches, or after hours if the school was open and seats were available. Made no sense to me!).
3. The school should have access at least to a few halls that have background poster scenes/props if they dont offer help with locations. You are truly on your own when it comes to figuring out the story, the location, props and so on. No one will help you.
4. They need to have a list of pre-arranged locations that students can use, and/or arrange applications to be processed in time by collecting them in class. Its impossible to fit in arrangement of these things as no one was well aware how it all works, and your classes are taking up your entire day with no breaks to make any arrangements at all. Again, no one at the school will really help you with this which is shitty since you're there to learn and should have initial assistance.
5. I would've prefered to have different teachers rotate for the same subject; ex. two director teachers or two editing teachers. In this way, if one teacher is not so good you can at least learn from two different perspectives and get more out of the course.
6. Assistance in post production. In my course it was almost non-existant. I am suppose to edit a film after only 1 Final Cut Pro class.... I dont think so!
7. More hands-on assistance during filmings. We only had handson assistance during ONE filming on the backlot, no more, and I was not assigned to that group. The handson taught us the most. The rest of the time you are on your own and this does not help, as you need onsite feedback to what scenes you are planning to make and how you can improve on these scenes.
8. They need to have stories ready for the miso-en-scene practices. Its very stressful to invent your own stories with the tight and intense schedule the school has. Also, it would show better whether the students are able to find creative solutions by giving the same core story and see how everyone will present it.

I have no idea where some of these people come from, who imagine they will get work simply by showing what filmschool they have gone to! Get real. In this industry you will get work according to your TALENT, not according to where you have grades. If you have been attending years in filmschool and can't get work, can't get finanzed, can't get anyone interested and so on, you need to take responsibility and realize that your talent is either mediocre or nonexistant, or you don't know how to pitch your ideas etc. No school can teach you to have a talent that is not dormant in you. If you have talent, you can tell a story whether you use the shittiest camera in the world and have no props or good actors - and you can tell an even better story when you have all the sources to make it 1st class.

I think you are very self-deluded. I went to NYFA too. All our projects were only little shit projects, but we still told everyone in class that their films were good and wanted to see more. Not because we did not mean it, but because we were all in the same situation and knew it was not that easy with what we had at hand, and knew we were there to learn.

I think its absurd to expect the school to "fund" your projects. This is the film industry and no one is going to run after you to beg to fund your projects! Every project is a business deal where you have to find investors, funding, and so forth. But you want handouts simply because YOU think your film was that great simply because people are polite around you... I can assure you, that your film was not much of anything even without seeing it. Not a single film I have seen out of hundreds of short films from students over the years were anything spectacular, even by 3 year films students. But they were good indications who had some talent.


... watch the NYFA student films on YouTube.

makes me all nostalgic. reminds me of high school.

After reading all the reviews, it seems to me that NYFA is only good to learn the basics of creating a simple film project. I myself usually just buy a bunch of books, research the internet and talk to other film-inspired people to learn as much as I can. I have looked and researched for a very long time and it seems the only two options there are when it comes to getting a "Film Industry Education" is a 1-4 year major college (which can easily cost up to and over $40,000) OR worshop programs like NYFA which can range anywhere from $2,000-$6,000 (depending if you take their short term or long term courses). It seems like it won't hurt to go to their open house and see what they offer but what it really boils down to is are they teaching you $2,000-$6,000 worth of material that you can't learn on your own. It looks like a nice option but that is alot of money that I can just invest in educational books, a nice Mac destktop, a entry level HD Mini DV Camcorder, and some good audio/video editing software. I for one have always prefered to teach myself any material that I wanted to learn and so far it has not failed me yet. The only downside is that I do not get the experience of interacting with other people within the same field but hey, Im no Michael Bay with a film crew behind me. You kinda have to see what you can afford and what will ultimately give you the most value for your time and money.

I've always wanted to be a documentary filmmaker because I'm African and I think there is so much that needs to be brought to the attention of the public. I have so much ideas in me but the problem is that I know nothing about film making. I`currently live in New York and I was thinking it will be a great idea for me to go to NYFA for a 3 month course so that I can have some knowledge and because I don't have enough money. I honestly wish I have someone in my life who can give me the basics I need so I can save myself some money. Can someone honestly tell me what to do?

The first thing to do is begin reading books about the craft of documentary and watch the films that they discuss in the books. This very inexpensive if you use the public library. There are many commmunity programs that will instruct on the basics of shooting a documentary and if you are old enough to attend Community College you can take a course there which is fairly cheap especially if you qualify for financial aid. You only need a video camera to begin making a documentary. The schools have them or perhaps even a friend has one that they will let you borrow. There is no secret to becoming a filmmaker. You can do it.

Thanks Karen. I was able to get some books about documentary film making and they are beginning to give me some ideas. Can anyone tell me what kinda camera to get as a starter?

I am a Mass Media Graduate from Mumbai (India)with no background in film . I was planning to apply for NYFA's one-year film-making course and wanted to know if it is really worth it.

I am looking for a Masters or a post-grad course in film-making as I don't wish to do another graduation course .Is there any other university or institution offering such a course ?

Would appreciate the help as I do need the guidance .
Thanks .

I am a Mass Media Graduate from Mumbai (India)with no background in film . I was planning to apply for NYFA's one-year film-making course and wanted to know if it is really worth it.

I am looking for a Masters or a post-grad course in film-making as I don't wish to do another graduation course .Is there any other university or institution offering such a course ?

Would appreciate the help as I do need the guidance .
Thanks .

How many films have you made before, during or after high school?????? That's what I fucking thought....E


Does anyone here have any experience of the NYFA Screenwriting course?

I'm considering the 8 week summer workshop as an introduction and a chance to focus outside of my job here in London. I have no experience, haven't written in years, just looking for a chance to see what I got with some guidance and meet some like minded people.

Any thoughts or comments would be appreciated!


I attended in 98 for an 8-week intensive directing program. My decision to go to NYFA was based on making a career change. Kinda like dipping your toe in the pool. The school is no-frills, and we had a camera in our hands on the first day. Their intent is to teach you the very basics, and from there it's up to you to make a career out of it. Many of my classmates are now working in the industry, and many of them have moved on to other careers.

Another poster mentioned that at a 4-year program, you'll at least end up with a bachelor's degree. Well, from accounts from friends with Film BA's, the degree is pretty much useless in the corporate world. It gives you no leverage at all. My suggestion is to study something like political science, anthropology, economics, or journalism and get a minor in film if you want to go the 4-year route. A film BA is worthless, the only value comes when you get an MFA from a bigger school.

My teacher at NYFA (Dylan Kidd, who went on to direct the brilliant 'Roger Dodger') told me a profound thing at the end of our term. Fortunately I had my undergrad degree, so he told me"you have a solid education, I've seen your films and you have a grasp of the fundamentals. The best thing for you now is not to go back to film school, but rather go out and use that money to make a film." And I did, I made a feature for $98,000, it won some awards, did about 29 festivals, and got my foot in the door. I learned far more on set than I would have in any classroom, be it NYFA, USC or NYU. And most importantly, I started a network. There are a ton of talented people on this industry, so it's not your talent that will sell you, its how you package that talent and who's hands you get it into.

I'm an award-winning filmmaker and the shorts I made at NYFA are an embarrassment to the craft. But what we have to understand is that we are learning - nobody makes art straight out of the gate. Student films are horrible, that's why they're called student films. If you see the shorts coming out of USC or NYU, most of them are just as bad as the ones from NYFA. There are always diamonds in the rough, but that's just par for course. NYFA stresses that you get a reel out of the education, and to be honest, my reel was pretty worthless. But my fundamentals were strong, and I used them to become a PA on many indie productions, I worked my way up to become an AC, and I started to make a real reel. I used that to get the funding for my first feature.

So a school won't define your career- YOU DO. You'll have to work hard and in many non-glamorous positions, but if you stick with it, you can make a career out of it. We delude ourselves by thinking we can be P.T. Anderson or Jean-Luc Godard tomorrow. It doesn't work that way for most of us. You are honing a skill, which takes time. And the best thing you can bring to any table is experience, a damn good work ethic, passion, and innate vision and talent. Schools can't teach you any of those requisites.

So go to NYFA if you have bigger plans and are willing to put in the work for it. It will save you money, as it is cheaper than the 4-year schools, but you will not get a network out of it. You should not consider NYFA if you do not have a bachelor's degree, and you shouldn't get a major in film regardless. Study something that will expand your thinking, experience, and understanding of the world. Film doesn't do that. Why do you think most film students write screenplays about filmmaking? Because that's all they know. If you study economics, you'll see the world in a different light. If you study psychology, you'll have an insight into human behavior that most filmmakers won't have. You'll be separating yourself from the pack because you have ideas and perspectives, not just basic technical skills. If you've already got a BA, then by all means, NYFA is perfect for you, because you'll learn the basic fundamentals of your craft at a significantly less cost.

I hope this was a more objective and helpful entry.

Hi there,

I am a New Zealander hopeing to attend the NYFA. I keep reading these horrible comments on the academy and I have seen some of the films to come out of NYFA and I have made my own decisions on the school and 90% of the projects are fantastic!

But I don't understand why people put the school down. But I cannot say that the school is fantastic either because I am on the other side of the world and I have not attended the academy. I would like to hear a comment from someone that has actually done the one year film school at NYFA. Is there anyone out there that has done this course? Can someone actually give me feedback about the course?

Also I would like to know how prepared you have to be to attend the academy? Do you need the scripts ready before you attend it? Do you need a background of previous filmmaking experience before you attend the school?

If someone out there can help me please! I really need the help! Thank you.

I want to do the Animation program. At the moment, I'm an illustration student at FIT. I want to take summer courses but I've been looking everywhere and I'm tied between Parson's Summer Course and this or just taking an 800 dollar Maya Course in SVA (It'd be cheaper than both programs even if it's just one class), but I still want to go to the Animation program in my school. UGH, What should I do?!?!

Wow, after reading all your reviews, I am speechless. I did apply to the one-year-program, and I decided not to go. The overall expense and time consumption are way above my league. I would say, by reading all the comments so far, NYFA is good for those who has no idea about filming, eh? I almost decided to study there to find good connections in filming industries, but apparently, nobody in here agrees so. I guess I've just saved myself some money to build my own portfolio. Anyway, for those who are going to NYFA, good for you, but for me, no thanks. Cheers.

Hi guys!

I would like to get in contact with ex students that attended the 1 or 2 year acting for film classes in LA.

I have some basic questions regarding the different courses, the school, the LA life, housing etc.

Please visit my website for contact info:

Best Regards
Bo Eric Jonsson

I went to the 4 week program at NYFA and I have a BA, I totally agree.
The more you'll know about life, the more you'll know about about films!
I'm moved by a movie when it has a deep understanding in life and human beings.
Thank you for this very helpful review.

Alot of the above talks about filmaking, I wondered if anyone had some advice/info on the 1 Year Acting for Film Course in NYC at NYFA??

I intend to enroll for the Jan 09 course.

I know i will get mixed responses but just your honest thoughts would help.


Doh, just realised im on a 'filmaker' website...

Still I would appreciate anyones advice on the above???

I see a lot of different opinions on the film making courses. Has anyone ever taken or known anyone that has taken the Screenwriting course? I'm curious about it and would like to hear from anyone that has any experience with it.

Anyone take the digital journalism 1 year program? I am about to graduate in December and am thinking of taking a year off to see if I can even land a job..and if I can't, than I am thinking about doing the 1 year dig. journ. program. I was just wondering if it's worth it?

I think some of the comments on here about NYFA are fake. Past reviews I have read before seem to have been deleted. This school is not much respected in the industry and it would be impossible that it would receive a 10/10 review. To call the classes film training in "embryonic stage" is an understatement. And why would one pay a few thousand dollars for a class in pre-embryonic stages? The only people attending are a handful of teeny boppers, and a bunch of foreigners who knew nothing about LA and believed they had come to real film school. Although the school has been around for a few years there is no one from the industry interested in this school or putting their kids in this school, which I found odd.
I took a one month course and paid ridiculous monies for it. The school does not provide any assistance at all to arrange or help with sets, and the small prop room they have is always closed when you're not in class. You have to invent your own stories for the projects on the dot, so you basically have to be a writer, director, camerman, actor and what not all in one. But mind you that you don't have any training for it at that point. It would be better to have scripts for students and see what each would come up with from the same script. Its a one man show basically. When I asked why they don't help with having sets available for students for their practices and assignments, they gave a snooty attitude and asked who would be there to help if we made our first film? Come on, its a 30 DAY class! 80% of your time, apart from throwing a lot of money on this course, is spent trying to figure out where to get permission to film. You can't get permission within a days notice, and there is no time between class to arrange these things. No one is helpful at the school. The hours are overdone. Some of the teachers are OK but most of my classes were run by two teachers who really did not seem to have talent at all, and really little to teach. The only segment in the whole class that I found useful was learning about the camera, even if an old klonker was being used. There was no assistance with editing or on sets at all and the extremely short intro to using editing software was too short. When you actually had some time over between the hectic schedule, you were not allowed to work on your projects or try to practice editing. What class, anywhere, will not allow lab time on your own free time??? You have to schedule your labtime almost a week in advance. Just ridiculous because you don't know when you will end up with unexpected spare time.

They advertise a lot that they are "located" by the film lots and that classes get to use the backlots of Warner Brothers. They are located in one of the many office buildings opposite the street. Well, the backlot area is used only twice during the whole program. And it is restricted with all students from the school using it at the same time, meaning it is so full you access to only a very tiny area of the backlot which everyone in your group must take turns to do their short segment on.

After completing a one month course at NYFA I was recommended another class in Los Angeles which was only for a few days the following week I ended the NYFA class. I learned more in those days than the entire month at NYFA! And the whole class was packed to the brim with people from the film industry, already working on major productions with the biggest actors in town. I think only a handful of us were not already working in the industry, me being one of them. And I paid only $200 instead of the NYFA $3000.

Would I recommend NYFA? No. If anyone would really like to take a beginner class, just join UCLA classes for a month or any of the other universities or colleges in LA that carry film or acting class and for a far cheaper rate. And if you want to learn more advanced stages of film making, take the one year program at UCLA.

Could you please tell me the name of the class you took in LA?

I was looking into going to NYFA for the Jan. 09 one year program but now I'm rather skeptical and think I'd rather listen to the negative posts more than the positive because i'd rather choose an acting school that doesn't have a million negative reviews. I do understand you are all talking about the filmmaking aspect of it, but still..

For the love of whatever you believe is holy, DON'T GO TO THIS "SCHOOL."
I attended the filmmaking school. But almost everyone I've met who attended the acting school (and I met many actors who attended NYFA) had the same miserable experience. It is GOD AWFUL. I recommend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. I have heard good things about it from the actors I've used to do independent films.

This is a message to everyone: DO NOT GO TO NYFA IN LOS ANGELES.

7 of the 14 people who were in my class dropped out. I have since learned that this dropout rate has become common there. They have NO IDEA what they are doing.

I just found this review from a pretty happy former student. Check it out -

Hello! My name is Tamara Fascovich Im from Mexico city.
Last january I had the magnificent experience of studying 8 weeks acting for film in NYFA universal studios, It was one of my best experience in life, I learned a lot of this business, and thankfully as an actor.
The teachers that I had where totally professionals and with a lot to give us as an actors, I met so many people from other countries that helps you a a person and actor to have more ideas, doing films with the filmmakers is amazing, you feel like you are in the real business.
When I went back to my country I decide to apply everything I'de learned in those 8 weeks and I went to a casting of a soup opera which I got the roll, I can truly say NYFA is a great school.
After the soap opera was done I decide that there was no other better option than to get back to NYFA for 1 year and learn more.
Now Im doing the 1 year acting for film It has been almost 4 months and Im totally thinking of doing a AFA.
Tamara Fascovich

my name is rohit, im from India,
i have few queries can u please make me tension free...
here i go... im doing my engineering in computer science... im in my 3rd year... so im planning for my future career... im very much fascinated towards films and i love direction... so im planning to do my masters in newyork film academy so can u please help me out in giving the info. about whether can a guy with engineering background and not having bachelor degree in film making can do his masters in film direction...??? if yes... what is the fee structure...??? how to apply for it..??? do i need to send any abstract...??? will there be any placements after the masters...??? please.... please... please.... do help me out... i have gone through the website but i couldn't understand much about it... and even help me out if there is any other which provides better teaching
waiting for your reply...:)
thanking you...:)