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Overcoming Limitations

Overcoming Limitations and make great media

I’m a firm believer that everyone is capable of making really great media. So where does all the bad media come from? Limitations. People are limited by budgets, availability, time, weather, and global pandemics. The thing stopping us from making great media isn’t a lack of ability. It’s the outside pressures pulling at our attention, telling us “no”. 

So how can DFA help?

We help you overcome the limitations in a number of ways. With Pre-Production, making sure you know exactly what you need and how to get it.  DFA students have access to professional equipment for life. So even long after you’ve graduated you’ll still be able to use our equipment for Production, reducing budget limitations considerably.
And finally through Post-Production. In response to Covid-19 DFA has made our cutting-edge computers accessible remotely online. So you can edit in Davinci Resolve, Avid, Pro-Tools, After Effects, and many other softwares from the safety of your own home, and your client can dial in and go over the project with you live, from anywhere in the world! 

When you study at DFA you have every resource at your fingertips to turn yourself into a lean mean filmmaking machine. Someone who can navigate the hurdles in your way to deliver clean powerful content. 

If you’d like to find out more, please join us for an Online Open House (complete the form to add your name to the guest list, then watch your inbox for the confirmation email) Thursday February 18th @ 1pm EST, or check us out online at any of the links below and see if we’re a good fit for you.

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101 ways to improve your shooting

101 ways to improve your shooting

Disregard any other Listicle, LifeHack Video, or magical advice you’ve seen, I’m about to give you the one and only list of things you can do to improve your shooting.

1) Choose an area that needs improving
2) Do it
3) Do it again
4) Do it again
5) Do it again
6) …
101) Don’t stop doing it til you’re satisfied with it.

Okay, so the other lists are probably going to help as well, but nothing substitutes for real hands-on experience. How can you get hands-on experience when things are online?

Let DFA put the equipment in your hands!

We’ve designed an Associates Degree program that includes a complete set of equipment, at no additional cost, that you get to keep for life!

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Why? Because DFA cares about your bottom line. Our mission has always been to create a path for media students to make money doing what they love and this is just the next step. Faced with the challenges of the post pandemic modern world, and taking advantage of the falling prices of professional camera equipment, we’ve designed a program that is going to help you become the media professional we believe you can be. 

By the time you graduate you’ll own over $10k worth of equipment that you’ll know like the back of your hand while still retaining access to the school’s equipment and facilities through the LEAP program.

If you’re curious to learn more please join us for an Online Open House Saturday January 9th or Saturday, January 16th @ 3 pm EST, or check us out online at any of the links below.

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Expose Yourself

Vivian Maier Expose Yourself DF
Expose Yourself -Vivian Maier DFA

It doesn’t matter how perfect your work is if no one sees it.

In 1952 a twenty five year old first generation New Yorker working in a sweatshop bought a Rolleiflex medium format camera and revolutionized street photography. Or that’s what might have happened. In reality, Vivian Maier died in obscurity after a lifetime of working normal day jobs. She was one of the greatest street photographers that ever lived but nobody saw her photos till her storage unit was auctioned off when she defaulted on the fee. 

If the winner of that auction hadn’t recognized the value of her work it may have been lost.

Vivian Maier Maloof Collection

22 August 1956 © Vivian Maier/Maloof Collection

How are you going to get people to see what you create?

Ask Belinda Sinclair, Promotional Extraordinaire, in FLM-205 Career Prep. In this class, Belinda will guide you through all the steps to make sure you’re able to gain the exposure you need in the real world. From developing your focus, through making connections, and the nitty-gritty elements of starting a business, growing a portfolio, developing work, responding to Requests For Proposals, planning for cash flow, and more. You will finish the class with an eye-catching online presence. 

You will also benefit from her personal connections that she brings in to classes to share with her students. Past guests have included Oscar winner Kate Winslet, Emmy Awarded Cinematographer and member of the ASC Ellen Kuras, and Emmy Winning Director Stephen Frears. 

So when you’re choosing your path as an artist, make sure you take a moment to think about how you’re going to get your content out into the world. 

If you’d like to hear more about Belinda’s class or any of the other ways Digital Film Academy can help you make it as a creator, please join us December 15th or January 9th for an Online Open House or contact us directly. 

Short Film by DFA student: “Blind Art”

Blind Art short film by Robert Dominguez

This was going through the mind of Robert Dominguez Boblett, a Digital Film Academy New York student, as he embarked on his short film “Blind Art”.

“Everyone is surrounded by opportunities, riches, and beauty. Some people take advantage of this and some people don’t.”

As Robert describes it, this was his first year project and first attempt at telling a story.

Robert is now a New York-based Spanish editor, producer, and filmmaker. Born in Barcelona, Spain, he attended a high school of the arts and later went on to study psychology. After moving to New York City, he attended Digital Film Academy NY.

“For ‘Blind Art’, I had one actor, my camera and me, – just the ‘three’ of us! I did all the filming and editing. When I started putting the idea together, I was thinking that everyone is surrounded by opportunities, riches and beauty, and some people take advantage of this and some people don’t. ‘Blind Art’ speaks to that.”

DFA students are still producing great work, even during quarantine and lockdown.
Challenging times can make creativity blossom, so we encourage all of you filmmakers to keep going, no matter what.

Check out Robert’s short film ‘Blind Art’

Visit Robert’s website: Robert Dominguez

To learn more about Digital Film Academy, attend one of our upcoming online Open House events, 100% free. Check dates and sign up here: Open House

Questlove’s Black Woodstock is his Directorial Debut

Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s first try at directing a feature film is a documentary titled Black Woodstock. The movie highlights the Harlem Cultural Festival, an outdoor music festival held the same summer as Woodstock in Harlem’s Mount Morris Park. Although there were over 300,000 people in attendance, the event received almost no media recognition.

Questlove Ahmir Thompson

Questlove’s documentation of an event that took place decades ago will prove to be an important and enlightening film. Brent Lang write’s for variety, “The festival took place one year after the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, and was intended to celebrate African American culture and politics, as well as to promote black pride and unity.”

Black Woodstock will include 40 hours of never-seen-before festival footage originally shot by Hal Tulchin. Performances were made by Sly and the Family Stone, Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, B.B. King, the 5th Dimension, David Ruffin, Mahalia Jackson, the Staple Singers, and Gladys Knight and the Pips. Thank you for telling us about Questlove’s new film, Brent Lang! Who will be seeing Black Woodstock in theaters?

Behind The Black Panther: Film School Founder Recalls Early Days Of Chadwick Boseman

Behind The Black Panther: Film School Founder Recalls Early Days Of Chadwick Boseman

Travis Bean, Forbes Contributor

When Patrick DiRenna talks about what makes for a great performance in a film, he speaks of emotional clarity; facial expressions; screen presence; controlling the audience.

But going beyond the mere components of acting, DiRenna views a great performance as a result of great filmmaking: the camera is in sync with the actor; the characters are well- developed; the direction is dictating the performance.

At the Digital Film Academy, that’s what DiRenna hopes students will learn: filmmaking is a team effort. And with that mentality, you can go far in the industry.

“You can make it big,” says DiRenna. “That’s what Chadwick did.”

Yeah, that’s right. Patrick DiRenna, the president and founder of Digital Film Academy in New York City, is talking about that Chadwick. One of his former students, the star of Black Panther—Chadwick Boseman.

With a new slew of future filmmakers set to attend the academy this September—with a second location opening in Atlanta due to attendance growth—DiRenna is looking back on what prepped the school’s most well-known graduate for success in the film industry.

DiRenna, a mentor to Boseman at the time, taught the upcoming star of 21 Bridges “acting for directors.” DiRenna saw the confidence behind Boseman’s performance and knew he had the potential to break out.

“He came here talented, focused, sharp,” DiRenna says.

That poise would certainly take Boseman far, but DiRenna says the actor’s willingness to learn and grow as a performer while attending the academy is what set him up for success.

“Thurgood Marshall is no slouch,” DiRenna says, recalling one of the many prominent African American figures Boseman has inhabited since graduating from Digital Film Academy. On top of portraying the nation’s first black Supreme Court justice, Boseman played Jackie Robinson in 42 and James Brown in Get On Up.

“For me, from a tactical point of view, it’s about who they are,” DiRenna says. “These are three historical figures with big differences between them. If you really want to become these characters, you have to really be willing to take it on.”

Boseman’s versatility and range doesn’t surprise DiRenna, who remembers Boseman as a spot- on student. “Serious and not overly formal,” DiRenna describes Boseman, who has the range of Gary Oldman and the screen presence of Keanu Reeves. Boseman’s capacity to occupy Thurgood Marshall or James Brown goes beyond the ability to mimic those men’s gestures, movement and tone—DiRenna says it requires a quiet, steadied occupation of their being.

“I remember his face and the level of concentration in his eyes. You could see internal processes working,” DiRenna recalls. “At that time he was building himself. I could see he was putting the pieces together.”

But not everybody can find success because of their gripping screen presence. And, really, Boseman’s striking performances are benefitted by the players around him, DiRenna claims. Filmmaking is a collective experience between many professionals working together—and DiRenna’s academy strives to get all those different players ready for the industry.

“My example for all of this is The Godfather,” DiRenna explains. “Al Pacino does next to nothing in the film. But he’s got the face; and then you surround Michael Correlone with all the characters; if he’s still, the camera is moving. There’s all this activity going on.”

DiRenna believes that collective experience at the Digital Film Academy is truly what sets every student—not just Boseman—on a path towards realizing their careers. Alumni like Brad Bailey win awards for documentaries like Hale; alumni like Shaun Dawson nab managerial roles at digital platforms like Vimeo; alumni like Pavel Kercle work on visual effects for huge films like Avengers: Age of Ultron and Jurassic World.

DiRenna’s goal is for the Digital Film Academy to not only coach students while attending school, but set them up for the future. That way, you can find jobs and make money like Boseman did—like Bailey and Dawson and Kercle did.

“This is the only school in the world when after you graduate, you have free access to our equipment forever,” DiRenna says. “That’s how you make money. Forget filmmaking—we’re talking digital filmmaking as an industry.” “

Source: Forbes Online, Jul 12, 2019, 02:16pm

MOMA, Film Society Of Lincoln Center And Film School Nyc

1. DIGITAL FILM ACADEMY GRADUATE SCREENS HIS FILM AT LINCOLN CENTER !

Back in 2018, the winner of the Orizzonti Prize for Best Film at the world famous Venice Film Festival was none other than Digital Film Academy graduate student Mr. Phuttiphong Aroonpheng.

Fast forward to March 2019 and our former student had the US premiere of his movie screened at the Lincoln Center in New York City.

The event was part of the acclaimed New Directors/New Films festival. Every year for the past 50 years this NYC film festival has introduced audiences to the work of emerging filmmakers from around the world, even acting as a launching pad for previously little-known talents like Spike Lee, Chantal Akerman, Bi Gan, Valerie Massadian, Gabriel Mascaro, RaMell Ross, and Kelly Reichardt.

This year, it was the turn of Digital Film Academy graduate Mr. Phuttiphong Aroonpheng.

His film ‘Manta Ray’ is set in Thailand.

It centers on the friendship between a fisherman and the mute refugee he rescues from a swamp. Its dreamy and sometimes mystical tone makes it a visually immersive experience. A must-see on the big screen!

The festival is presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and MoMA (the Museum of Modern Art). Students and staff from our film school in New York were proud to be there on this special occasion for which Phuttiphong himself had flown in from Bangkok to be in attendance.

Check out the video here:

The Q and A session afterwards allowed audience members to pose questions
to the (slightly jetlagged but still smiling!) director on stage. Digital Film Academy School President Patrick DiRenna was also present to meet with his former international student and congratulate him on his career success since Digital Film Academy days.

“Manta Ray” has by now gone on to receive glowing reviews by Variety Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter and Indiewire. (Film Comment voted the movie one of the best undistributed films of 2018)

2. GET THE DIGITAL FILM ACADEMY EXPERIENCE FOR YOURSELF !

We are located in the heart of New York City, only blocks away from Times Square. Attend our Open House presentation Saturday April 20th 2019 at 3:00pm.

Add your name to the guest list below or check for upcoming dates: https://www.digitalfilmacademy.edu/open-house/

Are you already an NYC filmmaker? Come observe a free advanced level film class! Use the following link to choose times that work best for you: https://www.digitalfilmacademy.edu/observe-free-classes/

Tom Griffin

Director of Admissions

Digital Film Academy
630 Ninth Ave (Suite 901)
New York, NY 10036
Email: tom.griffin@digitalfilmacademy.edu
Tel: 212-333-4013
Fax: +1-917-398-9853
Skype: admissions_736

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ABOUT US

– Digital Film Academy is located close to Times Square in Manhattan.

– we offer One or Two Year Programs in Digital Filmmaking.

– students learn Directing, Cinematography, Screenwriting, Video Editing, Sound Editing, Sound Design, Producing etc. Elective class options include: Web TV Production, Steadicam, Digital Imaging Technician, Maya 3D animation, After Effects, Documentary Theory and Practice, Color Correction etc.

See the detailed curriculum here:

One Year Program: https://www.digitalfilmacademy.edu/one-year-digital-filmmaking-conservatory/

Advanced Year Program: https://www.digitalfilmacademy.edu/advanced-digital-filmmaking-conservatory/

– During your studies, you will have FREE access to the DFA equipment (which you can use on-site or off-site) and facilities! This includes cameras, lights, audio equipment, editing suites, green screen room, multi-purpose audition rooms, soundbooth, so you can produce professional quality work for clients in the New York City and tri-state area. Students in the Advanced program will have access to RED Cinema cameras, which is top of the range!

– each student will write, direct and produce their own thesis film. In the shooting of the film, other students will assist as your personal film crew. In turn, when they are directing their own media projects and short films, you will then be part of their film crew too. This provides a fantastic opportunity to rotate through the various roles on a film set, learning by doing.

– after your studies, students who successfully graduate with good grades (minimum 3.0 GPA and 85% attendance) will qualify for our ‘Forever Toolkit’ program. This enables you to CONTINUE to have LIFETIME FREE access to DFA equipment and facilities! As a New York-based film school, this free and open access to equipment really differentiates us from all other film programs.

– exclusive access to the DFA Jobs’ Board: Monetize your new digital media skills with outside clients and organizations looking to hire film students and graduates for paid projects, independent work and jobs (part-time and full-time)

– excellent value for money. Our One Year Program costs $17,995 and our One Year Advanced Program $17,560. Compare our prices with other film school fees here: http://www.digitalfilmacademy.edu/about-dfa/why-dfa/

– next program start dates: May 10th 2019 or September 4th 2019 (Late starters permitted up to 2 weeks late!). Classes run according to daytime schedule: Tuesdays to Fridays, 10.30am to 5pm. Conditional Acceptance Letters are available for High School Seniors. Apply early to avoid disappointment!

– Financial Aid is available for U.S. citizens or permanent residents (Green Card holders): Pell Grants and Federal Loans. Sign up on the Financial Aid website https://fafsa.ed.gov/ and use the Digital Film Academy school code 042062 or contact us to set up a financial aid appointment.

– our next Open House events will take place right here at our Manhattan film school on Saturday April 20th 2019 (3 PM – 5 PM) and after that Saturday May 4th 2019 (3pm to 5pm). Attendance is 100% free, of course! If you’d like to attend, click here to reserve a seat or to check future upcoming dates: http://www.digitalfilmacademy.edu/open-house/

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SXSW, Geek of Chic and PRITCH London

1. SXSW (South by Southwest) and Digital Film Academy Alum: Ellie Zambrano

South by Southwest (SXSW) is an annual conglomerate of film, interactive media, music festivals and conferences that take place annually in Austin, Texas.

This year, our own Digital Film Academy graduate Ellie Zambrano took part in a live podcast at SXSW.

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As Executive Producer of the fashion tech web series, Geek of Chic, Ellie discussed her experience in media and creating the linkage to fashion technology. She states she created Geek of Chic due to wanting her voice to be heard!

Check out this video to learn more about her inspiring story as a pioneer in the media industry here:

Thank you Ellie for providing an accessible fashion platform!

2. PRITCH London – Digital Film Academy Alumni: Pauline Gefin

Pauline Gefin, a Digital Film Academy alum acted as Director of Photography and Producer on PRITCH London’s ‘Illusion of Form’ ad campaign. PRITCH is a luxury fashion brand that creates garments made from leather. The brand is an innovator in the fashion realm and integrates functionality into their apparel.

PRITCH_London_Digital_Film_Academy_Pauline_Gefin

This collection draws inspiration from the idea of optical illusion. We commend Pauline and her ability to bring grand ideas to life.

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3. Interested in learning more about Digital Film Academy?

Attend our Open House tomorrow, March 30th 2019 at 3:00pm. We are located in the heart of New York City, only blocks away from Times Square.

This is your chance to experience Digital Film Academy for yourself!

Add your name to the guest list below or check for upcoming dates:

https://www.digitalfilmacademy.edu/open-house/

If you’ve previously attended an Open House but haven’t come to a decision, observe a free film class!

Use the following link to choose times that work best for you:

https://www.digitalfilmacademy.edu/observe-free-classes/

Join the next class of innovators at Digital Film Academy!

Natasha Greene
Admissions Associate

Digital Film Academy
630 Ninth Ave (Suite 901)
New York, NY 10036
USA

Sundance Film Festival Hollywood Reporter

Hello friends, followers and fans of Digital Film Academy NYC,

In this post, we feature more news from the best film school in the USA: Digital Film Academy in New York !

1. Sundance Film Festival – Digital Film Academy graduate:Carol Mazzoni

We are very proud to see one of our Digital Film Academy alumni Carol Mazzoni from Brazil perform her Assistant Director duties on the feature film ‘Abe’.

This lighthearted drama features the young star Noah Schnapp who you might recognize as one of the main child actors of Netflix’s sci-fi horror TV series ‘Stranger Things’.

In ‘Abe’ the movie, our young hero is obsessed with cooking, baking and reconciling his divided family. Abe is a New York teenager from a mixed Palestinian-Israeli family. His grandparents can barely hold a conversation without heated arguments breaking out. Abe tries to find a way to use his cooking skills to bring everyone together.

Check the trailer here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTEE2KSbwKE

The movie was directed by Fernando Grostein Andrade and also stars Brazilian musician and actor Seu Jorge as Abe’s foodie mentor.

‘Abe’ headlined at the 2019 Sundance film Festival where it won audiences over with its charming story.

The Hollywood Reporter did a very positive review of ‘Abe’, describing it as “an appetizing fusion of diverse influences.”

High praise indeed !

We congratulate Carol on her fantastic work.

ABOUT THE SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL:

Sundance Film Festival takes place annually in Park City, Utah, the biggest independent film festival in the USA. The very first incarnation of the film festival began in 1978 under the oversight of chairman Robert Redford. It featured films such as Deliverance, A Streetcar Named Desire, Midnight Cowboy and Mean Streets.

2. Review of Digital Film Academy: the student experience

Did you ever wonder: what is it like to go to film school?

Well, wonder no more.

This interview with NYC film student Wyatt Miller is an example of some of the great work that DFA Advanced students are able to create! This Digital Film Academy review was filmed in Cinematography class.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jxbcyh4Kpwg

  • Director of Photography Sebastian Campana
  • Video Editor Theresa Ramos

3. YOU’RE NEXT ! READY TO START YOUR CAREER IN MEDIA ?

Contact us and find out how to apply to our film school.

Want to visit our film school in New York City first?

If you’re close enough to the New York area, come check us out! Our next Open House is 2 days from now, Saturday March 16th 2019 at 3pm.

Click to add your name to the guest list here or to check future upcoming dates:

https://www.digitalfilmacademy.edu/open-house/

If you’ve already attended an Open House and are still undecided, why not come back to do a trial run film class?! Click here to choose days and times that work for you. Best of all? It’s FREE:

https://www.digitalfilmacademy.edu/observe-free-classes/

It’s time to make your move. Carpe Diem!

And remember: it all starts at Digital Film Academy…

Tom Griffin
Director of Admissions

Digital Film Academy
630 Ninth Ave (Suite 901)
New York, NY 10036
Email: tom.griffin@digitalfilmacademy.edu
Tel: +1-212-333-4013
Fax: 917-398-9853
Skype: admissions_736

https://www.digitalfilmacademy.edu
Financial Aid, school code: 042062
https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa

ABOUT US

  • Digital Film Academy is located close to Times Square in Manhattan.
  • we offer One or Two Year Programs in Digital Filmmaking.
  • students learn Directing, Cinematography, Screenwriting, Video Editing, Sound Editing, Sound Design, Producing etc. Elective class options include: Web TV Production, Steadicam, Digital Imaging Technician, Maya 3D animation, After Effects, Documentary Theory and Practice, Color Correction etc.

See the detailed curriculum here:

One Year Program: https://www.digitalfilmacademy.edu/oneyear-digital-filmmaking-conservatory/

  • During your studies, you will have FREE access to the DFA equipment (which you can use on-site or off-site) and facilities! This includes cameras, lights, audio equipment, editing suites, green screen room, multi-purpose audition rooms, soundbooth, so you can produce professional quality work for clients in the New York City and tri-state area. Students in the Advanced program will have access to RED Cinema cameras, which is top of the range!
  • each student will write, direct and produce their own thesis film. In the shooting of the film, other students will assist as your personal film crew. In turn, when they are directing their own media projects and short films, you will then be part of their film crew too. This provides a fantastic opportunity to rotate through the various roles on a film set, learning by doing.
  • after your studies, students who successfully graduate with good grades (minimum 3.0 GPA and 85% attendance) will qualify for our ‘Forever Toolkit’ program. This enables you to CONTINUE to have LIFETIME FREE access to DFA equipment and facilities! As a New York-based film school, this free and open access to equipment really differentiates us from all other film programs.
  • exclusive access to the DFA Jobs’ Board: Monetize your new digital media skills with outside clients and organizations looking to hire film students and graduates for paid projects, independent work and jobs (part-time and full-time)
  • excellent value for money. Our One Year Program costs $17,995 and our One Year Advanced Program $17,560. Compare our prices with other film school fees here:
    http://www.digitalfilmacademy.edu/about-dfa/why-dfa/
  • next program start dates: May 10th 2019 and Sept. 4th 2019 (Late starters permitted up to 2 weeks late!). Classes run according to daytime schedule: Tuesdays to Fridays, 10.30am to 5pm. Conditional Acceptance Letters are available for High School Seniors. Apply early to avoid disappointment!
  • Financial Aid is available for U.S. citizens or permanent residents (Green Card holders): Pell Grants and Federal Loans. Sign up on the Financial Aid website https://fafsa.ed.gov/ and use the Digital Film Academy school code 042062 or contact us to set up a financial aid appointment.
  • our next Open House events will take place right here at our Manhattan film school on Saturday March 16th 2019 (3 PM – 5 PM) and after that Saturday March 30th (3 PM – 5 PM).
  • Attendance is 100% free, of course! If you’d like to attend, click here to reserve a seat or to check future upcoming dates: http://www.digitalfilmacademy.edu/open-house/

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Variety magazine and Starlit Movie

Dear friends, followers, and fans of Digital Film Academy New York

Variety Magazine reviews Digital Film Academy student’s winning feature film!

We are very pleased to see that one of our DFA graduates was just reviewed in ‘Variety’ magazine for his debut feature film, Kraben Rahu (Manta Ray). For those who might not be aware, Variety is a ‘go to’ source of reading material in the entertainment business.

The magazine is over 100 years old and has built up a pretty formidable reputation as an authoritative and trusted source of entertainment business
news. Its readers include highly influential producers, executives, and other talented powerhouses within the entertainment field. It provides business
analysis and insights into music, theater and most importantly for us: TV and film.

We are even prouder to report that our graduate student Mr. Phuttiphong Aroonpheng (an international film student from Thailand, who graduated
from Digital Film Academy in 2004,) received high praise indeed from Variety magazine for his ‘Manta Ray’ movie.

The film is a symbolic story of the Rohingya people, a stateless ethnic minority who are in a constant state of flight from persecution. As Variety
magazine concludes, the film travels thorough ‘intriguing psychological territory‘ including some very hypnotic and beautiful imagery, all as it tells
its story through symbolism and metaphor.

Writer and Director: Phuttiphong Aroonpheng Cast: Wanlop Rungkumjad, Aphisit Hama, Ramsee Wayrana Video Editors: Harin Paesongthai, Lee Chatametikool Sound designers: Christine Ott, Mathieu Gabry Cinematographer: Nawarophaat Rungphiboonsophit

See link below for Variety’s full movie review of our Digital Film Academy graduate:

https://variety.com/2018/film/festivals/manta-ray-review-1202929088/

STARLIT: 6 awards and counting…(Interview with Director Andre Ocampo, DFA grad)

The romantic comedy movie ‘STARLIT; just keeps going from strength to strength. With currently 6 awards racked up, we were delighted to welcome Digital Film Academy’s Andrea Ocampo (class of 2015) come to visit her alma mater to tell us about her debut feature film which she co-directed.

Photo, left to right: leading actor Valentina Corbella, producer Kerry Borchardt, content licensing agent Diana Lenska and director Andrea Ocampo.

‘Starlit’ tells the charming story of Jessica Alvarez, a bored 24 year old woman who craves independence and adventure. What she has instead is an
MBA, a safe corporate gig, a bland boyfriend and a suffocating mother. Then she meets a mechanic who steals her heart. He persuades her to join him on
the road for a summer filled with adventure and high jinks. What could possibly go wrong?!

Watch our full interview with director Andrea Ocampo here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9i08NGCBYcU

You’re Next! Want to start your Filmmaking / Media Career?

So, are you ready to jump in and start learning industry-level skills at a professional level? Contact us and find out how to apply to film school.

Want to visit our school first? If you’re close enough to the New York area, sign up for one of our Open House events. Come to find out if DFA is the right school for you! Our next Open House event is Saturday, December 1st, 2018 at 3 pm. Click to add your name to the guest list here or to check future upcoming dates: https://www.digitalfilmacademy.edu/open-house/

If you’ve already attended an Open House and are still undecided, why not come back to observe a real class?! Click here to choose days and times that work for you. Best of all? It’s FREE: https://www.digitalfilmacademy.edu/observe-free-classes/

And remember: it all starts at Digital Film Academy. It’s time to get your career started!