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Vimeo offices New York and Digital Film Academy: Open House, Sat. June 23rd 2018 3pm

Hello friends of Digital Film Academy in New York !

Here is a round-up of news in and around our Times Square film school:

“5 YEARS OF FILMMAKING SKILLS IN ONE YEAR”

Our international student Vishvak hails from the city of Chennai in India. He came to the USA one year ago on the F-1 international student visa to study filmmaking. Vishvak just completed 12 months of study and training in our Advanced Year in Digital Filmmaking Program.

Vishvak international student in USA film school

In this video, he showcases some of his cinematography skills which he developed forwhile taking our cinematography classes in NYC: he speaks about the unique DFA experience and how his level of professional knowledge and confidence has ROCKETED upwards since joining DFA.

Where else can you get the equivalent of 5 years’ worth of media-making skills compressed into 12 months?

Only at DFA!

VIMEO and proud of our graduate: Shaun Dawson

Where do Digital Film Academy graduates find work?

Sometimes just around the corner! Congratulations to Digital Film Academy graduate Shaun Dawson, who is now working at the local New York office of Vimeo.

Vimeo New York Digital Film Academy

For those who don’t know: Vimeo is a video-sharing website in which users can upload, share and view high definition video, very similar to YouTube.

Shaun is a veteran: she served in the U.S. military, within the air force and the navy, for a total of 8 years before attending our film school where veterans are welcome. After graduating from the Digital Film Academy Advanced Year Program in 2014, she worked for a while at Disney ABC Television Group. Since then, she has gone from Digital Film Academy to a new position at Vimeo, working as their News Operations Manager for the past year.

Listen to her feedback in one of our older videos right here:

Now it’s your turn: jump start your career in media!

It’s time you started building your own media career. Our next year long programs in Digital Filmmaking start September 4th 2018. If you’re a U.S. citizen or green card holder (permanent resident) you can apply for financial aid to pay for your studies.

Are you ready to jump in and begin learning industry-level skills at a professional level? Then go here to start printing out the application forms: www.digitalfilmacademy.edu/forms

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 find out if DFA is the right school for you! Our next Open House event is on Saturday June 23rd 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 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

About Us

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

  • we offer One or Two Year Programs in Digital Filmmaking. Students receive a one year certificate in 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 for film students (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 and 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 learn how to produce a short film (write, direct and produce it, all the way to postproduction). 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 film school, this free and open access to equipment really differentiates us from all other film programs and film schools in the USA.
  • exclusive access to the DFA Jobs’ Board. Find jobs for film students! 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: September 4th 2018 and January 15th 2019  (Last minute application to film school is permitted up to 2 weeks late!). Classes run according to daytime schedule: Tuesdays to Fridays, 10.30am to 5pm. Conditional Acceptance Letters for High School Seniors are available. Apply early to avoid disappointment!
  • Financial Aid is available for U.S. citizens or permanent residents (Green Card holders): Pell Grants and Federal Loans. To get financial aid for film school, sign up on the Financial Aid website https://fafsa.ed.gov/ and use the Digital Film Academy New York school code 042062. You can also contact us if you want to set up an appointment to ask about financial aid for film students.
  • our next Open House events will take place right here at our Manhattan film school on Saturday June 23rd (3 PM – 5 PM) and after that Saturday July 21st (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/

Visit us at our Open House Event

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

I’m ready! I want to apply now

www.digitalfilmacademy.edu/forms

IBM Commercial and ZARA fashion: you get HIRED with Digital Film Academy media skills!

EMAIL NEWSLETTER: 2018 April 6th

Hello friends of Digital Film Academy !

Here’s a round-up of news in and around our film / media school…

IBM COMMERCIAL, ZARA FASHION AND CAROL MAZZONI

Digital Film Academy’s one year training programs can put you on the right path to a successful career!

Do you need proof?

Then look no further than our international student Carol Mazzoni!
After graduating from our Advanced Year Program in Digital Filmmaking in 2013, this hard-working Brazilian woman was involved in a series of increasingly professional projects on film sets throughout the New York tri-state area. Her roles included Production Manager and 1st Assistant Director.

In 2017, Carol was 1st Assistant Director on the feature film “Abe”
starring Noah Schnapp. (Some of your may recognize the name: Noah is the talented young actor who stars in the enormously successful ’Stranger Things’ hit TV show). The plot of ‘Abe’ is about a half Palestinian-Arab, half Jewish-Israeli boy who tries to bring both sides of his fractured family together by using his talents to cook the best meal he can. The movie is currently in post-production.

Within the past 3 months of 2018, Carol has already been 1st Assistant Director on a commercial for ‘ZARA’ the women’s fashion retail chain store, as well as performing the role of Line Producer on the IBM commercial ‘Six Degrees of Automation’.

Check out her IBM commercial here which she line produced:
https://www.ibm.com/blogs/insights-on-business/gbs-strategy/ibm-services-wired-present-six-degrees-automation/

EMMY AWARD-WINNING INSTRUCTORS AT Digital Film Academy

All DFA training is delivered by seasoned professionals who are themselves active in the media industry. One of our new post-production instructors Mr. Cleber Redondo is a perfect example!

Cleber teaches After Effects (Motion Graphics and Visual Effects) and Maya 3D animation at Digital Film Academy. He also just happens to be an Emmy award-winning Director with over 25 years of animation and post production experience! Check out his credentials:

– creator of ‘Cosmic Collisions’, a space show narrated by Robert Redford, which is showing, at the Hayden Planetarium in the Frederick Phineas and Sandra Priest Rose Center for Earth and Space

– director of ’The Happy Cricket’ feature film, a 20th Century Fox Brazil theatrical release, also playing on Starz Kids & Family.

– created ‘The Frolickers’ direct to DVD as Walt Disney Television and Interactive games.

– effects and 3D animation for “The Cat In The Hat: The Ride” in the Seuss Landing attraction at Universal Studios Orlando.

STARLIT: BEST COMEDY FEATURE

Wrapping up the Queens World Film Festival, we are very pleased to see Digital Film Academy graduate ANDREA OCAMPO (class of 2015) take home the award for Best Comedy Feature Film for the movie ‘Starlit’ which she co-directed:

https://twitter.com/DFANYC/status/978678830364811264

Starlit trailer: https://www.starlitmovie.com/

COME VISIT OUR SCHOOL!

Thinking about studying in one of our One Year Digital Filmmaking Programs? Come find out if DFA is the right school for you! Our next Open House event is 2 days from now on Saturday April 7th 2018 at 3pm.

Add your name to our guest list or check our future upcoming Open House dates here:
http://www.digitalfilmacademy.edu/open-house/

APPLY NOW

Our next programs start May 10th 2018 and after that, September 4th 2018. If you’re ready, then go here to print out the forms and start the application process:
http://www.digitalfilmacademy.edu/forms

DFA Think Contest

  • A Brand New DSLR Camera plus Lenses
  • Also, a FREE 2-Day Intensive Filmmaking Workshop at Digital Film Academy, NYC
    Saturday November 18th and Sunday November 19th.

You also get to make your own short film using World-Class Equipment and Facilities at Digital Film Academy, New York.

Eligibility

  • Must be between ages 17 and 25
  • Must be a resident of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut
  • Must be passionate about Filmmaking and Digital Media
Step 1

Shoot a film no more than 60 seconds on the topic ‘Think – Perception, the New Reality’. The medium of filming should be digital i.e. Cell Phone, DSLR Cameras, Digital Film, or any other pro/consumer Digital Camera. The film must be edited with music and sound (if there is dialogue) to the best ability of the filmmaker.

Step 2

Post your film on Instagram and Twitter Only before 12 midnight October 27th, 2017. Tag @digitalfilmacademy on Instagram and @DFANYC on Twitter. You must use the hashtags #ThinkDFA #ThinkDFAContest to be eligible for selection. The top 10 films with the most Likes/Views on Instagram and Retweets plus likes on Twitter combined will automatically make the cut. The final 10 contestants will be selected by a team of faculty and film experts at Digital Film Academy.

Step 3

Directors of the 20 selected entries will attend a 2-Day Intensive Hands-On Digital Filmmaking Workshop at DFA where they will be taught high level directing tips, lighting tricks, cinematography and rudiments of screenwriting.

Step 4

Participants get to write, shoot, edit and screen their own short film. The best film overall wins the grand prize. All participants get a certificate of participation from Digital Film Academy.

Digital Film Academy successfully concludes ‘THE DFA THINK CONTEST’ with a young female filmmaker emerging as winner of the Grand prize

The inaugural “The DFA Think Contest” was a big hit with several entries from young filmmakers across the Tristate area of which 8 filmmakers were selected as finalists to attend the Free 2-Day Intensive Filmmaking Workshop at Digital Film Academy in New York that took place on November 18th and 19th, 2017.

On Saturday, November 18th, contest finalists, Nahrin Alam, Justina Adorno, Grace Griffin, Diya Thomas, Sylvester Maldonado and Mia Diaz arrived early to start an impressive immersive program with a Sound recording class introducing them to the Dual Recording System, Time Code and state of the art sound recording equipment.

They shot scenes in the class using the RED Digital Cinema camera and the digital audio recorder. They students went further to synchronize the sound and video using the industry standard post-production programs Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere and DaVinci Resolve 14.

The day continued with a class in Cinematography where the finalists were properly introduced to the RED Digital Cinema camera, its functionalities, 3-point lighting, shot composition, scene coverage, and a whole lot more. Digital Film Academy president, Patrick DiRenna, personally taught the directing master class which opened the eyes of these young filmmakers to an entirely different and revolutionary approach to directing including working with actors, understanding emotional context and content, developing clarity as a director. This lesson culminated with a revolutionary and simple formula to eliminate complications in production.

Day One wrapped up with classes in Screenwriting and Producing where the filmmakers got the full breakdown of the 3-Act Structure in screenwriting, character development and how to get story ideas.

According to the President and Founder of Digital Film Academy, “We want technology to enable deeper, wiser and more forward thinking. Media technology specifically is playing a great role in human evolution and needs to be effective and meaningful.”
The 6 filmmakers in attendance were tasked with developing a story, writing it into a 2-page screenplay, delegating roles (crew), casting, shooting and editing the material.

Day Two, Sunday November 19th, all finalists came in very early and assembled in one of the computer rooms at Digital Film Academy. They discussed their story idea as a group, and wrote the screenplay. Justina Adorno was selected as the director of the project. They brought in their actors, and spent the greater part of the day filming with the Red Digital Cinema Camera and DFA Equipment in the DFA Facility. After filming, they proceeded to the editing room where, together, they edited the film and finally screened it for the instructors. The DFA instructors were very pleased with the piece while the students enjoyed the thrill of the challenge and the opportunity to work with expensive, industry standard equipment they never had access to before the DFA THINK CONTEST.

Nyack High School student, GRACE GRIFFIN, emerged as the overall winner with her short film PERCEPTION. She won the grand prize of a Canon EOS 70D and a Canon 18-55mm Lens. She said, “DFA has changed my life for the better. Thank you for a fantastic weekend and for opening me up to endless possibilities in the filmmaking world. It was unforgettable experience that I will treasure forever”. Each finalist received a certificate of participation from Digital Film Academy.

One of the finalists, Mia Diaz said, “I learnt more than I expected, met amazing, talented people and was able to share ideas in a great environment. You cannot get this kind of experience anywhere else”. Sylvester Maldonado said, “The DFA contest not only allowed us to create content under pressure and learn from our mistakes, but also taught an invaluable amount of knowledge for making films in just 2 days that I will take with me forever. The teachers are amazing people who still have fire in their eyes for the craft!” He went on to say, “Meeting and working with everyone else was such a delight and as the finalists, we are already talking about doing something together as a team”.

Justina Adorno, It’s been a long time since I walked into a room and left completely inspired and motivated. DFA did that for me during the two day workshop I was grateful to be selected for. I am so glad I stumbled upon the school and contest. The faculty students and alumni we so encouraging and straight forward with the tools and knowledge they had to offer. I felt right at home can’t wait to go back at the next opportunity I have! Thanks DFA for putting the light back into my eyes!

Patrick Direnna presented the prize and certificates to the winner and finalists. “We believe that discovering, encouraging and supporting filmmakers at a young age will not only have a great impact on the motion picture and digital media industry, but it also keeps these talented kids away from trouble and inspires hope. As a vocational school with a conservatory program, we don’t just educate and send graduates out to the streets like an assembly line. We are committed to the success of our students and the development of our community”.

Alex Felix and Ridley Scott: From Cameras to Scripts

Many of our alumni, have all kinds of doors open for them after graduating our school, not just in filmmaking but screenwriting as well. Shortly after graduating from Digital Film Academy, Alex Felix was hired by top Director and Producer Ridley Scott, known for such movies as “Alien”, “Blade Runner”, “The Martian” and Oscar winner “Gladiator”.

Alex was officially brought on to adapt Vicious, a V.E. Schwab / Victoria Schwab novel about two pre-med students who discover how people can develop superpowers, with devastating consequences. Scott Free Productions, Ridley Scott’s production company, and Story Mining & Supply Co. bought the rights to the book with the intention that Ridley Scott will be co-producing.

Alex credits his writing success to his real-life experiences and his filmmaking background, as a graduate of Digital Film Academy. He recalls his film studies at the New York academy as extremely important because it taught him to see things visually. Being able to “visualize what the end product needs to look like” is more important in the world of screenwriting than people realize. It’s certainly helped garner Felix much-deserved attention. At DFA you will get excellent value for a very fair tuition cost. In fact, Digital Film Academy has one of the lowest tuition rates in NYC film courses. Here you can compare the cost of film schools in the USA.

Note: For many of our students who need help with covering tuition we offer The Rose Scholarship (for international students and U.S. citizens and permanent residents): as part of our One Year Programs. This is a needs-based scholarship and is based on rewarding students of strong academic performance. The Rose Scholarship is up to a value of $2,400 and is available to domestic students and as a scholarship for international students.

Ridley Scott had a commercial breakthrough with the science-fiction horror film Alien (1979). He is also known for the dystopian sci-fi film Blade Runner (1982), Best Picture Oscar winner Gladiator (2000), and science fiction film The Martian (2015).

Ridley Scott is known for his atmospheric visual style, containing memorable images of environments, whether Rome (Gladiator), Jerusalem (Kingdom of Heaven), Medieval England (Robin Hood), Mogadishu (Black Hawk Down) and the futuristic city landscapes of Blade Runner.

Films directed by Ridley Scott

Year
Title
Notes

1977
The Duellists
Directed by Ridley Scott. Also operator

1979
Alien
Directed by Ridley Scott

1982
Blade Runner
Directed by Ridley Scott

1985
Legend
Directed by Ridley Scott

1987
Someone to Watch Over Me
Directed by Ridley Scott (Also executive producer)

1989
Black Rain
Directed by Ridley Scott

1991
Thelma & Louise
Directed by Ridley Scott (Also executive producer)

1992
1492: Conquest of Paradise
Directed by Ridley Scott (Also producer)

1996
White Squall
Directed by Ridley Scott (Also executive producer)

1997
G.I. Jane
Directed by Ridley Scott (Also producer)

2000
Gladiator
Directed by Ridley Scott

2001
Hannibal
Directed by Ridley Scott (Also producer)

2001
Black Hawk Down
Directed by Ridley Scott (Also producer)

2003
Matchstick Men
Directed by Ridley Scott (Also producer)

2005
Kingdom of Heaven
Directed by Ridley Scott (Also producer)

2006
A Good Year
Directed by Ridley Scott (Also producer)

2007
American Gangster
Directed by Ridley Scott (Also producer)

2008
Body of Lies
Directed by Ridley Scott (Also producer)

2010
Robin Hood
Directed by Ridley Scott (Also producer)

2012
Prometheus
Directed by Ridley Scott (Also producer)

2013
The Counselor
Directed by Ridley Scott (Also producer)

2014
Exodus: Gods and Kings
Directed by Ridley Scott (Also producer)

2015
The Martian
Directed by Ridley Scott (Also producer)

2017
Alien: Covenant
Directed by Ridley Scott (Also producer)

2017
All the Money in the World
Directed by Ridley Scott (Also producer)

As Producer

Year
Title
Notes

1994
Monkey Trouble
Executive

1994
The Browning Version

1998
Clay Pigeons

2000
Where the Money Is

2005
In Her Shoes

2006
Tristan & Isolde
Executive

2007
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

2009
Tell-Tate Cracks
Executive producer

2010
Welcome to the Rileys
Executive producer

2010
Cyrus
Executive producer

2011
The A-Team
Executive producer

2011
The Grey
Executive producer

2013
The East Stoker
Executive producer

2013
Welcome to the Punch
Executive producer

2013
Out of the Furnace
Executive producer

2014
Before I Go to Sleep
Executive producer

2014
Get Santa
Executive producer

2015
Child 44
Executive producer

2015
Equals
Executive producer

2015
Concussion
Executive producer

2016
Morgan
Executive producer

2016
Mindhorn
Executive producer

2017
Newness
Executive producer

2017
Phoenix Forgotten
Executive producer

2017
Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House
In post-production

2017
Blade Runner 2049
Executive producer; in post-production

2017
Murder on the Orient Express
In post-production

2017
The Aftermath
In post-production

Television

Year
Title
Notes

2005–2010
Numbers
Producer

2009–2016
The Good Wife
Executive producer

2010
The Pillars of the Earth
Executive producer

2011
Prophets of Science Fiction
Executive producer

2011
Gettysburg
Executive producer

2012
Britain in a Day
Executive producer

2012
Coma
Developer

2012
World Without End
Executive producer

2012
Labyrinth
Executive producer

2013
Killing Lincoln
Developer

2013
Killing Kennedy
Developer

2014
Halo: Nightfall
Executive producer

2015
Killing Jesus
Developer

2015–present
The Man in the High Castle
Executive producer

2016–2017
Mercy Street
Executive producer

2016
BrainDead
Executive producer

2017–present
Taboo
Executive producer

2017–present
The Good Fight
Executive producer

Commercials

Year
Title

1973
Bike Round for Hovis

1979
Chanel… Share the fantasy for Chanel

1984
1984 for Apple Computer

1986
Deficit Trials on YouTube for W.R. Grace

1986
The Choice of a New Generation for Pepsi (Starred Don Johnson and Glenn Frey)

1992
Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo Super Bowl commercial

1995
Hutchison Telecom Future Thoughts RSA / Orange Telecom

1995
“La Légende de Quézac”

2012
Fame for Lady Gaga Fame (Executive producer)

2012
Coca-Cola’s The Polar Bears (producer)

2016
“Ridley Scott + IBM Watson: A Conversation” on YouTube for IBM

Jorge Duran: Commercials for Haagen Dazs and Schweppes

After graduating Digital Film Academy, Jorge Duran went on to create and direct national commercials. His clientele includes Haagen Dazs and Schweppes.

Film Directing is a competitive field but so too is Corporate Video Production. After the initial effort to win a client’s business in the first place, the pressure is then on to create a 30 second spot that will please the client, represent the brand properly and sell the product. Being responsible for a large budget, including top crew and equipment, only adds to the burden.

For our Digital Film Academy graduate Jorge therefore to work on two major brands as he has is a major achievement and shows the kind of rigorous media training a Digital Film Academy student undergoes.

When students study filmmaking in New York, they will have the opportunity to write, direct and produce their own films. In this process, other students will assist as your personal film crew. In turn, when they are directing their own 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 and learn by doing.

In order to help our students find work and make money from their newly acquired media skills, we offer exclusive access to the DFA Jobs’ Board. There Digital Film Academy students can monetize their media with outside clients and organizations looking to hire film students and graduates for paid projects and jobs (part-time and full-time) including commercial promos. We want our students to put their knowledge to work and we are deeply involved and there for them when needed. If you’re wondering how to choose the best film school then check out everything we offer our students at Digital Film Academy – much of which you cannot find at other film schools !

Notes

Corporate video production describes audio-visual corporate communications material commissioned by an organization. Such media is often created to be viewed by a limited or targeted audience, possibly within a B2B environment, including product, service or company promotional videos and informational videos. Corporate video production normally falls within the responsibility of a company marketing manager or corporate communications manager. Examples of corporate video include staff training and safety videos, promotional/brand films, and financial results videos. Instructions should include: how to commission a corporate video.

an advertising agency, also known as a creative agency, is an organization which plans, creates and meets the advertising / promotion / marketing needs of its clients. Normally an ad agency is separate from the client, though it might also be an internal department. Agencies may be hired to produce television commercials, radio commercials or online advertising, all as part of an advertising campaign in order to sell a company’s products or services.

Pavel Kacerle and Marvel Studios: Digital Film Academy

Probably one of our most notable international students at Digital Film Academy in New York was Pavel Kacerle. This was an international student who came all the way from The Czech Republic to study at Digital Film Academy. He took our Digital Filmmaking Program which included the Maya 3D Animation elective.

Kacerle attended DFA in 2009 with no knowledge of animation or digital filmmaking. Since completing the course and receiving his certification he has developed an impressive resume.

Pavel’s work includes visual effects for blockbuster films which have each grossed over 1 billion dollars such as “Jurassic World”, “Iron Man 3” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron”. The visual effects work done on “Captain America: The Winter Solider” even received an Academy Award nomination under the VFX category !

As Pavel learned, mastering the skills of digital media takes time and practice. This requires access: access to industry standard software, access to production equipment, access to cameras, access to microphones and sound mixers, access to the Digital Film Academy green screen room and sound booth. That’s why at our Times Square-based film school, Digital Film Academy students and graduates are given FREE lifetime access to our state of the art equipment and facilities. (DFA students in the Advanced Digital Filmmaking Program in New York even have access to Red Cinema cameras!)

All of this combines to enable you to create quality work. No other film school in New York or indeed the world offers this generous amenity.

Through his training at DFA, Pavel went on to create high quality work which has been used by some of the best visual effects (VFX) companies in the world, including Lucasfilm and The Walt Disney Company. We are proud of all our international students just like Pavel who come from all over the world to learn filmmaking and take their skills to the next level.

Click to learn more about how international students can apply to Digital Film Academy, New York.

Marvel Studios is an American motion picture studio based at The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California. Marvel Studios is a subsidiary of Walt Disney Studios, which itself is a wholly owned division of The Walt Disney Company. The Marvel Studios’ mission is to produce films and other creative projects based on Marvel Comics characters. The studio has been involved in three Marvel-character film franchises to have exceeded $1 billion in North American revenue: the X-Men, Spider-Man, and Marvel Cinematic Universe multi-film franchises.

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” was written and directed by Joss Whedon. Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Elizabeth Olsen, Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Hayley Atwell, Idris Elba, Stellan Skarsgård, Paul Bettany, James Spader, and Samuel L. Jackson. Plot: the Avengers fight Ultron which is an AI (artificial intelligence) obsessed with causing human extinction.

“Captain America: Civil War” is a 2016 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Captain America. Directed by: Anthony and Joe Russo. Screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely. Cast: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Junior, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, Tom Holland, Frank Grillo, William Hurt, and Daniel Brühl. Plot of “Captain America: Civil War”: disagreement over international oversight of the Avengers divides them into conflicting groups (Steve Rogers versus Tony Stark).

Principal photography began in April 2015 at Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Fayette County, Georgia, and continued in the Metro Atlanta area before concluding in Germany in August 2015, with the film being the first to use IMAX’s digital 2D cameras (for the film’s central airport fight sequence).

Chad Boseman Digital Film Academy – The Black Panther

Chad Boseman The Black Panther: A Digital Film Academy Success Story

Former Digital Film Academy student Chad Boseman has been dominating the movie industry since attending our New York film school. He went on to star opposite Harrison Ford in the Jackie Robinson biopic “42” which received positive reviews and raked in $27 million on its opening weekend.

Boseman is definitely a man who how to portray a real-life person onscreen. In fact, it was this reverence for accurate portrayal that almost made him pass on the role of James Brown in the 2014 biopic “Get On Up” directed by Tate Taylor. Originally from the south, Boseman shied away from this part, unsure of whether or not he could do it justice. He reportedly told director Tate Taylor, “We cannot mess this up! I don’t know if I can do it right!” while being courted for the role. When attending DFA Chad took Cinematography and Directing classes (which have since evolved into our One Year Program in Digital Filmmaking including Video Editing, Sound Editing and Design, Screenwriting, Production Management along with elective classes in Web TV Production, Steadicam, Digital Imaging Technician etc.)

He went on to land the starring role of The Black Panther in the Marvel Studios film “Captain America: Civil War” and received a five-picture deal with Marvel Studios. He is currently starring in the highly anticipated Marvel Studio movie “The Black Panther”.

He will appear alongside Angela Bassett, Michael B Jordan and Academy Awards Winners Lupita Nyong’o and Forest Whittaker.

Since Chad Boseman attended Digital Film Academy, our school has gone on to tremendous growth. Come visit our New York film school and find out how we can assist you to finance your studies. At our Digital Film Academy Times Square location you will find us located within the historic Film Center Building at 630 Ninth Avenue, New York City.

Note: Financial Aid is available for those students who quality. Click here if you’d like to apply for financial aid to go to film school and be sure to use the Digital Film Academy FAFSA School Code: 042062.

Below you can see Chad’s full filmography.

Chad Boseman Film appearances in chronological order.

Year
Title
Role
Director
Notes

2008
The Express
Floyd Little
Gary Fleder

2013
The Kill Hole
Lt. Samuel Drake
Mischa Webley

2013
42
Jackie Robinson
Brian Helgeland

2014
Draft Day
Vontae Mack
Ivan Reitman

2014
Get on Up
James Brown
Tate Taylor

2016
Gods of Egypt
Thoth
Alex Proyas

2016
Captain America: Civil War
T’Challa / Black Panther
Anthony & Joe Russo
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Film[19]

2016
Message from the King
Jacob King
Fabrice Du Welz

2017
Marshall
Thurgood Marshall
Reginald Hudlin
Post-production

2018
Black Panther
T’Challa / Black Panther
Ryan Coogler
Post-production

2018
Avengers: Infinity War
Anthony & Joe Russo
Post-production

Chad Boseman Television appearances in chronological order:

Year
Title
Role
Notes

2003
Third Watch
David Wafer
Episode: “In Lieu of Johnson”

2003
All My Children

2004
Law & Order
Foster Keyes
Episode: “Can I Get a Witness?”

2006
CSI: NY
Rondo
Episode: “Heroes”

2008
ER
Derek Taylor
Episode: “Oh, Brother”

2008
Cold Case
Dexter Collins
Episode: “Street Money”

2008–2009
Lincoln Heights
Nathaniel “Nate” Ray
9 episodes

2009
Lie to Me
Cabe McNeil
Episode: “Truth or Consequences”

2010
Persons Unknown
Sergeant McNair
13 episodes

2010
The Glades
Michael Richmond
Episode: “Honey”

2011
Castle
Chuck Russell
Episode: “Poof, You’re Dead”

2011
Fringe
Mark Little / Cameron James
Episode: “Subject 9”

2011
Detroit 1-8-7
Tommy Westin
Episode: “Beaten/Cover Letter”

2011
Justified
Ralph “Flex” Beeman
Episode: “For Blood or Money”

Talk to your Audience..with Light !

As filmmakers, the ability to capture your subject or characters from the right angles at the right moment goes a long way in helping you tell your story right. Perfectly designed shots and camera movements combined with a spectacular performance by the actors can result in cinematic magic.

But, one major factor that dictates the tone of every scene, shot, performance or mood is Lighting.

Successful cinematographers, directors and even photographers know that an in-depth understanding of the role that lighting plays in a scene is as important as knowing why you chose filmmaking as a career in the first place.

Quentin Tarantino

Check out this image below: as part of their Cinematography class, some of our beginner level students at Digital Film Academy were tasked with recreating the lighting from a scene out of ‘Inglourious Basterds’ by Quentin Tarantino. Compare the top and bottom versions.

At Digital Film Academy, students get very intensive and practical training. Check out the following 4 examples, featuring actual DFA students from our Advanced Level Cinematography class. In each , working through various lighting exercises and trying out different techniques.

Lighting exercise: DFA talent, Michael Agate Jr. and Sonali Chatterjee.

The position, size, distance and intensity of the lights in a shot/scene can create various emotions for the audience. How does Tannia’s shot above make you feel: melancholic? wistful? romantic? lonely?

Tannia

Notice how the extreme close-up of Christina below together with the lighting combines to create an almost claustrophobic, brooding emotion. Is this person trapped and watching? Or sinister and plotting? Either way, she’s certainly got our attention!

Christina Watkins

With the right use of lighting, you can make your audience scared, thrilled or happy even before the characters in the scene say a single line of dialogue. What emotion does the shot of Michael below evoke in you?

DFA students learn diverse lighting techniques like Cross-Key Lighting, River-Cop Lighting, Basic 3-Point Lighting, Lighting Ratios, High Key, Low Key, and a whole lot more.

Michael Gross

When you see Martial’s lighting set-up below, would you say: epic? messianic? powerful? all of the above? Leave your feedback in the comments below!

At Digital Film Academy in New York, you will work with instructors who are working filmmakers in the motion picture industry themselves and have a great wealth of experience.

Martial Davis

Learn more about our New York film school and find out how to break into the film industry.

Visit Our Film School at Times Square: https://www.digitalfilmacademy.edu/open-house/

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