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10 Things Every Independent Filmmaker Should Never Be Without

May 5, 2021

When you’re just starting out and you’ve got a tight budget, it’s difficult to know what expenses are essential and which can be cut. It’s easy to try and save yourself time, money, and effort by leaving out things you don’t know you’ll need. But that can come back to bite you in the rear […]

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They’re here! In-person classes

April 19, 2021

Spring in-person classes “When are you going to be back in-person?”. That’s by far the most asked question from aspiring filmmakers that are interested in attending DFA. We get it – and we heard you! We are finally back with selected classes on our NYC facility. While the COVID pandemic isn’t quite over yet, there’s […]

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5 lessons from Francis Ford Coppola

April 7, 2021

For Coppola’s 82nd birthday, after almost 60 years of filmmaking, we’ve tried to extract some wisdom. 1) Don’t Give Up Coppola almost got fired three times while filming The Godfather. But he didn’t quit, delivering a film most consider one of the greatest of all time. 2) Don’t Be Afraid of Change  “I have seen […]

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Do you REALLY need a Shooting Schedule?

March 22, 2021

It’s a short script, you wrote it and, you’re filming it with your friends/fellow students/Cousin Brad. You’re the producer and director and writer, you know this project like the back of your hand. So it will be okay, right?  NO! You should always have a shooting schedule. Even for small simple projects.  Why? Because something […]

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101 ways to improve your shooting

January 7, 2021

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 improving2) Do it3) Do it again4) Do it again5) Do it again6) …101) Don’t stop doing it til you’re […]

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Expose Yourself

December 14, 2020

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 […]

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Short Film by DFA student: “Blind Art”

November 13, 2020

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 […]

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Chase a Story not the Gear

September 30, 2020

What camera did you use? What editing software? What LUT? Which filmmaker haven’t ever heard these questions? We are being bombarded with new releases from established equipment brands being announced constantly, and it’s hard to keep up with the always evolving technology surrounding film gear. People are consuming more content now than ever, spending more […]

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Coronavirus and The Evolution of a Film School

April 20, 2020

While the world hunkered down in the Spring of 2020 against Coronavirus, U.S. universities and colleges faced a challenge: how to continue to educate and train their students? One film school in New York City was undergoing a forward-looking evolution. Patrick Direnna. President and Founder of Digital Film Academy explains: “In that moment we switched […]

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