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The New York Film Academy is launching its VR Narrative & VR Game Design program in January 😎 🎞 🎉

I’ll be heading up the VR Narrative program in NYC teaching storytelling and directing. We have some amazing individuals on board who will teach everything else from post to spatial sound recording, and we will have specialized guest speakers giving workshops throughout the course. The course is tailored to reflect and teach practices applicable to the current working environment so our students are ready to enter into the professional field after the course. Because of this The New York Film Academy only employees teacher who are actively working in their field while teaching the course. 

There are still some spots available, so sign up if you are interested or send it along to anyone else interested. Happy to answer any questions and looking forward to teaching the future of VR content creators very soon!

PRESS RELEASE: New York Film Academy Launches Virtual Reality Workshops

via PRWEB DECEMBER 07, 2016

Virtual Reality (VR) is one the fastest-growing areas of creative expression and technical innovation, making it the new frontier in storytelling. With more and more storytellers looking to break into this new medium, the New York Film Academy is now offering three distinct hands-on VR programs, beginning February 6, 2017.

New York Film Academy is hosting an Interactive VR Open House, Saturday Dec. 10, 2016 at the New York City campus.

In a medium where the rules have not yet been written, VR presents such a unique opportunity for the storytellers of tomorrow as our students will be able to blaze new trails and quickly become leaders of the industry, Virtual Reality (VR) is one the fastest-growing areas of creative expression and technical innovation, making it the new frontier in storytelling.

“VR is unlike any other audio-visual storytelling platform because it immerses users inside an experience and gives them agency — thereby invoking a depth of emotion and interactivity comparable to real life,” says Phoebe Elefante, Chair of Animation.

With more and more storytellers looking to break into this new medium, the New York Film Academy is now offering three distinct hands-on VR programs, beginning February 6, 2017.

The three NYFA VR programs will be broken down into the following: 

  • Intro to Interactive VR: This program is designed for anyone who wants a practical foundation in the production of interactive VR, including: 3D Modeling & Animation for asset creation, Coding in C#, and implementation in the Unity 3D game engine.
  • VR Game Design: This program builds on the Intro’s foundation and focuses on game design techniques applied in the VR space. Students are required to complete the Intro course, or submit a portfolio demonstrating equivalent skills in 3D Modeling/Animation and/or development in Unity.
  • Narrative VR Filmmaking: NYFA’s Filmmaking Department has brought together industry leading VR storytellers for the purpose of designing a hands-on, intensive and comprehensive 360 degree video production workshop. Narrative VR Filmmaking provides an in-depth introduction to the world of 360 degree video production including: writing for VR, directing the actors and audience in 360, multi-lens cinematography and VR post production.

An Interactive Open House and Information Session about the New York Film Academy’s Virtual Reality programs will be held at 17 Battery Place in New York City on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, from 2-4 p.m. EST. You can RSVP to attend at

Chair of Animation & Game Design Phoebe Elefante and Chair of Short-Term Filmmaking Jonathan Whittaker will present an overview of the 360/VR landscape, the incredible creative and financial opportunities, and the hands-on, intensive workshops designed to build the conceptual and practical foundations for those interested in using 360 video and interactive VR to express their creative visions.

“In a medium where the rules have not yet been written, VR presents such a unique opportunity for the storytellers of tomorrow as our students will be able to blaze new trails and quickly become leaders of the industry,” said Whittaker.

Following the presentation, guests are invited to experience the 360 video and interactive VR content created by NYFA’s slate of VR Instructors, all of whom are working professionals leading the revolution of content in this new medium.

More About the New York Film Academy VR Programs

The New York Film Academy’s hands-on short-term virtual reality programs, guide students in concept development, design, and production of their own interactive VR experiences, games and 360-degree films. By utilizing industry-standard VR techniques under the guidance of experts in the ever-growing VR industry, our eight-week programs aim to provide students with a practical foundation in VR production.

VR brings together computer-generated images, animation, programming, user experience design, game design, live action 360 video, non-linear screenwriting, and transmedia narrative design to create a holistic experience. The uses of VR are also seemingly endless. Virtual, augmented, and mixed realities have applications across industries, from games, documentary, narrative filmmaking and other entertainment, to mental health, journalism, architecture, and weight loss.

For questions and additional information about the Virtual Reality programs at the New York Film Academy, or to RSVP for the Interactive VR Open House event, please email

You can now also call me Professor....

I have got some exciting news! Just this week, I became part of the faculty at the New York Film Academy in NYC to teach directing music videos. I will be the first woman to teach directing at the New York Film Academy. I adore teaching, and it has been one of my dreams in life to become a teacher at a film academy. 

What I love about this course is that it is hands-on and true to life, which is, in my opinion, the most productive way to learn a craft. 

In the course, students will learn all the tools of filmmaking; from camera to sound to directing; to then go onto the full professional process of pitching a music video to a professional musician, who will then only pick one of the treatments; just the way it is in real life. After the treatment is selected the whole class will produce the selected music video. 

The course is in partnership with Rolling Stone and the musician, who is providing the song for the class, is non-other than Arian Saleh, who I had the pleasure to direct a music video for many ions ago.  

Below you can find detail information on the course. There are still spots left they told me today. So if any of you are interested to take the class with me, join us!


The New York Film Academy has joined forces with Rolling Stone, one of the most respected magazines covering the music and entertainment industries to train the next generation of music video creators.

The Four Week Rolling Stone Music Video Workshops give students the opportunity to make their own music videos in a hands-on, intensive program. Taught by professional music video makers and experts, students learn how to conceptualize, work with a record label, collaborate with a musical artist or band, produce, shoot, direct, and edit their own music videos.

By its very nature, the music video is stylistic, expressive, evocative, and free of many of the constraints of standard narrative filmmaking. Making music videos can be a great proving ground for aspiring film and television directors helping theme develop a personal style. Accomplished filmmakers, like David Fincher (Se7en), Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich), Antoine Fuqua (Training Day), Michael Bay (Transformers), McG (Charlie’s Angles), and Brett Ratner (Rush Hour) began their careers by making music videos. And established directors like Martin Scorsese, Michael Apted, and John Landis have chosen to direct music videos as a way to explore the possibilities of the medium.


The Rolling Stone/New York Film Academy Music Video workshops give students the all-around creative and technical experience and training necessary to make their own music videos. Students in the program receive hundreds of hours of hands-on instruction and actual production experience. The curriculum integrates intensive study in all the major filmmaking disciplines including cinematography, directing, screenwriting, producing, and editing. Students write, direct, and edit their own music videos and work on crew of their classmates’ productions.

Our program is for people who have the passion to plunge into full-time music video production, and to commit themselves to a focused and demanding curriculum.

No previous experience is required. However, participants must work with self-discipline, energy, and mutual respect.

As in all New York Film Academy programs, the music video course emphasizes hands-on learning. Music Video directing classes are not theoretical explorations; they are practical workshops designed to put students in the director’s chair as quickly as possible. The New York Film Academy encourages students to take creative risks and find their own voices as visual artists.

Students complete the music video workshops with skills in all areas of making music videos, an enormous amount of production experience, examples of their own work, and a certificate of completion.


Music Video Craft, Cinematography, Playback, Editing, Production Workshop

Projects Each Student Will Complete:

Music Video One: Music and Image

Students will each choose a continuous selection of music from one to four minutes. Each will write, shoot, direct, and edit a non-performance based music video. The video may tell a story, follow an experimental structure, or explore a theme through montage.

Music Video Two: Group Project

Each student edits his or her own version of a music video produced by the class. The concept for the video will be created by the class under the supervision of the Music Video Craft teacher. Performance footage of the band or artist will be shot by the class as a group. Each student will have the opportunity to shoot “B-Roll” without the performer or band for his or her own version of the video.


Students will be trained on and make their music videos using professional HD cameras, lights, and playback gear.



New York and Los Angeles

Start Dates:

  • Oct 10, 2016 - Nov 4, 2
  • Jan 3, 2017 - Jan 28, 2017
  • Feb 6, 2017 - Mar 4, 2017
  • Mar 6, 2017 - Apr 1, 2017
  • Apr 3, 2017 - Apr 29, 2017
  • May 1, 2017 - May 26, 2017
  • Jul 10, 2017 - Aug 5, 2017
  • Jan 8, 2018 - Feb 3, 2018
  • Feb 5, 2018 - Mar 3, 2018
  • Mar 5, 2018 - Mar 29, 2018

2016 Cost:

  • Tuition: $3,300* (USD) plus Equipment Fee: $500

2017 Cost:

  • Tuition: $3,410* (USD) plus Equipment Fee: $520

*Students will also incur additional expenses on their own productions. This varies depending on how much film they shoot and scale of the projects.