NYFA Australia's online workshops are designed to teach the fundamentals of film related disciplines, offering aspiring students the opportunity to gain expertise in their chosen field from anywhere in the world.
The workshops are active creative learning experiences where students will participate in every class, interact with teachers and classmates, and create original work. As with our on-campus programs, classes are kept small to allow for optimal teacher-student interaction, critique, and discussion of creative work.
Each workshop includes live interactive instruction and group meetings. For each one hour of interactive in-class instruction, you will engage in one hour of work outside of class to complete projects and exercises.
4-Week Online Workshops are currently being offered for these dates:
25 October - 18 November 2021
17 January - 10 February 2022
All programs are four weeks long and meet 3 nights a week, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.
30 hours total, 1 x 2.5 hour class per evening.
1 class per day. All times are in Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST):
6:00pm - 8:30 pm
Tuition: AUD $1,500 per course
Personal computer or laptop
Zoom software (free)
Screenwriting software (free or Professional) - For Screenwriting and Directing
Microsoft Office (Word and Excel for Producers)
Access to internet
You may require specific software for the workshop. See workshop descriptions for details
4-WEEK ONLINE FILM DIRECTING
This workshop focuses on how a filmmaker writes, preps for and directs a short film while focusing on the fact that good storytelling is never about the technology but rather the story and the acting.
Through a series of online lectures and guided exercises this workshop will cover the tools available to help implement the Director’s vision in the unique narrative structure of the short film they write. Examined in depth this course covers including but is not limited to the necessary elements that make a good scene/story, how a director breaks down the written word into visual shots and creates point of view, getting good performances from the actors and designing a visual strategy for their story.
Students participate in a series of lectures, discussions, and in-class screenings to further hone their understanding of the art and craft of directing. This class has a special focus on pre-production and the elements of visual storytelling.
Week 1: Introduction to Visual Grammar, Mis en scene / Screenwriting - Formatting a screenplay and Generating ideas / Editing - Software Introduction, Narrative Editing
Practicum: Narrative Stills Sequence Exercise
Week 2: Director’s Craft Exercise Review, Coverage & Blocking / Screenwriting - writing the short narrative, the outline / Camera - Composition and Lighting
Practicum: Practicum: Composition and Lighting Exercise
Week 3: Camera - Composition and Lighting Exercise Review / Camera - Lenses / Working with Actors / Working with Crew / Script Markup / Storyboards
Practicum: Short Narrative Film Exercise
Week 4: Editing the short narrative / Sound Design / Final Screening and Critique
Film Directing Class Descriptions
The core of the Four-Week Program, Director’s Craft introduces students to the fundamentals of directing a film. As directors, students will focus on the essentials of visual storytelling. They will learn concepts to help achieve maximum psychological impact by studying the director’s decisions in camera placement, blocking, staging, and visual image design.
Director’s Craft is broken down into 5 Subclasses: Introduction to Visual Grammar, Mise en scene, Narrative Stills review, Coverage and Blocking, the Markup script, Storyboards and Shot lists, Working with Actors, Director and the crew, and Final Review and Critique of Short Narrative Film.
The screenwriting portion of the course adheres to the philosophy that good directing cannot occur without a well-written script. These classes are designed to introduce students to the basic principles of screenwriting, including brainstorming, dramatic structure, character arc and conflict.
This class is designed to help students develop concepts and then ultimately scripts for their final project. Concepts such as brainstorming, dramatic structure, character arc and conflict are explored. It focuses on the fundamentals of visual storytelling and provides students with constructive analysis and support as they take a story from initial idea and step outline to a shooting script.
Camera and Lighting
This course introduces the students to the principles of photography as applied to the moving image. The fundamental elements of cinematography can be applied to any camera. Those fundamentals include; exposure, lenses, focus, and movement.
In addition to covering cameras, students in this course will also learn fundamental lighting techniques. They learn how to support the mood of the story with lighting choices and they experiment with expressive lighting styles. This includes using nontraditional/professional lighting equipment, learning how to what is available in a safe and creative manner.
Camera is broken down into the following subclasses: Composition, Guerilla Lighting, Exterior Shooting, Lighting exercise review and critique, Lenses and movement.
This Area of Study will discuss the psychological and emotional effects of editing on the overall story. Additionally, students will learn to operate editing software that they will use to edit their own exercises, as well as implementing basic sound design.
Editing broken down into 4 subclasses: Software introduction, Theory of Editing, Editing the Short Narrative, Sound Editing.
A camera (cell phone camera will suffice)
Da Vinci Resolve (Free Version)
Laptop with minimum specs for editing (see table below)
Intel Core i7 or newer CPU
Intel Core i9
macOS v10.14.6 or later / Windows 10
macOS v10.14.6 or later / Windows 10
macOS v10.14.6 or later RAM
16 GB of RAM
16 GB of RAM for HD media
32 GB for 4K media or higher
4 GB of GPU VRAM
8 GB of GPU VRAM
Hard disk space
50 GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (will not install on a volume that uses a case sensitive file system or on removable flash storage devices).
This online intensive Acting program will help develop the skills you need to compete in the business of acting. Students will learn how to choose and workshop monologues, explore how to produce their own original material, discover how to break down and prepare a script, watch and discuss great performances from some of the best talent in the industry, and prepare for the business by learning how to self-tape and submit for auditions. This unique experience is a wonderful way to study at New York Film Academy Australia with people from all over the world, with the convenience of an online platform.
Classes: Text in Action, Monologues, Voice and Speech, Audition Technique
Acting Class Descriptions
Text in Action
In this class, students will learn the core skills necessary for maintaining the integrity of a performance. Text in Action focuses on the analysis and mapping skills required while shooting out of sequence. Students examine contemporary playwrights and screenwriters, examining plot structure and extracting given circumstances, and learn to utilize these fundamental tools for rehearsal and performance.
Voice and Speech
In this class, students will begin to hone a vocal technique that is open, free, flexible, lively, and possessing an extensive and colorful range.
In this class, you will learn how to choose a monologue that showcases your individual type, playing to your unique strengths as an actor. You will learn how to shape and craft your monologue by choosing specific objectives, actions, and personalized points of view, to ultimately create a monologue that can be used for auditions and showcases alike.
This class focuses on the fundamentals of crafting material for on-camera TV and Film auditions, so that you can create unique, compelling auditions that showcase your strengths as an actor. You will also learn what to expect in a professional audition setting, and how to successfully master self tape auditions.
*Prerequisite: Previous NYFA Acting program or IMDB / Industry Acting Credits.
This Online Acting Intermediate program is designed to refine and strengthen the technique of actors with previous training or experience with theatrical or on-camera performance. With a strong emphasis on script analysis, vocal training, and acting fundamentals, students will evolve their own self-awareness as actors, take a deeper dive into the craft, and learn different methods for tackling a role. The online learning platform allows a unique experience to study with people from all over the world, while still creating a collaborative environment for critique and discussion.
Classes: Script Analysis, Voice and Dialects, Acting Fundamentals
Acting Class Descriptions
Breaking down theatre, television and film scripts to understand character, story and genre tropes. Students will examine the psychology behind characterisation and how genre can affect the actor’s approach to performance.
Voice and Dialects
Understanding vocal technique as applied to accents and dialects. Students will examine the technical aspects of various accents, including standard American and RP.
In these classes, students will work on performing a series of monologues and texts, with a view to identifying strengths and weaknesses based on lecturer and peer feedback. Students will learn the need for self-awareness as an actor, and understand that acting is a journey of evolving and improving your craft.
This Online Screenwriting Workshop will provide students with hands-on experience on what it means to be a screenwriter in the film industry. Students will learn the basic building blocks of story - structure, character, dialog, and industry-standard formatting. They will use these tools to develop an original idea for a feature film into a detailed Beat Sheet. The program focuses primarily on the basic tools all writers need to develop their stories. It provides a fundamental knowhow relevant to anyone who wants to write cinematically for the screen.
Students will complete the program with written practice scenes and a detailed Beat Sheet for a feature film.
Class 1: Writer’s Toolkit - Intro, Loglines, Synopsis
Class 2: Screenplay Formatting & Software
Class 3: Intro to Three Act Structure + themes
Class 4: Logline and Synopsis Review
Class 5: Character
Class 6: Writing Scenes
Class 7: Sample Scene + Character Breakdown Review / Intro to Dialogue
Class 8: Dialogue and Subtext
Class 9: Turning Points / Intro to Beat Sheets
Class 10: Dialogue and Subtext exercise review
Class 11: Beat Sheet Exercise
Class 12: Beat Sheet Review and refinement
Screenwriting - Story & Structure Class Descriptions
This class provides the basics on generating ideas, creating loglines, synopsis and other story development tools for feature films.
Screenplay Formatting and Software
This class will introduce students to industry standard formatting for a feature film screenplay, including correctly formatted scene headings, action and description, character and dialogue.
Students will be introduced to the fundamental concepts of narrative structure, screenplay, and plotting. It also teaches specific skills like elements of a scene, turning points, identifying theme and completing a beat sheet for a feature film screenplay.
Students will learn the fundamental skills of building dynamic, engaging and multi-dimensional characters for cinematic stories. The focus will be on identifying what qualities define powerful characters and how they engage with each other and the elements of the story.
Through practical in-class exercises, students will learn how to craft and rewrite a scene, refining dialogue, character, and scene description to generate a compelling and engaging experience that can be translated to the screen.
Dialogue and Subtext
Through practical in-class exercises and examples, students will learn how to craft authentic and engaging dialogue exchanges between characters. Areas of focus include character motivation and goals, conflict and subtext.
This Online Producing workshop gives students an introductory overview of the entire producing process. Courses include: Producer's Craft (students learn the elements of production management, including identifying and developing material for the screen, financing, budgeting and scheduling), Pitching (an essential producing skill), Film Festival Strategies, as well as an introduction to the various crafts of filmmaking including: Screenwriting, Directing and other key creative roles. Graduates of the program will gain practical and pragmatic skills, tools, and knowledge, enabling them to develop and hone necessary skills for a career in the film and television industry.
Classes: Producer’s Craft, Pitching, Story and Screenwriting, Scheduling and Budgeting, Production Management, Working with the Director, Film Craft - Production, Film Craft - Post Production, Film Festival Strategies, Final Review.
Film & TV Producing Class Descriptions
This class provides a broad overview of the Producing process: from identifying ideas through the development of scripts to financing and production management. Through lecture, discussion of industry developments, handouts and individual research assignments, Producer’s Craft lays the groundwork for a profession as a Creative Producer.
Story and Screenwriting
Producers play a key role in the development of scripts. Students will gain firsthand knowledge of basic, fundamental screenwriting elements such as: structure, conflict and character. They will gain insight into working with writers, story analysis, and overall management of the development process.
The Art of Pitching
An essential producing skill, students learn the appropriate pitching techniques for a variety of meetings and settings. Each student will practice and gain critical and fundamental pitching skills, including writing effective loglines, identifying the audience, and perfecting the pitch.
Scheduling and Budgeting
Students learn about the physical aspects of production: scheduling and budgeting, crew descriptions, paperwork and reporting mechanisms (permits, call sheets, production reports), pay rates, working with unions, insurance guidelines, and more.
Producers must have a fundamental understanding of the various crafts involved in the filmmaking process. This class will provide students with a brief overview of the key creative roles involved in production and post-production, including Cinematographer, Production Designer, Composer, Sound Recordist, Editor and Sound Designer.
Working with the Director
The Producer/Director relationship is crucial to the success of any project. This overview will introduce the student to the language of directing and the basic elements of the director’s craft including: working with actors, composition and blocking, shots and shot lists, continuity, text vs. subtext, crew positions, and the budgetary restraints of the creative process.
Film Festival Strategies
With the proliferation of film festivals around the world, this course will offer an opportunity at a “low cost” option for the submission of their films and a means to develop a film community of their own. Film Festivals are expanding as the technology explodes in the digital universe. Topics include festival selection, social media campaigns, case study of a specific film to examine the process of working the festival circuit, and achieving potential distribution deals.
Gold Coast: Main Campus - Southport Central Towers, Central 2E, 5 Lawson Street, Southport QLD 4215 | Tel. +61 7 5555 1300
Village Roadshow Studios, Entertainment Road, Oxenford, Gold Coast, QLD Australia 4210
For Australian locations: All programs and workshops are solely owned and operated by the New York Film Academy Australia and are not affiliated with Village Roadshow Studios or Warner Bros Movie World.
For U.S. locations: All programs and workshops are solely owned and operated by the New York Film Academy and are not affiliated with Universal Studios or Harvard University.