NYFA Australia's four-week online workshops are designed to teach the fundamentals of Filmmaking, Acting, and Screenwriting offering aspiring film and acting 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, group meetings, and additional one-on-one consultations with the instructor. For each one hour of interactive in-class instruction, you will engage in one hour of studio work outside of class to complete projects and exercises.
4-Week Online Workshops are currently being offered for these dates:
All programs are four weeks long and meet daily, Monday through Thursday.
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. A coherent visual approach to each proposed film should be arrived at by course end.
In addition to the short video exercises produced throughout the first three weeks of the program the student also compiles and submits a Visual Director’s Book that must contain: shooting script, script breakdown, floor plans, shot list, lined script, director's notes and visual references.
Film Directing Class Descriptions
- Week 1: Visual Literacy/Understanding the Language of Cinema
- Practicum: Mise-en-scene Exercise
- Week 2: Elements of Story & Continuity
- Practicum: Continuity Exercise
- Week 3: Building Character & Creating POV
- Week 4: Putting it all together
- Practicum: Visual Director’s Prepro Book
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.
Upon successful completion of this portion of the course, students will be able to create a floor plan, shot list, and shooting schedule. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the components of designing a shot, create and direct the dramatic beats in a script. They will be tasked with applying all of the concepts taught over the course of eight weeks to pre-production, shooting and editing of three individual exercises of increasing complexity.
Students will be challenged to think comprehensively about their film projects in terms of the economic realities of low budget student production and the limitations of not having access to crews and sometimes actors.
Director’s Craft is broken down into 5 subclasses: Directors Craft, Screen & Critique, Directing Actors, Crew Meetings, Sound Design, Producing for Directors and Production Design.
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 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.
Cinematography is broken down into the following subclasses: Image & Style, Understanding the Moving Image, Principles of Lighting and Guerilla Lighting, Exterior shooting and Screen & Critique.
This Area of Study presents students with multiple aesthetic approaches to editing video. Students will learn how to apply concepts such as temporal continuity, spatial and emotional continuity, as well as less traditional discontinuous editing techniques to their work. The area of study will also discuss the psychological and emotional effects of editing on the overall story. Additionally, students will learn to operate Adobe Premiere Pro editing software that they will use to edit their own exercises. Classes can be supplemented with individual consultations at the computer.
Editing broken down into 3 subclasses: Theory of Editing, Working with Premiere Pro and Sound Design in Premier.
The screenwriting portion of the course adheres to the philosophy that good directing cannot occur without a well-written script. The course is designed to build a fundamental understanding of dramatic structure, which is essential to writing an engaging film. Topics such as character arc, story premise, point of view, conflict and writing realistic dialogue are explored.
This class is designed to help students develop concepts and then ultimately scripts for their projects. It focuses on the fundamentals of visual storytelling and provides students with constructive analysis and support as they take a story from initial idea, treatment, and step outline to a rough draft, and finally, a shooting script.
Screenwriting is not broken down into subclasses.
- A camera (cell phone camera will suffice)
- Month-long subscription to Adobe Premiere Pro
- Laptop with minimum specs for editing (see table below)
||Intel® 6thGen or newer CPU
||Intel® 6thGen or newer CPU
||macOS v10.13 or later
||macOS v10.13 or later
|macOS v10.13 or later RAM
||8 GB of RAM
16 GB of RAM for HD media
32 GB for 4K media or higher
||2 GB of GPU VRAM
||4 GB of GPU VRAM
|Hard disk space
8 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).
Additional high-speed drive for media
Fast internal SSD for app installation and cache
Additional high-speed drive(s) for media
||1280 x 800
||1920 x 1080 or greater
|Network storage connection
||1 Gigabit Ethernet (HD only)
4-WEEK ONLINE ACTING
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 with people from all over the world, with the convenience of an online platform.
Classes: Text in Action, Monologues, Voice and Speech, Audition Technique, New Media, Performance Analysis
Acting Class Descriptions
Text in Action
This course teaches 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 course students will begin to hone a vocal technique that is open, free, flexible, lively, and possessing an extensive and colorful range.
In this intensive course, 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.
This course explores burgeoning forms of new media, including web series, as well as creating online media content and sketch production. Students explore what it means to produce their own work with materials that are available to them at low or no cost. The class will culminate in a sharing of self-written and produced short videos.
Students will view and participate in discussion of pivotal film performances and develop an appreciation and technical understanding of the methods, choices, and effects of various styles of acting.
4-Week Online Acting Course – Intermediate*
*Prerequisite: Previous NYFA Acting program or IMDB / Industry Acting Credits.
This Online Acting intensive 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 scene and character improvisation, students will evolve their own self-awareness as actors, take a deeper dive into the craft, and learn new, advanced 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, Improvisation, 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.
Students will examine the principles of improvisation, and how it is used in rehearsal and as a tool for expanding the actor’s range. Students will also develop and practice active listening, truthful reactions in performance and character creation through improvisation.
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.
4-WEEK ONLINE SCREENWRITING - STORY & STRUCTURE
This Online Screenwriting Workshop will provide students with a 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 outline. 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 a Short Treatment and Detailed Beat Sheet for a Feature Screenplay, ready to go to pages. Students will have written script pages (practice scenes) for the Elements of Screenwriting portion of the program.
Sessions: One class subject each day, divided into two 1.5 hour sessions with a break in between.
Classes: Elements of Screenwriting, Feature Screenwriting Workshop
Screenwriting - Story & Structure Class Descriptions
Elements of Screenwriting
This class provides the basics on narrative structure, screenplay formatting, and plotting and developing your feature screenplay idea. It also teaches specific skills like dialogue, subtext, exposition, elements of a scene, character arcs, and theme. Students will write practice scenes and discuss storytelling and the basic and in depth tools of feature screenwriting.
This class is a workshop, for developing story ideas, and turning them into feature screenplay ideas. Students will bring in multiple ideas, workshop them with classmates under the guidance of their instructor until they pick an idea to plot as a feature screenplay. Then they will plot that idea in detail, figuring out the broad structure before focusing in on the plotting details and eventually generating a treatment and a beat sheet for a ready to write feature screenplay.
4-WEEK ONLINE SCREENWRITING - TELEVISION PILOT
With over 580 shows currently broadcasting on TV, cable, and streaming services, there’s never been a better time in history to be a television writer. The 4-Week Online Television Writing program will prepare the emerging writer for every phase of TV Storytelling; from developing a concept, building characters, and pitching their ideas to crafting an outline and ultimately writing the teaser and first act of the teleplay (Half-Hour Sitcom or One-Hour Drama).
Topics covered in this course include but are not limited to: anatomy of the sitcom, building the one-hour drama, and the differences between network and cable shows. Students will complete the program with a Character Biography, Five-Minute Pitch, Detailed Outline, Completed Show Bible, and Teaser and First Act of their TV Show.
Sessions: One class subject each day, divided into two 1.5 hour segments with a break in between.
Classes: Feature Writing Workshop, Elements of Dramatic Narrative
Screenwriting - Television Pilot Class Descriptions
TV Class Description
Under the guidance of the instructor, the Television Writing Workshop exposes students to different TV formats and genres and helps them develop the concept and voice of their show. Students will initially pitch three ideas - one of which will be the basis for their original television pilot. Once students choose their main story idea, they will pitch, plot, outline the story and create a show bible. In the last week of the program students will write the teaser and first act of their teleplay.
Elements of Dramatic Narrative For Television
This narrative theory course introduces students to paradigms, processes and tools to help create their teleplay. Specifically, the course exposes students to a variety of television genres as a foundation to build competency when writing either the half hour sit-com or the one hour drama. Students will attend screenings and lectures, complete quizzes, participate in extensive class discussions, and engage in writing exercises to assist in the creation of the story pitch, outline and show bible.
4-WEEK ONLINE FILM & TV PRODUCING
This Online Producing workshop gives students a comprehensive overview of the entire producing process. Courses include: Producer's Craft (explores every aspect of Creative Producing), Line Producing (students learn the elements of production management, including 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, Camera/Lighting, Sound and Editing. 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, Line Producing, Pitching, Story and Screenwriting, Film Festival Strategies, Case Studies, Intro to Editing, Intro to Camera/Lighting, Intro to Sound, Directing for Producers.
Film & TV Producing Class Descriptions
This class explores every aspect of the Producing process: from identifying ideas through the development of scripts, assembling commercially viable packages, as well as financing, production, marketing, and distribution. Through lecture, discussion of industry developments, handouts and individual research assignments, Producer’s Craft lays the groundwork for a profession as a Creative Producer.
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.
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.
Story and Screenwriting
Producers play a key role in the development of scripts. Students will gain firsthand knowledge of fundamental screenwriting elements such as: structure, conflict, character, premise, plot, and thematic point of view. They will gain insight into working with writers, story analysis, and overall management of the development 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 their 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.
This course will use specific in-depth examples of an already produced project to introduce students to the specific issues, problems, and solutions of the development, financing, pre-production, production, post production, distribution, and exhibition of studio and independent films.
Producers must have a fundamental understanding of the various crafts involved in the filmmaking process.
Intro to Camera/Lighting
Students will learn the basic fundamentals of using a camera and lights for film capture utilizing the latest in digital technology. This course will provide the student with enough knowledge to deal with basic production camera and lighting issues.
Intro to Sound
This is an overview of production sound recording: to understand the importance of sound, to learn to record sound in different environments, to learn to assemble and troubleshoot the sound recording equipment.
Intro to Editing
Students will learn the fundamentals of editing using Adobe Premiere software. This course will provide the student with enough knowledge to deal with simple editorial production issues.
Directing for Producers
The Producer/Director relationship is crucial to the success of any project. This overview of directing 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.