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The art of filmmaking—writing, cinematography, music, editing, sound—can inspire and influence people and the world around us. It takes talented, passionate, creative individuals to work in this fascinating industry. In New York, a great number of jobs can be found in film production for television, cable, local and network stations, as well as independent companies that create feature-length, documentary, commercial and educational productions.

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Many successful film professionals began their careers by developing strong skills in the various aspects of their craft. Art is derived from craft. Therefore, we have focused our film/digital program on learning each part of the process, giving you a solid foundation for getting that first job. 

Screenwriters who have an understanding of the roles of the director, actor and editor will make for better writers. Directors with a grounding in acting, editing and cinematography can project stronger reflections of their personal vision. Whenever you are ready, we offer courses in screenwriting, production, cinematography, directing, producing, the digital image, sound design, acting, editing and marketing. 

Information Session

Film, Video and Animation Information Session
One night: Tuesday, January 6
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC, FREE OF CHARGE

What are the career opportunities in film, video and animation in New York? What do you need to begin? Spend an evening with some of our continuing education film, video, animation and cinema studies faculty; see their students' work, hear them discuss it and let them answer your questions on how to begin working in these dynamic fields.
NOTE: This information session will be held at 209 East 23rd Street, room 502, 5th floor. Seating is given on a first-come, first-served basis. Session begins promptly at 6:30 PM.
MODERATOR: VALERIE SMALDONE, principal, Valerie Smaldone Media Worldwide; voice-over artist and live announcer; host, Valerie’s New York; actress; producer; writer; celebrity interviewer, 92Y; talent coach.

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  • Thursday, October 23, 2014

    The Wage is Too Damn Low

    The Wage is Too Damn Low

    “Artists rarely make a decent wage, even when they manage to practice art and have it be their main source of income,” says a recent Washington Post blog post.  How much should artists get paid?

  • Friday, October 10, 2014

    Pros and Con

    Pros and Con

    New York Comic Con is the mega-spectacle now under way at the Javits Center.  It’s the biggest pop culture convention in the East Coast and second biggest nationwide. Last year, it attracted more...

  • Monday, October 6, 2014

    Powerful Portrait

    Powerful Portrait

    Visit the district office of State Senator Brad Hoylman and you’ll find a painting by SVA Residencies alum George Towne of former Congressman Barney Frank!  Barney Frank was the first member of...

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