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SVA Style Asks the Movie Experts

Who better to ask for movie recommendations than the students who are studying filmmaking? We stopped by the BFA Film library to ask film students Tali Zingman, Linnea McGinness and Bella Miller what their don’t-miss movies of all time are. Then we polled BFA Computer Art students for their recommendations for VFX and animated films.

THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION
Tali Zingman, third year
“One movie no one should miss is The Shawshank Redemption. It’s a super basic answer, but I’m always shocked by how many people—especially film majors—haven’t seen it.”

THE BREAKFAST CLUB
Linnea McGinness, third year
“I love The Breakfast Club because it’s such a clever film, and very simple. It really shows what you can do creatively, even when you don’t have the most elaborate or action-packed movie!”

ARRIVAL
Bella Miller, third year
“It’s a beautiful film that addresses common humanity and how language shapes our reality. I suggest everyone watch it at least twice.”

WHAT WAS THE ONE FILM THAT MADE YOU WANT TO LEARN ABOUT COMPUTER ANIMATION AND VFX?
Three BFA Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects students looked back and were able to pinpoint one movie (or franchise) that inspired them to learn for themselves what goes on behind the scenes.

“To this day, my main inspiration is, and will always be, the entire Harry Potter film series. I had read the books, but being able to go to a theater and see the magic translated on screen was something I will cherish forever. It was absolutely unbelievable seeing the characters I read about come to life in eight parts. I think what also makes it so breathtaking is that the visual effects are so seamless; it feels like a real world.”
Brittany Laureano, fourth year

“Though its effects are largely practical, made from puppets and elaborately built sets, Pan’s Labyrinth has been a constant reference point for me. The way Guillermo del Toro is able to bring magic and fantasy into a world so often saturated with aggressive noir and cynical realism drew me to 3D. It made me want to explore the play of 3D inside a live-action set. Pan’s Labyrinth doesn’t sacrifice its writing for the visuals, and vice versa. It’s a beautiful, heartbreaking film.”
Cas Laur, third year

“The movie that inspired me to study computer art was Ratatouille. As a kid I loved watching the film with my family. I even had the DVD at home. Because of that, I ended up watching one of the ‘behind-the-scenes’ clips in the special features section. That’s how I was able to learn about the movie, and I was so intrigued. You’d think a kid would be bored, but I only wanted to know more about this new world. I wanted to learn what animation was and how to do it.”
Eileen Martinez, second year

Best Places to Catch Unique Films—New and Old
You can pick up discount AMC Loews movie passes at the SVA Campus Store to see the latest blockbuster, but if you want to catch something more indie, or see a classic on the big screen, check out these theaters (all in Manhattan, except where noted).

Angelika Film Center
18 West Houston Street

Cinépolis Chelsea
260 West 23rd Street

Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center
144 West 65th Street

Film Forum
209 West Houston Street

IFC Center
323 Sixth Avenue

Metrograph
7 Ludlow Street

Museum of Modern Art*
11 West 53rd Street

Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35th Avenue, Astoria, Queens

The Roxy Cinema
2 Sixth Avenue

And don’t forget the SVA Theatre. In addition to screening SVA student films, free movie screenings are frequently announced in the SVA Today e-newsletter!
*Free tickets available with your student ID!

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