“We have programs that teach you all these different aspects of technical media training; lighting, sound, editing, animation, web-tv development, steadicam, it goes on and on. All money-makers! And besides all this training, the tuition is reasonable.”
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Digital Film Academy is based in New York City. We offer 1 and 2 year programs in filmmaking, including Cinematography, Directing, Screenwriting, Video Editing, Sound Recording, Audio Post-Production etc. Students and graduates can access film equipment and use facilities even after graduation.
Digital film academy started 15 years ago. Basically out of a typical evolution of an idea many years ago I was in this very building just down the whole editing. And people would come to me with some problem. And I would say all right want to save money just sit here at my editing station and fix it. And these were film school graduates I have a bachelors in film area, could do anything. So I asked them things like number one where did you go and they named of these schools i’m not going to get into it right now all in New York. And how much did you spend Oh sixty thousand dollars I have a student loan for seventy thousand dollars for my bachelor’s in film right, and equip functions. So I am an entrepreneur by nature and I had a light go on in my head and said oh my god. These people are being abused for their money and they can’t do anything what if we were to provide them actual training that served them for a quarter of that because there’s no need for it to be that crazy expensive. So that’s how this school came about.
If you’re interested in media training right and you want to actually work in the world of digital media. You want to be Hollywood success or you want to be a technical success. You want to have your own media being noted by the public or you want to work behind the scenes. Your options are you know they’re kind of limited. And if universities right if universities if they would say come here you’ll be out in three to four years you’ll be sixty seventy thousand dollars in debt. You’ll be maybe forty percent obsolete in what you’ve learned because whatever existed in the media industry you know two years ago year and a half ago three years ago doesn’t exist now out in the field. And so you’ll be hugely in debt. You’ll be thirty forty percent obsolete and you’ll have no way to make money. That’s the deal so please sign here. I don’t think a lot of people will be doing that but that is the reality. Of course the marketing is masterful it’s beautiful right. But that’s the actual fact of life in debt obsolete no access to money no access to income what so ever.
We have programs that teach you all these different aspects of technical media training; lighting sound editing animation webTV development I mean Steadicam it goes on and on and on all money makers. And then besides all this training the tuition is reasonable this is 18,800 something dollars 875 dollars almost nineteen thousand dollars. I think for the entire program now this is not pocket change this is serious money. I acknowledge that it should be but this is not gouging people this is not a crushing debt. And then the last thing we do which nobody in the world does either because I’m a genius or an idiot you know as to this day I don’t know. It works out very well for us in our students, but I keep thinking why aren’t other people doing this, and I guess it’s because they just don’t have to. But we’re the only school in the world that after you graduate you have free access to all the equipment and all the facilities for the rest of your life. Because when you have access to this kind of equipment what we’re being shot on now we’re ready red cameras. If anybody knows anything about the industry these are red cinema cameras these people have access to this for free for the rest of their lives. This is a game changer this is a career maker. So when you’re bidding on jobs after you graduate you can underbid anybody because you’re not paying for anything and you can have huge production value. So you have to kind of go out of your way to screw this up.But some people do by doing nothing essentially and all this is is an arrangement as set up. So you can now get to work you still have to get to work.