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Lorena’s trip to the NY Film Academy
(One Week Digital Film Summer Camp)
We stayed at the Millennium United Nations Hotel in the UN plaza which is adjacent the United Nations Building. The hotel was about four blocks from Grand Central, so each day we took the subway to school and of course, got very familiar with Grand Central. The view from our hotel (38th floor) was of the East River, the Twin Towers (Ground Zero), The Chrysler Building, The Empire State Building and the United Nations Plaza. The weekend before classes, we visited the Museum of Natural History, took a pedi-tour of Central Park, visited the New York Public Library, went to Ground Zero (Twin Towers)and Wall Street (New York Stock Exchange), took the Ferry to Liberty Island to visit the Statue of Liberty and did Double Decker Tour bus around Uptown Manhattan, Brooklyn Bridge and Soho Village in the Meatpacking District. We also visited Battery Park, spent an evening in Times Square, spent time at the Wax Museum and the Empire State Bldg (we didn’t get to do the observatory tour).
The building where the [New York Film Academy’s] film camp was held was located across from Battery Park, next to Wall Street in the Financial District. I absolutely enjoyed the summer camp, met new friends and learned a lot about the film industry. The teacher talked about the different sorts of positions and titles in the film industry such as screenwriter, editor, producer, assistants, managers, etc. As part of the course, each student was given 2 ½ hours to shoot a non-dialogue short film in the city and 2 ½ hours to edit and produce a final copy for the teacher. I was chosen to act in two of my friend’s films on Wednesday, and on Thursday, it was my turn to choose actors (classmates) and shoot and produce my own movie within the time limit. I was also invited and encouraged to apply for an internship next summer in California. Graduation was on Friday at 3:30p.m., and our films were screened for everyone to enjoy. Thanks to everyone at CNCF, especially Rita, for organizing and making this trip possible. Thanks to the Cayman Islands Film Commission and Cayman Airways for sponsoring the tuition, accommodation and airline ticket, and to Mrs. Husemann at Triple ‘C’ School for introducing me to the YIM competition. This was a wonderful experience!