New York City, May 24, 2012 – Students who attend after-school programs at East Side Community High School and Marte Valle Secondary School on the Lower East Side participated in a Time Warner Cable Connect A Million Minds workshop this week to explore the wonders of math and science inside the world of movies and film-making. In partnership with the New York Film Academy at its Union Square headquarters, students learned about the significance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills required in the film industry to bring movies to life.
During the interactive workshop, students were divided into groups and tasked to shoot a scene, with each individual assuming the role of a director, cinematographer, assistant camera, lighting person and actor. The scenes were designed to enable students to understand how math and science is important in the utilization of fast and slow motion, control over depth of field and the use of a green screen. The workshop concluded in a screening room, where the students viewed their work of art and were also treated to a presentation on 3D animation and special effects.
“We’re proud to work with a great partner like the New York Film Academy to demonstrate to students the importance of STEM skills in movies and film-making,” said John Quigley, Time Warner Cable’s Regional Vice President of Operations for New York City. “These students got a taste of real-life situations and career paths where STEM skills are needed, which is an important component of our Connect A Million Minds program. The next time these students watch a box office hit in theatres or On Demand, they’ll have a better appreciation of how STEM makes films possible.”
“We are thrilled to work with Time Warner Cable on this initiative,” said New York Film Academy’s Provost, Michael Young. “Math and science are as integral to filmmaking as poetry and drama. It is an art form that challenges us to use all our faculties in its creation.”
The New York Film Academy - School of Film and Acting is a film and acting school based in New York City. It offers short-term film-making and acting courses, as well as one- and two-year conservatory and Master of Fine Arts programs. The school also offers instruction in Film Making, Producing, Screenwriting, Digital Filmmaking, Computer Animation, and Film Acting Programs at various locations throughout the world. For more about the New York Film Academy, visit http://www.nyfa.edu.
The students are part of the Department of Youth and Community Development’s University Settlement Beacon Program at East Side Community High School and Grand Street Settlement Beacon Program at Marte Valle Secondary School. The students visited the New York Film Academy on May 23.
Connect a Million Minds is an initiative created by Time Warner Cable in 2009, designed to inspire the next generation of problem solvers by connecting young people to the wonders of science, technology, engineering and math. For more information about Connect a Million Minds, visit http://www.connectamillionminds.com.
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