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Student Blog: Chris Stager

Student Chris Stager takes a selfie in a car wearing a red beanie and a hoodie under a jacket.

First year transfer student Chris Stager has spent the past two years going through filmographies of notable filmmakers, and writing about them on tumblr (drowningseacinemaclub).

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Student Blog: Kevin Fann

Kevin Fann on the street smiling at the camera.

Student Kevin Fann dives into the importance of sound on student films, and gives some tips he’s learned from SVA and alumni.

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Student Blog: Yuqing Cheng

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Student Yuqing Cheng writes about making her thesis short film, My Mom’s Violin, a narrative thriller drama.

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Student Blog: Joseph Rana

Joseph Rana taking notes on set.

3rd year student Joseph Rana writes about his path to choosing an editing concentration at SVA, and how his classes have benefited him. 

 

 

In the Fall of 2019, I was entering SVA as a freshman in the film department.

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Student Blog: Annie Fleisch

3rd year film student Annie Fleisch discusses the challenges she faced when making her second-year film during the pandemic.

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Student Blog: Silas Wisell

SVA student Silas Wisell sits on the edge of a cliff looking off into the distance

Third year screenwriter Silas Wisell writes about moving to New York City, finding inspiration in the city during the pandemic, and the importance of writing every day.

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Student Blog: Jack Murtha

Student Jack Murtha stands next to a person sitting at a desk, speaking with them on the set of their short film.

Student Jack Murtha writes about coming to SVA and immediately jumping into making films – working on over 40 films in his first year at SVA.

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Student Blog: Yoko Chen

Student Yoko Chen wears a hat and an orange jcaket while standing outside. A blurred background of trees and grass can be seen behind them.

Homesick in NYC, Yoko Chen decides to create a traditional Hotpot feast for her SVA friends in her short film which you can watch here.

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Student Blog: Ahmari Ly-Johnson

Blog writer Ahmari Ly-Johnson stands in front of a purple background with a sweatshirt on looking directly into the camera.

Student Ahmari Ly-Johnson writes about his short animated film, The Robot Who Loved Art, and finding inspiration by listening to classical music.

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Student Blog: Rianne Pyle

Student Rianne Pyle writes about filming her thesis film, Freedom Day, a social documentary following the organizers of the grassroots Freedom Day Foundation, and the challenge of directing virtually. 

 

Freedom Day follows the story of three passionate activists who take their battle for racial equality to the streets by orchestrating the first Juneteenth march in Washington D.C.

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Student Blog: Amit Lerner

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Student Amit Lerner’s short documentary Pam is playing at Doc NYC (you can buy tix here).

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Student Blog: Gonnie Zur

Photo of BFA Film SVA student Gonnie Zur wearing a black shirt and her right hand raised next to her ear as she looks down.

Thesis student Gonnie Zur shares her short film which she made during the pandemic.

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Student Blog: Sharon Genshaft

Sharon Genshaft looks intensely directly into a camera with a compass behind her.

Sharon (Luna) Genshaft is using the time during quarantine to find new ways of staying productive as an artist.

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Student Blog: Flip Sarta

Profile photo of Flip Sarta, smiling at the camera wearing a red sweater with a blurred background of what looks like a restaurant.

Thesis student Flip Sarta writes about adjusting to a new normal and looks ahead to life after graduation.

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Student Blog: Julia Ward

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Thesis student Julia Ward writes about her 9/11 documentary, Panic Never Pays, the importance of planning ahead, and improvising when things don’t go as planned.

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