Kaufman Astoria Studios Extends Its Sound Stages To NYU Students Free Of Charge [VIDEO]By Sarene Mae Butao, UniversityHerald Reporter
Kaufman Astoria Studios offers free access to their sound stages to select film and television students of New York University.
Access to soundstages is becoming a problem for television and film students of NYU, but the historic Kaufman Astoria Studios offers the access free to students of NYU Tisch School of the Arts. The school's Kanbar Institute of Film and Television struck a deal with Kaufman Studios that will allow 10 senior students to shoot short films at the studio's Kaufman Queen soundstages. Included in the deal were the soundstages A, B, and F. the selected students were chosen specifically by NYU instructors and they will have charge-free access to the studios' equipment, Crain's reported.
The aforementioned deal was initiated by Kaufman Astoria Studios, according to Joe Pichirallo, the chair of the Department of Undergraduate Film & Television of Tisch School of Arts. The deal offers an incredible opportunity for students to get the feeling of what it is like to shoot on a real soundstage, Pichirallo added.
The deal was also a win-win situation, as described by Kaufman Astoria Studios' CEO and current president, Hal Rosenbluth. Furthermore, he recognized NYU film students as future clients. He also said that KAS implants a little knowledge and plants a seed for the future. Rosenbluth hopes that these students stays in New York and keep populating the arts, Variety reported.
Tisch has made a history of serving as a pipeline into the arts industry. Few of the school's products are Martine Scorsese of "Goodfellas", Joel Cohen of "Fargo" and also Colin Trevorrow of "Jurassic World".
Kaufman Astoria Studios is also home to big movies and television businesses. It has the "Orange Is the New Black" and the "Sesame Street". It has also staged some notable films such as the Oscar-winning "Birdman" and Marx Brothers' "Cocoanuts".