All Hail the Foursquare Mayor!
A native of Indiana, Alex Dykes caught our attention with his digital savvy which earned him the Foursquare crown. After graduating from Purdue University, he came to New York City in order to complete the One Year Filmmaking Program. Although he has a background in 3D Animation, Alex developed an interest in filmmaking. After careful consideration of schools, he decided on the New York Film Academy due to the hands-on educational model and the flexibility it provides. As he says, “I had no idea what to expect but the hands-on training off the bat helped me see the mistakes and learn from them.”
Alex remarked that there were so many projects to work on. Students are encouraged to help each other in getting their work to completion. Thoughtful and inquisitive, Alex pointed out the common struggle every aspiring filmmaker must face. As much as the school stands out for its technical approach to the art of cinematic creation, Alex believes many students focus too much on technicality versus creativity. He noted that many of the students are younger and get dazzled by the equipment and the frenzied energy on the set. Alex believes a balanced approach to filmmaking is best. Yes, the equipment is important but the tools serve a greater purpose. “Good story trumps all.”
What are Alex’s next steps? After graduation, he plans to go back to Indiana and build his reel. But with all the students he is meeting and collaborating with, Alex may stay in NYC if the right networking opportunity presents itself.
Don’t forget to check-in on Foursquare and have your chance at usurping the throne currently vacated by Alex Dykes ‘12.
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