Staff Spotlight: Steve Pratt

Chair of Filmmaking Australia

What is your favorite travel memory?

Travelling to the Middle East for three years. The first year was spent setting up Jordan's first diploma program in filmmaking. Later I produced a documentary for the United Nations, and then my own feature film.

It was always an amazing experience with a diverse and great group of people; friends, faculty, students and colleagues. A thrilling, challenging, and incredibly rewarding time in my life.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

During my time at NYFA I've gained a greater sense of how to guide diverse personality types on their journey of learning, so that they tap into their strengths as a story teller.

As a result, I have learned a great deal too. Being invested for so many years in helping students improve their work, in turn exercises a kind of critical thinking that benefits a teacher. It becomes easier each time to help a student discover the strengths and shortcomings of their work, and how to best approach it next time.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

That the experience here at NYFA changed their life for the better, and left them inspired and capable of gaining success in the industry.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I would choose a program that allows me to learn more about independent distribution. It is an aspect that is rapidly changing and provides emerging filmmakers with incredible opportunities to make a successful living from feature films.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

Our hands-on approach to filmmaking with small class numbers. All students learn differently yet they all learn when this simple rule is applied - make lots of films, and get lots of feedback. All of our teachers are industry professionals who know how to articulate the most complex of concepts, simply.

They are truly passionate about helping our students gain insight, direction and inspiration in this exciting industry.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

Putting the students first.