New York Film Academy Teen 3D Animation Class

NYWIFT has partnered with the prestigious New York Film Academy animation department, which will provide expert animation educators from its award-winning program, Isaac Kalsky and Robert Appleton, to guide participants in working virtually to create their own finished short films. Not only are these skills used in film, television, and advertising, they are also an import part of websites and social media. Participants will emerge from the workshops with baseline skills that they can take into a variety of sectors. 

During three-hour-classes, students will learn the basics of industry standard Maya Autodesk interface while modeling a fish, an aquarium, and props. Students will emerge from the class with a good understanding of how to make simple objects in a 3D environment. This FREE program is open to teen ages 14 – 18.

(We are also offering an animation workshop for adults – learn more here.) 

This program is part of the Women Filmmakers: Immigrant Stories series and curated by NYWIFT Special Projects Easmanie Michel.

Capacity is limited. Email to reserve your spot! 


Software Required

Attendees can go to and download either an educational copy of Maya Autodesk 2020 or a 30-day trial. Maya Autodesk can be used on the Windows or Mac platform on any decent laptop or PC.



Isaac Kalsky (Instructor) is a 3D Animator with over 10 years of digital media experience. He has created animations for advertising agencies, film, television and fine art companies. Isaac teaches animation, rigging, and motion capture at the New York film Academy.

Robert Appleton (Instructor) has over 25 years of experience in the digital 3D realm. He created some of the first virtual sets for news shows and was an art director in London for a major TV company. He has worked on multiple advertisements for both TV and film. For the past few years he has overseen the 3D animation and visual effects department at the New York film Academy.

Easmanie Michel (NYWIFT Special Projects Associate) has worked continuously in the film and television industry since 2004. Michel is currently producing the feature Caroline’s Wedding, which she co-wrote. In February of 2018 the script was the Grand Prize Winner of the American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest and Michel received the New York Council on the Arts Individual Artist grant for Caroline’s Wedding in 2019.  Michel has a Master’s Degree in Cinema Studies from New York University and she is currently completing a Certificate in Financial Accounting at NYU.


About the New York Film Academy:
Since 1992, the New York Film Academy (NYFA) has built a reputation as one of the premier visual and performing arts college in the world. NYFA, named a top film school by Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, is an international, multi-campus institution offering an array of degrees and professional programs in the visual and performing arts – online and at locations around the world.NYFA is designed for a new generation of storytellers – artists who share a driving passion and want to learn by doing, creating their own projects in a hands-on, intensive environment. With an unrivaled approach to hands-on, interactive learning, students find themselves completely immersed in their course of study from day one. Classes are taught by award-winning industry professionals, in a real-world environment with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment. NYFA welcomes students from diverse backgrounds from over 120 countries and all walks of life. This nurtures a supportive, positive atmosphere conducive to the level of collaboration necessary to create great work. Learn more at

Capacity is limited. Email to reserve your spot! 


July 20 @ 10:00am — July 22 @ 5:00pm
10:00 am — 5:00 pm (55h)

This program will take place virtually via Zoom and attendees will also use Maya Autodesk software to practice animating.

Please register in advance, and download Maya Autodesk software in advance.

Free to attend.

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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.