Partnership with the International Film Institute



Beginning in March, The Digital Arts Experience is teaming up with the International Film Institute of New York to bring you top of the line filmmaking programs. Classes are for all who are interested in exploring film production. Together, we will be offering short and long term courses in all areas of filmmaking & storytelling.

Although technology is constantly changing, a good story will always attract an audience, and that is something that will never change. The International Film Institute of New York strives to preserve that tradition. One does not simply see a movie because of the camera used to film it; they go because it has a good story, actor, director, producer, and film crew who all work together to bring that idea to life. Good stories invoke emotion, feeling and move people. This is in direct alignment with the values and mission of the International Film Institute of New York.

The IFI has been running professional and hands-on filmmaking courses since 1998 and also runs partnership programs at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY and the Kimball Art Center in Park City, Utah.

The courses running in our facility include an Introductory Lighting Workshop, a Weekend Introduction to Filmmaking Seminar, a Screenwriting Seminar, and a Commercial Production Lab. We are not only pleased to be working in conjunction with the IFI, but excited to be able to present the White Plains and Westchester community with the opportunity to take part in these amazing classes.

For more detailed information, and a breakdown of each class, please refer to the partnership page on our website:

We will be hosting an open house on Saturday, March 9th from 12:00PM – 3:00PM where lots of amazing film equipment and  will be brought into our facility, and you can see firsthand just how fantastic it is to learn the fundamentals of good filmmaking and storytelling. To register for open house, click here!


‘A-Sides’ Course at The Digital Arts Experience!

The Digital Arts Experience and A-Sides Logos

Your work featured in the Huffington Post!

Jon Chattman is a blogger for the Huffington Post and the creator of A-Sides with Jon Chattman.  Join him in a unique and innovative music series that focuses on blogging and mixed media production.  During this amazing four-week interactive course, you’ll work side by side with Jon with 4 different bands, recording both video and audio of a performance and interview.  And the best part — YOUR work will end up on the Huffington Post AND the A-Sides website!

Course Breakdown:
2 hour class – class per week – 4 weeks = $249
Music Conservatory Students Get in For $199!
Ages 12+

For more information visit or call (914) 644-8100

Connecting With Clients of All Ages

[September 25th, 2012] written by Joseph D. Mancuso:

Imagine a world without technology.  At one point, it was only science fiction to operate a computer. But now with social media, e-mail, games, and computers (“now being able to fit in the palm of your hand”), no wonder why it is hard for every age group to understand how technology may be the next social stratification!  Teaching allows awareness.  It also connects people in a process of feeling truly better about themselves.  That is why I love my job!

When teaching students of all age groups, it is important to assume the up most regard for positive intent.  What I mean by that is: people come from many different ways of life! Teaching seniors how to use their technology may be a tricky task.  In many cases, there can be much resistance when aligning their needs and wants.  This task may seem difficult but, with perspective, this can be the best experience one can truly have.  Teaching seniors can be easy if you remember: “this stuff was not around when they were 18-or-even 5 years old!”  But, just like anyone else, they genuinely want to learn.  They might get frustrated or impatient – but everyone does.  You just need to take the intimidation factor out of trying something new.

Respect is what is behind the staff at the DAE! We offer a wide range of learning styles without hesitation.   This is can make a difference in the way we can communicate to the many unique learning styles that our people present to us: whether it be private, one on one lessons, or in a group setting.

Tips For Students:

1.) Tell your instructor what physical issues you may have!  

I personally cannot see that well.  Periodically I need to take breaks from viewing my computer.  Learning with comfort is always a plus.  I also encourage students to not feel afraid of voicing your concerns.

2.) Slow down!  There is so much to learn!

Focus on 3 to 5 topics of discussion-and remember!  If we cannot get to that topic there always is another day.  Also let us know if we are going too fast.  Your instructor should have a feel for your learning-but-we may tend to go too fast or too slow.

3.) Tell us how you want to learn. 

Some students are audible and some are more visual! As an instructor knowing your style makes a better session!

4.) Let your instructor know your technical background and goals.

If you have certain experience, don’t hesitate to inform the instructor so that you can connect and begin learning from a point on your comfort level.

Thank you to our grandparents for making this generation do what we do!  I have been privileged with teaching and I will leave you with a general comment that arises from my clients, ‘ [I] did not have the exposure that-you-younger people had, but I want to use the technology to keep up with family and especially my grandchildren.’

Emphasis on the ‘Experience’ of Connected Learning

A Day in the Life of an Audio Production student at The Digital Arts Experience.

by Emily Angell, audio engineer and instructor at The DAE – August 30th, 2012


Emily Angell demos recording with Rob Kissner, at The Digital Arts Experience

The concept of connected learning implies that a student grows through being an active participant in his or her learning experience, instead of just a recipient of information.  It also implies that the burden of teaching lies with an interconnected network of people surrounding the student, instead of his or her teacher alone.  One of the goals of Digital Arts Experience (nice name guys!) is to implement this process. Picture this scenario:

My student (we’ll call him Joe Shmo) comes to me with a project in mind.  He is a junior who wants to create a guitar recording to help him get into a Jazz Studies program in college.  We begin the class with the basics, and I show my students (there are never more than six) a PowerPoint presentation (with several YouTube clips embedded) about the recording process.  I give them a quick tutorial of how to make a home demo using Garage Band, and have them do a one-minute group project using the technique.

Meanwhile, Joe must make a decision on what to record.  He must practice.  When he goes home he plays a couple of songs for his mother, who gives him helpful feedback on his timing.  Then he does a quick recording of the songs he’s chosen, uploads them to SoundCloud, and posts them to Facebook.  He asks his friends and family to vote on the selection they think is best.  His uncle sends him a helpful article on a finger-picking technique that would work better in the B section of the first song.  After receiving the feedback, he’s decided which tune he will record, and returns to us to make it happen.

Here at The DAE, he must go into the live room to set up his own amp and microphones, connect cables in the correct manner, and warm up so that he’s ready.  If he doesn’t know how to do something (which happens quite frequently), he has to ask.  A member of his class is in the control room manning the console and operating Logic.  She must record-arm tracks within the software and check that the sound levels aren’t too high or distorting.  Someone else must communicate with Joe, who is on the other side of the glass. “Miss, how do I get him to hear me?” one student asks.  I don’t say a word.  “Press that button to your right, it’s called the talkback.” says another student – connected learning at its finest!

Joe finishes his recording.  He’s got a great-sounding project.  Then, I send him to our Photography department, where the students there take some amazing photos of him.  He brings his photos to the Graphic Design department, where the students there create a professional-looking package for his demo CD.  At the end of it all, a student from the film department records and edits a simple music video of Joe playing his song live, so that he can put it online and link it to his college applications.  And voilà! Mission accomplished, and then some.

The moral of this story is this: I did not teach Joe how to record.  Instead, we at The DAE provided an environment in which the people in his network could support his quest to record the perfect demo.  Parties involved included his mother, his Facebook friends, his uncle, his fellow classmates, and the photography, graphic design, and film departments within The Digital Arts Experience.  In addition, he was able to use resources such as PowerPoint, YouTube, SoundCloud, GarageBand, Logic, Final Cut, and Photoshop.

In essence, the process of connected learning is exactly as it sounds.  It is the concept of evolving by being connected to those around us, as well as being invested in what we are learning and teaching.  Those are the concepts we’re trying to foster here… one experience at a time.