Xaverian Film, Media and Art students jetted off across the Atlantic on our annual trip to New York City.
On arrival at JFK the students were greeted by Betty – a native New Yorker – and given a personalised introduction to the city as the Manhattan skyline emerged on the horizon. After checking in to their midtown hotel, the students made their way to Time Square where they were overwhelmed with the lights and noise and people.
Over the next few days the students got to experience some of the very best film, media and art the ‘city that never sleeps’ has to offer. They went on a hunt through Central Park to find famous movie locations and recreate iconic scenes, got lost in the Museum of Modern Art as a party in honour of Hollywood royalty was being set up, went to the very top of the Empire State Building on a clear, beautiful night to see for miles around, had a behind-the-scenes tour of NBC Studios at Rockerfella Plaza, received a private tour of the Whitney Art Gallery in Greenwich Village whilst it was closed to the public, saw a late-night screening of a film on 42nd Street, went on a TV and Movie Location Tour hosted by a New York actor, sailed aboard the Staten Island Ferry and past the Statue of Liberty before finishing the trip with a trip to a sold-out Broadway show and a slap-up meal in Times Square!
The trip was led by Phil Drinkwater and Emma King, with Vinny Coulson dutifully jumping aboard for an intense few days guiding our 30 students around the five boroughs. “Our students were an absolute credit to the college” Phil Drinkwater said, “Everyone from the airline and hotel staff to the super-cool guides at The Whitney commented on their behaviour and also their dress sense. The students have packed more into 5 days than most people do in a whole year and we truly feel the experience has opened their eyes to the possibilities and opportunities available in New York for creative industries such as Film, Media, Photography, Textiles and Art.”
Here’s to the next one!