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Kyoto, Japan

KYOTO was Japan's capital and the emperor's residence from 794 until 1868. It flourished as the center of Japanese politics and culture for 1,100 years, until Tokyo became the capital in the mid-19th century. Many ancient temples, perfect Zen Gardens and quiet shrines survive in Kyoto. Seventeen historic buildings, including Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo Castle, have been designated World Cultural Heritage sites. There are still many great craftsmen living in Kyoto keeping the city's traditional culture and arts alive.

New York is a city of distinct pieces: the bustling shops of Chinatown and Spanish Harlem, the stately museums, the neighborhood brownstones. New York is about neon lights, taxi horns, street music, bookstores, landscaped parks and ten millions inhabitants working together - each as unique as the next.

Our students shoot in virtually every neighborhood in the city - from Soho lofts to East Village bars, Brooklyn delis to Times Square at rush hour. Student, commercial and studio film shoots abound in New York. The support system of production offices, supply houses, actors, theaters, editing labs and people is enormous.

By volume alone, New York is indisputably the greatest center of independent film production in the world. Like many filmmakers, novelists, playwrights and painters, our students find that New York itself helps to shape their artistic vision. The city is not only a setting for their stories, but also an active element in the lives of their characters.