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FSU Hosts Summer Video Fair -- “Sitcoms, Soaps and Final Cut”

Hollywood expertise will come to Frostburg State University again this summer as the FSU Department of Mass Communication hosts the second annual Summer Video Fair from July 24 through July 30.

The residential workshop will be an intense, hands-on experience in which participants can learn techniques of directing, acting and editing for multiple and single camera production used in sitcoms, soap operas and other dramatic forms.

“Directing for Camera” and “Acting for Camera” are the main focuses of the Video Fair. The program has been designed for directors who are interested in multiple-camera techniques and actors who will work in the selected scenes. All students in the “Directing for Camera” program will rotate from camera operators, cable pullers, technical directors, assistant directors and directors.

Classes will be held in the Guild Center on the FSU campus. The FSU Cable TV-3 studio, a fully equipped studio with booth and cameras, will be the center for the workshop.

Once again, special guest artist for the fair will be Hollywood producer-director and seven-time Emmy award winner H. Wesley Kenney. Kenney was a director of the groundbreaking sitcom “All in the Family.” He later directed several TV pilots, including the popular show “The Jeffersons.” He is best known in the industry for serving as executive producer and director of the popular daytime dramas “Days of our Lives,” “General Hospital” and “The Young and the Restless,” where he was honored by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences with seven Emmy awards for excellence. Kenny has been a professor with the UCLA Film and TV Department where he teaches multiple-camera techniques.

Edward Mallory and Neil Stylinski, FSU Artists in Residence, will join Kenney. Mallory will instruct the students on acting and camera technique, while Stylinski will offer Single Camera Editing, a hands-on state of the art session using The Apple G5 with Final Cut Pro to bring selected scenes to dramatic completion.

Mallory’s 15-year run as Dr. Bill Horton on “Days of our Lives” won him “Best Actor in Daytime” accolades by Daytime Magazine in 1971 and 1972. Mallory also served as a director of “Days,” and after leaving the show, he directed “The Young and the Restless,” “General Hospital,” “All My Children,” “Rituals,” “The Judge” and “Generations.” He also produced many shows for the A&E network, including biographies of Joseph P. Kennedy and Hedda Hopper. Mallory has conducted classes in acting and directing for multiple camera for the Professional Artists Group in Hollywood and has lectured at UCLA.

Stylinski has a great deal of experience and a number of awards in the industry. He has worked on several programs for ABC, CBS and NBC including: “20/20,” “Nightline,” “48 Hours,” “Good Morning America,” “Dateline” and “Entertainment Tonight.” He is a two-time national winner of the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) Iris Award for “Best Magazine” for his work on “Eye on San Diego” and “Weekend Magazine”..

Tuition, room and board for the week is $900. Tuition without room and board is $500.

There will be screenings of videos related to the sessions and the final scenes of student directors will also be viewed and critiqued. A farewell party will be held on the final evening, and the actors and directors will receive DVD’s of their scenes, as well as certificates of participation.

For more information and registration, call the FSU Department of Mass Communication at 301-687-3049.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through ADA Compliance Office at 301-687-4102, TDD 301-687-7955.

For further information on this release, contact:

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Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
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