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FSU Hosts “Summer Video Fair” to Teach Directing/Acting for the Camera

Hollywood expertise will come to Frostburg State University this summer as the FSU Department of Mass Communication hosts a weeklong “Video Fair” from July 25 through August 1.

The workshop will be an intense, hands-on experience in which participants can learn techniques of directing and acting for multiple and single cameras, used in shooting sitcoms and soap operas. Special guest artist for the fair is 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. Kenney has been a professor with the UCLA Film and TV Department where he teaches multiple-camera techniques.

The Video Fair is the brainchild of Dr. Robert Scott, chair of the FSU Department of Mass Communication, and Edward Mallory, FSU Artist in Residence.

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.

“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, under the tutelage of Kenney. Both Kenney and Mallory will instruct the acting portion of the program.

All classes will be held in the Guild Center on the FSU campus. The FSU Cable TV-3 studio, a fully equipped studio with a booth and camera, will be the center for the session.

Tuition, room and board for the week is $850. Tuition without room and board is $450.

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 actors and directors will receive DVDs of their scenes, as well as certificates of participation.

“It will be a rewarding summer session,” says Mallory. “Graduates will gain a valuable insight into the realities of ‘big-time television.’”

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 the 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
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Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

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