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SUNY Niagara Film & Animation Festival

David Autovino
“Voice-Over Techniques for Film & Video”

David Autovino

Actor David Autovino provides a crash course for artists interested in voice over, either as a performer or as a content producer. What are the need-to-know technical basics for recording? How do directors find actors, and how do actors find work? What are the best ways to achieve the perfect performance in the recording booth? A veteran of national, regional and local commercial campaigns, commercially-published video games, countless web ads, as well as a director, casting director and audio producer for both commercial and indie-film projects, David’s years of experience on both sides of the recording studio will help jump-start your audio ambitions.

A proud member of Actors’ Equity Association with a BFA in Theatre Studies, David draws upon his extensive classical and musical theatre experience to bring characters to life. After starring alongside NFL star Michael Strahan in a popular series of national commercials, his career shifted to voiceover, commercials and film. He now serves voiceover clients around the world from his studio-quality recording booth, using top-of-the-line industry-standard equipment to deliver pitch-perfect results every take.

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Room E-107
Admission: Free

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Bob Bozek
“Improvisational Acting for Film Scenes & Auditions”

Bob Bozek

Bob Bozek is a graduate of the Second City Conservatory Program, the Upright Citizens Brigade Long-form Improvisation Program, the Bad Dog Theatre Toronto Studio Series Thematic Improvisation Program, and the Hideout Theatre Narrative Improvisation Program.

Learn about the improv techniques game, connections, callbacks and the “rule of threes.” The workshop will cover different types of improvisation such as short form, long form and narrative and techniques such as using emotion and physicality to create characters and enhance comedic performances. Participants will run some improv exercises and film a scene using these techniques.

Bob has appeared in more than 80 films including Marshall, in a scene with Josh Gad; in Cold Brook, in scenes with William Fichtner, Kim Coates and Brad William Henke; and played the Corrupt Scorekeeper in Odd Man Rush, which can be seen on Hulu. Bob also stars as Bobby in Friends to the End, which can be seen on the Puppet Nerd YouTube Channel. He was nominated for Best Actor at the 2010 Buffalo Screams Horror Film Festival for his performance in Davis and was nominated for best actor in the 2021 Buffalo 48-Hour Film Project for his performance in Boczski.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Room E-106
Admission: Free

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Maria Friend
“Special Effects Make-Up: Dark Fantasy, Gore, & More”

Maria Friend

Ever wonder how zombies, monsters, aliens, and other diabolical creatures are brought to life on the screen? Then this special FX makeup workshop is for you.

For nearly a decade now, Maria Friend has worked with every medium from face paint and airbrush to latex and silicone molds to create stunning special effects for movies large and small. Maria will demonstrate liquid latex application; shading, texture, and color techniques; blood application; cuts, bruising, and wounds. Maria will also cover safety precautions with different techniques and products used by professionals in the industry.

Maria’s special passion is horror makeup and she delights in the reactions she gets from people who see her work and wonder “Wow! How did she do that?” Maria has done special effects make-up for both small and large films as well as special events.

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Room E-107
Admission: Free

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Jay Vinitsky
Making it in the Film Industry

Jay Vinitsky
Ever wondered… “Can I really have a career working on films?”  “What job opportunities are out there aside from directing, acting, and editing?” What happens to a film once they finish shooting?”  If so, this workshop is for you.
For more than two-and-a-half decades, Jay Vinitsky has worked with directors, editors, producers, and hundreds of others in the film industry, guiding them through post production for companies such as Chanticleer Films, New Line Cinema, and Paramount Pictures. His movie credits include: Elf, Final Destination, Hairspray, Horrible Bosses, Snakes on a Plane, Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny, Keanu, Sex & The City, and Wedding Crashers.
As Vice President of Post Production for New Line Cinema, Jay spent thousands of hours in editing rooms, theaters, mixing stages, and color timing sessions working with directors, editors, cinematographers, supervising sound editors, re-recording mixers and actors on more than forty feature and short films.
In this workshop, Jay will share valuable tips and offer inside advice on how he made his way from a small town in the Midwest to the world of studio feature films.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Room E-106
Admission: Free

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