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The Newark international Film Festival has Master classes in acting, cinematography, directing, crowd funding, casting and music in film. Please check back as we add classes to the festival. Please sign up for the NewarkIFF newsletter for more information and to keep up to date with all Festival activities.




Lammon Rucker Celebrity guest and Workshop facilitator, The Art Of Auditioning.Express Newark 54 Halsey St
Master Class – Up Close and personal:
Lamman Rucker returns to NEWARKIFF,  for an intensive master class on Auditioning Techniques. He will also share pointers on how to jump-start and maintain a sustainable career in the theatre, film and television industries. This up close and personal master class takes a deep dive into the audition process, how to approach the craft of acting …



Cinematography Master Workshop
With world renowned Cinematographer Alex Fernbach

Participants will get up close and personal with some of the industries most advanced state of the art equipment as used in hit shows such as Game of Thrones.

Alex Fernbach is one of the World’s premier Director / DP and Effects Designers with 30+ years in the business.

His body of work includes Features, TV documentaries, Promos, Short Films, Feature Title Sequences, Trailers, Web-only content, and T.V. Commercials where he’s created some of the most iconic branding for his clients.

He is the co-owner of the production company ARF & Co, sister Visual Effects company PAWS & Co, and now partner / co-owner of Cobalt Stages in Hoboken N.J., soon to be the East Coast’s first “Digital Campus”.

Alex has a strong reputation in the industry as a versatile, creative problem solver.  These abilities, along with his great design sense, and relaxed collaborative style, have earned him a loyal worldwide client base.

He’s credited with inventing and designing the first array camera system in the U.S. and has been at the forefront of utilizing Motion Control Technology for the creation of practical / in-camera visual effects.  His credentials are borne from his inquisitive nature and his deep understanding of emerging technologies and their most appropriate application.

Alex is a member of the Director’s Guild of America, IASTE local 600, an NRA Certified Firearms Instructor, Range Safety Officer, and a lifetime member of the Marine Corps League.

Alex Fernbach is the recipient of numerous national and international awards including Emmys and Clios.

We will provide a supportive, non judgmental environment, to increased self awareness and reduce stage fright. During our classes each student will take part in playful fun activities designed
to fuel the imagination by using Team Building, Music, Movement, Poetry and the Art of Acting. This is a unique chance for our students to gain valuable information, build self-trust, healthy self
expression and self reliance while empowering confidence as it relates to day to day challenges.

About Wendy McKenzie
Wendy McKenzie, former model/dancer turned Casting Director, possesses over 30 years of experience in the entertainment industry. Ms. McKenzie has developed a reputation for finding and casting new talent in major roles. As the lead New York Casting Director for the film, Notorious, she was lauded for finding and introducing Jamal “Gravy” Woolard to the title role Notorious BIG.

In addition to feature films, Ms. McKenzie Client includes Fox Searchlight Pictures, MTV, BET, SNL, Glamor Mag. G-Unit Clothing and ooVoo. Wendy has cast actors, dancers and models for numerous Films, Tours, Print Ads, and Music Videos for artists including Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Lopez, Wyclef Jean, Britney Spears, Snoop Dog and Eve… just to name a few. Her experience as a Casting Director has provided her with the knowledge to discern what directors look for when searching for talent. “Wendy really cares about actors and their careers. She opens your eyes to the truth about what it takes to make it in the entertainment industry from the first hand experience of a casting director. Wendy has a passion for enhancing an actor’s ability, which translates into actors landing substantial roles and developing successful careers.

Wendy has taught and or guided many successful talents including Michael K. Williams – HBO “The Wire.” Donshea Hopkins Starz “POWER”, Andrew Trischitta – ABC,s “One Live To Live” and Marquise Neal – “Kinky Boots.” Wendy’s acting workshops are designed to bring you one step closer to your dreams the right way.
Remember… No Dream is too Big… But dreams don’t come true until you wake up and do the work.

Raymond Spencer Newark International Film Festival's Drone Workshop Instructor




Drone Workshop
Raymond Spencer is an FAA commercially licensed pilot with an sUAV rating. He has been piloting drones for four years and specializes in flying drones in urban areas, like Newark, New Jersey. With a Bachelors degree in Film from Rutgers University, Mr. Spencer has incorporated the new technology of flying cameras into a powerful storytelling tool.
A group posing for the drone photo from up above them. The Newark International Film Festival's Drone Workshop with Raymond Spencer.











If you’d like to learn how to fly a drone or obtain your FAA commercial license, SIGN UP TODAY for the drone workshop at the 2017, 2nd annual, Newark International Film Festival.

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