This week, Buffalo Business First announced its annual 30 Under 30 winners, and Valery Amborski, an adjunct instructor of animation is included on the list. Amborski was selected out of nearly 200 candidates who were nominated for achieving at high levels at work and in the community.
Although Amborski is just getting started, she has already amassed an impressive resume. Most notably, she was the rotoscope and color artist for “The Velvet Underground Played at My High School,” a short, animated film that was screened in over 60 festivals worldwide, including The TriBeCa Film Festival, Cinequest, Sonoma International Film Festival, Florida International Film Festival, Animafest Zagreb, and more. Altogether, the film earned 7 awards. Amborski also served as the project’s festival coordinator and was responsible for submitting the film to each of the festivals in which it was screened.
In addition, Amborski’s work was featured in the 2017 fan-animated episode of FOX’s hit show, Bob Burgers. She created 3D-modeled replica of the restaurant’s interior that was used in multiple scenes throughout “Brunchsquatch,” the first episode of season 8, which aired on October 1 , 2017. Her work was chosen out of thousands of submissions from all over the world.
Furthermore, Amborski has had work featured in the incredibly popular Shrek Retold, which has been viewed almost 3 million times. The 90-minute remake was led by 3GI‘s Grant Duffrin and called for 200 animators to collaborate and match the original film shot for shot. Amborski created for 4 shots in total. She has also had work included in a re-animated episode of Courage the Cowardly Dog, and and an episode of Dexter’s Laboratory. Amborski was also part of a small team that created a 3D modeled replica of the Our Lady of Victory Basilica in Lackawanna, NY. It was included in ‘Building a Basilica,” a 60-minute award-winning documentary that aired on ABC.
When she’s not animating, Amborski teaches a 3D Animation course for the New York Film Academy that takes place at Harvard University, and attracts students from all over the world. Besides teaching animation classes at Villa, Amborski has taught at UB, NCCC, Squeaky Wheel, and City Honors School.
“Being included as one of Buffalo’s 30 Under 30 was a complete surprise and an absolute honor,” said Amborsky. “While I’m sure there are countless others deserving of this accolade, I try to hold myself to a fairly high standard academically — as both a student as well as a teacher — so it’s nice to be recognized. As humans it’s important that we always keep learning and striving to better ourselves, so I view this as motivation to continue on this journey and hopefully to inspire others to do the same.”
Amborski earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Animation from Villa Maria College in 2014. She is expected to complete her Master’s of Fine Arts at SUNY Buffalo this year.