May 24, 2017

Digital Video Students Win Big at Spring Inter-College 48 Hour Film Challenge

The winning team with their trophies




Two teams of UAT Digital Video Students competed against five teams of students from Grand Canyon University in the Spring 2017 Inter-College 48 Hour Film Challenge. This latest installment of the epic crosstown rivalry that has erupted every Fall and Spring since 2011 was a winner for the UATDV family as one of the 2 teams brought home awards for Best Technical and Best Film. The rules of the competition, like all 48 hour challenges, dictated that the team incorporate a specific prop and a specific line of dialogue into their script. In this case the prop was a mirror and…

Award-Winning Film “Limelight” Now on YouTube!




Last summer a team of UAT Digital Video students lead by Killian Davies competed in the IFP Phoenix “Beat the Clock” 48 Hour Film Challenge and won Best Picture for their effort titled “Limelight.” As in every 48-hour challenge, there were some parameters given by IFP to ensure that the films were actually completed in the allotted time, and not filmed beforehand. Two possible lines of dialogue and two possible props were given; the UATDV team chose “That gives me a tingly feeling” as the line and a plant as the prop – and starting from that inspiration they created a 5-minute…

UATDV at Phoenix Film Festival 2017

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As in past years, UAT’s Digital Video Program will have a significant presence at the 2017 Phoenix Film Festival, including screening 2 short films as well as participating in numerous festival events. First up is “Toppled,” directed by Digital Video Program Champion Paul DeNigris. Written by and starring regular UAT collaborator Ayman Samman, the film was shot last year as part of DeNigris’ Production Studio class and also stars veteran actor Tony Amendola in the role of an ousted Middle Eastern dictator. “Toppled” screens as part of Live Action Shorts B on Friday 4/7, Sunday 4/9, and Wednesday 4/12, and…

DV Students Win Big in IFP 48-Hour Challenge

The "Limelight" Team




UATDV’s entry into the 2016 IFP Phoenix “Beat the Clock” 48-Hour Film Challenge took home THREE awards at the screening on August 4th at the Harkins Scottsdale 101 Theaters! The film “Limelight” took home awards for Best Poster Design, Best Editing (student Andrew Aguirre was the editor) and Best Picture (student Killian Davies directed). By virtue of winning Best Picture at the challenge, “Limelight” becomes the first Official Selection of the 2017 Phoenix Film Festival, next April! And it will be eligible for more awards there! You can read more about the making of the film and watch a trailer…

New Movie Tuesday: CRIMINAL




This week’s New Movie Tuesday is one of UAT Digital Video’s 48-hour films. This one hails from last Summer’s IFP 48-Hour “Beat the Clock” Challenge, where the parameters were that every film needed to include a fountain drink (the prop) and “Hey, get back here!” (the line of dialogue). UAT’s entry “Criminal” was directed by student Darien Marion and stars alum Jace Oppie, UAT fave Steve Briscoe, and students Saphire Tillmon and Daniel Hall. The film was improvised on the spot as the crew was setting up, and then was filmed in a number of takes where the actors riffed…

UAT Digital Video Wins BIG at Inter-College 48 Hour Film Challenge!

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For six years, a rivalry between University of Advancing Technology’s Digital Video Program and Grand Canyon University’s Digital Film Program has been building. Six years ago, UAT won the inaugural Inter-College 48 Hour Film Challenge hosted by GCU. Since then, UAT and GCU have alternated hosting – GCU in the Fall, UAT in the Spring – and for a while, UAT’s dominance in the contest was assured. Two years ago GCU added another component to the contest, the “POV Cup” – a traveling trophy the likes of the Stanley Cup that would be housed in the winning team’s home base until the next…