June 27, 2017

DV Students’ New Motion Graphics!




Students in Professor DeNigris’ DVA254 Motion Graphics class are tasked with re-creating an existing title sequence from a film or TV show as one of their semester projects. The exercise is meant to stretch the students by asking them to look at work done by professional title designers, and figure out how to meet the high bar they set. It’s a hands-on way of forcing students to expand their thought processes and also to better learn their software (in this case Adobe After Effects). Here’s a selection of this semester’s best title sequence re-creations, including Fringe, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Wayward Pines, Parks and…

UAT to Provide Dancers of Ballet Arizona Opportunity in Higher Education

Dancers of Ballet Arizona Scholarship




UAT to Offer Ballet Arizona Dancer Scholarship University of Advancing Technology (UAT) to offer dancers of Ballet Arizona a higher education opportunity to earn a technology degree by presenting the UAT Dancers of Ballet Arizona Scholarship. According to Kenna Draxton, of the Artist Relief Fund, “The career of a ballet dancer is often seen as glamorous and blessed, perfecting an art they love, but the tale that is rarely told is the end of a dancer’s career, which if a dancer is lucky extends only into their mid-thirties.” Typically, the end of a dancer’s career is met with uncertainty of…

Digital Maker & Fabricator DIY: Make Your Own ‘Smart Socks’ To Pause A Netflix Show When You Fall Asleep

Netflix smart socks




When binge watching Netflix shows, it’s common to fall asleep at the tail end of an episode never to know exactly where you left off. What if there was a special device that could sense when the viewer had fallen asleep and pause the show so they could resume right where they left off? Netflix created something that does just that! Netflix based the sleep-detection system in the socks off of “actigraphy,” which uses an accelerometer to tell when you’ve stopped moving for a while (presumably when you’ve fallen asleep). In the socks prototype, an LED light in the cuff of the…

CrossRealm – Cross-Discipline Filmmaking Innovation




Hollywood filmmakers such as Peter Jackson and James Cameron have spent many years and many millions of dollars developing systems that would allow them to preview in real time the visual effects for their blockbuster films. UAT undergrads replicated their results using off-the-shelf components, the Unreal game engine, some ingenuity, and a ton of hard work. The project was called “CrossRealm” and involved students from the Digital Video, Game Art, Game Design, and Game Programming majors all working together to accomplish something new. This is what the spirit of innovation is all about at UAT! After a bit of post-production,…

YouTube Tuesday: “The Composer” Student Innovation Project




At UAT, all students are required to complete a Student Innovation Project (SIP) in order to graduate, and DV students are no exception. Sometimes a SIP is a new product, a new technology, or in the case of many DV SIPs a new way of applying technology to tell a compelling and unique story. “The Composer” by Gwyneth Christoffel and Darien Marion combines live-action, stop-motion, and 2D animation to tell the story of a creatively blocked composer who needs a little nudge to move on with his life and start creating again. Since the film is just about to begin…

Help Falls – An Interactive Short Film

Help Falls




Jordan Wippell and Brandon Scott, together who form Brandingo Films, have started composing their Student Innovation Project (SIP), which is required of all students in order to graduate from University of Advancing Technology. The two UAT Digital Video students are proud to announce their next project, Help Falls, an Interactive Short Film. Here’s the premise: Following a tragedy, Miles and his wife Alice make their way to a romantic escape. They pass a sign for “America’s Best Kept Secret”… What lies ahead are answers to questions Miles did not know he had. Help Falls looks to create a compelling interactive short film that combines…

YouTube Tuesday: “Piece of Mind”




For this week’s YouTube Tuesday, here’s a solid little drama produced by Gwyneth Christoffel and Ceara McSherry for the DVA241 Digital Video Production class called “Piece of Mind.” This was their final project in the class and is a great example of cinematography, editing, and music all coming together to effectively tell a story. Enjoy! Find out more about Digital Video Professor Paul DeNigris: www.linkedin.com/in/pdenigris   Link to this post!Related PostsCongrats Spring SIP Fair Winners Get Ready for Spring SIP Fair at UAT Congrats to UAT’s Cyber Security Teams UATDV at Phoenix Film Festival 2017 2017 Cisco IOT Network Challenge

Afterlife- A Short Film by UAT Digital Video Students

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Afterlife is a short sci-fi film that follows the story of Mort, a lonely and socially awkward grave technician, who spends his days tending to a futuristic graveyard inhabited by AI holograms of the dead. Sadly, all of Mort’s friends and family have passed away leaving him isolated from human contact and in search of a companion. Just as he was feeling more destitute than ever, Lucy, a new resident arrives at the graveyard, but like all the others in the Afterlife family, she is also deceased. Mort’s feelings for Lucy rapidly flourish into love and he is determined to…

YouTube Tuesday: TEDxPhoenix 2015!




Loyal readers of the UAT Tech Blog will remember that in April, UAT Digital Video students filmed TEDxPhoenix 2015 “Press Play” at the Mesa Arts Center. Now the edited talks are being uploaded to the official TEDxTalks YouTube Channel! The talks were filmed by students Austin Prendergast, Ceara McSherry, Saphire Tillmon, Darien Marion, Gwyneth Christoffel, Ryan Moore, Jacob Glass, Dominique Laster and Nick Francia and were edited by students Jordan Wippell, Chase Harper, Brandon Scott and Brett Chapman under the guidance and assistance of UATDV Program Champion, Professor Paul DeNigris. Watch the talks here! Expect the rest to be uploaded shortly. Find…

YouTube Tuesday: w00tstock 7.0!




Every July since 2012, UAT Digital Video Program Champion Paul DeNigris has taken a road trip to San Diego with some of his students to film an event called w00tstock, a “geek cabaret show” organized by comedy music duo Paul and Storm, Star Trek: The Next Generation alum Wil Wheaton, and MythBuster Adam Savage. This year’s show took place on July 9 and featured appearances by many special guests such as Alton Brown (of Food Network’s Good Eats) and fantasy author Patrick Rothfuss (The Kingkiller Chronicle). Check out the complete w00tstock 7.0 playlist but be warned! These geeks have foul mouths and this…