June 23, 2017

Digital Video Student Attends German Film Festival

Jordan Wippell at SEHSÜCHTE Film Festival




In April, UAT Digital Video student Jordan Wippell flew to Potsdam, Germany to attend the SEHSÜCHTE 45th International Student Film Festival. Jordan had an amazing opportunity to showcase a music video called “Erase” that he produced for the band They Might Be Giants. The music video was originally a submission to a Facebook contest – the band selected Jordan’s as their favorite and used it as their official music video. What a cool beginning for a young filmmaker! Jordan has entered “Erase” in many film festivals around the world and decided to enter the SEHSÜCHTE International Student Film Festival, as well. At SEHSÜCHTE, They Might Be Giant’s…

Ouroboros – Award-Winning Short Sci-Fi Film Finishes Year-Long Film Festival Tour




After a year on the film festival circuit across the nation, UATDV’s award-winning sci-fi drama short “Ouroboros” is now available for public viewing on our YouTube channel. Based on an original story idea by Digital Video Program Champion Professor Paul DeNigris, “Ouroboros” was directed by student Alexander Broderick from a screenplay crafted by student Vanessa Schell. Evanne Carter produced, Annie Winn was the cinematographer, and David Ford oversaw visual effects. All of these students have since graduated and begun their professional careers, building upon their experience making “Ouroboros” among other school projects. “Ouroboros” tells the story of quantum physicist Dr….

New UATDV Film – “Secure. Contain. Protect”




UATDV students have finished their horror comedy “Secure. Contain. Protect” and it’s now on YouTube. There were some very cool “firsts” in the making of this one. We were the first crew to film at the historic Hayden Flour Mill in Tempe (thanks to Kris Baxter-Ging and Chris Hansen in the city government). This was also the first UATDV film to use a drone as part of principle photography (for the “monster vision” sequences in the Mill). Synopsis: “A secret government organization called “The Foundation” protects society from supernatural creatures. When one of the creatures classified as “SCP-106″ escapes containment, hapless friends…

UAT Digital Video Casts Actor Tony Amendola in New Film, “Toppled”

UAT Digital Video




UAT Digital Video is thrilled to announce that actor Tony Amendola has been cast in the next project to be directed by Professor Paul DeNigris, called “Toppled.” Mr. Amendola is perhaps best known for his role in the sci-fi series Stargate SG-1 as the noble Jaffa warrior Master Bra’tac. More recently he has appeared on sci-fi series Continuum and fantasy series Once Upon a Time and was one of the key voices in the video game Fallout 4. “Toppled” was written by Ayman Samman who previously collaborated with UATDV on “Parallax” and on “Red Sand: A Mass Effect Fan Film” and…

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: 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…