August 24, 2017

UATDV at Phoenix Film Festival 2017

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…

Congratulations to Alumni Daniel Sontag on Winning First Emmy Award

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Daniel Sontag, a Digital Video Alumnus who attended UAT from 2005-2009, won his first Emmy in the Lone Star Regional Emmy’s for the Promotion/ Program Award category on October 15, 2016. Daniel works as a Manager of Brand Marketing at NBC 5 Dallas/Fort Worth, which is the fifth largest market in the United States, which means their viewership is very saturated and has a loyal audience. NBC 5 DFW’s veteran Chief Meteorologist David Frinfrock has been with the station for 40 years, but has plans to retire in a few years. To welcome new meteorologist Rick Mitchell to the team,…

Show No Mercy Featuring Student Game Animation

Crimson Nights game animation featured in Show No Mercy film

Over the past few semesters, UAT Game Studios students developed a  game called Crimson Nights, which is a multiplayer dungeon crawler with a retro arcade feel. Crimson Nights developers were introduced to a film crew, who were in the process of producing a film called “Show No Mercy” and they wanted to have a video game displayed on the arcade machine in their film. The filmmakers loved Crimson Night’s retro arcade style and decided it was perfect for their film. Over a weekend, the development team got to work and sent over some ideas for the film crew. From there, Crimson Nights…

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”

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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…

Full UAT Scholarship Awarded To Visual Effects Winner at All-American High School Film Festival

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UAT Digital Video Program Champion Paul DeNigris was in New York City last weekend for the All-American High School Film Festival. The Digital Video department partnered with the Festival to give away a full-tuition scholarship as the grand prize in the Visual Effects category. The All-American High School Film Festival, running since 2003, receives over 2,000 film entries from 48 states and 15 countries each year, from that only 300 films are officially selected. The partnership came together in a whirlwind as Professor Sharon Bolman contacted the organizers of “the world’s largest high school film festival” just days earlier. The prospect…

Help Falls – An Interactive Short Film

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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…

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…

New Movie Tuesday: BLOOD OATH

This week’s New Movie Tuesday is action-packed! Pulling together elements of film noir and martial arts movies, UATDV alum Jace Oppie and Professor Paul DeNigris collaborated on “Blood Oath” during the summer of 2014. Utilizing a student crew, Oppie and DeNigris constructed the set for the film’s climax – the top of an unfinished skyscraper – in UAT’s Art and Movement Classroom. “Blood Oath” has concluded a successful film festival and is now available on YouTube and Vimeo! Link to this post!Related PostsDigital Video Students Win Big at Spring Inter-College 48 Hour Film Challenge New DV Work: ARCHER – Title…