June 23, 2017

YouTube Tuesday: The Walking Dead




For this week’s new YouTube video, we’re featuring some coursework from the DVA254 Motion Graphics class. For their first project in the course, students are tasked with creating a “spec” title sequence for an existing film or TV show, using all-new materials. This week’s new video is student Brett Chapman’s submission for this project, a new title sequence for AMC’s The Walking Dead, featuring an unlikely theme song. Check out the video on YouTube, and don’t forget to subscribe to our channel to see our new videos first!   Related PostsNew DV Work: STRANGER THINGS – Title Sequence Re-Creation Game Professors Present…

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 PostsNew DV Work: Typography – Leon the Professional Summer of Cyber Security Events New DV Work: Moving Day…

New Movie Tuesday: BUDDY SYSTEM




The Digital Video Program kicks off a new feature this month called “New Movie Tuesday!” Every Tuesday, a “new” movie hits our YouTube channel – we say “new” because these movies typically have been on the film festival circuit for about a year before finally being released publicly on the web. This week’s film is no exception! “Buddy System” is a 6-minute zombie short very much inspired by The Walking Dead. Originally written by Professor Paul DeNigris for the students to produce as part of the Summer 2013 IFP 48-Hour Film Challenge, the film was resurrected after the 48-hour version failed to…

2 UAT Films Selected for 2015 Phoenix Film Festival!

Phoenix Film Festival




The Phoenix Film Festival schedule has been released! UAT Digital Video is proud to have 2 films playing this year: “Liv” Directed by Gwyneth Christoffel Synopsis: A video blogger inadvertently reveals too much of his life to his audience. College Shorts Friday March 27, 11:05 am Saturday March 28, 12:45 pm “Ouroboros” Directed by Alexander Broderick Synopsis: A quantum physicist creates an artificial wormhole, a breakthrough in teleportation. But the wormhole brings an unexpected visitor – Faye’s future self – warning that the device threatens the fabric of spacetime and the very existence of the universe. Arizona Shorts Saturday March…

Innovation Isn’t Just A Student Project

Network Security




One of the issues I face when trying to ensure my students are getting the best education in security, is innovation. UAT was founded on the concepts of continued growth, development, and innovation. Within the realm of Network Security, that can be difficult. Students often find themselves relegated to creating new documentation, unless they’re programmers (a much smaller number of the student population). How does a student innovate, or even prove innovation? It can be subjective to the individual reviewing the idea. For example, the students may not be entirely aware of what’s in industry; so how can they be…

Official Selections for 2014 UAT Digital Video Festival

2014 Digital Video Festival




This year’s Official Selections: (Out of Competition) The Adventures of Barty and the Pirate – Mark Chavez Modieval – Bryan Ribeiro Snake Eater – Andreas Olenberg I Need My Monster – Howard Cook Focus – Matt Chesin Ocean – Stephanie Maxwell (In Competition) To Judge a Thief – Luke Lowder Into Nether – Paul Lopez Films designated as “In Competition” are competing for the Grand Prize, a full-tuition scholarship to University of Advancing Technology’s award-winning Digital Video Program. Films that are “Out of Competition” aren’t eligible for the Grand Prize but are still eligible for our Audience Award. Our 3rd…

New Sci-Fi Releases in Fall and Winter

The Hydrogen Sonata




Iain M. Banks and Peter F. Hamilton, two of the overlords of exciting, idea-driven science fiction will release novels in the coming weeks. Orbit will publish Banks’ Hydrogen Sonata on October 9, while Del Rey will release Hamilton’s The Great North Road the day after Christmas. Guess what’s on my list this year. If you are unfamiliar with either writer, both novels offer an excellent starting place. Readers of Banks will note Hydrogen Sonata is about “the whole Subliming thing,” a reference to a civilization-changing decision faced by cultures within Banks’, well, Culture universe. To sublime is to let go of material existence…

International Festival of Alternative and New Theatre – INFANT 2012

International Festival of Alternative and New Theatre




Several UAT students have been invited to present their artwork at International Festival of Alternative and New Theatre (INFANT) this past June, in Novi Sad, Serbia (formerly Yugoslavia). I have had a great opportunity to take one student, UAT alum, to this event. We worked on several components that we presented to the international audience there, under the umbrella of our title, Vibes from the Desert: Kyle Jenkins (alum) gave a 3-day-long workshop on basics of open source software, Processing, that is today widely used by artists and designers, for interactive design/art, generative architecture, animation projects, at the Technical University,…

The Ethics of Capturing Video of Tragedies

Capturing Video of Tragedy




At Practical Ethics, Hannah Maslen offers an interesting consideration of the ethics of using smartphones to capture video of tragedies, such as the Aurora movie theater incident a few weeks ago, and as has happened in numerous other tragedies over the last few years. Asks Maslen, “Is it ok to video horror as it unfolds? Might there even be good reasons to do so?” In ethics, a solid first step in determining if an action is the right thing to do is to decide whether there is any harm or benefit arising from it. For example, one might decide there is harm done because the video…

AZ TechCelerator Student Innovation Challenge

AZ TechCelerator




AZ TechCelerator and UAT have partnered in offering a chance at a full year of rent and support at the AZ TechCelerator office in Surprise, Arizona. UAT students are faced with the challenge of creating their own SIP (Student Innovation Project) by the time they graduate. This opportunity gives students even more incentive to innovate amidst competition from other students. Students will present their projects in front of a panel of judges where they will be asked five general questions. The winner will get free office rental for one year, access to workshops, and support from incubator coaches and mentors. Learn…