May 27, 2017

Digital Video Students Produce Documentary for Valley Leadership




As part of UAT’s ongoing relationship with Valley Leadership, Digital Video student Andrew Aguirre recently headed up a team of DV students to produce a short documentary about one of VL’s community outreach projects, “Experiences of a Lifetime.” The project was a collaboration between Valley Leadership and the Foundation for Senior Living and was designed to grant wishes to senior citizens, ranging from makeovers to outdoor adventures. Aguirre and his team from DVA323 DV Production Studio class shot the documentary on location at CityScape in Phoenix, using Canon 5D Mark II and 7D digital SLR cameras, Tascam and Zoom audio…

Help UATDV Get to w00tstock 2016!




Every Summer since 2012, UAT Digital Video faculty and students have made a road trip to San Diego to film w00tstock, “a night of geeks + music” hosted by Mythbuster Adam Savage, geek icon Wil Wheaton, and comedy music duo Paul and Storm. Our coverage of w00tstock every year is the best on the web, and we’ve been on hand to capture amazing moments like George R.R. Martin smashing a guitar, LeVar Burton leading the audience in the “Reading Rainbow” song, Adam Savage singing “I Will Survive” as Gollum, and veteran voice actor Rob Paulsen singing “Yakko’s World” from memory –…

New UATDV Visual Effects Reel!




The Digital Video Program has released its latest visual effects reel, highlighting some of the best VFX work by students and faculty over the last few years. Techniques shown: 2D/3D tracking, projection mapping, rotoscoping, miniature photography, chromakeying, 3D modeling and texturing, 3D rendering, rig removal, clean plating, animation, and motion control. Software used: Nuke, After Effects, Photoshop, 3D Studio Max, Maya, Mocha Pro, Unreal Engine. Projects represented in the reel: Ouroboros, Geeks Night Out promo, Help Falls prototype, CrossRealm, Buddy System, Borderlands: Change of Hart, Parallax, SCP Secure Contain Protect, Letters Home, Blood Oath, The Composer, Black, Zero Complex, and…

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….

UAT Digital Filmmaking Production Highlights | At long last, Borderlands: Change of Hart!




A cautionary tale about “scope creep” In the Fall of 2012, UAT’s Digital Video Program had just released its first big YouTube hit, the Mass Effect fan film “Red Sand,” and the team responsible was riding high on a wave of goodwill both on campus and on the Internet. While the Senior students who had lead the project were all about to graduate, a small portion of the team still had a semester or two left and they were itching to do something else. Something BIG. Enter then-Freshman Alex Dinh, who pitched his peers the idea of doing another videogame…

Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of “Bohemian Rhapsody” with UATDV’s Star Wars cover!




Loyal followers of UAT’s Digital Video Program surely remember that almost 2 years ago we released “Bohemian Rhapsody: Star Wars Edition.” Rock opera met space opera and then went viral to the tune of 2 million views and counting. Well get ready for our epic parody to begin making the rounds again, starting this weekend. From Time Magazine: “Oct. 31, 2015, is the 40th anniversary of the 1975 release of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” a track that remains one of the band’s most popular hits and is considered by many to be among the greatest songs of all time.” Time goes on…

CrossRealm – Cross-Discipline Filmmaking Innovation

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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

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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…

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 PostsDV students produce “Change Agent” documentary for One Community UAT Offers Hot New Courses Like Virtual Reality and The Walking Dead Analysis The Process of Prototyping UAT Partners with Warriors Heart…