November 18, 2017

Bringing the AZ Capitol to Life with DV Magic

A few weeks into the Fall semester, Dr. Bolman emailed me and asked “What do you think about making a talking CGI Arizona Capitol building?” to which I said “Huh?” Turned out Thrillist had named our capitol building one of the ugliest in the nation, and Phoenix’s own “Hip Historian” Marshall Shore had taken exception to this. He had mentioned to Dr. Bolman the idea of doing a video rebuttal featuring the puppet version of the Hip Historian interviewing the maligned capitol about the Thrillist article. At which point Dr. Bolman brought it to me and my team of students to…

Congrats Spring SIP Fair Winners

Student Innovation Fair winners - All in Vein

The UAT Student Innovation Project (SIP) Fair was held April 20, showcasing over 20 innovative projects by many graduating students. This semester, the program was enhanced a bit to provide a unique experience for all UAT students and employees. The presentations were broken into five segments allowing each group time to play the project overview video, present the project and answer questions in the theater followed up by demos and further Q&A’s from judges, staff, professors and fellow students in the commons area. This year’s winners are as follows: Viewer’s Choice Award: “All in Vein” by Audrey McEvoy, Game Art…

Game Art Alumni Describes Dream Job as AAA Texture Artist

Game Art and Animation Alumni from University of Advancing Technology

Dennis Porter, an alumni who studied Game Art & Animation at UAT, graduated in December 2013. Since gaining experience in the field over the last few years, Dennis has learned a lot about what it takes to break into the AAA Game Industry as an artist. In case you weren’t aware, it’s quite the competitive market to land your dream job. Currently, Dennis is working as Texture Artist at Certain Affinity Game Studio in Austin, Texas, where he works on a team of four members who are responsible for creating physically accurate textures for the studio’s projects. Dennis collaborates with…

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…

DV Students’ Short Film “The Composer” Now on YouTube

Having completed its film festival run, the DV Program’s animated/live action film “The Composer” is now available publicly on YouTube. Written and directed by the student duo of Gwyneth Christoffel and Darien Marion, the film tells the story of an emotionally troubled composer who has lost his motivation to write music until he is transported to a magical realm between the pages of his composition book where a friendly 8th note takes him on an adventure to get his motivation back. You can watch the full film here, or in the embed below. The film combines live action scenes (including some shot…

Real Life: I’m a Rooster Teeth (RTX) Guardian – A Game Student’s Perspective

Rooster Teeth Guardians

Game Design student Tyler Ann Cook made it her mission to return to Rooster Teeth (RTX) as a Guardian volunteer in 2016 and with her foot in the door from volunteering the previous year, she was ecstatic to learn she was accepted once again! Upon her return to UAT, we wanted to find out more about the event and her role as a Guardian. Learn about Tyler Ann’s experience in the Q&A below: Q. Can you tell us more about Rooster Teeth and your role as a volunteer? A. The motto of Rooster Teeth is “where gaming meets the internet” and allows for…

Boy Scouts to Earn Animation Merit Badge From UAT Professor

Boy Scouts Merit Badge

The Boy Scouts of America Grand Canyon Council will participate in The Merit Badge University during the weekend of October 8-10, where each Boy Scout will choose to learn two merit badges including an option to earn a badge in Animation taught by UAT Art and Animation Professor Jorge Portillo.  Boy Scouts, ranging in age from 11-17, interested in the Animation Merit Badge will visit University of Advancing Technology for a tour on Saturday, Sept. 26, and will complete the onsite requirements prior to The Merit Badge University.  Development Director Steve Pomerantz said, “This is the first year that The Merit…

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,…