October 22, 2017

YouTube Tuesday: Good Faith Casting

If you’ve been on the UAT campus recently, you may have noticed large groups of actors coming and going. One day it’ll be all middle-aged men auditioning for a national commercial; the next day, tall athletic models auditioning for a magazine fashion shoot; another, pre-teens taking an acting class… you get the idea! And sometimes, actors are even here to audition for UAT Digital Video Program productions. But what do all these groups have in common? Good Faith Casting! Faith Hibbs-Clark and her daughter Bella Hibbs run Good Faith Casting, a full-service casting service that has had a relationship with UAT…

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!   Link to this post!Related PostsUAT Robotics Demos at CactusCon UAT Students Form Teams…

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…

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…

Envisioning Emerging Technologies

Envisioning Emerging Technologies

The graph below by Michell Zappa visualizes current trends in technological developments as well as possible future trends from 2012 to 2040. To have an understanding of where technological trends are situated today and to guess what may happen in the future helps developers with the creation of products today. It is interesting to see the possible developmental paths based on audience demands and desires, and to compare different categories. With my students in my Principles of Interactivity class we compared Internet column with Interfaces and specifically focused on the developments of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality: as of 2012,…

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…

Norman: An ‘Antivirus on a Cable’

Norman AntiVirus

Sometimes you wanna go.. Where everybody knows your name and they’re always glad you came. You wanna be where you can see, the troubles are all the same. you wanna be where everybody knows your name! Norm! For the low cost of $50 K – Norm will be your friend! Norm – A standalone in-band scanning terminal for incoming and outgoing data to the downstream industrial control system. Norm fills the anti-virus SCADA gap that were not apart of the original optimistic industrial control system designs. Read more about my friend Norm.   Link to this post!Related PostsV.A.S.T. UAT Partners…

Pro Video Coalition: ‘Putting the After Effects CS6 3D Camera Tracker to the Test’

After Effects CS6 3D

Adobe After Effects has long been one of our go-to software apps in the DV Program, and it’s about to get even better with the release of CS6. Adobe is integrating more and more 3D tools into After Effects, making it even more of a one-stop VFX shop. Check out this tutorial on the new 3D Camera Tracker, as well as the new 3D Text tools. Link to this post!Related PostsNew DV Work: Typography – Ringo Starr’s MS Paint Art Spooky Locations Give “Help Falls” Horror Film Cred New DV Work: ANATOMY OF A MURDER – Title Sequence Recreation Digital…