April 23, 2018

Digital Filmmaking Degree

Film Your Final

Use your skills to your advantage! That’s what UAT Digital Video students enrolled in the Cinematography course like to do. With encouragement from their professor, they can omit a written test if they decide to film their final exam instead. One who does not know the process of creating a short film may think this is the easier of the two options, but that is simply not the case. In order to film the final, DV students will utilize skills they learned over the semester such as color grading, capturing sound effects, smooth and steady camera movement, and digital storytelling…

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48-Hour Film Challenge

Students, you have 48 hours. The mission is to include one specific prop and one required line of dialog in your film. Now, go make a movie! UAT Digital Video students are up for the challenge! They’ve had lots of practice competing in the Inter-College 48-Hour Film Challenge as UAT hosts the event each spring trading off with Grand Canyon University (GCU) to host in the fall. As you can imagine, the rivalry is strong with these two schools as students brainstorm the most creative, outstanding film concepts to bring to the table at each competition. The friendly competition inspires…

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“Instinct” Military Survival Film Wins Two Awards

Instinct Short Film

UAT Digital Video alumni Killian Davies is excited to share updates on his short film, Instinct, a military survival film shot this year. Since Killian graduated from UAT in May 2017, his film has been busy! He entered Instinct in a couple of film festivals and has been recognized twice for its awesome content. The film won “Drama Student Short” at the Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival. In addition, Instinct also just won “Best Drama” at the Los Angeles Film Awards. “I am very proud of the Instinct team for already winning two separate awards: “Drama Student Short” at HIMPFF, and “Best Drama” at the…

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DV film “Toppled” Now Online

Back in 2016, UAT’s Digital Video Program teamed up with repeat collaborator Ayman Samman to produce a short film inspired by the “Arab Spring,” called “Toppled.” Samman, who starred in UAT productions such as “Parallax” and “Red Sand” before landing a plum role in Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper, was inspired to write “Toppled” after a scary brush with the chaos of the Arab Spring in his home country of Egypt. Seeing his homeland erupt into turmoil and being evacuated by the US State Department, followed by what looked to be truly democratic elections in Egypt being undermined by military dictatorship inspired…

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New DV Work: Calico – Short Sci-Fi Drama Film

With a near future utopia on the verge of collapse, a troubled man must convince his eldest sibling into reverse engineering a revolution. Written directed by KIllian Davies, “Calico” explores concepts of identity and gender while providing a glimpse into a possible future in which ego prevails. Produced by Davies and Brandon Scott. Cinematography by Paul Lopez. Edited by Patrick Kebert. Link to this post!Related PostsCCDC Qualifier This Saturday at UAT UAT is Host to 2018 Phoenix Global Game Jam Innovation From Day 1: Provost Challenge Importance of Emotional Intelligence Opportunity is Right in Front of You

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A Look Back at DV’s “Fallout”

8 years ago today on October 24th, 2009, we began production on our first all-greenscreen film, “Fallout” (not related to the videogame series but nonetheless set in a post-apocalyptic future). It was the start of a new direction for the Digital Video Program, one that placed greater emphasis on visual effects filmmaking and on creating a professional production experience for students that would span the last few semesters of their academic career at the University. “Fallout” was an experiment. It could have ended in utter failure but we all still would have learned a ton from it. It would end…

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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…

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New DV Work: Loyalty Lies with the Dead – Walking Dead Fan Film

UAT’s Digital Video Program has released its latest epic fan film, this one based on the hit TV series and comic book The Walking Dead. The plot synopsis for “Loyalty Lies with the Dead” is as follows: Returning home from Los Angeles to Arizona, Noa gets her college friends back together – just as the zombie outbreak reaches Phoenix. Together the five of them must survive the undead and the desert wastes to escape to safety. But is Noa hiding something? The film was written and directed by student Brett Chapman, and won “Best in Show” at the UAT Student Innovation…

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On Set in 360!

Alex Beaver’s Student Innovation Project transports viewers behind the scenes and into the middle of the action for the filming of UAT Digital Video’s upcoming military survival film “Instinct.” Written and directed by Killian Davies, “Instinct” tells the story of a Marine helicopter pilot downed in the hostile territory of Yemen, and chronicles her harrowing journey to safe extraction by her fellow Marines. “Instinct” filmed in a variety of amazing Arizona locations, including Pima Air and Space Museum which was kind enough to let the UAT students use their helo simulator for crucial scenes. If you’ve ever wondered what’s it’s…

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Professor DeNigris produces VFX tutorials

Ever wondered what gets taught in our Visual Effects classes? Or wondered what really goes into making movie magic for Hollywood blockbusters? UAT’s Digital Video Program Champion Paul DeNigris has been producing video tutorials for his VFX students, taking them step by step through techniques in The Foundry’s NUKE compositing software, and these tutorials are available on Paul’s YouTube channel. Check out a playlist of Nuke tutorials here, and visit Paul’s channel for After Effects tutorials as well as vlog episode’s from Paul’s Hollywood sabbatical a couple of years ago! Link to this post!Related PostsDV students hit El Rey Network…

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