October 17, 2017

Digital Filmmaking Degree

New DV Work: ARCHER – Title Sequence Recreation

A from-scratch recreation of the opening title sequence to the FX animated series ARCHER, created for DVA254 Motion Graphics class by student Harmony Summer Jones. Created with Adobe After Effects, Photoshop, and Illustrator. Related PostsUAT Hosted 2nd Annual Cyber Security Open House UAT Promotes Cyber Security Awareness Month with Tips & Anecdotes Professor Jill Brumand’s Sustainable Waste Activity Grew Wheels UAT Robotics Demos at CactusCon UAT Students Form Teams for Extra Life Gaming Fundraiser Link to this post!

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Award-Winning Film “Limelight” Now on YouTube!

Last summer a team of UAT Digital Video students lead by Killian Davies competed in the IFP Phoenix “Beat the Clock” 48 Hour Film Challenge and won Best Picture for their effort titled “Limelight.” As in every 48-hour challenge, there were some parameters given by IFP to ensure that the films were actually completed in the allotted time, and not filmed beforehand. Two possible lines of dialogue and two possible props were given; the UATDV team chose “That gives me a tingly feeling” as the line and a plant as the prop – and starting from that inspiration they created a 5-minute…

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UATDV at Phoenix Film Festival 2017

As in past years, UAT’s Digital Video Program will have a significant presence at the 2017 Phoenix Film Festival, including screening 2 short films as well as participating in numerous festival events. First up is “Toppled,” directed by Digital Video Program Champion Paul DeNigris. Written by and starring regular UAT collaborator Ayman Samman, the film was shot last year as part of DeNigris’ Production Studio class and also stars veteran actor Tony Amendola in the role of an ousted Middle Eastern dictator. “Toppled” screens as part of Live Action Shorts B on Friday 4/7, Sunday 4/9, and Wednesday 4/12, and…

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DV Students Make Movie Magic with “Mitch Rapp: Off Book”

Following up on our post from March 1st, a team of Digital Video students (and some alumni) have completed work on an action-packed epic short film starring Hollywood actors: “Mitch Rapp: Off Book.” The full film can be watched on a custom micro-site built specially for the project: https://mitchrappfanfilm.com/ As usual, DV has also produced some great behind-the-scenes materials, including this documentary on the making of the film, “Rogue Mission: The Making of Mitch Rapp: Off Book.” And as is pretty standard for a UAT DV project, there are a lot of visual effects in this one – over 100 visual…

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UAT faculty and students collaborate with Hollywood players for action film “Mitch Rapp: Off Book”

Professor Paul DeNigris, Program Champion for Digital Video at University of Advancing Technology, was recently recruited by Hollywood actor and fitness model Andy McDermott (Hawaii 5-0, Sons of Anarchy) to produce a short film based on Vince Flynn’s bestselling novels about All-American counterterrorism agent Mitch Rapp. McDermott, a long-time fan of the 15-book (and growing) series, was disappointed to learn that CBS Films had cast teen heartthrob Dylan O’Brien as the hardboiled hero for their upcoming feature film adaptation of American Assassin, and he wanted to put his own stamp on what he described as his “dream role” before O’Brien’s…

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DV students produce “Change Agent” documentary for One Community

As in years past, the Digital Video Program at University of Advancing Technology has partnered with One Community to produce their annual “Change Agent” honoree video. This year, the video showcases Dennis and Janine Skinner who are the parents of three children, one who is a lesbian and one who is a transgender man. As people of faith and as active allies in their community, they have worked to educate and raise awareness of gay and transgender issues in their community. The video was shot by students Andrew Aguirre, Patrick Kebert, and Brandon Scott, and was edited by Aguirre. Professor…

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Congratulations to Alumni Daniel Sontag on Winning First Emmy Award

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Daniel Sontag, a Digital Video Alumnus who attended UAT from 2005-2009, won his first Emmy in the Lone Star Regional Emmy’s for the Promotion/ Program Award category on October 15, 2016. Daniel works as a Manager of Brand Marketing at NBC 5 Dallas/Fort Worth, which is the fifth largest market in the United States, which means their viewership is very saturated and has a loyal audience. NBC 5 DFW’s veteran Chief Meteorologist David Frinfrock has been with the station for 40 years, but has plans to retire in a few years. To welcome new meteorologist Rick Mitchell to the team,…

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DV Awards Scholarship at All-American High School Film Festival

This past weekend, DV Program Champion Paul DeNigris traveled to New York City to present the award for Best Visual Effects at the 2016 All-American High School Film Festival. Just as it did last year, this award comes with a full tuition scholarship for the UAT DV Program (an $84,000 value) for the lucky and talented filmmaker. This year’s winner is Jason Carman of Vacaville, CA, for his sci-fi action flick “Vacuum Wars,” seen here: We look forward to Jason joining us in Fall 2017! Link to this post!Related PostsCyber Security Alumni to Hold 2-Day Training at Black Hat Under…

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DV Way Back Wednesday: “Cowboy Dreams”

It’s a Digital Video flashback this week! Take a not so big step in the wayback machine to the summer of 2008 when Professor Paul DeNigris and an all-star crew of DV students and alumni got to work with not one but TWO Hollywood stars: Blue Collar Comedy staple Bill Engvall and Machete himself Danny Trejo! Together they made the Western comedy “Cowboy Dreams,” one of DV’s most memorable movies. (Slightly NSFW, by the way.) The film was penned by frequent UATDV collaborator Steve Briscoe (seen in Ouroboros, Borderlands: Change of Hart, and CrossRealm to name but a few), who also…

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DV Students Win Big in IFP 48-Hour Challenge

UATDV’s entry into the 2016 IFP Phoenix “Beat the Clock” 48-Hour Film Challenge took home THREE awards at the screening on August 4th at the Harkins Scottsdale 101 Theaters! The film “Limelight” took home awards for Best Poster Design, Best Editing (student Andrew Aguirre was the editor) and Best Picture (student Killian Davies directed). By virtue of winning Best Picture at the challenge, “Limelight” becomes the first Official Selection of the 2017 Phoenix Film Festival, next April! And it will be eligible for more awards there! You can read more about the making of the film and watch a trailer…

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