October 17, 2017

Digital Filmmaking Degree

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!   Related PostsUAT Hosted 2nd Annual Cyber Security Open House UAT Promotes Cyber Security…

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New Movie Tuesday: BLOOD OATH

This week’s New Movie Tuesday is action-packed! Pulling together elements of film noir and martial arts movies, UATDV alum Jace Oppie and Professor Paul DeNigris collaborated on “Blood Oath” during the summer of 2014. Utilizing a student crew, Oppie and DeNigris constructed the set for the film’s climax – the top of an unfinished skyscraper – in UAT’s Art and Movement Classroom. “Blood Oath” has concluded a successful film festival and is now available on YouTube and Vimeo! Link to this post!Related PostsProfessor Hue Henry Guest Lecturing on Game Programming at West-MEC “Dog Robot” Pays a Visit to STEAM Night…

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New Movie Tuesday: CRIMINAL

This week’s New Movie Tuesday is one of UAT Digital Video’s 48-hour films. This one hails from last Summer’s IFP 48-Hour “Beat the Clock” Challenge, where the parameters were that every film needed to include a fountain drink (the prop) and “Hey, get back here!” (the line of dialogue). UAT’s entry “Criminal” was directed by student Darien Marion and stars alum Jace Oppie, UAT fave Steve Briscoe, and students Saphire Tillmon and Daniel Hall. The film was improvised on the spot as the crew was setting up, and then was filmed in a number of takes where the actors riffed…

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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…

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Digital Video Students Attend TedxPhoenix 2015


A group of nine UAT students had the wonderful opportunity to attend “TedxPhoenix 2015: Press Play” at the Mesa Arts Center on April 26. Under the instruction of Digital Video Professor Sharon Bolman and with IT guidance from Professor Paul Denigris via Skype, students used a camera set up with a Tricaster broadcast system and Live Streamed the entire show, which totaled over 4-1/2 hours of footage. The Digital Video (DV) program at UAT will take the video captured from the TedxPhoenix talk and convert the footage into three half broadcast segments for KAET Ch. 8, Arizona’s local PBS station….

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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…

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Professor DeNigris’ Sabbatical Vlog

UAT Digitial Video

Some of you may know that Professor Paul DeNigris, Program Champion for Digital Video at University of Advancing Technology, has taken a sabbatical this Spring semester to get some additional industry experience working in visual effects in Hollywood. Paul is keeping a daily vlog of his experiences in LA, which he calls “Hollywood at 45.” He calls this Episode 0, as he begins packing for his new journey. “It’s now or never, I gotta do it! If I wait too long, it will never happen..” Check it out here: Link to this post!Related PostsNew DV Work: The Man With the…

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UAT Digital Video Wins BIG at Inter-College 48 Hour Film Challenge!

Digital Video awards

For six years, a rivalry between University of Advancing Technology’s Digital Video Program and Grand Canyon University’s Digital Film Program has been building. Six years ago, UAT won the inaugural Inter-College 48 Hour Film Challenge hosted by GCU. Since then, UAT and GCU have alternated hosting – GCU in the Fall, UAT in the Spring – and for a while, UAT’s dominance in the contest was assured. Two years ago GCU added another component to the contest, the “POV Cup” – a traveling trophy the likes of the Stanley Cup that would be housed in the winning team’s home base until the next…

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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…

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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…

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