September 19, 2017

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 battle. “POV” in this case stands for “Persistence of Vision” and the trophy bears the inscription “Pain is Temporary – Film is Forever.” For the first year of its life, the POV Cup rested comfortably in a display case outside UAT’s Greenscreen Studio. But then that all changed and GCU won it back – and kept it for a year.

This year, UAT Digital Video is once again triumphant! The film is called “Liv,” directed by student Gwyneth Christoffel (second from right), with cinematography by student Dominique Laster (right), edited by alum Alex Dinh (center), and starring Emmanual Beniamine (left) and student Saphire Tillmon (second from left). This single team of dedicated UAT Digital Video students competed against THIRTEEN teams from GCU. (No other colleges participated this year, which is a common occurrence.) Only 1 GCU film was any sort of competition – “Zoey,” directed by GCU student Anthony DiMaria who had won the last battle for his film “Pulse.” “Zoey” and “Liv” split the judges – “Zoey” taking home trophies for Best Director and Best Actor, and UAT’s “Liv” winning Best Story and Best Technical. The aggregate scores for “Liv” in all categories also won it Best Overall Film – and the coveted POV Cup!

Congratulations to our intrepid team for bringing home the Cup – and the bragging rights that it affords! The POV Cup will once again make its home outside our Greenscreen Studio. Come and see it while it’s there – although we don’t plan on letting GCU have it back anytime soon!

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