August 15, 2018

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…

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…

“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…

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…

Digital Video Students Win Big at Spring Inter-College 48 Hour Film Challenge

Two teams of UAT Digital Video Students competed against five teams of students from Grand Canyon University in the Spring 2017 Inter-College 48 Hour Film Challenge. This latest installment of the epic crosstown rivalry that has erupted every Fall and Spring since 2011 was a winner for the UATDV family as one of the 2 teams brought home awards for Best Technical and Best Film. The rules of the competition, like all 48 hour challenges, dictated that the team incorporate a specific prop and a specific line of dialogue into their script. In this case the prop was a mirror and…

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,…

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…

DV Students’ New Motion Graphics!

Students in Professor DeNigris’ DVA254 Motion Graphics class are tasked with re-creating an existing title sequence from a film or TV show as one of their semester projects. The exercise is meant to stretch the students by asking them to look at work done by professional title designers, and figure out how to meet the high bar they set. It’s a hands-on way of forcing students to expand their thought processes and also to better learn their software (in this case Adobe After Effects). Here’s a selection of this semester’s best title sequence re-creations, including Fringe, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Wayward Pines, Parks and…

Help UATDV Get to w00tstock 2016!

Every Summer since 2012, UAT Digital Video faculty and students have made a road trip to San Diego to film w00tstock, “a night of geeks + music” hosted by Mythbuster Adam Savage, geek icon Wil Wheaton, and comedy music duo Paul and Storm. Our coverage of w00tstock every year is the best on the web, and we’ve been on hand to capture amazing moments like George R.R. Martin smashing a guitar, LeVar Burton leading the audience in the “Reading Rainbow” song, Adam Savage singing “I Will Survive” as Gollum, and veteran voice actor Rob Paulsen singing “Yakko’s World” from memory –…

New UATDV Film – “Secure. Contain. Protect”

UATDV students have finished their horror comedy “Secure. Contain. Protect” and it’s now on YouTube. There were some very cool “firsts” in the making of this one. We were the first crew to film at the historic Hayden Flour Mill in Tempe (thanks to Kris Baxter-Ging and Chris Hansen in the city government). This was also the first UATDV film to use a drone as part of principle photography (for the “monster vision” sequences in the Mill). Synopsis: “A secret government organization called “The Foundation” protects society from supernatural creatures. When one of the creatures classified as “SCP-106″ escapes containment, hapless friends…