February 21, 2018

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…

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 PostsThought Leader: What’s In It For Me? What is Network Security? Global Game Jam Winners: ‘Transmissions’ Well Received CCDC Qualifier This Saturday at UAT UAT is Host to 2018 Phoenix Global Game Jam

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…

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…

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…

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…

DV students hit El Rey Network with “Up Route”

In the Spring of 2015, UAT filmmakers Jordan Wippell and Brandon Scott lead a team of their fellow students to make “Up Route” for the Inter-College 48 Hour Film Challenge. The film won multiple awards, including Best Film, and then went on to be screening in over 16 film festivals worldwide and received BEST STUDENT SHORT at Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival in Chicago. But the little film just keeps chugging along, having caught the eye of the folks at Robert Rodriguez‘s El Rey Network. Rodriguez is one of the filmmakers studied in UAT’s DV program, as he is a great…

New DV Work: The Man With the Golden Arm – Title Sequence Re-Creation

A from-scratch re-creation of the iconic opening titles for the classic film The Man With the Golden Arm, created by student Gabe Vigil for DVA254 Motion Graphics class. Considering this is one of the most iconic title sequences in movie history, created by the legendary Saul Bass, it is no small task to try to duplicate it. How do you think Gabe did? Link to this post!Related PostsUAT Robotics Demos at CactusCon UAT Students Form Teams for Extra Life Game Day Fundraiser Professor Hue Henry Guest Lecturing on Game Programming at West-MEC “Dog Robot” Pays a Visit to STEAM Night…

New DV Work: STRANGER THINGS – Title Sequence Re-Creation

A from-scratch re-creation of the Stranger Things title sequence, created by student Jake Turocy for DVA254 Motion Graphics class. You can check out some behind the scenes details about the real title sequence here, and watch Jake’s version below. Link to this post!Related PostsGame Studies Team Provides VR Support for USA TODAY’s Project “The Wall” Cactus Con 2017 Summer Internship at iD Tech Camps Programming Jam at UAT Chief Science Officer Institute Returns to UAT

New DV Work: Paranormal Investigations – short documentary film

A short doc about a paranormal investigator and his brushes with the unexplained, created by students Emma Welch-Murphy and Madison LaCross for DVA241 Digital Video Production class. This is a great example of how evocative cinematography can really bring a documentary subject to life. Link to this post!Related PostsUAT Business Technology Professor Offers Lean Startup Advice AntiMatter Security Talk: Black Hat Phone Charging Hack for Emergencies Principles for Research Alumni Evan Tappero Lands Job with Crowdstar