October 21, 2017

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…

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…

UAT Digital Video Casts Actor Tony Amendola in New Film, “Toppled”

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UAT Digital Video is thrilled to announce that actor Tony Amendola has been cast in the next project to be directed by Professor Paul DeNigris, called “Toppled.” Mr. Amendola is perhaps best known for his role in the sci-fi series Stargate SG-1 as the noble Jaffa warrior Master Bra’tac. More recently he has appeared on sci-fi series Continuum and fantasy series Once Upon a Time and was one of the key voices in the video game Fallout 4. “Toppled” was written by Ayman Samman who previously collaborated with UATDV on “Parallax” and on “Red Sand: A Mass Effect Fan Film” and…

Jordan Wippell: Music Videos, Short Films and Plans For the Future

Jordan Wippell is a Digital Video student at UAT who has kept himself quite busy submitting his work to film festivals and video contests. He is also known to ask directors if he can offer an extra hand behind the scenes to get tips from a professionals point of view. As a filmmaker, you are grateful for each opportunity to produce a film, but most filmmakers have few opportunities to work with one of their favorite bands, but now 21-year-old Jordan can say he has. He heard of a video contest for They Might Be Giants through the band’s Facebook…

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…