Friday, February 27, 2009

Thursday, February 26, 2009

The Spirit of UAT

Here's a sweet little piece completed by student Ryan Loveland for DVA353 Visual Effects class. A really nice example of what Frank Miller calls "using color as a weapon."

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Behind the VFX of Benjamin Button

Here's a great TED talk about the Oscar-winning visual effects created for David Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Now I am not a big fan of the overall film, but I was certainly wowed by the visual effects. Here, Ed Ulbrich from Digital Domain takes us step-by-step through the creation of the film's most dazzling effect - a photorealistic human head.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Why Avid?

I get that question all the time... "Why Avid? Why don't you teach Final Cut?"

Here's why.

All five of this year's Oscar nominees for Best Picture were created using Avid products. In fact, Avid products account for a whopping EIGHTY Oscar nominations this year.

If that's not a resounding testimonial to the power of our chosen editing software, I don't know what is!

DV Job: The Daily Advantage

Here's a job opportunity passed on to us by our good friends Jason Carney and Chris LaMont at the Phoenix Film Foundation:
ATTN: Video and Film Students

The Daily Advantage™ is currently building a new Entrepreneurial Web Portal which will feature interviews with successful entrepreneurs and investors.

We would like to hire film/video student(s) to work with us to shoot "on the street" style video interviews. This is an opportunity to make money and also to learn marketing strategies from successful business people. Video and digital editing skills are necessary, and we will begin shooting in early March.

To apply, please email or call Greg Richard.

Direct: 480-385-8755

Saturday, February 21, 2009

UAT Digital Video alum Jenny Pond to screen film in nation's capitol

UAT DV alum Jenny Pond is screening her film "Poison Wind" at an anti-nuclear event on February 27 in Washington DC, hosted by acclaimed actor James Cromwell.

Full details here

Congratulations, Jenny! Everyone at UAT is so proud of you and your film!

DV Job: Production Assistant at CNN

Here's an entry-level job I came across, one that would be perfect for a recent UAT DV grad interested in news or documentary production.

Click here for details

DV Internship: Advanced Media Webs

UAT's Career Services folks have just posted this internship opportunity at Advanced Media Webs:
AMW’s focus is in developing Internet systems that perform well for your business; intuitive Webs that communicate well and are easy to find in your favorite search engine. We are customer focused and bring a wealth of technology and marketing experience to help you succeed in a highly competitive marketplace. AMW is currently seeking a video production intern for the Summer 2009 semester. The details of the position are as follows:

• Capture and Edit Video
• Produce 30 second and two minute video clips for web
• Work remotely

Desired Skills:
• Adobe Premiere
• After Effects
• Soundbooth
• Flash Video Encoder

How to Apply:
- Send resume, cover letter, and demo reel to Mark Abrams.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The Freesound Project

Here's a website I came across when I was in L.A. taking an editing class towards my Master's Degree. It was highly recommended to me by one of my classmates as a great source for free sounds for film and video projects.

Check it out here: The Freesound Project

Monday, February 16, 2009

202 DIY Filmmaking Tutorials

Here's a great list of do-it-yourself tutorials for building dollies, steadicams, and all sorts of cool gadgets for your films.

Just FYI, I found this link on one of my favorite sites,


Thursday, February 12, 2009

Short Film: I Have Some News

Here's the latest short film produced by the students and faculty of the UAT Digital Video Program:

I Have Some News from UAT Digital Video on Vimeo.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

DV students park SUV in 2nd floor hallway

Actually, it's a 1/18 scale model of a Porsche Cayenne and what you're looking at is a combination of in-camera effects and post-production compositing using Autodesk Combustion. This was an in-class project this week in DVA353 Digital Compositing: Visual Effects.

Alumni team competes in 24 Hour FIlm Challenge

Check out this short film, titled "Last Call," created by UAT Digital Video alumni Timothy Allen, Jerad Brown, Keegan Ead, and John Thomas for the IFP/Phoenix 24-Hour Film Challenge!

Last Call from Timothy Allen on Vimeo.


Welcome to the inaugural post of the UAT Digital Video blog. I'll be using this blog as a central rallying point for any and all news related to the UAT Digital Video Program - projects, student and alumni news, new classes, cool tech tidbits, job postings, contests, and other oddities I want to share.

So... if you have something to share with other DV students and alumni, please send it and I'll post it here. And if you want to stay up to date, please subscribe to our RSS feed.

Yours in digital video-ness,