Saturday, May 30, 2009

Stereoscopic 3D: Fad or Not?

From StudioDaily: Editors debate whether stereoscopic 3D is here to stay or if it will soon disappear just like it has in the past. Hear reasons why 3D may be different this time around and why some don't buy any of it.

Starting Out in Film, Now What?

Here's some great advice for our alumni, recent grads, and soon-to-be grads - courtesy of NYC-based blogger, filmmaker, and educator Jonathan Poritsky of The Candler Blog:

Starting Out in Film, Now What?

Thursday, May 28, 2009

After Effects Tutorial: Making Elements Grow

Creative Cow has a great tutorial on a very common motion graphics technique - the growing or "evolving" organic elements that we see popping up in all sorts of motion graphics projects these days. If you've ever wondered how it's done, here's the tutorial for you!

Ultimate Motion Graphics Tutorials Round-Up

Smashing Magazine has published a great list of awesome motion graphics tutorials for After Effects. They run the gamut from simple and elegant designs using AE alone to complex effects using plug-ins and 3rd party software like 3DS Max. Check out the complete list here.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Featured Project: Room for One More

This week's featured project comes from last semester's DVA442 HDV Production class, written and directed by Shon Major and with stellar cinematography by Ryan Loveland.

Room for One More from UAT Digital Video on Vimeo.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

After Effects Tutorial Roundup

Topher Welsh of AE Tuts+ has recently published a roundup of 30 great After Effects tutorials, ranging from simple motion graphics tricks to amazing visual effects feats. Check them out here!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Featured Project: Polarity

Here's a project from last semester's DVA241 class, produced in HD by student Chris Erickson. This one has it all - great cinematography, editing, and visual effects - and a compelling story. Check it out!

Polarity from UAT Digital Video on Vimeo.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Reinventing Star Trek's VFX


How J.J. Abrams Demanded, and ILM Delivered, More Story from Every Shot
By Barbara Robertson
May 13, 2009

We’re sitting with Paul Kavanagh in a screening room at Industrial Light & Magic, watching director J. J. Abrams’ early cuts for the film Star Trek. Kavanagh was the animation supervisor at ILM, which created 864 visual effects shots for the spacefaring adventure. Abrams’ reboot of the venerable franchise scored big over opening weekend, raking in $76.5 million at the North American box office amidst galaxies of critical acclaim. ILM’s Roger Guyett, who was also the second unit director, supervised the visual effects, which also included work by Digital Domain, Evil Eye, Lola, Svengali and Kerner Optical.

Read the rest here!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

New DVA101 Finals Now Online

Last semester's crop of DVA101 Final Action Movies are now on YouTube. Here's one of them... check out the rest here.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Lessons and Advice from Top Editors

The AlphaDogs Editors' Lounge in April featured a panel of four seasoned editors with diverse backgrounds talking about the craft of editing and how it has changed since they got in the business. In this series of videos, feature film editor Billy Weber, reality TV editor Glenn Morgan, trailers editor Carol Streit and jack-of-all trades editor Terry Curren discuss the lessons they have learned in decades of work and offer bits of wisdom not found in any film school or editing manual.

To watch and learn how these editors forged their careers, click here.

To watch video of these editors discussing the lessons they've learned in decades in the the business and the advice they have for aspiring editors, click here.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

New DVA101 Commercial Spoofs Online

Last semester's 30 Second Commercial Spoofs are now online on YouTube. Here's one... the rest can be found here!