Saturday, November 27, 2010

Get Free Help for Your Company or Project

So I get this one all the time - "Hey, do you have any students who can help me with _____?" Most of the time these inquiries are for short-term projects - "I need grips for the weekend," etc. Those are good experience-builders for the students, but what they really need is internship credit. All UAT students are required to complete an internship in order to graduate, and as you can imagine, sometimes it can be difficult to find viable DV-related internships.

So what is an internship, exactly? From the UAT Intranet:
Internships are considered a supervised, practical experience that is the application of previously learned theory. Employers/sponsors work with the students to meet specific objectives and/or learning goals and provide special mentoring or networking opportunities. In exchange, the intern helps the employer/sponsor in meeting overall work goals for the company. Sponsors are encouraged to use the intern in such a way that he/she can develop a broad understanding of their organization and the services they provide.
Essentially, what you as an employer get is a part-time employee who you pay in experience. What the student gets is their first real professional gig working in the field they are studying. It's win-win.

Internships last for 15 weeks (a UAT semester) and come in two varieties - the 3-credit internship, which amounts to 150 hours spread across the 15 weeks; and the 6-credit internship for a total of 300 hours. so you as an internship sponsor need to provide the student with enough work to fill either 10 hours per week or 20 hours per week for the whole semester.

So as you start planning your activities for 2011, think about providing a professional experience for a UAT Digital Video student. Need production help? Post-production? Editing? Animation? VFX? We have students that can help and can benefit from your experience and knowledge. Our next semester begins in January, so don't delay.

Request an Intern Here!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Video Production Intern at SheKnows LLC

Job Title: Production
Job Type: Internship - Unpaid
Full/Part Time: Part Time
Openings: 1
Salary: $-$ Hourly
Skills Required: PhotoShop, AfterEffects, Final Cut Pro, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word,

Duties Include
Assisting SheKnows TV video production team on studio shoots
Assisting SheKnows TV team during field shoots
Uploading video daily to server
Day-to-day administrative business and equipment maintenance
Assisting with the editing process, locating assets for Editor
Logging video footage and organizing stories

Skills Required
1 yr TV/Web/Design experience
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
Strong organizational skills
Passion for technology
Final Cut Pro, Microsoft Office and Excel preferred
Photoshop, After Effects, EMPS, and i-News a plus
Ability to adhere to tight deadlines
Willingness to have fun

Desired Education
Some college

How To Apply
Send a resume and cover letter to Lisa Acquafredda (

Employer Website: SheKnows LLC (

Posted: 11/23/2010 Expires: 12/23/2010

Location: Scottsdale, AZ

Video Production Internship at ASU's Decision Theater

Job Title: Digital Video
Job Type: Internship - Unpaid
Openings: 1
Skills Required: AfterEffects, Digital Video, Final Cut Pro,

The Decision Theater facilitates applied solutions for some of society's most significant challenges. Simulation, visualization, and collaborative decision making technologies are combined with science to addresses real regional issues, such as water management, land use, public health, and education by enabling individuals to see a 3D representation of the consequences of behavior, decisions, and policy in order to examine potential future scenarios. The theater consists of an interactive 3D immersive environment and cutting edge graphics technologies. The core component, nicknamed the Drum, is a 260-degree faceted screen with seven rear-projection HD projectors that display panoramic 2D computer graphics or 3D stereo computer generated content. The Drum accommodates up to 25 people and includes tools for collecting participant input and interaction.

Duties Include
Create, write, produce, script, shoot and edit productions as well as capture, log, store and convert content to multiple formats for digital distribution

Skills Required
Experience with advanced camera techniques, camera placement and movements, picture composition, advanced lighting techniques a plus
Some knowledge of Adobe After Effects and Final Cut Studio recommended
Must be familiar with non-linear editing software

Desired Education
Some College

How To Apply
Send a resume and cover letter to Dustin Hampton (

Employer Website: Decision Theater (

Posted: 11/18/2010 Expires: 12/18/2010

Location: Tempe, AZ

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Fire Up Those iPods!

Here's a not-very-comprehensive list of some recommended podcasts for DV students. Fire up those iPods and get listening!

Creative Screenwriting Magazine
The Official Podcast of Creative Screenwriting Magazine

The Cutting Room
The Cutting Room is a show about interviewing other Film Editors, similar to Inside the Actors Studio except for editing.  Each show we interview a different editor to find out techniques, ideas and approaches to film editing and what advice they have for other Editors or those looking to become an editor.

The /Filmcast is the official podcast of In the /Filmcast, hardcore geeks/bloggers/journalists David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley debate, pontificate, and delve into the latest films, film news, television shows, and entertainment-related items from the past week. Weekly guests include everyday bloggers, webmaster luminaries, and movie stars from all walks of life. You can reach us at and find all our podcast episodes at

A weekly film show from Chicago featuring reviews, interviews, top 5 lists and more with Adam Kempenaar and Matty Robinson. Also heard on WBEZ/Chicago Public Radio.
fxguide covers the visual effects industry and software from a high-end professional vfx artists' perspective. Each week we speak with industry professionals about their craft.

KCRW's The Business
Hosted by Kim Masters, The Business looks deep inside the business of entertainment. A half-hour of thoughtful and irreverent dialogue with Hollywood's top deal-makers, filmmakers, moguls, artists and agents, The Business will clue you in on who's making pop culture pop and what's keeping Hollywood's Blackberries juicy.

Red Centre
Your guide to digital cinema, filmmaking and cutting edge imaging.

The VFX Show
Industry veterans discuss the latest in the world of visual effects.

Monday, November 15, 2010

UAT Student Team Wins First-Ever Valley Inter-College 48Hour Film Challenge

This past weekend Grand Canyon University hosted the first-ever Valley of the Sun Inter-College 48 Hour Film Challenge. Two teams from UAT (including a distance-student team based in Texas) competed head-to-head against three teams from GCU and the "Best Film" statuette was taken home by the UAT Digital Video team!

The parameters for the competition:

Genre - mystery
Prop - washing machine
Line - "All I know is, that doesn't go in there."
And we were also required to include a character - "Nardo, the professional marble player."

Here's our WINNING entry, "Nardo and the Sock of Destiny!"