Monday, February 28, 2011


Check out Scanline VFX's amazing breakdown of their Oscar-nominated work for Clint Eastwood's Hereafter!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

What’s the Difference Between the ARRI ALEXA and RED Cameras? One Humorous Explanation

Another great find over on
The ARRI ALEXA and RED EPIC (and RED ONE M-X) are cameras that we’ll be seeing hundreds of features shot on over the next several years. What’s the difference between the two? Check out this amusing video from Inspiration Studios, whose comparison of the ALEXA and RED cameras includes a none-too-subtle suggestion about the fading utility of their DSLR rental package:

Sensible Digital Cinema: The Arri Alexa from Inspiration Studios on Vimeo.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Drive in a Car Without Driving in a Car!

This cool tutorial video comes from the guys at FilmRiot. Think about these tips next time you plan a driving scene.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Using Stills to Create Matte Painting Effects in Your Footage

Here's a cool technique, using the still-photography function of your HDSLR to gather more information and more latitude than the HD video function alone can capture. This "tutorial" is a little dry, but stick with it. This technique opens up LOTS of possibilities!

How to use stills to create simple matte painting effects for your DSLR footage from Robino Films on Vimeo.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

120 FPS is Nothing: Here’s What 2,564 FPS on a Phantom Flex Camera Looks Like

Picked this one up on
With RED touting 120 frame-per-second shooting speeds — impressive on its own, and even more impressive given each frame is at 5K resolution — Vision Research’s claims that their new Phantom Flex camera shoots at up to 2,800 FPS (2,500 in 1080p) seems like a joke. But it’s not, and the following is proof. Tom Guilmette was hired to shoot the World Champtionships of Ping Pong, and found himself alone in his hotel room before the shoot with the Phantom Flex; here is the resulting video.

Locked in a Vegas Hotel Room with a Phantom Flex from Tom Guilmette on Vimeo.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Student Showcase Extension - Entries Due Monday, February 28

The Submission Deadline for Spring Showcase has been extended to February 28, 2011.

The Showcase Committee is currently in the process of determining additional space for our students’ and alumnus’ innovative works. We will be accepting submissions for an additional 6 weeks.

If you thought you missed the deadline and still want to submit your amazing creations, please follow the instructions below or contact for any additional queries.


UAT 2011 Spring Showcase has expanded its submission criteria to support:
  • student innovation projects (SIPs)
  • software engineering and network security
  • graphic and digital art design
  • robotics embedded technology
  • programming and code
  • digital video and animation
  • game art, animation and design
  • drawing, painting and traditional photography
Check the submission form for further considerations. All work must be submitted by February 28, 2011.

To Enter - download the Spring 2011 Student Showcase editable PDF entry form. Fill out and save one form for each entry.

Follow this link: (Submission Form)

PREPARE YOUR SUBMISSION: Images must be a minimum of 200dpi at 8"x10". Title your entry with your name and entry title. (EX: JohnSmith_SummerSky.jpg)

SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY using one of the following methods:
Download and fill out editable PDF submission form (link above). In a zipped folder, include the completed PDF submission form and your submission and attach this to an email to:
Download and fill out editable submission form (link above).
Send your entry and form to:
The University of Advancing Technology
ATTN: Lane Joplin - Student Showcase
2625 W. Baseline Rd.
Tempe, AZ, 85283

100 Great Resources for Cinematographers, Camera Assistants, and Film Professionals

Here's one we found during the end-of-2010 madness and never got around to posting. The Black and Blue ("a blog for camera assistants") compiled this "100 Great Resources for Cinematographers, Camera Assistants, and Film Professionals."

1 – 12: Jobs and Industry
13 – 20: Film News
21 – 32: Print (Physical and Digital)
33 – 44: Blogs
45 – 53: Podcasts
54 – 63: Forums
64 – 74: Reference and Advice
75 – 84: Tools and Gear
85 – 93: Social Networks and Technology
94 – 100: Analog (Real World)

All of these links should be added to your browser's bookmarks today!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Valleywide Inter-College 48 Hour Film Challenge - REMINDER!

It’s Back! The Valleywide Inter-College 48 Hour Film Challenge!

March 25th through 27th, 2011

Kickoff – Friday, March 25th, 6:00 pm
University of Advancing Technology - Theatre
2625 W. Baseline Road Tempe, AZ 85283

Turn in your finished film by 6:30pm on Sunday, March 27th at UAT

A panel of industry judges will choose the winners and trophies will be awarded at our Screening and Awards Ceremony – Wednesday March 30th at 7:00 pm in the UAT Theatre

To participate – email UAT Professor Paul DeNigris ( by March 23rd

Inspiration: The Third & The Seventh

Here's an amazing FULLY COMPUTER GENERATED short film we stumbled across on Vimeo, "The Third & The Seventh." Truly amazing stuff.

The Third & The Seventh from Alex Roman on Vimeo.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Using Depth of Field for Storytelling

Here's a great article we picked up on the DSLR Video Shooter blog:
“To make your video look like film use shallow depth of field.” This is a line I hear a lot, especially from DSLR shooters and it could not be farther from the truth. Yes, films use shallow DOF but that does not make them films. Depth of field is a tool with which to sculpt your shots. So just because we can now shoot at F1.2 does not mean we should. I know most of us are recovering from Large Sensor Deficiency Syndrome but with a little education and therapy, we can move on.
Read the rest here!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Master Cinematographer Roger Deakins on Shooting with ARRI ALEXA: "Film Had a Good Run" reposted a great interview with master cinematographer Roger Deakins, originally posted on /film:
[Shooting on Digital] gives me a lot more options. It’s got more latitude, it’s got better color rendition. It’s faster. I can immediately see what I’m recording. I can time that image on set with a color-calibrated monitor…. Am I nostalgic for film? … I mean, it’s had a good run, hasn’t it?
Here's a peek at the cinematography of True Grit, for which Deakins is nominated for a Best Cinematography Oscar, and which might end up being his last movie shot on film:

Friday, February 18, 2011

How to Blow Up a Helicopter: The "Takers" Way

Picked this one up on The Big Picture blog a few days ago. It's a clip from the Takers DVD on how they staged a killer helicopter explosion through a little special effects elbow grease and a little visual effects know-how. Definitely worth a look!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Valleywide Inter-College 48 Hour Film Challenge

It’s Back! The Valleywide Inter-College 48 Hour Film Challenge!

March 25th through 27th, 2011

Kickoff – Friday, March 25th, 6:00 pm
University of Advancing Technology - Theatre
2625 W. Baseline Road Tempe, AZ 85283

Turn in your finished film by 6:30pm on Sunday, March 27th at UAT

A panel of industry judges will choose the winners and trophies will be awarded at our Screening and Awards Ceremony – Wednesday March 30th at 7:00 pm in the UAT Theatre

To participate – email UAT Professor Paul DeNigris ( by March 23rd

The Rules:
  1. Each school may be represented by as many teams as they choose.
  2. A line of dialogue, prop, and genre will be assigned at the kickoff on March 25th. The line of dialogue must be spoken onscreen and the prop must be handled by a character in the film!
  3. ALL preproduction, production, and post MUST be done during the 48 hours immediately following the kickoff.
  4. Professors may provide creative and technical advice to their students – but CANNOT do any of the work for them!
  5. Films must be NO LESS than 2 minutes and NO MORE than 4 minutes long, including credits!
  6. Films must be turned in as an H.264 file. No exceptions! Make sure you leave yourself enough time at the end for compression.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Francis Ford Coppola: On Risk, Money, Craft & Collaboration recently ran a great interview with master filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola:
Over the course of 45 years in the film business, Francis Ford Coppola has refined a singular code of ethics that govern his filmmaking. There are three rules: 1) Write and direct original screenplays, 2) make them with the most modern technology available, and 3) self-finance them.
Anyone who has taken UAT Digital Video classes surely knows the esteem in which Mr. Coppola is held by your professors. Check out the article for some insight into why.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Phoenix Film Festival "Show Us Your Shorts" Contest!


Who loves short shorts? We love short shorts! Grab your camera and create a :30 second promo for the Phoenix Film Festival (PFF). Get people excited about attending this year's festival while showcasing some of Arizona's local talent.

-Two festival passes to the 2011 Phoenix Film Festival (takes place March 31-April 7, 2011)!
-Your film showcased on the festival homepage!
-Bragging rights!

Three runners up will also have their films shown on the festival homepage.

-You must use the official PFF logo, dates, and location image found at​
-Your film must be 30 seconds long. No more. No less.
-Your film must be PG rated. No nudity, no swears, no gratuitous violence.
-You must own the rights to everything in your film (music, etc.) or it must be royalty-free

-Download and use one of the required logos at​
-Shoot and edit your promo
-Submit your completed promo to our Vimeo group by 11:59 PM on March 14, 2011. Title your film, "PFF Promo Contest Entry." Be sure to include your full name in the video description.

Films will be judged on creativity, originality, and effectiveness of message. We want your short to get people pumped to come watch films at Arizona's biggest and best film festival.

You may submit up to two entries. Good luck!


Sunday, February 13, 2011

stillmotion Short Film Contest

Found this cool opportunity on the planet5D blog a couple of days ago. Planet5D and the folks at stillmotion education are partnering for a short film contest, and the grand prize is one of these babies, a Kessler CineSlider:
The theme is "discovery" and the due date is March 7th. Entries must be 30 to 60 seconds long, must be uploaded to Vimeo, and the link emailed to

Read all the rules here!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Adjunct Digital Video Professor New Executive Director of IFP/Phoenix

Congratulations to University of Advancing Technology adjunct Digital Video professor Webb Pickersgill for his appointment as executive director of Independent Feature Project of Phoenix.

IFP/PHX is an influential organization for Arizona filmmakers, organizing events like the annual Phoenix Film Festival and the 48-Hour Film Challenge.

Pickersgill will assume the role after the 2011 Phoenix Film Festival in April.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Innovation: The Ice Book

Here's an amazing piece of film/theatre we first spotted over on Philip Bloom's excellent blog.

The Ice Book (HD) from Davy and Kristin McGuire on Vimeo.

"All we had was a 5D Mark ii, an old Macbook with After Effects, some builders lights and a green cloth that we improvised as a makeshift green-screen. Before we started we had no idea how to make pop-up books let alone how we could combine them with projections."

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Brain Farm is Revolutionizing Filmmaking with Technology

Curt Morgan, the director and producer behind Brain Farm Cinema, has pioneered an entirely new style of action-sports filmmaking. Using cutting-edge cameras mounted on trucks, helicopters and snowmobiles, Brain Farm captures intense action without sacrificing scenery.

Originally posted on Motherboard.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

FALLOUT Trailer now online!

The trailer for UAT Digital Video's epic sci-fi action thriller "FALLOUT" is now online. You can check it out on our YouTube, Facebook, or Vimeo pages, or watch the embedded version right here!

FALLOUT Short Film Trailer from UAT Digital Video on Vimeo.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

SIGGRAPH 2011 Call for Student Volunteers

Have you ever wrangled a batch render to the floor of your lab at 2:00 am with your bare hands? Are you best known for your hobbies, like writing programs and taking apart your Wii remote? Do you like pressing buttons on shiny things? When you see the color red, do you imagine 300+ graphics students wearing red vests and volunteering at the largest international graphics conference in the world?

The SIGGRAPH 2011 Student Volunteer program wants  to put you in a red vest with the network of students who facilitate the needs of the conference and give you the opportunity to meet and  learn from industry professionals, artists, and teachers. As a Student Volunteer, you will form relationships with other students that will last for your entire career.  The industry's future leaders are encouraged to apply: students who demonstrate leadership, service, and a passion for computer graphics.

Benefits of being a Student Volunteer include: Free full admission to the complete SIGGRAPH 2011 program. This includes Courses, Talks, Technical Papers, Panels, the Reception, and much more. In addition, the benefits of being a Student Volunteer extend beyond the conference schedule to professional development and private Student Volunteer Special Sessions with top professionals who were once Student Volunteers themselves.

All of this is available to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students with a current passport who are enrolled full time for at least one semester during the 2010-2011 academic year and are at least 18 years of age. Students can apply to volunteer for either 18 or 30 hours (approximately) during the conference. Volunteers who are willing to commit for at least 30 hours are eligible to apply for Travel Assistance Awards, which offer financial help for travel to and from the conference.

Also, extraordinary 30-hour applicants who live outside the Vancouver area may be selected to receive complimentary housing during the conference.

The SIGGRAPH Student Volunteers of today are the computer graphics leaders of tomorrow. I encourage you to take advantage of this unique opportunity! Begin your contribution to the world of computer graphics as a SIGGRAPH 2011 Student Volunteer!

Join us in Vancouver in 2011!!
Maya Karp

SIGGRAPH 2011 Student Volunteers Chair