Tracey currently works in Los Angeles as an Executive/Production Assistant for the film
festival producer Dances with Films, after previously working with a number of photography
and film companies since graduation.
Having been taught many different applications at UAT, from Avid Express to Photoshop and
Dreamweaver, it has really leveraged my resume above others in the entertainment industry
where a ‘jack-of-all-trades’ background can get you places when you are looking at production
companies or other related companies. When it came to film production, I learned a lot making
student films and I am thankful for having Professor Paul DeNigris show me the ropes around
a film set. Had I gone in blindly with no education, I would have made a fool out of myself.
Rick graduated from UAT in 2007 with a double major in Animation
and Digital Video. He worked on visual effects for a little movie
you might have heard of – Avatar. He continues to work on a variety
of projects as a Motion Graphics Artist.
UAT was a self-driven, individualized curriculum that gave me the
chance to be proactive about shaping my education.
Matt is working in Los Angeles as a Visual Effects Artist at MasterKey Visual Effects, an
independent TV and film effects company.
What at UAT prepared me for this? Two words, Paul DeNigris. The biggest thing that has prepared
me for the industry was working constantly for almost two years with Paul on set and on the
computers in After Effects. Originally, my long-term goal was to be a producer, however the
last year I was at UAT, I had mixed responsibilities on the film project, Fallout. Not only
was I a producer, but also served VFX artist lead. Paul put me in charge of a particular scene
and with his help I re-learned Adobe After Effects and became very fluent with the techniques
we learned to use. I spent a lot of days and late nights in the editing lab reacquainting myself
with After Effect's ins and outs and helping the other artists with what I learned at UAT. Paul
was always nearby to ask for assistance or input, but most of all, it was inspirational to see
him sitting at a work station like everyone else, doing the same work we were spending our time
on. He obviously would do it much better, but you could often watch over his shoulder and get
ideas on how to go about doing your own work. A few techniques I learned directly from working
on that project, I used immediately at my new job at MasterKey.
Adam is working at Prime Focus as a Compositor. He recently finished the new Disney Narnia
movie and is now working on a top secret project which he can’t discuss, but he says, “The
force is strong on this one!”
Very simply, my compositing classes at UAT gave me hands-on experience with industry-standard
equipment, so I was ready to hit the ground running in the film industry.
Ryan is in Phoenix, working as Lead Video Editor at Resolutions Multimedia. Regular
clients include US Airways, Best Western and the Boys and Girls Clubs.
My internship with Adjunct Professor Chris LaMont is one key to getting my current position.
Being out in the field teaches you way more than any classes could, but Paul DeNigris' classes
were also very necessary for me to succeed.
William owns and runs an advertising agency in Doha, Qatar. He finished his UAT degree
online while deployed to the Middle East with a military Public Affairs unit as a video
production specialist. He recalls, “filming out of the window of a Humvee on the streets
of Iraq with 50-caliber shells falling inside my flack vest and burning my chest as the
gunner tore up an approaching enemy vehicle.”
I started at UAT thinking I wanted a degree in Web Design, then ventured into Network Engineering,
and finally fell in love with the Video Production program. However, in reference to where I am
now in life, I think all of the education I received at UAT was extremely beneficial. Except
James is currently a Consumer Product Support engineer for Rosetta Stone, a language
learning software company in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He also works as a freelance
videographer and editor in his spare time.
The most important thing that I learned at UAT was how to manage my time and juggle all of the
projects that I had going on at that time. The Digital Video course at UAT was fantastic and as
students, we really pushed the limits with all of our projects. That's the greatest thing about
UAT -- as a student you are limited only by your imagination. We dreamed big, and we received big.
If it wasn't for instructors like Paul DeNigris allowing us to use all of our creativity and
imagination; I don't think my experience would have been as good as it was. I want to say UAT
prepared us for our future, but I'd be wrong if I didn't say that we also prepared ourselves.
UAT allowed us the hands-on training we needed to prepare ourselves for our future. We weren't
held back, and we weren't limited to structured courses with zero creativity.
Jenny is a Documentary Filmmaker and Activist in New Mexico. Her film, Poison Wind is
playing in film festivals around the world.
I have to say that Paul DeNigris is the catalyst for everything I've accomplished in the film
business. There is NO doubt in my mind that I never would have worked in this business, made
the contacts in Los Angeles that I needed to and met the people that I did without Paul's
unwavering support. Each time the documentary is shown or recognized, that is ONLY because
of Paul, UAT’s Digital Video program and the amazing support received from the school. I am
not aware of any other educational institution which offers the intellectual, creative and
technical support that UAT offered during the making of Poison Wind.
I think it really is one of the best programs that the school has to offer due
to the quality of teaching and equipment we receive.
Since I started the program I have worked in the field on real world projects
and have had a blast at it.