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Social Media Madness at HUAZ!

April 17, 2017 General, Events Comments Off on Social Media Madness at HUAZ!

by Jamie SanFilippo, Coordinator of Student Services. (Published in The Filmstrip, April 2017 edition.)

 

After March Madness left Phoenix, HUAZ got into Social Media Madness! We made a goal with our students to boost our outreach efforts and raise more awareness across all social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Throughout the month of April, we have been posting special content on all platforms to encourage people to #SupportHUAZ. We’ve made sure to include incentives on both ends to increase our current followers! Every week we’ve had external contests, allowing current and new followers the opportunity to win gift cards! On the internal side of things, our students have been incentivized to share our content to family and friends for an opportunity to win HUAZ Swag. We started our contest around 500 followers for all social media platforms. Our goal is to double that, and you can help!

If you aren’t already, we encourage you to follow us on Facebook: @HuntingtonUArizona, Instagram: @HuntingtonUArizona, and Twitter: @HuntingtonU_AZ. We thank you in advance for the support you’ve provided for HUAZ!

Schoolwide Events Enjoyed Amongst Students

April 17, 2017 General, Events Comments Off on Schoolwide Events Enjoyed Amongst Students

by Jamie SanFilippo, Coordinator of Student Services. (Published in The Filmstrip, April 2017 edition.)

 

What a fun-filled month we’ve had at Huntington so far! It has been jam-packed with activities for our students, giving them an opportunity to hang out outside of the classroom.

The first week, our ladies’ small group reviewed their Gallup Strength Finders Assessment with Strength Finders coach Carole Bongard. It was a fun night of fellowship that gave the ladies more insight into what their strengths are, how their strengths work together, and ways to apply them. The following week, the ladies’ small group went to ‘As you Wish Pottery’ and painted some pretty rad pieces! You could say we laughed all night and closed the place down.

The third week consisted of an Easter Egg Hunt and guys small group!

The Easter Egg Hunt we had at HUAZ was a rendition of the main campus, which they hosted last week. We added a twist to ours by hiding 170 eggs throughout our 30,000 sq. ft. building. The eligible prizes were $25 gift cards to Target, AMC, and Chipotle; $5 gift cards to Starbucks, In-N-Out, Chik-Fil-A, and Culvers; and quarters!

The rules were that students couldn’t turn in more than 3 eggs at a time and the twist was that some of the eggs were confetti eggs! If a student turned in an egg that had a confetti egg number, they had to pick a confetti egg and see what was in store next. There were Whammy eggs that meant a student lost an egg prize, Bomb eggs that meant they could steal from another opponent, Hint eggs that gave them a clue to a camo or golden egg, one Golden egg that allowed them to collected all Whammy egg prizes, and safe eggs. Overall everyone had a blast! It took two and a half hours for everyone to find all of the eggs and even so, seven are still hidden somewhere in the building. Our big prize winners for the night were Jayson who found the first Gold egg, Patricia, and the Josiah, Alex duo who found the last!

The next night, the guys’ small group ate dinner at Chipotle (one of their favorites) and ended the night at Castles-N-Coasters playing mini golf! They broke up into groups and had fun making their way from hole 1 to 18. The fellows did a great job achieving some holes in one and happy to report that no one landed in the water! The night concluded with Eric winning the event with a score of 47 and lots of guys just within reach.

We look forward to our next round of activities in May!

 

(Pictured: Alex Palacios, Olivya Bryant, and Maggie Nelson enjoying the ladies’ small group pottery painting event at As You Wish Pottery on April 3.)

HUAZ Helps Host Special Visual Effects Symposium

March 27, 2017 Events, News Comments Off on HUAZ Helps Host Special Visual Effects Symposium

by Jeff Berggren, HU Director of Arizona Operations. (Published in The Filmstrip, March 2017 edition.)

 

What could be better than appreciating the details of the excellent visual effects in movies such as Night at the Museum, Captain America, The Avenger films, The Great Wall, and Harry Potter? How about the opportunity to directly interact with the creators of some of the visual effects? That is the quick summary of what a contingent of HU AZ students did on Saturday the 18th of March.

The Huntington students joined other area college students, high school students from the Peoria Student Broadcasting Network (PSBN), media teachers and professors along with media industry professional for a special Visual Effects Symposium courtesy of Ignyted Artists and Bucci Entertainment Group. Guest speakers for the morning general session included Matthew Dean Russell (Producer, Director, and Screen Writer at BAKEDFX Studies in Los Angeles) and Mark Mathis (Idependant Feature Film Producer and Line Producer).

After the morning presentation at Harkins Theater, it was Huntington’s opportunity to host all attendees including teachers and students at our building for lunch. HU students had the opportunity to interact with media professionals from around the valley who came to the event. But the highlight of the day for many if not all HU students in attendance occurred after lunch when Matt Hartle (VFX & Motion Graphics Director of BAKEDFX Studios) let a special session in the HU Screening Room direct from his studio in Montana.

Hartle appeared via video link and then shared his computer desktop with the audience which consisted primarily of HU students and PSBN students. Hartle showed the details of some of his digital effects work from movies like Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as well as a story board animation he is currently constructing for the new multi-million dollar Paramount Animation Studios logo. That was followed by a lengthy Q & A session with the students that resulted in Hartle pulling up prior projects from his extensive list of design folders on his computer much to the appreciation of the audience.

When asked about the quality of the day afterwards HU students where quite positive on the experience. Rich Sawyers, currently a graphic design major but moving to animation, thought Hartle’s presentation was very interesting and appreciated his detailed answers to the student questions regarding design process and software. Josiah Hunt, a film production major, summed up the symposium day in three concise words: “It was dope!” Well said, Mr. Hunt.

Fall Showcase: All Are Invited!

December 1, 2016 Events Comments Off on Fall Showcase: All Are Invited!

by Sarah Wickenhauser, graphic design student. (Published in The Filmstrip, December 2016 edition.)

 

As a way to show off our talented students’ creations to their families and the community, Huntington University Center for Digital Media Arts is hosting a fall showcase on Friday, December 16 at 7 pm!
Featured at this event will be all the best works created by our students over the semester. On display will be the graphic design students’ finest pieces, followed by a showcase of the film students’ work!
Come support our students and check out their hard work at this free event! If you are interesting in coming, please RSVP to jsanfilippo@huntington.edu by December 12.

Christmas Party December 14

December 1, 2016 Events Comments Off on Christmas Party December 14

by Sarah Wickenhauser, graphic design student. (Published in The Filmstrip, December 2016 edition.)

 

Are you ready for the season’s holiday festivities to begin? Our student Christmas party will be on Wednesday, December 14 at 5 pm!

 
There will be dinner, games, cookies, hot cocoa, and an activity involving the creation of homemade ornaments so we can personalize our school Christmas tree with student-made ornaments!

 
All students are welcome to come relax and have fun as a reward for working so hard this semester. We hope to see you there!

A Time to Give Thanks

November 2, 2016 Events Comments Off on A Time to Give Thanks

by Jamie SanFilippo, Coordinator of Student Services. (Published in The Filmstrip, November 2016 edition.)

 

As a student body, we have had the pleasure to build a community together through weekly and monthly events. This month we will continue to do internal events, but in respect to Thanksgiving we want to give back to the community!

We have partnered up with St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance and during the month of November will be dropping canned food in our designated box, located in the front entrance. We encourage all students, friends, family, and the community to drop off canned goods to meet our goal of collecting 150 lbs. prior to Thanksgiving!

To learn more about St. Mary’s Food Bank, visit firstfoodbank.org.

“Two Rooms and a Boom” Strategy Game is Popular Wednesday Night Activity at Huntington University

November 2, 2016 Events Comments Off on “Two Rooms and a Boom” Strategy Game is Popular Wednesday Night Activity at Huntington University

by Sarah Wickenhauser, graphic design student. (Published in The Filmstrip, November 2016 edition.)

 

Fellow students: if you haven’t already come to a Wednesday night Game Night here at Huntington, you really need to. Now, I understand if some of you have work or other obligations that prevent you from coming; that’s perfectly fine. But if some of you are simply on the fence about spending your Wednesday evening at school, please let me try to convince you to come.

One of the most popular games we play on Wednesday nights is called “Two Rooms and a Boom”. According to BoardGameGeek.com, it is a “social deduction/hidden role party game for six or more players. There are two teams: the Red Team and the Blue Team. The Blue Team has a President. The Red Team has a Bomber. Players are equally distributed between two rooms (i.e., separate playing areas). The game consists of five timed rounds. At the end of each round, some players (hostages) will be swapped into opposing rooms. If the Red Team’s Bomber is in the same room as the President at the end of the game, then the Red Team wins; otherwise the Blue Team wins. Lying encouraged.”

In addition to these roles, there are also numerous special roles available, including the shifty Gambler, the foolish Leprechaun, and a pair of sneaky Spies and Agents for both sides.

The game was a smash hit among Huntington students, who immediately caught on to the espionage-style gameplay. If you do choose to come play with us, just remember: don’t trust anybody. Especially Phil.

 

Mark Your Calendars for Upcoming October Events!

October 6, 2016 Events Comments Off on Mark Your Calendars for Upcoming October Events!

by Jamie SanFilippo, Coordinator of Student Services. (Published in The Filmstrip, October 2016 Edition.)

Here at Huntington we look forward to a time of fellowship with our students! Each week we have an event, which ranges from movies to games and even cookouts, which helps give our students a break from their projects and homework.

This past month we got to tour Theater Works and watch their most recent performance of ‘Les Miserables’, which was wonderful!

This October we look forward to attending an event hosted by the City of Peoria, ‘Halloween Monster Bash’ at the Peoria Sports
Complex, which is conveniently located across from our building. We haven’t picked out our costumes yet, but look forward to connecting with the community for this family-friendly event! If you haven’t marked your calendars yet for October 29th, I encourage you to visit peoriasportscomplex.com for more information.

If any of our students or someone in the community has an idea for an event, we’d love to hear it! Please contact, Jamie Sanfilippo, Coordinator of Student Services at jsanfilippo@ huntington.edu.

Cookout in the Park

October 5, 2016 Events Comments Off on Cookout in the Park Posted By: Sarah Wickenhauser

We will be having a cookout at Rio Vista Park at 5:15 on Wednesday, October 5. Bring your family members for a time of food, fun, and fellowship!

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La La Land: A Study on Perseverance and Individuality

17 Apr 2017

by Phil Wilson, Program Director and Lead Film Faculty. (Published in The Filmstrip, April 2017 edition.)   La La Land is an invigorating and romantic love letter to Hollywood. Its casts’ performances are natural and relatable, and the film features one of the most memorable opening sequences of any film …

Logan: A Thought-Provoking, Conflicting Film Experience

27 Mar 2017

by Sarah Wickenhauser, The Filmstrip editor and graphic design student. (Published in The Filmstrip, March 2017 edition.)   Because of the explosion of popularity superhero films have seen in popular culture, it has become increasingly common for superhero films to “break the boundaries” of their genre in an attempt to …

Marvel Studios Takes a Trip Into the World of Magic in Doctor Strange

1 Dec 2016

by Sarah Wickenhauser, graphic design student. (Published in The Filmstrip, December 2016 edition.)   Since Marvel Studios has made some of the highest-grossing movies in recent history, changing the formula that made them a success is a risky move. Did it pay off in this strange new addition to their …

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: A Fan’s Perspective

1 Dec 2016

by Patricia Santiago, film student. (Published in The Filmstrip, December 2016 edition.)   “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is a film about magic zoologist, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), who finds himself in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards in 1962. He befriends a muggle (non-magical person) …

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

2 Nov 2016

by Dexter Van Horn, film student. (Published in The Filmstrip, November 2016 edition.)   Jack Reacher: Never Go Back stars Tom Cruise in his second time as the titular character, as well as Cobie Smulders as Major Susan Turner (love interest?) and Danika Yarosh as Samantha (his daughter??). In a …

Student Exhibit

Digital Painting Class Caricaturizes Huntington Crew

27 Mar 2017

by Sarah Wickenhauser, graphic design student. (Published in The Filmstrip, March 2017 edition.)   For the eight weeks since the spring 2017 semester started, Huntington University Arizona’s graphic design students have been studying a variety of subjects, from 3D sculpture to vector art to photo compositing…and in Daniel Sidler’s Digital …

Latest Graphic Design Student Projects Strike an Emotional Chord

6 Oct 2016 | Posted By: Sarah Wickenhauser

Since starting class the end of August, Professor Daniel Sidler’s graphic design students have been applying themselves to learning how to communicate clear messages with their art. Their latest project, to express an emotion in a piece of art, was evidence of what they have learned so far this semester! …

General

Production 2 Final Film Project Combines Forces of Entire Class

17 Apr 2017

by Phil Wilson, Program Director and Lead Film Faculty. (Published in The Filmstrip, April 2017 edition.)   Rule: teaching a group of creative young people requires you yourself to be… well, creative. One of the things I love about teaching is that it continually forces you to dream, invent, and design …

Social Media Madness at HUAZ!

17 Apr 2017

by Jamie SanFilippo, Coordinator of Student Services. (Published in The Filmstrip, April 2017 edition.)   After March Madness left Phoenix, HUAZ got into Social Media Madness! We made a goal with our students to boost our outreach efforts and raise more awareness across all social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram, and …

Schoolwide Events Enjoyed Amongst Students

17 Apr 2017

by Jamie SanFilippo, Coordinator of Student Services. (Published in The Filmstrip, April 2017 edition.)   What a fun-filled month we’ve had at Huntington so far! It has been jam-packed with activities for our students, giving them an opportunity to hang out outside of the classroom. The first week, our ladies’ …

News

Production 2 Final Film Project Combines Forces of Entire Class

17 Apr 2017

by Phil Wilson, Program Director and Lead Film Faculty. (Published in The Filmstrip, April 2017 edition.)   Rule: teaching a group of creative young people requires you yourself to be… well, creative. One of the things I love about teaching is that it continually forces you to dream, invent, and design …

HUAZ Helps Host Special Visual Effects Symposium

27 Mar 2017

by Jeff Berggren, HU Director of Arizona Operations. (Published in The Filmstrip, March 2017 edition.)   What could be better than appreciating the details of the excellent visual effects in movies such as Night at the Museum, Captain America, The Avenger films, The Great Wall, and Harry Potter? How about …

Experimental Short Film Project Brings January Term Class Together

16 Jan 2017

by Phil Wilson, Program Director and Lead Film Faculty. (Published in The Filmstrip, January 2017 edition.) A group of students tote cameras and film gear along a hillside as the sun approaches golden hour. They frame up their actor, who is contemplative, thoughtful, and enamored with the beauty that surrounds …

Events

Social Media Madness at HUAZ!

17 Apr 2017

by Jamie SanFilippo, Coordinator of Student Services. (Published in The Filmstrip, April 2017 edition.)   After March Madness left Phoenix, HUAZ got into Social Media Madness! We made a goal with our students to boost our outreach efforts and raise more awareness across all social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram, and …

Schoolwide Events Enjoyed Amongst Students

17 Apr 2017

by Jamie SanFilippo, Coordinator of Student Services. (Published in The Filmstrip, April 2017 edition.)   What a fun-filled month we’ve had at Huntington so far! It has been jam-packed with activities for our students, giving them an opportunity to hang out outside of the classroom. The first week, our ladies’ …

HUAZ Helps Host Special Visual Effects Symposium

27 Mar 2017

by Jeff Berggren, HU Director of Arizona Operations. (Published in The Filmstrip, March 2017 edition.)   What could be better than appreciating the details of the excellent visual effects in movies such as Night at the Museum, Captain America, The Avenger films, The Great Wall, and Harry Potter? How about …