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Production 2 Final Film Project Combines Forces of Entire Class

April 17, 2017 General, News Comments Off on Production 2 Final Film Project Combines Forces of Entire Class

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 new methods and approaches for students to engage with their crafts. The students in this semester’s Production 2 course have lit frame recreations, produced a foley pit audio exercise, and edited a music video (shot by Music-Video-Director-in-Residence Jeremy Tremp). The bar has been set very high for all three projects, so for the class’s final project, I wanted us to do something big.

In the previous production classes I have taught, I have had the students write and shoot independent 2-minute projects called “scene studies.” These projects are shot by student crews within one class period, and they are often comedic, light-hearted, and a lot of fun to shoot. These scene studies are isolated pieces with no real connection to each other. So for this final project, I wanted to challenge the students to produce something that could be shot by multiple directors, with different student crews, and over many class periods, and still be connected by the characters and plot. So what did we come up with?

“Pitch Day” tells the story of two writers who have to formulate an amazing “calling card” scene for a hotshot student director headed for Hollywood. We start with a ‘writer’s room’ scenario where the characters sit around and say ‘what if?’ and pitch ideas. Those ideas are then, to use a film term, “Cut To:” as live action scenes. The scenes interact in a playful way…if a writer changes the location, our characters are suddenly shown in that new location. Near the end of the film, the team finally settles on a scene that they like…but Gandalf the intern spills coffee on all of the scripts. (Whoops). When he dries them with his magic, he inadvertently blends all of the scenes together into one final scene. The final scene is (hopefully) about as screwball as you can get, as it incorporates elements from past pitches such as low-budget Narnia, espionage, and terribly disjointed dialogue. Will the scene be a success? Will the actors hate it? Will our director use it to land his Hollywood dream job? You’ll have to keep an eye on our YouTube page to find out!

A number of writers have contributed to improving this project, including Maggie Nelson, Lisette Perez, Dexter Van Horn, Joe Stone, and our own Cinema Studies Professor Jeannie Berg.

Our film is Breakfast Club meets Groundhog Day meets Community. And hopefully, like many of our efforts here at HUAZ, sets a fine precedent for incoming Production 2 classes that embodies the “professional yet fun” approach we all have come to know and enjoy from our HU Pioneers.

 

(Pictured: Phil Wilson’s Production 2 class filming a portion of their multi-scene short film in the student lounge.)

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.)

Peoria Sports Complex Offers Exciting Internships to Huntington Students

March 27, 2017 General Comments Off on Peoria Sports Complex Offers Exciting Internships to Huntington Students

by Matthew Torres-Gomez, film and broadcast student. (Published in The Filmstrip, March 2017 edition.)

 

When I first started my journey at Huntington, there was a lot to love about the Digital Media Arts program that factored into my decision to transfer there…none probably bigger than the opportunity to sharpen my professional skills and build my resume by applying for the many internships the school connects you with. But to already have an internship right out of my first semester? It’s just unheard of!

My internship at the Peoria Sports Complex has been an exhilarating first step to getting my foot in the door in the broadcast/sports industry as a Broadcast Media major. I’m a production room assistant, helping organize and operate the inside-the-ballpark broadcast. I have received the privilege of operating the sound board (Yamaha TF1) video board (TriCaster 460) and replay (3Play 425) to enhance the fan experience during Mariners and Padres spring training games.

On the sound board, I control the audio levels of the PA announcer, national anthem singer, advertisement and various videos shown on the big screen, as well as the music that is played…which is nice because you can pick any music you want to play via Sound Director when working the sound board! As the video board/replay operator, I get to replay highlight-worthy plays on the big screen as well as cut together a creative highlight reel of the game that I get to show in the 9th inning.

The production room is fast paced. You must always stay on your toes and watch what you are doing because the pressure is on you to get that fan experience right. But once you get the hang of the routine it’s an exciting environment filled with great people, the opportunity to be creative with the media at your disposal, and spring training baseball!

Podcasting Class Provides Opportunities for Enthusiastic Students

March 27, 2017 General Comments Off on Podcasting Class Provides Opportunities for Enthusiastic Students

by Rachel Berggren, broadcast student. (Published in The Filmstrip, March 2017 edition.)

 

As daughter of Jeff Berggren, Director of Arizona Operations for Huntington University, my word may not be very believable when I praise HU. However, my extraordinary perspective does lend itself to an interesting view of the classes here on campus. After seeing this building renovated from the ground up, I was accepted into Huntington’s early entry program. This program grants high school students the opportunity to partake in college-level classes as well as be treated as just another college participant. Currently, I am taking a Podcasting course, which is part of the greater Broadcasting major, though any student is permitted to take it.

My professor is NPR professional Jimmy Jenkins, who is a team member of the National Public Radio station here in Arizona. His class is hosted each Tuesday evening at 7pm, which is partially why I chose the class; it’s a little difficult to arrive at a daytime class when I have high school to attend. I have only four other classmates, not including myself and Professor Jenkins, making for a very intimate and personal classroom experience. This small community is ideal for sharing work, accommodating the students’ busy lives with schedule changes, and adjusting the syllabus to meet the requirements of individuals.

Specific course projects tend to be linked through a gradually increasing difficulty curve, though it remains fair throughout. When class began in February, the assignments were mostly overviewed with copious examples before sending us to record our own based on loose templates. We created simple features, such as “News Voicers” and “Audio Postcards,” both of which contain basic concepts which appear regularly in radio broadcasting. As time went on, however, our assignments became more complex and specific, requiring us to pool our newfound knowledge to create specific features that focus on one of many popular news topics: entertainment, business, and sports, all of which include subtle structure changes in order to convey the feeling associated with the topic at hand. Our time to complete the assignment is then increased for these larger projects, and Professor Jenkins is very forgiving when it comes to technical difficulties, which he addresses and offers advice for after we present our pieces.

The final project for the class will be our own personal podcast of any form and variety we choose. Free reign is wide for this assignment, allowing us to use all previously gathered knowledge in a new way twisted creatively into whatever we want, which is the ultimate goal of any creativity-based course. Due to the nature of the project, nearly every one of my peers is going a separate direction, bred from the individuality among us five. Personally, I am planning on recording an unedited, raw and lengthy podcast that features new guests each week, while two others are coming together and doing an edited, fun-loving co-host show meant for any audience.

As audio-savvy creators, this class offers nothing less than exactly what any of us had hoped for from a Podcasting class.

Experimental Short Film Project Brings January Term Class Together

January 16, 2017 General, News Comments Off on Experimental Short Film Project Brings January Term Class Together

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 them. Beads of sweat form on the operator’s face as he lines up the shot. Sun streaks boldly through the folded hands of the talent, who has ascended a rock. She is now in prayer. Everyone is quiet, tired from the hike, watching the scene unfold. After a moment, the director of photography says, “OK, I think we got it.” The crew packs up and moves on.

A portrait of this year’s January Term (J-Term) project, called: “Hymn of St Francis.”

Project synopsis: “Hymn of St Francis” is an experimental short film that tells three overlapping stories through stunning visuals and vivid orchestral music.

Creative approach: while three college students read excerpts from their prayer journals to their small group leader around a campfire, snapshots of their lives are shown through a series of vignettes captured via quiet observational footage, majestic time-lapse shots, and aerial drone coverage. The film concludes with the leader reading the ‘peace’ prayer from St. Francis of Assisi.

Our J-Term students have been divided into three teams of five to tackle their assigned portion of the project. Actors have been cast from within the groups and have been charged with the task of writing the prayers. Directors and Directors of Photography have been conceptualizing and shot-listing while Producers have been lining up locations, props, and all other logistics.

Students have been out shooting day and night with drones, dollies, gimbals, low-light and 4.6K cinema cameras. They have been logging hundreds of miles, travelling to the the Imperial Sand Dunes, the San Tan and White Tank Mountains, Sedona, Flagstaff, and the Tonto National Forest. As their efforts will be collected and formed into the final piece in the coming weeks, I can’t help but be grateful for how they’ve engaged with reckless abandon on this project, which has shaped up to be an enlightening, bond-forming, cinematic adventure for all!

 

(Pictured: A stunning vista captured by one of the J-Term teams during their trip to Devil’s Bridge, Sedona.)

Why We Are Pumped for Spring at Huntington University Arizona!

January 16, 2017 General, News Comments Off on Why We Are Pumped for Spring at Huntington University Arizona!

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

What an exciting first semester in Arizona! That atmosphere here is like no other. Students come to school every day with a drive, eager to pursue their passion in the arts. Just in those 5 months’ students grew and developed in their field, made lifelong friends, and produced some amazing work. To give a recap of our fall semester, and first one at that in Arizona, I thought I’d highlight some of the exciting moments we shared as a group of pioneers.

In September, we kicked off the semester with our first ever movie night! The movie was Phil’s choice, which had the students on pins and needles about what we were watching. We ended up watching a super funny documentary, The King of Kong. Students enjoyed it, but found soon after that they’d rather social than watch a movie. So the following week we started Game Night, which became a weekly event and included pizza and what came to be our favorite group game, Two Rooms and a Boom!

In addition to Game Night, we also had a virtual Rocket League competition with our home campus’ DMA program during Homecoming, went ice skating, carved pumpkins, had a Thanksgiving potluck, decorated ornaments and cookies, and to top it off went and watched Star Wars: Rogue One together.

To say I am pumped for the spring semester is an understatement! Upcoming events include a Super Bowl party, attending a spring training game, and a barbeque. We all look forward to sharing in more activities with the students this spring. I can’t give away all of the fun things we have planned, but rest assure that we will have memories to last a lifetime!

Are You Interested in Becoming a Filmstrip Movie Reviewer?

January 16, 2017 General, News Comments Off on Are You Interested in Becoming a Filmstrip Movie Reviewer?

by Sarah Wickenhauser, The Filmstrip Editor. (Published in The Filmstrip, January 2017 edition.)

Since they are students of a digital media arts school, the students here at Huntington University Center for Digital Media Arts in Peoria, AZ have a unique perspective on mainstream movies – which is why we love featuring student movie reviews in our school newpaper, The Filmstrip!

Starting with this spring 2017 semester, students will have the opportunity to accept “movie review assignments” so they can get to see a movie at the Harkins Theater next door for free! Each movie will be assigned by school staff, and there will be one or two review opportunities available each month.

Interested students will need to speak with Jamie SanFilippo or Sarah Wickenhauser to pick up a movie review form and Harkins gift card!

Understanding Worldviews in Light of the World as We Know It

January 16, 2017 General Comments Off on Understanding Worldviews in Light of the World as We Know It

by Isaac Murton, On-Site Pastor. (Published in The Filmstrip, January 2017 edition.)

In this world, it is amazing how many people do not understand who they are or how their personal views and assumptions came to be. These people do not understand their worldviews are foundational to how they view and live their life in this current world. Having no real understanding of such knowledge is like spitting in the wind and wondering why it keeps coming back in your face. Well, a person’s worldview is the same. Without understanding what your worldview or worldviews are, you have no real understanding of why you feel or make decisions in the way you do. Most worldviews serve to benefit the individual and serve as no real foundation in life, but a Christian worldview gives you a greater understanding and perspective on our lives together, serving to honor and glorify God.

A worldview is a “foundational set of assumptions to which one commits that serves as a framework for understanding and interpreting reality and deeply shapes one’s behavior.”1 Because there is constant disagreement about the basic nature of the world and the purpose of mankind, views vary substantially and conflict regularly. Many are skeptical about the process of reaching a consensus about what worldview is preferred, since everyone already embraces one or multiple worldviews. Consequently, not many are in a position to critically evaluate their own worldview or engage their underlying convictions in this larger world of ideas.2

Worldviews determine personal value, beliefs, and moral values one places on humanity, reality, mankind’s purpose, and the need for salvation in their lives.

Worldview transformation begins for many at birth. The worldviews held by parents and friends aid in the development of the child as he or she gets older. At a certain stage in life, the person begins to establish their own defined worldviews through interactions and life experiences they encounter. The hope that a child grows up in a faithful and diligent Christ follower’s home with a strong Christian worldview is like finding a unicorn running through the city with an angel riding on the back of it.

So we must understand that  as we deal with mankind, they may or may not have the same view points as us. This again is from their upbringing, culture, life experiences, and chosen assumptions on all aspects of life. Mission-oriented Christians must understand this notion that their worldview is not the only one out there. By approaching people in a way that goes against their developed belief systems, they both alienate themselves and drive a wedge between them and those they are trying to reach. “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry” (James 1:19). This approach will allow for relationships to be made, trust to be established, and God’s will to be done as He sees fit.

Worldviews can and will always be difficult to work through. But having a better understanding of one’s worldview allows them to be able to better understand the ramifications of their relationship with God. Knowing how to define and understand worldviews allows for stronger, loving, and faithful relationships that honor God.

By approaching others through Christ’s love, the Holy Spirit’s direction, and with a servant’s desire, missions will be successful. Reservations and expectations are counteractive to missions and can turn others away rather than lead them to a loving relationship with God through Christ by the power of the Spirit.

1 James Waddell, Seeking wisdom, In A. DiVincenzo (Ed.), The Beginning of Wisdom: An introduction to Christian thought and Life. Phoenix, AZ. Grand Canyon University. (2014).
2 Jason Hiles, Anna Faith Smith, Seeking wisdom, In A. DiVincenzo (Ed.), The Beginning of Wisdom: An introduction to Christian thought and Life. Phoenix, AZ. Grand Canyon University. (2014).

Isaac Murton is the adjunct professor of Theology, Ministry, and Missions and the Pastor of Residence at Huntington University Arizona.

November Event Recap

December 1, 2016 General Comments Off on November Event Recap

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

 

What an incredible month we had at Huntington! We started it with a trip to AZ Ice to go ice skating with the students. We definitely aren’t professionals, but it was a fun time of fellowship, falling, and laughing!

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As always, we also enjoyed our weekly game night of our student’s favorite game ‘Two Rooms and a Boom’!

 
To end the month, we had our own Thanksgiving potluck, which included some delicious meatballs, mashed potatoes, and Lisette’s famous vegan cookies! Our taste buds weren’t disappointed.

 
To also add to the fun, our students participated in the Mannequin Challenge, which essentially is when you freeze into a position while the camera films you. We did our own take on it in Studio A! We encourage you to check it out on any of our social media channels or you can go to bit.ly/mannequinhuaz.

 
Looking forward to December and the festivities that will be taking place! We’d like to personally invite you to our Semester Showcase Friday, December 16th at 7pm. Join us as we show our students work from the semester and have the first viewing of the short film our Production I students put together this November, ‘The Amazing Mortimer’. Hope to see you there and if we don’t see you before the end of the month, Merry Christmas!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 …

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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! …

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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’ …

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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 …

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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 …