UC San Diego Extension Digital Arts Center Video Production Program Teams Up with The 48 Hour Film Project

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UC San Diego Extension Digital Arts Center video production students test their new skills at the 48 Hour Film Project.

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"I wouldn't trade this time for the world and I was so proud to be a part of this event and plan to be involved next year.”

UC San Diego Extension’s Digital Arts Center, Video and Editing program students participated in The 48 Hour Film Project, this past August 5-7, 2011. The 48 Hour Film Project is a “wild and sleepless weekend” in which teams of filmmakers are assigned one character, one prop, a line of dialogue and a genre, and asked to create a movie within a two day deadline. Upon completion, the movies are screened at local theaters, and awards are given for numerous categories such as Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Writing, and Best Film.

UC San Diego Extension’s Digital Arts video production program is a one year career focused professional training program. The program utilizes industry leading software, enabling students to create high quality productions for a variety of delivery formats. The multimedia training includes the principles of storytelling, videography, editing, motion graphics and audio. The program allows students to gain hands-on experience while immediately applying their new skills.

At The 48 Hour Film Project, students put their newly acquired skills to the ultimate test. The film project, deliberately designed to focus on a tight deadline, presented a perfect platform for students to display their abilities.

Ana Potts, a video and editing student in the program, participated as a writer, production assistant, and editor for the film, “Three Less Thank You Cards”. She commented about her overall experience, “"It was love at first sight with the team and that's my most precious memory from this experience - the way we all bonded together after being totally strangers at first.” Ana’s project, “Three Less Thank You Cards” was voted third place in the audience choice.

Jen Allen, also a video and editing student in the program, worked with “Potato Duck Productions” on the movie "Differences". Jen commented, "I truly enjoyed my group experience during the San Diego 48 hour film festival. I wouldn't trade this time for the world and I was so proud to be a part of this event and plan to be involved next year.” Over the two day period Jen participated in various tasks including camera operator and tech back-up. Roger Cain, video and editing student, worked on the film, “The Vision.” Roger noted that the project provided excellent, “real world experience.”

Interested in learning the video production skills so you can participate in next year’s 48 Hour Film Project? For more information about the UC San Diego Extension | Digital Arts Center career focused programs in video production, graphic & web design, causal gaming, and mobile applications development. Please view the website at http://dac.ucsd.edu or see a short demo of the students work on YouTube.

UC San Diego Extension is a division of the university’s Extended Studies and Public Programs, offering 100+ professional and specialized certificate programs in a variety of disciplines. Nearly 50,000 adult learners attend classes each year at its facilities on the UCSD La Jolla campus, the University City Center, and the Mission Valley Center.

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