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A Tour of UVPHactory

One of the highlights of our recent trip to NY was a tour of UVPHactory, a production company owned by a childhood friend of Peter Bill, Damijan Saccio. Peter sure set us up for a nice surprise with this one, only mentioning the tour in passing and not telling us a thing about what sort of work Damijan and his crew have done.

So we arrived at a large building in the Little Italy district, and went up a slightly scary old elevator to the second floor that houses UVPH’s studio. The space was quite cool, a open sunny room housing rows of Macs, large windows, shelves of fun books and cute geeky guys working away in Aftereffects and 3D modeling programs.  Damijan introduced himself and led us to a conference room to show us some “eye-candy”.  “This is what we did for Shakira…for Bjork…for Lady Gaga…for HBO, for Showtime, for the Olympics…” (see above video). I realized that this company is very cool.  Incredibly cool.  We ask Damijan about the teams workflow, from contracting a job, through conceptualizing, developing, and delivering a finished product.  We ask what software programs they use to create their awesomeness… and the answer: Photoshop, AfterEffects, Cinema 4D, Maya, Vue..thrills us, since these are all programs we have learned or could learn in the iDEA program.  He talked about some of the challenges they have faced in one of their current projects, a PSA-type video animation for a children’s organization. We looked at some of the files for that video that the animators are currently working on, and see how they build up the color and movement and shadows of the animations.

I found myself forgetting for a moment  that I have kids…and a job (sorry Peter)…and had to resist the urge to beg Damijan to take me on as an intern, because working for UVPH is my idea of a dream job.  Equally exciting was the realization, looking at what the guys at UVPH were doing, that I could do this.  I’m learning what I need to know to have my dream job. This gave me a new appreciation for the skill set I am acquiring through the Expressive Art department at WNMU. Thanks UVPH for the tour and the motivation to keep working towards my goals!

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One response

  1. Cool. That’s amazing. I remember watching that Bjork’s video, wondering who did that. An amazing work they have done. And it’s great to hear that the trip to New York was inspirational to you and Elizabeth.

    — Jun

    April 2, 2012 at 5:27 am

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