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NTU new media major Clinton Desiderio of Crownpoint, New Mexico poses with his Best Special Effects award and Director’s Award at the 33rd Annual AIHEC Spring Conference.

NTU New Media Major Steps into the Spotlight at AIHEC Film Festival

Navajo Technical University

Navajo Technical University new media major Clinton Desiderio of Crownpoint, New Mexico stepped into the spotlight at the 9th Annual American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) Film Festival by winning the Director’s Award and Best Special Effects category at this year’s annual AIHEC Spring Conference in Billings, Montana.

Desiderio was recognized with each award for his film “Sky Wars,” which utilized digital motion graphics and visual effects to bring a video game to life.

“It’s every kid’s dream to play themselves in a video game,” explained Desiderio of his film. “If you ever wanted to live it, that’s what we did.”

In bringing the video game to life, Desiderio utilized Motion and Adobe After Effects programs while editing, which according to Desiderio consumed a lot of time.

“It took roughly about three days to shoot and one whole day of editing,” Desiderio stated. “We were on a rush, but it was worth it in the end.”

For his hard work Desiderio was awarded for the second year in a row with the Best Special Effects award, but also the competition’s top prize in the Director’s Award—which is based on the best overall film and direction in Cinematography, Screen Writing, and Technical Design.

“When I first came to Navajo Tech, I was more into video games and IT,” said Desiderio. “(NTU) ended up developing a New Media program, and I just happened to get into film. It became a talent I never realized I had.”


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