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Just in Time for the Holidays, BYU Students Create for a Cause

BYU students, professors, and alums donated their time on the project. BYU students working on the project were Cassy Hiatt, Josh Poulsen, Nick Dixon, Jordan Hunter, John Jackson, and Stephanie Tse. The cinematographer was BYU alum Bengt Jonsson. A number of BYU animation faculty were involved including Mike Warner, Seth Holladay, Cynthia Hogan, Brent Adams, Tom Lefler, and Kyle Stapley.

BYU students, professors, and alums donated their time on the project. BYU students working on the project were Cassy Hiatt, Josh Poulsen, Nick Dixon, Jordan Hunter, John Jackson, and Stephanie Tse. The cinematographer was BYU alum Bengt Jonsson. A number of BYU animation faculty were involved including Mike Warner, Seth Holladay, Cynthia Hogan, Brent Adams, Tom Lefler, and Kyle Stapley.

Since 2006, U.S. rock band The Killers have released a Christmas song for charity. This year, their “Christmas in L.A.” release was done in partnership with global not-for-profit (RED), with song proceeds going to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS.

With just three weeks to produce and release the song, including the accompanying music video, Killers frontman Brandon Flowers reached out to BYU alum and friend Jared Hess for ideas. Hess suggested BYU media arts and animation students for the job.

BYU animation program director Kelly Loosli saw this as a great opportunity. “Learning concepts is great, but there is nothing like a real production with a tight deadline and the possibility for broad viewership to inspire students to apply their knowledge and challenge them to approach video production in new ways,” says Loosli.

With juniors and seniors already committed to films, first-year animation students jumped in. “They are a very talented and passionate group. I knew they would be excited to take this on, give it the required energy, and deliver an outstanding video on time,” says Loosli. “Students were thrilled, especially because it was for the The Killers!”

Loosli helped put together a crew for the Los Angeles-based video shoot by calling on former BYU students and classmates in the industry. The team had one day to shoot the video, and three hours with Owen Wilson, the lead character.

BYU media arts and animation students worked on postproduction, combing over footage and  transforming filmed elements into animations. Students used Adobe creative tools for the video, including Adobe Photoshop for backgrounds, Adobe After Effects for compositing and enhancing animation, Adobe Premiere Pro for editing, and Adobe Flash Professional for roto and animation work.

“Having to jump in and apply industry-standard applications to create the video not only strengthened students’ basic production skills, but also pushed them to learn to use the software in entirely new ways,” says Loosli. “The students also worked together in a collaborative lab space, where they could share concepts and approaches with each other in real time. The learning curve—and opportunity for learning—were tremendous.”

“Christmas in L.A.” can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=938GYJjxBeU.

Adobe Joins Invest in America Alliance

Adobe is pleased to be part of the Invest in America Alliance, led by Intel, which aims to further anchor the nation’s competitiveness through long-term investment in industries and talent poised to produce the next breakthroughs in technology innovation. Participating in the Alliance directly aligns with our ongoing commitment to university recruiting and our ability to meet our goal of having new college grads make up 10-15% of our overall hiring.

Although we recently completed our on-campus recruiting efforts for the 2009-10 school year, we are still actively recruiting for both new college grad and intern positions (technical, non-technical and MBA). Check out the Careers section of Adobe.com and choose “University” in the Job Field drop-down to see the positions we are currently looking to fill.

And, look for us next fall on campuses such as Brown, BYU, Cal Poly SLO, Carnegie Mellon, Georgia Tech, MIT, Stanford, UC Berkeley, University of Washington and University of Utah as well as at the Stanford, Haas, Kellogg, Wharton and Harvard business schools.

The Omniture Journey Continues, Together With Adobe

joshjamesphotosm.jpgAs young college students at BYU, my friend and I started a small company with a big goal. We knew we had entered a promising space and set a goal to become a billion dollar company. I’m proud of what Omniture has accomplished so far, but we’re not done yet. Far from it!

We can’t wait to begin the next chapter of our journey by joining together with Adobe to bring even more value to our customers. Omniture has been a strong Adobe partner for years. By joining forces, we will now be able to leverage Adobe’s content creation expertise and the ubiquity of its technologies to help our customers better understand how their investments are paying off. For years our customers have been asking us how to more effectively measure Flash, mobile and video content. This “marriage” with Adobe will make it easier for our customers to do just that. And as a result, our customers will deliver more engaging and relevant experiences, content, and applications – ultimately realizing improved return on investment on all their Web and digital media investments. The possibilities are endless, and that’s what excites me!

As Shantanu mentions in his post, we will now begin work on key product integrations to deliver our customers innovative solutions for both the current and future Web. Together with Adobe, we’re committed to providing the same high level of service Omniture is known for. Look for us to continue to push boundaries in the digital marketing space. I would like to once again thank our customers, partners and employees for their enthusiasm and support. I look forward to the exciting innovations our joint efforts will deliver!

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