Upcoming FDEI Webinar: Beyond the Shape Sorter – Playful Interactions that Promote Strong Academic and Social-Emotional Skills

first_imgJoin the Military Families Learning Network Early Intervention team on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 at 11 a.m. EST for our final webinar of 2017 with Kristie Pretti-Frontczak!  Check out her vlog below to learn more about what she plans to cover!  We are excited to see you there.To learn more and to register, visit the event page.last_img

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Mac Pro Update: Product Details + Shipping Date

first_imgAt Apple’s fall media event more details emerge on the highly anticipated new Mac Pro computers.Creative pros are finally getting answers to their questions surrounding the new Mac Pro and it’s specifications. This is the first Mac Pro update since 2010, which lead many Apple users to wonder about the future of the powerhouse computer they rely on.As predicted Apple announced product details today at the fall media event. Here’s what we know now about the Mac Pro update:Intel Xeon E5 processor at 4, 6, 8 or 12 cores.Up to 64GB RAMPCI Express storage, up to 1TB internally.Dual AMD FirePro graphics chips4 USB 3.0 ports6 Thunderbolt ports1 HDMI 1.4portSimultaneously run 3 4K displaysPrice starts at $2,999*Available in DecemberAssembled in the USA*The $2,999 model is outfitted with a 3.7GHz quad-core Xeon, 12GB DRAM, 2GB VRAM, and 256GB. The Verge reports, “…it has 7 teraflops of compute power and should be able to do things like “seamlessly edit full-resolution 4K video while simultaneously rendering effects in the background.”The new Mac Pros consume 70% of the energy of older models and are also much quieter. Apple is reporting that the running sound output rivals that of a Mac Mini (good news for video editors and music producers that use the Mac Pro in their studios).FCPX UPDATE: New version of Final Cut Pro X also coming in December. From the Apple site:“The new version of Final Cut Pro X (coming in December) has been engineered to take advantage of the 4K capabilities of the Mac Pro. The dual workstation-class GPUs in Mac Pro accelerate effects, optical flow analysis, video export — and virtually everything else you do in Final Cut Pro. Ultrafast PCIe-based flash storage means fast project loading and multi-stream 4K playback. And Final Cut Pro X has been so perfectly tuned to take advantage of the new Mac Pro, you can work in 4K — in real time — without rendering. (Take a minute to let that slowly sink in.)”Thanks for the tip Braden Storrs!last_img read more

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Quick Tip: Focus Pulling

first_imgCamera assistants and focus pullers can benefit from the simple tips in this quick video.First assistant camera, or ‘camera assistants’, may be one of the hardest (and under-appreciated roles on set). Aside from maintaining and setting up/positioning all camera equipment, the first assistant camera is often in charge of ‘pulling focus‘ (although some directors of photography choose to set focus themselves). Professional film and video cameras often use a follow focus device to give greater control over the position of a camera lens focus ring. It’s up to the focus puller to ensure that the shot is properly focused on the intended talent or action, on every take. There’s little room for error.In the video tutorial above, video pro Clinton Harn shares two quick tips that can help when pulling focus:When marking focus points use dots instead of numbers. This makes it more clear for the puller, and allows you to create closer adjacent lines.Nikon and Canon lenses focus in opposite directions. Discover a handy way to remember the difference.Solid tips. The video came from an ongoing series “60 Seconds on Set” (from Rode microphones). It’s a series worth subscribing to on YouTube for quick, practical film and video tricks.For a BIG roundup of focus pulling resources, check out the Black and Blue’s tips and tricks here.last_img read more

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The Freefly ALTA Drone: A New Way to Fly

first_imgThe long-standing assumption that cameras must be regulated to the bottom of a drone gets shot down by the Freefly Alta.Over the last year or so, drones have flooded the market. Freefly entered the drone market with the CineStar, which is a solid professional solution for aerial cinematography. But what really set the CineStar apart from other drones was the integration with the MōVI M5 Stabilizer. Never a company to rest on its laurels, Freefly took the CineStar and took it one step further with the ALTA.The ALTA comes ready to operate out of the box. With a rock-solid chassis being controlled by the Freefly Synapse Flight Controller, cinematographers have the assurance that they are getting the best Freefly has to offer in safety, stability and versatility. Another exciting feature: hoisting heavier cameras like the RED SCARLET or EPIC and ALEXA Mini is no problem, thanks to the drone’s 15-pound payload capacity.The Freefly ALTA will be priced at $8,495 and will begin shipping in June of this year. Pre-Orders for the ALTA are happening now at authorized dealers and the initial deposit is $1000.Want to know more about the latest news from NAB 2015? Check out these additional articles on the Freefly ALTA.Freefly’s New Alta Drone Lets Cinematographers Mount Their Cameras On Top – TechCrunchCool New Gear from Freefly: MIMIC Makes Gimbal Operating Insanely Simple – NoFilmSchoolFreefly Kicks A** at NAB: MIMIC Kinetic Controller, New ALTA Drone, WEDGE Lens Controller, and MōVI XL – FstoppersWhat are your thoughts on the ALTA? What is your favorite feature – and does it warrant the price tag? Sound off in the comments below.last_img read more

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Lens Options For the Sony A7S

first_img  Canon CN-E  30-105mm  T2.8  $19275.00 USD   Sony Sonnar  55mm  f/1.8  $998.00 USD   Canon EF Zoom  24-105mm  f/4.0  $999.00 USD Want more content on the Sony A7S? Then check out these articles from PremiumBeat.3 Reasons Why the Sony a7S Isn’t the Perfect Camera for FilmmakersThe Sony A7S vs RED Epic Dragon: Technically Not a Landslide VictoryThe Sony A7S Can Use Canon Batteries, Here’s HowDo you own a Sony A7S? What lenses are you using? Did this article help you get a better understanding of what the costs are for each group of lens options? Let us know in the comments below.   Rokinon  50mm  T1.5  $530.00 USD Since we couldn’t find any examples of anyone using the A7S with PL mount lenses, we decided to show you another EF mount short film. In this video, Carbon Studios used Zeiss Primes along with the A7S to capture a film called Moonlight, which is a low light project where the only source of illumination is the moon itself.   PL-MOUNT LENS OPTIONS  FOCAL LENGTH  APERTURE  PRICE EF Mount Lens OptionsRemember the question posed up top that asked if we can replace a Sony E-Mount with EF and PL lenses? Well if you can’t tell, you absolutely can use EF mount lenses. The Canon standard line of lenses are probably the most widely used by both prosumers and professionals alike.The only hitch with EF mounts is the fact that the Sony A7S doesn’t allow you to mount these natively to the camera. However, fret not… there are ways to get around this problem, most notably the use of lens adapters. Here’s another great article from Brian Smith that gives you all the info you need to know about using EF lens adapters for the A7S.Just be sure to budget around three thousand if you want to grab at least two lenses in EF mount form from the lenses listed.   E-MOUNT LENS OPTIONS  FOCAL LENGTH  APERTURE  PRICE   EF-MOUNT LENS OPTIONS  FOCAL LENGTH  APERTURE  PRICE   Rokinon  35mm  f/1.4  $479.00 USD  Canon  50mm  f/1.2  $1449.00 USD   Zeiss Compact Prime  50mm  T1.5  $4500.00 USD   Canon EF Zoom  17-40mm  f/4.0  $799.00 USD   Zeiss Compact Prime  50mm  f/1.5  $4500.00 USD Let’s check out some lens options for the popular Sony A7S, one of the hottest selling cameras on the market.Before you buy any camera, you want to get a lay of the land in terms of what glass (lenses) the camera can use. Luckily with today’s adaptable technology you can pretty much use whatever lenses you want. Since this is the case, we need to change the types of questions we ask ourselves before committing to a lens purchase.The main questions that come to mind are… what am I going to shoot with this camera? How much money do I have budgeted for lenses? Do I have to use the Sony E-Mount lenses, or can I use EF and PL lenses?We’ll break our lens options into sections and try to address the questions above in each breakdown.Out of the BoxLet’s get started with our options straight from the box. The Sony A7S comes with the standard E-Mount. You may be thinking that the E-Mount will severely limit you, but as Brian Smith pointed out in his ultimate guide to Sony E-Mount lenses — there’s no such limitation.What we do see in this first section on E-Mount-only lenses is that we need to budget for, at the very least, a couple thousand on lenses. And depending on what you’re shooting, you’ll want to get the lenses that work for you. For most of your shoots you’ll want a high-quality zoom lens and a solid prime. Let’s look at examples of both in E-Mount form.   Sony FE Zoom  70-200mm  f/4.0  $1498.00 USD   Zeiss Compact Zoom  70-200mm  T2.9  $19900.00 USD   Rokinon  24mm  f/1.4  $549.00 USD   Cooke Mini S4/i  50mm  T2.8  $7300.00 USD PL Mount Lens OptionsSo now that we know that we can adapt the Sony A7S to EF mount lenses, can we do the same with PL mounts? Well if this Wooden Camera Lens Adapter is any indication, the answer is yes. The larger question you should be asking at this point is why am I getting a PL mount lens for the A7S? And do I really need this lens?I will admit the 4K footage from the A7S will look amazing with any of these lenses, but I’m not going to lie to you… PL mount lenses are not the cheapest of the bunch. In fact, the PL mount is the standard ARRI mount, which is used throughout Hollywood. But if you have your heart set on using these lenses, then let’s see what your options are.Again, be sure to budget here, because you’ll need it. As I said, PL mount lenses will have you budgeting around 30 grand for two lenses. Unless you’re bank rolled by a major studio, I would suggest that you just rent these lenses if you have your heart set on using them. For an example of what one can do with an A7S, EF Lens Mount, and a Canon 24-105mm zoom lens, check out Gateway to the Ganges by Brandon Li. Here is an example of what can be shot using the Sony A7S and a Rokinon 35mm. This short reel was filmed by James John.   Zeiss Batis  85mm  f/1.8  $1199.00 USD   Schneider Xenon  50mm  T2.0  $7750.00 USDlast_img read more

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Controlling Drone Cameras with the Oculus Rift

first_imgThe Oculus Rift has been making headlines for years. Now plenty of developers are using the Oculus Rift to give drone pilots control of the camera.The Oculus Rift headset first started making headlines in 2012 with their Kickstarter campaign for a video game virtual reality (VR) set. Though originally intended as a gaming device, the Oculus has continued to adapt and change the tech world. As the world prepares to get its hands on the device, let’s take a look at some of the great developments that will soon benefit aerial filmmakers. The team over at Tested got an exclusive look at the new DJI M100 quadcopter, also known as the Matrice.It’s a developer-targeted platform designed for customization and carrying a variety of sensors. One of its new features is called Guidance: the use of multiple stereo and ultrasonic sensors for collision detection–this quad can theoretically detect obstacles and resist crashing into them! We also test two developer-made demos: camera control with an Oculus headset and flight with Leap Motion!At the 5:00 minute mark, you will see the Oculus Rift control the DJI camera and gimbal. The Oculus can control the cameras pan and tilt.  The aircraft’s yaw and pitch will still be controlled by the radio, or remote control.Using the Oculus to control drone cameras actually dates back to 2013, when Sky Drone released this look at their First Person View (FPV) camera.In the middle of 2014, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology released a look at their project of using a DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter. The team used two cameras to create a stereoscopic view, which would then be controlled by the Oculus.At the same time, Parrot introduced the Bebop Drone Sky Controller. The controller allowed users to connect their FPV systems for a live aerial view. Their system also supported the Sony FPV and Zeiss Cinemizer.It’s exciting to see all the advancement already being made to the use of this technology. By the time the Oculus is fully released to the public, it’s going to be quite amazing. In fact, Oculus has created the internal Story Studio to help filmmakers learn to use virtual reality. There’s an opportunity to revolutionize video entertainment, especially in home theaters.Want more on drones? No problem. Check out these posts from PremiumBeat:7 Things Filmmakers Can Learn From Incredible Aerial FootageCan You Legally Fly A Drone Through A Fireworks Show?How to Calibrate the DJI Inspire 1 DroneDo you have any experience using the Oculus Rift on set? Are you making films to be watched by the Oculus? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

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The Hidden Stories Behind Weird Post-Production Terms

first_imgEver wonder where some of those strange post-production terms came from? Here are some origin stories you might not know.The industry is full of strange and confusing terms that make sense only to those who use them everyday. Have you ever wondered where all these strange terms came from? Let’s take a behind-the-scenes look at those weird post-production terms.KeyframesIn modern animation applications, a keyframe designates a value at a certain point in time. These modern day applications can interpret the data between keyframes so you don’t have to. This is called tweening, and it’s a recent advance in technology.Image from 3D MercuryIn the golden days of animation, every frame had to drawn by hand — but it wasn’t the job of lead animators to draw every frame. Instead, more experienced animators would draw only the ‘key’ frames in a scene and more inexperienced animators called Inbetweeners would create the drawings between the key frames. For more information regarding early animation techniques, I highly recommend checking out The Illusion of Life by Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston.MasksIn post-production, masking is the process of designating a portion of the frame to not be affected by a given effect. In Photoshop you might use a mask to only blur out a background and not your subject. In After Effects, a mask can be used to help with compositing 3D elements. But the history of masks goes back much further than Photoshop. In fact, the term is derived from physical masks which literally block portions of your face.Masking has long been used in fine arts as a way to shield portions of a canvas from being affected. In fact, masking tape derived because it was used to mask out certain objects that weren’t meant to be painted. Today masking has evolved to become an essential part of a digital artists workflow and it all started with physical art.FeatheringIn modern software, feathering is essentially the smoothing out of edges. But why is it called feathering?It actually plays homage to a classic painting technique in which artists would use feathers to smooth out a transition between two colors. Feathering was also used by early photo editors as a way to smooth out ink. Even in modern home painting, some people use feather dusters as a way to smooth out paint color transitions. Feathering continues to be an essential process for editors and motion graphic designers alike.Matte/Matte PaintingIn film and photography, a matte is reference footage used to composite a foreground onto a background. While the history of mattes in film is quite dense, the term matte first originated from the early set extension process known as matte painting. These early matte paintings were scenes painted on glass using, you guessed it, matte paint.Over the years, mattes would evolve to become modern-day color keying, but digital matte painting continues to be a process used in contemporary films. For more info on the history of matte painting, check out this fantastic video created by John Hess of Filmmaker I.Q. RotoscopingThe original patent for a rotoscope, invented by Max FleischerRotoscoping is essentially cutting an object or subject out of a scene one frame at a time by hand. While the process is easier for modern filmmakers, it’s still very tedious.In the early days of film, an artist would use a rotoscope to project a frame onto glass. The artist would then go in and trace the subject by hand. While the process was traditionally used for cartoons, it has transitioned over time to be used mainly for VFX work.Know any other post-production origin stories? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

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Film Edits Hidden in Front of Your Eyes

first_imgSee how Hollywood directors and editors hide their cuts right in front of the audience.Top image via The Hollywood ReporterSometimes editors can end up with two scenes that work together story wise, but feature jump cuts or hard edits between clips. Other times a director may want to keep a scene moving, so they plan intricate long takes that include hidden edits.The key to properly continuing the story is to disguise the edits by distracting viewers. Let’s take a look at some of the not-so-great uses of the technique, as well as some of the best hidden film edits.Star Wars Episode III — Morph CutWhere the original Star Wars trilogy used extensive practical and physical VFX, the Star Wars prequels were shaped by digital technology that had never before existed. Rather than building set pieces, the team at Lucasfilm built computers, software, and digital elements. Some of the pioneering programs they invented are only now reaching consumers. Just last year, Adobe brought the morph cut to consumers.In the 2005’s Revenge of the Sith, one of the most apparent uses of the the morph cut comes from this scene with Supreme Chancellor Palpatine and Anakin Skywalker. Notice on the right side of the frame how Anakin’s head slowly tilts forward. This is actually a combination of two separate takes morphed into a single scene. The biggest giveaway is the hair over Anakin’s forehead — watch as his hair line morphs. (You can click on the image to enlarge.)Scene from Star Wars Episode III via LucasFilmThe Star Wars prequels have become notorious for their liberal use of morph cuts and blending of different takes. At the 45-minute mark of this making of The Phantom Menace documentary, co-editor Ben Burtt and director George Lucas discuss this “cyber-directing” technique while creating a scene.A quick note about this technique, just because you can fix it in post – doesn’t mean you should. Anchorman — Jump Cut2004’s Anchorman was an absolute improv melee on set. While cameras rolled, many of the industry’s best comedians dueled it out with nonstop jokes. While that can be great for all the options in storytelling, it can be an absolute nightmare for editors.Sports broadcaster Champ Kind, played by David Koechner, spitballed several minutes worth of dialogue during his catchphrase WHAMMY! scene. When edited down for the final film, the editors were stuck with a really rough jump cut. To disguise the edit, they threw in a quick WHAMMY! graphic to divert your attention.Keep an eye on the green dress in the background and you’ll see where the jump cut is hidden behind the graphic. (Click image to enlarge.)Scene from Anchorman via DreamworksNow, Anchorman is not the best example of this technique, but it does prove that the struggles of Hollywood editors aren’t much different from your own. This cut could have been avoided by having another camera angle to work with, but since this scene was shot with a single handheld camera — there weren’t any other camera options available.Back to the Future — Split Screen CompositeWhat about films that pull off the hidden edit so well that you can’t see them? It’s debatable to call this a VFX composite vs. an edit — but for the sake of the article, I’ll categorize it as so. Especially since the composite is used as a transition to edit the two clips together.In this sequence from Back to the Future Part II, the flying DeLorean lands in the alternate 1985 dystopia. Two separate shots, one a VFX miniature and the other a life-size on-set vehicle, are edited together with a lamp post. To the right of the post is the VFX sequence that uses a three-foot DeLorean miniature with puppets inside. To the left of the post is the full-size Time Machine. (Click image to enlarge.)Scene from Back to the Future Part II via Universal PicturesThis entire sequence is essentially three shots.A motion control camera captures an empty street, simply shooting while moving past the lamp post.The real Time Machine drives off of a ramp, passed the lamp post, and into the driveway.The miniature car is shot on blue screen with a motion control rig, landing the miniature in the same spot as the vehicle.ILM camera operator Peter Daulton pulled off the sequence perfectly by matching the lighting of the miniature with the light on set, seemingly creating movie magic on screen.The Continuous Takes of Rope and BirdmanThere are plenty of films featuring long takes, but many times those sequences feature hidden edits. Films like Goodfellas (or shows like True Detective) meticulously follow characters non-stop for several minutes. Other films, like Children of Men, rely on hiding edits right before your eyes.Two of the most talked-about films using continuous takes are Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope and Birdman by Alejandro G. Iñárritu. The primary difference in the two productions: the types of available equipment.Hitchcock was producing Rope in the late 1940s. The movie was shot on a giant camera with 35mm film, which limited takes to 10 minutes. This is why his film features many push-in to black or static shots of inanimate objects. (Click image to enlarge.)Scene from Rope via Warner Bros.That same fade-to-black technique used in Hitchcock’s Rope was also used in Birdman. (Click image to enlarge.)Scene from Birdman via Fox SearchlightUnlike Rope, the film Birdman also features many whip pans and even an occasional VFX motion blur. The technology available allowed them to pull off countless edits that are seemingly naked to the human eye. Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubeski had experience working with whip pans and VFX edits when working on the tracking shot car scene in Children of Men.This excellent video essay takes you behind the secret edits of Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope and Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Birdman. This video essay does a much better job of explaining the edits than I can write out. I highly recommend watching this. What techniques do you use to hide your edits? Fades, light leaks, VFX? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

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5 Essentials Tools for Your Documentary Camera Package

first_imgIn this write-up, we’ll take a look at five of the best, highest-quality tools and accessories to make your documentary camera package top notch.Building the perfect documentary camera package is a constantly changing process. Through years of trial and error, you begin to find which camera system (and accompanying tools and accessories) works best for you. Although cameras are constantly evolving, accessories can remain consistent across multiple camera systems. For this reason, I’ve always found it highly advantageous to buy the highest-quality tools and accessories I can afford.1. Articulating ArmImage via Wooden Camera.Articulating arms are one of the most versatile tools you can have in your camera package. Whether you use them to mount an external monitor, a wireless video feed, or even an audio recorder, these arms are very beneficial. When it comes to articulating arms, you most certainly get what you pay for. While it’s easy to find many cheap models, buy the absolute best that you can, so this valuable tool will be a part of your kit for years to come.My personal favorite is the Wooden Camera Ultra Arm. It’s robust, strong, and ultimately reliable, in even the most extreme conditions.2. Follow FocusImage via Wooden Camera.A solid follow focus system will last you multiple camera and lens systems. Also, a quality follow focus will prove vastly beneficial when you’re filming the reactionary style content involved in documentary filmmaking. If your follow focus decides to fail, then your shot could also fail.There are many great options out there for quick, lightweight follow focuses. My go-to is the zip focus from Wooden Camera.3. Dovetail PlateImage via Wooden Camera.With documentary filmmaking, you have to be consistently on-the-go and as reactionary as possible. However, sometimes lifting your camera off the tripod head can take longer than you expected, and the movement is never very smooth.Fortunately, a dovetail plate makes that transition exceptionally smooth and safe.4. External MonitorImage via SmallHD.Documentary filmmakers tend to keep their camera packages as light and portable as possible. As a result, external monitors are typically one of the first things to go. However, these monitors’ benefits far outweigh the space they take up.The added benefits of false color, focus peaking, higher resolution, and a variety of other perks make external monitors an essential addition. Fortunately, external monitor manufactures, like SmallHD, have taken the need for lightweight options into consideration with products like their Focus 5 inch monitor. For this reason, it’s now an even easier choice to add a monitor to your documentary camera package.5. EasyRigImage via EasyRig.I’ve found an EasyRig is one of the best gear investments I’ve ever made. One of these can save your back, supporting you while you operate the camera all day with significantly reduced fatigue. Most often, you’ll see someone using a system like this for gimbal work, but they’re just as great, if not better, for handheld work and the demands of documentary filmmaking.While the number of filmmaking tools available is nearly limitless, these are five that I’ve never regretted adding to my documentary camera package.Cover image via REDPIXEL.PL.Everything You Need to Know About Chroma Key and Green Screen FootageWhy We’re in The Golden Age of Documentary Filmmaking5 Tips on How to Create a Great Short Documentary FilmHow a Pre-Production Checklist Can Help Your ProductionThe Complete Video Editors Guide to Working with Musiclast_img read more

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A Guide to Developing Questions During Documentary Interview Shoots

first_imgHere are a few helpful questions and tips for conducting interesting, orderly documentary interviews that develop naturally.There is an odd mix of both excitement and terror that comes with starting a documentary project. Whether it’s a short, one-day project or the beginning of a multi-year endeavor, documentaries (by nature) are unpredictable and often tricky. Shooting interviews, in particular, can be difficult.Ideally, a good documentary interview shoot should be a nice balance between pointed, on-topic discussions and open-ended prompts for exploring new themes and questions that pop up. This gets tricky for the shooter, director, or producer who’s asking the questions, as you need to be prepared to keep things on track but also be receptive to new information and directions.For those looking for advice for tackling documentary interviews, and for those who need a starting point for their interviews, we have some advice on finding the right balance for your documentary interview shoots.Basic Documentary Interview QuestionsImage by Haider Y. Abdulla.So, before we give you a list, we need to preface this article by saying that every documentary project is going to be different — sometimes vastly different. In my own experience, I’ve interviewed cowboys, CEOs, Elvis impersonators, and world-famous athletes. And, while there might be a few crossover examples, they’ve all ended up being completely different interviews.The best way to plan is to focus on those opening questions. You can write these out and even rehearse them. These simple, boilerplate questions will not only get you off on the right foot, but they can also help both you and your interviewee get comfortable and settled before you dive into more open-ended questions and conversations.Can you state your name and occupation for the camera?How do you spell your name (and occupation if it’s tricky)?Can you introduce yourself, as if we’ve never met before?Why are you here today?These are basically the first three or four questions I’ve asked at the beginning of every documentary shoot. The first ones are to make sure you have their information correct. You can always review this later to make sure you have all the correct spellings and their exact titles.Basic Information — Who/What/When/Where/WhyImage by Quality Stock Arts.I’ve also found it very helpful to have footage of interviewees introducing themselves to you — or directly to the camera. You can quickly learn about how they view themselves. The “Why are you here today?” question can be another great trick for getting them to talk about some themes they might be interested in exploring during your conversation.Overall, I’ve often tried to start off with a variation of this question (or questions) — “Who are you, what’s going on, and why does that matter?” — as a means to getting the who/what/when/where/why out of the way, early. The more basic information you can get from a documentary interviewee early on the better, as you’ll often need much of this background information when cutting your documentary together.Here are some additional guides for conducting documentary interviews:Interview Tips Every Documentary Filmmaker Should Know7 Reasons Why You Need a Producer for Your DocumentaryInterview: Tips for Blending Documentary and Narrative in “The Drug Runner” Discussion vs. QuestionsImage by Valmedia.Once you’ve gotten your basic information out of the way — and as much expository material as you can get — your real goal is to focus on discussion rather than just asking questions. Avoid “yes” or “no” questions at all costs! Instead, I’ve often found it best to view yourself more as a conversation moderator.In many ways, the idea of “scripting your documentary” becomes more important than the questions. Write out ideas, concepts, events, or themes that you’d like to have your documentary subject touch on, then lead them to those points.At the end of the day, conducting a good documentary interview comes down to just how prepared and knowledgeable you are — as well as how confident you are in the interview. Be an active listener, take good notes, and ask open questions that encourage active responses.Cover image by Valmedia.For more documentary filmmaking advice, as well as practical filmmaking tips and tricks, check out these articles:A Complete Guide to Documentary FilmmakingHow to Shoot Gorgeous Documentary InterviewsDocumentary Editing Tips for Working with Lots of FootageSundance 2019: Tips for Shooting Verité Documentary FootageThe 5 Tenets of Capturing Good B-Roll for Your Documentarylast_img read more

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What You Must Do Now to Reach Your Goals

first_imgGoal setting is easy. You decide what you want. You write it down and declare it your goal. It’s as easy as that; you now have a goal.You have a rather impotent goal, and you aren’t likely to reach it, but you do have a goal. There are three primary reasons you won’t reach that goal.Not a Big Enough Reason or Not Enough Of ThemIf you don’t have a burning reason “why,” you aren’t going to make your goal.If you don’t have a compelling, all-consuming desire to reach your goal, you aren’t going to sustain your motivation any longer than it took you to write down your goal.If the price of failure doesn’t make you want to throw up, then your goal isn’t a must. And if it isn’t a must, it isn’t compelling enough.Why is this your goal? What do you lose if you fail?You Don’t Have a PlanUnless you go through the exercise of figuring out exactly what you need to do to reach that goal, what resources you have available to help you, how to overcome the likely obstacles, and a commitment on your calendar to take the necessary actions, you don’t really have a goal. You have something less than a goal . . . you have a daydream.Without a plan to reach the goal, you aren’t going to make it.If writing a goal down gives it power, then writing down the action plan gives your goals fuel-injected, nitro-nuclear-booster rockets.You Aren’t Doing the WorkHave you ever known anyone who set a goal, had a plan, and didn’t reach their goal? Have you ever caught this person staring back at you from the other side of your mirror in the morning?If you failed to achieve a goal in the past–even after writing a plan–you failed because you didn’t do the work. Your intentions were good, but you didn’t follow those intentions with something more important: action.Stop right now and look at your goals. Write down every reason you must reach those goals, all of the things you need to do to reach them, and then enter an appointment on your calendar for the first action item under each goal. When you complete that first action, schedule an appointment with yourself for the next action. That’s how you reach your goals. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

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You Are Rich

first_imgAs soon as you give, you are rich.If you have the time to help other people, you are rich. That time is one of the greatest gifts you can ever give another human being. As soon as you give that time, you are rich.If you have it in your heart to care about another person and take action to make a difference for them, you are rich. Your capacity to care and to take action on that emotion is an enormous boon to the recipient.If you make the effort to be with someone in need, standing by their bed and holding their hand when they are ill, bringing them something to eat or drink, or sitting in a chair next to them, you are rich. Being there makes you rich.If you provide financial resources to someone or some entity in need, you are rich. There are many people in need, and financial resources can alleviate much pain and suffering. As soon as you give money, you are rich.A random act of kindness for someone you don’t know and who will never have the ability to repay you, let alone know who to repay, makes you rich. Your willingness to give to strangers with no expectation of being repaid, and no need for any expression of gratitude makes you rich.If you don’t believe that you can do these things, that belief makes you poor.You may have less to give than many others, but it is the ability and willingness to give that makes you rich. It is also what will bring you happiness, meaning, and purpose.Even if you would not consider yourself wealthy by today’s standards, the fact that you have the ability to give is what makes you rich. Even if only a dollar. Even if only an hour. Even if only a kind word. If you give it, you are rich.last_img read more

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first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now You have prospects who are difficult to contact. They’re hard to reach by phone and impossible to reach by email. No matter what you try, you can’t seem to connect with them, and they never respond to your attempts.You have prospects who are easier to reach, but equally difficult to gain a commitment for an appointment. Even though you have a pitch that works magic with most of the people you call while you trade so much value you become irresistible, for these prospects, it does nothing.You have prospects that are loyal to a fault. Even though they are relatively unhappy and are being massively underserved, the fact that you can improve their results carries no weight with them. Their relationship is seemingly impenetrable. They haven’t moved in years, and they’re not likely to anytime soon.A few of your prospects see no value in what you sell. All they can perceive as value is the absolute lowest price. They would change providers to save a few pennies, in a very literal sense. Their expectations are low, and they believe all the people and companies they work with are “vendors.”Some prospects will meet with you, and they will be interested enough to have multiple meetings with you to explore change. They’ll even describe to you in great detail where they wish their results were better, how they are unhappy, and that they really want to do something about it, yet, they’ll do nothing. They talk about change, but they never take the first real step in making it real.If you don’t like these prospects, you are not going to like the next set of prospects you call on either. The great Jim Rohn used to say, “Don’t wish it were easier. Wish you were better.” As much as I love Rohn’s work, I don’t believe that wishing is going to do much for you. Instead, you are going to have to work hard to get better.last_img read more

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Himachal hills get snow again

first_imgThe higher reaches including the tribal districts of Lahaul-Spiti and Kinnaur in Himachal Pradesh on Monday once again experienced a light snowfall resulting in cold wave conditions in the State. More than 13 cms of fresh snow was recorded in Udaipur of Lahaul-Spiti and around 8 cms in Keylong of Kinnaur district. Kothi in Kullu and Kalpa in Kinnaur experienced a mild snowfall of around 4 cms. There are also reports of a moderate snowfall from the higher hills of Shimla and Mandi districts.Rain, hailstorm Tourist places like Manali, Dalhousie and Shimla had rain showers and an intermittent spell of hailstones. More than 10 mm of rain was recorded in Kullu-Manali and about 30 mm in Tissa in Chamba and 10-20 mm of rain in other places.last_img read more

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Court cancels arrest warrant issued against Hardik Patel in vandalism case

first_imgThe Visnagar sessions court in Gujarat on Thursday cancelled the non-bailable arrest warrant issued against Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel after he appeared before it and gave an assurance to it to remain present during hearings in the future. Each of them submitted surety bonds of ₹5,000. The next hearing will be on November 15.On Wednesday, Sessions judge V.P. Agarwal issued the arrest warrant against Mr. Hardik Patel, convener of the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS), and six others, including Sardar Patel Group (SPG) convener Lalji Patel, after they failed to to appear before it in a case of vandalism of Visnagar MLA Rishikesh Patel during a protest rally of the Patidar community in July 2015. Mr. Hardik Patel failed to appear before it for the second consecutive time, while Mr. Lalji Patel and others were absent for the first time.last_img read more

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Posters of ‘missing Union Minister’ trigger row in Bihar

first_imgPosters declaring Union Minister and BJP MP from Nawada in Bihar, Giriraj Singh, as “missing” sprung up on the walls in his constituency on Wednesday. The posters also announced a reward of ₹11,000 to those who would provide information about him.“Union Minister and MP from Nawada Giriraj Singh has been missing for last several years…the people of Rajauli are desperately searching him…whoever sees him or gets him are kindly requested to inform the people of Rajauli…those who will inform about him will be rewarded with ₹11,000,” said the poster donning a large-size picture of Mr. Singh, who is Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in the Narendra Modi Cabinet. Hindutva standRajauli is a subdivision of Nawada district, the parliamentary constituency of Mr. Singh. Mr. Singh has been often hitting headlines for his hard Hindutva stand and statements. In 2016 too a “missing” poster was pasted for Mr. Singh in Barbigha town of his constituency for non-development of the area. Soon the Minister visited Barbigha and held a meeting with the locals. Mr. Singh, though, has been visiting his constituency every now and then while holding meetings with the locals, say many in his constituency.“The poster has been pasted by some anti-social elements belonging to Opposition parties to defame our MP… everyone knows that our MP visits different parts of his constituency every month,” said Ranjit Kumar, local BJP leader in Rajauli. The local BJP workers and leaders have removed the posters. “Only recently our MP had visited several villages in the Meskaur block of Rajauli…people must be aware of such rumour-mongers and mischief makers,” said district BJP president Sashi Bhushan Kumar ‘Bablu’. Locals said the MP had promised them renovation work on National Highway-31 but it had not been started yet despite several reminders to him.last_img read more

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Haryanvi folk singer Mamata’s body with throat slit found in village in Rohtak district

first_imgThe body of Haryanvi folk singer Mamata, who went missing on Monday, was found in Rohtak district with the throat slit, police said on Friday.DSP (Rohtak) Rohtash Singh said a complaint was registered by the 40-year-old singer’s family on January 16, alleging that she went missing the previous day.He said the family told them that Mamta left home with her associate to attend an event in Gohana.“The associate, Mohit, said when they were on their way, they came across a car at Lahli village. Mamta joined its occupants, saying she was going to Kalanaur and will join him in Gohana soon. However, according to her family, she went missing thereafter,” he said.Body found in bushesThe body was found in bushes at Baniyani village on Thursday, the DSP said.“Her body bore injury marks, which seemed to have been inflicted by a sharp-edged weapon. The body was sent to the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS), Rohtak, for post mortem,” he said.The DSP said the jewellery that she was wearing was intact on the body.A murder case has been registered against unknown people. “We are questioning various people. We are also going through her call records and are hopeful of getting an early breakthrough in the case,” he said.It may be recalled that in October 2017, singer Harshita Dahiya was shot dead in Panipat district.last_img read more

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SC refuses CBI probe into West Bengal BJP workers death

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain a plea seeking a CBI probe into the recent killing of two BJP workers in Purulia district of West Bengal after panchayat polls. A vacation bench of Justices A K Goel and Ashok Bhushan asked the petitioners to approach the Calcutta High Court for the relief. Advocate Gaurav Bhatia, appearing for petitioners, said that it is a serious matter as the killing of BJP workers have taken place after the panchayat polls in Purulia district. On May 30, 18-year-old Tirlochan Mahato, a BJP worker from Balrampur village of Purulia district was found hanging from a tree with a poster written in Bengali struck on his back, saying he was killed for canvassing for the BJP during panchayat election. Another death of one Dulal Kumar, also a BJP worker, had taken place on June 2 in a similar manner in the same district. The petition was filed by the father of Kumar, who sought a CBI probe into the killings.last_img read more

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Hardik spreading rumours about my resignation: Rupani

first_imgGujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has slammed Patidar quota leader Hardik Patel for spreading “rumours” regarding his resignation. Mr. Patel told reporters on Thursday that Mr. Rupani had resigned at a Cabinet meeting held on Wednesday and will be replaced with soemone from the Patidar or Kshatriya community. I have not resigned and there is no question of anybody’s resignation..,” Mr. Rupani said.In a sensational claim on Thursday, the 24 year old Hardik Patel told media persons that Mr. Rupani resigned in a cabinet meeting held on Wednesday and a new CM either from the Patidar community or from Kshatriya community will be selected as his replacement. “Very soon there will be new CM as Rupani has resigned” Mr. Patel told media persons.“There is no truth in what is being rumoured or speculated. I have not resigned and there is no question of anybody’s resignation as people have given us mandated in the assembly polls,” Mr. Rupani said, breaking his silence on sustained speculations in a section of media regarding his resignation.Nitin Patel too rubbishes Hardik’s claimMr. Patel’s claim on CM’s resignation in the cabinet meeting forced the Chief Minister and his deputy Nitin Patel to break their silence. “It seems Hardik does not even know the system that a resignation is not submitted in a cabinet meeting as he has claimed,” Mr .Rupani said, calling him a “Congress agent.”Mr. Rupani’s Deputy Nitin Patel also rubbished the quota leader’s claim and scotched all speculations about any change in the BJP government in the state. “Such speculations and rumours are being spread on media to damage the credibility of BJP government,” Deputy CM said from .New Delhi where he was participating in Health Ministers’ conclave.Though both leaders have strongly refuted all speculations being circulated on social media platforms and also Mr Hardik Patel’s claim, some party insiders don’t rule out the hand of some “disgruntled elements” from within the party.“I don’t thing any political development in the state at least till next parliamentary polls but the fact remains that some elements are on the job to float theories and speculations,” a senior party leader from Delhi told The Hindu.last_img read more

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High-profile hopefuls begin campaign in Manipur

first_imgThough the Lok Sabha election schedule is yet to be announced and party tickets yet to be allotted, some high-profile candidates have already launched their campaign in Manipur.Former Chief Minister Radhabinod Koijam is one of the heavyweights who is seeking a BJP ticket for the Inner Manipur Lok Sabha constituency. His election posters have come up in all the valley districts. However, these posters do not state which party he will represent in the polls.Another candidate, Oinam Nabakishore Singh, a former Chief Secretary, is also appealing to the voters of this constituency to elect him in front-page newspaper advertisements.CPI candidate The State executive council of the CPI on Monday approved the candidature of M. Nara Singh, a former Minister. L. Sotin Kumar, the State secretary of the CPI, said there is a need to safeguard the people of the State since the BJP leaders are keen on including the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, in the party’s poll manifesto.Former CM and now Congress Legislature Party leader Okram Ibobi Singh said: “The burning issues which will be major poll planks are the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and the shrinking territory of Manipur, among others.”last_img read more

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