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first_imgInishowen Sinn Féin councillor Jack Murray has said that the “disgraceful actions” of Clare County Council, which recently admitted to sending letters to third-level grant applicants asking for proof that they have paid the Household Charge before processing their requests, will not be replicated in Donegal.Cllr Murray described the action as a “bullying” tactic which targets the children of those who are making a stand against an unfair tax.“I was shocked to learn that Clare County Council had written to third-level grant applicants asking for proof that they have paid the Household Charge before processing their request. In other words – as the vast majority of applicants are teenagers and young adults who do not own their own home – the council is targetingthe children of those who are refusing to pay an unjust tax. They are threatening to block their access to education in order to bully their parents into paying. “This will not happen in Donegal.“Sinn Féin is currently seeking advice on the legality of this action. We hope to reverse the decision in Clare and prevent it from happening anywhere else in the state.“I have written to the Manager of Donegal County Council expressing my opposition to this action, stating that is not the way our council should operate.”“I am confident that the targeting of students is not a course of action that would be considered by the manager, the staff or members of Donegal County Council.”  DONEGAL WILL NOT COPY CLARE COUNCIL’S ‘BULLYING’ OF STUDENTS, SAYS SINN FEIN was last modified: September 18th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL WILL NOT COPY CLARE COUNCIL’S ‘BULLYING’ OF STUDENTSSAYS SINN FEINlast_img read more

Quick Trick for De-Flickering Your Video Shots

first_imgThis tip from video production pro Philip Bloom is a simple way to de-flicker your footage in any video editing app.Flicker from electrical lighting can kill a shot, especially one shot in slow motion with a high shutter speed. You can try to remove this flicker with filters and plugins in your video editing software – or you could try out this simple layering trick from Philip Bloom.Here’s the jist of Bloom’s video de-flicker trick:Duplicate a video clip that has electrical flicker.Stack this duplicate on a new layer above your original clip.Offset the top layer by one frame.Reduce the opacity (in the tutorial Philiip got good results at 50%).That’s it.It’s almost TOO simple – this trick can work in any video editing application and can drastically improve the look of your indoor slow motion shots.Director of Photography Tom Guilmette gave Philip’s de-flicker technique a test. You can view that sample here:Got your own de-flicker tips?Share in the comments below!last_img read more

How the Team Behind Thor: Ragnarok Crafted an Epic Action Film

first_imgLet’s take a look at how the filmmakers behind Thor: Ragnarok demonstrate the power of collaboration when creating a movie.Image via Disney/Jason Bolin.It’s safe to say that Thor: Ragnarok was a massive success — in every way. The fans got what they wanted: a fresh, fun, entertaining take on a beloved character thanks to the filmmaking prowess of Taika Waititi. The film is making tons of money at the box office, and was a critical darling. So who is to take credit for an expensive Marvel monster such as this? The director? The DP? The star? In short, this project was a collective effort that relied on the creative sensibilities of truly talented editors, artists, and master filmmakers. Let’s take a look at what went into making the God of Thunder a fun time at the movies.EditingImage via Marvel.To fill the role of Editor, Waititi, Victoria Alonso, and Jesse Torres picked an unlikely candidate: a traditionally comedy based duo, Zene Baker and Joel Negron. Having worked on past projects like Observe and Report, Pain and Gain, and Neighbors, the duo hadn’t yet tackled a Marvel movie. Given the light-hearted nature of the film, choosing these two made perfect sense for what Waititi and crew were going for. On the actual edit, Baker reflects on the freedom and workflow that came with the job, praising the collaborative efforts of his partner and the director.Reflecting on the test-screening process, Baker fills us in on crucial information that editors should keep in mind:You’re trying to make something with its own characteristics. But as you get into these types of movies, they’re invaluable, especially with the comedy aspect of it. You learn really quickly which jokes are gonna tank. There are some jokes that you hate that turn out to be gangbusters and you’re like, ‘Okay, so I’m not right about everything, and I’m not wrong about everything.’ I’ve reached the point now where, comedy wise, they’re invaluable. Story wise, you can get that diamond in the rough who’s like, ‘I don’t understand this story point,’ and if enough people say the same thing, you have to really examine it.This tidbit is an excellent example of why you should trust your instincts, but understand that your first and final cut might still need revisions. Letting someone else take a look at your work is always a good way to reflect and change anything that doesn’t quite hit — regardless of the type of video you’re working on. Baker goes on to talk about the process of reshoots, and how going back to shoot more for your project doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing:You want to make the best possible movie you can, and sometimes it requires additional photography. You can make a scene so much better with just one little thing. You can literally shoot for five minutes to make one scene aces, and then put a few days into another scene. We’re all carefully debating everything, throughout the process.Visual EffectsImage via Marvel. Crafting the look and feel of the film was always going to be challenging due to the approach Marvel was taking with the re-vamped franchise. Along with the tone, editing, and writing, Taika and the lot knew they had to push the boundaries for visual effects and portraying action (after all, this is an action movie).For a particularly stunning flashback scene, one of the film’s central characters rides into battle on a winged horse towards Hela, the Goddess of Death. The scene is a spectacular blend of slow-motion and visual and practical effects. To create the effect in the scene, Waititi’s own friend and fellow actor Stuart Rutherford and VFX artist Carlo Van de Roer designed a rig to move light at 10,000 feet per second, accurately capturing an image in 360 degrees like never before. In a recent interview with SYFY Wire, Van de Roer detailed the setup:We shot with a Phantom Flex4K at about 1,000 frames a second, and what happens is you get this moment where time slows down to an incredible soup. You get into really thick, slo-mo action, but then, almost impossibly, the light actually does a full 360 degree loop around the actors in that moment.Image via SYFY Wire.Another prime example of how Thor: Ragnarok approached its themes and story expertly is the blend of practical and visual effects into one seamless feeling of retro nostalgia mixed with a visually stunning space opera. You can see this in the design of Hela’s wardrobe. The headdress is the work of Ironhead Studios, and it is a perfect example of how to expertly blend practical, old-school costuming with new age effects — if you have the right vision and right team working together.The headpiece is a modular, 3D-printed, to-scale prop that appears several times throughout the movie. If you’ve seen the movie, you’ll recall the helmet moving and shifting as Hela prepares for battle each time. So the costume blends practical effects and CGI.While on set, the VFX team was well aware of Taika’s sensibilities regarding heavy VFX work, so they worked with his strengths and came up with a solution to get the most out of their indie director. Jake Morrison, the VFX supervisor, talked to Art of VFX about the film and explained the process:It was clear that Taika wasn’t going to allow for an army of technicians to run in and reset mocap markers, camera, etc. after a take so myself and our VFX Producer, Cyndi Ochs, worked hard to make sure the technology was as invisible as possible to Taika. We even went so far as to build the motion capture cameras into the sets themselves to ensure that all of the performances happened together, rather than trying to capture one half of a performance on the set and then a second half in a separate motion capture volume.There have been several interviews with the VFX artists at various studios behind Thor: Ragnarok that have provided some insane details about the creation of the world and the characters.Andrew Hellen – Method StudiosDave Hodgins – Digital DomainKevin Souls & Raphael A. Pimentel – Luma PicturesAlexis Wajsbrot – FramestoreDirectingImage via Art of VFX.The film’s indie-darling director, Taika Waititi, has brought us some classics already, from What We Do In The Shadows to Hunt for the Wilderpeople. While these are relatively smaller features, they feel grand in scope and demonstrate the indie filmmaker’s sensibilities for controlling tone with comedy and action. Waititi has said in interviews and late night bits that his method for pitching the Ragnarok role was to simply edit together a reel featuring various clips and stills to Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song.” Well, it worked, and if you’ve seen the film, you know the decision to go with this aesthetic and song choice worked wonders. Waititi’s approach to filmmaking is both inspiring and motivating.In this clip, Waititi breaks down the similarities and differences between shooting an independent feature and shooting a megaton superhero flick — with a little sarcasm thrown in. While shooting a standard conversation between Thor and Loki, Waititi describes the simple “lazy” setup and finding the balance between improvisation and sticking with the script. In regard to his directorial style, the New Zealand maestro gives us one last gem:The direction I gave to them was to stand still and know your lines, and say them fast.There you have it. The secret to directing a mega-blockbuster hit. But the charm doesn’t end there. The cast and crew have been interviewed and showcased all over the internet, and they have offered up plenty of incredible behind-the-scenes stories, as well as insights into the production. One of the many reasons the film has done as well as it has is partially due to the team behind the film praising the creative process and freedom they had while working on a film like this. The takeaway is this: whatever role you’re playing, be open to new ideas and new perspectives.Lastly, I’ll leave this Academy conversation with Waititi and the film’s editor, composer, costume designer, and writer.last_img read more

No sign of any let-up in lawyers’ strike

first_imgThere was no let-up in the lawyers’ strike in Odisha even as the Police Commissionerate here on Thursday took action against four policemen, who had allegedly assaulted a lawyer on Tuesday.Demanding arrests of the erring policemen, the agitating lawyers have decided to continue boycotting of courts indefinitely. “The situation will be reviewed on Monday,” said the High Court Bar.The day also witnessed picketing of lawyers at places in the vicinity of the High Court while lawyers across the State abstained from court works in response to a call given by the Bar Council.last_img read more

‘Save Ganga’ crusader Agarwal dead

first_imgG.D. Agarwal, 86, who was on a fast to save the Ganga, died following a heart attack on Thursday. Formerly a professor in the civil engineering department at IIT-Kanpur who had adopted the name Swami Gyan Swaroop Sanand, the environmentalist was vocal on disallowing hydroelectric projects in Uttarakhand along the Ganga.In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in June, he declared his intention to go on a fast as several of his demands had not been met.Agarwal’s key demands included a special law to deal with pollution and encroachment on the Ganga, and maintaining the environmental flow of the river to prevent pollution. He was subsisting on a diet of honey, lemon and water and, according to a senior official in the Water Ministry who was abreast of his activities, had given up water in the last week.“He was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh, and succumbed to a heart attack,” the official told The Hindu.last_img read more

3 civilians injured in Kulgam blast

first_imgMilitants triggered a grenade blast in south Kashmir’s Kulgam on Wednesday morning, leaving three civilians injured.The police said militants made an abortive bid to throw a grenade towards the Police Station Dhamhal Hanjpora in Kulgam. “It missed the target and exploded on the roadside. Three civilians were injured,” said the police.The police said the injured, who suffered splinter wounds, were shifted to a hospital. The injured were identified as Ayaz Ahmad Bhat, Sabzar Ahmad Hajam and Bilal Ahmad Khatana.Meanwhile, the area was cordoned off after the attack. However, no militant was nabbed till last reports came in.last_img read more

At the buzzer!

first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Marc Barroca nailed a jumper at the buzzer as Magnolia slipped past San Miguel Beer, 88-86, to take a 3-2 Philippine Cup Finals series lead on Friday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.“I love that guy. He’s not afraid to shoot,” coach Victolero said. “Saktong, sakto ‘yung tira.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBarroca finished with 22 points, his same output in a humbling Game 4 loss to the defending champions, to lead the Hotshots to within a win of knocking the crown off the Beermen’s heads.“It was a miracle shot. I know that when they have some runs, we just needed to weather the storm,” Barroca said. “This is the ballgame we wanted—as close as possible—to just have that chance in the end.” MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting As Finals set to begin, Tigresses stars Rondina, Laure receive top honors DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid But even with momentum on the Hotshots’ side, Victolero refused to be complacent.“Yes,” he said about being one game away from the title. “But we know San Miguel. They won’t go down that easily.”Meanwhile, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) is looking at a couple of friendly games with European powerhouses to prepare Gilas Pilipinas for the Fiba World Cup in China.“[We are] in touch with Andrei Kirilenko. He wants us to go to Russia,” said SBP president Al Panlilio on Wednesday.“Initially, it was just a one-game trip. We were [partial about it] but they said they’re willing to expand it to two games,” he added. “It’s something we’re trying to finalize with Andrei.”Kirilenko, a former NBA star, now serves as the president of Russia’s basketball federation.Panlilio said the SBP is also eyeing a friendly against 2006 World Cup champion Spain.Gilas Pilipinas is in Group D play Angola, Italy and Serbia. A game with wild momentum swings—and a bizarre fan incident in between—was fittingly capped by a wild finish.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The roller-coaster game, which featured huge runs by both squads, moved to bizarre—and scary—territory when a fan in Spider-man costume stormed the court, accidentally hitting June Mar Fajardo and causing a wild commotion.He was chased and detained by security personnel and an apparent companion was dragged from his seat and also detained.That seemed to spark Fajardo, who hit a three-point play and keyed a run that had San Miguel swallowing a 13-point lead and tying the game at 86 on a Terrence Romeo triple.But the Beermen came up with several dry possessions, including one where Magnolia set up camp around Fajardo down low and when the five-time MVP made the exit pass, none of San Miguel’s gunners dared pull the trigger.Those flubbed opportunities led to the Magnolia possession with 14 seconds remaining that set the stage for Barroca’s heroics.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Time is tight Indigenous child welfare legislation stalled due to complaints from

first_imgFormer Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott announces Canada’s plan to co-develop new child welfare legislation, as national Indigenous leaders look on. APTN file photo.Kenneth JacksonAPTN NewsThe Trudeau government is facing opposition from First Nations across the country on a draft of its child welfare legislation according to the grand chief of the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians.Joel Abram said a draft of the proposed legislation was shared with a working group of First Nations about a week and a half ago.The next day the Trudeau government was told it wasn’t good enough and Abram said it looks to be more of a “feel good” bill.“We are all pretty clear on two parts,” said Abram Wednesday morning. “One is the jurisdiction and the other is having the funding fully legislated in there.”He couldn’t discuss details of the draft bill, however its intent is to hand over jurisdiction to First Nations and Abram said it falls short of that.“We are encouraging the government to let go of the wheel,” said Abram. “There’s nothing in there that is going to compel the government to fund (First Nations).”But since offering its complaints, Abram said they haven’t seen another draft and don’t expect to until it’s tabled in the House of Commons.They’ve been given a drop dead date of Feb. 18 for the bill to be tabled and still have time to reach royal assent. News of the complaints from First Nations was first reported by CBC Wednesday morning.“I hope it is not dead,” said Cindy Blackstock, who also got to see a draft of the bill based on her Canadian Human Rights Tribunal action that continues to fight for equal rights for First Nations children.“I hope it has the affirmation of self-determination and statutory base for substantively equitable funding included when it is released. We will have to see but I agree time is tight.”Talks between the government and leadership continues said Abram.Abram was trying to reach the Prime Minister’s Office Wednesday and Minister Seamus O’Regan was supposed to be talking to Ontario regional chief RoseAnne Archibald.He also said they thought the bill was going to be announced yesterday with the Indigenous Languages Act.A spokesperson with Indigenous Services Canada says the bill will be tabled shortly.“We are working diligently so that we can introduce Indigenous child and family services legislation shortly. However, we must also ensure that critical feedback from partners is incorporated.“This is important, and we want to make sure we get it right.”The legislation was first announced at a media conference in late November. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau then said in December to expect it in late January.It’s not known when the bill will be tabled.kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more