Monthly Archives: October 2018

Cambodian Documentary Wins Cannes Prize for Innovative Cinema

Cambodian Documentary Wins Cannes Prize for Innovative Cinema

CANNES – A documentary using small clay figurines to tell the story of how Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh’s family perished under the Khmer Rouge regime won the top prize in the second most important competition at the Cannes film festival on Saturday.

L’Image Manquante (The Missing Picture) was among the 18 films that premiered in the Un Certain Regard category that was set up to encourage emerging and innovative filmmakers and run alongside the main competition at the world’s top film festival.

Panh, 49, a prolific filmmaker whose films concentrate on the brutality in Cambodia when an estimated 1.7 million people were killed during the 1975-79 Khmer Rouge regime, said the prize was important for his country.

For a country that has emerged from its difficulties and years of war, it is important to say we are still alive,” Panh told Reuters after receiving his award at a red carpet ceremony in the French Riviera resort.

The jury led by Danish director Thomas Vinterberg, whose film Jagten (The Hunt) won Mads Mikkelsen the best actor award at Cannes last year, described the documentary as one of the most powerful films I have seen in many years”.

The runner-up was Omar by Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad, a political thriller involving Palestinians living under Israeli occupation in which a young baker, Omar, is tortured by Israel’s secret police to betray his friends.

Omar, which was shot in the West Bank and Israeli-Arab town of Nazareth last year, received a standing ovation at its premiere as the first film fully funded by the Palestinian cinema industry.

It is the only festival that I think still cares about different films,” said Abu-Assad, known for the 2005 award-winning film Paradise Now, as he received his award.

Another director in Un Certain Regard to get a standing ovation was Iran’s Mohammad Rasoulof who was jailed in 2010 for anti-regime propaganda but came to Cannes this year with Manuscripts Don’t Burn, shot in secret in his home country.

The non-professional actors of La Jaula de Oro (The Golden Cage), a film about three young Guatemalans trying to cross the Mexico-U.S. border from director Diego Quemada-Diez won an award for best cast.

Tips On Reducing Your Wedding Photography Costs

Tips On Reducing Your Wedding Photography Costs

The costs of wedding photography vary considerably. In fact when researching for the average cost of wedding photography in the UK I was bombarded with such an array of different figures it was almost meaningless. Probably the most credible source I could find was from Moneywise that quoted 839 as an average cost. This amount feels about right so I hope that gives you a ballpark figure.

Bear in mind though its an average so people are spending a great deal more and a great deal less so please dont panic if its a lot more than you anticipated. The Photographer Finder have some incredibly talented wedding photographers with competitive packages less than the average figure above and dont include any of the tips suggested below!

This article is to provide you with some ideas on how to save money on your wedding photography and still have the lasting record you deserve.

Tip No 1 Dont marry on a Saturday

Quite possibly the most effective and easiest way to reduce the cost of not only your wedding photography but also for the rest of your wedding is to not get married on a Saturday. This one factor alone can save hundreds and puts you in an excellent negotiating position.

If you have the typical British reticence of negotiating or haggling, imagine yourself in the other persons shoes. If you can see it from their point of view it makes you a more effective negotiator. Booking a photographer last minute when they have no prior bookings may possibly get you a reduction. Booking far in advance when they dont know how many weddings will occur in that year may also get you a reduction. Booking a wedding on a day that is unlikely to include another wedding will almost certainly get you a reduction.

From a wedding photographers perspective assume they do x amount of weddings a year and 99% of them occur on a Saturday why would they want to negotiate a lower price when they could have a booking at normal cost? However, if you choose another day of the week the chances are they have no likelihood of another wedding so you are giving them an extra booking. The same goes for a venue, choose a Friday in December and you are competing with the Christmas clientele.

Tip No 2 Consider a voucher scheme

For the last few years every time Ive been invited to a wedding there has been a note saying youre company is enough but if you would like to buy us a gift we would really appreciate contributions to our honeymoon with vouchers from such and such travel agent. So why not do the same for wedding photography? Some wedding photographers are already offering this service. Its a great way to cover some or all the cost of your photography or even perhaps upgrade your package. If you were interested it may be worth asking your wedding photographer to put some vouchers together if they dont already offer the scheme.

Tip No 3 Ordering a CD

By ordering a cd of your images instead of prints, albums etc you are reducing the photographers time and expense and consequently cds are being offered by more and more wedding photographers. It is a way of keeping to a tight budget but make sure it is not a false economy. Despite what Tomorrows World said cds and dvds are not infallible. They scratch, skip and malfunction. If you are choosing a cd from your wedding photographer check the images and not watermarked and clarify that the images are hi res (so that you can print them).

Another tip (sorry not a cost saving one) if you are considering buying a digital format instead of prints get them processed by a prolab not a high street processor. There is a very noticeable difference in quality. You have paid for pro pictures so it is worth getting them developed professionally and it is still cheaper to go direct.

Tip No 4 Shop outside your location

Ok, normal advice is to shop locally. However, when shopping for a bridal gown for my friend last year she fell in love with a dress that she couldnt afford and nothing else came close because she had found her perfect dress. After a gazillion hours of shopping locally we extended our search. We went to a town that is less affluent and found the same dress for nearly 20% less. It took a bit of extra time for the fittings but she had the dress shed set her heart on. So its certainly worth considering looking outside your area as your perfect wedding photographer may be in the next county (of course we can do this for you). You will need to take into account the travel costs of the photographer but it could still be a way of saving a pretty penny.

Tip No 5 Hire a Newbie

By newbie, I dont mean amateur. A newbie is someone who has had professional training and possibly a couple of weddings under their belt. He or she will be looking to expand their portfolio and gain experience and the prices they charge will reflect that. The preparation stage and clarifying exactly what you want beforehand is even more important when booking someone with little experience. However, everyone starts their career from scratch and what they lack in experience they should make up for in enthusiasm.

Tip No 6 Limit the length of time you want the photographer at your wedding

Wedding photographers charges are based on their time, their expertise, their experience and the costs of the finished product. If you reduce the length the time they are at your wedding it may be possible to reduce the overall cost. Check with your potential wedding photographer to see whether this will make a difference.

Tip No 7 Modify your wish list to fit their charges

Consider whether you would prefer to have better quality with a more basic package than more images with a cheaper photographer.
As with all cost savings a degree of compromise is involved. The hardest part is deciding just what to compromise on but never hesitate to speak directly to the photographer for advice and guidance.

Choosing The Right Musical Instrument Sets For The Adult Amateur

Choosing The Right Musical Instrument Sets For The Adult Amateur

We all have a few of those childhood dreams that fell to the wayside as we grew up. We were either too busy or too involved in something else or were too poor or just kept forgetting about it. It doesn’t matter why we never learned to play the instruments that we wanted to, what matters is that now that we’re adults, are we going to learn to play the musical instruments we dreamed of? While shopping for the musical instruments of our dreams, we keep running across the “learn to play” instruments and book sets. They look like they were probably designed for kids, but the instruments look like they are almost high quality enough to get away with playing. So can anyone really learn to play a musical instrument from the “learn to play” series? To be honest, those who learned to play at least one musical instrument as a child most likely can learn to play another musical instrument form the “learn to play” series provided we at least learned the basics of reading music. Being able to at least read the basic scale from sheet music will help tremendously when trying to learn to plat a musical instrument from a book. Some people do very well learning to play musical instruments from a book, but the people who do very well all have one thing in common, they are self learners. Those of us who were born in the mid to late seventies and beyond grew up in a system of education that everything was handfed to us, thus the majority of us do not learn very well on our own. We need someone to hold our hands and teach us note by note to play a musical instrument, not to mention trying to learn other things. Learning to play a musical instrument from a book requires a certain amount of self teaching ability. Without the ability to “figure things out along the way,” learning to play a musical instrument from a book will prove to be quite frustrating, although it can most certainly be done. If our desire is strong enough and our patience can run fairly deep, then yes, we can learn to play a musical instrument from a book. There are few things quite as satisfying as accomplishing something like the challenge of learning to play a musical instrument from a book. As we learn to play any musical instrument without the guidance of someone else, just like kids, our confidence grows. For adults, learning to play a musical instrument from a book may very well be the realization of a childhood dream, and there’s nothing but pure magic in that.

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How To Market Your Music Effectively (innovate)…. New ideas

How To Market Your Music Effectively (innovate)…. New ideas

Music is my first love, marketing is my strength.

I have managed to combine the two to help the third love in my life….PEOPLE. There are several products on the Internet that address these issues (Music & Marketing). Everyone sees themself as an authority or Guru of sorts. The only thing to do is sift through the maze of products and find the ideal one that fully address your needs. Bear in mind that the requirements from the industry will basically be the same but your approach and needs are different.

Marketing is a very important element in any equation. Many questions need to be addressed. The first thing that must be asked is ‘ is this the right market ? ‘ In the case of music, the important factors are ;

1. Is the lyrics hitting (are they relevant)

2. Is the music entertaining?

3. Is the artist appeal there?

4. Would this song be playable (i.e does it fit in with others being played? and I am not referring to Mastering but content-wise)

They are two obvious approaches to marketing music. Two directions are available.

1. SATISFYING your chosen MARKET and

2. Build to SATISFY A MARKET.

It might sound complicated but I assure you, it isn’t. You either create to satisfy a demand or adjust to meet a demand. This is the integral part of NICHE Marketing. The principle of Demand and Supply in action. Parts of any effective marketing plan.

What is important are the basics as they pertains to this article,

1. Production of product

2. Product Protection

3. Effective Music Submission practices

4. Marketing of self and Product

5. Niche Marketing (finding & establishing it).

Cross marketing ideas are springing up every day (Trial Pay for example). Systems where you pay for what you want and get what someone thinks you NEED. The extra money for getting both items is paid by the store and they benefit by having you as a loyal customer. This marketing system can be applied to almost any product but especially new music that requires a solid test market. Whats there to lose?

All these areas and more are addressed in these books. I have found them both informative and entertaining from an artist and label perspective. ne of the many things that plague an indie label is product placement and with the blossoming of the Internet, effective, common sense marketing is important. Being able to compete with ‘big brother’ is very important. If you don’t keep up in a race, you get left. These books attempt to ‘keep up’ and forge ahead by knowing the ins and outs. I have found these ebook very informative and quite helpful. Nobody has all the answers but knowing the rules sure does help. The music business can be a very cut-throat one. If you approach it as such and don’t judge and accept everything ‘verbatim’ then you are on your way. Being shrewd and knowledgeable is key.

I have just touched on the surface in providing what is basic without being in depth. Being repetitive is boring and I in no way intend to copy someone else’s ideas. These books merely add to my ideas and principles that I adhere to. I would not suggest it if I found it to be completely wrong and totally non factual. On the contrary it adds and further enhances my views and touches on a number of subjects that were not entirely within my realm. If ever you should need my opinion or services, I am available and can be found here or on LinkedIn or on the usual suspects.

Romance In Orange Beach, Alabama

Romance In Orange Beach, Alabama

Whether you are a newly-wed, celebrating an anniversary or just plain madly in love, there is no better place for romance than the beach. And the most romantic stretch of beach in the country by far is the luxurious, sandy coastline of Orange Beach, Alabama. The warm, white sand is soft and inviting ‘ perfect for lounging ‘ and the myriad of romantic activities and boundless beautiful panoramas are ideal for romantic interludes and creating treasured memories that will warm your hearts for years to come. No matter what your budget, the duration of your stay or your intentions, don’t miss the opportunity to rekindle the spark ‘ or a light a new one ‘ in Orange Beach, Alabama.

If you really want to “wow” her, try taking her on a soaring adventure into the skies. Nothing could be more beautiful or awe-inspiring than watching Orange Beach, Alabama stretch out beneath you while a powerful helicopter pulls the two of you into the air. Book a special sunrise or sunset tour for added panoramic splendor. And if you’re planning to pop “the questions,” it makes the perfect backdrop. (we promise, the pilot won’t look!) You can even take pictures of your exciting moment with entire beach as a backdrop to help you remember the moment forever.

If your loved one likes dolphins and other marine life, the two of you should be sure to check out the dolphin cruises and dolphin experiences offered in Orange Beach, Alabama. Whether you would rather watch these delightful sea creatures frolic from a distance or actually interact with them in their native environment, Orange Beach, Alabama has the opportunity for you. Watch her steal a kiss from Flipper, and then steal one (from her, of course!) for yourself. If you enjoy deep sea fishing, there are also combination packages available so that one of you can sun and sightsee while the other reels in bigger fish than you’ve ever caught before. Many charters even have onboard “marine cams” so that you can check out your vessel and the catch of the day before ever booking the adventure.

Finally, top off your day with a hearty meal at one of Orange Beach, Alabama’s highly-rated restaurants. Whether it’s down-home cooking, fine cuisine or award-winning seafood, Orange Beach, Alabama dining is some of the best in the country. A little-known musical community also flourishes in the area, and live musical accompaniment is not uncommon at dinner. Surprise her with a soft, slow dance as the stars come out, or just enjoy the atmosphere as you dine. Reserve an ocean-front table, then settle in to watch the sun set and listen to the waves lap on the shore. No matter what your plans are for after dinner, a sun-and-starlit evening is definitely the way to kick them off in the right mood.

Options – Getting Started & Next Steps

Options – Getting Started & Next Steps

How to Find a Good Gaming YouTuber

There are heaps of manners by which you can wind up profiting, you should make sense of the manner in which may work best for you and furthermore something which you’ll be OK with. Therefore, getting to look into the gaming industry, there are different ways of making an income. One of them being streaming these games online to watchers who reward you with some cash tokens.

Following a gaming streamer is something which a great many people do, contingent upon the forum which they’re utilizing, you get the chance to take in more about a game and furthermore support the streamer. All the more along these lines, you have to find out about the games which you may like in this way having the capacity to choose according to the streamers to take after. The following is an itemized manage with regards to the ones who have the best gaming content.

If you love playing a wide variety of games, you’ll be at home with ElRubuisOMG, one of the best available Spanish gamers. You’ll find that most of his gameplay includes strategic games and also some which are a bit violent, thus being able to capture the interest of the most audience and ensure that they do remain subscribed. More so, if you don’t understand Spanish, there are always some English subtitles in his videos; besides, some of the videos might be in English too.

On the other hand, Vegetta777 is another streamer who you should take time to look into, he’ll also be able to offer you with some of the best available gaming content. Along these lines, you do find that since he is Spanish, he may likewise tend to make his videos either in English or Spanish, all which will have subtitles. Through this, he does ensure that everyone can always get to understand and love his content.

More so, Markplier is another gaming YouTuber who does command a lot of audiences, over time, he has been able to grow his gaming career by making millions of money per year. Getting a yearly procuring of over $10 million and having a supporter tally of more than 20 million, he certainly will have some content which will be lovely to you. In this manner, dependably allow a streamer to realize what they bring to the table.

Over the long haul, finding out about a portion of these gaming streamers can help you in gazing your particular channel or notwithstanding adapting more about how you can deal with a particular game.

Who wrote the first cartoon strip

Who wrote the first cartoon strip

Who wrote the first cartoon strip?

Today we don’t think of a cartoon as being associated with great art, but at one time it was. During the period of the Italian Renaissance, the term “cartoon” meant the first sketch in actual size of a large work of art, such as a mural. When news papers and magazines began to use drawings to illustrate news and editorial opinion and to provide amusement, these drawings became known as cartoons.

In the days before newspapers, artists like Hogarth, Daumier, and Rowlandson made series of drawings on a single theme. Sometimes such a series of drawings pictured the adventures of one character. They were the ancestors of present-day cartoons and comic strips.

In the nineteenth and early twentieth century’s there were a number of magazines which specialized in cartoons. In Paris there was one called Charivari and in London there was the famous Punch. It may be that newspapers and other magazines got the idea of including cartoons as a regular feature from these publications.

The first comic strips appeared in the early 1900’s. Richard Outcault, the artist who created “Buster Brown,” published this comic strip in 1902. It was so popular that children all over the country wanted to dress in “Buster Brown” clothes.

Another of the early comic strips was “Bringing Up Father.” This came out in 1912. It has since been translated into at least thirty languages and published in more than seventy countries.

In an effort to make a continuous story out of some of the better-known comics, one publisher printed a series of them in a book. This idea spread very quickly and dozens of comic books began to appear in a new edition every month.

Now comic books are being used for educational purposes, and history, scientific subjects, and classical stories and novels have been put into comic book form.

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Letting space to the newly arrived models by the model management agency

Letting space to the newly arrived models by the model management agency

After a certain period of time one is replaced with the other. Such norms are also observed in fashion and glamorous world where one young, energetic and vibrant model replaces the matured, experienced and seasoned professional models. This is essential to leave a space and make room for the newly adored models. Such tradition for availing space to the newcomers is essential to let the newly found talented ones share their loads of miracles and virtues. In this way every time a new face is popped out to get exposed among the maddening crowd of people. Perhaps this has become the rituals of the glamorous world where passion, obsession and compulsion are equally weighed.

The availability of models is never ceased and this replacement tradition never seems to stop. This is what the replacement theory in the glamorous and modeling world is all about. The best example that can be cited is that in model management agency most of the personnel were once the belonging of the modeling and glamorous world.But with the passage of time these models had learnt enough to train the modern-aspirant people. And this demands the old models to quit their profession of modeling and become the trainer of the newly welcomed people. Perhaps the old models have got greater exposure and it is enough time to share their ideas and experiences with the newly arrived models.

The experienced and seasoned professionals have seen the time tested event and model management to the extent at which they can place the models to the front of the ramp. Rigorous imparted training in the modeling studio from these senior models tune the newly arrived models to come out with the flying colors. Thus, the coming models are exposed to the movers & shakers of fashion fraternity to come up with their own success mantra. Richer training and an attitude to excel even in the demanding and trial times and bearing the criticism of the critics are the few penetrating factors that are induced and learned by the model-aspirants people from their fashion gurus.

These senior models can even surmise you the premier modeling agency in India. These models with their years of experience value the upcoming models and understand the essence of new face and figure to let the ramp rolling.Offering a space in the modeling ramp heightens the importance of old models even more. This manifests the generosity of the old and experienced models because if they are still walking down the ramp then the newly made models will not get the fair chance to show their skills and talent. This justifies the importance of giving room to the models.

SAM Studio is the valuable asset of event and model Management Company that shapes young talent for modeling. Being a this organization has plenty of resources like and manpower.

Photography training course for improving photography skills

Photography training course for improving photography skills

Capturing stunning images of impressive landscapes and attractive portraits is a popular pastime as well as serious occupation for numerous people. Maneuvering the camera is a skill that can be learnt only from experts in the field. If you are interested in a career in photography or just want to enhance your dexterity as an amateur photographer, consider joining a good quality photography training course.

Things to learn in photography training course The classroom based photography courses provide first hand experience in handling the camera. Courses are designed according to the skill level of the learner. Beginner’s courses are designed for novices with no or minimal experience in the field. After learning the basics of photography, your interest in photography may prompt you to join the intermediate photography training course to learn the creative elements of photography. Intermediate photography courses are tailored to suit the specific requirements of wannabe photographers eager to learn the tricks of capturing stunning stills. Even after attending the intermediate course, if you feel that there are specific areas of photography that you need to master to excel as a photographer, consider joining an advanced photography training program.

Camera focus The first lesson in a basic photography course designed for beginners focuses on handling the camera focus. Although the standard point and shoot cameras nowadays come with autofocus, nonetheless, you should know the different ways of manipulating the focus of a camera to produce outstanding sharp images regardless of the distance of your subject from the camera lens.

Exposure control The next step in photography is to control the exact amount of light that will enter the camera to balance the brightness and darkness in an image. The exposure is controlled by adjusting the aperture, shutter speed and ISO speed.

White balance To eliminate unrealistic color casts from pictures, a photographer should take into account the white balance while snapping photos. Digital cameras are equipped with an array of preset white balances. Understanding this important feature of camera will help you to control the quality of pictures in a wide range of lighting conditions.

Sharpness Your expertise in photography will be judged by the amount of detail you can capture in an image. Controlling the sharpness of an image is a creative tool that people with deeper understanding of photography can expect to master. By controlling shutter speed, avoiding camera jerks and controlling acutance you can significantly improve the sharpness of an image.