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Do you have any tips for editing fight scenes? Let us know in the comments. Learn the secrets behind editing fight scenes in major Hollywood releases in this Atomic Blonde breakdown.Cover image via Focus Features.If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to choreograph, shoot, and edit a complex fight scene from a major Hollywood feature film, then this 12-minute breakdown of Atomic Blonde will demonstrate just how much goes into it.Second Unit Director and Stunt Co-ordinator Sam Hargreave (check out his huge list of credits here) delivers an entertaining and informative analysis of all of the physical, mental, and filmmaking skills required to deliver some close-quarter combat mayhem.It’s interesting to note that Charlize Theron personally trained for six to eight weeks to prepare for this sequence.As an editor, I thought I’d pick out three things I took away from the video that you can also apply to your next edit, even if it’s not a fight scene.Action Editing Technique — Frame DroppingAt 2.55, you can see Sam walk through some examples of Frame Dropping from specific moments in the fight sequence.This is a common editing technique for action scenes and fight sequences that involves removing (or dropping) specific frames to make the action seem extremely fast and violent.In this fight scene, Sam picks out the gun disarm that you can see in the image above (these are the two frames in between which others have been dropped), as well as a dislocation kick to a knee as clear examples of frame dropping.This technique doesn’t apply only to combat sequences. If you need to tighten an action in a shot, this technique may well have the desired effect.Sound Sells EverythingAlthough a lot of the “selling” of a specific punch, kick, or hit comes from the stunt performers “receiving” the hit, the majority of the power comes from the sound design.Time and time again, Sam mentions how you can hide the “trickery” of filmmaking “at speed” and with a well-timed sound effect. As you watch the scene, pretty much all you can hear are impacts, grunts, whips, and whooshes.PremiumBeat keeps a giant catalog of royalty free production music, but it also offers a huge library of sound effects, including these freebies, which you can try out on your next projectIf you want to learn more about the secrets of film sound design, then check out this video essay on the sound design by Ren Klyce and Richard Hymns for David Fincher’s Fight Club.Fragments and Full TakesOne of the best editing techniques is simply not to cut. But that’s only possible in a fight scene when the actors or stunt performers can hold your attention simply with their fighting skills. Otherwise, as Sam says, you need to hide things “with quick cuts or shaky cam.”In the Atomic Blonde breakdown, Sam speaks to both short fragments edited together to create seamless whip-pans, as well as the steady shots that simply show you what’s happening.These longer shots also give the audience breathing room, in an extended fight or action sequence, before things kick off again.The following episode of Every Frame a Painting also highlights the differences between Eastern and Western fight scenes, where the emphasis in the later is on letting you see everything, showcasing the skills of the martial artists, in this case the indomitable Jackie Chan.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan has dismissed the reports of recommending Misbah-ul-Haq’s name for the post of ICC match-referee, saying the board has never made any such offer to the outgoing Test skipper.Khan stated that Misbah was never offered any post and added that it all depended on the latter as to what kind of role he would like to have with the Pakistan cricket post his retirement.Misbah, along with Test veteran Younis Khan, has already announced that he would retire from international cricket after the ongoing Test series against West Indies.”It is Misbah who will decide what kind of role he would like to seek after his retirement and if he wants the post of the ICC match-referee, the PCB could recommend his name but it is up to the ICC whether it accepts his name for the said post,” the Dawn quoted the PCB chairman as saying.It should be noted that after the death of former all-rounder Wasim Raja in 2006, no Pakistani has been able to make it to the ICC match-referees’ panel.The PCB had four months back already made recommendations of two names for the supplementary ICC panel of referees. However, any name is yet to be finalized by the ICC.
Newcastle striker Gayle opens door to West Brom stayby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United striker Dwight Gayle says there’s a good chance of signing permanently with West Brom.Gayle scored a classy treble away at Rotherham United on Saturday to move up to 13 goals for the season.It prompted calls of ‘sign him up’ from the sold-out away end, and Gayle has left the door open for a permanent switch.”I don’t know really, it could be on the cards,” he said. “For me the most important thing is getting promoted this season and finishing in the top two.”We all know what we’ve got to do and we’ve got a lot of hard work before the end of the season to do that. I’m loving it here at the moment and hopefully that continues.” TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 19: Wide receiver Braxton Miller #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks to run the ball in the first quarter against the Northern Illinois Huskies at Ohio Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Andrew Weber/Getty Images)Ohio State may have a Braxton Miller problem, and somehow, it isn’t related to whether he’ll be named the starting quarterback in 2015. Tuesday night, Miller may have made a mistake in promoting Advocare products on his Instagram page – something considered in violation of NCAA bylaws. According to James Grega Jr. of The Lantern, Ohio State is looking into the situation.OSU spokesman on Miller situation, “We are looking into this.” Might be nothing, but has attention of OSU athletic department— James Grega Jr. (@JGrega11) March 25, 2015Considering Ohio State’s recent history when it comes to player-related NCAA violations, expect the school to do its due diligence here. Whether Miller will be punished by either Ohio State or the NCAA remains to be seen.
zoomSource: Flickr – under the CC BY 2.0 license; Image by: Kees Torn The new CEO of South Korean shipping company Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) revealed plans to “consolidate the relationship” with 2M carriers, Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC). Jae-hoon Bae, who was appointed as HMM’s President and CEO last month, will be visiting Denmark and Switzerland, the countries where the 2M partners are headquartered, this week.The purpose of the CEO’s visit is reportedly the extension of a strategic deal with 2M. Bae wants South Korean shipping company to become a full 2M member next year, the Wall Street Journal cited a person with knowledge of HMM’s efforts as saying.Back in 2017, HMM signed the agreement with Maersk and MSC, launching the parties’ strategic cooperation on East-West trades. The three-year strategic cooperation is set to expire in April 2020 but has an extension option.The deal includes a series of slot exchanges and slot purchases on the abovementioned route, as well as 2M taking over a number of charters and operations of vessels currently chartered to HMM.Last year, industry analysts expressed their concerns that HMM would part its ways with 2M once the deal expires. The strategic cooperation was described as disadvantageous to HMM as the South Korean company is not a full member of the alliance.What is more, HMM is not the only 2M Alliance strategic partner. In July last year, Maersk and MSC inked a strategic agreement with shipping company ZIM, deciding to swap slots on five loops on the Asia-US East Coast trade. The carriers expanded their cooperation in January 2019 as they agreed to share slots on select 2M services also on the Asia-US West Coast and Asia-Mediterranean trade lanes.In December 2018, HMM was still not sure what course its relationship with 2M would take. The company, however, told World Maritime News that it maintained good ties with the alliance partners.During his European tour this week, HMM’s CEO will be also visiting the European headquarter of HMM, located in London. Furthermore, Bae will meet Kitack Lim, the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), to share opinions and views on the IMO 2020 environmental regulation and upcoming regulatory measure on CO2 emissions.
MONTREAL – The first witnesses at the murder trial of a man charged with killing a clerk in a Montreal supermarket will testify Friday.Randy Tshilumba, 21, faces a first-degree murder charge in the slaying of Clemence Beaulieu-Patry, 20, in April 2016.Superior Court Justice Helene Di Salvo spoke to the jury of seven men and five women on Wednesday about how the five-week trial will work.She told them to stick to the evidence presented in court and to avoid using social media or conducting their own research.Crown prosecutor Catherine Perreault was not in court today because of a bad back but is expected to be present Friday.Beaulieu-Patry was working in the east-end Maxi supermarket at the time of the alleged attack, which took place with dozens of customers and employees on the premises.
APTN National NewsThursday marked the likely end of testimony for the trial of Eric Dejaeger.The defrocked cleric is charged with more than 70 sex crimes against small children in Igloolik, Nunavut.However it’s not the end of the trial.
Facebook explains how it will prioritize local news Citation: Mark Zuckerberg: People are spending 50 million fewer hours on Facebook a day (2018, February 2) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-zuckerberg-people-million-hours-facebook.html He wasn’t kidding. Those changes that got underway last quarter are already hitting engagement numbers, reducing time users spend on Facebook by 5%, as the giant social network shows people fewer viral videos.”In total, we made changes that reduced time spent on Facebook by roughly 50 million hours every day,” Zuckerberg said, in announcing the social media company’s fourth-quarter results that topped Wall Street expectations.Pressure has been building on Facebook and its CEO as the toxic content flowing through Facebook—violent live videos, fabricated news articles and divisive messages from Russian operatives that rocked the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign—has been blamed for social ills. Facebook is also under fire for exploiting vulnerabilities in human psychology to hook people on social media, hijacking their time and attention and undermining their well-being. In recent months, Facebook has admitted that passive use of Facebook—aimless scrolling through the news feed—can be bad for mental health.As people show signs of gravitating away from Facebook, Zuckerberg says his personal challenge for 2018 is to fix what ails the giant social network. The focus is no longer on how much time its 2 billion-plus users spend on Facebook, but whether that time is “well spent.”So Facebook is altering the formula that determines what shows up in people’s news feeds to favor status updates from friends and family that spark more “meaningful social interactions” over videos and news articles that don’t get people talking to each other.Meaningful social interactions are the new buzzwords for Facebook executives. Going forward, Zuckerberg said Facebook would measure success by how many of those interactions take place on Facebook. He did not say how Facebook determines which social interactions are meaningful.”I expect the amount of time people spend and some measures of engagement will go down as a result” of the changes Facebook has made, he told analysts during a conference call Wednesday. But, if Facebook does its job well, the changes “should increase the number of meaningful interactions people will have,” Zuckerberg said. Credit: CC0 Public Domain Explore further It’s unclear if the decline in engagement is a direct result of Facebook’s interventions. Frustration with Facebook, which seemed to peak during the U.S. presidential election, may have already been driving people away, analysts say.In January, Pivotal Research analyst Brian Wieser told USA TODAY his analysis of recent Nielsen data showed use of Facebook declined in August and September.”Facebook is responding to a decline in consumption, not just encouraging a decline in consumption,” Wieser said at the time.RBC Capital Markets analyst Mark Mahaney said his most recent survey of Internet users found a slightly more negative bias towards expected time spent on Facebook.User complaint: too much noiseLexi Felder, a 33-year-old Facebook user from Atlanta, say she used to spend five hours a day on the service. Now she says she spends five minutes there, switching her allegiance to Instagram, also owned by Facebook.What frustrates her the most: “The algorithms shower my feed with a lot of content that I don’t really care for. The people who I do want to see don’t show up in my feed.”Felder, who works in digital marketing for entertainment websites and has a lifestyle blog, still has the Facebook app on her phone but she’s turned off notifications. And she says she’s not alone.”I definitely see my social circle abandoning Facebook as well,” Felder said. “I talk about Facebook more than my friends do. They are completely off Facebook.”In the fourth quarter, Facebook experienced its first-ever decline in daily active U.S. and Canadian users to 184 million from 185 million from the prior quarter. Facebook’s chief financial officer David Wehner told analysts he did not expect the drop of 700,000 daily users in the U.S. and Canada to continue, but it will likely fluctuate.Facebook offered more upbeat news for investors in its fourth-quarter financial results, which once again beat Wall Street expectations, with $12.97 billion in revenue, up 47% from a year ago. Analysts had expected the social media giant to report revenue of $12.55 billion.Diluted earnings per share were $1.44, up from $1.21 a year ago. That included a one-time charge as a result of the recently introduced tax reform law that reduced earnings per share by 77 cents. Without the adjustment, Facebook would have earned $2.21, exceeding consensus of $1.94.Daniel Ives, chief strategy officer and head of technology research at GBH Insights, says Facebook is taking “the right medicine and the right time” in trying to show Facebook users more content from the people they care about. Eventually it should drive up ad pricing. It “was a move Zuckerberg & Co. needed to make,” Ives wrote in a research note. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Mark Zuckerberg warned in January that radical changes he’s making to return Facebook to its roots connecting friends and family would curtail how much time people spend there. ©2018 USA Today Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.
Ford Chief Executive Jim Hackett is scheduled to appear Friday at a news conference with Volkswagen Chief Executive Herbert Diess to unveil new details over their global alliance Ford and Volkswagen plan to unveil a broader global alliance on Friday that will focus on developing autonomous technology and electric vehicles. Explore further VW, Ford announce alliance to build commercial vans, pickups Ford chief executive James Hackett and Volkswagen chief executive Herbert Diess are scheduled to hold a news conference Friday morning to update the joint-venture they unveiled at the Detroit auto show in January.The companies “will share details of new collaborations also aimed at better serving their customers while improving each company’s competitiveness and capital efficiency,” Ford said a statement Thursday.The two companies intend to share costs on developing autonomous cars and electric vehicles, two expensive ventures expected to become much more central to the auto business in the coming years, industrial sources said. Ford did not have an immediate comment in response to a query from AFP.The two companies announced a joint venture in January, to develop commercial vans and pickups starting in 2022. As part of that alliance, Ford will engineer and build medium-sized commercial pickups, to be sold by both manufacturers, and build large commercial vans for European customers, while VW will develop a city van.The moves come as major automakers face pressure to finance costly new investments at a time when sales are ebbing in key markets such as the United States and China. © 2019 AFP Citation: Ford, VW to broaden global alliance (2019, July 11) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-07-ford-vw-broaden-global-alliance.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.