Celebrations break out in the streets of Washington, about a mile from the White House.

first_img“It’s a new day in America,” said Barry Karas, 74, a retired actor and political activist, who was hoisting two Biden signs onto his black wrought-iron fence. Passers-by shouted back. “If it wasn’t a pandemic I’d hug you!” said a tall man wearing a black jacket and a blue medical mask.- Advertisement – Mr. Biden overwhelmingly won the votes tallied so far in Washington: He currently holds more than 260,000 votes compared to just over 15,000 for Mr. Trump. “It’s more than a wedding, more than a wedding,” she said, smiling widely. “Just look at the joy of people.” A couple riding by on a scooter were both doing a victory whoop and gave Mr. Karas a high five. A jogger held both her arms aloft, looked his way and said, “We did it.”At 12:02 p.m., the corner of 16th and U streets was exploding with beeping horns and applause.Magdalene Mbanga, an immigrant from Cameroon, whose daughter is an American citizen and voted for Mr. Biden, was standing next to a street sign recording the scene with her phone. WASHINGTON — Strangers were congratulating each other on the streets of the nation’s capital in the hour after major news outlets declared Joseph R. Biden Jr. as the winner of the presidential race.“Joe Biden!” A woman screamed from a six-story window in a yellow brick apartment building on the corner of 17th and Swann streets, about a mile north of the White House. Nearby, cars honked repeatedly at an intersection, and a woman on a bicycle rode through shouting with joy. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Heisler: In Duke’s Zion Williamson, the worst NBA draft class in years has the most exciting prospect in years

first_imgIn the nick of time, at the height, or depth, of the NBA’s dog days, here comes the NCAA Tournament to let us all scout the future.Not that college basketball is an adjunct to the NBA … even if NBA people think it is, as when former Bulls great Scottie Pippen, speaking for the mercenary way, advised Duke phenom Zion Williamson to shut down his college career in February after spraining a knee.“If I was going to sit out,” Williamson said, “I wouldn’t have gone to college.”Happily for all except the Blue Devils’ opponents, Williamson returned for this week’s ACC Tournament, looking like his oversized-teddy-bear-dunking-on-your-head self as he made all 13 of his shots in a win over Syracuse, with hops no one has seen on such a killer whale since Charles Barkley. Worse for the Knicks, Cavaliers, Bulls and everyone else tanking for Zion – none of whom has more than a 14 percent chance of drawing him in the revamped draft lottery odds – no other players are close this year. Overall, the GM calls this draft “the worst in decades.”Nevertheless, it’s also true that skill levels keep going up. More and more talented players keep arriving … even if some years, like this, you might have as good a chance of selecting a future star at No. 12 as you do at No. 3.In any year, some draftees will break out to the upside, such as Kyle Kuzma at No. 27. Some will surprise to the downside, such as Lonzo Ball at No. 2.Now, the top prospects, or as close as it gets this year:1. Zion Williamson, 6-7, 285, Fr., DukeWith all he has, he’s also an all-out, dive-on-the-floor guy, suggesting a great attitude, and amazingly quick for his size. If questions about his shooting won’t be answered soon, early indications look good.2. Ja Morant, 603, 175, Soph., Murray StateHe moved up when the other top prospects moved down. Great athlete, great length but only an entry-level 3-point shooter at 33.6 percent. He gets compared to Sacramento’s De’Aaron Fox, suggesting that he’s nice but not transcendent.3. R.J. Barrett, 6-7, 202, Fr., DukeSupposedly No. 1 before the season until Zion happened. He has good size and strength for his shooting guard position, but he isn’t explosive athletically. He has an Alpha Dog personality, relentlessly attacking the hoop. Admirers see James Harden but comparing prospects to all-time greats is Looney Tunes. Skeptics see someone closer to Tyreke Evans. He needs a good outside shot to be special, although he thinks he already has one, attempting 6.4 3-point shots per game while making only 31.4 percent.4. Cam Reddish, 6-8, 218, Fr., DukeWith the Dookies ranked Nos. 1-2-3 in their recruiting class, Reddish has become the after-thought, largely reduced to a spot-up shooter who, despite his prep reputation, is making only 33 percent from 3-point range. Pros say he’s better than he looks. He’s a good athlete who defends and can make plays.5. De’Andre Hunter, 6-7, 225, Soph., VirginiaAnother sophomore making a big jump with all the room opening up at the top. Physical small forward, averaging 15 points per game, shooting 53 percent from the field and 48 percent from 3-point range.6. Romeo Langford, 6-7, 215, Fr., IndianaHe’s a scorer (16.7) but not an outside shooter (27.5 percent from 3-point range).7. Jaxson Hayes, 6-11, 220, Fr., TexasHe gets compared favorably to last season’s shot-blocking Longhorn, Mo Bamba, who bombed out in Orlando as the No. 6 pick amid questions about how badly he wants it. Hayes, a late comer, is considered a safer bet, at least as far as his attitude.8. Darius Garland, 6-2, 170, Fr., VirginiaHe was an impressive-looking point guard before a knee injury ended his college career after five games. He’s still projected to go in the top 10.9. Nassir Little, 6-6, 220, Fr., North CarolinaIf this class is disappointing, he could be the poster child. Despite his huge prep rep and NBA-ready body, he has done little, averaging 18 minutes and 9.3 points as a reserve. He’s still projected to go in the top 10. Defenders suggest he’s a victim of North Carolina’s depth, but you don’t see many, or any, wing players who haven’t shown more than he has ranked this high.10. Jarrett Culver, 6-5, 185, Soph., Texas TechHe’s making a big jump from role player as a freshman. He’s a combo guard averaging 19 points, but he’s yet another entry-level shooter at 34 percent on 3-point attempts. He’s a good but not great athlete.11. Sekou Doumbouya, 6-9, 180, Limoges, FranceThe top-ranked Euro in this class is athletic but raw. If U.S fans think Europeans can all bang down 3-pointers, he’s more of a developing power forward with no resemblance to last spring’s breakout star, Dallas’ Luka Doncic.12. Kevin Porter, 6-6, 185, Fr., USCPorter shot into the picture last spring when he tore up USA Basketball 18-and-under scrimmages, but he was up-and-down (and hurt) at USC with run-ins with the coaching staff. “In a draft like this,” the GM says, “a talented player can only fall so far.”13 Rui Hachimura, 6-8, 230, Jr., GonzagaHe’s a smallish college big man. He’s averaging 20 points with enough improvement as a shooter, making 47 percent of his 3-point shots, to give him a shot at moving outside at the next level14. Bol Bol, 7-2, 235, Fr., OregonWell, he’s certainly tall. He’s projected in the lottery but the modern game’s mixed expectations of young bigs makes it hard for more promising ones than him – like Bamba. He played nine games, averaging a good-but-not-awesome 2.7 blocked shots, but he shut it down after a leg injury and announced he would turn pro. This was his fifth school in five years after attending four high schools, including Mater Dei. Now to see if he makes it to year two in an NBA city. Spectacular and adorable, Zion is a new phenomenon, the most hyped prospect of the social media era.LeBron James, now the king, literally, with 42 million Twitter followers, was a tad early, even as the most hyped high school player ever in 2003, three years before Twitter launched.Zion’s popularity drives press coverage and makes him the rarest of all phenomenons in NCAA basketball, a box office hit who sells out arenas … but guarantees nothing. Social media’s biggest hype before Zion was high-jumping Andrew Wiggins, who didn’t rock anyone’s world in college at Kansas and hasn’t in the NBA with Minnesota.Williams has issues. As fabulous as he is at this level, his 6-foot-7 listing in sneakers means he’s probably 6-5½. Not that he has needed it at Duke, but he doesn’t even have 15-foot range as a shooter, much less make 3-pointers (14 for 48, a 29 percent mark).Amazingly, an Eastern Conference GM told me he thinks Zion might have gone No. 5 in last spring’s draft behind NBA-ready prospects Deandre Ayton, Marvin Bagley, Luka Doncic and Jaren Jackson.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

An update on the Red Deer Creek wildfire

first_imgCurrently, firefighters are holding the fire south of the Heritage Highway in British Columbia and west of the Two Lakes Road in Alberta. They’re also responding to any initial attacks in these areas and securing the oil and gas camp’s infrastructure and access.An evacuation order is still in place for the 3 oil and gas camps within the area, while structure protection crews have installed sprinklers on these camps and 4 bridges.There are 99 firefighters working to control the blaze in B.C. and another 16 to contain the spill over into Alberta.- Advertisement -They’re being accompanied by 130 support staff, 14 B.C. helicopters and 11 Alberta helicopters (5 working on B.C. the side and 6 working on the Alberta side).There’s also 27 pieces of heavy equipment that are working on B.C.’s side (11 dozers, 3 excavators, 5 water tenders, 2 skidders, 3 low beds, 1 feller buncher and 2 graders), and 9 dozers working on the Alberta side.Lightning is being blamed for the blaze and an Alberta Incident Management Team has taken over operations.Advertisementlast_img read more

AB, Amla, Steyn headline cricket year

first_img15 December 2010South African cricket remained very healthy in 2010, with the Proteas finishing the year ranked second in the test standings ahead of a three-test showdown with top-ranked India, beginning on 16 December.The teams met earlier in the year, in February, when South Africa faced India away from home. Behind 253 not out from Hashim Amla, 173 from Jacques Kallis, and a match haul of 10 for 108 from Dale Steyn, the Proteas won the first test by an innings and six runs.India reversed the result in the second test, winning by an innings and 57 runs despite 114 and 123 not out from Amla, who very nearly forced a draw for South Africa.Now, the question is whether or not South Africa can make home ground advantage count when they tackle the Indians, who are coached by former Proteas’ opening batsman Gary Kirsten.Strong start to 2010The year had begun with the tail-end of a four-test series against England and South Africa one-nil down. No problem! Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel confirmed their standing as one of the best new ball partnerships in the world as they destroyed England at the Wanderers to steer the Proteas to victory by an innings and 74 runs.In England’s first innings of 180 all out, Steyn knocked over 5 for 51, while Morkel captured 3 for 39. Batting again, England were dismissed for 169 as Steyn claimed 2 for 64 and Morkel 4 for 59.Ironically, as was the case in India, the match South Africa lost was by an innings.The West Indies were clearly second best to the Proteas when they visited the Caribbean Islands in the middle of the year. Graeme Smith and company won the three-test series 2-0 and whitewashed the home side 5-0 in the one-day internationals.In November, a two-test series against Pakistan was drawn and the five-match limited overs series went the way of South Africa by three matches to two.A number of South Africans stood out for their individual brilliance. Dale Steyn was ranked number one in the world among test bowlers, while his new ball partner Morne Morkel moved into the top 10.Sensational Hashim AmlaAmong batsmen, Hashim Amla had a sensational year. Not only did he score 1 000 test runs in a calendar year, he also achieved the feat in one-day internationals, becoming the first South African to manage it.He scored 1 060 test runs in 16 innings at an average of 81.53. In ODIs, he tallied 1 058 runs in 15 innings at 75.57. Absolutely extraordinary!Amla was nominated in six categories at the 2010 South African Cricket Awards and walked away with five awards.Apart from winning the main SA Cricketer of the Year Award, he was also named the Players’ Player of the Year, the Cricket South Africa Fans’ Cricketer of the Year, and the Test Cricketer of the Year. In addition, he also picked up the KFC “So Good!” Award for his 253 not out against India in Nagpur.SA individual recordAB de Villiers, too, enjoyed a wonderful year. He scored a South African test record 278 not out against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi and totalled 834 runs at an average of 83.40.De Villiers was named the ICC one-day international Player of the Year after scoring 855 runs at an average of 71.25, with a superb run rate of 103.38 runs per 100 balls faced, in 16 matches.It was not a surprise that he also won the Standard Bank One-Day International Cricketer of the Year at the South African Cricket Awards.World leading all-rounderJacques Kallis remained one of the world’s leading batsmen, scoring 970 test runs in 16 innings at 74.71, and 593 ODI runs in 12 innings at 59.30.Before the start of the end of year series against India, he ranked fifth on the all-time list of test run scorers, with 11 449, only 871 runs behind second-placed Ricky Ponting. In one-day internationals, Kallis is sixth on the all-time run scoring list, with 11 002.However, his contributions as an all-rounder should not be forgotten. His 267 test wickets place him 27th on the all time list among bowlers, and his 259 ODI victims have him in 19th place.There are some cricket fans who might not yet have realised it, but Kallis is a great of the game and will one day be rightly recognised as a legend.‘Mdingi Express’ retiresOne of the Proteas’ long-time stars, the charismatic Makhaya Ntini announced his retirement from international cricket in November.The “Mdingi Express” finished his test career ranked number two among South Africans – behind only Shaun Pollock’s 421 wickets – with 390 victims and is 11th on the all-time list.He played 101 tests for the Proteas and during that time returned the best test figures ever achieved by a South African of 13 for 132 versus the West Indies in April 2005. He also shares the record for the most 10-wicket hauls by a South African with Dale Steyn, having achieved the feat four times.Women win challenge unbeatenWhile South Africa’s men continued to shine, the South African women’s team had an opportunity of their own to excel at home when the ICC ODI Women’s Challenge took place in Potchefstroom.They won the Challenge and went unbeaten, beating Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Ireland, the West Indies, and the Netherlands.It wasn’t only the players that made the headlines; long-standing umpire Rudi Koertzen retired after a distinguished career that included 106 tests and a record 209 one-day internationals.Cricket South Africa CEO Gerald Majola commented: “History will record Rudi’s outstanding contribution to the advancement of cricket in South Africa and throughout the cricketing world.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Olympic community gathers in South Africa

first_imgRay Maota The coastal city of Durban is fondlyknown as South Africa’s playground. (Image: MediaClubsouthafrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library) Fikile Mbalula, minister of sports and recreation, said the South African government has thrown their full support behind the hosting of the IOC. (Image: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Anthony Edgar  IOC Media Operations  +41 21 621 6111 RELATED ARTICLES • First World Forestry Congress for SA • SA to host world’s richest golf event • SA becomes business tourism hub • 2011 Comrades draws big names Members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will converge on the coastal city of Durban, South Africa, for their annual general meeting from 4 to 9 July 2011. This is the first time that the committee meets on African soil.The meetings taking place at Durban’s International Convention Centre will form part of the 123rd IOC session, during which the host city for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games will be selected.The host city will be chosen from the three candidates – Munich, Germany; Annecy, France; and Pyeongchang, South Korea – by the IOC through a secret ballot voting system on 6 July 2011.The rivals submitted their final bid proposals to the IOC by the January 2011 deadline, which then passed into the hands of the IOC’s evaluation commissioners in February 2011.Also in attendance will be the heads of state of Germany, Korea, Hungary, the Netherlands and Denmark, as well as international sports administrators and royalty. The attendance of French President, Nicholas Sarkozy, is yet to be confirmed.A historic momentSouth Africa’s Sam Ramsamy, an IOC executive board member, promised all attendees “an unforgettable week in South Africa”.Ramsamy said: “This is a historic moment for Durban, South Africa and for Africa to host the International Olympic Committee for the first time on the continent. This is also the first time that such a group is assembling in South Africa and this provides us with abounding opportunities to showcase our economy, tourism, culture and our people.”Ramsamy expressed his gratitude for the honour, and gave his assurance that preparations are well underway and on track.“It promises to be a memorable event,” he added.Fikile Mbalula, the minister of sports and recreation, likened the hosting of the IOC to the hugely successful and widely acclaimed 2010 Fifa World Cup hosted by South Africa last year.Mbalula said: “As the South African government, we’ve thrown our full support behind the success of the IOC session. We look forward to constructive engagement with the leaders of world sport, and we look to continue entrenching our country’s positive reputation as a major international sports, tourism and events destination.”Mbalula said that the country would continue to bid for and host events across the sporting spectrum.Sports tourism in South AfricaIn an effort to sustain the legacy left by the hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, South Africa’s national sporting and tourism bodies will launch the Sports and Events Tourism Exchange (SETE) during the 123rd session.SETE will take place in Cape Town at the International Convention Centre from 27 to 29 July 2011.The event’s aim is to develop more ways of maintaining South Africa’s tourism industry through sport.SETE will host academics and experts in sports, events and tourism, who will all share their knowledge and expertise on sustainable sports tourism.Roshene Singh, chief marketing officer of South African Tourism, said: “Globally, sports tourism is a multi-billion dollar industry and with South Africa’s proven capability of hosting major events, as well as our significant infrastructure footprint, it makes sense that we start pursuing sports tourism as a viable route towards achieving our tourism goals.”Singh said that the SETE event will offer tourism and sports bodies the chance to come together and collaborate towards making the most of national hosting of sports and mega events.“The World Cup was a major boost for South Africa’s international reputation,” she said, “but it is important to note that hosting ongoing sustainable events across all sporting codes in South Africa are equally important for us to drive future tourism and economic growth.”Secured opportunitiesAccording to the International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC), 200 meetings and conferences have already been secured over the next five years and this is expected to boost South Africa’s revenue by R1.6-billion (US$238-million).Miller Matola, CEO of the IMC, said: “We welcome the delegates and guests to the 123rd general session of the IOC. The hosting of such a great event will make a direct contribution to tourism revenue and we are confident that the experience of delegates in South Africa will turn them into brand ambassadors for the country.“As a proud host country for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, South Africa delivered a truly memorable and world-class African tournament, as the world experienced Africa’s rich diversity and imbibed in the spirit of ubuntu; which relates to humanity’s interconnectedness.”Durban: South Africa’s playgroundDurban will be a hive of activity in the next nine days with three high-profile international events taking place almost simultaneously.On 2 July, Durban hosts one of South Africa’s most popular horse races, the Durban July, at Greyville Racecourse. Many other events and parties are planned throughout the weekend to coincide with the main attraction.Then from 4 to 9 July the IOC will have their annual meeting.On 7 July, a wedding reception for Prince Albert II of Monaco and his South African sweetheart, former Olympic backstroke swimmer Charlene Wittstock, will also be held in Durban. Albert is scheduled to attend the IOC gathering, after which the royal couple will spend their honeymoon in the country.In just nine days Durban will prove that it is truly South Africa’s playground.last_img read more

e’Lollipop sequel soon for South Africa

first_imgWandile Molebatsi, who plays Muntu Ndebele in A Million Colours: e’Lollipop II and the real Ndebele. Jason Hartman, who plays Norman Knox,on set at the Hector Pieterson Memorial in Orlando East, Soweto. (Images: A Million Colours: Facebook) The young Ndebele and Knox portrayedon the poster for the original e’Lollipop. (Image: e’Lollipop) MEDIA CONTACTS • Bronwyn Williams  Ma-Afrika Films  +27 21 887 6894 RELATED ARTICLES • New Afrikaans film a hit • SA actresses make it big in Hollywood • SA film wins at Tribeca • SA film lauded at Canadian OscarsRay MaotaThe film A Million Colours: e’Lollipop II, depicting the lives of child actors Muntu Ndebele and Norman Knox during the years following the success of their iconic 1975 South African box office hit e’Lollipop, will be released locally in April.The two child stars of e’Lollipop, which movingly portrayed the friendship between a white and a black boy during the height of apartheid, led vastly different lives after the movie’s success.Ndebele descended into violence, crime and debauchery as he struggled with life after the movie, while Knox, conscripted into the army, refused to fight for the apartheid government and tried to spread the notion that all races can live happily together.Wandile Molebatsi and Jason Hartman star as Ndebele and Knox respectively in A Million Colours, while Masello Motana plays Ndebele’s love interest.Molebatsi said: “Muntu went through some hard times, which I shared in my own experiences. Some of the scenes were very emotionally charged and they took their toll on me, but the crew and actors were so professional.”“It’s a huge step forward for the local film industry,” said Hartman. “This film is on another level and can stand up to any production, locally and internationally.”A Million Colours was filmed on location in and around Johannesburg and in Kwazulu-Natal.According to the film’s Facebook page, it is “an inspiring true story of danger, adventure, romance, betrayal and redemption…set against the turbulent background of a nation in crisis.”It opens locally on 26 April 2012 at Nu Metro, Ster-Kinekor and selected independent cinemas countrywide.Second chancesThe film is a South African/Canadian co-production involving original e’Lollipop producer André Pieterse of Ma-Afrika Films, and Michael Mosca from Equinoxe Films, distributors of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, as the South African and Canadian producers respectively.Peter Bishai, the Canadian director of the movie, said: “The script came through Muntu’s experiences as he walked me through his life and the the places which had impacted on him the most.“He’s a natural story-teller and the movie has every ingredient for success – romance, intrigue, suspense and more.”Ndebele said that he was in trouble throughout much of his life and asked God for a second chance, which he has received as a reformed addict.Turning a wasted life aroundIt all started when Pieterse decided to contact Ndebele and Knox as he wanted to turn e’Lollipop into a DVD.He was able to find Knox but their search for Ndebele led them to a derelict Hillbrow flat where they found a drug riddled, sick man of 43kg.This meeting between Knox and Ndebele after so many years inspired Ndebele to kick the drug habit at last.His healing process involved contributions by both to a journal that documented everything Ndebele went through since they last met as children.This journal is what spawned A Million Colours.Following years of a healthy diet, regular gym, encouragement and discipline, Ndebele has made a full recovery.He said: “Now that I’ve reconnected with Norman that lost part of me is returning. It was never a ‘made’ friendship, it was a natural bond which transcended racial boundaries. God has used him to save me just as I in e’Lollipop saved him.”Ndebele is now a sought-after motivational speaker. His audiences include IBM; Deloitte and Touche; The British International College; Metro Evangelical Services; Robben Island Primary School; and British American Tobacco.Grabbing attention worldwideThe movie is yet to be released in Ndebele’s home country but has made waves overseas and enjoyed attention at multiple prestigious festivals.In 2011 it opened the Hollywood Black Film Festival and was showcased at the Montreal World Film Festival and Atlantic Film Festival.It was also selected for the Pan African Film Festival that took place in Los Angeles in the US from 9 – 20 February 2012.last_img read more

Behind the Data: The Most Popular Cameras of SXSW

first_imgIn which we run the data and chat with the filmmakers of SXSW on what cameras and lenses they used and why.Cover image via Bokeh Collective.SXSW 2017 has come and gone, and all we have to show for it is a mountain of emails, audio recordings, and interviews with some of the brightest filmmaking stars of the festival.Of the over 100 films screened as part of SXSW Film Festival that we reached out to (including everything from the big name premieres like Terrence Malick’s Song to Song and Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver to the narrative and documentary competitions and shorts programs), over 65 filmmakers gave feedback and insights into their cameras, lenses, and production workflows.Let’s explore some of the raw data (included at the bottom of the post) as we look at the most popular cameras of SXSW, the filmmakers’ decisions to use them, and their lenses and setups.Canon EOS 5DWith our data coming from all levels of the industry, it’s no surprise that the Canon 5D would be one of the most popular choices. It was a favorite of student films, short films, and documentaries. Of those sampled, the MK III was the most popular, but a few used MK II and MK IV. Canon lenses were also a popular (and obvious) pairing.The 5D is not included in our results, but many filmmakers mentioned it for some pick up shots or run-and-gun sequences. Here’s what filmmaker Miao Wang had to say about filming on the Canon 5D MK III for her documentary film Maineland.MAINELAND was filmed mostly on the Canon 5D Mark III, with a small portion filmed on the Mark II. Filming began before the Mark III was released! We slowly built up our lens package. The majority of filming used the Canon 24-70mm, Canon 70-200mm, and Zeiss 85mm. DP Sean Price Williams uses an old East German ARRI film rig. Since we started the project back in late 2011, we used Final Cut Pro 7 and stuck with it to the bitter end. I had a lot of computer issues and crashes in the last couple of years, but I was wary of switching at such a late stage multiple projects over to Adobe Premiere Pro — that would have been my preference in the last two years.Canon Cinema EOS — C100/C300/C500Image via B&H.Canon’s line of cinema cameras, the C100, C300 and C500, had a very strong showing at SXSW this year. From our samples, the three combined together would easily be the festival favorite — which should be no surprise to those familiar with the line’s modular, portable, and adaptable family of cameras, lenses, and accessories.Filmmaker Adam Roffman and cinematographer Nathaniel Hansen were some of many filmmakers to use the C300, along with some notably innovative production techniques, which you can read more about here.We shot THE COLLECTION on a Canon C300. The one sort of DIY rig we did on the film was a tracking shot we did of a large group of printing blocks on the floor. We suspended some dolly track on two C-Stands and shot down at the blocks from above using the track. Attached pic of my cinematographer, Nathaniel Hansen, doing a test run with it during filming.As always, Canon was a big player in the indie filmmaker community. Of the filmmakers we polled, 30.8 percent of filmmakers used some form of Canon camera. Here are the final Canon numbers from our SXSW survey:Canon 1DC: 1Canon 5D: 8Canon 7D: 1C100: 3C300: 4C500: 3Canon XA-10s: 2Canon XC-10: 1 Sony a7SSimilar to the Canon 5D, the Sony a7S was a popular choice for the many short and documentary filmmakers at SXSW for its compact size and versatility. Sony’s mirrorless 4k offering was a hit with filmmakers looking to pack a punch on a budget. According to Matthew Salleh, director of Barbecue, working with the camera’s full-frame sensor was a major factor in choosing the a7S:We filmed on the Sony a7s. The a7s is a remarkable camera. It’s small and versatile, and allows you to get into tight spaces. It’s also not an intimidating camera to walk into a room with. Being a smaller DSLR, we were also able to bring two with us wherever we went — having a backup is nice when you’re a thousand miles off the beaten track in Mongolia.We wanted to produce big screen, cinematic images. We used an Atomos Shogun to capture the film in 4K. We also had a slew of Canon lenses that we took everywhere. The a7s’s full frame sensor helped give a look that I find Super 35mm can’t achieve — particularly a shallower depth of field for portraits filmed with a wider point of view. That need for a full frame censor knocks out almost every camera from consideration, including the Arris, FS7, C500 — none of them could achieve that full frame look I was after.The greatest advantage the a7s offered us was the ability to shoot the film in natural light. We didn’t have a single film light with us during production. There’s nothing worse than a filmmaker taking over someone’s house, putting up giant lights and shining them into people’s eyes. There’s nothing ‘natural’ about that. The natural light of an environment tells a story about how people live their lives, and I wanted to show that contrast between countries with changes in light. The a7s was the only camera that could do that.Here’s Salleh’s camera setup (and beer of choice). Cameras Used at SXSW 2017Overall, SXSW offered a surprising diversity of cameras and lenses. This may be a testament to both the festival’s diverse offerings in terms of film styles and budgets as well as the diverse quality of digital cameras currently available on the market. Here are the other notable cameras used.GH4: 1BlackMagic Ursa Mini: 1DJI Zenmuse X5: 1Abstained/Unknown: 5 Sony PMW-EX3One of the more surprising cameras that popped up on in our sample was the Sony PMW-EX3, which was the camera of choice for Director of Photography Arturo Santamaria on his film The Work, which took home the top prize in the Documentary Feature competition. Sony also had a strong showing with its cinema cameras like the FS7 and FS5.After auditioning several cameras ranging from 4k to Prosumer, I decided that the Sony EX3 was our best bet at the time.  Its biggest attribute was the use of two 32 GB card slots, which gave us approximately 4 hours of continuous filming. We used two Sony EX3s while in production.I also wanted to shoot wide open so a Fujinon lens adaptor, which converts the camera’s mount from ½’’ to a 2/3’’ was a major plus in helping me shoot from any corner in the room. The adaptor allowed me to use Fujinon glass zoom lenses (7.6mm-167mm) which gave me the 1.8 t-stop I needed to apply in order to capture the group’s dynamic and discussion tempo.Although I was very impressed with the camera’s 3 Exmor CMOS sensor, its limited ISO settings compared to other cameras was a concern because we were shooting in low light. Due to the restrictions on what equipment was allowed in the prison and time limitations to pre-rig our lighting I decided to hang eight 3 foot china balls with 200 watt tungsten bulbs. We rigged a temporary metal cable grid that supported all of our lighting from above. This provided us with soft and even lighting that didn’t need any adjustments during production.Sony tied Canon bodies in our survey, at 30.8 percent. Here are the final Sony numbers from our SXSW survey:Sony a6300: 1Sony a7S: 4Sony a7R: 1Sony Ex-1: 1Sony EX3: 2Sony FS5: 1Sony FS7: 3Sony F55: 2 RED DRAGONRED once again had a strong across-the-board showing with the higher-end and bigger production projects including narrative features, documentaries, and music videos. The RED DRAGON stood out in our sample for its dynamic range and high frame rate options. We chatted with director Justin Harding about his narrative short film, which screened in the Midnight Shorts program.For our film “Kookie” we shot with two RED DRAGON Cameras with a set of Canon Cinema Primes. We also used the DJI Inspire Drone with the DJI Zenmuse X5 Camera. For fluid movement we went with the Movi freefly. We also used a GoPro to capture a single shot from inside a cookie jar and a BlackMagic 4K production Camera for a visual effect element that were captured against green screen. The film was edited using Raw r3d files in FCPX and all effects were created in After Effects.You can view a behind the scenes video of our shoot at the link below.RED cameras polled at 11.5 percent in our survey. Here are the RED cameras used in SXSW films.RED Dragon: 4RED One MX: 1RED Epic: 4 Which camera and lenses do you prefer? Let us know in the comments. ARRI AlexaImage via Wikipedia.After a strong showing at the 2017 Oscars, it should be of no surprise that the ARRI Alexa was a popular pick for many of the narrative spotlight and narrative features in competition at SXSW. The most popular lens paired with the powerful Alexa, as with the case of the filmmakers of Walking Out, were Panavision, “both anamorphic lenses and Panavision spherical lenses.”As is the case with many of the SXSW films trying new and innovative techniques, the filmmakers of Satan Said Dance had to come up with new ways to work with the camera and make use of some interesting screen ratios.Satan Said Dance was shot on ARRI Alexa, no perks, but you may find it interesting that the screen ratio for the film is 1:1, square, and as far as editing goes, the film has no cause and effect structure, succession. The scenes can be put in alternative order and the story will work in any combination. There will be a mobile app premiere next week, ahead of the SXSW screenings, with more info and possibility to arrange your own version of the story.ARRI Alexa MiniThe Alexa Mini was just as popular as the ARRI Alexa — taken together, they came close to the numbers of the Canon cinema line and REDs (more on that below). ARRI’s mini offering proved to be the more versatile and, obviously, compact option for some of the ambitious narrative shorts like filmmaker Joe Talbot’s American Paradise.American Paradise was shot on the ARRI Alexa Mini w Zeiss Master Anamorphic lenses. Anamorphics tend to warp around the edges (see Rick Alverson’s Entertainment, which our DP also shot). And that look works well for many films, but given our movie was already pretty strange, we were worried our film might start to look like a funhouse. We were excited to find these Zeiss Masters, which remarkably produced no distortion. We were moving very fast on set (up to 4 company moves a day), so our G&E and art department did heroes work in a very short period of time.According to our survey, 15.4 percent used ARRI cameras. Here are the results from the SXSW poll.ARRI 416: 2ARRI Alexa Mini: 5ARRI Alexa: 4ARRI Amira: 2ARRI Monochrome Alexa: 1last_img read more

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Pacquiao conqueror Horn wins top Aussie award

first_imgFrontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Pacquiao pulled out of a planned rematch in Australia later his year, with Horn close to finalizing another opponent to defend his World Boxing Organisation welterweight title.Englishman Gary Corcoran is shaping up as the most likely challenger, with the fight expected to be in Brisbane in December, local reports have said. Read Next Kings open title defense vs vengeance-seeking Bolts MOST READ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES READ: Horn stuns Pacquiao for unanimous decision winIn recognition, he walked away with ‘The Don’ award at the annual Sport Australia Hall Of Fame dinner in Melbourne on Thursday evening.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNamed after cricketer Donald Bradman, prior winners of the prize include swimmer Ian Thorpe, runner Cathy Freeman, cyclist Cadel Evans, hurdler Sally Pearson, golfer Jason Day and last year’s recipient jockey Michelle Payne.“It is massive,” Horn said, calling it a career highlight. Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “I can remember growing up being inspired by previous winners such as Cathy Freeman and Ian Thorpe.“To know I am potentially inspiring the future generation of athletes like these guys have done for me is an incredible feeling.”Horn said he still sometimes found it hard to believe he took down one of the world’s greatest ever fighters, who has won world titles in an unprecedented eight weight divisions.READ: Jeff Horn’s vision comes to fruition with win over Pacquiao“Many days I have thought to myself, did that really happen? It’s been very hectic since the win but recognition and awards like this certainly help,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Jeff Horn. PHOTO FROM SPORTS AUSTRALIA HALL OF FAME INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTSYDNEY—Boxer Jeff Horn’s stunning upset of Filipino great Manny Pacquiao has earned him one of Australia’s top sporting honors as the most inspirational athlete of the year.The unheralded 29-year-old stunned the boxing world with a unanimous 12-round decision over Pacquiao in Brisbane on July 2 in a hotly contested result that rattled the Philippines.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Ohio State track brings in best recruiting class in years

When announcing the signings of nine recruits who will be coming to Ohio State as members of the men’s track and field team next season, OSU interim coach Ed Beathea said he believes the future of the team he is coaching is bright. “This is the best recruiting class we have put together in my time at Ohio State,” Beathea said in a press release. OSU will welcome a broad range of recruits in its incoming class. The class includes five athletes from Ohio, but also adds four out-of-state recruits. Among the class are three distance runners, two sprinters, one hurdler, two throwers and one multi-event athlete. Donovan Robertson, a hurdler from Berea, Ohio, headlines the class. Robertson, the 2011 Ohio Gatorade Track and Field Athlete of the Year, has many accomplishments to his name. This year, Robertson set the indoor national record in the 60-meter hurdles, completing the event in 7.57 seconds. Robertson is also the defending state outdoor champion in the 110-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles, and was named to the 2011 USA Today All-USA track and field team. Beathea said he recognized the significance of signing Robertson. “Donovan is one of the most talented signees in OSU history,” Beathea said in the press release. “He will have an instant impact on our conference and the country.” The group of in-state recruits is also highlighted by distance runners. Steven Weaver, from Napoleon, was the 2011 Division II state champion in the outdoor mile run and in cross country. The team also added Nicolas Pupino of Copley and Jordan Redd of Fairborn. Jack Kincade from Hilliard is the fifth in-state recruit in the class. Kincade scored 6,243 points in the decathlon last season, which was the sixth-best decathlon score among all high school athletes nationwide in 2011. OSU also lured four recruits from farther east to come west. Champ Page, a sprinter from Marlboro, Md., is a six-time Maryland state champion. Page finished the 2012 indoor season with times that ranked second nationally in the 300-meter dash with 33.93 seconds, third in the 500 meter with 63.71 seconds, and 11th in the 400 meter with 48.28 seconds. Justin Burke, a sprinter from Virginia Beach, Va., is a two-time defending outdoor state champion in the 100-meter dash, as well as in the 200 meter and 400 meter. Two throwers will also come to the Buckeyes from other states. Joseph Velez, from Providence, R.I., is joined by javelin thrower Billy Stanley from South Park, Pa. Assistant coach Kevin Mannon praised both incoming throwers. “(Velez) has the ability to make an immediate impact on the Big Ten and NCAA championships in 2013,” Mannon said in a press release. “Billy has already thrown a mark that can score at the Big Ten championships, so we expect him to be a major player for us in 2013.” read more