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first_imgWhat is it like to work as a visual effects editor on an animated or feature film?  Discover a real-world perspective from industry pros!Judith Allen was VFX Editor on the recent Aardman animation Pirates! (you may recognize Aardman as creators of the popular Wallace and Grommit series).  I watched Pirates! on the plane from SFO to JFK and I thoroughly intend on buying as soon as I can as it was delightfully hilarious in a very British fashion.  But I digress…let’s get down to talking about working in visual effects!If you’ve ever wondered what a minute by minute view into a VFX Editors world might look like Judith has kindly written up an extremely detailed account of a typical day on an animated feature film. This will give anyone interested in a career in animation, film editing or visual effects a realistic view of the day-to -day nitty gritty:0930 – The working day begins. My assistant begins negotiations with the floor to make sure that VFX get our 10am time in the viewing theatre for our shot approvals. I update some spreadsheets on the network to reflect the shots which I loaded into the Baselight earlier, with any notes which came through from the floor at the time they were published about take choices (sometimes they film options to decide on at a later date, sometimes two versions are needed for international purposes, action can be split across several plates on greenscreen – there are many possibilities).For a fascinating peek into what it’s like to have a career in visual effects read all of Judith’s Day In The Life of a Visual Effects Editor.How to get started in Visual EffectsAtomic Fiction, the visual effects team behind work on films such as Looper, Flight and Transformers: Dark of the Moon, have kindly written up blog post with a ton of great advice for those seeking to break into the visual effects industry.The advice from Atomic Fiction to those looking to get a job in the VFX industry is in part intensely practical:In this industry, attention to detail makes a world of difference.  Get all your applications in order.  Print up some snazzy business cards and hand them out to every industry contact you meet.  If you have a website or demo reel make sure that everything is polished.And also very grounded in the reality of the current state of the visual effects industry:you may have to settle at some point.  Whether it’s a crappy job at an awesome company or a decent job at a company that is less than ideal, you’ll find that some less desirable jobs are a lot easier to land and they will look good on your resume.All in all, it’s a great post with a lot of sound advice from a visual effects team who really do know what they’re talking about. If you really want to make it, persevere until you do!Assistant on a Hollywood FeatureAnthony Snitzer worked for five weeks as a VFX PA on The Avengers and he shares his experiences in an entertaining and detailed online journal. For yet another peek into the real world of working on a blockbuster then check out Anthony’s blog.  His account gives great insight into what a visual effects editor does (much of it as not near as glamorous as you might think!).August 1st, first day.paperwork. tour of offices.Got in empty office. Made sure things were set up according to diagram.Vacuumed, cleaned.August 17thslow day in the office, so Peter Sjolander invited me out to the splinter unit that was shooting a crowd of people running out of a building which explodes.watched Peter type in all the data that’s needed by VFX into his iPad. all the camera data, such as lens, f-stop, height, angle, and distance from cam to subject.I got to hold the spheres in front of the 3 cameras after the explosion for reference.Do you work in the Visual Effects industry?Share your experiences and thoughts in the comments!last_img read more


first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Fluxys Belgium – P. Henderyckx The newly built ice class vessel Coral EnergICE has started regular loading operations with the first loading at the Zeebrugge LNG Terminal.The vessel will be making regular calls for delivering small-scale LNG to Scandinavian ports, according to Belgium-based Fluxys.Designed to operate in the sub-zero temperatures of the Baltic Sea, Coral EnergICE has a loading capacity of 18,000 m³ and is currently assigned to make year-round small-scale LNG deliveries to northern ports in Sweden and Finland.Today approximately 100 ships are using LNG as a fuel in Europe and their number is set to double by 2020 when more stringent sulphur emission standards come into force. The development of new infrastructure is in full swing to support this growth of the small-scale LNG market.The Zeebrugge LNG terminal has been offering LNG trailer loading services since 2010. Small LNG vessels can load at the terminal since 2010 as well and the facility’s recently built second jetty is specially designed for loading also small LNG bunkering vessels.last_img read more


first_imgTORONTO – Licensed marijuana producer Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH) said it is moving to “purify” its balance sheet by reducing its exposure to medical cannabis in the U.S., where pot remains illegal under federal law, as it undergoes a delisting review by the group which operates the Toronto Stock Exchange.Aphria’s chief executive Vic Neufeld said Monday that it continues to be in discussions with TMX Group, Canada’s biggest exchange operator, which recently warned that companies that operate in states where pot is legal are not in compliance with TSX listing requirements.Neufeld said Aphria plans to submit a brief, including documentation and legal opinions, to the TMX group on its stance before the holiday season as the review wraps by the end of the year. However, he said the Leamington, Ont.-based producer is also moving to reduce its U.S. exposure.“We are trying to endeavour as best as possible, as expeditiously as possible, to divest from Aphria any direct involvement in any medical cannabis that we have in the U.S.,” Neufeld said in an interview.In October, the TMX Group issued a notice cracking down on cross-border marijuana companies with business activities in the U.S. While some states have legalized pot to varying degrees and conditions, under U.S. federal law it remains illegal to cultivate, distribute or possess marijuana.In turn, Canadian marijuana companies had largely focused on markets outside of the U.S. or listed on the smaller Canadian Securities Exchange, which is less risk-averse.However, Aphria in April announced the launch of its U.S. expansion strategy through a strategic investment in an entity that was renamed Liberty Health Sciences Inc. Aphria’s first foray into the U.S. market was in 2016 with an investment in a medical marijuana producer in Arizona called Copperstate Farms, LLC.Neufeld said Monday Aphria is looking to shift its direct stake in Copperstate Farms into Liberty Health Sciences, thereby making it an indirect investment and “purify some of the balance sheet.”Aphria began exploring this option three months ago, and made its request and presentation to Copperstate’s board last month, Neufeld said.However, the company’s request remains subject to a six-month hold agreement that the Arizona-based producer has with its shareholders regarding requests involving any capital transaction, added Neufeld. Aphria has also moved to reduce of its shares in Delaware-based cannabis technology platform MassRoots in recent months.“We’re going to try to purify as much as possible,” said Neufeld. “As long as the Aphria shareholders are not damaged in any which way.”Another option, if that doesn’t satisfy the TMX Group’s requirements, is to hive off Aphria’s U.S. interests into a separate entity and list it on the CSE, but Neufeld said that would be the “last step” as it wants to remain on the TSX.last_img read more


first_imgSUDBURY, Ont. – Vale Canada Ltd. says it has completed a billion-dollar project to reduce emissions at its Sudbury, Ont., smelter complex that has made the distinct ‘superstack’ chimney at the site obsolete.The company, a subsidiary of Brazil-based Vale S.A., says the upgrades will reduce sulphur dioxide emissions by 85 per cent as well as reduce metal particulate emissions by 40 per cent.The modernization, which includes several new stages of filtration, has made the existing chimney that was built to better distribute emissions no longer needed.The chimney, which was featured on a commemorative nickel and at 367 metres is the second tallest in the world, is slated for demolition once two shorter replacement stacks are finished.Vale says the new 137-metre stacks, expected to be completed by 2020, will need far less energy and result in a 40-per-cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from the smelter.The emissions project was originally expected to cost $2 billion and finish in 2015 but the company decided to switch to a single furnace at the Copper Cliff smelter, pushing back the timeline and reducing costs.last_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi: Surrey’s Will Jacks blazed his way to a 25-ball century, including six sixes in an over, during a pre-season T10 clash with Lancashire in Dubai. In all, he smashed eight boundaries and 11 sixes. After producing the brutal assault on Thursday, the batsman said that he was looking to play shots from the first ball. “From the first ball I just tried to play my shots, after the first few overs my intention was to try and hit every ball for six, and I think after four sixes I thought, ‘I could hit six sixes here’. I had never done it before and it was nice to do that and something I will cherish,” the International Cricket Council quoted Jacks as saying. Had the match been accorded official status, Jasks’ effort would have been bettered Chris Gayle’s world record for the fastest century in competitive cricket, achieved in the 2013 IPL, by five balls. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhJacks hit Stephen Parry for six sixes in an over on the way to his ton. He also passed the top score of 87 for the 10-over format achieved by Alex Hales last year. Jacks first reached his fifty off just 14 deliveries and then smashed six consecutive sixes to bring up his century. Jacks’ knock powered Surrey to 176 and a 95-run win over Lancashire. The 20-year-old Jacks made his debut for Surrey in first-class, List A and T20 last season, scoring 121 off 100 balls in a Royal London Cup match against Gloucestershire. The match between Surrey and Lancashire was a pre-season fixture for both the teams, who are gearing up for the county season, which begins next month. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterEven though Jacks’ innings will not be mentioned in the official record books, it is still commendable as it came against a Lancashire side comprising several first-team regulars such as Steven Croft, Parry, Tom Bailey, and Haseeb Hameed. Caribbean batsman Chris Gayle currently holds the record for the fastest individual century which came in just 30 deliveries against Pune Warriors during an IPL match in 2013. Gayle had then played an unbeaten knock of 175 off 66 deliveries, which included 13 fours and 17 sixes, helping his team post a mammoth 263/5 in 20 overs. Former South Africa cricketer AB de Villiers, however, holds the record for the quickest century in international cricket. The left-handed batsman scored a 31-ball century against West Indies in an ODI match in 2015.last_img read more


first_imgTermas de Río Hondo: Honda’s Marq Marquez set the perfect launch from the pole position to stretch his lead to one second in no time. The defending world champion gathered fearsome pace and was in a lead of three seconds after three laps. By the end of the 10th lap out of 25, Marquez was seven seconds clear which even stretched to 12 seconds towards the later stages. Eventually, he reached the finish line 9.8 seconds ahead of second-placed Valentino Rossi at the Termas de Rio Hondo in Argentina. The battle for the second place was on until the last lap with Andrea Dovizioso showing the power of the mighty Ducati – something which Yamaha definitely needs to work on if they want the championship. Rossi was leading the battle with Dovizioso before running wide in the 7th lap, but he ensured that he was right on the tail throughout. The Italians were being cheered in what proved to be an exquisite display of grit. It was only a few turns away from the finish line when Rossi made his final move to escape past Dovizioso and come home second. Meanwhile, Crutchlow who was expected to be a better competitor for the podium suffered a huge setback due to a jump-start. He managed to finish 13th despite a late entry into the race. Marquez now leads the championship with 45 points followed by Dovizioso (41) and Rossi (31) at second and third respectively – with 17 more races remaining.last_img read more


The NBA draft lottery on Tuesday night pitted the repeated good luck of Cleveland against the long-standing bad luck of New York — and somehow, New Orleans won. The Pelicans landed the No. 1 overall pick despite having just a 6 percent chance to do so, and they’re widely expected to use it on Duke star Zion Williamson. “It’s just an incredible blessing for our organization,” Pelicans general manager David Griffin told reporters.Of course, any team would be likely to make the same pick. The one-and-done college basketball megastar could have become a new centerpiece for a Cavaliers franchise that hasn’t made the playoffs without LeBron James since 1998; he could have brought a change in luck to the Knicks, who haven’t had a No. 1 pick since Patrick Ewing in 1985; or he could have bolstered a Bulls frontcourt that already features Wendell Carter Jr. and Lauri Markkanen.But in the first year of the new lottery format, the Pelicans got lucky. The explosion of Williamson in the past six months and the messy, dramatic saga of Anthony Davis are now intertwined. Davis requested a trade from New Orleans in January, and that storyline dominated the rest of the Pelicans’ season. New Orleans declined to trade its superstar in February, and its ultimate response still isn’t clear, but now Griffin has lots of possibilities.So the No. 1 question from Tuesday night: Does the allure of playing with Williamson make Davis think twice about leaving New Orleans? Williamson became a spectacle during his one college season, leading all of Division I men’s college basketball in both effective field-goal percentage (.708) and player efficiency rating (40.8), according to Sports-Reference.com. At 6-foot-7 and 285 pounds, he has the athleticism to throw down windmill dunks, while drawing a charge from him has been compared to getting hit by a Jeep.If Davis stays, the Pelicans can win with a core of Davis, Williamson and Jrue Holiday. On offense, the Williamson-Davis tandem would be a matchup nightmare. They would thrive on pick and rolls, or they would attract the defense to the paint and kick the ball out to shooters on the perimeter. Adding the best athlete in the draft class would also boost New Orleans’s transition offense, which ranked second-to-last in the league in points per possession during the regular season.On defense, that trio is even more formidable. Davis on the inside ranked fifth in block rate and 13th in defensive rebound rate, even in a season marred by a finger injury and the trade drama. Holiday is an All-Defensive first-team honoree who can guard the 1, 2 and 3 positions. Adding Williamson would give New Orleans another flexible piece on defense. It’s unclear what kinds of players he will be asked to guard in his career, but he’s versatile. Duke’s defense was underrated last season — the program’s best since 2010 in adjusted defensive efficiency, according to KenPom.com.Davis did warm up for the Pelicans’ season finale in April wearing a shirt that read, “That’s All Folks!” If he still ends up departing, New Orleans has more work to do, but the options look much better than they did Monday. Any trade involving Davis would command a more promising return, and it might include players more likely to stay and excel during the early stages of Williamson’s career. (Davis can become a free agent after next season.) The Pelicans could snag a young player like Jayson Tatum from Boston or Ben Simmons from the Sixers. And then there’s the lingering Lakers option, which can now include that juicy No. 4 pick that Los Angeles picked up Tuesday night.The new lottery format, with less favorable odds for the top contenders, altered a number of franchises. The Cavaliers and the Knicks — who along with Phoenix had a 14 percent chance of getting the No. 1 pick — ended up with the fifth and third picks, respectively. If New York doesn’t use the pick as trade bait, it will be guaranteed a chance to select one of the draft’s other, slightly less-hyped prospects in Williamson’s Blue Devil teammate RJ Barrett or Murray State point guard Ja Morant.But as expected, it all comes back to Williamson. Asked what he would bring to whichever team drafts him, Williamson said on ESPN on Tuesday night, “Whatever that team needs me to do, I’m going to be able to do it.” That is a common refrain from pro hopefuls, who are coached by agents to say it. But with a once-in-a-generation talent like Williamson, it just might be true.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more


Former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, who in February announced that he was gay, may not be among the 256 men chosen in this year’s NFL draft, which begins Thursday. In fact, based on a historical assessment of players who were rated similarly by media scouting projections, Sam’s chances of being drafted are only about 50-50.Sam, the 2013 SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year, is rated as a sixth-round pick on the Scouts Inc. draft board, which is available through ESPN Insider. That might seem to imply that he’s likely to be drafted, because the NFL draft has seven rounds.But players projected to be chosen late in the draft are hard to differentiate from one another. You can think of NFL prospects as representing the tail end of a bell curve. At the extreme end of the tail are a small number of potential franchise talents, such as Andrew Luck and Bo Jackson. The curve gets denser and denser with players the farther down the draft board you go, however. Players who are projected as sixth-round picks often fall out of the draft entirely.I looked at what happened to projected sixth-round picks since 2005, as according to the Scouts Inc. draft board. Specifically, I looked at defensive ends and outside linebackers, the two positions that Sam might play in the NFL. (That some scouts regard Sam as a “tweener” is one reason he may not be drafted highly.)There were 67 such players between 2005 and 2013. Of those, 37 players — 55 percent — were not drafted. Twenty-four others were drafted between the fifth and seventh rounds, while six were chosen in the fourth round or higher. Only about 10 percent were chosen in the sixth round exactly.Isn’t it a bit contradictory to describe prospects as sixth-round draft picks when they’re far more likely not to be drafted than to be chosen in the that round? There are more projected sixth-round picks than sixth-round slots. This year, for example, Scouts Inc. lists 71 players as sixth-round picks, but there are only 39 selections in that round (this includes a number of compensatory picks given to teams who lost free agents).The alternative, however, would imply a false precision in differentiating between sixth-round picks, seventh-round picks, guys just off the draft board and so forth. Picks late in the draft are intrinsically hard to project, because each team has different assessments of the players, and some teams prioritize need while others look for talent.But leave these semantics aside. There’s a more pressing issue in the case of Sam. Has his draft status been harmed by his public declaration of his sexuality?Sam’s ranking has fallen on some news media draft boards, including the one prepared by ESPN and Scouts Inc., since he came out as gay. Determining the cause and effect is harder. On the one hand, Sam got middling reviews at the NFL Scouting Combine in February. On the other hand, some NFL scouts and general managers have told members of the media that they’re worried Sam could be a “distraction.” In a league that has employed the likes of Aaron Hernandez, that could be cover for homophobia.But suppose that Sam were projected as a fourth-round pick, which is how he was often described at the time he came out. Would he be assured of being drafted?Not quite. Among the 70 defensive ends and outside linebackers projected by Scouts Inc. as fourth-round picks since 2005, 15 — 21 percent — weren’t drafted. Others were chosen as high as the second round.In other words, if Sam is not chosen in the draft, we won’t be able to say for sure it’s because of his sexuality. Draft projections are an inexact science, especially in the late stages of the process. (If Sam is neither drafted nor signed as a free agent, that would be a clearer signal that the league is evaluating him on something other than his football talent.)Personally, however, if the odds are something like 50-50 on Sam being drafted, I think I’d take his side of the bet. Why? A player only needs one team to draft him. A player like Sam who generates polarized opinions might have a better chance of being chosen in a late round by a team like the New England Patriots or the Seattle Seahawks than one who everyone agrees is mediocre. read more


first_imgJack Wilshere has admitted his frustration at missing out on England’s World Cup squad and believes that he “could have made a real impact” at RussiaThe midfielder was a notable absentee in Gareth Southgate’s final 23-man team for next month’s tournament, despite having been a regular at Arsenal this season.After struggling with injuries over the past few seasons. Wilshere has made 38 appearances in all competitions for the Gunners and was hopeful of being a part of Southgate’s plans.However, in the 26-year-old was forced to leave the England camp in the previous international break in February with an injury and evidently failed to convince the boss that he was ready for Russia.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Think it’s about time I had my say…,” Wilshere wrote on Twitter.“It goes without saying that I’m naturally incredibly disappointed to have been left out of the England squad for the World Cup. I’ve felt fit, sharp and strong all season and believe I should be in the squad!“And given the chance, I could have made a real impact.“However, I have to respect the manager’s decision and would like to wish the whole squad all the very best for the tournament. I will always be an England fan and will be supporting the boys with the rest of the nation.”last_img read more


first_imgLeicester City have completed the signing of West Brom defender Jonny Evans subject to Premier League approvalThe Northern Ireland international has signed a three-year deal and moved for an undisclosed fee, although it is understood the 2016 Premier League champions activated a relegation clause in his contract to land him for just £3m.Evans, who had previously been linked with moves to both Manchester City and Arsenal in January, is happy to have finally sealed the move and is looking forward to working alongside his new teammates as they pursue their ambitions.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“It’s great to join and I’m happy it’s all gone through. When this opportunity came up, it’s one that I couldn’t turn down. It’s an ambitious Club, the owners are ambitious and everyone wants to push the Club forward,” he told the club website.“I hope that I can give lots to the team and the Club. It’s a great place to play football, the fans really get behind the team and the players are fantastic – these are all factors that made me want to sign for this Football Club.”Evans made 28 Premier League appearances for West Brom last season, but was absent in their final six games of the campaign under then caretaker boss Darren Moore as they finished bottom of the league table and were relegated.last_img read more