Former Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer Commits to Utah

first_imgDecember 20, 2020 /Sports News – Local Former Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer Commits to Utah Tags: Charlie Brewer/Utah Football Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailWACO, Texas-Sunday, former Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer confirmed he has committed to the University of Utah.Committed! #GoUtes— Charlie Brewer (@CBrewerII) December 20, 2020During his time with the Bears, Brewer completed 63.5 percent of his passes for 9,700 yards, 65 touchdowns and 28 interceptions as a four-year starter at Baylor.In 2019, Brewer threw for a career-high 3,161 yards along with 21 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.That season, the native of Austin, Texas led the Bears to a Big-12 Championship Game appearance and a Sugar Bowl berth.The Utes’ relationship with Brewer dates back to the 2017 season when the program envisioned him in Salt Lake City.Offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig, then with the Vanderbilt, who coached against Brewer in the 2018 Texas Bowl, got a glimpse of Brewer as he led the Bears to a 45-38 win over the Commodores.Brewer comes from a football family as his father, Robert, played quarterback at the University of Texas and was the 1982 Cotton Bowl MVP for the Longhorns in a 14-12 win over Alabama. His grandfather, Charlie, also played quarterback at Texas, as did his uncle, Rob Moerschell.His older brother, Michael, played quarterback at both Virginia Tech and Texas Tech. Written bylast_img read more

Irish off the pace in Shanghai

first_imgPaul McGinley is nine off the lead on 3-under after shooting a 71. A disappointing second round of 75 leaves Shane Lowry on 1-over.  Denmark’s Lucas Bjerregaard holds a three-shot lead on 12-under par.last_img

A Little Story About Little Shop of Horrors

first_imgFacebook11Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Harlequin ProductionsOn May 5, Harlequin Productions opens Little Shop of Horrors by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. Little Shop has become one of the most popular musicals in Broadway history, but the story of how this musical became the hit show it is today is as “strange and interesting” as the little plant that Seymour brings to the shop one day.The story begins with John Collier (1901-1980), a British author and screenplay writer. In 1932, the New York Times published a short story of his called “Green Thoughts,” about a man-eating plant.Fast forward to the mid-1950s. American independent film director Roger Corman was working hard to make a name for himself. He was coming off a series of early projects, including the not-so-successful Swamp Women (1955), and decided to search for a new writer. Johnny Haze, an actor and friend, introduced Corman to Charles B. Griffith, who Corman hired in late 1955.“I got into the habit of writing very quickly without realizing it and, because I was raised in a radio family, I didn’t know that you were supposed to take a long time to write a film script,” said Griffith. Corman was drawn to Griffith’s fast and loose writing style, and the two collaborated on several B-horror films including Gunslinger (1956) and Beast from Haunted Cave (1957).In 1958, Griffith showed Corman his latest screen play. Corman was hesitant because Griffith was mixing in more humor than his earlier work and venturing further into the black comedy genre, a sort of dark comic satire type of work. Griffith eventually convinced Corman to greenlight the project and the result was A Bucket of Blood (1959). This was Griffith and Corman’s first experiment in the genre. They would eventually be known as pioneers of black comedy.A Bucket of Blood was about a young, meek busboy named Walter who worked for a money-hungry club owner. Walter yearned for the heart of a waitress working in the club. After accidently killing his landlord’s cat, Walter gets the idea to cover it in clay to create a hyper-realistic “sculpture.” Tempted by the fame and the hope of using it to win the affection of his crush, Walter takes to turning people into “sculptures” before his secret is finally revealed.A Bucket of Blood was shot in five days, but the production team had rented the film studio for seven and a half days. Roger Corman made a bet with a friend that he could film a second full-length film on the same set using only the remaining two and a half days. He told Griffith to get him a script immediately.Griffith reworked the plot of A Bucket of Blood to write The Little Shop of Horrors. Walter was renamed Seymour, the money-hungry club manager became a money-hungry shop owner named Mushnik, and instead of being tempted to cover people in clay in the name of fame (and love), Seymour would be tempted to feed people to a giant talking plant for the same reasons. Griffith has said that he read John Collier’s “Green Thoughts” years earlier and had been looking for a way to get a man-eating plant into a movie ever since. Griffith was given an $800 bonus for writing this second script.Roger Corman won his bet. The Little Shop of Horrors (1960) was filmed in two days and one night on the same set as A Bucket of Blood. Johnny Haze, who originally introduced Corman and Griffith, starred as Seymour while an unknown actor named Jack Nicholson made his film debut as a patient of a mad dentist.A Bucket of Blood was received with mixed reviews upon its release, and Roger Corman didn’t have high expectations for The Little Shop of Horrors when it was released the next year. His feelings were only reinforced when the film was left out of the lineup for the 1960 Cannes Film Festival. Corman felt there were no financial possibilities for the film, and did not even bother to copyright it.However, positive word of mouth of the film began to spread, and momentum suddenly began to build. Jack Nicholson recalled a 1961 screening by saying “The audience laughed so hard I could barely hear the dialogue. I didn’t quite register it right. It was as if I had forgotten it was a comedy since the shoot. I got all embarrassed because I’d never really had such a positive response before.” The film’s popularity slowly grew with local television broadcasts throughout the ‘60s and ‘70s.Enter Alan Menken and Howard Ashman.Ashman was already an established playwright when he chose Menken to write the music for his 1979 musical adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater. Ashman and Menken worked so well together that they decided to take on another writing project right away. The two enjoyed adapting their last piece from an established work and concluded that they should do so again, only this time using a story with a smaller cast. The Little Shop of Horrors was the perfect choice: it had a small cast, it had been gaining in popularity for several years, and best of all, it wasn’t copyrighted.Their musical, Little Shop of Horrors, premiered off-off-Broadway on March 6, 1982, before moving to the Orpheum Theatre off-Broadway where it had a successful five-year run. The musical, which Ashman directed, received critical acclaim and won numerous awards including the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical. By the late-‘80s, Little Shop of Horrors had become the highest grossing musical in off-Broadway history. The show later received a Broadway run.In 1986, Frank Oz directed a film adaptation starring Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, and Steve Martin that would soon become one of the most beloved and successful film adaptations of a Broadway musical in American history.Since the ‘80’s, Little Shop of Horrors has grown to become one of the most popular musicals in the world. The show has received many tours and revivals, not to mention thousands of amateur and professional productions the world over.This summer, Harlequin Productions presents this classic musical masterpiece from June 23-July 24. From a movie made on a bet to one of the most popular shows in the history of Broadway, Little Shop of Horrors is a timeless sci-fi soul musical that will soon leave its mark right here in Olympia.Visit for more information and to purchase tickets.last_img read more

Breaking News Online: How One 19-Year Old Is Shaking Up Online Media

first_imgMichael van Poppel used to be like a lot of young people, trawling the internet for interesting news about the world. Just like many others have considered doing, he created a place where he could post the most interesting news he finds, as fast as he can. Today he’s one of the most-watched movers and shakers in online news media – and he’s not yet twenty years old. In September 2007, when seventeen years old and living in the Netherlands, van Poppel decided to launch a news aggregation business called Breaking News Online. Months later, somehow, he came into possession of a full video of an Osama Bin Laden statement before any of the major news outlets had it, and sold it to Reuters. That was just the first strange chapter in a very strange story leading up to today, when van Poppel announced plans to release a push iPhone app for his fast-growing Breaking News Online network next month. A 19-year old announced that he would be releasing an iPhone app in a month and many people around the world took pause and noticed. How did this all happen? Asking that question illuminates some of the most interesting trends on the web today.Why BNO is ExcitingThree days after van Poppel sold the Bin Laden tape to Reuters, he said in an interview with Inside Cable News that he’d originally reached out to CNN’s iReport with the tape. They were unresponsive. He then tried to contact a number of other news outlets before connecting with and making a deal with Reuters. Breaking News Online had already launched months earlier, but the experience must have underlined van Poppel’s belief that he could find, select and push out news faster and better than other larger media outlets. The experience probably provided some funds for that vision as well.Since then, BNO has added editors in the United States, Ireland and Mexico to its team. The team watches news wires closely for important updates, exercises their own brand of editorial judgment in deciding what to push out through their various distribution channels and then they push it out fast. BNO has made the most of a number of different media technologies. The team is best known for its presence on Twitter – at 800k, BNO has four times more followers than ABC News and twice as many as Newsweek. BNO also makes extensive use of RSS, email, FriendFeed and now promises an iPhone app leveraging the phone’s brand new push messaging sometime next month.In a media landscape that some argue has transcended the old models of scarcity and physical distribution – it could be efficient research infrastructure, high-quality editorial judgment and building online channels of distribution that make the difference. Or, as blogger Mike Bracco put it on The Next Web today, “Unlike their mainstream counterparts the service does a great job of only reporting news worthy of the ‘breaking’ label. I can attest to this as well as their ability to deliver breaking news before anyone else. I have found them to consistently report news 10-15 minutes before it hits mainstream websites or blogs and well before it is ever reported on TV.” In the news game today, being best and first by minutes means it’s your link that gets passed along. Breaking News Online is excelling at that game with its short, quick updates.On the Other Hand… Now BNO says it will enter the world of the iPhone in August. Every major media outlet is building its own iPhone app but few if any others are charging money for them. The BNO app will cost $1.99 to download. Even crazier, BNO says it will charge an ongoing subscription fee of 99 cents per month for breaking news updates. All of this is fascinating, but isn’t BNO still just an aggregator? In traditional media outlets “aggregator” is a dirty word (unless they are the ones doing the aggregation). In fact, Breaking News Online does very little original reporting. The company is going to monetize its research flow, editorial judgment, distribution channels…and links to other peoples’ content. If BNO is successful, there is a real risk of original content publishers objecting to the fact that someone else has found a way to make money off of (links sending traffic to) their content.Imagine if the Huffington Post charged money for an iPhone app that pushed links to its pages aggregating content from elsewhere. Major media companies would blow a gasket. Ariana Huffington told those companies at a Congressional hearing on saving newspapers this Spring that if she sends them millions of readers and they can’t figure out how to monetize that traffic – that’s their problem. Some companies gasping for air didn’t find that convincing and insist that aggregators hand over some of the only money that anyone in the media ecosystem has figured out how to make online. Admittedly, if the professional reporters on the ground aren’t getting paid – then there’s going to be less content for aggregators to aggregate.BNO says it doesn’t think of itself as primarily an aggregator, van Poppel says it will do even more original reporting as the company expands.The internet is changing everything and it’s changing itself fast enough that it’s a challenge to keep track of it all. Recurring, mobile micropayments for near real-time aggregated news content delivered using push delivery? It’s hard to think of a sentence that packs more hot-button concepts into such a small space. That’s pretty impressive for a 19 year old. 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7 Things to Consider When Shooting on Retro Film Stock

first_imgIn this interview, we talk with the filmmakers behind “1985” about the challenges they faced shooting on retro film stock.All images via 1985.Fresh off of its world premiere at SXSW Film Festival 2018, Yen Tan’s “1985” made a homecoming stop at the Dallas International Film Festival (where it took top prize in the festival’s Texas Narrative Competition). Director of Photography HutcH took a moment to chat about shooting “1985” on film stock (Kodak Double X Negative, to be exact — one of Kodak’s oldest still in production) and some helpful advice for all film stock filmmakers to consider.1. Do Your Research“When we were first starting out on this project, Yen Tan (the director) and I sat down and looked at a lot of different format options. We chose to shoot on Kodak Double X negative film, which is the oldest film stock still made to give our film a timeless aspect. The story and the characters are the most important part, not just the era, so we wanted to put all the focus on that aspect so the audience wouldn’t be distracted by the era.”“1985” is the story of a closeted young man returning to his Texas hometown for Christmas during the first wave of the AIDS crisis. Shot in black and white, the film’s star Adrian (Cory Michael Smith) becomes the focus as the film lures you in with a slow burn pace. The grain and contrast truly does make it feel timeless and relevant — rather than a time capsule of a particular time and place.2. Photography First“Before I ever shot a movie on film, I learned a lot from shooting still photography on reversal film stocks. Reversal film isn’t as forgiving as negative film, so you really have to nail the exposure. Since you are working with individual still frames, you are able to experiment with exposure on a frame by frame basis and really see how light reacts to the stock.”For HutcH, who has shot other films like Some Beasts and “Minor Setback,” shooting on film is more than just a stylistic preference. Learning to shoot still photography first is great advice for any aspiring filmmaker — even more so for those looking to go into cinematography and work with film in the future. It teaches you respect for the medium, as well as a detailed understanding of all the concepts and principles you’ll need later.3. Test as Much as Possible“We did extensive camera and film stock tests before we actually began production. With our processing turnaround, we knew we wouldn’t be getting dailies to review each day, so we had to be sure of our workflow and process from the very beginning.”This is especially true for those shooting on film for the first time — you should test everything from cameras to film stock to processing workflows. By the time you actually roll, as was the case with “1985,” you should know with 100% certainty how your footage will look in all types of environments and lighting conditions.4. Load Carefully“We had a pretty packed shooting schedule, which meant changing lots of film rolls often in short time frames. If you’re not careful and not loading in complete darkness, you can damage your film stock and ruin a whole day’s footage.”Loading film stock was another aspect HutcH learned to respect by getting started in photography. Trial and error is always a great way to learn anything, so messing up a load and ruining some film on a small photography shoot is a much better learning experience than doing so on an expensive film set.5. Dynamic Range“Most digital cameras today have 14 or more stops of dynamic range. Our film stock, however, had 3 stops — which is similar to an old VHS camcorder from the ’80s. This is what gives the film its stark appearance.”When making their film stock decision, HutcH and director Yen Tan wanted this vintage aesthetic. However, when shooting on old film stock, the decreased dynamic range creates a whole world of problems (or possibilities depending on how you look at it) with lighting and creating contrasts and grain in every shot.6. Embrace the Grain“We specifically chose the grainiest film stock that we could find. We knew there would be quite a bit of static camera work in the film, which can be difficult for modern audiences to embrace. Having a heavily textured image can subconsciously add motion through the dancing film grain that creeps into even the most static of shots to give viewers something to latch onto.”While HutcH and Yen Tan embraced the grain to help give their film its style and aesthetic, it also meant a lot of work for HutcH in post: cleaning up dust and scratches shot by shot and frame by frame, at times.7. Processing Timelines“We didn’t really have dailies per se; instead, our scanning process involved sending in our reels to a cinelab in Boston, who used a 4K HDR scanner before sending us back footage in batches for us to review and edit. We’d get footage back about once a week, so instead of having dailies, we had weeklies.”The process of sending footage off to be scanned and processed shouldn’t come as a surprise for those who have worked with film stock before, but if you’re just starting off and deciding between film and digital, you’re going to have a rude awakening if you’re used to reviewing footage right away. The scanning process is far from quick, easy, or cheap.To find out more about “1985,” you can follow the film at its website here. For more filmmaking tips and tricks, check out these articles.5 Tips for Shooting a Period Film on a Tight BudgetFilmmaking Advice: Why You Should Consider Shooting in Black and White7 Indie Filmmaking Tips for Shooting Day for NightEverything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About FilmAdding Film Grain Overlays | PremiumBeat.comlast_img read more

Sound as Lighting: The Mood-Altering Magic of Atmospheric Royalty-Free Music

first_imgUse the free-form tones of atmospheric royalty-free music to spotlight emotion in your scenes.In 1978, legendary iconoclast Brian Eno released Ambient 1: Music for Airports. With four lengthy tracks of layered tape loops, it’s an experience of sound on sound on sound. Music for Airports is more art installation than album, but it’s exceptionally listenable. In the years that followed its release, Eno put out three more collections of non-songs as part of his Ambient series, essentially establishing a genre of music he called “as ignorable as it is interesting.” His words also describe the atmospheric royalty-free tracks found in the playlist at the end of this post.Atonal Audio as Tone, or How I Learned to Light Scenes with MusicArtfully speaking, lighting a scene is about invisibly rendering emotion. Filmmakers and videographers wrestle with stands and cords and all manner of hot and heavy gear to create an atmosphere that’s intentional in its look of looking unintentional. They are manufacturing space within space, with shadows and beams as borders and walls that direct attention and communicate feelings of tension, freedom, openness, claustrophobia, warmth, and the lack thereof. Lighting says things that your actors don’t. Atmospheric music exists in the same realm. They both color your scene.Image via Lario Tus.The free-form, meandering sounds of ambient, atmospheric music should be unobtrusive, even if they’re loud and ugly. The sounds are not for your three-point superhero landing, they’re for the first glimpse of an unfamiliar landscape and the cocked eyebrow of an unorganized daydream. (Or, you know, for a mind-warping nightmare from which there is no waking.)Ambient soundtracks are subtle expressions of mood, magic, and mystery when hooks and melody might pull viewers in the wrong direction. Accordingly, in the liner notes of Music for Airports, Eno wrote that his ambient music was “designed to induce calm and a space to think.” Ultimately, when you need your audience to be all in on a moment, singularly focused on the guts of the feeling you are striving to share on screen, the ethereal nuances and shifting layers of atmospheric ambient music can be the light that (stealthily) illuminates your intentions.Explore the playlist below to find an atmospheric track that’s perfect for the next time you need your soundtrack to get out of the way. Every song you’ll hear is yours in perpetuity with a simple $49 Standard License.Cover image via Roberto Vivancos.Header image via Algol.Playlist header image via FotoDuets.Looking for more royalty-free music playlists? Well, you’re in luck!Slinky, Smooth, and Slow: A Sensual Royalty-Free Music PlaylistEmbrace the undeniable Power of Sad MusicChoice Cuts: Check Out July’s Best New Royalty Free Music2019’s Most Important Film Score Trend: Experimental Ambient MusicCreative Zeitgeist: 2019 Royalty Free Music Trends Playlistlast_img read more

Ranbir Kapoor’s midnight visit to Katrina Kaif’s apartment

first_imgRanbir Kapoor was spotted leaving Katrina Kaif’s home in Mumbai’s Bandra locality in the early hours of Friday, the day of release of his new film Barfi!.Our lensman clicked Ranbir emerging out of Guldev Sagar at 12.47 am. The apartment building is known to Bollywood fans as the place where Katrina currently lives in a rented flat.”Ranbir left Guldev Sagar and got into his white Audi shortly after 12.45 am on Friday. He was in a blue sports T-shirt and a bright red cap worn backwards. Although he got into his car quickly and left, a few residents got a whiff of his presence in the building even at that late hour, and gathered around his car to catch a sneak peek of the star,” a witness said.Ranbir gets into his Audi outside Guldev Sagar apartment where Katrina is believed to be staying.Speculation has been rife that Katrina is all set to vacate her flat in Guldev Sagar, and that she is moving into a sprawling duplex apartment in Lokhandwala.Last year, there were reports in sections of the press that the superstar actress wasn’t too happy with her present accommodation because of seepage in the walls.Other sources in the industry, however, say Katrina will continue to reside in her Guldev Sagar flat, and that she has bought the Lokhandwala property for her family.Sources further said Katrina is scheduled to be in Chicago to shoot her first stint for Dhoom 3 with Aamir Khan. After that, she will fly to Switzerland to shoot for a song with Shah Rukh Khan for Yash Chopra’s Diwali release Jab Tak Hain Jaan.advertisementlast_img read more

Summer scholarship allow Birch Aquarium to offer free camp to more than

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – From investigating marine habitats to diving below the waves, summer camp Scripps style at the Birch Aquarium puts fun at the front of the class.This year more than 80 kids will be able to attend the summer camp on scholarship thanks to a $30,000 gift.Camps run from June through August. Registration and scholarship applications are online. April 12, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: April 12, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Summer scholarship allow Birch Aquarium to offer free camp to more than 80 children KUSI Newsroom last_img read more