“The Book of Unknown Americans,” is the 2015 One City, One Story Selection

first_imgHome of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena 18 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Cristina Henriquez (c) Michael LionstarPasadena’s 13th One City, One Story community reading celebration book selection is the novel “The Book of Unknown Americans” by author Cristina Henríquez.It is the story of a boy and a girl who fall in love. Two families whose hopes collide with destiny. An extraordinary novel that offers a resonant new definition of what it means to be American.Arturo and Alma Rivera have lived their whole lives in Mexico. One day, their beautiful fifteen-year-old daughter, Maribel, sustains a terrible injury, one that casts doubt on whether she’ll ever be the same. And so, leaving all they have behind, the Riveras come to America with a single dream: that in this country of great opportunity and resources, Maribel can get better.When Mayor Toro, whose family is from Panama, sees Maribel in a Dollar Tree store, it is love at first sight. It’s also the beginning of a friendship between the Rivera and Toro families, whose web of guilt and love and responsibility is at this novel’s core.Woven into their stories are the testimonials of men and women who have come to the United States from all over Latin America. Their journeys and their voices will inspire you, surprise you, and break your heart.Suspenseful, wry and immediate, rich in spirit and humanity, “The Book of Unknown Americans” is a work of rare force and originality.Cristina Henríquez is the author of “The Book of Unknown Americans,” “The World In Half,” and “Come Together, Fall Apart: A Novella and Stories,” which was a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection. Her stories have been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Glimmer Train, The American Scholar, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, and AGNI along with the anthology This is Not Chick Lit: Original Stories by America’s Best Women Writers. Henríquez’s non-fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Oxford American, and Preservation as well as in the anthologies State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America and Thirty Ways of Looking at Hillary: Women Writers Reflect on the Candidate and What Her Campaign Meant.She was featured in Virginia Quarterly Review as one of “Fiction’s New Luminaries,” has been a guest on National Public Radio, and is a recipient of the Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation Award, a grant started by Sandra Cisneros in honor of her father. Cristina earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She lives in Chicago.One City, One Story activities and events will be held in March 2015. A community dialogue with the author is scheduled for Thursday, March 12. Details of book discussion groups, film series, and other events will be announced in the near future.One City, One Story is designed to broaden and deepen an appreciation of reading and literature in the community. To engage participants in dialogue and bring Pasadenans together by promoting greater understanding of differing points of view.For more information visit www.onecityonestory.com or call (626) 744-7076 Subscribe More Cool Stuff Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Top of the News HerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou’ll Want To Get Married Twice Or Even More Just To Put Them OnHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Signs Your Perfectionism Has Gotten Out Of ControlHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeauty Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website center_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Business News Make a comment EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Literary Arts “The Book of Unknown Americans,” is the 2015 One City, One Story Selection From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, November 20, 2014 | 7:32 pm First Heatwave Expected Next Week last_img read more

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Arizona utility proposes $144 million transition fund for communities hit by coal power plant closures

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Arizona Republic:Arizona Public Service is proposing to offer $144 million in help to three coal-country and tribal communities where the company eventually will close its remaining coal-burning power plants.The plan would not only provide large investments in the Navajo Nation, Hopi tribe and Joseph City area, but also includes plans to retain workers, electrify regions of the Navajo reservation that are off the power grid, and develop renewable energy projects like solar and wind plants.The plan represents a massive investment in communities that have suffered economically as the U.S. shifts its reliance on fossil fuels to newer technologies and reflects a commitment from the utility that it intends to continue down a path toward 100% carbon free electricity.“Really since the 1960s, these communities have provided the power that really fueled the growth of Arizona,” said Jeff Guldner, CEO of APS and its parent company, Pinnacle West Capital Corp. He said that as coal plants shutter across the country, utilities are taking a look at how to responsibly help the communities that lose major sources of jobs and income, as well as tax revenue.“It’s a conversation that is happening around the country,” Guldner said, adding that the payments would be paid overtime to help the communities rebuild their economies. “This is a pretty balanced plan,” he said. “It is the right thing to do.”[Ryan Randazzo]More: APS offering $144M to Arizona tribes and others affected by coal plant closures Arizona utility proposes $144 million transition fund for communities hit by coal power plant closureslast_img read more

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Cruz homers, Twins beat Royals 4-2 to open doubleheader

first_img Nelson Cruz hit a two-run homer and the Minnesota Twins held on to beat the Kansas City Royals 4-2 in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader.Tyler Duffey (1-0) earned the win with a perfect inning in relief of Jake Odorizzi. Taylor Rogers picked up his fifth save in six chances for Minnesota, which was swept in Kansas City last week.Gabe Speier (0-1) surrendered one while getting two outs for the Royals. Ian Kennedy started and pitched two innings as the opener, his first start since Sept. 28, 2018.“Going in today, it just went right back into that starter routine I’ve literally done my entire life,” Kennedy said. “You have that routine for eight, nine years in big leagues. Last year, I had different routine. This year, I have a new routine.”Odorizzi was sharp early in his second start of the season following back trouble. He didn’t allow a hit until Salvador Perez singled with two outs in the fourth and struck out six in the game.“I felt much better today, much more stronger, more like myself,” Odorizzi said. “So, that’s encouraging. I’ve still got a little ways to go. Today was definitely a big step in the right direction.”His day unraveled quickly, though.Ryan McBroom doubled into the right-field corner to start the fifth. The play was originally ruled foul but a video review showed the ball landed just inside the line as Max Kepler slid trying to make the catch. Kepler threw the ball into the empty stands after the foul call, but Kansas City challenged the play, and McBroom was awarded second base.Maikel Franco followed with his fifth homer of the season, ending Odorizzi’s day.“It’s tough because as a competitor I’m frustrated just because my last pitch today was the worst one at the worst time, and had the worst result,” Odorizzi said.Cruz continued to be the driving force behind the Twins’ offense. He hit a long home run off the facing off the third deck in left field in the third for his fifth homer of the season and 406th of his career. Cruz is one home run behind Duke Snider for 56th all-time.Cruz nearly added a second homer in the fifth. His line shot appeared ready to clear the wall, but left fielder Alex Gordon pulled the ball back before it flipped out of his glove and onto the grass for a double.FIRST TASTESaturday marked the first doubleheader of the season for Minnesota and the Royals after severe weather postponed Friday’s series opener. All doubleheaders in Major League Baseball during this virus-shortened 60-game season are seven-inning games.“First time I’ve played a seven-inning game since probably the minor leagues when you play a doubleheader,” Kennedy said. “You kind of catch yourself, it’s the fifth inning, you’re facing the back end of the bullpen (it’s time to get going).”TRAINER’S ROOMRoyals: RHP Jake Junis was scheduled to follow Kennedy and be the game’s primary pitcher, but he was shut down while warming up in the bullpen. The team announced that Junis had back spasms and low back discomfort.Twins: 3B Josh Donaldson missed his 12th straight game with a strained calf and doesn’t sound close to rejoining the team. Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey said Friday that the team is going to be careful in regard to Donaldson’s injury. He’s dealt with similar nagging injuries in the past.UP NEXTThe second game of the doubleheader will see LHP Danny Duffy (0-2, 5.12 ERA) taking the mound for Kansas City. RHP José Berríos (0-2, 5.31) pitches for Minnesota. Duffy will be making his 10th career start at Target Field, tied for the sixth-most of any opponent starter. Berríos gave up four runs in 5 1/3 innings in a loss at Kansas City last week.Image credits: AP COMMENT Associated Press Television News First Published: 16th August, 2020 07:39 IST FOLLOW US Written Bycenter_img WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV Last Updated: 16th August, 2020 07:40 IST Cruz Homers, Twins Beat Royals 4-2 To Open Doubleheader Nelson Cruz hit a two-run homer and the Minnesota Twins held on to beat the Kansas City Royals 4-2 in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheaderlast_img read more

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Pirates 2013: Pittsburgh dares to hope _ sort of

first_imgPITTSBURGH (AP) – Something odd has been happening the past few weeks in the town that’s home to the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Pittsburgh Penguins – something very strange indeed. People are talking about a professional baseball club called – what was that name again? – the Pittsburgh Pirates.They are speaking about alien things, matters unfamiliar to a community unaccustomed to talking about baseball in anything but resigned tones. Things like five Pirates headed to the 2013 All-Star team – the first time so many are going since 1972. Things like a homer-slamming slugger nicknamed “El Toro.” Things like a closer who leads the National League in saves, a pitching staff that leads the majors in shutouts and a team that has one of baseball’s best records – and for a time the past few weeks, had the very best of all.Too many things have happened between Pittsburgh and its baseball team over the past 20 years to make expectations high – or, more accurately, not enough has happened. But in this, the 21st year since the Pirates last finished with a winning record, the talk in restaurants and bars, on Little League fields and in the concession lines at PNC Park centers around some form of this tentative, hopeful question: Is this finally the year when things change? Pirates slugger Pedro Alvarez (24) warms up on deck during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at PNC Park, July 4. The Pirates won 6-4. After twenty years without a winning season, the Pittsburgh Pirates put on a good show in the first half of the 2013 season, and fans in a town so loyal to football and hockey are wondering: Is this finally the time for baseball hope, or is collapse once again just around the corner? (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File) Pedro Alvarez, left, and Andrew McCutchen sit in the dugout before a baseball game against the New York Mets in Pittsburgh July 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)center_img “It all feels new,” says Manny Sanguillen, a catcher on the 1971 and 1979 World Series title teams who now runs a barbecue stand behind the ballpark’s center field fence.“The fans, they’re completely different this year. I walk down the street, they shout over at me. That wasn’t happening (the) past few years,” Sanguillen said before a game last week.There hadn’t been much shouting at all – either the good kind or the frustrated kind. While two Steeler teams won Super Bowls in the last decade and a Penguin team won a Stanley Cup, the Pirates watched from the cellar as one of the worst pro baseball teams playing in one of the major leagues’ best ballparks. Their streak of consecutive losing seasons is unparalleled in major American sports.Early season runs in 2011 and, more prominently, last year ended with post-All-Star-break implosions that have Pittsburghers skittish about supporting anything related to baseball at least until the back-to-school sales begin. And even after this season’s shining start, a recent four-game losing streak – even after the nine-game winning streak that preceded it – produced audible mopery.“It’s tough to be a fan when you lose 20 years in a row,” said Jeremy Bromley, 25, watching batting practice one evening last week before he saw the Bucs lose to the Oakland Athletics, 2-1.And yet …The bubble-gum-chewing Clint Hurdle, manager since the 2011 season, calls this year’s Pirates “the best team that we’ve had since I’ve been here.” The team’s official game-day magazine last week dared to contain an article with the headline: “Hurdle’s Pirates are shaping up as one of baseball’s best teams.” Signs in the stands express an ascending optimism (“It’s Our Year,” says one). On the field and off, players seem to be having more fun. And one of the city’s best-known sports columnists, Gene Collier of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, calls this “a fateful and long-awaited Pittsburgh summer.”“For 20 years, it’s been the Penguins and the Steelers. And the Pirates have been the afterthought. And now the Pirates are in the conversation. They’re relevant,” says Scott Kaminski, 45, a lifelong Pirates fan and college baseball player who is now an attorney in neighboring West Virginia. “For 20 years it’s just been, ‘Well, let’s go see a Pirates game for something to do,’ or ‘Some great player’s coming into town,’ or “It’s a great ballpark.’” Now it’s ‘Let’s go see the Pirates.’”Part of it is that the Pirates are just exciting to watch this year, win or lose. When they have pulled out wins, often in the late innings, it still feels unexpected, such as the Sunday in June against the Milwaukee Brewers when catcher Russell Martin drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 14th. And even when they lose, as they did against the Cubs a week ago, the team often hands fans treats like leftfielder Starling Marte’s home run in the bottom of the ninth with two outs and two strikes that sent the game into extra innings.Are such things enough, though, to reverse the dull sting of 20 losing seasons – a record unparalleled in baseball’s history? Mind you, that’s not “losing” as in losing the chance to be champions or make it to the postseason. That’s “losing” as in not a single winning record since the first George Bush lived in the White House and Johnny Carson was just retiring from “The Tonight Show.”Pittsburgh’s baseball fans have always been noticeably restive. As early as 1884, three years before the team that would become the Pirates entered the National League, fans and newspapers were already complaining. “We’ve had enough of that kind of baseball and don’t intend to stand for any more of it,” one newspaper said, according to a seminal 1948 history of the Pirates by Frederick G. Lieb.And so it went. The 126-year history of the Pirates has been a tale of thrilling moments bracketed by long, parching droughts, drawn in sharp relief by the Pirates’ World Series appearances – 1903, 1909, 1925, 1927, 1960, 1971 and 1979. If you look at those numbers and do a bit of math, it becomes evident: The past two decades have been surpassed only by the Pirates’ inept performance between 1927, the year they were beaten by a Yankee team that many consider baseball’s best ever, and 1960, when they turned the tables on the same club.last_img read more

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SANTA ANITA OAKS QUOTES – SATURDAY APRIL 9, 2016

first_imgNOTES: The winning owner is Rick Porter of Lexington, Ky., who races as Fox Hill Farms, Inc. The Santa Anita Oaks is worth 100 Kentucky Oaks qualifying points to the winner, 40 for second, 20 for third and 10 for fourth. FLAVIEN PRAT, MOKAT, SECOND: ​”She ran great. I mean, that was the game plan, to try to win second which is what we did. I think she ran really good, it’s just that the winner was just way too good for her. But I am really impressed with her and the way she ran today.” TRAINER QUOTES JERRY HOLLENDORFER, SONGBIRD, WINNER: “I had a little bit of anticipation with the off track, wondering if she could handle it or not. A couple of the horses earlier had stickers on and won, but we didn’t put any on. I don’t think any of the others guys in this race did, either. We didn’t want her slipping, but she didn’t slip, so that’s good.”Asked if she continues to surprise him: “No. She’s always been well thought of and she’s done everything we’ve asked her and we thought she would do that today. We have the point race coming up (the $1 million Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on May 6), so if we have good fortune and she stays sound, we’ll try to go to Kentucky and win that one.” JOCKEY QUOTES RICK PORTER, SONGBIRD, WINNER: “If it doesn’t make an owner smile the way she’s been running, maybe you should try another business. It’s so fun to watch.“We always figured that she could handle an off track. We’ve found that most really good horses can handle any kind of surface – today, she didn’t show us anything different. It’s so exciting to see the horse perform time after time unasked. I’m so fortunate to have a horse like this.”(On whether he’s considering running Songbird in the Kentucky Derby rather than the Oaks)“No. I planned from the very beginning . . . I thought that at her age, particularly with Jerry’s viewpoints (that he doesn’t like to run against the boys), we’d keep her on the filly path. There’s a lot of good races, and there will be a time, if she’s good enough, to take on the boys. I think she’s too young to take on the boys with that 20-horse stampede (in the Kentucky Derby). I think the (Breeders’ Cup Classic) would be too tough for her as a three-year-old.” MIKE SMITH, SONGBIRD, WINNER: “She’s just incredible. I feel so blessed and I keep pinching myself, having to remind myself that I’m the one that gets to keep the weight on her. That’s really all I do. She’s so professional, so good at everything.“She was spinning her wheels a little bit going into the first turn but once we got to the backside, she found her rhythm and she got comfortable and it was all her again.“It’s pretty slick. It’s safe, it’s got a bottom, but it’s a little slick on top. She ran with normal shoes and was spinning just a little bit leaving the gate but once she was moving forward she was fine.”last_img read more

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PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $32,393 INTO FRIDAY AT SANTA ANITA

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (May 5, 2016)–There is a Pick Six carryover of $32,393 into Kentucky Oaks Day, Friday at Santa Anita. With nine races on tap Friday, the Pick Six will cover races four through nine.First post time on Friday is at 2 p.m. and the afternoon’s headliner is the Grade III, $100,000 American Stakes, which has been carded as race six.Approximate post time for race four, the beginning of the Pick Six, is at 3:30 p.m. PDT. Santa Anita’s admission gates will open early on Friday at 7:15 a.m.For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com.last_img read more

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Zach Profit, July 9

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Last week it was hot, humid and nasty. We need rain. I can’t believe it went from hot and humid to cool without really getting much rain. It just kind of spit a little here and there.We could probably go another week and not really be hurt without rain, but I think we will be thankful for some fairly cool nighttime lows. Last week we had some nights where it was 80 degrees overnight and cooler night temperatures will help this week. We have some silks that are brown in some places already. Some corn already is pollinated and it looks pretty good.We started late last week with a corn fungicide and insecticide pass with our Hagie sprayer. We did see some insect pressure. We were noticing some leaves getting chewed up pretty well. The insect pressure seems higher than normal earlier than normal. The insect pressure seems more aggressive, even around our houses with ants. The Japanese beetles are really bad in some areas.We are a good couple of weeks ahead of schedule. We probably started tasseling early last week in some of our earlier hybrids. Most of the field corn is tasseled and the popcorn in the area will probably tassel this week.We have some rally good-looking beans and the other beans need some dry weather to get healthy again. Some of our wetter farms with older drainage systems were hurting pretty bad from all of the moisture during that 7.5- or 8-inch stretch of rain and it dinged the beans pretty good in some places. It was easy to tell where the tile lines were. Those beans really need this stretch of dry weather. It was just too wet for some of those beans in some of our poorer drained soils.The beans that are looking good are looking really good and the beans that aren’t — we can’t write them off yet.last_img read more

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State of the Industry: Film Production

first_imgThe film and television production landscape is changing. Is Hollywood fading?The traditional Hollywood model is being disrupted by emerging technologies and the ‘second screen’. Film productions are leaving the nest of Hollywood and new distribution platforms are emerging…and succeeding. In this post we’ll address the latest trends that we (filmmakers, content creators, video producers) need to be aware of and take a look look at where the industry is heading.Jurassic World set photo courtesy of HitFix.Film Productions are Leaving HollywoodOver the last decade film and television production has steadily made a shift in terms of locale as more and more productions are leaving Hollywood for southern U.S. States, as well as other countries. As The Wrap wrote in a March article, 1997 saw 68% of the top 25 box office films produced in Hollywood but by 2013 that number was down to 8%. In 2014 there were 26 live action films with a budget of over $100 million. Of those 26 production only two were filmed in California: Captain America: Winter Soldier and Interstellar. The New York Times wrote an article back in August that signals another alarming trend – the steep decline of ticket sales at the domestic box office. While North America is still the largest film industry it’s overall numbers are down to their lowest since 1997.Another reason for the mass exodus of film productions from California is the rise in tax incentives by states such as Louisiana, Georgia and North Carolina, as well as tax incentives in Canada and the United Kingdom. Chelsea Brasted with NOLA.com wrote an article stating that as of 2014 the top locations for film production were Louisiana, Canada, United Kingdom and finally California.For producers, the bottom line is seen in dollars and cents. By moving productions outside of California to those other locations to take advantage of tax incentives allows producers to take their production dollars a lot further. Now states such as Texas are getting in on the exodus by increasing the states available tax incentive cap from $32 million to $95 million.Spurred by this steady trend, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill to increase available tax incentives cap from $100 to $330 million, which is good for California but a number that falls short of  New York’s $420 million cap or Louisiana (who does not have a cap at all). Another issue with the California tax incentive program is that it is divided out through a lottery system, which brings a high level of uncertainty to producers.While losing production to other states and countries is hurting the Hollywood system, it’s not the only reason for the decline.Decline of Box Office Ticket SalesThere are 18 films that have crossed the one billion dollar mark and of those only three of them were made before the year 2000. Those three are Titanic (1997), Jurassic Park (1993) and Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace (1999). While Titanic became the first film to ever cross the one billion dollar mark, it was followed soon by 90’s films such as Jurassic Park and Star Wars who both benefited from re-releases.In the current climate with IMAX and 3D showings increasing, more and more films are getting closer to and even passing the billion dollar mark. However these present day box office grosses can be deceiving as they are calculated on much higher inflated ticket sale prices that include IMAX and 3D showings (which no less than double the average ticket price). An argument that has been made in recent years is that in order to truly understand where the state of the film industry is you need to look at the number of ticket sales.Box Office Mojo has compiled a list that charts the number of tickets sold for the top 200 films of all time…and it’s incredibly interesting. There is only one film post-2000 in the top 25 films in terms of ticket sales, and that is Avatar (2009) which sits at #14. In fact, the film with the highest number of ticket sales is still 1939’s Gone With the Wind with over 202 million tickets sold. Why is this such a big deal?Well, as of 2014 there are over 39,000 physical movie screens in the United States alone. In 1939 during the release of Gone With the Wind there were well less than half that number. So why the decline in ticket sales? The New York Times article we cited above pointed to moviegoers feeling there was a lack of original content at theaters, which meant most movie goers felt the slate was filled with just more of the same. This may be why Guardians of the Galaxy did so well in 2014, it was a film that moved against the norm. However, there are other contributing factors…Gotham Set Design Photo courtesy of the Hollywood Reporter.Television Production on the RiseWith film production in Hollywood is on the decline (along with the number of ticket sales at the box office) one could point to the rise in quality television production as one culprit. In fact, the Los Angeles Daily News wrote an article in October 2014 about the rise of television production, specifically in Hollywood.The article states that TV productions in Hollywood rose 31% in the third quarter alone and the number of overall productions went from 4,310 to 5,363. However, Bob Strauss with the Los Angeles daily news pointed out in his article that along with big budget films, the California tax incentive program is not available to network produced television series. This is why new network television productions such as Gotham are being produced in New York and elsewhere.While the tax incentive doesn’t help network television productions, overall television, and specifically cable television productions, are doing well in Hollywood. But now television has a new paradigm shift that they have to deal with, and this shift does not only affect television, but film as well…The Digital Age is CallingWith more and more households adding tablets and smartphones to their technology arsenal, the consumption of film and video content is moving to those devices. Children growing up today are watching their favorite shows on these devices and if they do watch content on a physical television it’s often through digital media players such as the AppleTV, Roku and Chromecast. Netflix and Youtube now account for 50% of Internet bandwidth.…really.What the Future Holds for Television and Feature FilmsFrom the television perspective, big news came out recently that is signaling the change in attitude toward digital content. The first shoe to drop was the announcement that in 2015 HBOGo would be available to consumers who do not have HBO in their cable package. Then almost immediately following this CBS announced their new streaming service CBS All Access, which has already launched. While HBOGo already has a presence on Apple TV, Roku and Chromecast, CBS All Access does not. This won’t last long – CBS CEO Jim Lanzone stated that CBS All Access will be coming to all major platforms.With a rise in content being offered digitally through Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and other digital media players, consumers are praising the ability to pick and choose what they watch instead of paying for cable and channels they do not watch or need. Companies like Netflix and Amazon have taken notice and are developing new original content such as House of Cards and Alpha House for consumers and people flocking to these services.On the film side of things Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, while on a panel at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, both agreed that in the not so distant future blockbuster features would become a niche market. Film productions would move from the big screen to the small screen through VOD services. Lucas warned that studios are getting, “…narrower and narrower in their focus. People are going to get tired of it. They’re not going to know how to do anything else.” Spielberg also noted that studios are putting too many chips into just a handful of projects versus being diverse and ready for the market change by saying, There’s going to be an implosion where three or four or maybe even a half-dozen of these mega-budgeted movies go crashing into the ground and that’s going to change the paradigm again.With a number of summer 2014 blockbusters not coming close to their projected box office gross domestically, there seems to be some validity in what he is saying, but the tent pole films are still making their money. Films are however competing with home viewing and now with mobile devices, so the paradigm is shifting to an extent.You can read David S. Cohen’s article about the discussion in Variety. Left to right, CNBC Media and Entertainment Reporter Julia Boorstin, Don Mattrick, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas sit for a panel discussion. Photo courtesy of USC Cinematic Arts.What Does all of This Mean?We are shifting the way we consume content, which is not a bad thing. We’re quickly adapting their habits to account for more ‘second screen’ device usage. More and more people are staying home with their HD televisions and digital media Players instead of going to the theater, mainly for the reason that they feel most of the productions releasing are rehashes of the same old stuff and they would rather wait until they can buy it digitally. Consumers are also cutting the cable cord and all the superfluous channels in favor of having their favorite shows instantly. Again this is just the natural shift that comes with the advancement of entertainment technology.Does that mean that theaters are going to go the way of the dodo? As a filmmaker and movie enthusiast I sincerely hope not and I don’t think it will. There is just something about going and seeing a film in the theater, its an experience you can’t get at home. Can you imagine not having a midnight showing of the new Star Wars? I can’t and don’t want to. While the home and mobile experience is something that is here and happening, I don’t believe it will kill off the theater experience.So, in the end we filmmakers shouldn’t be alarmed about these shifts, we should rather stay completely up to date on them and quickly adapt our productions with them in mind. Our industry has gone through various shifts over the years and through each advancement filmmakers have had to roll with these changes.With these changes also comes a flood of content to the digital market, so this places an emphasis on filmmakers to develop content that stands out above the crowd, which in a sense as always been an obstacle in our industry. As a filmmaker, I’ve always seen this as a positive. It’s motivation to work hard and develop film or television content that people with flock to. It’s also interesting that this current shift opens the entire playing field for filmmakers, it tells you that, “Hey, you don’t need to go to Hollywood to direct the next big thing, you can film and distribute that straight from your own backyard.” And for filmmakers this is an amazing realization. Now we just need to get out there and start making great content.Have any thoughts or ideas on the current film industry and where it is going in the future? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

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How to Create a GIF Using After Effects and Photoshop

first_imgThis easy-to-follow step-by-step tutorial will show you how to quickly create an animated GIF using After Effects and Photoshop.More and more clients are demanding GIF files of their projects for social media. Rather than relying on a third-party GIF compressor that may create too much heavy noise, make your GIF look clean and professional using After Effects and Photoshop.In the following video tutorial, we’ll take a look at how to create an animated GIF using After Effects and Photoshop and discuss a few things you need to know in order to create the best GIF possible. The tutorial covers:Creating GIFsWorking with DitheringReducing File SizesOptimal Frame RatesColor DepthHere’s the tutorial. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask us in the comments below. Alternatively, if you prefer to read (over watching a video), you can follow the step-by-step guide below.Download the Free Project File and PremiumGuide to GIFsIn addition to the tutorial itself, we are giving away the project file, video clips, and the PremiumGuide to GIFs. Simply click the download button below and all of the assets are yours.DOWNLOAD FREE PROJECT FILES AND THE PREMIUMGUIDE TO GIFSStep-by-Step Tutorial: Create a GIFThe following step-by-step tutorial will show you everything you need to know to quickly create GIFs in After Effects and Photoshop.Step 1: Export Video From After EffectsThere isn’t a great way to export a GIF from an After Effects composition. So after you have created your animated sequence, follow these steps to export your composition to Photoshop.The first thing you need to do is simply export your footage from After Effects. Select your composition and go to Composition > Add to Render Queue. Once inside the render queue, adjust your settings as needed and click the ‘Render’ button. Remember that the best way to reduce the file size of your GIF is to optimize the video in After Effects — be sure to change your frame rate to 12-15fps and reduce the amount of movement and colors.Step 2: Import into PhotoshopGo to Photoshop and import your clip by navigating to File > Open and selecting the video clip. You can now adjust your clip as needed. Many of the functions inside of Photoshop will still be available to you. You can colorize and scale your video just like an image.Step 3: Save for Web.Once you’re ready to save your GIF, simply navigate to File > Save for Web… (In older versions of Photoshop, you’ll need to navigate to File > Export > Save for Web(Legacy), but it’s the same window nonetheless.) Once you’re inside of the Save for Web window, you will see a lot of options.The video tutorial above goes into detail about what each setting does, but the important thing to remember is simply to reduce the amount of colors and only turn on dithering if you are comfortable with noise being in your image. Alternatively, if you would like for your GIF to load a low-res version before it loads the full-res version, go ahead and select the ‘Interlaced’ button. The rest of the defaults are usually great. If you want your GIF to loop, be sure to change Looping Options from ‘Once’ to ‘Forever.’Once you’re ready to save, simply navigate to the ‘Save’ button at the bottom of the window.If you want to learn more about creating GIFs or how they work in After Effects, I personally recommend checking out the “GIFs in After Effects” post over on RocketStock.You also may have noticed the professional transitions used in the tutorial. Those transitions come from Stanza, an exclusive pack of 200 video transitions from RocketStock. Stanza is the fastest way to create professional video transitions. Here’s a quick demo of Stanza in action:What’s you favorite way to create GIFs in After Effects? Share your thoughts in the comments below.last_img read more

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Double gold for PH boxing as Marcial, Marvin deliver

first_imgUPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension John Marvin of the Philippines competes against Adli Hafidz Bin Mohd Pauzi of Malaysia in the finals of the light heavyweight division of the 29th Southeast Asian Games boxing competition. Tupas won to pocket the gold medal. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/POOLLight heavyweight John Marvin also triumphed for the Philippines earning a stoppage victory to win the gold against Malaysian Adli Hapidz Bin Mohd Fauzi.The ring official stopped the action just 21 seconds into the fight with Marvin dominating the hometown bet on all angles.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 shutoutMario Fernandez, meanwhile, settled for the silver in the bantamweight division after Chatchai Butdee of Indonesia bagged the gold.  UFC: Rival Cormier responds to Jones’ failed drug test LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Read Next MOST READ PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 Eumir Felix Marcial of the Philippines (Blue) competes against Pathomsak Kuttiya of Thailand (Red) in the finals of the men’s middleweight class of the 29th Southeast Asian Games boxing competition. Marcial prevailed to claim the gold medal. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/POOLEumir Marcial pounded Thai Pathomsak Kuttiya for his second straight gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games, this time in the middleweight division in the Kuala Lumpur Games Thursday.Now fighting as a middleweight, Marcial was also the top boxer in the welterweight division in the 2015 Singapore Games.ADVERTISEMENT LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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