EUREKA >> For the better part of the last decade, the College of the Redwoods football team’s final game has been more about building momentum for the future rather than playing for immediate results.Today, much to the Corsairs’ liking, is the exception rather than the rule.Redwoods’ 2016 regular-season finale against Shasta College has quite the added significance attached to it. The Corsairs, riding a four-game winning streak in conference play, face the Knights with the Pacific 7 …
New season. New arena. New beat writer.In lieu of a drawn-out introduction, let me use this mailbag to extend an olive branch. You’ve seen my byline all season, but this is the first time I’ve interacted with readers in this space.This is my first year on the beat, taking over for the incomparable Mark Medina (now with USA Today). A quick bio: A South Florida native, I moved to the Bay Area six years ago after graduating with a journalism degree from UCF (miss me with your 2017 national …
In which we examine the “slow burn” approach to filmmaking and why you should consider this approach for your next project.Cover image via Miramax.For those unfamiliar with the term, a “slow burn” is a filmmaking style, usually in narrative productions, wherein plot, action, and scenes develop slowly, methodically toward a (usually) explosive boiling point.You’d probably best recognize the genre with notable films like The Coen brothers’ No Country for Old Men or Michael Mann’s Heat (or similar elements in its popular protege The Dark Knight) or recent breakouts like Jeremy Saulnier’s Blue Ruin or S. Craig Zahler’s Brawl in Cell Block 99. However, the style finds its roots in true crime detective pictures and classic film noir.For modern, digital filmmakers operating on indie budgets, the “slow burn” film has become a popular (and practical) option that is both thematically powerful and friendly to limited-production-resource filmmaking. If you’re truly interested in using the style in your projects, let’s take look at some of the main elements of what makes slow burn films catch fire.Minimal ExpositionImage from Drive (via Film District).Slow burn films, like their heroes and villains, are seldom much for talking. As such, things like exposition (i.e. character and setting) are often left to the bare minimum. Part of the allure of slow burn films is the challenge they present to audiences to figure out what’s going on. Characters’ motives are often vague and ambiguous, which means you don’t have to waste time or effort on elaborate plot devices or scenes to set everything up nice and quick.Let Scenes DevelopImage from Blue Ruin (via The Weinstein Company).Scenes in slow burn films are often slow and methodical in their pacing. For some of the true filmmaking greats who have worked in the style, this allows for a great deal of creativity and intentionality in shot selection and storytelling. Characters can breathe and move slowly through scenes as the audience interprets every movement, pause, and line of dialogue with great attention.Slowly (but Steadily) Raise the StakesImage from Brawl in Cell Block 99 (via Cinestate).However, for a slow burn film to keep its audience’s interest, the stakes must always be in an increasing state. Major plot information may remain scarce, but the points that do arrive should hit hard and continuously build so your audience anticipates a just-around-the-corner tipping point.Boiling Point ClimaxImage from Heat (via Warner Bros.)In many ways, the climax to a slow burn film is the single most important aspect of the style. While there are some intentional aberrations (like The Coen brother’s lack of resolution in No Country for Old Men), your protagonist’s boiling-over point should be a well-deserved climactic explosion of violence, revenge, or breakthrough.Wrap Up to LingerImage from Stalker (via Criterion Collection).Yet, once a well-earned climax arrives, the slow burn is not one to wrap things up in a neat little package for audiences to take home, feeling safe and satisfied. Quite the contrary; slow burn films are best when they linger with viewers for days and weeks after. While the audience sees a build-up and release, elements of the style and the story can go unsaid or unfinished to haunting or memorable effect.For more information on the slow burn film style and other genre production tips, check out some of these links.10 Great Films That Prove Slow Isn’t Always BoringBreak Genre Rules Like a Master FilmmakerThe Good, the Bad and the Ugly of the Western Film GenreHow the Buddy Comedy Continues to Enamor Audiences
The police on Saturday recovered the body of a third militant of the Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind near the Khonmoh encounter site in Srinagar. In a separate incident, a youth involved in snatching of a service rifle from a policeman has joined the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) in south Kashmir.A police official said the body was found by the bomb disposal squad from the debris of the house razed during the gunfight on Thursday. “The slain militant has been identified as Hamas, a foreigner,” said the police.A total of three militants of the Ansar Gazwat-ul-Hind were killed in the operation. The recovery of the body sparked fresh protests in Pulwama, as protesters clashed with security forces at Balhama-Panthahowk. One youth was injured after being hit by a stone.Meanwhile, militants fired upon the vehicle of Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Shopian, Sriram Ambarkar, at Hajipora on Saturday. The police officer escaped unhurt as the vehicle was bulletproof.5 youth joins JaishOne of the five youths involved in snatching of the service rifle from a policeman on January 25 has joined the JeM in Pulwama, according to the police. “The vehicle used for commissioning of the offence by the group of militants have been seized. There are clinching evidences against all the accused. Four involved youth from Pulwama have been arrested. However, another youth, Shahid Ahmad, is on the run,” said the police.The police said Ahmad has joined the JeM outfit. The group of militants fired upon policeman Kultar Singh, posted at the Char-i-Sharief shrine in Budgam, on January 25 and snatched his rifle. The policeman later died in the hospital.
Arsenal appointing first loans managerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal are appointing a first loans manager.The Sun says Arsenal will make football data analyst Ben Knapper their first loans manager from next month – in charge of starlets like Reiss Nelson.The Gunners are following a rising trend in the Premier League of appointing a supremo to oversee the rising number of players out on loan.Knapper is being promoted from his role as lead analyst after joining the Gunners from sports data and technology company Prozone in 2010.His main roles will be to decide which players to loan out and where. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Pogba dig at Mourinho after Man Utd win: When you play free and you have manager’s trust…by Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePaul Pogba was delighted with Manchester United’s victory at Tottenham.Pogba laid on Marcus Rashford’s first-half matchwinning goal.“I love playing big matches,” he told Sky Sports after the game. “I love playing against the best players, that is where we improve, progress and get more experience. “Obviously it was a good one for us and everyone played well, we were all determined because we wanted to win this game. I think the players helped me and we all enjoy playing football and playing together and that is what we did today.”Pogba added: “Everything comes when you play free and you have the trust of the manager and players who make it easy for me. I know [Nemanja] Matic will be there and we can press high and when we get the ball I am already there so I can shoot, I can pass and that is what I have been doing since the manager came. I know I have security behind me so I have the freedom to go so the manager has helped me.”
Fresh off his Tony Award nomination, Josh Groban has teamed up with Prizeo to offer one lucky fan a chance to see him in his final week of performances of Broadway’s Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812.Through June 12 when fans and friends donate as little as $10 they’ll receive 100 entries for the chance to win tickets to the final week of Groban’s Tony-nominated performance in Great Comet. The monies raised will support his Find Your Light Foundation – dedicated to ensuring that every child has the opportunity to experience a quality arts education.While giving to worthy causes is reward in itself, it’s always nice when you get an added bonus. Because of this special collaboration with Prizeo, one lucky winner will get to see one of Groban’s final performances, meet him backstage at the Imperial Theatre, and even take home his character’s signature glasses that he wears in the show. Travel and accommodations are also included! For the lucky winner, this is truly a dream come true, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.Visit prizeo.com/joshgroban to learn more about this special contest.
An eighth patent claim by Rovi against Virgin Media, related to pausing and resuming programming, has been dismissed by the UK’s High Court today. The claim centred around pausing and restarting live and on-demand programming on set-top boxes, with Rovi claiming that Virgin Media TiVo’s ability to pause a programme on one set-top box and resume it on another infringed some aspects of a Rovi patent.Judge John Baldwin QC rejected the claim, finding Rovi’s patent to be invalid, and ordered Rovi to reimburse Virgin Media for its legal costs.The ruling marks the eight patent claim to be found invalid that has been brought by Rovi, according to Marks & Clerk Solicitors, which represented Virgin Media and TiVo.“In addition to the invalidation of eight patents in the High Court, Virgin Media has also opposed around 40 Rovi patents at the European Patent Office, resulting in a further six being found invalid so far,” said Will Cook, lead partner of the Virgin Media team at Marks & Clerk.
Hyde added, “We must be absolutely clear this study is not saying drinking alcohol in moderation is in any way equivalent to smoking. Our finds relate to lifetime risk across the population. At an individual level, cancer risk represented by drinking or smoking will vary.”’It’s important to raise awareness’Speaking on behalf of Cancer Research UK, Sophia Lowes said, “Smoking remains the biggest cause of cancer, so this comparison can be useful to raise awareness of less well-known risk factors like alcohol.”Lowes went on to say, “[The study] highlights that even low levels of drinking can increase the risk of cancer. Research is clear – the less a person drinks, the lower the risk of cancer. Small changes like having more alcohol-free days can make a big difference to how much you drink.” It is well established that heavy drinking is linked to cancer of the mouth, throat, voice box, gullet, bowel, liver and breast. Yet, in contrast to smoking, this is not widely understood by the public. We hope that by using cigarettes as the comparator we could communicate this message more effectively to help individuals make more informed lifestyle choices.”Dr. Theresa Hydes, Lead Researcher By Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDMar 29 2019Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)New research suggests that drinking a bottle of wine (around 750 ml) per week raises the risk of cancer as much as smoking five to ten cigarettes. The results of the study were published in the latest issue of the journal BMC Public Health.NatashaPhoto | ShutterstockResearchers from the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, Bangor University and the University of Southampton, noted that if women drank one bottle of wine per week, their life time risk of cancer is equivalent to those who smoke 10 cigarettes a week. The researchers discovered that these women had an increased risk of breast cancer.On the other hand, men who drank a bottle of wine per week only experienced an increased risk equivalent to five cigarettes per week. Among men, drinking wine was associated with liver, esophageal and bowel cancer.The team hypothesized that if 1000 non-smoking men and 1000 non-smoking women drank one bottle of wine per week throughout their lifetime, 10 men and 14 women would develop cancer.Similarly, if they drank three bottles per week instead of one, 19 men and 36 women would develop cancer. They found that three bottles of wine per week was equal to 8 and 23 cigarettes per week for men and women respectively.‘One bottle per week increases life time risk of cancer’The researchers write that the harmful effects of alcohol are often underestimated by the public when compared to smoking.”One bottle of wine per week is associated with an increased absolute lifetime risk of alcohol-related cancers in women, driven by breast cancer, equivalent to the increased absolute cancer risk associated with ten cigarettes per week,” they conclude. Source:A comparison of gender-linked population cancer risks between alcohol and tobacco: how many cigarettes are there in a bottle of wine? BMC Public Health. 21 February 2019. 19:316. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-019-6576-9.