The Effect Of Too Much Television

He ties his towel around his neck and jumps off the sofa and then says, “Look mommy, I am superman”. You first reaction is how cute, but upon reflection you realize that this behavior will lead to other daring and unsafe deeds. Where did the desire to fly come from? As you ask the question, you remember the marathon of Superman movies your child viewed last week. Television imagery stays with your child and can influence his behavior.

Watching too much TV distorts a child’s reality. Sitting at a screen and taking in imagery after imagery of a pretend world distorts a child’s thinking. What this means for the child is a willingness to try to fly like Superman and do the many suggestive behavior observed that appeals to their psychological or emotional needs.

Experts support that aggressive behavior in children comes from a constant exposure to violent movies, shows, series, video games and or commercials. Repeatedly watching of actors hurting each other with guns, sharp objects, and body parts become a part of a child’s mental programing. Consequently, this built up aggression

Guide to Filmmaking

exaiAs a college student life on a budget is my middle name. As a film major no-budget is my last name. I’ve learned quite a bit about what works and what does not work when you have limited funds. I’m going to discuss the basic equipment needed as well as what happens in the different phases of production. If you have an interest in making movies or maybe you’ve just embarked on your journey to film school, here are a few basics to starting your filmmaking journey.

First, you need a camera and depending on if you’re looking to make films professionally or home videos, they can be pretty pricey. Red Epics and Black Magic cinema cameras are great finds, for a pretty penny that is. DSLRs are perfect for beginner filmmakers because they’re inexpensive compared to the thousands of dollars spent on cinema cameras. You should choose a camera that shoots in 1080pi at 24 frames per second. For a cheap find I recommend the Canon Rebel EOS T3i with a basic lens kit. A basic lens kit usually consists of an 18-55mm

Guide to Create a Low Budget Movie Soundtrack

attachment_22I bet if you think of your favorite movie, you can hum the theme song or some of the music from that film. Music is an important part of a great movie- so important that Hollywood pays top composers huge amounts of money to create the perfect, catchy score.

If you’re needing music for your new movie, you can hire a composer to custom write music for each and every scene but that may strain your already tight budget. Don’t worry, you can find great, original music on the web and much of it is free or available for a very low price.

I’m talking about Royalty-free music. If you Google ‘royalty free alternative music’ for instance, you will find pages of websites that offer alternative rock music for free or for a small licensing fee. That’s the good news. The bad news is – you’re going to have to do a lot of digging to find the music that fits the mood of your movie.

The best way to start off is to create a rough list of the songs you will need.

Secret To Surviving The Quiet Season

A successful producer once told me that the key to surviving this industry is how you handle the time in between gigs. “It’s easy when you’re working; it’s what you do when you’re not working that really counts.”

He wasn’t suggesting hiding under the bed with a pint of Cherry Garcia and a vision board and waiting for the phone to ring. He also didn’t mean you should focus solely on career-centric activities, networking your face off until you’re tongue falls out of your mouth. He meant, above all, you have to stay creative and enjoy a well-rounded life.

After all, wasn’t it your artistry that inspired a pursuit of this career in the first place? And what inspires all art? Life. Our creativity and ideas spring directly from the well of our life experiences. The more life we live, the deeper the well from which our creative souls drink like a bacchanal.

So how do we continue to fill the well? We live. Fully. Every single day. Here’s how you remain creative even when the industry/your career seems to be inhabited by crickets:

Stay curious. We human beings are so wildly complex and unique and interesting! Instead of just putting people in

Facts About Media Addiction

There is no denying that in the past few decades, TV has become the main hub of several forms of entertainment. At the beginning, turning on the television meant tuning into a few different shows on a handful of networks, with the occasional long feature film thrown in for something really special. But, as the yeas passed, other forms of entertainment found a welcoming home on television screens, namely films from VHS to Blu-rays and video games from a variety of different systems. The latter now represent a significant portion of the entertainment industry with millions of people playing each year. Many believe that video games are actually more popular now with young people than any other form of entertainment.

When television began, all of the shows that you could tune into were very neutral in their tone and purpose. Now, all manner of opinions and images can show up on your TV screen. Are these mediums influencing our emotions and thoughts? And, are people spending too much of their time in front of screens these day? As we added color to television sets, the answers today don’t seem to be black and white.

Are people really addicted to gaming, TV

How To Break Through An Emotional Block

ou have an audition for the role of a drug addict or someone who is suicidal. Or maybe the character is struggling over the loss of a parent or child. Or they are trying to escape an abusive household or dealing with PTSD. Maybe they’re battling a war in Afghanistan or inside their own community. Or they’re going through a divorce or dying of cancer.

Emotionally deep roles can be intimidating and scary – so much so that some actors shut down. They hit a block; something in them refuses to “go there” in an effort to avoid uncomfortable feelings like fear, pain, sadness and grief. And yet, that’s our job. If you’re going to represent humanity, you must be willing to experience the whole spectrum.

So when you hit an emotional block, how do you get beyond it?

We must remember why we do what we do. As actors pursue their careers, chasing after resume-building credits and insurance-keeping checks, we often forget why we starting acting in the first place.

I started acting because it was fun. I discovered how freeing it can be to transform into someone else, speak their words and live their life. I discovered liberation in the craft of

Reasons Why Shawshank Redemption the Best Ever Movie

  • he stark in-your-face redolence of the movie, which makes Shawshank Redemption border an area between a make belief movie and a documentary. The brilliant cinematography, prison enclosure sets and effortless acting by the cast, make the movie immersive and relatable, unlike most other contemporary Hollywood movies, which mesmerise you with its feverish editing, which often dissuades the viewers from connecting with the central characters.
  • The anchor characters of Tim Robbins as Andy Dufresne and Morgan Freeman as Ellis Boyd ‘Red’ Redding. Andy as a coy, gawky, fragile bank official, who gets wrongly thrown into the impregnable walls of Shawshank prison, plays his role aptly. His vulnerable and sensitive side sharply contrasts against the hard core dog-eat-dog mentality of other inmates and the prison guards. As regards Freeman in the shoes of Red, he simply steals the show with his strong dialogue orations and his heart rendering portrayal of a colored man coexisting in utter desolation among other inmates in Shawshank. Freeman anchors the story and propels the movie in all its twist and turns.
  • The Shawshank prison and how director Frank Darabont and his crew make the prison appear as a nightmarish pit from which no one can escape. Each nook and

Actress Who Appear On Game Shows

Jeopardy host Alex Trebek has a contract that runs through 2018, but this season could be his very last. Possible replacements have been suggested, even though the producers of the show have given no indication who the successor will be.

Anderson Cooper and Matt Lauer are two prominent names that have come up, as has sports anchor Dan Patrick. Another interesting name to arise is Ty Burrell, the star of ABC’s Modern Family.

Burrell would probably be the most entertaining of the four names mentioned above, and he would give the show a touch of humor. His work as patriarch Phil Dumfee in the current popular sitcom has already made him a household name, a flawed but adorable dad along the lines of Al Bundy, Archie Bunker, or even Homer Simpson.

Although Burrell’s character has never appeared in an actual game show on Modern Family, other sitcoms have had their regulars participate in a variety of real or made-up game shows. Here are nine of those sitcoms.

Full House

Joey (played by Dave Coulier) hosts a show called “Perfect Couple” where the competitors are a dating couple (DJ and Steve), an engaged couple (Danny and Vicky) and a married couple (Jesse and Becky).


Barney Rubble,

History of Chester Cinemas

This is an article on the history of Chester’s cinemas. I myself worked in the Classic Chester in the projection box. Chester’s first full time cinema hall was the upper floor of what had been the Corn Exchange on Eastgate Street. This opened in 1909 and was leased to a Mr and Mrs Will Hunter. For a while it was known as the Corn Exchange cinema before becoming the Picturedrome. It closed in 1924. The Glynn Picture Hall opened in 1911 in Foregate Street. This stayed a silent cinema, not installing sound. This little cinema closed in 1931 and was at that time run by Gaumont British.

The Music Hall in St Werberg and Northgate Street ran films on a full time basis from 1915, opening with The Corsican Brothers. It was known as Music Hall Pictures until 1921; it was then altered and the screen was changed from the St Werberg side to the Northgate. It became the Music Hall, opening in November 1921 with Charles Chaplin in The Kid. It was the home of Chester’s first Talkie, The Singing Fool in 1929. It closed in 1961.

The Pat Collins Cinema De Luxe opened in 1921 on Brook Street, becoming

The Power of the Sigil

In the popular TV show Game of Thrones, the sigil is a term referred to continuously throughout the show.

Each of the various houses vying for power, the Lannisters, Starks, Targaryens, Boltons, Baratheons, all have sigils that define who they are and what they stand for as a group.

In medieval times the Sigil was a symbol that said what house the person belonged to, what group or clan they were connected with. Think of it as an emblem, a coat of arms, a banner representing a house, family or clan.

In today’s world, we have moved more from a clannish society to a more individualistic one. Our society in some ways has changed from “who are we” to “who am I.”

Using these principles, concepts, ideas from Game of Thrones, a useful activity can be to create one’s own sigil; that is, find emblems, symbols, words, that represent what you as an individual stand for.

The exercise

Part I

Using descriptive adjectives:

Describe your strengths

Describe your achievements

Describe your values

Describe your personal characteristics

Describe your goals

Who is your favourite personality, fictitious, living or dead what are the qualities you admire and respect about them and what does this say about you

Stop and think about what drives you, what

Top Facts About Film Set Design

Lights, camera, action; the world of film seems so glamorous and exciting doesn’t it? From the enticing stories, the incredible acting (not to mention those good looking actors) to the special effects and incredible sets; an amazing amount of effort is put in to make some of the films we see today.

Whether an action movie, drama, romance or horror; making stories come to life requires a great deal of effort from a huge team, none more so than the design team. Whether here in the UK, or across the pond in the US; design companies everywhere play a crucial part in ensuring ideas and the images put on paper come to life in the best way possible.

From the barbershop where the lead actor gets his haircut, to the streets where the plot twist murder occurs to the creaky basement where the serial killer conducts his worst crimes; the right set can help bring everything together and make something seemingly ‘non-existent’ seem very real.

Wondering just what it takes to be a film set designer? Curious as to how ideas can come to life? Below are a few of the crucial facts that can help you get a better understanding of

Find A Good Transcription Company

Audio transcription can be challenging. And finding an audio transcription company isn’t easy. Many companies use what’s called crowd sourcing, meaning that they take your content and send it out to many different people. Each person then transcribes a small chunk of your audio and sends it back. Nobody checks anything, and you’re lucky if the transcription is even remotely close to accurate.

That’s not how it’s supposed to be done. It’s a challenge to work fast and be accurate at the same time, but a good transcription company will have one person work on your audio or video content, and will take the time to check the work.

Also, the entertainment industry has special needs when it comes to transcription services. Entertainment clients require something called true verbatim, where every “uhm” and “uh” and pause is transcribed. This helps the editors and producers select which parts of the interview will be used in the final edit. Entertainment transcription companies are very different than other types of transcription companies. Entertainment transcribers also need to know how to enter time code within the transcription. Time code helps the editors find the exact part of the interview that will be used in the

Which States Are Getting Film Making Opportunities

When you’re watching a movie or a television show have you ever wondered why that show is filmed in a certain place? Well, you probably haven’t unless you’re in the film industry business. But judging by the popularity of the Oscars and other film awards ceremonies there are many people who are definitely interested in film, perhaps just not the whole background of film-making. But if you’ll notice usually in the film credits, or sometimes even by outdoor background shots certain states are getting the lion’s share of the film business.

Just a few years ago it used to be that nearly all of the filming was done either in New York City or Los Angeles, California. The joke used to be that the movie industry didn’t know there was a United States in between the two. In the 1970s the Mary Tyler Moore show was based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which although it wasn’t all film there they were at least acknowledging another area of the country. In the last few years another phenomenon has taken hold, which is the tax credits made available by states to filmmakers.

The last 10 years the State of Louisiana has been a major player

All About Internet Video Production

The best Internet marketing videos can generate long-lasting and profitable traffic to your online store or website. On the other hand, a bad video could tarnish your reputation and alienate your target audience. No matter your reason for creating an Internet video production, in order to make a video that people actually want to watch, you need to have a baseline level of knowledge. Here are a few terms you should know in order to create the best Internet videos.

1. The 180-Degree Rule – This refers to a commonly accepted standard among camera technicians on film and television sets, and refers to keeping all camera angles on one side of an imaginary line running through the set, parallel to the backdrop. Crossing this line can cause confusion and discontinuity in a video.

2. Broadcast Quality – This term refers to standards set by the National Association of Broadcasters that determine the quality of audio and video that is put on the airwaves or Internet. It can also refer to a type of camera that is used to record in broadcast quality video and audio.

3. Concept – The concept refers to the first formal document created in the process of coming

Things to Look for in Choosing a Royalty Free Music Website

Looking for some great music for your newest film but don’t have the budget for hiring a composer? You’re in luck because there’s actually a lot of great music out there that is royalty free or in the public domain that may work perfectly for your next film. Whether you’re a pro filmmaker or a novice YouTube video creator, having a quality soundtrack behind your visual masterpiece is going to make a huge difference.

There’s nothing more frustrating than selecting link after link of MPEG or WAV files in search of a good, moody piece of music, only to find some crappy, poorly recorded junk. The good news is, there are a few sites that offer superb songs with quality arrangements that were recorded in a professional studio. These sites have their music categorized by genre to help you weed through the stuff you’re not interested in, so you can get to the gems.

I’ve compiled a list of the key things to look for when choosing a royalty free music website. I believe these suggestions will help you find the music you’re looking for. Keep in mind, most of the time the hardest part of finding good music is sorting

Ways for Tight Turnaround Creative Video Production

As a freelancer in creative video production, your reputation is everything to you. Without it, your business would certainly fail. Luckily, your reputation is generally built on two things that are already within your control, the quality of work that you produce, and your ability to meet deadlines. If you have ever struggled with the latter component, then this post is for you. Here are five tips for achieving a tight turn around on your video production projects.

1. Stay Focused on The Deadline

The first step in making sure you meet your client’s deadlines is to simply care about your performance in completing work under deadline. Once your deadline is a priority, you will be more likely to make a serious effort to meet them. To make sure you meet your deadlines, consider missing one a cardinal sin. After you have established this habit, the rest is just a matter of logistics.

2. Keep a Running List of Projects & Deadlines

One way to make sure you never miss a stated project end date is to keep a list or spreadsheet of all your current projects, their status to date, and their expected deadline. Depending on your organization skills, you can even

All About Royalty Benefits

Royalties, what does that actually mean in the music industry? Artists write and perform songs all the time, but have you ever wondered how they actually get paid for the music they make? Think back to the time you last heard a MC Hammer song on a commercial or a song on Pandora by the artist known as Future. Singers and song writers have rights to their own music-after all, they did create it. The creation and streaming of their music is how they acquire a pay check. In other words, this payment of funds is called Royalties.

Royalties are a percentage of gross or net profit or a fixed amount per sale to which a creator of a work is entitled, which is agreed upon in a contract between the creator and the publisher, agent, and/or distributor. These terms and agreements must be signed off on a legal document such as a contract. The contract that states the payment of accrued royalties shall be generated semi-annually on the first day of two selected months that all parties have agreed upon. For example, the first annual payment maybe on December 1st and the second on June 1st. According to the

Putting Together a Demo for Come Into The Music Industry

As a band or as a solo artist, eventually you have to start thinking about making a demo CD for A&R reps, producers, production companies, and record labels to help market, fund, and traffic your music.

Getting someone in the music industry to take the time to listen to your demo is not an easy task. Most demos are tossed in the garbage before they are even opened and if they are listened to, even if you only put three songs on the CD, most people in the music industry won’t even bother listening to the whole thing. Don’t take it personally; it’s the music industry.

But if you do have something special and you are ready to put together a demo CD in the attempt to get the attention of the music industry, there are some things you need to know to be successful in this venture.

Put Together a Couple of Great Tracks

First, you have to take some time and decide which songs are your best songs that will grab the attention of someone who might want to invest some time in you. Three to five songs are all you really need.

Special Track Structure for a Demo

To improve your

Tips To License Your Music

Music is a big part of civilization. Centuries had passed but music survived and even grew to greater heights every single decade. As a matter of fact, the demand of music has been rising very steadily in the past 10 years and it will continue that way in the foreseeable future. It comes along with the big amount of revenue the music industry is currently getting year after year. It is an unstoppable force as people always look up for the next great artist around the corner, thus continuing the cycle and the relevance of music. The demand of music content is at an all time high. The global music revenue since the turn of the century has been steady. The currency is measured in billions.

As the technology grew, music got more technical, complex and in demand. Others take credit for using music they don’t own. Nowadays, independent musicians are well aware of protecting their work for legal purposes. Through music licensing, you can be ensured of your asset/work being protected legally.

What is music licensing? Music licensing is the licensed used for copyrighted music. This allows the owner of the music to maintain the copyright of their original work. It

Guide To Yield Good Results From Your Home Recording

Professional studios are trusted for quality productions. However, with the necessary equipment and the right home studio setup, you can easily record from the comfort of your home and still enjoy amazing results. A few tips will help you improve acoustics and recording setup in your home. To get the best results you really need to know what to avoid as far as setting the gear, microphone technique and acoustic environment.

Tip 1 – remember that recording environment will impact the quality of your recording. Start by ensuring that you avoid hard surfaces because they bounce sound round your room. Consider curtains, fabric, furniture, rounded furniture and carpets to eliminate reflective nature of hardwood floors, tiled walls and concrete walls or even countertops.

Tip 2 – Use reflection shields to minimize the sounds picked by microphone sides and back. It is a good idea to use a cardioid microphone that rejects noise from the back and sides.

Tip 3 – Avoid recording right in the middle of the room because this is where frequencies build up and where standing waves are. Instead, get closer to a wall that has hanging blanket and further from opposite wall. Recording inside your clothes closet can