Warriors, 131, Pelicans, 121: Draymond Green wants DPOY

first_imgSo what else got Green so riled up? Nothing other than a reporter asking him if he considers it … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceClick HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.OAKLAND – Draymond Green looked upset. The Warriors’ forward offered the same look he has when he stares down an official who made a call he did not like. It became similar to the look Green has when he wants to intimidate a defender.last_img

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How to Create Original Work: A Q&A with Filmmaker Christophe Thockler

first_imgChristophe Thockler is a filmmaker with a propensity for creating innovative work. We shot a few questions at him to get insight into his creative success.Originality is one of the hardest things to accomplish as a filmmaker. We are influenced by the films we watch , as well as similar stimuli from the world around us, so it’s not surprising that many films also share similar themes and visual styles.We came across the following music video on Vimeo and were amazed at the creativity and originality. Its creator, Christophe Thockler, is a filmmaker/graphic designer that is known for his creative stop-motion and practical effects. His work has received 5 of the coveted Vimeo Staff Picks, not to mention thousands of likes. If you haven’t seen the music video check it out:Crazy right? If you’re like us than you probably have a ton of questions for Christophe. So we reached out and he agreed to answer a few…1. Many of your videos have been staff picked by Vimeo. Were you trying to get Vimeo Staff picked or did it just happen?I was lucky enough to get those Staff Picks, and it’s really amazing, but unfortunately, there is no magic rule. It just happen sometimes if the staff enjoys your video. On the other hand, I try to do a little bit of communication by mailing art and design websites when I release a video.2. What did the pre-production process look like for the “Victoria + Jean: Why Won’t You” music video?Pre-production was not very complicated for this video. The band wanted something full of energy and [to me] the track immediately inspired fire. I wanted to create a video only using flames, different shapes, difference colors, sparks, smoke, etc… The challenge here was to make something metaphorically sensual and to try and stay entertaining for 3 minutes.I quickly did a one night test with a simple lighter and sent it to the band. They enjoyed it a lot, so I knew the direction to take. I bought 10 liters of gasoline, 5 kg of powder and 10 boxes of matches, and started to collect used things that I would be able to burn for the video. With all this I was ready to shoot!3. Did you encounter any problems on set?I always encounter many problems during shooting. I am a DIY lover so everything on set is not perfect. You may be distracted at one time, and that’s where bad things happen. During shooting [in the past] I fell badly slipping on a block of ice, burnt my arms with sodium lights, shot under heavy rain and realized after 30 minutes that the place where I plugged all my powered material was flooded! I cut my hands various times, opened old french minitel computer screens with large stickers saying “Warning : X-radiation”etc.But surprisingly, during the shooting of this video involving flames and explosions, there was no problem at all. I assume it was because I was afraid of working with fire, so I made sure everything was safe.4. Did you have to take any special precautions to protect yourself and your equipment from the fire?I wore gloves, glasses and a leather jacket, I also had a fire extinguisher and buckets of water near me. I put a black metal plate on an elevated chair to burn things, and managed to create safe bursts of flame with lighter gasoline. As the flames were not very warm, the camera was safe most of the time, however, during the sequences where the flames are coming in front of us, I simply put a window in front of my camera to protect it.5. How did you achieve the amazing stop motion effect with the burning pictures?The band was filmed playing guitar and singing. Then, I extracted frames from these videos and printed them in order to have 400 real photos. After that, I burnt all the photos one by one. I put my camera in front of my metal plate where the pictures were, put gasoline on them, then ignited them, one by one. I filmed every photo burning in order to be able to get the best frame, then I extracted two frames for each burning photo to achieve this real stop motion effect.I sometimes do some Twitch sessions where you can see me, in live, shooting music videos. I recorded this session, and you can actually see me doing one of the photo sequence here (it’s in french, but full of tips).6. It seems like there are a lot of post production techniques used to generate your desired effects. How did you approach editing? Did you find it easy or difficult to edit such an artistic video?The amount of post production can vary from a music video to another. For the Why Won’t You music video, post production was really at the center of the project. The aim was only to use fire, so one challenge was to create a real variety of flames during shooting. The other challenge was to make something entertaining and play with the rhythm of the images and the song, and in the meantime mixing images together to get something smooth and interesting to watch.I must say that my favorite thing in this job is the shooting, I found editing a little bit harder because it can be playful, but not as much as shooting can be. That’s why I am not fond of storyboards for these kinds of projects, I like to make a small kind of blueprint of what I should do, and then I built everything piece by piece, from scratch, to slowly manage to link things together. For example, in this video, when I started to edit, I was not sure about how to illustrate the break in the song. After some attempts with slow motion flames, I tried to put some smoke instead, and I immediately loved the idea.7. Where do you draw your inspiration from?I think that a part of my inspiration comes from movies and music videos I saw when I was younger. I was a movie buff, but never had the chance to experiment video making. I only started to create things, for fun, when I get my first computer, when I was 23, and it was like all those things I saw started to emerge and mix together in my mind. I grew up in the 80’s and was a teenager in the 90’s, so I always loved stop motion, music videos like Peter Gabriel’s Sledgehammer or the ones directed by Gondry were mesmerizing.Other than this, I really find inspiration in music. I have a sort of “inspiration trigger” which is very simple: I create a great playlist with music I love, put it on an MP3 player and wander a bit in the streets or in nature with my headphones on. I look at things, simple things like clouds moving behind a streetlight, leaves in the trees moving in rhythm with the music, etc. Try it and you will notice that everything around you can be interesting to look at…it’s a beginning.8. How important is originality to you as a filmmaker/artist?I always try to do something I have never seen. Each time I have an idea I try to look over the Internet to see if someone’s already had the idea or not. Only then, if the idea is “fresh” I consider exploring it.I am very demanding when I watch a video or a movie. I like original, well crafted works that wonder, intrigue or surprise me, so I simply try to make interesting things myself.9. Do you feel like creating artistic videos is more or less challenging than creating “traditional” style videos?Making an artistic and original video is always a challenge, and a very time consuming one. I have to find ideas, meanings and explore them, then, I start doing tests. My shoots take many weeks, not to mention editing. I do everything alone. I can spend 2 or 3 months on a video, I did some projects like Cusp or Un Jour come un Autre, made with more than 35,000 photos for 5 minutes of video. It’s a challenge every time!When you do something artistic, you have to be able to move the viewer, only with images and what that conveys. I am really into onirism and dreamlike extra diegetic narration. I like the idea that, in my videos, each viewer can see something different and create his own story. It may not sound very complicated at first sight, because for some people there is no “real” story, but there is a lot of thinking behind every frame. I also put a lot of thought into how sequences are mixing together to get something metaphorically interesting.What I like in video (and what cinema nowadays tends to forget), is the narrative power of images…how a camera angle and the relation of two shots can create meaning with the power of suggestion, without any dialogue or any narration technique. This was the cinema style of Sergueï Eisenstein or Dziga Vertov, and what a beautiful one.But I’m sure that creating ‘”traditional” videos, if the director is really passionate and into what he is doing, can be very complicated too. I like devoted directors, because you can see a lot of passion and thinking in their work, even if what they are producing is not very artistic. I’m sure that, for example, some documentaries made by Werner Herzog were quite challenging to do.10. What advice can you give someone who is looking to create a one-of-a-kind video?The best advice I would give to anyone attempting to make an original video is…Try! Take your camera and shoot things, then try to edit them. I really think the more you try, the more you master your tools, and the more your work will be interesting.Try to find inspiration everywhere and always say to yourself “what is the thing I have never see and want to watch in a video?”When you do a stop motion shoot, be sure to be relax. Have something to drink or eat near you, and a bit of music. You will sit here for hours only moving an arm!Play! I believe in the work/play balance, so have fun during shooting…make it playful,. You’ll be in a good state of mind to do something creative.11. Where can people see more of your work?You can watch my videos and most of my graphic design works on my website and follow me on Twitter and Facebook. I usually post behind the scene stuff and news about me and my work there. I have Youtube and Vimeo channels as well.What did you think of this video? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

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Superstar Anand’s tragic ‘safar’ ends

first_imgO Mere Dil Ke Chaen, Chaen Aaye Mere Dil Ko Dua Kijiye – as Rajesh Khanna sashayed in his sports car, scarf flowing from his neck, shades in place, crooning Kishore Kumar’s mellifluous melody in Mere Jeevan Saathi, lakhs of Indian women missed a heart beat.Yes, ‘Roop Tera Mastana’ or ‘Chingari Koi Badke’ also symbolised RK, but for me the abiding image of Rajesh Khanna will always remain ‘O Mere Dil Ke Chaen.’ It captured India’s first megastar in all his many-splendoured glory. Rajesh Khanna was a true blue superstar, a demigod who embodied the characteristics of two legends of the yesteryear – the romanticism, flair and chutzpah of Dev Anand and the tragi-histrionic abilities of Dilip Kumar.BlockbusterIn the five-year span which saw him emerge as B-Town’s first superstar, Rajesh Khanna, or Kaka as he was known in the industry, was all the rage, until he was supplanted by the Paul Muni-baritoned Amitabh Bachchan in Namak Haram. In fact, at the premiere of Namak Haram at Mumbai’s Liberty cinema, Khanna in his candour told director Hrishi-da – ‘My time is up, the new superstar has arrived,’ pointing to his co-star – Bachchan.Khanna was tutored in the art of acting by PD Shenoy, the principal of the Filmalaya School of Acting (Sadhana, Sanjeev Kumar and Asha Parekh also emerged from the same stable). Found in a talent hunt, but a prestigious one – the United Producers Filmfare Contest – Khanna’s initial spurt in Hindi cinema was well-served by this axis. Chetan Anand cast him in Aakhri Khat, but GP Sippy launched him first in Raaz. The United Producers, in many ways, laid the grand edifice of Rajesh Khanna’s undisputed suzerainty.advertisementHe did Ittefaq with BR Chopra; the film was directed by Yash Chopra, who would cast him again in Daag. He did the smash hit Aradhna with Shakti Samanta who used him again in Amar Prem, Kati Patang, Anuraag, Anurodh, Ajnabee and Mehbooba. GP Sippy cast him again in Aan Milo Sajna and Andaz. He did Khamoshi with Hemant Kumar, which was directed by Asit Sen, who later repeated him in Safar. He did Do Raaste with Raj Khosla, who then cast him in Prem Kahani, Aap Ki Kasam and Aashiq Hoon Baharon Ka with J Om Prakash and Baharon Ke Sapne with Nasir Husain very early on. As many as 15 blockbuster hits simply rolled off the conveyor belt. With Hrishi-da, he made many memorable and acclaimed films – Anand, Bawarchi, Namak Haram. His ouevre being a combination of stylish romantic and the emotionally high-strung tragic heroes. Personally, he was egotistical, whimsical and completely paranoid about failure.ChangeTowards the mid-1970s, a new breed of filmmaking crept in quietly. It was symptomatic of the times. The air was all-pervasive with hoarding, black marketing and smuggling. In 1972, Khanna enacted one such role in Apna Desh, a remake of 1969 Tamil hit Nam Naadu, with one of his favourite heroines Mumtaz. It was the age of Emergency, which ushered in new acronyms – SITA, Cofeposa, FERA – all dreaded and dangerous. Yes, Amitabh Bachchan arrived as the first anti-hero, capturing the essence of the time and place, blazing away with hands and legs; Zanjeer, Deewar, Sholay and innumerable more hits. This was a defining moment in Rajesh Khanna’s career. The presiding holy trinity of Hindi cinema – Rajesh Khanna, RD Burman and Kishore Kumar – saw a churn, the latter two stayed and Bachchan replaced Khanna.The King was dead, all hailed the new King. It is said that in RD Burman’s music room, Rajesh Khanna’s portrait was hung on the wall, such was the bond between the two. It began with ‘Roop Tera Mastana,’ a zingy and peppy new song in Aradhana though credited to an ailing SD Burman, but actually composed by RD Burman. This was a conjoined relationship, one that delivered hit after hit – RD’s music, Kishore’s playback and RK mouthing the lines in his inimitable style.UnforgettableIt is said that RK, or Kaka, was extremely conscious of his posterior, which used to protrude out. So Baldev Pathak, who used to run a boutique in Colaba called Shriman, designed what came to be known as the ‘Guru’ kurta for RK, a trademark which epitomised the star. As a child one saw everything that Khanna put on celluloid, from Haathi Mere Saathi, to his faceoff with Meena Kumari in Dushman, from his mush in Daag, to “I hate tears, Pushpa” in Amar Prem. He made you cry in Safar and Anand, even as you loved the rogue in Sacha Jhoota. There are so many memories of RK, the most obvious and the most indelible is of his voice playing back from tape in Anand – an unforgettable moment etched in our memories.advertisementWhen I worked in Plus Channel in the late 1990s, our office was in Ajanta Hotel in Juhu. The same hotel complex also housed Amitabh Bachchan’s ABCL where the other God used to come to work. RK was close to Amit Khanna and would land up in our office, as did many other stars and directors. Once I remember distinctly overhearing Khanna shout, “arre Amit teri bhi kya kismet hai, upar Lambuji hai aur main neeche baita hoon.” There were days when both superstars would be in the house, making you wonder – Oh, two kings in the house! Wowie. For any movie buff, it was a moment that will never be erased from the corridors of one’s mind.If one of the defining moments in Khanna’s career was the face-off with Bachchan in Namak Haram, where in a smouldering bravura high-voltage Beckettian performance, he screams: “Hai koi mai ka lal? Mujhe maro. Mere dost ko kya marte ho?” then equally significant was his ‘loss’ to LK Advani in a Lok Sabha election. Rajiv Gandhi propped up Khanna by pitting him against Advani. It was to send a message to Bachchan, who had fallen out with Rajiv after Bofors. Though Khanna lost narrowly, he won the re-election to the New Delhi seat by vanquishing Shatrughan Sinha in a gladiatorial contest.I end with his lines from Safar where he portrayed the tragic hero to the core – “Main marne se pehle marna nahin chahta” and “Yeh toh main hi jaanta hoon ki zindagi ke aakhri mod par kitna andhera hai.” A star has fallen.last_img read more

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Gilas Pilipinas heads to final Fiba window on high note after routing Meralco

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Anthony Davis leaves with shoulder injury but Pelicans cool off Thunder Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town “We played good defense today and we’re hoping we can still improve our defense and be able to translate or apply the things that we’ve practiced in the Fiba window.”Marcio Lassiter was mainly responsible in Gilas’ third quarter surge after he scored 10 of his total 14 points in the period.Roger Pogoy top billed Gilas with 21 points while June Mar Fajardo and Troy Rosario had 13 and 10 points, respectively.Reynel Hugnatan led the Bolts with 13 points while Baser Amer, who was once part of the Gials program, and Nico Salva had 12 points apiece.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Gilas Pilipinas is leaving for Doha on Saturday for the fourth window of the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers. It will face Qatar at Al-Gharafa Sports Club Multi-Purpose Hall on February 21 then Kazakhstan three days after at Saryarka Velodrome.The national team was already in control against the Bolts after the first half with a 55-45 lead but took it up a notch in the third after Gabe Norwood put Gilas up 74-50 with a breakaway jam to complete a 23-5 run.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesGilas also played without naturalized center Andray Blatche, who is still playing in the Chinese Basketball Association and will rejoin the team in Doha.“At least even without Andray, we’ve seen that the guys are blending well,” said Gilas head coach Yeng Guiao. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIEScenter_img View comments MOST READ US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine national basketball team made sure to wrap up its camp in the Philippines on a positive note, handing Meralco a 100-82 rout in its final tune-up game here Friday at Meralco Gym.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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