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Presidential Palaces to implement ‘new normal’ protocols

first_imgThe Presidential Palaces, the official residences and offices of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, will soon implement “new normal” protocols in day-to-day activities and official events in an effort to mitigate the risks of in-person activity during the COVID-19 outbreak.”The President has instructed us to carry out daily activities [in the palace] in accordance with the new normal measures,” Presidential Secretariat head Heru Budi Hartono said in a statement on Thursday.He explained that all four presidential palaces, which are in Jakarta, Bogor, Bali and Yogyakarta, would implement similar measures. Under the “new normal” protocols, the Baiturrahim mosque in the Jakarta Presidential Palace will resume mass prayers with strict health measures.”We will reduce the mosque’s maximum capacity to 20 percent of the original. Previously, the mosque could accommodate 750 people. Now it has become 150,” Heru said.Read also: MRT Jakarta resumes normal operational hours, with limited capacity during transition periodSeveral hand washing stations will be placed at the entrances to the mosque and at the area for wudu (ablutions). “By implementing the new normal measures, I think we will be able to worship comfortably,” Heru said.The presidential palace will also limit the number of attendees at formal functions.”For inauguration ceremonies, for example, we will limit the number of guests to 5 to 7 people,” Heru said, adding that the attendees would be required to maintain physical distance.The palace will also continue to conduct rapid tests on its guests. The guests, including ministers and their drivers, will be required to wear face masks.The annual flag-hoisting ceremonies, commonly carried out on the palaces’ grounds to commemorate Independence Day, will now be held online. The palace also aims to reduce the number of journalists reporting in person by providing livestreams of President Jokowi’s activities.Topics :last_img read more

The Roar magazine: BiH is finally ready to go to World Cup

first_imgWhile traditional heavyweights such as France, England and Spain garner most attention surrounding the European section of the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, it is a lesser-known side in Group G who look set to become one of the stories of the campaign, reports Australian sports magazine The Roar.Bosnia and Herzegovina have never qualified for a FIFA World Cup, let alone any major football tournament, yet currently sit atop of their UEFA qualifying group midway through the campaign, three points clear of the second-placed Greece.Should the ‘Dragons’ — as their followers affectionately know them — maintain their spot in first position, they will go directly into the draw for the FIFA World Cup Finals scheduled for Brazil next year.For many of its three-and-a-half million inhabitants (as well as, arguably, its several million diaspora), the performances of the national side provide a much-needed distraction from the struggles of everyday life.Unfortunately, for its loyal supporters, qualification to major tournaments has eluded the Dragons to date – often in cruel circumstances.First, there were the qualifiers for the 2004 Euros.Bosnia had one foot in the door when it faced Denmark in the final qualifying match in Sarajevo.A win against the Scandinavians would have guaranteed progression to the tournament, however the Dragons were forced to settle for a heartbreaking 1-1 draw, sending the side tumbling to fourth position in the group and out of contention.Then, more recently, there was Portugal: the Cristiano Ronaldo-led line-up who would douse Bosnia’s hopes not once, but twice.Despite earning a second-placed group finish for qualification to the 2010 FIFA World Cup – their best effort to date – the Dragons were bundled out at the final hurdle when they commendably succumbed 0-2 to the Portuguese across two play-off legs.Two years later, and Portugal again played the role of villain, this time in the qualification play-offs for the 2012 Euros in Poland and Ukraine.Although the Bosnians held their opponents to a 0-0 stalemate on home soil in Zenica, they were ultimately dismantled 6-2 by a superior Portuguese outfit during the return fixture in Lisbon.If such disappointment was not enough to raise the ire of Bosnians, many felt the Dragons were initially cheated out of a first-place group finish – and, thus, direct qualification – and should not have been forced to battle it out in a knockout tie against Portugal in the first place.In a tense match to round out Euros qualifying in Group D, Bosnia was on their way to taking out top spot as they led a star-studded French side 1-0 at the Stade de France.As fate would have it, in the 77th minute of the match, and with Bosnians daring to dream, Scottish referee Craig Thomson awarded a controversial penalty to France, allowing the home side to level the scores.The match ended 1-1, with the result sending the French top of the group and knocking the Dragons into second place, forcing the latter into an ultimately fateful sudden-death play-off.With new tournaments and opportunities, however, comes new hope.The signs for Bosnia are looking ominous, too, with the side not only unbeaten to date in qualifying, but dominating almost every opponent they have come across.Aside from an impressive goalless draw against Greece in Athens, Bosnia has recorded convincing home victories against Latvia (4-1), Lithuania (3-0) and Greece (3-1), as well as an 8-1 demolition of group minnows Liechtenstein on foreign soil.Yet, the run home for the Dragons is not going to be an easy one.While the side should have little trouble claiming maximum points against Liechtenstein at home, they face testing trips to Latvia and Lithuania, on top of a home-away double against Slovakia in the space of four days in September.If Bosnia is serious about making the most of its campaign, it cannot settle for claiming anything less than a win and a draw from its three away fixtures.In addition, it cannot afford to be complacent and underestimate Slovakia – nor Liechtenstein, for that matter — during their clash on Bosnian soil.While the Slovaks currently lag behind in third position on eight points – five behind the Bosnians – they are a dangerous side with a proven record, which recently includes progression to the Round of 16 at the 2010 World Cup.A loss in Zenica on September six has serious potential to plant a roadblock in the way of Bosnia’s plans and throw Group G wide open. A draw would, at least, keep the boat steady.There is little doubting the Dragons will be relying on captain Edin Džeko to lead the way.The prolific Manchester City striker has been instrumental to the outfit’s success thus far, having scored an accumulative seven goals in each of the side’s victories.Fortunately, for the Bosnians, he is not alone.Other players in top form include 22-year-old AS Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanić, Stuttgart striker Vedad Ibišević and Chinese-based Zvjezdan Misimovic.The trio have scored 11 goals between them across the five qualifiers to date.Such an imposing attack force has coincided with a defence of steel: for the 18 goals Bosnia and Herzegovina has scored so far, they have conceded just three.With an average age of 26, and several of its squad playing regular top-flight football across Europe, it seems as though Bosnia has never been better positioned to finally qualify for a major tournament.After all the nation has been through, both in social and sporting terms, it is anyone’s guess what qualification to the World Cup would do for the morale of the Bosnian population.last_img read more

BracketRacket: ‘You want to skip steps but you can’t.’

first_imgConnecticut head coach Kevin Ollie cuts the netting on the rim after his team defeating Michigan State 60-54 during a regional final at the NCAA college basketball tournament, Sunday, March 30, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)Welcome back to BracketRacket, the one-stop shopping place for all your offbeat NCAA tournament needs. In today’s edition, coach Cal keeps going back to the future, Florida beats Dayton (again!) in some kind of parallel universe, UConn wins but loses face, and tourists enjoy a rare moment of consensus in New York. Without further ado:WE DON’T REBUILD AT KENTUCKY, WE … ACTUALLY, WE DO REBUILD. EVERY YEAR.If “The John Calipari Finishing School for NBA Prospects — Sponsored by the University of Kentucky(TM)” sent out a newsletter to high-school recruits, the latest might read something like this.“This year’s class is having a slam-bang time at the NCAA tournament. We’re going to the Final Four — again! — and preparations are already underway for a reunion at this summer’s NBA draft. But enough about this year’s team, since many of them won’t be around by the time you arrive in the fall. Can’t wait to see you in Lexington!”Say what you want about coach Cal, but the man has nerves of steel. Around this time last year, the Wildcats’ season ended with a loss to Robert Morris in the opening round of the NIT and worse, the cupboard was practically bare. Nerlens Noel, Kentucky’s best player went down during the season with a devastating knee injury, and was already rehabbing to go pro.So Calipari simply did what he’s always done: start over.He recruited circles around every other coach in the game, bringing in six McDonald’s All-Americans and trying to coach ’em up fast enough to deliver a happy meal by tournament time. There were chills and spills along the way, but after Kentucky held on to beat Michigan in the Midwest regional final Sunday, Calipari took a brief, but well-deserved bow.“The whole thing about building a team, especially young guys, is it’s a process and you cannot skip steps. You want to skip steps,” he said emphatically, “but you can’t.”You can building a program, though.Take nothing away from Calipari’s in-season work, but it pales in comparison to his abilities as a talent scout. In his four previous seasons at Kentucky, he’s already put 17 players in the NBA, with another handful set to join them this June. He’s the only coach to send three No. 1 overall picks to the pros, the only coach to have five players taken in the first round in the same year (2010), and the only one to squeeze six in since the league cut the draft to two rounds.And he’s showing no signs of slowing down.Plenty of Kentucky fans took a break Saturday between the Wildcats’ wins in the tournament to take in the Indiana High School Class 4A boys basketball state championship game. The kid to watch turned out to be Indianapolis Arsenal Tech’s 6-foot-10 Trey Lyles, who had 16 points and 12 rebounds to lock up a state title.Lyles is already committed to Kentucky, which if nothing else means coach Cal saved himself some postage.___ART IMITATING LIFE, OR MAYBE JUST THE NCAA TOURNAMENTIt’s a miracle no one thought of it before.OK, you probably did. More than once, too. Maybe you and a few pals even went down to the basement, found a Nerf ball and taped a mini-backboard to the wall. Maybe you even filmed it.But get it on air?These guys did: (via .They’re part of the WCJB-TV crew at an ABC affiliate in Gainesville, Florida. Barred from showing highlights of Florida’s win over Dayton — non-CBS stations can’t until the day after the game — anchor Zach Aldridge, meteorologist Mike Gismondi and two other guys from the station re-enacted the Gators’ triumph, from the pre-game locker room huddle to the postgame celebration.“I can’t air any of it without breaking the law and every other rule and regulation known to TV,” Aldridge says in the run-up to the clip. “But I want to show you the next-best thing.”You might be selling yourself short, Zach. It was actually more entertaining than the real thing.___THANKS, I NEEDED THATIn what’s threatening to become a postgame tradition, UConn’s coach and players have begun exchanging celebratory slaps. Not the usual high- or low-five variety, but slaps upside the head.Coach Kevin Ollie started it after UConn’s upset win over Iowa State, finishing up an interview on the court and then, as he walked by Terrence Samuel, delivering the chuck here (via . It was — pardon the expression — a hit with the team.Deciding one good turn deserved another, Ollie gathered his Huskies around him for the postgame interview after upsetting Michigan State on Sunday and wanted confirmation he wasn’t dreaming. Naturally, the task fell to Samuel, who delivered here (via The Big Lead): just made UConn its pick to win it all.Not because the Huskies are the best team still standing, but because we’d like to see how many of them would still be standing by the end.___CELEBRITY ALUMS OF THE DAYInstead of going mano-a-mano, our next two combatants traded blows via the video board at Madison Square Garden.During a second-half timeout in that same UConn-Michigan State game, former Spartan and 2000 national champion Mateen Cleaves turned up on the screen and got a rousing cheer from the green-and-white-clad fans in the crowd of 19,499. A few seconds later, the camera found former Husky and 1999 national champion Richard Hamilton.With much more of the crowd in his corner, Hamilton escalated the battle by raising his arms and imploring the UConn fans to cheer even louder. Then back to Cleaves, who recovered nicely by matching the arm-raising gesture and for good measure, started “popping” the Michigan State shirt he was wearing. Back came Hamilton, popping his shirt and the place went up for grabs.Mindful that the timeout was coming to an end, the board operator finally went to a split screen showing both Cleaves and Hamilton. Judging by the ovation, we’re scoring it a draw.___STAT OF THE DAYSTATS notes that if three of the Final Four teams wind up blanketed by confetti a week from Monday, they won’t need a refresher course to act like they’ve been there before. In fact, five of the past 10 national championships have been won by either Connecticut (2004, 2011), Florida (2006, 2007) or Kentucky (2012). The exception is Wisconsin. The Badgers’ last — and only — title dates back to 1941.___QUOTE OF THE DAY“We got 16 of the most out-of-body turnovers known to mankind, to be honest.” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo explaining the Spartans’ self-inflicted wounds against UConn.___SUNDAY’S RESULTSRegional FinalsMIDWESTAt IndianapolisKentucky 75, Michigan 72EASTAt New York CityUConn 60, Michigan State 54FINAL FOURSaturday, April 5SemifinalsAt Arlington, TexasUConn (30-8) vs. Florida (36-2), 6:09 p.m. EDTKentucky (28-10) vs. Wisconsin (30-7), 8:49 p.m.NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPMonday, April 7Semifinal winners, 9:10 p.m.last_img read more

Manchester United agree loan deal for Monaco striker Radamel Falcao

first_img1 Monaco striker Radamel Falcao Manchester United have agreed an astonishing loan deal for Monaco striker Radamel Falcao.The Colombia forward will spend the season at Old Trafford, subject to passing a medical and agreeing personal terms.Manchester City were thought to be in the box seat to land the 28-year-old, but, as talkSPORT told you earlier this morning, United have been successful with a late bid.It’s understood a £6million fee has been agreed, with a view to a permanent deal, and the ex-Atletico Madrid forward will earn around £200,000-a-week.last_img

49ers OTA preview: What other than Garoppolo is worth studying?

first_imgSANTA CLARA – Let the games begin. Well, not officially for a few months, but the 49ers’ game-within-the-game position battles now commence.Organized team activities begin Monday, and these ramped-up practices offer a first look at the most promising roster battles in coach Kyle Shanahan’s three years.Here are five players or groups under the most scrutiny:1. Is Jimmy G’s knee A-OK? Don’t dare let fatigue set in when it comes to reports about Jimmy Garoppolo’s knee rehabilitation. …last_img

72 days that shaped South Africa (7)

first_imgJust how “miraculous” was South Africa’s transition from apartheid to democracy? How close did the country really come to civil war?Check out our press clipping snapshots of the 72 days leading up to Nelson Mandela’s inauguration as SA’s first democratically elected President – and see how heavily the odds were stacked against “the rainbow nation”.11 APRIL 1994Crunch week for KwaZuluKwaZulu could face an intensified security crackdown if last-gasp talks this week fail to produce a breakthrough in the electoral impasse.There are widespread fears that violence in KwaZulu/Natal might soar if the special working group – set up to provide the summit sequel with fresh initiatives – fails.Yesterday there was deep pessimism in both Governmental and ANC circles over prospects for a breakthrough.The Star, Monday 11 April 199412 APRIL 1994Foreign mediators arriveInternational mediators fly into SA today for the start of mediation tomorrow between the ANC, Inkatha Freedom Party and government at a corporate retreat in the Eastern Transvaal.Business Day, Tuesday 12 April 1994Day of confusion for JSE dealersA confused picture emerged on the JSE yesterday as shares were buffeted by a tumbling finrand, a declining gold price and buying and selling by both foreign and local investors.“It was a scary market with our currencies falling so sharply and people worried about how long the finrand slump will last”, a dealer said.Business Day, Tuesday 12 April 199413 APRIL 1994Five guilty of race killingsFive members of the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging were yesterday found guilty in the Rand Supreme Court of the “cold-blooded murder” of four blacks at an illegal roadblock in December last year.Their conviction followed racist attacks on blacks at a bogus roadblock on the Ventersdorp-Krugersdorp road on December 12.Sowetan, Wednesday 13 April 1994It’s no toss-up between FW, MandelaIf you thought tossing a coin was the simplest way of settling a dispute, you underestimate the infinite capacity of politicians to complicate even that.SABC officials organising tomorrow night’s long-awaited live televised debate between President de Klerk and ANC president Nelson Mandela suggested that a coin should be spun to decide which man should speak first.Oh no, said the ANC. No ways, said the Nats. Neither was prepared to trust their opponents with the toss – or themselves with the call.Eventually it was settled. A neutral party will spin a R1 coin. If it lands on the Springbok, De Klerk will kick off. If it lands on the coat of arms, the honour will be Mandela’s. The coin toss will be shown on Six on One tonight.The Star, Wednesday 13 April 199414 APRIL 1994Kissinger’s team threatens to quit talksInternational mediation was almost scuppered before it got off the ground yesterday when the mediators threatened to pack their bags and leave if the ANC, Inkatha Freedom Party and government failed to agree on their terms of reference.The seven-man team of mediators was stranded at their Johannesburg hotel while the three parties haggled over their terms of reference, which had been settled on Sunday but amended when government joined the mediation process.The mediation had been due to start at an eastern Transvaal retreat yesterday.Business Day, Thursday 14 April 1994MK man’s ‘we’ll go to war’ warningFormer ANC guerrillas were ready to go to war against the Inkatha Freedom Party as part of a new South African army if violence persisted after this month’s elections, a guerrilla officer said yesterday.The Citizen, Thursday 14 April 199415 APRIL 1994Gloom as talks collapseInternational mediation to break the constitutional deadlock between the African National Congress and Inkatha Freedom Party has failed.Addressing a press conference in Johannesburg yesterday, the seven sombre-looking mediators said they were on their way home after parties failed to agree on terms of reference for the mediation.Sowetan, Friday 15 April 1994TV battle ends in harmonyNearly an hour of bruising exchanges between South Africa’s incumbent president and his likely successor gave way to passionate pledges of co-operation in last night’s television debate between FW de Klerk and Nelson Mandela.In a debate initially dominated by angry sparring on well-worn issues such as complicity in violence, economic policy and responsibility for South Africa’s myriad problems, the two leaders later checked mutual hostility and called for reconciliation in order to secure a stable transition.The television contest appeared on balance to be fairly evenly matched.The Star, Friday 15 April 199416 APRIL 1994IFP plans new marchesThe prospect of renewed violence in central Johannesburg next week loomed large yesterday when the Inkatha Freedom Party’s Youth Brigade announced plans to impose a week-long stayaway in protest against the election and over the shootings that took place in the Library Gardens and Shell House during the movement’s previous CBD demonstrations.Weekend Star, Saturday 16 April 199417 APRIL 1994Rough ride to big dayWith only nine days to go before South Africa’s first all-race elections, there are fears that the security forces may not have the manpower to prevent violence and intimidation seriously affecting voter turnout in some parts of the country.Sources close to the Independent Electoral Commission – whose job is to oversee the elections – claim the police have told the IEC they do not have enough members to be deployed at over 900 polling stations and the South African Defence Force has been stretched to the limit.Adding to the IEC’s dilemma are reports that since the call-up of white reservists was made a few weeks ago, not many of them have reported for duty.City Press, Sunday 17 April 1994FW vows to crack down on marchersPresident FW de Klerk vowed yesterday to prevent a planned Inkatha Freedom Party march in Johannesburg tomorrow from again crippling the country’s financial heartland.He told a political rally at Nasrec, near Johannesburg, that the government was taking steps to avoid a repetition of the bloodshed of a fortnight ago that left 13 people dead.Sunday Times, Sunday 17 April 1994Ghana tour? Now it’s Zim!SA Football Association (Safa) chief Solomon “Sticks” Morewa performed a rescue act yesterday by getting the Zimbabwe Football Association to agree to send their team as a replacement for Ghana.Ghana, who were due to arrive in South Africa tonight to play two matches, starting on Wednesday, cancelled the tour on Friday afternoon.City Press, Sunday 17 April 1994The story continued …1 – 6 March 19947 – 13 March 199414 – 20 March 199421 – 27 March 199428 March – 3 April 19944 – 10 April 199411 – 17 April 199418 – 24 April 199425 April – 1 May 19942 – 8 May 19949 – 11 May 1994Research, photos: Ndaba DlaminiWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

How South Africans spend their income

first_imgThe Living Conditions Survey from Statistics South Africa gives insight into how South Africans spend their income. The biggest expenses are housing and utilities.Stats SA releases findings from South Africa’s Living Conditions Survey on 27 January 2017. It shows how citizens spend their money. (Image: South African Reserve Bank, Facebook)Brand South Africa reporterMale-headed households spend more on shoes and clothes, R5,343 a year, compared to female-headed homes, which spend only R4,364 on shoes and clothes a year. This is one of the findings from Statistics South Africa’s Living Conditions Survey (LCS), released at the end of January.Data was collected over a year, from October 2014 to 2015.Stats SA says the finding is not unexpected.“Male-headed households have a higher average annual income than their female counterparts – R165,853 and R98,911 respectively – and therefore, have greater spending power than female-headed households.“Male-headed households spend more across all consumption expenditure categories,” says the service.“It found that in 2015, the average South African household consisted of three to four persons, with an average annual income and consumption expenditure of R138,168 and R103,293, respectively.”The greatest household expenditure went to housing and utilities (32.55%), followed by transport (16.29%).“Another interesting finding was that, on average, households spent more on recreation and culture (3.81%) than they did on education (2.45%),” says Stats SA.See how South Africans spend their income. Click on the image for a larger view:To read the full report, click here.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

How to Shoot Close-Up Shots Like Sergio Leone

first_imgClose-up shots are perfect for building tension and guiding the audience’s focus. Let’s look at how they’ve been utilized by Sergio Leone and others.Top Image: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly via United Artist. Director Sergio Leone was a master filmmaker who worked with the likes of Clint Eastwood, Robert De Niro, Charles Bronson and Henry Fonda to create some of the greatest films in history. One thing that Leone did better than anyone else was to utilize the close-up shot.Close-up shots are one of the standard shots used in filmmaking. The most common use of a close-up shot is as a cutaway from a wide or long shot into a more detailed shot. They are always a detailed shot, but just like the other standard shots, they have different levels of framing from medium and extreme to the lean-in and lean-out.They also have very specific meanings behind them. Let’s explore some of the best instances of close-up shots in film history, and find out why they were used. Many of the shots we’ll explore are from master filmmaker and close-up guru Sergio Leone, but we’ll also explore the application of the shot by other master filmmakers.The Close-UpThe standard close-up shot will frame the subject’s face in such a way that it fills the frame. There is this unwritten rule that tells you not to place the subject of the close-up shot in the center of the frame, but rather frame them in respect to the golden mean, or golden section. As you’ll see, not every filmmaker takes this to heart.Image: From Once Upon a Time in the West via Paramount Pictures.In fact, this was a rule that Sergio Leone broke quite often when filming, especially in this shot from Once Upon a Time in the West. Here Sergio frames Charles Bronson directly in the center of the frame so that he’s looking directly at the audience. Leone used this frame to introduce the hero as a calm and collected man in a moment of real tension, which is a great use of the close-up.Image: From 2001: A Space Odyssey via Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.Another master filmmaker that broke this rule often was Stanley Kubrick, who was known for his one-point perspective framing. In this close-up, Dave looks just off frame, but through the reflection in his helmet we get that famous one-point perspective with Dave being our focal point. By capturing this close-up shot, Kubrick was able to heighten the tension of this scene as Dave moves to deactivate HAL 9000.The Medium Close-UpThe medium close-up shot frames the subject or character from the top of their shoulders to the top of their head. This is the widest that a close-up shot will ever get. It’s really meant to be a bridge in terms of moving from a wide shot to a close-up.Image: From The Good, The Bad and The Ugly via United Artist.In the final duel of Leone’s The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, the director places the characters in a triangle formation as they get ready to draw down for the gold. Sergio begins the scenes with a standard medium shot. He then pushes in a little tighter to the medium close-up shot. And then he finishes even closer with the extreme close-up. The tension becomes almost unbearable as he films all three characters in the same manner.Image: From Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.While we old school Star Wars fans were pretty disappointed with the prequels, there is one thing we can all agree on: Darth Maul is a rad character. In one of the best shots of the film, we get this medium close-up shot of Darth Maul with a slight push in. This is cut in just after a prolonged lightsaber duel with Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon. The shot’s framing is meant to heighten the dominance of Maul.Image: From The Shining via Warner Bros.Another great medium close-up shot that really enhances the dramatic tension is this scene from The Shining, also directed by Stanley Kurbick. Here we see Jack peeking through the door after he’s chopped open a gap and poked his head through to deliever one of the best lines in film history, “Here’s Johnny!” This was a perfect cut into the scene, as it really ramped up the chaos of the moment — not only for Shelley Duvall, but for the audience as well.The Extreme Close-UpAn extreme close-up shot is where you frame a specific feature of the subject or character, like the mouth talking or an eye looking around. These are mainly used as cutaways from a medium close-up, and more times than not, this type of close-up shot focuses on the eyes of the character.Image: From The Good, The Bad and The Ugly via United Artist.Once again, as we saw in the medium close-up, Sergio Leone jumps between each character, moving closer and closer to their eyes. Here we see Clint Eastwood looking toward the camera, which is in response to the previous shot where Van Cleef looks just off camera toward Clint. Here the close-up is used to connect the concentration of the characters and to once again heighten the dramatic tension of the scene.Image: From The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug via New Line Cinema.Another director that loves to utilize close-ups is Peter Jackson. In the above clip from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, actor Lee Pace turns toward the camera as Legolas and the other elves lock the dwarves away. The way Jackson uses the this extreme close-up shot is very interesting because it’s used as a reactionary cutaway. Even though Pace’s character isn’t present in the space, he can sense what is happening around him, so Jackson uses the extreme close-up shot to relay this to the audience.The Lean-In & Lean-OutThe final type of close-up shot that we’ll discuss is called the lean. While this isn’t exclusively a close-up shot, the lean shot does do one of two things… It either begins in a close-up shot or ends with a close-up shot. These two different versions of the lean are called the lean-in and the lean-out. Leans are used quite often in films and come in very different framing styles. Here are a few examples.Image: From Brazil via Brazil Productions.First up, we’ll look at a version of the lean-in shot from Terry Gilliam and his film Brazil. While it can easily be argued that this is merely a medium tracking shot, Terry utilizes the motion of the character to pull off this lean-in. As Jack Lint walks down the catwalk toward Sam, the camera tracks closely. But then Jack stops, turns back toward the camera and there is a slight lean-in to bring Jack and the baby mask into a close-up.By using a very wide-angle lens, Terry is reducing the normal close-up framing, but he’s also adding visual information in conjunction with the close-up shot.Image: From The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug via New Line Cinema.Again, Peter Jackson loves to use a type of lean-in shot with his dolly movement. In this scene from The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Jackson frames Balin with a close-up shot as he delivers an impactful line. This line is highlighted and given more emphasis with a dolly-in from a medium shot to the close-up shot that you see. Again, it’s all about knowing when and where to utilize certain visual language like this to aid your narrative.Image: From Dawn of the Planet of the Apes via 20th Century Fox.Lastly, in the film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, we get the best of both worlds as director Matt Reeves bookends the film with extreme close-up shots of Caesar. In each instance he is using both the lean-in and the lean-out. Above we see the first frame of the film… the extreme close-up shot which then pulls back into a medium shot. At the end of the film the reverse is presented. This is utilized to draw the audiences attention to the eyes, which in turn make Caesar more human, and more sympathetic.Know of any other directors that utilize the close-up shot like Sergio? Which is your favorite type of close-up shot? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.last_img read more

Production Tips: How to Maintain the Stunt Double Illusion

first_imgUsing stunt doubles can protect star talent and keep a production on track, but you need more than wardrobes and wide shots to pull off the switch.When it comes to stunts, not every actor is Jackie Chan or Tom Cruise. Most actors will require a stunt double for certain scenes, whether it’s a high fall, breaking through glass, or vehicle work. Even if the actor has gone through serious and disciplined stunt training, and even in the most controlled environments, accidents can happen. Having a double can help protect star talent from injuries that could put the entire production out of commission.For example, in a rooftop leap between buildings in the latest installment of Mission: Impossible, Tom Cruise actually breaks his ankle in the take they use for the final product. Even though he was completely rigged with wires (which were digitally removed, of course) and had rehearsed the stunt and already done several takes, the slightest change in the angle of his foot caused his ankle to break against the wall, halting production for three months.Despite the risks of your lead actor doing their own stunts, the payoff is a captivated audience. The moment viewers notice a stunt double on-screen, they’re no longer paying full attention to your badass action sequence, and they become more critical of any subsequent stunts.What you need is a smooth, unnoticeable transition between actor and double. This goes beyond matching their clothes and throwing a wig on a look-a-like and cutting suddenly to a wide shot (which is honestly exactly what John Woo did in the climactic boat chase in Face/Off). Nearly every shot of Nicolas Cage and John Travolta is a mid to close-up. Once a stunt begins, Woo cuts suddenly to a wide, but even on a small screen, the stunt double switch is noticeable.A better way to go about this is to not just use the framing to hide a double’s face but to also use angles and editing to blur the lines between them. Don’t reserve close-ups for only the actor and wides only for the double. We see this done excellently in John Wick: Chapter 2.Yes, some shots do simply frame out the double’s face, but this is after we’ve seen Keanu Reeves do so many of his own smaller stunts and fighting that in that split-second moment, we believe it’s still him. But beyond that, we see a lot of Reeves in the wide shots, so when the double takes his place in a wide shot, it’s much harder for us to tell. What this does is help create “change blindness.”Change blindness happens when a change in someone’s visual field goes unnoticed. This phenomenon is more likely when the observer lacks interest, which is the exact opposite, hopefully, of those viewing your action scene. Since your viewer is so invested in the excitement on-screen, they’re more likely to notice small changes, especially between an actor’s face and their double in just a few frames. The more we blur the lines, the less we notice.However, the fact that Reeves does many of his own stunts and trains extremely hard to nail the fight choreography really helps this switch. The more time you can give your lead to train and work with your stunt coordinator, the more easily you will trick your audience.Another key factor is the double, well . . . doubling the actor! Body language is a huge communicator — and a red flag to the audience. If the double doesn’t move like the actor, then chances are they’ll get called out. In A Nightmare on Elm Street, Wes Craven originally had a stunt double for the scene wherein Nancy lights Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) on fire. But Craven didn’t think the double moved like Englund, so instead he lit Englund on fire.Make sure the stunt double studies his actor’s movements. Don’t reserve one type of shot for either actor or double. And if possible, train your lead to take on at least some of his or own stunts to better blur the lines between actor and double and fool your audience.Cover image via Terminator 2: Judgment Day (TriStar Pictures).Looking for more filmmaking tips and tricks? Check these out.The Right Way to Give and Receive Feedback on a ScriptChoosing Aspect Ratio: A Guide to What You Need to KnowProduction Tips: Walkie Talkie Codes and Etiquette on SetDirecting Fight Cinematography: The Right Way and the Wrong WayFilm Study: How to Pull Off a Twist Ending in Your Featurelast_img read more

Reyes defends Blatche: ‘His value goes beyond points, rebounds’

first_imgGilas hopes to get back on the winning track against Japan, which is still winless after three games, on Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.Castro, who was sidelined with an ankle injury, is expected to return against the Japanese. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. James has triple-double in Cavs win over Grizzlies Read Next Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus “Also to say that @drayblatche is our guy – his value goes beyond pts & rebounds. We have his back. # #GilasSigningOff,” Reyes posted on Twitter.June Mar Fajardo led the Filipinos with 15 points while Matthew Wright added nine.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDespite Blatche’s struggles and the absence of key players particularly Jayson Castro due to an injury, the Philippines put up a gallant stand against the 10th-best team in the world, as per Fiba rankings.READ: Castro returns for Gilas vs Japan LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexicocenter_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fiba.comGilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes came to the defense of naturalized big man Andray Blatche, who took flak for his subpar numbers in a loss to Australia in the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers on Thursday.Blatche only had eight points and seven rebounds in 25 minutes. He was aggressive to start the game, but appeared winded in the second half, where the Aussies took control to win, 84-68, and remain undefeated at 3-0.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum View commentslast_img read more