Route 2 Moretown/Middlesex Bridge Now Open

first_imgRoute 2 Moretown/Middlesex Bridge Now OpenMONTPELIER (August 28, 2008) The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) today opened a one-lane temporary bridge along Route 2 that spans the Winooski River and connects the towns of Middlesex and Moretown.The temporary bridge was installed following the May 30 closure of an 80-year-old truss bridge that was deemed unsafe after an inspection. Transportation crews removed the old bridge, and in its place erected a one-lane temporary bridge that will remain in place until a new, permanent bridge can be constructed.Because the temporary bridge is only one lane, a traffic light was installed to safely allow traffic flow in both directions. The bridge officially opened to traffic at 12:30 p.m.The temporary bridge, originally scheduled to open on Labor Day, was opened to traffic four days early.”We understood how important this bridge is to not only the local communities, but for east-west mobility for all Vermont motorists,” said VTrans Secretary David Dill. “Crews worked extremely hard and did a marvelous job so we could reopen Route 2 in time for the upcoming holiday weekend.”VTrams closed the bridge following an inspection which determined that a primary structural member along the bridge’s bottom deteriorated to the point that it is no longer safe for public use.last_img read more

Former international cricketer Nasir Jamshed jailed for T20 spot-fixing

first_img Submit Following investigations by the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA), former Pakistan international cricketer Nasir Jamshed has been sentenced to 17 months in prison after implementing spot-fixing practices in a variety of T20 tournaments in Bangladesh and Pakistan.In a statement issued by the NCA on Friday, it was revealed that Jamshed alongside British nationals Yousef Anwar and Mohammed Ijaz admitted conspiring to spot-fix multiple Bangladesh Premier League games in 2016.As opposed to match-fixing, spot-fixing refers to illegal activities in a sport that is unrelated to the final result, however, could be bet on. An obvious example in cricket could be how many no-balls a cricketer will throw in a match.The NCA detailed in a statement: “Using an undercover officer, NCA investigators identified that the group were plotting to fix elements of the 2016 Bangladesh Premier League T20 tournament which Jamshed was due to play in.”The test batsmen joins a growing list of cricketers who have been jailed due to spot-fixing. Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were handed prison sentences in Britain in 2011 for plotting to hinder their performances during 2010’a test match against England.The cricketer had already been banned from competitive play for 10 years in 2018 after being a major participant in 2017’s well documented Pakistan Super League spot-fixing scandal. Judge Richard Mansell QC, during the sentencing at the Manchester Crown Court, added: “By far the most insidious consequence of these offences is the undermining of public confidence in the integrity of the sporting contest, not simply in the individual match directly affected but in the game of cricket generally.“Corruption of this kind has sadly been taking place in the game of cricket for a very long time.”Following Jamshed’s convictions, Anwar was sentenced to serve 40 months in prison, whilst Ijaz was issued with a 30-month sentence. Jamshed’s wife Dr Samara Afza, wrote via Twitter: “Today is the most difficult day of my life. I’ve felt the need to write this in the hope that others learn from Nasir’s mistakes.“Nasir could have had a bright future, had he worked hard and been committed to the sport than gave him so much, but he took a shortcut and lost everything, his career, status, respect and freedom,“He would have got UK nationality and played county cricket, and he threw his chance away. He would do anything to turn the clock back and not lose everything. I hope all cricketers look at his example as a deterrent against corruption.” Share MGA and ICC form data-sharing collaboration April 21, 2020 SBC Roundtable: A new ‘Pace’ for live cricket trading July 8, 2020 Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Mark Wilson: How FSB is meeting the recreational cricket punter’s demands August 20, 2020last_img read more

Middletown Approves Residential Development

first_imgBy Philip Sean Curran Toll Brothers did not indicate whether it intended to appeal the board’s vote or not. Company spokeswoman Andrea Meck said the company is reviewing its next steps. Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (R-13), who represents Middletown as part of her legislative district, said she applauded the township for “pushing back.” In combination with a 342,000-square-foot commercial project that includes a new Wegmans supermarket, that section of town will be transformed in the coming years, fulfilling a two-decades-long vision for the area. The municipal planning board voted Sept. 4 to approve Toll Brothers’ plan, having voted in July for the commercial piece that also includes a CMX movie theater and retail space as part of the overall Village 35 project. “Maybe it takes a ground-swell from towns banding together to stop this affordable housing mandate,” she said. “I mean I think the whole system just needs an overhaul. It has to be fixed. We can’t have this the way it’s going now. We will not be the Garden State for very much longer if we continue down this path.” He said the area oncewas eyed for 1.6 millionsquare feet of commercialspace and almost doublethe number of residentialunits that ended up gettingapproved. An interior view of a home Toll Brothers says will be similar to those built in Middletown Walk. Photo courtesy Toll Brothers In 2015, the New Jersey Supreme Court shifted the responsibility of enforcing towns’ affordable housing mandates, as outlined in the high court’s earlier Mount Laurel decisions in the 1970s and ’80s, from the state Council on Affordable Housing to superior court judges. “Despite our plans for Middletown Walk not being approved as presented, Toll Brothers has a long history of working within town approvals, addressing neighbors’ concerns and delivering exceptional homes in the best communities,” said Toll Brothers division president Craig Cherry in a statement. “We are very excited about Middletown Walk, located in a town that we love, and we know our future home buyers will be very pleased with the homes and amenities planned.” But Campisi said communities have “many” ways of meeting their affordable housing obligations, with inclusionary developments being just one of them. He said towns can develop 100 percent affordable housing projects. “My two cents is that it seems to me that a lot of this was done for affordable housing,” said Oley DiCenso, with Minding Middletown, after the planning board hearing. “And the affordable housing aspect of this is only sitting on four acres.” The decision by thetownship has led to a war ofwords between Fair Shareand Middletown, a conflictthat continued last week. An architectural drawing by Toll Brothers is representative of the 280 homes planned for a new housing development on Route 35 called Middletown Walk.Photo courtesy Toll Brothers MIDDLETOWN – National home builder Toll Brothers gained approval from Middletown Township last week to construct 280 town houses and 70 apartments as the residential component of a larger redevelopment of more than 100 acres on Route 35 north. Perry said his community would no longer be “dictated to by a nonprofit organization that is funded by special interest groups who are going to dictate terms to municipalities.” center_img “It has every kind of rule and regulation about all kinds of different things they’re allowed to do, but this wasn’t discussed with the public,” said resident Monica Manning, the leader of Minding Middletown, a group opposed to the project. “This was the deal they made behind closed doors, then presented it.” As other communities have done, the township had been in talks with the advocacy group Fair Share Housing Center to try and reach a settlement for what Middletown’s requirement would be for a span from 1999 to 2025. Yet Fair Share said lastweek that the township “isone of the worst actors inthe state when it comes toaffordable housing.” In 2018, the governing body approved a redevelopment plan for the overall site, a plan that critics said lacked public involvement. Fair Share spokesman Anthony Campisi said in a recent interview that the township has a track record of approving luxury housing units that do not include affordable units, including at the former Bamm Hollow Country Club in Lincroft. “This is a long-time-coming project,” Middletown Mayor Tony Perry said. “Township committees of the past have worked to dramatically reduce the overall size and scope of this project by more than 400 percent.” The planning board voted 5-3 to give Toll Brothers the approval but without roof decks on any of the buildings. Toward the end of the hearing, township committeewoman Patricia A. Snell, who also sits on the planning board, made a motion to that effect. Yet affordable housing in the Village 35 project and elsewhere around the state also has involved the construction of many more market-rate houses to go along with it as part of high density, inclusionary developments. For instance, West Windsor, located about an hour away from Middletown, reached a deal with national builder AvalonBay for 800 units, a hotel and retail space on land next to a train station in that Mercer County community. Of the 800 units, 132 of them will be set aside as affordable. The township has saidthat since 1999, more than600 affordable housingunits have been created inthe community. The timing of the Toll Brothers’ approval came two months after the township announced it was withdrawing from a legal proceeding in state Superior Court regarding its affordable housing requirement. “There are 565 municipalities in the state of New Jersey. One of them is standing up to Fair Share Housing and that’s Middletown, New Jersey,” Perry said. “It sounds like a great idea, let’s create affordable housing, let’s give people the opportunity to live in different towns. And that sounds great. But you know what I want, you know what I stand for? I stand for making New Jersey affordable. I stand for making Middletown affordable, not just for this person or that personbut for everyone.” The 70 apartments willbe set aside as affordablehousing or at below-marketrate. “They have no problems seemingly building homes that are affordable to doctors and lawyers, but have a whole lot of trouble building homes that are affordable for nurses and paralegals and cashiers and teachers for that matter,” he said. “They have no problem redeveloping big chunks of land for wealthy people. The problem comes when working families want a seat at the table.” last_img read more

Kootenay Ice drop pair of close games to open Major Midget season

first_imgThe Kootenay Ice pushed the Greater Vancouver Canadians to the limit before dropping a pair of tough BC Hockey Major Midget League games this past weekend in Richmond.Kootenay opened losing 4-1 Saturday before suffering a heartbreaking 1-0 setback Sunday to the Lower Mainland power.Saturday, Kootenay trailed 2-1 entering the third period before the hosts scored twice in the frame to escape with the win.The games were the first of the season for the Ice, which opened the season with a bye weekend.Shawn Campbell scored the lone goal for the Ice. Tyson Lin scored twice to lead the Canadians.Sunday, a goal by Brennan Gaytmenn early in the first period stood up as the winner sparking Greater Vancouver to the slim one-goal victory.Curt Doyle and Ben Kelsch, both of Nelson, shared the netminder duties for Kootenay.Kootenay ices a lineup consisting of players from throughout the Kootenay region, including players from Castlegar, Trail, Nakusp, Kimberley as well as Vernon, Vancouver and Vanderhoof.Kootenay returns to action this weekend in Kamloops when the Ice face the Thompson Blazers.First home action for Kootenay is Saturday, October 17 when the Ice host the Valley West Hawks at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena. The teams close out the weekend series Sunday, October 18 at 10 a.m. in Nelson.The BC Hockey Major Midget League was established in 2004 to provide elite level 15, 16 and 17 year olds an opportunity to play within their own age group at a high level and be developed for the next level of hockey.The winning team has the opportunity each year to compete for the National Midget Championship.last_img read more

Qhubeka: bicycles for rural development

first_img2 May 2013 Team MTN-Qhubeka, Africa’s first UCI-registered Professional Continental cycling team, is the most successful and largest multi-discipline cycling race team in Africa, comprising 24 men and women of varying African nationalities competing in road, mountain bike and BMX racing. MTN-Qhubeka races a full professional UCI-continental road and mountain bike schedule throughout Africa, Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific. In March, it became the first African team to line up in a World Tour race when it took part in the Tirreno-Adriatico in Italy. In the team’s follow-up race, the classic Milan Sanremo – at 298km the longest one-day race in world cycling – MTN-Qhubeka’s Gerald Ciolek claimed the first victory for an African team at World Tour level, while Songezo Jim became the first black South African rider to race a World Tour event.‘Mobilising change – one bicycle at a time’ The team’s focus, however, is as much on youth and community development as it is on winning races – although the vehicle in both cases is the bicycle. Through its partnership with South African non-profit organisation Qhubeka, the team helps rural African communities by giving bicycles to children in return for work done to improve their environment and their community: for every 100 trees grown to at least 30 centimetres, or for every ton of waste collected, Qhubeka donates one bicycle. No ordinary bicycle, either, but a Qhubeka Buffalo Bicycle, engineered specifically for African terrain and load requirements, designed by World Bicycle Relief in Chicago, USA and assembled and tested in South Africa. Qhubeka, in partnership with the Wildlands Conservation Trust, has distributed more than 40 000 of the bicycles since 2004, in the process making a massive difference in the lives of rural communities lacking a fundamental element of development: transport. “Rural schoolchildren are particularly badly affected by lack of mobility,” Qhubeka notes on its website. “In South Africa, of the 16-million school-going children, 12-million walk to school. Of these, 500 000 walk more than two hours each way, spending four hours getting to and back from school each day.”Creating community ‘tree-preneurs’ Providing bicycles is a quick, effective and economical method of addressing this problem, while doing this in return for growing trees helps to nurture community “tree-preneurs”, who grow trees from seed and then barter them for food, clothes, education support – and bicycles. Eleven-year-old Katlego, who lives in Vosloorus in South Africa’s Gauteng province, is one of many who have used the opportunity to become a savvy micro-entrepreneur. Having grown 100 trees in a milk bottle nursery in her family’s small yard, Katlego went on to grown 600 tree seedlings and bartered these for six Qhubeka bicycles. One of these she uses to cycle to and from school, drastically reducing her commute time and so giving her more time for homework. The bicycle, designed to carry up to 250 kilograms, also makes it easier for her to fetch water, give someone a lift, or transport groceries. And the other five bicycles? Katlego rents these out to community members for two hours at a time, bringing in money that has significantly boosted her family’s income. “Qhubeka believes that human well-being is dependent on environmental health,” the organisation says. “Through our partnership with Wildlands Conservation Trust we are actively pursuing a world that is not only greener but provides more opportunities for those at the bottom end of the economic scale.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Manure composting makes better use of valuable nutrients for cattle operation

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After years of hauling liquid manure from their Fairfield County beef operation, Robert and Andy Wolfinger decided they needed to do something different to spread their nutrients over more ground.“We talked to our agronomist and he had a friend who had started composting. We went to see him and see what we had to do to get in the business. We had the manure and we had trouble getting enough places to haul it every year close enough to home,” Robert Wolfinger said. “We started composting and we can scatter it out over more acres. We went from putting it on 100 acres to 500 or 600 acres and it takes some relief off of finding a place for our manure.”The pen pack manure with corn stalks and wheat straw for bedding is hauled out in the spring and piled in windrows on a heavy use pad designed by and funded through the local Natural Resource Conservation Service Soil and Water Conservation District. The pad has a catch basin to collect any runoff from the composted manure.The windrows are turned twice a week for 15 to 16 weeks to break down the manure into a rich, concentrated compost.“We turn it a couple of times a week and when it gets really dry we’ll add water to it,” Wolfinger said. “We took soil samples this last year and part of our ground has enough nutrients that we didn’t have to put any more on this year. We buy commercial fertilizer for 800 acres of row crops but we almost have enough compost to cover all of it now. We put on 1,000 to 1,500 pounds of compost per acre. It is about the same analysis as a 10-10-10 or 12-12-12 fertilizer. We have a lime fertilizer cart and we broadcastRobert Wolfinger has seen a number of benefits from composting the cattle manure on his farm.with it. With that cart loaded we can get over 10 to 12 acres.”The soil quality is improving, yields have held strong and now they can more easily and efficiently transport the nutrients from the manure to the more spread out locations of the farm to benefit more ground and the environment.“I think the soil is improving and our agronomist says the soil will get looser as we go along. We put dry fertilizer on the field with about the same analysis as the compost and the yield was the same. We can’t really tell any difference,” Wolfinger said. “We run about 400 cattle through this facility and we compost the pen pack from the winter. We bale 500 to 600 big round bales of straw and corn stalks. I’d say we save $50,000 to $70,000 a year in dry fertilizer. It was a big investment up front for the equipment but it has paid off.”last_img read more

Blows Against Two Carbon Reduction Strategies

first_imgBad news for weatherization, tooThe federal Weatherization Assistance Program, or WAP, is aimed at reducing energy consumption with a range of efficiency improvements — tightening up houses to reduce air leaks, adding insulation, replacing inefficient heating equipment with newer, more efficient models, sealing ducts, and installing efficient light bulbs.WAP is the largest energy efficiency program in the country and has helped more than 7 million low-income households since it began in 1976, according to the study by economists from the University of Chicago and the University of California, Berkeley. Households received an average of $5,150 in home improvements with no out-of-pocket costs.The problem (according to a recent study) is that the program is ineffective. The report studied records from 30,000 households to conclude that the upfront costs of weatherizing a house were twice as much as the energy savings. Software models projected savings about two and a half times more than actually occurred. [Editor’s note: For an in-depth analysis of the study mentioned here — an analysis that rebuts some of the claims made by the authors of the flawed study — see Is Weatherization Cost-Effective?]“Energy efficiency investments are widely believed to offer the rare win-win opportunity,” the report says: Investments in greater efficiency should pay for themselves through energy savings alone, and by reducing energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions also should decline. But that isn’t happening.Here are some of the report’s main findings:It is hard to get people to participate in the weatherization program. “Aggressive encouragement intervention” increased participation from less than 1% in the control group to about 6% in the “encouraged group.” But the thousands of home visits, telephone calls and followup appointments added more than $1,000 of costs for each house that was weatherized.Efficiency savings are “substantially less than the upfront costs.” Monthly energy consumption declined on average between 10% and 20%, but the costs were about twice as much as the money these homeowners saved.Although the modest energy savings might be chalked up to the “rebound effect,” which is an increase in energy use as a result of greater efficiency, there wasn’t any evidence that homeowners were cranking up their thermostats after improvements were made.The average cost per ton of avoided carbon dioxide emissions are $329 per ton, 10 times as much as the government’s estimate of the social cost of carbon — about $38 per ton.“Across a variety of metrics, the WAP energy efficiency investments appear to be poor performers on average,” the authors said.“From a policy perspective, WAP does not appear to pass a conventional cost-benefit test, although its full set of goals may not be reflected in such tests. On the broader question of optimal climate change policy, this paper’s findings indicate that residential energy efficiency retrofits are unlikely to provide the least expensive carbon reductions.” Biomass is a key part of government’s planThe Environmental Protection Agency is counting on biomass to reach carbon dioxide reductions outlined in the Clean Power Plan (CPP). But, the letter from environmental groups argues, the premise is wishful thinking and burning more wood and other forms of biomass would actually violate the Clean Air Act.“EPA and other agencies have often treated CO2 from bioenergy differently from CO2 from fossil fuel combustion, even though CO2 from both sources has the same effect on the climate,” the letter says. “This different treatment is based on the theory that burning biomass to generate energy either results in emissions that will be recaptured as trees grow back, or avoids emissions that otherwise would have occurred if the biomass were to decompose.“However, even if emissions are reduced by regrowth later in time, or if emissions that would have occurred later in time are avoided, the offsetting reductions are significantly delayed — on the order of years, decades, or more than a century, depending on the material used as fuel.”The groups said burning wood and other forms of biomass produces about 3,000 pounds of CO2 per megawatt hour of electricity, about 50% more CO2 than the emissions from a coal-fired power plant. Co-firing biomass in coal plants produces more emissions than burning coal alone and decreases the efficiency of the plant.Environmentalists also criticized other parts of the CPP. They claimed that shifting the responsibility of accounting for carbon emissions from biomass to individual states without any guidance for how to evaluate it “would invite arbitrary results and would have no rational basis.” The EPA proposal, they said, would not require biomass plants to make sure that emissions reductions occur right away, or even within a specified time period.Finally, they argue, the EPA’s concept of “sustainability” isn’t the same thing as accounting accurately for carbon: “Sustainability standards in the forestry context, however, generally do not consider carbon dynamics at all, and thus cannot serve as an accurate proxy for carbon accounting.”“The organizations represented on this letter have a range of perspectives about bioenergy,” the letter said. “However, we all agree that the molecules of CO2 emitted by biomass-burning facilities warm the atmosphere and acidify the oceans just as effectively as CO2 from fossil fuels.“Even if bioenergy emissions are eventually offset, the process of reaching net emissions parity with coal- and natural gas-fired power plants takes decades to more than a century, depending on the feedstocks used and the combustion efficiency of the facility.” Driven by hope, not scienceTo Porter, the reports suggest the U.S. may be barking up the wrong tree as it tries to hold the rise in global temperature to 2 degrees Celsius or less, which climate scientists consider the key to preventing serious global climate change.“What this evidence suggests is that climate change strategies too often lack strong analytical foundations, and are driven more by hope than science,” Porter writes. “Policy makers would be making a mistake to proceed as if their favored methods are working, when the data shows they aren’t.”He argues that policy makers and environmentalists “have hung their hopes on implausible forecasts for their favored tools,” while in reality replacing the world’s energy system within the next few decades will require intense experimentation on many fronts and a willingness to move quickly away from efforts that don’t work.“We need experimentation that will deliver genuine breakthroughs,” Porter says. “And that requires putting wishful thinking and phobias aside and letting science guide the way.”center_img Two important underpinnings of government efforts to reduce carbon emissions and head off climate change aren’t looking like such good bets after all.First, more than a dozen environmental groups — including the Sierra Club, Greenpeace, the Rainforest Action Network, and Friends of the Earth — have challenged the premise that burning biomass to generate electricity is better for the environment than burning coal. In fact, says a letter to the Office of Management and Budget, burning biomass produces 50% more carbon dioxide per megawatt hour than burning coal.Second, economists studying the Weatherization Assistance Program, which is designed to reduce energy use through residential efficiency improvements, say that the program costs twice as much as it saves.President Obama wants carbon emissions reduced by as much as 28% from 2005 levels in another 10 years, Eduardo Porter writes in The New York Times, and these programs are part of the strategy for achieving that.“These are not small setbacks,” Porter says.last_img read more

Behind the Scenes of the 96 Minute Shot, The Russian Ark

first_imgHave any other examples of incredibly long takes? Share in the comments below. Take a behind the scenes look at the 96 minute single take movie, The Russian Ark.If you’ve never seen the 2002 historical drama, The Russian Ark you’re missing out. The Russian Ark takes place in the Russian Heritage Museum but is more famous for consisting of a continuous 96-minute shot. Yes you read that correctly, the entire film was shot in a single continuous shot that lasted over an hour and a half.The film took over 4 years to develop and we are not surprised. Not only does the film feature only one-shot but the set design and choreography is amazing. The film had over 2,000 actors, 3 orchestras and spanned over the 33 rooms inside the museum.Here is the entire 96 minute film:The Russian Ark was incredibly well received. With an 89% user rating on Rotten Tomatoes and 4 stars by Roger Ebert, the Russian Ark is impressive in both execution and form.Behind the ScenesThe good people who made the Russian Ark, including the director Aleksandr Sokurov, created an awesome series of behind-the-scenes videos to show how they were able to accomplish such a monumental task. We are especially impressed by the Director of Photography/Steadicam Operator Tilman Buttner who is better known for his work in Run, Lola, Run.last_img read more

The Supervising Sound Editor You’ve Never Heard of Is Quietly Saving Movies

first_imgWe recently spoke with one of the busiest supervising sound engineers in the business about what it takes to build a world using sound.Of all the different elements involved in the production of a film, sound is the unsung hero. A good audio engineer is one of the most valuable assets you can have when making a film. Derek Vanderhorst is a prime example of talent and discipline advancing a career with bigger and bigger projects. He’s worked on cartoons like Rugrats and Oscar powerhouses like No Country for Old Men. His resume is very impressive. (He’s even built his own sound stage, Summit Post.) As both the supervising sound editor and the re-recording mixer on the film Hala, which was just picked up by Apple for distribution, Vanderhorst spoke with us about the film and his career.PremiumBeat: How did you get into the business of being a supervising sound editor?Derek Vanderhorst: I began my career as a foley mixer and decided early on that I wanted to learn about all the aspects of sound editorial. For me, sound design is about the entire soundscape, not just about cutting the cool sounds you hear in films. I’ve been fortunate to have met incredible editors over the years; seeing them assemble teams and build a collaborative spirit is what drew me to supervising and mixing. I also enjoy working closely with all the editorial departments to really craft a cohesive soundscape that suits the project. Learning to edit foley, FX, sound design, backgrounds, dialogue and ADR, and how to mix the films is what has really given me an advantage as a supervising sound editor. PB: How did you approach your work on Hala? I heard you were inspired by one line in the script.DV: Early in the film, Hala has a line that is something to the effect of “It’s the silence that she feared.” This one line sets the entire mood of the film and really inspired me. It allowed me to craft this idea of using empty space to tell the main character’s story and enhance her emotions. The use of sound really let us feel Hala’s loneliness and isolation, particularly through the cacophony of the school hallways, the beautiful exterior sounds and the beat of tension during arguments.Image via Sundance Institute.PB: How was your work on Hala different than projects in the past? DV: I love working with young talented directors like Minhal Baig, who bring such excitement and passion to a project like this. She is a very special director and reminds me of Terrence Malick in her poetic approach to storytelling.  Our job with the sound is simply to support the emotion of the scene, much like you would with music. Sound design for this film allowed us to craft a sonic bed for the emotions to ride, whereas working in a genre like comedy is much more about bringing realism to what you see on screen.Each film is different in that you are working with new material and new people. There are different ways of collaborating. Luckily on Hala, Minhal had a lot of ideas that she had been thinking about since the writing of the script, and she has a wonderful way of verbalizing her ideas. She was incredibly collaborative in the sound process even when she was busy with other elements of finishing the film. She made a lot of time for sound, and it was a very important aspect to her.Image via Sundance Institute.PB: Is there something specific you look for when choosing to work on a film? DV: I love working on studio films, but my real passion is to work with young directors that are pouring their life dreams into their film and really deserve to have the sound taken as seriously as that of a major studio production. I’ve seen too many amazing films struggled to have a proper soundscape due to budget, so when I have time in-between bigger budget films, I look for smaller projects like Hala where I can collaborate with passionate, talented young directors like Minhal.PB: How do you mix a scene with several people talking such as in a round table discussion for broadcast?  Do you manually duck the mics that aren’t being used or is there a noise gate that kills a signal when someone isn’t speaking?DV: Scenes with a lot of people talking are very difficult because you want to keep the natural chaos of the conversations but bring the viewer in to specific lines that drive the story. In the editing process, I will try and split all the characters onto different tracks so we can have as much control as possible over the mix. The use of a gate would sound artificial, and I always love the noise of chaos and the natural messiness of a scene, like the one at the dinner table in Hala.Image via Sundance Institute.PB: Describe the role of a re-recording mixer.DV: A re-recording mixer’s job is to take all the elements that have been recorded and edited from production dialogue, ADR, BGs FX, design, music, [and] to foley and mix them to a master 5.1, 7.1, or Atmos mix. You may start with 1000 tracks of audio, and the job of the mixer is to mix the raw audio into a few final tracks that make up what the audience will hear. If a mix isn’t cohesive, it will really have a negative effect on the audience experience because it can bring them out of the film rather than engaging and drawing them into the story on-screen. PB: What are some tactics you use to match re-recorded audio originally shot outside?DV: I’ve actually recorded actors and groups of actors outside to capture the natural reflections of the exterior. When that can’t be done, using a large ADR stage with limited room reflections is our best tool. Luckily, there are many reverbs and delays that have been developed that let us create an exterior environment.PB: Do you master your mixes, or does that typically get sent to another department?DV: Our final Printmaster that we create on the stage is our master mix, so it’s different than music, where many times it will be sent to a mastering house. Nothing should change in the final Printmaster once it leaves my hands.Image via Summit Post.PB: Could you speak to the level of involvement Summit Post takes in the field versus post-production? What are the specific duties for each department?DV: With larger-budget films and directors that I have relationships with, I like to go to the set early on with a protools system and listen to the sound right after it’s been shot so we can make any necessary adjustments to the production recordings before we get too far down the road, which makes for a much smoother process. If we can spot any issues early, we can correct them, as this will always lead to a much better-sounding film. Many times, I am hired after the film has been shot and when they are beginning the picture editing process, so we do our best with what is available.PB: What advice do you have for someone just starting out in the sound department?DV: Be passionate, make every sound have meaning behind it, and go in ready to learn something new each day. Try to stay humble as it is our job to collaborate with the director and picture editor. The director has had a vision for this film long before we start our process, so keep an open mind and really listen to their ideas and vision. Our entire job is based on listening, so if you’re not listening and hearing your director, then you’ve already missed the coolest part of this job!Cover image via Summit Post.Since premiering at Sundance 2019, Hala has been picked up by Apple for distribution!For more interviews with some of the leading industry creatives, check out our past conversations here:The Disaster Artist: Editing a Film about Making a FilmBlending Documentary and Narrative in “The Drug Runner”Tips for Crowdfunding Over $100,00 for Your Documentary ProjectsHow The Coen Brothers Edit Their FilmsInterview with Screenwriter Patricia Resnick on Mad Men and Altmanlast_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool’s two goal Shaqiri: I always try to make an impact

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool’s two goal Shaqiri: I always try to make an impactby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool’s two goal Xherdan Shaqiri was delighted with his role after their 3-1 win over Manchester United.Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com after the final whistle, the Switzerland international explained how he used his natural disappointment with being a substitute as motivation to influence the outcome when he got a chance.“Every player is not happy when he is on the bench, that’s pretty normal. But only 11 players can play – the coach decides,” said Shaqiri to liverpoolfc.com.“I always try to make an impact when I come on or play from the beginning. Today was a very good impact with the two goals, I’m delighted.”He added: “It was an amazing win and important, too. We played very well. In the second half, we did more than Manchester United – we tried and tried. In the end, we fully deserved to win this game.“When you see the statistics, we did everything in this game to win. It was very intense and we kept the high intensity in this game. It was an important win and a nice win against Manchester United.” last_img read more