How many times does the chorus repeat in your favorite song? How many times have you listened to that chorus? Repetition in music isn’t just a feature of Western pop songs, either; it’s a global phenomenon. Why? Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis walks us through the basic principles of the ‘exposure effect,’ detailing how repetition invites us into music as active participants, rather than passive listeners.
Using Medieval training texts, enthusiasts are resurrecting old European martial arts as a modern organized sport.
Axel Pettersson, 29, raised his sword above his head and waited. When his opponent drew near, the two exchanged a rapid set of blows. At last, Pettersson landed a vicious cut across his opponent’s torso, winning the open steel longsword competition and adding another championship to his collection.
Longpoint, held in July, is one of several annual tournaments around the world, manifestations of renewed interest in what enthusiasts call historical European martial arts, or HEMA. It includes events like grappling — similar to Greco-Roman wrestling — and several types of swordfighting. But the focus is on the most iconic medieval weapon, forged from cold, lustrous steel: the longsword.
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We now turn our attention to the audio signal chain as John P. Hess defines the different components needed when recording on set for digital video.
We are still working on the new iteration of FilmmakerIQ, but we wanted to get this third part of our Audio Series out to you. Great things are coming stay tuned.
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SSN ranks the most innovative and ground-breaking soundstages in the world, from smallest to largest.
Highlights: A quiet, quick shut-off A/C; ability to create forest fires; low rental cost; high school on site.
SSN Insight: Although not massive, this soundstage makes our list for sheer uniqueness. Greg Hauptner, founder of the G-Star school and studio, highlights its technological advances. “On the roof there are four gigantic blowers. You can do full forest fires. Just click on the remote control and it will suck out all the smoke in two minutes. It has quick release drains; you can do hurricanes, rainstorms, it’s a totally controlled atmosphere.” Perhaps its most important feature is its ability to cool down the stage with gigantic, durable air-conditioners that can handle over a half-million cubic square feet and can be switched on and off instantly. Not to mention that the studio is a non-profit, and you can shoot there for minimal cost or even free if you utilize their high school interns.
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Here are 10 tips for screenwriting by one of the masters.
Even as Hollywood changes most of his tips for telling a good story are relevant today. Wilder worked with the greatest actors of his generation, constantly won awards, and never tired of his craft. Even when he “retired” in 1981 he was actively working to develop new ideas and mentor others.
You’re never going to make a movie based on a “sure thing” or something that everyone loves. The existence of Armond White is enough to prove that there’s always a contrarian waiting to be heard. Make movies about things YOU care about. Write things that matter on a personal level and people will pick up on that and it will never seem like work.
You need to win the battle in the opening scene so craft something that will stick with the reader for all 120 pages. An opening they’ll never forget. Think about your favorite opening scenes – one of mine is from the first Harry Potter. An old Wizard on a suburban lane, waiting for a magical motorcycle. The rest of the story begs to be told!
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What is “Popular Culture”? Despite what the term may lead you to think, it is NOT just media that is numerically popular! Tom Waits most certainly is part of popular culture, regardless of his ZERO billboard hits. So what are the qualifications for “Pop Culture”? And where the heck does the internet come into play in all this? Watch the episode and find out!!