Ibrahimovic faces a new challenge: to be a coach

first_imgAccording to the Gazzetta dello Sport, Ibrahimovic is determined to take on another challenge and end his career next summer.. His intention is not to say goodbye to the world of football but quite the opposite and say goodbye. Ibrahimovic, close to turning 39 years old, has decided that it is time to start directing. The coronavirus pandemic does not allow us to know when the Italian league will restart and Ibrahimovic does not want to wait much beyond June 30, which is when his relationship with Milan ends, to hang up his boots. Despite the numerous offers that the Swedish attacker has to continue playing football for another year, lthe last of the Monza from his old friends Silvio Berlusconi and Adriano Galliani.In Italy they already assure that depending on how long the stoppage of the Series A by the coronavirus lasts, andhe Swede could have already played his last professional game (defeat by 1-2 against Génoa although with a goal). ANDCOVID-19 would force the Swedish crack to a bitter farewell. Zlatan Ibrahimovic it’s always news. The Swede, who returned last January to the ranks of the Milan after two years in MLS, he knows at 38 springs His best time is over. The striker, after playing in his native country Sweden, Holland, Italy, Spain, France, England and the United States, contract ends on June 30 and does not intend to continue wearing the elastic rossonera, and more after Boban’s dismissal from the Milan club.last_img read more

No transgression of the law

first_img In the incident being debated, it must be borne in mind that no transgression of the law was incurred by the bowler who was entitled to run out the batsman. The ball was in play, the dismissal was lawfully executed and no warning, which is regarded as a convention, was necessary. An appeal was made, the decision was correct; the match was lawfully won and accepted without any criticism or inappropriate comment from the defeated captain, which would in itself be an offence. These are the salient points which are most relevant to the issue, and the frivolous accusation of not adhering to what is only a custom is unfounded and of secondary importance. The only option available to overcome the decision was for the captain to seek the permission of the umpire for him (the captain) to withdraw the appeal in an act of sportsmanship. Not choosing to do so must not be construed as not playing the game within its spirit, and the question to be asked is, how can an incident be regarded as disgraceful and unbelievable when there was adherence to the relevant law? To regard it as such, as some critics have described it, is not only ludicrous but demonstrates a total disregard for logic and an example of one’s erroneous interpretation of the law. It is well known that the only reason why a non-striker leaves the popping crease before the delivery, or an athlete leaves his mark before the starter’s gun goes off, is to gain an unfair advantage or to get a ‘jump start’, as some would say, and this the law regards as unfair and therefore incurs a penalty when transgressed. What I consider as dishonest and unacceptable is that it is permissible for a batsman to challenge the decision on being given out caught behind by the wicketkeeper off an obvious clean catch of which he, the batsman, is cognisant that he had played and must have felt and heard. Under the Television (TV) Replay System, requesting the umpire for a review is not regarded as against the spirit of the game, but in my opinion it is tantamount to an umpire’s decision being disputed. I also regard it as against the spirit of the game when the wicketkeeper intentionally appeals for a catch in an effort to mislead the umpire and to avoid a wide being signalled. In the highest format of the game, it is replete with instances where the spirit of the game is being ignored and considered trivial, such as employing time-wasting tactics to avoid another over being bowled, an experience of all umpires. It is reported, in the recent case, that the standing umpire sought confirmation as to the seriousness of the appeal before the decision was made. This I regard as inappropriate as the fielding side had already signalled their position by appealing. This could give the impression that the umpire is exhibiting a lack of neutrality and partiality, which are among his personal attributes and an indication also that the spirit of cricket has priority over the breaching and application of the law. In the final analysis, it is unquestionable that if cricket is to maintain the high reputation that it enjoys among sports, adherence to its laws, and display of sportsmanship when depending on the circumstances, as well as respect for those participating are the objectives which must be the primary aim of those involved. • John (Johnny) Gayle is a retired Test cricket umpire and cricket administrator. According to the internationally recognised and definitive guide to the interpretation and application of the laws of cricket and which is approved by the MCC and adopted by the ICC, the spirit of the game involves your opponents, your captain and team, the role of the umpire and the traditional values of the game. It is also mentioned that to dispute an umpire’s decision by word, action, or gesture, to indulge in cheating and to distract an opponent while batting are offences against the spirit of the game and brings it into disrepute. Among the 13 offences in the laws which are indicative of injustices is the ‘Batsmen Stealing a Run’ listed under that significant law Fair and Unfair Play (Law 42). Leaving your crease before the delivery is a tactic frequently used. It is an unfair strategy and a violation of the law which must have precedence over any other consideration. Simultaneously, it is permissible for the bowler to run out the non-striker before the delivery. This revised law (Law 38) now emphatically states that “Either batsman is out run out if at any time while the ball is in play he is out of his ground and his wicket is fairly put down by the action of a fielder.” Wasting tactics The circumstances surrounding the dismissal of the non-striker which allowed the West Indies Under-19 team to be victorious in the recent ICC World Cup has generated much controversy, with the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) chief executive Dave Richardson also giving his personal view on the matter. It has prompted me in my capacity as a retired umpire and an enthusiast of the game to express my view on the dispute as it relates to the playing of cricket within its spirit, which is the responsibility of the captain and the application of the law by the umpire. Various interpretations seem to exist of what is meant by the spirit of cricket. In the revised edition of the textbook Cricket Umpiring and Scoring, it is clarified in the preface – The Preamble – The Spirit of Cricket. Umpire’s decision Lawfully executedlast_img read more

Frosty feelings: Browns fans protest 0-16 season with parade

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Julius Erving released from hospital Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone This was a day for fans to express frustration at their football team, and most of the anger was aimed at the Haslams, who bought the team in 2012 but have been unable to produce the winner they’ve promised.One fan held a sign that read: “Jimmy and Dee Go Jump in the Lake.” Another carried by a fan dressed as a bishop said: “Deliver us from Jimmy and Dee.”The biting cold may have deterred some fans from attending, but it did nothing to curb Cleveland’s creativity or sarcasm.Prompted by a fan with a bullhorn, one group of marchers chanted, “What do we want? Watchable football. When do we want it? Now.” There were floats, a few of them with obscene themes, fans wearing paper bags on their heads, and a Big Bird wearing Johnny Manziel’s jersey. A band played John Mellencamp’s “Hurts So Good,” a song that underscores the pain and passion Browns fans feel for a team whose glory days are long gone.For Chris McNeil, the day was a triumph for Cleveland.A season-ticket holder, McNeil became the event’s unintended organizer — and a pariah to some — when his sarcastic post on Twitter last season that the winless Browns “deserve a parade” spawned a revolt by some Cleveland fans.McNeil endured severe backlash by fans who felt he was only embarrassing a city that has taken its share of shots over the years.“No fights, no violence,” he said as the parade unfolded. “I didn’t have to wear a flak jacket, none of that would reflect badly upon us. I don’t think anybody’s looking at this thing and going, ‘look at these idiot Clevelanders who are celebrating 0-16’. I don’t think that’s the message. This is a clear message to those people (the Haslams) inside the building. That’s who we were looking for.”For obvious reasons, none of Cleveland’s players attended the event.However, defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah posted a message on Twitter critical of anyone who went. MOST READ Thousands of disgruntled Cleveland fans, some of them calling for owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam to sell the franchise or jump in Lake Erie, paraded once around the team’s stadium in frigid conditions Saturday following a historic 0-16 season.It was a protest and it was a party as fans showed their outrage and creativity following a season many would gladly forget.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkDespite wind chills below zero, fans lined the street around FirstEnergy Stadium, which has been dubbed the “Factory of Sadness” in recent years, to cheer as 80 vehicles, a rock band on a flatbed truck and a group carrying 28 tombstones to represent the team’s 28 starting quarterbacks since 1999, took a “no victory” lap.Cleveland police conservatively estimated the crowd at 3,200, and reported no major incidents or arrests. 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If they got crap like we did, they would be doing the same thing.”That was the overriding sentiment among the frosted faithful who gathered on the sidewalks just feet away from a statue honoring legendary Browns running back Jim Brown.ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Cleveland Browns fans hold up gravestones with names of Browns quarterbacks during the “Perfect Season” parade, Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, in Cleveland. The Browns became the second team in NFL history to lose 16 games in a season. In joining the 2008 Detroit Lions in a shameful loser’s club, the Browns have found a new low in what has been nearly two decades of disgrace since returning as an expansion franchise in 1999. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — Chanting through chattering teeth, Browns fans finally felt victorious.Maybe the winless season wasn’t a total loss.ADVERTISEMENT “That parade is a joke,” he wrote. “Don’t call yourself a true browns fan if you go to that thing! Going 0-16 was embarrassing enough as a player. That is like adding fuel to the fire and it is completely wrong!”McNeil’s only goal was to give Browns fans a voice. He felt he had done just that.“This stuff matters in this town,” said McNeil, who is donating nearly $15,000 raised for the event to the Cleveland Food Bank. “That’s why I care about this stuff. I almost get choked up when I think about it, because people don’t realize that. You go to other markets, and people enjoy their teams and I get that. But there’s a connection here where it’s like family. And to see something like the Browns be bad, it’s easy for me to make jokes, it’s either you do that or you cry.“But then you look at something like this and you say, ‘Man, we had this. In the ’80s, this is when you’d leave a ballgame. I remember that. As a kid I’d be sitting in the backseat people honking, people yelling. You’d see that all the time after wins. To get that, we have to create this parade. It just says so much about the character of this city, the character of the people here.“This is all positive and fun.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

PATRICK OUT TO PROVE HE IS A CUT ABOVE AT TOP AWARDS

Patrick GildeaAfter a very successful year of awards Patrick from Patrick Gildea Hairdressing Team has been nominated for the “Best Hair Stylist In Ireland” award by RSVP Magazine.Representing Donegal Patrick has been listed as one of the Top Ten Hair Stylists in Ireland which is an absolutely amazing achievement.We do of course want to see him to reach the top spot but we can’t do it without your help! Let’s help Patrick bring this award to Donegal!Patrick said “I am so honoured to be nominated for this award and from looking at the other nominations there are some amazing people on this list.“I am so proud to represent Donegal in this prestigious award and would be so grateful if the people got behind me and voted. On behalf of our team I would like to thank you for all your support this year so far.”The good news is that you can vote by clicking herehttp://rsvpmagazine.ie/poll-who-is-the-best-hair-stylist-and-beauty-therapist-in-ireland-2015/ He added “The award would be a great reflection on our team and the small business community in the North West. Thank you for your support!”If you would like to see this Donegal team win “ Best Hair Stylist In Ireland” simply vote here: http://rsvpmagazine.ie/poll-top-ten-best-in-hair-2015-as-voted-by-you/.Don’t forget to share it with your friends!PATRICK OUT TO PROVE HE IS A CUT ABOVE AT TOP AWARDS was last modified: October 29th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalPatrick GildeaRSVP read more

UP FOR THE MATCH FOR MICHAELA – WHAT HER FOUNDATION WILL DO

first_imgCasement Park is the place to be this Saturday night – that’s the message to Gaels across Ireland as final preparations for the Match for Michaela are put into place.Jim McGuinness takes his Donegal heroes to west Belfast to take on the rest of Ulster in the main clash.The Michaela Foundation has asked us to explain a bit more about tonight – and what it’s all about: TONIGHTAdmission is payable on the night, simply pay at the turnstile, or for those thousands of people who have already purchased their ticket just show it at the turnstile.  Admission is £10/€10 for adults and £5/€5 for children with all proceeds going to the Michaela Foundation.THE FOUNDATIONThe Michaela Foundation is inspired through the life of Michaela McAreavey, who passed away on the 10th January 2011. Michaela’s husband, John and the Harte family wanted to commemorate and celebrate Michaela’s life … and have big plans for the future! Michaela – The Person!Michaela was a young woman who possessed amazing attributes which enriched her life immensely and the lives of all she met. She was bubbly, energetic, kind and thoughtful.  Michaela was a woman of great faith, who believed this faith was the reason she was so happy in her life. She had a love of the Gaelic language and above else loved to have fun and enjoy life. Michaela was also a keen Pioneer and exhibited her love of life without the need for alcohol or additives.Forever the fashionista, Michaela was passionate about fashion and loved to keep up to date with new trends emerging as well as setting her own! With an eye for a bargain, she loved to pick up the ‘High Street look’ without the hefty price tags!  With a confident and assertive mindset, Michaela always stood up for the right thing and encouraged her friends and students to always follow their heart, not society norms or peer pressure.The Michaela FoundationThe Michaela Foundation believes that the values by which Michaela lived her life should live on and that young people can succeed in life, fulfilled and happy, with faith, confidence and fun as their foundation. Since its inception, The Michaela Foundation has strategically planned how it can help inspire and encourage young people in Ireland to reach these values. So far, two flagship programmes have been put in place to achieve this.Student Award SchemeIn early 2012, The Michaela Foundation awarded three Fresher students in Irish, Religious Education and General discipline with £1,000 each to assist with their university fees. After carefully selecting three worthy applicants, who we deem ‘Michaela Scholars’, the student awardees began writing a monthly blog, ‘View from the Student’. The blog allows the students to share their experience in their first year in university, from the social scene right through to exam pressures.Michaela Girls Summer Camp In July 2012, nestled deep in the rolling Tyrone landscape, the first ever Michaela Girls SummerCamp came into being, bringing a little bit of magic into the lives of seventy young girls. Crucially, of course, those seventy young people brought a lot of magic into the lives of others.Established to commemorate and celebrate Michaela’s values, and to continue the good work she carried out through her dedication to her students at St Patrick’s Academy, Dungannon, the Summer Camp offered 11 to 13 year-old girls the opportunity to experience a plethora of inspiring and entertaining activities, all taught by highly experienced experts in a fun and supportive environment.Sessions at the camp were divided into five categories, each one celebrating a core principle or skill that was pivotal in Michaela’s life. These five core elements – the core themes of The Michaela Foundation – were Fun, Fashion, Faith, Irish and Well-being.Activities included, new fashion styles, cupcake design, making rose bath bombs, healthy eating,Irish singing, understanding the rosary and a lot more! There was so much happening in this camp, only those who attended truly appreciated the ‘The Michaela Girls Camp experience!’What’s Next?The Student Award Scheme will continue to run on an annual basis, giving three Fresher students the chance to become Michaela Scholars each year and aid their university fees.  The Michaela Girls Camp will be rolled out in different counties throughout Ireland, giving young girls aged 11-13 the chance to experience something truly magical! ‘The Michaela Centre’We aim to provide a hub for all our future activities, nestled in Glencull, Co. Tyrone where Michaela was born and raised. We’re giving the planning of this project the time and thought it deserves and are working hard at scoping out what it will be and what it will do. Among the Centre ‘building blocks’ we’re looking at are:•       A ‘Tea House’ Styled Café•       3G Pitch•       Residential area for Camps to run throughout summer•       Place to Reflect/Retreat•       Schedule of on-going activities to include Irish Classes; health and well being initiatives; prayer; and Faith development•       Confidence Building in YouthAbove all it will be a place of fun; enjoyment; and comfort.If you have any ideas about what should be in The Michaela Centre and how the place might work, then please let us know at enquiries@themichaelafoundation.comYou can also help achieve this dream by  supporting Saturday night’s Match for Michaela – A Festival with Football.  Gates open at 5pm with entertainment starting at 6pm in Casement Park Belfast.UP FOR THE MATCH FOR MICHAELA – WHAT HER FOUNDATION WILL DO was last modified: November 3rd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:UP FOR THE MATCH FOR MICHAELA – WHAT HER FOUNDATION WILL DOlast_img read more

Wisconsin Upends Men’s Tennis, 5-2

first_imgMADISON, Wis. – The Drake University men’s tennis team was upended by Wisconsin, 5-2, on Thursday evening at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium. Drake’s Ben Stride managed to win his first set 6-4, but Lamar Remy responded to win the next two set 6-3, 6-2 at No. 2 to give UW a 3-1 advantage. The Badgers swept all three doubles matches to earn the doubles point.”We truly felt we were putting ourselves in position to win on every singles court. So full credit to Wisconsin for the effort they competed with and outplaying us in key moments. Credit to their coaching staff for keeping them composed in those situations,” said Drake head coach Davidson Kozlowski. The Bulldogs tied it up at 1-1 with another dominating performance by Vinny Gillespie at No. 1 singles as he rolled past Josef Dodridge, 6-4, 6-1.  Print Friendly Version Singles competition1. Vinny Gillespie (DU) def. Josef Dodridge (WIS) 6-4, 6-12. Lamar Remy (WIS) def. Ben Stride (DU) 4-6, 6-3, 6-23. Chema Carranza (WIS) def. Tom Hands (DU) 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (10-8)4. Osgar O’Hoisin (WIS) def. Barny Thorold (DU) 6-3, 3-6, 6-25. Bayo Philips (DU) vs. Chase Colton (WIS) 7-6, 4-6, 1-0 (10-6)6. Daniel Soyfer (WIS) def. Ben Wood (DU) 7-5, 7-5 Wisconsin regained the lead for good when Daniel Soyler edged Ben Wood, 7-5, 7-5 at No. 6.center_img The Badgers clinched the hard fought match in a three-setter between UW’s Osgar O’Hosin and freshman Barny Thorold. O’Hosin took the first set 6-3, while Thorold won the second, 6-3. In the third and decisive set, O’Hoisin won 6-2 to seal the UW victory.”We’ve yet to play with full strength of lineup this season so we are learning and growing. We were excited to finally have Bayo (Philips) back in the lineup after sitting out the past nine months with knee injury. It was very positive for him to win his first match back on the court,” said Kozlowski. Doubles competition1. Chema Carranza/Josef Dodridge (WIS) def. Bayo Philips/Ben Wood (DU) 6-12. Lamar Remy/Chase Colton (WIS) def. Vinny Gillespie/Ben Stride (DU) 6-43. John Zordani/Osgar O’Hoisin (WIS) def. Tom Hands/Barny Thorold (DU) 6-3 Match Notes:Drake 6-3Wisconsin 4-1Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,6,2,4,3,5) The Bulldogs will look to bounce back on Saturday, Feb. 25 when they face off against BYU in Eugene Ore. at 2 p.m.Wisconsin 5, Drake 2Feb 16, 2017 at Nielsen Tennis Stadium(Madison, Wisconsin)last_img read more

Angela cashes in her chequebook after a lifetime of service with AIB

first_imgThe banking sector in Letterkenny became a little poorer this week following the retirement of popular bank official Angela Kilgallen.Originally from Skreen in Co Sligo Angela began her journey with AIB Bank in the Dunfanaghy branch some 38 years ago.She moved to Letterkenny branch in 1982 where she was based for the past 35 years becomimng an honourary Donegal person in the process! Through her strong customer focus she became the “face” of AIB Letterkenny for many hundreds of AIB customers.Angela is also very active in the wider community through her involvement in a range of charity and community groups, particularly Letterkenny Golf Club, Friends of Letterkenny Hospital and Donegal Hospice.As her retirement approached many customers and colleagues shared stories of appreciation of the assistance and service that Angela so willingly provided.Angela was moved by the high esteem in which she was held and by the many tokens and presents that she received from colleagues and customers alike. Angela has contributed a significant part of her life to AIB and her commitment and customer service delivery will not be forgotten.“We wish Angela and her family well as she embarks on the next chapter of her life, where no doubt she will continue to be an active member within the local community,” said a spokesman for AIB in Letterkenny.Angela cashes in her chequebook after a lifetime of service with AIB was last modified: December 5th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AIBAngela KIlgallendonegalretirementsligolast_img read more

Arlington FFA hosts Farm Day

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On May 11, 2017 the Arlington held Farm Day, where most of the FFA members brought in either a tractor or some kind of livestock.  On this day Zoie Young and Holly Lee brought their rabbits. Seth Courtney and Dylan Miles brought  calves. Gavin, Caden, and Jared Isenbarger  brought pygmy goats and piglets. Lillian Swails brought her Alpaca. Tyler Vanderhoff brought his mini sprayer. Colin Tobin brought his duck. Tessa Bowling and Ivy Kidd brought their horses. Meaghan Hummell brought her ewe and two lambs. Courtney Fox brought her donkey and her miniature horse.  Brittani Wright brought her chickens. TheFFA Alumni President Mr. Brad Beach brought three different varieties of eggs for the FFA to take care of and to watch hatch. The following individuals brought their tractor’s; Ashley Glick, Chayton Newman, Brayden Bushong, Seth Richards, Colton Kidd, Tyler Rowlett, Bailey Parke, and Blake Bishop. Our gates were provided by Charlie Beagle. The FFA had students k-6 and the Shining Star preschool come and see all of the farm animals and tractors. The students were required to teach the kids about what it is that they brought.last_img read more

Finally, an autonomous car for the masses

first_imgTags:#Autonomous car#CES2017#Hyundai#Ioniq#Self-Driving For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Hyundai wants to be the self-driving car supplier for the ordinary customer, and at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017 it showcased an everyday car that is able to switch lanes, turn signal, brake at red lights, and yield to pedestrians.The autonomous Ioniq concept car is less fancy than some of the other offerings at CES 2017, like Faraday Future’s FF 91 or Ford’s Fusion Hybrid, but Hyundai believes the lack of eccentric design could be an advantage when selling the tech to skeptical customers.See Also: Korean rules falling behind on self-driving development“The autonomous Ioniq concept is a normal car, not a science project,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president of Hyundai North America, to AFP. “We believe in democratizing this technology.”Hyundai will also be able to sell the automotive at a cheaper cost, opening self-driving tech to consumers that typically spend less than $30,000 on a car. Tesla wants to achieve a similar feat with the Model 3, which will start production this year.Firm knows its biggest obstaclesO’Brien sees regulations and infrastructure as the two main obstacles in the near future, as the tech is nearly ready for public roads. Some states are starting to legalize Level 4 autonomy, but it will take time before everything is ready for mass adoption.“Technology-wise it’s not too far away, we’re closer than a lot of people think,” said O’Brien. “A lot of regulations need to change, infrastructures need to be in place.”Hyundai is ahead of most automakers in the self-driving race. It has worked with Uber in South Korea on self-driving cars and is part of the automotive consortium invested in Willow Run, which is set to become the largest self-driving test site in the world.While it might not flash the cash that Ford and General Motors are showing or have the technical talent Google and Tesla possess, it has a strong foot in the game, and the focus on a reliable, reasonably priced self-driving car could be a winning formula. IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… David Currycenter_img Related Posts Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…last_img read more

The Three Elements That Make Most Micro-Budget Films Fail

first_imgAs low cost cinema cameras dominate the independent film scene, high level filmmaking has never been more accessible than it is today. That said, it takes a lot more than the right camera and gear to actually make a film that is worth watching.Many up and coming filmmakers are scared to make a film with no budget. They often don’t have the experience to know how difficult it is to raise the funding to make a film, and won’t even consider making one on a limited budget.While there is nothing wrong with aiming to raise a substantial budget to make your first feature, the truth of the matter is that it is extremely difficult to do so (even for seasoned filmmakers). You don’t necessarily need that money to make an excellent film today. Not to mention, in order to raise that kind of money you need to have a calling card (usually in the form of a low/no budget project) so producers will trust you with their money.Image from WikimediaThe good news is that making a film with little or no money can still yield great results that are comparable to any well-funded film, so long as you are creative and adopt a solid strategy for yourself. As we all know from watching studio produced films over the last several years, more money doesn’t necessarily translate to better movies. If you’re eager to make a film, but money is tight, here are three considerations that you should never overlook.1. Story is EVERYTHINGTechnological breakthroughs in all the various facets of filmmaking have completely changed the world of cinema and digital production. While in many respects, these great advances have opened up a new and exciting world for filmmakers from all walks of life, I would argue that the quality of independent films have greatly suffered over the past several years. It used to be that a great story/screenplay got your film made, but with easy access to digital cinema cameras and post-tools, simply owning the right gear (or knowing someone with the right gear) is enough to get your film made, even if it doesn’t have a fully developed story.Understanding cinematography, editing or particular uses for gear, is critical to your success as a filmmaker. However, your camera and all the various ‘toys’ you utilize throughout production are simply there to enhance your story. You may think that you need to hyper focus on developing your skillset behind the camera or in post in order for your film to have a cinematic quality, but you need to put just as much emphasis on the story and concept. After all, a great idea with poor production value will go a lot further than a poor idea with great production value.Look at a film like ‘Clerks‘ by Kevin Smith. Yes, that example is going back a couple of decades, but even for itts time the quality level of that film was extremely poor. It was black and white, grainy, poorly lit, badly composed…but guess what? It was a success because the writing and the story were on point.2. Immaculate Location AudioNothing is more detrimental to your film than poorly recorded, amateur audio. If you’ve already made a film or two, you should clearly understand how critical great location audio is, and also understand that poor audio can completely ruin your project. Not having a big budget is absolutely no excuse for not capturing great audio, as it really just comes down to prioritizing it, rather than taking a ‘we’ll fix it in post’ attitude. For whatever reason, even though most filmmakers know how important great audio is, the audio department is one of the first things that’s compromised on low budget films.A great tool that I use for smaller productions, which I strongly recommend, is the Zoom H6 Handy Portable Digital Recorder. It is a relatively low priced field recorder, with most of the features you’d find on similar, yet more expensive recording equipment. It takes 4 XLR inputs (up to 6 with an added module), and has many of the same features built-in that you would find on a more professional level audio recorder. In an ideal world, you don’t want to be rolling your own audio (a dedicated sound recordist is always a far better choice), but in a pinch you can get great results with a device like the Zoom H6 and a couple of high quality mics.No matter if you choose to hire a sound recordist or do your own location sound, make sure that you put just as much effort into the sound as the image. After all, it’s been proven time and time again that audio influences an audience’s experience far more than imagery.3. Understand Your Limitations Early OnIf you’re shooting a film with little or no money, you need to identify your creative limitations early on, and keep your head out of the clouds when it comes time to develop your idea and screenplay. So often filmmakers with small budgets will want to write a script with car chases, explosions, exotic locations and other extraneous elements, and don’t realize until it’s too late that this just isn’t feasible.Personally, I welcome limitations when I make films with very little money. In fact, there are times when I find it easier to work with fewer resources. This gives me the opportunity to strategically utilize what I have around me and quickly dismiss what is not in the realm of possibility for my film. For example, if I have a certain location in mind for a scene but the permit to shoot there is too expensive, I may change the scene around to take place in a different part of that same location, where I could get away with guerrilla shooting. At first, this may seem like a compromise, but more often than not the scene will actually become stronger and more unique by changing it around, since the shooting limitations can force originality and uniqueness in the scene.In SummaryThere are many great tips and suggestions that I could make to no-budget filmmakers with regards to lighting, casting, camera choices, and so on. However, most of these elements are secondary and the success of your micro budget film will rely very heavily on having a vision and maintaining your focus. Your ability to focus on a well told, proactive story is critical – and thankfully this part of the process doesn’t cost you a dollar.There’s nothing wrong with wanting to shoot on a great camera, or having a preference for the visual elements of your film, but at the end of the day whoever is viewing your film is going to be captivated by the story, the sound, and the execution far more than the technical merits of your visual production, so always keep that in mind!last_img read more