Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest 180316_RyanMartinAnother dry but cool day today as sunshine dominates once again. Enjoy it, because we will see some changes to the weather pattern as we go into the weekend. Winds will start to ramp back up later this afternoon.Precipitation for tomorrow is farther north and may end up impacting a good half of the state. However, the best action remains in SW Ohio, where we can see a few hundredths to .4”. Some of this heavier moisture runs from Cincinnati up towards Dayton and even over closer to Columbus. With cold air in play we still feel that we have to allow for some wet snow in there, mixing with some rain. Minor accumulations can be seen, especially north of I-70. Everything looks to be done by late tomorrow evening.We are dry for Saturday night, Sunday and Monday, with sunshine and blue sky back in over the state for Sunday. Clouds build Monday, and by Monday night we see scattered showers moving in. However, action for Monday night and Tuesday looks to have a smaller footprint and may be confined to the southern half to third of the state. We will make a final determination on this in our forecast Monday morning. Rain totals can be from .1”-6” in those areas. Clouds will be around over the rest of the state.The biggest change in our forecast this morning comes for next Wednesday. As a strong nor’easter heads up the east coast, we see ample wrap around action on the backside of the low, and it may trigger snow over all of Ohio. We can see a coating to several inches, and the snow looks to go all day long. We will not rule out some 6” snow totals in eastern Ohio before the day is through next Wednesday, but we will wait to put out official snow and precipitation totals until early next week. Snow coverage can be nearly 100% of Ohio. It will be far worse to our east, but we need to stress not to underestimate this storm. Yes, it is hundreds of miles to our east, but the flow around the top will reach all the way back here, and will be enhanced by movement across the great lakes.The rest of the forecast is basically unchanged. We dry down for next Thursday and Friday, but stay cool. Then a front starts to work in for the 24th that has plenty of south flow ahead of it. That should take temps slightly above normal, and then also allow for good rains to fill in later Saturday afternoon through Sunday. Models have diminished the size and scope of this system this morning, but we are not changing the forecast yet. We will revisit this early next week. For now, we are calling for .25”-.75” rains for the 24th-25th with coverage at 70%.The extended pattern shows a strong circulation still for the 27th and 28th. Models suggest we can see the gulf bring up some nice moisture into this low, triggering moderate to heavy rains. It’s early but we are considering raising our rain totals for that part of the forecast period to 1-2 inches, based on a track right across from central MO to Toledo. There is plenty of time for this to change, but this may be a wet finish to the month of March.
In this video tutorial, we’ll explore the origins of the geared head, when and how it was used, and why filmmakers still use it to this day.When cameras moved to color process in the ’40s, they suddenly became too heavy for conventional friction tripods. So, engineers developed a device called a “geared head” that moved the tripod head on its vertical and horizontal axes via two wheels attached to gears. One wheel controlled the camera’s tilt — the other its pan.Geared Head vs. Fluid HeadSkill with these new geared heads became a requirement for camera operation in Hollywood. Cam ops were eager to show off their skills by such tricks as attaching a piece of chalk to the tripod head and writing their names in cursive.The geared head offered controlled, smooth camera movements at a time when cameras were increasing in size.When smaller cameras came along in the ’60s and ’70s, the fluid head took over from the geared head because it was cheaper to produce and took less specialized skill to operate. However, the geared head continued to be in use because of the smooth, controlled movements it offered.Operation and CostI set out to learn how to use the geared head, never having operated one before. It was initially frustrating, like controlling a camera with an etch-a-sketch, but I was able to gain dexterity after a couple hours.The main limitation to learning the geared head is the availability of a unit to practice with. The industry standard — ARRIHEAD — costs over $20,000 to buy and rents out for around $200 a day. I was able to borrow a cheaper, off-brand unit that I used to familiarize myself with the controls, without spending a ton of money.By attaching a laser pointer to the geared head, you can practice tracking using the wheels.I started by attaching a laser pointer to the unit and tracing a simple square on the wall. Once I could do that successfully, I moved on to the infinity symbol, which took around an hour to trace consistently.Once I had some success, I rented a pro-level geared head for a weekend and tried various shots. After some adjusting to the better, smoother controls, I was able to shoot with the camera and nail shots after one or two takes.It took close to five hours of total practice time to get an acceptable shot on the third take, but this was spread over a couple of weeks. I have no doubt that if someone was serious about operating a geared head, they could develop a professional level of skill pretty quickly.Cover image via ARRI.Interested in the tracks we used to make this video?“Saint Tropez” by Biba Dupont“Baton Rouge” by Biba Dupont“Lo Fi Highway Night” by Trending Music“Desire” by Trending Music“Retro Dreams” by Jericho Studio“Calling Your Name” by Magnetize MusicLooking for more film and video production tutorials? Check these out.Stylistic Goodies and Grit: A Film Grain Footage TutorialBuilding Your Own Car Rig — Commercial Insider Edition3 Practical Gore Effects for Your Next Horror ShortWhat to Put in Your Short Film’s Mood Board6 Lifesaving Hacks for Cropping Your Footage to a Wider Aspect Ratio
The Centre’s Special Representative on Jammu and Kashmir, Dineshwar Sharma, has requested Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to convene a meeting with authorities of certain television news channels to ask them to be careful against spreading “vicious propaganda” against Kashmiris.A senior source said on Wednesday that at least four news channels routinely aired stories exaggerating events in the Kashmir Valley, defeating the dialogue and peace process initiated by the Centre. The meeting with the channel representatives would be convened shortly, the source said. Another official, however, said the Centre would tread cautiously on the subject as it did not want to impinge on the “freedom of the press”.“Sometimes these channels are just making a mountain out of a molehill. Many times, the debates are vitriolic and are distant from facts on the ground. This gives fodder to secessionist forces in the Kashmir Valley to sow hatred against the government,” a senior Home Ministry official said.Delegations’ protestsMr. Sharma, a former Intelligence Bureau chief, was appointed Special Representative by the Centre in October 2017 for carrying forward the dialogue with all stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir. As reported earlier, several delegations that met Mr. Sharma complained that a few news channels were propagating a negative image of Kashmiris. The official said they would share Mr. Sharma’s concern with the television channels, adding that Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had, on several occasions, asked the Centre to address the issue of news channels going overboard when it comes to reporting events in the Valley.Delivering the keynote address at a seminar on “Understanding Kashmir” hosted by a Delhi-based think tank, BRIEF, last July, Ms. Mufti had hit out at television anchors based in the national capital for portraying Kashmir in a bad light.“I am sorry to say that this India that the [news] anchors are trying to project is not what India is and not the India I know. Few channels are showing Kashmiris in a bad light.”She said when she saw the retired “beard-wallahs” from the other side [Pakistan] and “mooch-wallahs” from this side screaming at the top of their lungs on television news channels, she felt they were airing their “frustrations” about the many wars that the two countries had fought. On stone throwingThe J&K administration have on previous occasions expressed similar concerns, and told the Centre that Delhi-based news television channels were portraying the State in a negative light. On the issue of reports of stone throwing by students, officials posted in south Kashmir had pointed out that schoolchildren from only four or five institutions had participated in the attacks on security forces.However, the national media had reported the incidents as if all the 50,000 school and college students were embroiled in violent acts in 2016 that erupted after Hizbul Mujahideen “commander” Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter with security forces.
If reports are to be believed, Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif starrer Ek Tha Tiger has grossed a whopping Rs 150 crore in mere eight days! Seems like Salman Khan’s Tiger avatar could well be on its way to becoming the biggest Bollywood hit of all times. Incidentally, Ek Tha Tiger also creates a new record for the fastest Rs. 100 crore earning at the box office. Now, the trade is abuzz with the prediction that Ek Tha Tiger will cross Rs. 200 crore very soon and could well break the record haul of 3 Idiots, which was Rs. 385 crore.The film released on August 15, 2012.No sequel to Ek Tha TigerDespite the ending of Salman Khan starrer superhit film ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ leaving a scope for a sequel, the makers have denied any such move.”We have not thought of a sequel for ‘Ek Tha Tiger’. We don’t have any idea (story line) for the sequel,” Kabir informed.Even the producers have denied making a sequel. “With the success of the film, it would be the obvious conclusion for anybody to assume that the film deserves a sequel. However, as of now, there are no such plans and it is more conjecture,” Yash Raj Films’ vice president (marketing and communications) Rafiq Gangjee said.Mystery behind Katrina’s red tilak revealed!Katrina Kaif recently grabbed headlines not for her performance in Ek Tha Tiger but for the tilak she sported at private screenings of this film.According to sources, the tilak was nothing more than a religious one, applied to her forehead during a pooja she attended.Katrina Kaif is these days celebrating the unprecedented response her recent film Ek Tha Tiger is receiving.advertisement
TORONTO — A new trial has been ordered for an Ontario man who beat his roommate to death with a hammer in a drunken confrontation over the other man’s alleged sexual relationship with a teenage girl.Toby Land appealed his second-degree murder conviction in the May 2009 killing of Dominic Doyon, arguing the judge was wrong to rule out the defence of provocation.Had the defence been presented to the jury, Land argued he could have been convicted of manslaughter instead, which would allow for a lower sentence. Second-degree murder carries an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for at least 10 years.In a ruling released last week, Ontario’s highest court found the trial judge erred in determining that Land could not claim provocation because he had initiated the confrontation while armed.The three-member appeal panel said the trial judge failed to consider whether Land, who anticipated that Doyon may become violent, could have realistically predicted that his roommate would reach for a samurai sword.The appeal court added that Doyon’s comments about his relationship with the teen during the dispute could also count as provocation, particularly for Land, who “was raised in a sexually abusive home.”“This confrontation arose out of Mr. Doyon’s alleged sexually abusive conduct. Mr. Land’s personal reaction to that conduct would obviously be affected by his experiences,” the court wrote.“Mr. Land, an Indigenous man, then 24 years old, had a horrendous past. It scarred him deeply,” it said. “He left his home with substance abuse issues and with a violent aversion to sexual abusers. On numerous occasions prior to May 4, 2009, Mr. Land attacked men he knew to be sexual abusers.”The decision said Land was angered by his 33-year-old roommate’s relationship with the teen, and the pair had clashed over the issue in the past. On two occasions, the dispute turned physical, with Doyon gaining the upper hand, it said.One day, Land said he came home to find Doyon and the teen shirtless on the couch, the document said, and he remained “deeply troubled” hours later.After drinking about eight beers, Land decided to confront Doyon but feared for his safety, so he armed himself with a hammer and held it at his side as he addressed his roommate, it said.He then noticed Doyon had a samurai sword — which had previously hung on the wall or been kept beside the couch or window — with him on the couch, the decision said.Doyon grabbed the sword’s handle as he got up and said something about how he could do whatever he wanted with his life, it said.Land told the court he felt like he snapped and “just reacted,” the document said. He vaguely remembered hitting Doyon in the arms with the hammer and said his next memory was of his other roommate pulling him back and, he believed, pulling the sword from his hands, it said.“Mr. Land said he could not control his thoughts and his actions,” the appeal court said.In fact, Land had “engaged in a frenzied attack upon Mr. Doyon, hitting him dozens of times with the hammer, including about the head,” it said.Doyon was also stabbed repeatedly with the sword and beaten with a pair of crutches, it said.The appeal court said the defence of provocation “had an air of reality and should have been left with the jury.”Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press