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Aesthetically working helmets in ‘Prometheus’

Středa, Červen 6th, 2012

In returning to the genre he helped define, Ridley Scott continues to push the boundaries of storytelling, both visually and thematically. As he notes, he’s all about the “everything” – from story structure to casting, from sets and costumes to new ways of telling a story. And while the renowned filmmaker is scaring the hell out of you, he never loses sight of the big picture. “After you’ve seen Prometheus,” Scott concludes, “you will have experienced something completely unexpected.”

In parallel to the film’s post-viewing experience, the actors likewise have undergone a gratifying filming experience with the helmets developed for the film.

Scott mandated a globe-shaped helmet with no blind spots. Each helmet had nine working video screens, lighting, an oxygen supply run on two fans with battery packs within the backpack. The exterior of the helmet features a fully functioning torch and HD cameras with a transmitter and recorder.

The helmet has 9 working LED screens, all with specially designed graphics, five of them in the globe, and the others in the glass. The graphics have all been designed by the art department to look like official tech. It’s the seismic activity of the land.

Then there’s LED lighting everywhere. There’s a light in the top. There’s a skull cap, which is wired for sound so they can not only speak, they can hear direction. And most importantly, it’s completely wired up for air because Ridley said that on ALIEN, the panic that would set in after their actors had been in the helmets for more than 30 seconds was immense. Plus there’s all that condensation you get on the globe.

The backpack really functions as a huge battery loader for all the electronics. The editor, Pietro Scalia, decided he wanted to be able to see through the mounted cameras, so they’re real HD cameras, which come with big recorders and great big transmitters. But apparently the footage has been great – you can intercut, so that right in the middle of a scene you get little gems: little bits and bobs that a wide camera can’t.

Prometheus costume designer Janty Yates shares, “We’ll make about 60 of these helmets. We’ve got so many stunts. It’s a constant process of making and mending them. There are so many things that can and do go wrong with the electronics, but even with all the maintenance you have to do I think we must have saved them a fortune, because if it weren’t built into the suit they’d have had to create it in post and that would have been so much more difficult.”

“Even a little knock to the helmet could knock out the whole sequence. They’re so fragile, but they’re just beautiful things. The result of having all these lights in the suit itself is that you end up with the actors bathed in this exquisite lighting. My guys have to get together with Dariusz Wolski, the cinematographer, and figure out what was going to work and where. They strips of light look like inverted halos and they light the faces really exquisitely,” recalls Yates.

Ride with PROMETHEUS in the speed of light years when it opens June 6 in theaters all over the Philippines – from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros. Visit and like 20thCenturyFoxPh facebook page for more of Prometheus and upcoming films.

Dispose of your hazardous waste in proper fashion

Pátek, Duben 6th, 2012

I’ll never forget the time I was looking out the window and saw my neighbor casually pouring motor oil down the street gutter drain near our house. I nonchalantly sauntered over toward him and picked up a conversation. While we chatted, I asked what he was pouring down the drain. He said it was old oil he had drained from his car and he didn’t know what else to do with it.

Funny, he had removed the manhole cover that the neighborhood Girl Scouts had stenciled the little fish on with the saying something like, “This goes directly to the River.” I wondered if I could make a point without stirring up any neighbor-strife. “Oh, did you see that little fish on the cover there?” I asked innocently.

He looked over at the manhole lid. “Yeah, it’s got that fish on it,” he replied. Obviously, he hadn’t paid attention to what that “fish” meant, so I sat down explained how it all worked. Whatever someone poured down those drains, sooner or later would end up in the Missouri River. He put down his oil bottle as he listened.

Don’t get me wrong, by no means was this older gentleman dumb or stupid, it’s just how he’s always done this sort of thing.

All homes use products for cleaning, painting, beautifying, disinfecting, for yard and garden pesticides/herbicides, and automotive fluids, etc, but a lot of people just do not pay attention to the print on the container that these items need special disposal. Think about each individual house with these items, and multiply it by every house in a city and that is the number of houses that have hazardous waste within their walls. Most homes do not dispose of hazardous waste containers properly.

WPC officials state, “Chemical-based household products from a single home may seem insignificant, but when millions of homes use similar products, the combined effect becomes a major problem if they are handled, stored or disposed of improperly. The health and safety of people and animals, as well as the environment, is endangered when this type of product is discarded in the trash, poured down sinks or in storm drains.”

Typical hazardous products collected at the drive include, cleaners (lye, drain, toilet and tub, oven, etc) paint and paint products (aerosol cans, varnish, stripper, thinner, turpentine, etc) fluorescent light bulbs; rat poison; pesticides & herbicides (including weed killers) automotive fluids (antifreeze, used motor oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid) batteries; kerosene; mercury thermometers; unused or outdated medicines; household fluids labeled flammable, toxic, corrosive, or reactive; all qualify as household hazardous waste.

At time of the year, residents are welcome to take their household hazardous waste to the Kansas City, Mo., facility for free disposal. Normal days of for disposal are Thursdays, Fridays between 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. No appointments required.

Start looking under your sinks, your laundry room, storage area, shed, and garage for all of those chemicals that are old, outdated, or you don’t use any longer. This is the time to clean out in a safe, GREEN way! No more dumping down the drain!

Family values

Pondělí, Srpen 29th, 2011

That’s why Hurst had an IRA account at 20 years old and why, when he was making serious money on “The Tonight Show” — mid-six figures annually — he had no trouble sidestepping Hollywood temptations.

“Bob is a well-studied person,” McBride said. “A lot of musicians don’t have that kind of sophistication, but he balances that with a lot of street cred. He can talk politics, business. But you sit at the bar and he starts to feel comfortable and the needle starts to shift.”

Hurst grew up listening to his parents’ jazz LPs — Miles Davis, Modern Jazz Quartet, etc. — and his father taught him that jazz was a glory of black culture.

He started guitar lessons at 7, then switched to electric bass at 9. The family moved to Grand Rapids briefly, returning when Hurst was 12 and settling in Rochester. He studied acoustic bass with Dan Pliskow, a seasoned Detroit jazz musician and noted teacher.

A turning point came when Belgrave came to Rochester High for a master class and concert. Hurst, a precocious sophomore, asked if he could play a duet with Belgrave, choosing the bebop standard “Confirmation.”

He stunned Belgrave by playing the demanding melody instead of a routine bass line. Belgrave asked Hurst’s parents if he could work with their son. That LED diving flashlight to countless gigs and all-day rehearsals.

“Marcus didn’t treat me like a student,” Hurst said. “He treated me like a fellow musician and a man. In classical music there’s this hierarchy with the teacher up here and the student down there, but we’re all students and we’re all teachers. That’s the most beautiful thing Marcus instilled in me — that you’re a perpetual student.”

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Úterý, Srpen 16th, 2011

On the heels of the $10 billion gap that Cuomo needed to close this year, $2.4 billion may not sound like much. But this governor also has changed a key rule of the budgeting game, eliminating the DOB’s traditional assumption of a current-law “baseline” spending trend that also inflated the gap estimates.

Measured from Cuomo’s more realistic baseline, next year’s gap includes relatively modest increases totaling nearly $900 million for school aid and Medicaid, as required by the two-year appropriations that reflect Cuomo’s new spending caps. Debt-service spending and pension costs, essentially untouchable, account for another $450 million.

Assuming these areas are off-limits to cuts, that means the governor will need to fill over half the projected gap from savings in other areas of the budget. (True, he’ll be able to book more savings on employee benefits over the next several years, assuming the PEF and other unions fall into line with the CSEA pattern deal.)

Beyond that, each additional million of spending in excess of revenues next year will translate into another tough fight that tests Cuomo’s determination to stay the course of fiscal responsibility.

Even assuming the economy snaps back to the steady growth path the governor originally projected for the balance of his first term, he’s got a multiyear struggle on his hands before the budget emerges into daylight for the long haul.

Meanwhile, local officials across the state are waiting for a sign the governor intends to provide some serious relief from state mandates, including collective-bargaining reforms, as a followup to his historic property-tax cap. Without that relief, more counties and other municipalities — including New York City — will soon find themselves stuck in deep, dark tunnels of their own.