7 Film School Clichés You Might Want to Avoid

first_imgWhat are some other first-time filmmaking clichés to avoid? Let us know in the comments. All film school students are guilty of these seven clichés. Here’s how to avoid them and make your beginner film projects stand out.Top image: Groundhog Day via Columbia PicturesNo judgment here. Everyone has to start somewhere. Whether you’re in film school or just shooting on weekends with some friends, there’s a lot to consider when it comes time to jump into your first project.Do yourself, your professor, and your friends a favor and try to avoid these first-time filmmaking clichés.1. Alarm Clock OpeningsIt’s been done a million times in films big and small, but it’s the single most over-used opener in filmmaking. Let your classmates begin their films with a blaring alarm clock flashing 8:00 while a hand slaps the snooze. It only leads to a montage of your main character rubbing their eyes, brushing teeth, and rushing to get ready to leave in time.How to Avoid: There are other ways to introduce a character and start a scene. If you think about it, seeing a character wake up exactly like everyone in the world does really doesn’t tell you much about them. Consider skipping the intro and jumping into the middle of your next scene. Here’s a good example: 2. Gratuitous Running SequencesIn one of your first film school classes, you’re going to get the assignment to show how to edit a scene. Undoubtedly, you or someone you know will have the idea to create a sequence of a character running through campus because they are late for class. As an exercise, this is perfectly fine, but in a narrative film, it can kill a story in its tracks.How to Avoid: Consider something smaller and possibly more mundane. Match action cutting isn’t only used for big actions, you can build a sequence out of pretty much any aspect of everyday life. Make a sandwich, replace a car tire, wrap a gift, anything that has movement and progression will do.3. Blown-Out Tarantino Trunk ShotsWe all love Quentin Tarantino — he’s a great filmmaker. However, I’m willing to bet he feels a sharp pain in his side every time a film student sets up one of his patented trunk shots and leaves their camera on auto exposure. Yes, it’s fun to pay homage to your favorite director’s signature shots, but going from a dark space to a blown-out bright sky doesn’t quite pack the same impact in your film as it does in Reservoir Dogs.How to Avoid: If you are going to try it, set the exposure and white balance for how it will look outside. You can add lights or reflectors inside the trunk to keep your characters from being silhouetted. Or, if you want to show your characters getting something from a trunk, simply shoot it from outside of the car.4. Predictable Bathroom Mirror RevealsIf anything, the cliché bathroom mirror move teaches some good lessons about framing, blocking, and timing; it can still be effective when done right. Nonetheless, it’s easily the most overused of all horror movie jump scares. Worse yet, when done poorly, it can create a very confusing and fumbled scene.How to Avoid: Because it’s such a classic trope, over the years it’s systematically been turned on its head many times over. If you’re looking to experiment, trying to add a new angle or twist to the sequence can be a playful way to engage your audience.5. Unnecessary Vertigo Effect ShotsAgain, its definitely a technique that’s fun to try out and can be a great exercise in itself. However, used out of context to the story you’re telling, it can be quite disconnecting and odd. When done properly, the push/pull shot creates a perceived warp in space and distance and requires hair-trigger control of a zoom pull and dolly push. It’s rarely used in films for a reason, only called upon to portray built-up, high-stress situations.How to Avoid: From a technical standpoint, the vertigo effect is very difficult and usually requires several people working perfectly in unison. You can however “cheat” it, if you will, with a zoom added in post (here’s a good video explaining how). If you’re just looking to portray an upsetting emotion within a character, other methods like a dutch angle can also be an option.6. Unsightly Cross DissolvesCross dissolves, or crossfades, are a standard video and film transition that can, at times, ease a sharp or harsh cut between two scenes. In film history, it has been used at times to create thematic links between shots. However, most of the time, it creates awkward bleeds between images that can create unsightly mixes and can create unwanted connotations.How to Avoid: If you’re going to use a long cross dissolve, you’re going to need complete control of your shots. Handheld and bumpy shots do not crossfade well, as the lines bounce around and create weird images. If you do shoot on a tripod or secure dolly, the longer the crossfade means the longer you’ll need to hold your shot still at the end. It’s really not always needed either, as there are just as many famous cuts between two shots that don’t crossfade but still create illicit thematic connections.7. Way Too Long CreditsIt’s understandable — you’ve finished your first short film and you’re proud of your accomplishments. The urge to put together an ending sequence that gives you and your friends all the credit you deserve make sense. However, if you’re in a class where several films are going to be shown, or are simply showing it to friends — they will all know who wrote, directed, shot, sound engineered, gaffed, and edited the film.How to Avoid: Keep it short and sweet. Avoid the long crawling credits. You can still attach you and your friends’ names, but try and incorporate something other than just a blank screen and text. A good example of this may be the ending to Wes Anderson’s first short film Bottle Rocket. Find a way to mix the credits in as part of the story you’re trying to tell.last_img read more

Sister Act

first_imgThese sisters are not only doing it for themselves and their country but someone very special as well. By Julian Buckmaster – @JulianTFAAh, siblings. Everyone knows the blood-line connection and the love that flows and the loathing and conflict that grows that only a family best knows and delivers. And all usually under the same roof and the same protagonists looking for a different result doing the same thing. Sound familiar?Domestic bliss, hey? The competitions, the agreements the disagreements, the indiscretions. The bonds and ties that bind. The fights and frights and shared highs and lows. The equal part harmony and hegemony that makes up the fabric of the modern household. The rivalry.And in the middle of it all you have the parents. You have to love the lot of a parent – referee, judge, jury, provider, decider and pacifier. Somehow seemingly keeping it all together and with a referees whistle always on the ready and the smile behind gritted teeth to keep the peace.Now, for the purposes of this piece let’s quietly ask the boys to slip outside and perhaps, go climb a tree, hit the back shed or better still, run amok with the Touch Football in the backyard as we focus on the important ones. The girls.History is seemingly littered with successful Australian female siblings.In the literary world you have the famous Bronte sisters; in music, the Minogue’s and the Veronicas’ sisters have it sussed and before all them the Andrews sisters from another time and age. In modelling it’s the Hart’s captivating the world’s catwalks and gaze. Even the tourism landmarks/landforms get a gig with the famous three sisters in the Blue Mountains…but that’s another story entirely.However, it’s in the Australian sporting world that something particularly curious is emerging and warrants examination. The Campbell sisters are probably the most prominent from the Australian public’s view; certainly capturing the imagination and most of the headlines in their quest for gold in Rio later this year. Cate Campbell said it best in a recent SMH report: “So special. So special. To compete in a relay with Bronte; that was always our dream, because it’s the only time we can swim together instead of against each other.”But at the elite Touch Football level, there is, as they say in our sport’s vernacular, certainly a pattern developing here.What it is exactly that runs through the Touch Football family tree that is breeding success in the female format, we can’t be sure – nurture? Nature? Combination of both?Something we do know is that a very rich and rare commodity seems to run in the veins of those successful siblings representing their country; which probably needs bottling and a good deal of explaining.As opposed to other sporting codes, for the Australian Women’s Open team, this would require a major enquiry to get to the bottom and foundation of this gene pool genius.Consider the conga line of sisters doing it not only for themselves but their younger/older siblings on the current stage, seeking International titles and Test honours.In the 2016 set-up we turn to the Davis sisters of Manly in Sydney; Danni and Shellie that currently carry the family flame and a burning desire to succeed together. With Danni establishing herself in the side and now regarded as a senior team member competing at several Australian campaigns, it is Shellie who is making her debut alongside her elder sis in the green and gold this week and revelling in the team alongside sister, Danni. “Having Danni at every step and watching her pathway has made me feel inspired and made my Touch career more exciting. Being able to learn and watch her has really assisted me and I hope the both of us,” she said with Danni not for the first time, by her side at the team hotel in Auckland, on the eve of the tournament.Naturally this all brings a knowing smile and perhaps a glint of a tear to older sister Danni.“Playing for Australian women’s has always been a tremendous honour and goal for me and always amazing. But once Shellie started making her way through state and youth national teams I knew she wouldn’t be far away from cracking the women’s team.“We train a lot together and do a lot of one-on-ones. We always talk about the little things like winning the rucks and talk; but now it’s actually happening [representing together] it’s just…unbelievable.“We play in a local competition as well with a lot of younger girls coming through; so we spend a fair bit of time together with reps across the board and wouldn’t want it any other way. When quizzed on her knowledge of the sisterhood preceding her in the national team, she was as quick in response as one of her snipes on the field careering towards the tryline.“We look at and are inspired by those before us: the Judds, the Winchesters and Hopkin girls and it is something really special to be a part of this special group of sisters competing at the highest level.“I consider everyone from Touch Football as special and family so it just all goes with the territory I guess.”The Davis girls’ teammate, Sammy Hopkin continues her great form of late but is doing so without her older sister and wife of superstar, Dylan Hennessey, Emily Hennessey (nee Hopkin) this week in Auckland. A superstar duo this pair. The sisters that is.And, not to be outdone and also from the Peninsula, only one half of the Peattie sisters feature this week with Laura representing her national colours and family crest. Sister, Sarah meanwhile is on the comeback from injury but already has a decorated career and we look forward to seeing her back in the green and gold soon. Now, cast your mind back further as we reflect back on this roll-call of Touch royalty that spans the generations past and carried through to the present.The Winchester sisters, Captain Louise and Canterbury colleague, Claire who represented Australia together on numerous occasions, dating back to the 2007 World Cup, were two of the most recognisable sisters in the game. Before them came the Judd twins who marched triumphantly across the globe up until recently – Kristy and Amanda. And, before them it was the Maher’s of Cronulla – Gaby, Kitty and Dom Maher who dominated proceedings in the late-80s and early 90’s (with Fiona an honourable mention making State Mixed teams) and setting the bar at a lofty height with a near team of sisters.Shifting focus to the millennium past, perhaps very fittingly, it was the wife of recently retired Australian Women’s Coach, Peter Bell, Catherine Bell (nee Barr and her sister Angela), who represented their country with aplomb and along with the McWhirter sisters (Susan and Maria), who set the tone as forbearers of things to come.And long may their reign in the green and gold continue and we can only hope for many sequels of these ‘Sisters Acts’, long into in the future.  We’ll be keeping you up-to-date with all of the latest news, information and results from the series on our website and social media channels, so you won’t miss any of the action:Website: www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook: www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter: www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram: www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube: www.youtube.com/touchfootballausSnapchat – search for ‘TFAofficial’Be sure to use the hashtags #transtasman2016, #oneteam and #teamaustralia across all of our social media platforms.To watch Touch New Zealand’s live streaming, please click here.Related LinksSister Actlast_img read more

PHOTOS: Meeting of the CARIFORUM Post-Cotonou Caucus of Ministers

first_imgMinister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith (left) conversing with Secretary General, CARICOM and the Caribbean Forum of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (CARIFORUM) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, during the meeting of the CARIFORUM Post-Cotonou Caucus of Ministers at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on April 14. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith (right) addressing the Caribbean Forum of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (CARIFORUM) Post-Cotonou Caucus of Ministers at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on April 14. At right is Director General, CARIFORUM, Percival Marie.last_img

Parrikars sons promise to continue fathers legacy

first_imgPanaji: Late Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s sons Utpal Parrikar and Abhijat Parrikar have said that they would “honour his (Parrikar’s) life by continuing his legacy of service and dedication to the State and the Nation”. The public statement comes amid speculation that the late Chief Minister’s elder son Utpal Parrikar is likely to join active politics. In a joint letter, which was released to the media via the Chief Minister’s Office, both the brothers have also said that BJP karyakartas (cadres) were much closer to Parrikar than the two brothers and the bond, the letter says, became evident when the former Defence Minister passed away on March 17 following a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “We will honour his life by continuing his legacy of service and dedication to the State and the Nation,” the Parrikar brothers said in their open letter of appreciation, which expresses gratitude to the Goa government, the Central government, foreign diplomatic missions, the Indian armed forces, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, doctors who attended to the late Chief Minister, as well as the host of VIPs who attended Parrikar’s funeral on March 18. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K “We express our gratitude to the Governemnt of Goa, Government of India, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, BJP, coalition allies and members of other political parties,” the letter stated. “Above all we express our sincere gratitude to the thousands of karyakartas for their love and affection. You have been his pillars of strength throughout. We always knew that you and the people of Goa meant much more to him than even us and this bond was evident when he passed away,” the letter said. Speaking to reporters on Friday, Utpal Parrikar, who has been tipped to take over Manohar Parrikar’s political legacy, said that he would decide about joining politics in due time.last_img read more

Only coach in OSU womens lacrosse history resigns

Sue Stimmel, the only women’s lacrosse coach in Ohio State history, announced her resignation Wednesday.In her 15 seasons at OSU, Stimmel accumulated a 122-111 record, and an overall career record of 198-130 with her six seasons coaching at Denison University.She led the Buckeyes to NCAA tournament appearances in the 2002 and 2003 seasons, as well as an ALC Championship in 2003.“She will be sorely missed,” OSU athletic director Gene Smith said in a press release. “We appreciate the great work she has done to start and establish our women’s lacrosse program. She is truly an outstanding person, and we thank her for all she gave the student-athletes and Buckeye Nation.”Senior captain Rachael Cornicello said Stimmel’s decision came as a shock to the team.“She hadn’t said anything during the season about it so that’s why we were a little surprised,” she said. “But we’re trying to see good in it and we still love her as our coach.”Cornicello said her teammates are keeping their heads high and hoping that the program will change for the better.“The sport in general has changed so much even in the past five years, so maybe someone who could bring new ideas to the program would be good,” she said.Though the team is looking to the future, Stimmel will assuredly be missed.“Sue happens to be a very funny person,” said Cornicello. “So her humor will be something that we’ll miss along with her dedication to the team. This has really been her life for the past 15 years. Her dedication to the sport reflects in how we play.”Stimmel attributed her decision to leave to her desire to move on and pursue other professional opportunities.“I want to thank The Ohio State University and the athletics department for the past 15 years,” Stimmel said in a press release. “Building the program has been a truly amazing experience, one that gave me the opportunity to work with wonderful student-athletes and exceptional people. I believe the time has come for me to move on to new challenges and to explore other opportunities.”What these opportunities may be is thus far unclear.“I really don’t know what her plans are,” said Cornicello. “I can definitely see her coaching somewhere in future. She’s so dedicated to the sport and it’s something that makes her happy.” read more

Sokratis Papastathopoulos pinpoints Arsenals defensive issues

first_imgArsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos has spoken out about his side’s 3-2 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, a week on from their loss against champions Manchester City.The Gunners Premier League couldn’t be any tougher, with the new Arsenal boss Unai Emery pleading for patience and time for the team to blendSokratis was one of five new arrivals to strengthen the senior squad alongside Bernd Leno, Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi and Stephan Lichtsteiner.Rather than requesting patience from supporters, the Greek defender faced up to the failings at the back against Chelsea and called upon the rest of the team to fix the problems that undermined their performance at the other end of the pitch.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“We didn’t defend very well in the first half, all the team,” Sokratis told the club’s official website. “It was too easy for them to come into our half and score.“We had to score more because in the end, we lost the game. We have to improve in the next game.”Next up for the Gunners is a Premier League clash with the Hammers who are also on a losing streak.last_img read more

SWAT team called after reports of gunfire in Bonita suspect arrested

first_img October 28, 2018 SWAT team called after reports of gunfire in Bonita, suspect arrested KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, BONITA (KUSI) — Reports of gunfire in a neighborhood in Bonita brought out a SWAT team, where an alleged gunman was arrested and nine other people were detained Sunday.No one was hurt, and sheriff’s deputies ultimately arrested one person in connection with the incident.A caller told police just before 4 a.m. Sunday that they could hear gunshots in a neighborhood east of Briarwood Road and south of state Route 54, San Diego County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Michael McNeill said.A Sheriff’s Department SWAT team headed to the 5400 block of Robinwood Road, where they found shell casings and live rounds in the driveway of a house and initially detained nine people for questioning. Officers from the San Diego and Chula Vista police departments also responded to help.While deputies and officers were conducting their investigation, they heard several more gunshots coming from nearby, McNeill said.Deputies and officers saw a man run away, and they briefly chased him but lost sight of him, according to a Sheriff’s Department news release. With the help of a police dog, they were able to find the man hiding in shrubs outside an apartment complex, and they detained him as well.Deputies also found a gun and a magazine in the area, McNeill said.The man, Salvador Barajas, 25, was first taken to a hospital for a medical evaluation before being booked into jail on suspicion of negligent discharge of a firearm. Posted: October 28, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more