10 Things to Know Before Shooting Your Microbudget Part 1 Budgeting and

first_img Twitter Harrill kicked off his workshop with a central idea that many of us have heard before: the most important thing you can do to get attention and position yourself in the marketplace is to make a unique film. However, his approach to figuring out that unique element entertains a different kind of question. He encourages filmmakers to look at what’s out there and see what you think other movies are doing wrong—and then use that as a launchpad to get your story right. Here is the first of our two-part series on how to successfully plan a microbudget feature.Microbudget filmmaking is almost like the premise of a reality show: how do you make your vision come alive on the screen while spending the least possible amount of money? Even if you have the best screenplay since Manchester By the Sea, there is a veritable “Ultimate Beastmaster” set of obstacles between you and a finished product.One of the best tools in your kit for overcoming those obstacles is knowing the right questions to ask early on that can help you save time, money and headaches in the long run. In a daylong microbudget filmmaking seminar at New York’s IFP Made in NY Media Center, Paul Harrill of Self-Reliant Film laid out several questions that you will want to answer during development and pre-production.Below are the first five of 10 crucial microbudget queries that we’ll publish this week:1. What do you think other movies get wrong? Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebooklast_img read more

Kashmiris queue for twominute phone access

first_imgMembers of the American Muslim community stage a demonstration to protest what they say is the Indian government`s occupation of Jammu and Kashmir, a Muslim-majority state within India, outside the Federal Building in Los Angeles on August 10, 2019. Photo: AFPOutside a guarded government office in Indian Kashmir’s main city, an interminable queue forms every day for a near-priceless opportunity: a two-minute phone call to the outside world.Residents of Srinagar and the Kashmir Valley have been starved of phone and internet use for a week as India snuffs out opposition to its military lockdown in the Himalayan region.Only two mobile phones with an outside line are on offer in the deputy commissioner’s office, but so desperate are people to contact families in the rest of India and overseas that they come from across Srinagar and beyond to wait in line.Under the watchful eye of Indian paramilitaries, the calls and conversations are tightly controlled, and simmering frustrations often boil over.One 56-year-old woman, who had walked miles and was stopped at dozens of checkpoints along the way, became embroiled in an argument with security forces outside the office after she was turned away.”They stopped me from entering because they don’t have a female police of?cer to frisk me,” the dejected woman, who was hoping to call her two children studying abroad, told AFP.”I am worried about my daughters but they would definitely be more worried about us,” she said, declining to be named.In the end, she was left with no choice but to give her childrens’ numbers to a stranger in the queue and plead with him to try and contact them.Silent punishment India deployed tens of thousands of additional troops to back its move last week to strip Muslim-majority Kashmir of its autonomy, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has not indicated how long the communications blackout and lockdown will last.A crippling curfew has been eased ahead of the Eid al-Adha festival on Monday, but there is still a massive security presence on the streets.The government has issued a few hundred satellite phones to police and top bureaucrats, while dozens of other officials have mobile and landline numbers linked to a private network.The deputy commissioner’s office began offering its mobile service on Thursday.Each day, the queue builds up early and jostling starts when an official emerges from a poorly lit corridor to take the names and numbers to be called in a register.”We are trying to help people to connect with relatives abroad,” the of?cer said on condition of anonymity.He reads out names of the lucky callers and hands over the mobile phone to each one. He also times each call, waving his hands when the 120 seconds are nearly up.Mubashir Hussain’s excitement turned to frustration when his call to a brother in the United States went unanswered.”He must be away from his phone or sleeping. There is a time difference,” the 44-year-old businessman said as he handed back the phone.Back to the ‘stone age’ A three-decade insurgency against Indian rule in Kashmir has left tens of thousands dead, and communication clampdowns are nothing new.According to the Software Freedom Law Center, a New Delhi monitoring group, there have been dozens of internet shutdowns this year alone.But the current restrictions — affecting the mobile network, landlines and cable TVs — are on a different scale.”We are being literally pushed into stone age. Cutting communication is a violation of basic human rights,” said Hussain.Shakeel Ahmad Khan said he had to plead with troops at several checkpoints to let him pass so he could try to contact his elderly parents who have been on the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia since last month.”I saw my mother in a dream last night and she said they are ?ne,” he said as he waited.last_img

Childrens Play

first_imgTo showcase the work of different theatre groups working with and for children.The festival will be organised in the national Capital from November 14 to 25, and for the first time will see international participation. The festival is a reputed theatre experience focusing on the children, representing various regions and languages from across the country and beyond. The National School of Drama campus will be turned into an exciting kid’s mela for this 12-day theatre carnival, as thousands of kids are expected to be a part of the festival.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfTwenty productions from India and seven productions for abroad, like Sri Lanka (English and Sinhala), Pakistan (Urdu), Turkey (Gibberish), Israel (Non Verbal), France (Non Verbal) and Switzerland (English) will feature with around 500 artistes participating in the festival. The 20 productions selected out of 149 entries comprise of plays from Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Delhi, West Bengal, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Manipur and Tripura. The language of the plays will be Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, English, Assamese, Malayalam and Non-verbal.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe inaugural ceremony for the festival will be held on November 14 at the NSD campus at 5:30PM. Five professional groups from Rajasthan, Punjab, Gujarat and Delhi and schools based in Delhi-NCR, under the direction of Dr Laique Hussain will perform Bal Vrind- a musical dance to kickstart the gala event. In the inaugural ceremony NK Sinha, Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Govt of India will be the Chief Guest, Manoj Joshi, eminent film and theatre personality will be the special guest while Mukesh Tiwary, eminent film and theatre personality will be the guest of honour. Irrfan Khan, alumnus of NSD, eminent film and theatre personality will be present at the culmination ceremony.   Waman Kendre, Director, National School of Drama said, “Children’s theatre is the most important aspect of theatre expression. Through ‘Jashne Bachpan’ we are trying to build the foundation of theatre from the grassroots and inculcate interest about theatre amongst the children from their childhood.  Children from various cultural and demographic backgrounds will get a chance to interact and exchange their ideas. In the process, they will make friends from across the world.This is a testing ground for world children theatre because if we succeed in generating interest towards theatre among the kids, this will be an opening door for them for future theatre expression.”The festival comprises of three distinct categories – performance by children, performance by children and adults and performance by adults. Underprivileged children from various NGOs will be invited to come and enjoy the theatre festival. The idea is to bring those children to the mainstream and inculcate enthusiasm for art and culture along with entertainment at a global platform like ‘Jashne Bachpan’.last_img read more

Petfree upbringing raises mental illness risk

first_imgChildren raised without pets in an urban setting are more vulnerable to mental illness than those raised in a rural environment, surrounded by animals and bacteria-laden dust, says a new study. Kids raised in rural settings may grow up to have more stress-resilient immune systems and might be at lower risk of mental illness, according to the study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).The study adds to mounting evidence supporting the “hygiene hypothesis,” which posits that overly sterile environments can lead to health problems. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe research also suggests that raising kids around pets might be good for mental health.”It has already been very well documented that exposure to pets and rural environments during development is beneficial in terms of reducing risk of asthma and allergies later in life,” said study co-author, Christopher Lowry, Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder in the US. “This study moves the conversation forward by showing for the first time in humans that these same exposures are likely to be important for mental health,” Lowry added. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFor the study, led by Professor Stefan Reber of the University of Ulm in Germany, the scientists recruited a small group of healthy German men between ages 20 and 40. Half had grown up on a farm with farm animals. Half had grown up in a large city without pets.On test day, all were asked to give a speech in front of a group of stone-faced observers and then asked to solve a difficult math problem while being timed.Blood and saliva were taken five minutes before and five, 15, 60, 90 and 120 minutes after the test. “People who grew up in an urban environment had a much-exaggerated induction of the inflammatory immune response to the stressor, and it persisted throughout the two-hour period,” Lowry said.Previous studies have shown that those with an exaggerated inflammatory response are more likely to develop depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) later in life.Research has also shown that our immunoregulatory response to stress develops in early life and is shaped largely by our microbial environment.More than 50 per cent of the world’s population now lives in urban areas, meaning humans are exposed to far fewer micro-organisms than they evolved with, the authors noted.”If you are not exposed to these types of organisms, then your immune system doesn’t develop a balance between inflammatory and anti-inflammatory forces, and you can develop a chronic, low-grade inflammation and exaggerated immune reactivity that makes you vulnerable to allergy, autoimmune disease and, we propose, psychiatric disorders,” Lowry said.last_img read more

Start Now to Create a SXSW Game Plan for Next Year

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 5 min read This column is part of a series formed from a partnership between Entrepreneur and NFL Players Inc. Click here to see the other columns.I have attended South by Southwest (SXSW) for several years and, like most things, practice makes perfect. The Interactive portion of SXSW allows the who’s who in the tech world to descend upon Austin, TX, as the opening act to one of the best music festivals in the country. If you haven’t been, I highly recommend circling dates on your calendar now to attend next year. You won’t be sorry. And to help you have a winning experience if you do attend, here is my tried-and-true game plan to get through the week.Preparation: Those who don’t plan, plan to fail. This includes:Accommodations–Don’t make the rookie mistake of waiting until the last minute. Book your hotel and airfare now! If you plan on attending the conference, be very strategic about the speakers you wish to hear. No need to try and hit all the sessions, just focus on what is relevant to you and your company.Essentials–Be sure to pack an extra battery for your cell phone. You’ll want your phone fully charged to use the handy SXSW app. Make your schedule in advance but always have a Plan B in mind, because there are a lot of concurrent activities. Have cash in case you need to flag a pedicab to get to your next session. Also, bring mints. You will meet a lot of people, so you’ll want to have good breath.Gear–Jeans are a no brainer, proper walking kicks, no need for a suit (or anything that resembles a corporate look) and your best button up for the evening festivities. You are going to be busy, if you do it right, so there might not be time to change.Morning plans (9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.)Don’t skip breakfast! This is not a time to ignore what our parents told us when we were kids. Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, and you never know when you will have time to sneak in a meal before dinner. This is also a good time to schedule meetings. The key is to always leave a 30-minute window to take an impromptu meeting with someone you meet while you are in town.Related: How to Survive South By SouthwestAfternoon plans (12:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.)Mix in a few networking events with a few sessions. During the day, a number of companies and VC firms will host pool parties, BBQ gatherings and networking fiestas, which are a great place to meet people. Whatever event you plan to attend, find out if there is guests list ahead of time. Otherwise, be polite to the folks working the door and if you don’t mind waiting in a line, you will eventually get in to join the fun. More importantly, don’t forget your business cards because you will go through them fast.Late afternoon/early evening plans (4:00 p.m.– 6:30 p.m.)This is a great time to find one last session, or catch up on emails and possibly take a few more meetings. I like to set up shop at the Four Seasons, either outside, weather permitting, or in the lobby bar. The Four Seasons is in the heart of the action; especially for the SXSports track this past year. Everyone that’s anyone will roll through the lobby at some point.Related: My, SXSW, How You’ve ChangedFreshen up and dinner plans (7:00 p.m.- 9:30 p.m.)If you can, find a few minutes to rest your mind before a long night of action. If you are on a solo mission, use this time to take a quick nap and grab a bite to eat at a dive spot, off-the-beaten path. If you have trouble deciding, you can’t go wrong with BBQ. If you are with your wolf pack, co-workers or new friends from the conference, plan a dinner at a cool foodie restaurant. Austin is full of great spots with excellent food, just make sure to make a reservation.SXSW Evening Fun (10:00 p.m.- whenever)One thing you can count on is a several great parties to choose from each night at SXSW. Pick a spot and own it! Rainey Street and Sixth Street are full of parties. They will all be tempting, but if you try to get to them all you are going to miss out on just being in the moment. If you find yourself at a dud, don’t be afraid to call an audible. You can always find another party because, if there is one thing I have learned about SXSW Interactive, it’s that the tech world knows how to have a good time late into the night. So you can go home early or throw a Hail Mary and find a SXSW after-hours venue. Just remember you have to get up and do it all over again.So if you haven’t been, I highly recommend registering for next year. It is a good event to learn from peers, make solid business connections and have some fun. Just make sure you have a game plan like I do!Related: The 3 Coolest Things I’ve Seen at SXSW Interactive 2013 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. April 8, 2015 Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more