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El Clasico: How Ronaldo saw Vinicius Jr’s goal replace Messi’s record

first_imgWE ASKED, HE ANSWERED.WE HOPE, HE DIDN’T LET US DOWN.WE BACKED HIM, HE PROVED US RIGHT.VINICIUS JUNIOR, THIS IS THE NIGHT THE BIG CAREER OFFICIALLY STARTS!STAR! WE LOVE YOU! @viniciusjr SUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUIIIIIIIIII!! pic.twitter.com/QEoQGkFW8v— BlancoTalks (@BlancoTalks) March 1, 2020 The Portuguese superstar, who left Real Madrid for Juventus in the summer of 2018, was at his old stomping ground for the eagerly-anticipated Clasico after his current club’s Serie A clash against Inter Milan was called off due to health concerns. And he didn’t leave disappointed. Real Madrid leapfrogged Barcelona into pole position after beating the Catalan club 2-0 in front of their home supporters. Second-half goals from Vinicius Junior and Mariano Diaz, in the 71st and 92nd minutes respectively, sealed all three points for Zinedine Zidane’s side. Barcelona were extremely disappointing on the night, with Lionel Messi and co. failing to take the game by the scruff of the neck. Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?A Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?9 Best Movie Robots Of All TimeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooTop 10 Most Famous Female Racers Of All Time10 Of The Dirtiest Seas In The WorldHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!This Is The First Meme Ever, According To The Internet Admitting it had been a “difficult week” following last week’s defeat to Manchester City in the Champions League, Zidane added: “We had a tough game against Manchester City and we played well for 80 minutes against them but lost the game. “I wouldn’t say the players were affected by the defeat but we did speak a lot about this game being an opportunity. I have a great team and this result gives us a boost.” Vinicius Junior became the youngster player to score in El Clasico in the 21st century – beating the record previously held by Lionel Messi. The 19-year-old netted the opening goal of the game as Real Madrid ran out 2-0 winners over bitter rivals Barcelona at the Bernabeu on Sunday. Cristiano Ronaldo returned to the Bernabeu for the first time since leaving the Spanish giants on Sunday night.center_img Messi became the youngest player in the modern era to score in the world-famous fixture when he hit the back of the net in a 3-3 draw at the Nou Camp in March, 2007. But according to Opta, Brazilian forward Vinicius was 26 days younger when he helped win the derby for Real Madrid, who subsequently leapfrogged Barcelona in La Liga. Read Also:Beckham confirms Inter Miami’s interest in Messi,Ronaldo Neymar ‘launches fresh legal battle’ with Barcelona placing summer transfer in doubt The teenager wormed his way inside and saw his shot deflected past Marc-Andre ter Stegen via Gerard Pique’s foot. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… But full credit must go to the hosts, who deserved their 2-0 victory. Ronaldo, who was spotted in one of the Bernabeu’s executive boxes, watched on as Vinicius broke the deadlock via a deflection off Gerard Pique. Zidane, whose side now sit one point above their fierce rivals with 12 fixtures remaining, praised Vinicius for playing a key role in the victory. “Vinicius played well not just going forward but also defensively. He has the physical capacities,” the Frenchman was quoted as saying by the Daily Maillast_img read more

Reeling Trojans still in Pac-12 title chase

first_imgFor the first time since joining the Pac-12, the Utah Utes will come into a game against USC that both teams would consider critical. Granted, this is only the third time the Trojans and the Utes will have met as conference foes, but I certainly didn’t think three years ago that the Utes would ever be on the same level as USC.The Trojans won each of the last two matchups with a less-than-dominating performance. The Trojans won the 2011 meeting 23-14 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and then won last year 38-28 in Salt Lake City. USC is currently a seven-point favorite for Saturday’s tilt, but there’s really no way to predict how either of these two teams will play.At times, USC has looked dominant. Sure, the team’s top form has been limited to four quarters against a bad Boston College team and three quarters against a decent Arizona team, but the potential is there for USC to play better on both sides of the ball.Utah comes in as a much better team than its 1-3 conference record shows. Two of those losses came against ranked teams, with the Utes losing to Oregon State 51-48 in overtime and then to UCLA 34-27. Even more impressive was the team’s 27-21 upset win over Stanford two weeks ago, back when the Cardinal were still unbeaten and in the top five of the AP poll. The Utes, however, came out flat against Arizona last week, the mere Trojan victory in conference play this year, in a 35-24 loss.So in a nutshell, pretty much anything can happen in the Pac-12 this season, and there’s really no good way for me to predict how things will go Saturday.But there is an important thing to take away from that: USC could still win the Pac-12 South this year and play the North champion for a spot in the Rose Bowl.Yes, a team that lost its first two conference games of the season to equal or weaker opponents and hasn’t even faced one of the top conference foes could still legitimately win the conference.Let’s say the Trojans take care of business against Utah. That leaves Colorado and Cal on the schedule, two teams that USC should beat, as well as Oregon State, UCLA and Stanford, who are all presently ranked. There’s no doubt in my mind that the Trojans could catch fire down the stretch, pull everything together and finish the year 7-2 in conference play.If UCLA wins all of its games heading into the Coliseum, and Arizona State’s lone loss from this point on is against UCLA, all three teams would be tied at 7-2 atop the Pac-12 South, and BCS ranking would likely determine the tiebreaker. Or, if USC runs the table, UCLA loses to Oregon tomorrow (a likely outcome) and to the Trojans and Arizona State loses to UCLA and Oregon State (also likely), USC wouldn’t even need the tiebreaker.If UCLA and Arizona State both finish 6-3, then the Trojans can afford losing to Stanford and just need big wins over Oregon State and UCLA, which doesn’t seem as out of reach as beating Stanford, then keep their fingers crossed for the tiebreaker.Now here’s one last hypothetical. Let’s say USC beats Cal and Colorado, but doesn’t pull through against Utah, doesn’t upset Oregon State in Corvallis, doesn’t upset Stanford on Homecoming and has another heartbreaker to UCLA on the last game of the season.In that scenario, USC finishes the season at 6-7— emphasis on the word finishes— because 6-7 probably means no bowl game for the Trojans.So with so much of the season left to play and so many possibilities still on the table for USC, this Saturday is a crucial fork in the road for the Trojans’ season. Not only will the game have an impact on this season’s final record, but how the Trojans finish will also have an enormous impact on this year’s recruiting class, which currently ranks outside the ESPN Top 25, as well as Athletic Director Pat Haden’s coaching search. The better the team finishes, the more attractive the USC job appears to potential candidates.But enough with looking so far ahead. Utah might be a very solid team, but it is also a very beatable team, just like every team left on the Trojans’ schedule. The path to Pasadena sounds crazy right now, and it still would be pretty crazy even if the Trojans beat the Utes. But there is absolutely still a chance, which is about all you can ask for at a time like this. “Holthouse Party” runs every other Friday. To comment on this story, email Luke at [email protected] or visit dailytrojan.com.last_img read more

N’Zealand Athlete Kidnapped, Seven Russian Swimmers Banned

first_imgA New Zealand jiu-jitsu athlete claimed yesterday that he was “kidnapped” in Rio de Janeiro.Jason Lee, 27, tweeted: “What did you guys get up to yesterday? I got kidnapped. Go Olympics! #Rio2016.”The athlete said he was taken by men in police uniform and forced to withdraw money from two cash machines (ATMs).Lee has been living in Brazil for 10 months, but is not participating in next month’s Rio Games – which begin on August 5- because jiu-jitsu is not an Olympic sport.Meanwhile, the Australian Olympic team is refusing to move their athletes into the Rio Olympic Games Village because of concerns about the state of the accommodation.Also yesterday, seven Russian swimmers were banned from competing at the Rio Olympic Games by swimming’s governing body FINA. Those deemed ineligible for Rio include Yulia Efimova, a 200m bronze medallist in London, who had a provisional ban lifted by FINA last week.It said the McLaren Report has showed anti-doping rules were “not properly applied” by Russian authorities.FINA will also now re-test all the samples of Russian athletes collected at last year’s World Championships.As well as Efimova, Mikhail Dovgalyuk, Natalia Lovtcova and Anastasia Krapivina were withdrawn by the Russian Olympic Committee.Nikita Lobintsev, Vladimir Morozov and 17-year-old Daria Ustinova appeared in the World Anti-Doping Agency-commissioned investigation.That report by Dr Richard McLaren claims Russia operated a state-sponsored doping programme for four years across the “vast majority” of summer and winter Olympic sports.Following the findings, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said it would leave it up to individual sports’ governing bodies to decide if competitors are clean and should be allowed to take part.FINA said it “acknowledges and supports” the IOC’s position.FINA will, therefore, “as a decision made as an emergency in the context of Rio 2016” subject the eligibility of Russian athletes to specific additional criteria, which are:No athlete corresponding to the samples mentioned in the McLaren report will be eligibleA board will review whether Russian athletes were subject to reliable anti-doping scrutinyNo athlete who has already sanctioned will be declared eligible to compete at RioFINA said the “exact implication for the Russian Swimming Federation is still to be clarified” and an “ad hoc commission will have to investigate”.The commission will consider any further information from McLaren’s ongoing investigation.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Half-time: Chelsea 2 Arsenal 0

first_imgJuan Mata’s emphatic finish and Frank Lampard’s penalty put Chelsea in command in the London derby.Mata, who scored their winner at Arsenal earlier in the season, put them ahead after only six minutes in the snow at Stamford Bridge.Believing Francis Coquelin had been fouled by Ramires in midfield, the Gunners switched off and Cesar Azpilicueta lifted the ball towards Mata, who controlled it beautifully before holding off Bacary Sagna and firing home.The opener came shortly after Olivier Giroud had missed a great chance for Arsenal, dragging a shot wide after being set up by Theo Walcott.Once in front, Chelsea – with Fernando Torres preferred to Demba Ba up front – took control and doubled their lead after Ramires was brought down by keeper Wojciech Szczesny, who escaped with a yellow card.Lampard tucked away the resulting spot-kick – his 195th goal for the Blues.Ramires might have made it three but blazed over after going past Kieran Gibbs.Torres also shot wastefully over in the final minute of the half.Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Cole; Ramires, Lampard; Oscar, Hazard, Mata; Torres.Subs: Turnbull, Ferreira, Marin, Terry, Ba, Bertrand, Ake.Click here for our Chelsea v Arsenal quiz 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Humans As Guinea Pigs

first_imgSome scientists like to examine everything except themselves.  Human beings are natural objects, they think; why not apply the scientific method to the study of other human beings?  It’s a perfectly natural inclination; the question is whether the findings have scientific validity, or result in understanding of human nature better than the explanations offered by the humanities department.Eyeing IQ:  What does an IQ test measure?  For many decades, psychologists have assumed that it measures intelligence.  The assumption has been supported by empirical results: people who do better on IQ tests tend to do better in life.  But are the testers overlooking other variables?    A new paper in PNAS thinks so.1  A team from four universities believes it measures motivation as well as intelligence.  “Collectively,” Duckworth et al said, “our findings suggest that, under low-stakes research conditions, some individuals try harder than others, and, in this context, test motivation can act as a third-variable confound that inflates estimates of the predictive validity of intelligence for life outcomes.”    In other words, motivated individuals do better in their careers and on IQ tests because they are motivated by nature.  This does not mean the test has nothing to do with intelligence; it just means that a third factor not usually considered by the test designers and proctors could compromise the validity of the test.  Consider a bright kid who, for some reason, is bored stiff having to take a test he or she considers a waste of time.    The problem is summarized on Medical Xpress, asking, “What are IQ tests really measuring?”  Other critics of IQ tests over the years have claimed they measure cultural accommodation, or were designed to marginalize certain races.  Regardless of who’s right, no one knows whether a future finding will add a fourth-variable confound, or a fifth, or an n-th.  The BBC News quoted psychologist James Thompson quipping that “life is an IQ test” and “If an IQ test doesn’t motivate someone then that is a good predictor in itself.”  The question now becomes how to design a valid MQ test.The science of cruelty:  “There is always a certain danger that the simple art of observation may be lost, that clinical description may become perfunctory, and the richness of the human context ignored.”  That quote by Oliver Sachs set the stage for a book review in Nature by Stephanie Preston, who doubts that Simon Baron-Cohen has accomplished what his new book claimed in its title, Zero Degrees of Empathy: A New Theory of Human Cruelty/The Science of Evil: On Empathy and the Origins of Cruelty (Allen Lane/Basic Books 2011).  Nature’s caption summarizes her position: “Malfunctioning brain networks only partly explain why some people act cruelly, finds Stephanie Preston.”    Preston found some value in Baron-Cohen’s bold analysis of a difficult topic, but argued that his thesis (“Baron-Cohen reconstrues ‘evil’ as the product of a failure to empathize, caused by malfunction in an empathy network within the brain”), along with confusing vocabulary and dubious classification, raises questions about “how his model advances our understanding of human cruelty.”  She was repulsed by “the disturbing examples of cruel behaviour in the book, including the seemingly gratuitous levels of humiliation of victims in genocides and massacres….”  A photo of a disfigured victim from the Rwanda genocide raises questions whether psychologists are able to understand such brutal behavior.    It would seem other sources “should be used to inform our scientific theories.”  She called for some input from the humanities: “An interdisciplinary framework that combines our neuroscientific knowledge with findings from social and political science may allow us to capture the ‘richness of the human context’ in such a consequential topic.”  She left out theology, ethics, and philosophy, but recognized some limits to naturalistic science.  “Understanding our simultaneous capacity for great compassion and cruelty is no easy feat,” she ended.  “We should take Baron-Cohen’s accessible book as an invitation to leave the comforts of our smaller, more tractable problems in a genuine attempt to address larger social issues.”    That raises additional questions.  What will be the criterion for success?  Will neuroscientists decide, or social scientists, or political scientists?  Others?  To what degree?  Will this be an ongoing project with no denouement?  Will satisfaction be pragmatic or theoretical?  As with the IQ Test study, could scientists be overlooking critical variables by isolating their search for the roots of cruelty in neural circuits, heredity, or the environment?Researchers on humans should take caution from the history of psychology.  It wasn’t terribly long ago when charismatic individuals like Mesmer and Freud swept large numbers of elites into the illusion that they had scientifically explained human nature.  Newly introduced vocabulary like animal magnetism, or Freud’s id, ego, superego, and unconscious added to the illusion of scientific validity.    In New Scientist, Tiffany O’Callaghan interviewed emeritus Harvard psychologist J. Allan Hobson, author of 9 books, who, like many others, had been swept into the euphoria.  Hobson eventually abandoned Freud’s idea that dreaming is unconscious:I had to ask myself, why do I say it’s an unconscious mental process?  The answer was because I’m still a Freudian, even though I’ve been trying to get over it.  The philosopher Willard Quine once told me I belong to Freudians Anonymous.  It’s true, and it’s not just me: I think everyone is addicted to Freudian misconceptions.  We’ve got to take all of these received ideas more seriously, and then take them apart.Now he states, “Psychoanalytic theory is popular because it’s easy to understand, but I think it’s wrong.”  This was from somebody who was trained to think “science is our defence against belief.”  Yet somehow Freud pulled a con job on a generation of scientists: “There’s nothing scientific about psychoanalysis, there’s nothing scientific about Sigmund Freud.  He didn’t do a single experiment, he didn’t do any direct observation, he used no controls.  The guy was out to lunch.”    But when Hobson suggests we “take the science of subjectivity seriously,” has he himself come back from lunch?  Science was supposed to be the paragon of objectivity. 1.  Duckworth et al, “Role of test motivation in intelligence testing,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, published online before print April 25, 2011, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1018601108 PNAS April 25, 2011.2.  Stephanie Preston, “Psychology: the empathy gap,” Nature 472 (28 April 2011), p. 416; doi:10.1038/472416a.Even if Freud had done experiments, made observations and used controls, he would have been out to lunch.  In fact, all the secular materialist psychologists who think human beings (other than themselves) can be reduced to molecules in motion spend their lifetimes at the Yoda lunch counter, sipping martinis.    Observations, experiments and controls do not by themselves produce understanding.  They have to be interpreted within a paradigm that involves core assumptions about the nature of reality.  Psychologists who think their “science” is a defense against belief need to cure their Yoda complex and get back on the level playing field with their fellow human beings.  Psychoanalyst, psychoanalyze thyself.    Only when they listen to their own consciences speaking, when they acknowledge the law of God written on their hearts, when they include the missing factor in human behavior – sin – will they will begin to understand motivation, cruelty, and the other character traits and flaws in human nature.  Science cannot put moral accountability in a test tube.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Choosing a Cost-Effective Wall System

first_img GREEN PRODUCT GUIDE Board Insulation“I built a double-stud in 1980 and have never regretted it,” Klingel writes. “New house will be the same, but thicker, and with dense-packed cellulose instead of fiberglass.”“A double stud with a plywood exterior and interior poly and ADA [the Airtight Drywall Approach] will work,” Rooks says.GBA senior editor Martin Holladay doesn’t push the double-stud option, but he does point Olofsson toward a number of GBA articles that have been written on the topic (see the “Related Articles” sidebar). Deciphering Canadian codesMalcolm Taylor writes that the British Columbia building code allows an “airtight drywall air barrier” instead of polyethylene. “Illustrated details covering all aspects of the approach can be found in the Building Envelope Guide for Houses published by the Homeowner Protection Office, which is a Provincial Government department,” he says.But to Holladay, there seems to be some confusion in the codes over the roles that air and vapor barriers play in a wall assembly. “I can’t help but shake my head at the inconsistency in the BC code,” Holladay says. “Do code officials think that polyethylene is a vapor retarder or an air barrier? If they think it is a vapor retarder, then the Airtight Drywall Approach is no substitute. To retard the flow of vapor, you need vapor-retarder paint. The airtightness of the drywall is irrelevant.“If they think it is an air barrier, I wonder whether they require airtight installation details for all installations of poly in the province? For example, do they verify that the poly seams are sealed over framing members with Tremco acoustical sealant? Do they verify that all electrical boxes are airtight boxes? If they do, bless them. However, I doubt that they do. I think it’s far more likely that the building inspectors have no idea whether the poly they insist on is supposed to be a vapor retarder or an air barrier.”Taylor says he can’t speak to how the code is enforced in the province as a whole, but at least on Vancouver Island and the lower mainland, inspectors “insist on meticulously sealed poly.”“All seams, the joint between poly and lower plate and plate and subfloor all must have generous amounts of acoustic sealant,” he says. “Gasketed electrical boxes are also required.”In Ontario, adds Lucas Durand, there’s apparently a little more flexibility. “For the house that I am building for myself,” he says, “I have gone with taped 1/2-in. plywood for both air barrier and vapor retarder (and racking resistance). There was some initial skepticism from my inspector but it didn’t take that long to convince her — I am lucky she has been open-minded.” Creating sensible regulationsSome of the material in the Canadian publication gives Holladay reason to wonder whether government officials really understand the science behind code requirements. “As is often the case,” he writes, “this is an example of government bureaucrats enforcing regulations that are based on an incomplete understanding of the relevant scientific principles.”While that could very well be true, Olofsson’s potential tussle with local officials could have an upside. “The nice thing about your questions is that it is exposing that you can move the envelope quality in your area forward,” Rooks says. “The code seems to allow enough room for well planned modification. Lucas points out a few more methods towards improved assemblies. They are all great when executed correctly.“There is no shortcut to a ‘quality envelope.’ Plan on it being more cost and work. I think it’s the only sensible thing to do.” Erik Olofsson is planning a small house in the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia. Ideally, he’d like to get the walls close to R-40. The question is how.“Seeing that the received opinion around GBA is the tandem of polyethylene sheeting and exterior rigid foam is not ideal, what do the builders on this site recommend?” he asks in a post at the GBA Q&A forum. “Larsen trusses seem fairly labor-intensive and rigid foam is expensive … Is a double-stud wall the answer?”A complication is a local building code that apparently calls for a polyethylene vapor barrier on the warm side of the insulation. Although once a common building technique, it’s no longer universally accepted by building scientists as the best practice in all climates. Many builders have abandoned the use of interior polyethylene, even as some building inspectors continue to insist on it.Olofsson’s quest for high performance at a reasonable cost, while solving the riddle of air and vapor barriers, is the topic of this month’s Q&A Spotlight. Our expert’s opinionHere’s how GBA technical director Peter Yost sees it:The reason Martin Holladay and I nearly always agree on building science questions is that we both have studied under/worked with some of the best: Joe Lstiburek, John Straube, Terry Brennan, Bill Rose, Anton TenWolde.And one of the reasons there is still such confusion on basic heat transfer and moisture flow is that too many building inspectors and code officials have not.Is this silly or what?The highest priority in moisture management is bulk water: how many building inspectors check the connections between the water-resistive barrier and flashings at penetrations for continuity?The next highest priority in moisture management is capillary water: how many building inspectors check for capillary breaks between porous building components?The next priority is air-transported moisture: how many building inspectors require qualitative and quantitative information from blower-door tests?But by gosh, almost every building inspector insists on and inspects the “warm-in-winter-side” vapor retarder, by far the least important wetting mechanism in nearly all buildings and climates.And we should not be worried about the vapor permeability of just that one dedicated layer in terms of wetting, but the vapor permeability of ALL layers in terms of drying. (For more information, see my Vapor Profile blog.)GBA has a series of great resources on vapor retarders and air barriers and their differences. Use your GBA project folders, make one for your building inspector(s), and fill it up with building science reading for them! RELATED ARTICLES center_img Double-stud walls a good optionDouble-stud walls are designed to provide lots of exterior wall volume for insulation while sharply reducing thermal bridging. John Klingel and Albert Rooks are among those who think that building double-stud walls is a good approach. RELATED MULTIMEDIA Or consider 2×6 framingRooks also offers an alternative for Olofsson to consider. “Another good quality wall is a 2×6 standard frame with taped plywood or OSB exterior + WRB [water-resistant barrier] + 4 in. to 6 in. of high-density mineral wool,” he says. “It will eliminate cold sheathing and rim-joist bridging while allowing the use of a service cavity in the stud bays.”A key detail of all of these recommendations is that a polyethylene vapor barrier isn’t necessary. In the case of the wall assembly suggested by Rooks, the OSB or plywood sheathing becomes the “air/vapor control layer.”“Use a rainscreen detail, good air sealing, and ventilation,” Rooks adds. “I’m a fan of mineral wool because it doesn’t settle, doesn’t rot even if continually wetted, is fireproof, won’t support mold or bugs. It’s like a little piece if the Canadian Rockies (since it’s made of Canadian Basalt) covering your house, and near as durable.”Holladay, too, think there are alternatives to the polyethylene required by local codes. “You might want to negotiate with your local building inspector,” he says. “Many inspectors will accept MemBrain or vapor-retarder paint as an alternative to interior poly.” Podcast:Air Barriers vs. Vapor Barriers Double-stud wallsChoosing a High-Performance Wall AssemblyChoosing the Right Wall Assembly (2013)Choosing the Right Wall Assembly (2015) Is Double Stud-Wall Construction the Path to Efficiency on a Budget?Vapor Retarders and Vapor BarriersForget Vapor Diffusion — Stop the Air Leaks! Q&A: Airtight Sheathing and Thermally Isolated Double-Stud WallsSix Proven Ways to Build Energy-Smart Wallslast_img read more

Filmmaking Tips: How To Record Live Music in Your Films

first_imgThe filmmakers behind La Barracuda share their secrets to filming and recording live music in their OCFF-winning narrative feature.All images via La Barracuda.There’s an undeniable power to films that find creative ways to feature music as an integral part of a film’s narrative. One recent example is La Barracuda, a “slow-burn Texas thriller brimming with tension and a lot of music,” which screened at the Oak Cliff Film Festival, fresh off of its lauded premiere at SXSW a few months earlier.Filmmakers Jason Cortlund and Julia Halperin (who are pictured below receiving the narrative feature award and prize package at the OCFF) had to find creative ways to make a musical world come to life within a film that is deeply rooted in the rich country and folk music scene in Austin, Texas.It was important to us that the performances and music culture be woven into the story in natural and subtle ways because we trust our audience to know better — and music’s really the key to understanding the story.’ Within a limited indie budget, we were tasked with finding a way to record ‘live’ music to create scenes and atmosphere that looked, felt, and most importantly, sounded true to form.If you’re looking to tug your audience’s heart strings by using “live” music on a project of your own, you may want to check out these filmmakers’ tips before recording.You Don’t Have to Fake It to Make ItWhen we started casting, we were committed to finding someone who could act, sing, and play guitar for the lead role of Sinaloa. But there were lots of people along the way pushing us to consider casting a bigger name actress and just faking the guitar playing scenes with inserts of a hand double. While that would have potentially made the film much easier to finance, it would strip out the heart of what we were going after.One of the most endearing aspects of a film like La Barracuda is the authenticity of its characters and their relationships with the music in the film. Lead actress Sophie Reed‘s character (Sinaloa) actually performed her songs herself — which can both be helpful and problematic.Know Your RightsWe knew that negotiating song licenses can be tricky and expensive, so we brought in a music supervisor during development. History is littered with films that can’t be distributed because of music rights issues. We had to be careful and not get our hearts set on any song in particular until we knew we could afford the license. We also learned that the public domain can be tricky — while traditional lyrics might be free to use, a specific musical arrangement may require its own license.Using music in films, even original compositions, can get tricky very quickly in terms of licensing. It’s important, as in the case of La Barracuda, to do your research and work with a music supervisor from the very beginning — lest you film scenes with live music that you can’t actually use in your final cut.Camera and Sound Departments Need to Work TogetherThe camera can be a bully. Because the frame gets so much attention in terms of lighting and mise en scene, the sound department can become a whipping boy — forced to always make compromises that must then be reconciled in post. Not only does this just forestall dealing with a problem, it also makes for a bummer crew dynamic. As directors, we consciously try to treat sound and camera (and all departments) with equal respect.As any sound mixer will tell you, this certainly rings true on all sets. Cinematography seems to always be the head honcho; however, for a film whose soul is the music, it takes a special relationship between sound and camera departments — expertly demonstrated by La Barracuda‘s director of photography (Jonathan Nastasi) and sound mixer (Paul Toohey). Their collaboration found a way to balance the two elements masterfully.Use the Board In addition to multi-track field recordings of live music performances (often with lavs inside every instrument, and on every singer, and a double boom), when we were in venues like The Saxon Pub or The Old Coupland Dancehall, we made use of their in-house mixing boards as well. We had brought in live-event sound mixers to capture secondary recordings from the board feed via the house mics — which gave us many more options in post (as well as clean recordings for a potential soundtrack release).This is actually a pretty clever workaround as a way to record “live” music authentically while making opportunistic use of the environment. While not every scene will be in a bar or concert venue, that doesn’t mean board mixing is out of the question. Having a board on set can often be a great tool for balancing everything from music to recording dialogue.Have Faith — Music Will Add LayersWhile the musical elements definitely added layers of cost and complexity to the production, they’re also the soul of the film. We shot our first live song on day three, and we could see the lights go on with all our crew — someone literally said “Oh! THIS is the film we’re making.” It instantly made everyone so happy, and it drew us together for the rest of the show. Overhearing our key grip (a burly, tattooed dude who goes by “Animal”) humming a sweet Mastersons tune as he loaded the truck that night gave us all the reassurance we needed — the effort would pay dividends in screen pleasure.At the end of the day, the choice to use music in the film depends on how much it can add to the story and overall production. Not every project needs “live” music scenes (as they can be quite tricky). However, in the case of La Barracuda, it proves that going the extra mile to record authentic music performances can create something unique that audiences (and the crew) can feel.Samuel Goldwyn Films picked up La Barracuda, it will see a theatrical release in the U.S. this fall. Check out the Facebook and Twitter pages for updates on upcoming screening dates and locations.last_img read more

Wanted to build a big partnership with Kohli: Cheteshwar Pujara

first_imgIndian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara, who scored a brilliant 119 on the opening day of the second Test match against England, said he and skipper Virat Kohli wanted to build a long partnership to seize the initiative.The Kohli-Pujara pair put on 226 runs for the third wicket, that proved to be the key moment of the day and wrested the momentum from England, who started brilliantly reducing the hosts to 22/2 after five overs. (Kohli, Pujara tons give India honours on Day 1)At stumps, India posted a commanding 317/4 with Kohli (151) and Ravichandran Ashwin (1) at the crease.”We wanted to build a partnership. We wanted to bat through the session. The way we started we were rotating the strike. He was timing the ball well, and I was confident after the 100,” Pujara said.”There was some misunderstanding in the first session. We spoke about that at lunch. If you see it was better second session onwards, he added.Commenting on the pitch, Pujara said that the track here is slower than the previous one and might help off-spinners. (Pujara, Vijay reach 3000-run club)”This one is slower than Rajkot. I see more rough on both sides of the pitch. There might be a little more help for off-spinners as the game progresses,” Pujara said.”Hopefully there will be more cracks on it by the end of the second day. We would like to put up a big score, and hopefully we don’t need to bat again,” he added.last_img read more

a month agoAaron Ramsey ‘very happy’ with first Juventus goal: A beautiful moment

first_imgAaron Ramsey ‘very happy’ with first Juventus goal: A beautiful momentby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey was delighted to score in victory at Hellas Verona yesterday.It marked the former Arsenal star’s first goal for the Bianconeri.He told TMW: “I am very happy to have scored my first goal and it was even more important to bring these three points home. “Differences between Serie A and Premier League? I think it will take a few games to figure it out. For now I am happy for today, it was a beautiful moment for me. “My favourite position on the pitch? The one in which I played today, as a number 8. A box to box midfielder.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Clemson Fan Cries After Getting Orange Bowl Tickets For Christmas

first_imgA Clemson fan gets Orange Bowl tickets.clemson fans orange bowl ticketsClemson, the No. 1 seed in the upcoming College Football Playoff, hasn’t had the chance to play for a national title in a very long time. As such, we imagine that the gift you’ll see below is a popular one in Tigers fans’ homes Friday morning.The Piedmonts apparently came up with a clever way to give a member of the family her Christmas present. When she opened an orange bowl, it signified that she’d be attending next week’s Orange Bowl contest between Clemson and Oklahoma. Of course, tears flowed.The video was posted by Greg Piedmont on YouTube. Check it out:Will there be more tears of joy after a win? We’ll find out in less than a week.last_img read more