Alan Judge returns to the Brentford line-up as they take on Nottingham Forest.He replaces the injured Marco Djuricin, with Lasse Vibe playing up front on his own.Chelsea loanee John Swift starts while Toumani Diagouraga makes his 200th league appearance of his career.Nottingham Forest show one change from the win over Derby, with Liam Trotter coming in at the expense of Jonathan Williams, who drops to the bench.Brentford: Button; Yennaris, Dean, Tarkowski, Bidwell; McCormack, Diagouraga; Swift, Woods, Judge; Vibe.Subs: Bonham, O’Connell, Kerschbaumer, Saunders, Gogia, Canos, Hofmann.Nottingham Forest: De Vries; Lichaj, Mills, Hobbs, Pinillos; Trotter, Vaughan; Ward, Lansbury, Mendes; Oliveira.Subs: Evtimov, Mancienne, Wilson, Williams, Osborn, Walker, Blackstock.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
ARCATA >> For at least one game, the Humboldt Crabs’ red-hot offense found its match.There would be no 14-run blowout going down Saturday night, and a lot of that had to do with the way Top Speed Baseball left-hander Casey Brown was pitching. In Top Speed’s 2-0 win over the Crabs, Brown pitched into the eighth inning and cooled off Humboldt’s offense in a major kind of way.“He was the best guy we’ve faced all summer,” Crabs manager Tyson Fisher said. “He knew how to pitch, he knew how to …
Cinematographers on low-budget indie films are often required to operate their camera while also pulling focus. Here are some hacks to make this situation less frustrating.The role of a focus puller is critical on nearly any professional set. The skills required to accurately pull focus in challenging situations are independent of the skill set required by the cinematographer, though there is some crossover.Even if a DP also happens to be fantastic at pulling focus, they are often busy with the camera and keeping an eye on lighting. In these instances, a dedicated 1st AC can make a world of difference on set.Image from Wikimedia.orgAll that said, there are many situations where DPs need to fly solo these days, which can lead to frustration when they are unable to deliver the desired creative results. In my opinion, the frustration usually stems from attempting to act as both DP and 1st AC, as opposed to setting up the shots in a way that allow for a single operator/focus puller.Below are my 3 hacks for working without a dedicated 1st AC.Attach a string to your talent to maintain your distance when tracking.Tracking shots are one of the most common shooting challenges when there’s no focus puller on the crew. When following an actor, it can be extremely difficult to keep your shot in focus, as the talent will always be walking at a slightly different speed than you.As you can imagine, this is a nightmare when it comes to pulling focus. Because, unless you’re shooting with a very high F-stop, leaving nearly the entire image in focus, your talent will drift in and out of the focus plane every few steps.Attempting to pull focus yourself when shooting like this is usually a terrible idea, since by the time you move your focus to compensate for the talent’s movement, you’ve already lost them again.Instead of trying to pull focus, you can eliminate the issue entirely by ensuring that your talent is always the exact same distance from the camera. One of the easiest – and cheapest – ways to do this is mind-blowing in its DIY simplicity: Attach a string to yourself. Attach the other end of the string to your talent.You would usually do this by tying it around your belt or waist, and would have the length of the string be the exact distance that you need to be from your talent for the framing to be right. This effectively allows you to walk in a way that will always keep your talent the perfect distance from you, as you are essentially tethered together. It’s an extremely low-fi solution, but it works every time.Always use peaking & never use markers.Using marks on a follow focus is one of the fundamentals of pulling focus for a 1st AC. But when you’re pulling focus yourself, you need to learn to throw that out the window entirely.Even if your shot is locked off on a tripod and you’re simply pulling focus between two characters on alternating lines, you still shouldn’t be diverting your vision to the follow focus for too long, if at all, as it will inevitably take you away from the monitor.If one of the actors moves in a way that is slightly different from the blocking, you may very well miss it if you aren’t 100% visually focused on the monitor at all times.For this reason, I always recommend using focus peaking whenever possible. Peaking is often used by 1st ACs to lock in their focus marks, and sometimes is then turned off so the DP can see the image without the strange effects of the peaking on the monitor.When shooting by yourself though, it’s critical that you learn to constantly shoot with focus peaking on, and rely on it solely, as it’s truly the only way you can achieve critical focus without taking your eyes off of the monitor.Image example of focus peaking:Image from KarelDonkAvoid unnecessary pulls.When you’re used to working with a focus puller, you might tend to take them for granted and simply assume that every shot needs a focus pull. In reality though, there are loads of scenes/set-ups that don’t require focus pulls at all.If you can get away with shooting a wide shot at infinity (and it still works for your story) then go for it. Or if you want to use selective focus to isolate a character in a scene, intentionally avoiding pulling focus to their scene partner, that could be a great technique too – as long as it serves the story well.I’m by no means suggesting you do this strictly out of necessity or laziness, however I am suggesting that you stop yourself before each shot and really ask whether or not you need to be pulling focus.There have been a few really great films in recent years that have implemented this technique in memorable ways. Two examples worth sharing are Upstream Color and the recently released Still Alice. Both of these films make use of shots where the blocking is designed in a way that allows the characters to walk in and out of the focal plane, as opposed to having the focus following their movement.It’s a really fascinating technique and certainly one that worked beautifully in the films mentioned. Check out the technique as showcased in the very first shot of the Upstream Color trailer.Hopefully these tips can alleviate some of on-set stress that comes with shooting without a focus puller. Take a look at the following links for even more about cinematography and focus pulling:Simple Framing Tips to Dramatically Improve Your CinematographyAdvice for New CinematographersQuick Tip: Focus PullingTry out these focus pulling hacks and let us know if you met with success or disaster! See you in the comment section.
The Congress in Meghalaya, which had pushed for legal action against shutdowns during its rule five years ago, has abstained from nationwide Bharat bandh against fuel price hike.AICC’s Meghalaya in-charge Luzinho Faleiro said the party has not enforced the shutdown in the State in view of the Meghalaya High Court’s ruling against bandhs in 2013. The Gauhati High Court, too, had given a similar ruling.The Congress, though, has appealed to the civil society to support the bandh against fuel price hike by other parties including the Left. Congress leaders would be carrying out a protest march in State capital Shillong in the afternoon.The media in Meghalaya too did not carry news on bandh calls. This follows a high court ruling in May 2015 restraining the media from publicising the statement of organisations calling bandh, strike, hartal, road blockade and holding of rallies in State.“In case of violation of this order, the court may not only proceed under the Contempt of Courts Act, but it is also directed that the State government shall register criminal cases under appropriate provisions of the law,” the court had said.The court had later approved former chief minister Mukul Sangma’s plea to set up special courts to try cases related to shutdown calls. He had also pushed for compensation to be paid by organisations calling shutdowns.Elsewhere in the Northeast, the bandh evoked mixed response while it had no impact in Nagaland. There were no reports of violence during the first couple of hours of the shutdown.
2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting After only three games, Phoenix appears to be a good fit for Payton. The fourth-year guard notched his ninth career triple-double. Since Phoenix acquired him from Orlando, Payton has averaged 20.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 8.7 assists.Suns coach Jay Triano said Payton has revitalized the team, even if it isn’t showing up in the win column yet.“The guy has started a lot of games in the league, knows how to play the position,” Triano said. “He can get in the paint. He’s got a great mid-range game. Makes other players on the floor around him better. That’s something we’ve been looking for.”UP NEXTSuns: Host Los Angeles Clippers on Feb. 23.Jazz: Host Portland on Feb. 23. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City “Our competitiveness was at a high level through the whole game,” Payton said. “They made a run and we were able to combat that and stop the bleeding. That’s something I haven’t seen in the last two games for the most part.”Jackson and O’Neale took turns dominating on offense in the second quarter. O’Neale had nine points in the quarter, and Jackson had eight.Jackson’s four baskets early in the quarter helped the Suns stick with the Jazz. O’Neale took over late in the quarter, scoring four baskets in the final 3:44 before halftime. He capped it off with a buzzer-beating step-back jumper that gave Utah a 50-41 halftime lead.The Suns rallied again in the third quarter and went ahead 60-59 on a basket from Alex Len. Mitchell answered with a go-ahead 3-pointer on the other end and eventually put the Jazz back ahead 70-62 on a step-back jumper from the rookie.“We knew it would be a tough game, and it was,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. “Fortunately, we made some plays that we needed to make to win the game.”TIP INSSuns: Booker returned to the lineup after missing four games with a left hip contusion. … Jackson scored 20 plus points for the eighth time in the last 19 games. … The Suns outscored the Jazz 31-19 in bench points.Jazz: Ricky Rubio (hip) did not play for a third straight game. …. Mitchell has led Utah in scoring during its 11-game winning streak, averaging 21.3 points. He’s the first rookie to do that.SNEAKER MESSAGEWednesday’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which claimed the lives of 17 people, weighed heavily on Mitchell’s mind. The Jazz rookie wrote “Pray for Parkland” on the back of his sneakers before tipoff.Mitchell’s mother is a nursery teacher.“My prayers go out to all those families, man,” Mitchell said. “It’s tough. It’s crazy. We definitely got to do something about it. We talk about it and there’s a lot of awareness of it, but there’s nothing done.”PAYTON’S PLACE Read Next Utah allowed just one basket over the final 2:40. On the other end, the Jazz hit four of five shots to turn a one-possession game into a double-digit victory.“When it’s the fourth quarter and it’s time to win, everyone is focused and everyone trusts each other even more,” center Rudy Gobert said. “At the end of the game, we make the right play on both ends and usually we end up winning the game because we trust each other.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDonovan Mitchell scored 24 points and Royce O’Neale had a career-high 19 for the Jazz. Derrick Favors had 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Gobert added 14 points and 17 rebounds. Mitchell and Joe Ingles each had six assists.Jae Crowder, who scored 12 of his 15 points during the fourth quarter, played a pivotal role in helping the Jazz pull away. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Phoenix Suns guard Elfrid Payton, right, guards Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, left, in the first half during an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY — Stepping up in the fourth quarter is becoming natural for the Utah Jazz.The Jazz survived another close game on Wednesday, pulling out a 107-97 victory over the Phoenix Suns for their 11th straight win after making the right plays at the right time on both ends of the court in the closing minutes.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Phoenix took a 75-74 lead early in the fourth quarter on back-to-back baskets from Marquese Chriss and Josh Jackson. Crowder got to the line on two straight possessions to fuel an 8-0 run that put Utah back in front 85-77.Later, the Suns cut it to 98-95 on a 3-pointer from Elfrid Payton. Crowder went to work again. He answered the basket with back-to-back layups to give the Jazz a 102-95 lead with 1:58 left.“Just understanding the game is one of the biggest things with him,” Mitchell said. “He communicates with us and he’s been great to play with. He’s working hard to learn all the plays.”Devin Booker returned from a hip injury to lead the Suns with 28 points. Jackson added 22 points, and Payton had 13 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists. Phoenix has lost seven straight.Utah had a 54-41 rebounding advantage and a 52-40 edge in points in the paint.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lillard drops 44 as Blazers overcome Durant’s 50, Warriors AFP official booed out of forum Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View comments
Damen Shiprepair Curaçao (DSCu) commissioned its floating D-dock on November 22, making both of its floating docks operational.Following the mooring of D-dock to its moorings on November 16th, final tests were carried out and D-dock was submerged onto the equalized seabed, ready for the first visiting vessel the Jara. The vessel is a Damen ASD Tug 3110 (L 30.82m x W 9.40m x D 4.08m) owned by Citgo Aruba.The commissioning of the D-dock comes weeks after the company put into operations its Panamax C-dock, measuring 230 x 45 metres.Both C and D docks arrived jointly at the Caribbean island of Curaçao on 30th April, 2018 and are part of a USD 40 million investment program at DSCu, following its takeover by Damen in 2017.The yard now has four drydocks, two graving and two floating docks. Image Courtesy: DamenImage and Video Courtesy: Damen