4 Types of Stage Lighting

ggWhether it is a professional or amateur production, lighting is an essential part of the set-up and based on creative inspiration and logical decisions. The stage lights are part of many different categories, such as those related to beam quality, shape, and size. Here are four of the most popular types of stage lights:

Flood lights

The quality, shape, and size of the beam emitted from flood lights are rigid with no option to make adjustments. It is a popular choice for illuminating skies or backgrounds, but not so desirable for highlighting the actors. Flood lights can operate as a single light or combined with three or four other lights to provide a color mix. Most come with a reflector to make it easier to provide an even wash across a large space.

Soft spots

Soft spots are easier to control with the ability to adjust the beam shape and size. The quality of the light emitted is soft and even edged, and has minimal light spillage outside the intended area. This type of light

What Makes a Good Anime

abSo we’ve all seen them, there are plenty of good anime series out there. Unfortunately, we’ve all see bad ones too. What exactly makes a good anime? Can you even really answer that question? I mean, a good anime just depends on the person, right? Someone who loves action anime will hail an action anime above all else, but someone who likes romance anime will think that the action anime is no good. Well. I like all sorts of different anime, in all sorts of different genres, so I’m going to let you guys know what I think makes an anime great.

First and foremost, story line! In order for any anime, or story in general, to be successful, it has to have a good story line. This goes for movies, novels, and whatever else you can think of! It’s sad to see that so many anime series nowadays try to put together a loose story line and call it good. This is something that takes time and effort to do. For instance, Log Horizon has one of the best story lines

How 3D Animation Video Helps in Improving the Animation World

How 3D Animation Video Helps in Improving the Animation WorldAnimation magic has ushered in a revolution of sorts in the world of advertising, marketing, promotion, media and entertainment. This seamless technology has induced life into visuals, creating a canvas that is both engaging and entertaining. The world over, animation continues to fire imaginations.

The technology has been evolving over time with newer developments enabling superior control and rendering of frames and visuals getting more life-like. There has been a significant improvement in 3D animation also. Though most of us discern these developments through the latest games and movies, other areas from aircraft design to weather forecasting are reaping the benefits from integrating 3D animation with virtual reality and simulation techniques.

Introduction of 3D Animation

To put simply, 3D animation is the three-dimensional representation of various elements. The technology allows an element to be modeled with such finesses it resembles a real physical object. A filmmaker can use the same camera angles on the rendered graphic as they would have in real life – front, back, sides, above, below, i.e.

The Roles of a Costume Designer

One of the most important jobs in the theatre is that of costume designer. Much of what is seen on stage during the production is the work of the costume designer and his or her team, so the success or failure of the show largely hinges on the quality of the costumes. Great costumes can bring characters to life and make it easier for actors and actresses to engage the audience – poor costumes will make the shot seem low-budget and amateurish.

Of course, the job of costume designer is far more than simply sewing together a few outfits before the curtain goes up. The job is actually quite complex and involved, and the lead costume designer on a big show is sure to be an extremely busy person. Much in the same way that hiring a great performer can help the show be successful, so too can a great costume designer be a key player in the popularity of the production.

Teamwork is Vital

Working together is important in any setting where more than one person is responsible for putting together a final product. That is certainly the case in the theatre, where

The Elements Of Character

For an actor creating a character from scratch is a major undertaking. If you wish to achieve more than playing some variation of yourself there are many elements that go into creating a role.

After developing a solid technique you will have to learn how to break down a script. The writer provides the actor with a road map and it is the job of the actor to navigate the twists and turns of the writers vision. Actors approach their roles differently. Brando was an actor who relied heavily on his instincts and intuition to gain an understanding and feel for the character’s point of view. He was a keen observer of human nature who spent hours watching people in a variety of situations. In the latest Brando bio by Susan Mizruchi (“Brando’s Smile”) Ms. Mizruchi writes that Brando was an avid reader/researcher that would read voraciously to gain information on all aspects of the character’s nature. Annotating every script he worked on was part of an insatiable curiosity that was an integral part of his process. To gain an understanding of character he had to know why his characters were motivated to do the things

Tips to Learn Mentalist Mind Tricks

Mentalism is really pretty impressive when you look at some of the pros’ performances on TV. Some of what they do seems so unreal.

The difference between a lot of magicians and mentalists is that magicians let their subjects know that they are indeed performers. In other words, they don’t have any superpowers or a sixth sense so to speak. However, a lot of mentalists choose to make their subjects believe they do have some sort of special powers. Which we all know just isn’t possible. An example of this would be Uri Geller from years ago.

Many mentalists might claim they are psychic, telepathic, can hypnotize, levitate and can even read minds among other things… Like magically bend spoons, but it’s all just a performance actually.

So what are some of the important aspects of being able to learn mentalist mind tricks? What do the pros use to pull off their tricks? I’ll discuss a few things below that every mentalist should know.

Reading Body Language

Reading body language is a huge part of mentalism. This is especially true for tricks like reading minds, which is one of the most popular

4 Tips to Treat Depression Without Medication Right Now

There isn’t one single person in the entire world that hasn’t gone through a time of depression in his lifetime, so that feeling of hopelessness or been unwilling to do something is part of life itself. However, sometimes depression can last from a couple of hours to full days or even weeks. It’s always recommended that a case of severe depression has to be treated by a professional, but in this article we’ll see 4 effective tips on how to do something to take care of this situation right now.

It’s scientifically proven that the brain can only concentrate on one thing at a time, therefore, when you have a depressive thought is important to find an activity that allows you to replace that thought with another (a positive one). Therefore, the traditional advice of “Just don’t think about it” generally doesn’t give good results. So knowing this, what can we do to deal with depression?

Four tips to deal with depression:

1. Going for a walk

If we’re in a dark room, alone with our depressive thoughts, is definitely going to be harder to get rid of them. Try to expose yourself

10 Reasons Why It’s Time For You To Rent Movies Online

There was a time, in the not so distant past, when a trip out to your local video store with the family was a weekly or monthly treat. If you were fortunate enough to have a bigger video rental store that had multiple copies of new releases and thousands of DVDs on hand, there was a good chance you could find movies to suit everyone. But a few things have happened since those days that have rendered video rental stores all but obsolete.

For starters, big box outlets such as Blockbuster have been driven out of the bricks and mortar video rental business to seek salvation online. For most of us, our video stores are nothing more than corner convenience stores with a few hundred movies on hand at any time. Space is at a premium for these guys so they can only afford to have a few copies of new releases along with a smattering of older movie rental titles on hand at any time. It’s a bit frustrating to drive out only to find the movie you had your heart set on is always out.

In addition, next day returns and the inconvenience

Survival Movies

Survival Movies, Best to the Worst!

The popularity of survival movies has really grown over the past couple of years. I have rated these movies in three different categories. The categories are: realisticness, survival value and entertainment factor. Each of these is on a A – F Grading Scale with A being best and F being worst. These ratings are all based on my opinion so you may not feel the same.

Waterworld – Realisticness – D Survival Value – D Entertainment factor – C+
The Earth is now filled with water, but some people believe there is still dry land on the earth. This is one of the many survival movies about the fight over resources. As in many movies, this is a fight between the protagonist (Kevin Costner) and the antagonist (Dennis Hopper) and his cronies (called the smokers). This movie is fun to watch but I don’t feel it was realistic or offered much in the way of survival value.

The Postman – Realisticness – B Survival Value – C Entertainment factor – B
I feel the reviews of this movie by critics don’t give it justice. In this film, the

Holiday Gift Guide for the Movie Buff on Your List

So it’s that time of year. Time to buy gifts for your friends and family yet again as the world all over celebrates this corporate, commercial, money-hungry, festive and generosity-filled holiday. Some of you may already have it all taken care of by now. Others may be last-minute shoppers like myself and think that even now is just the start of the shopping season. No matter which you fall under, there’s bound to be at least a couple more on your list to check off. In this article, we’ll give you some ideas for gifts for those movie buffs you may have on your list.

1. Movies

Of course a movie buff loves movies. However, this gift selection isn’t as obvious as some of you may think. In fact, it could be one of the hardest choices for a movie fan there is. There are all types of problems that may arise here. You could pick the wrong format, the wrong medium, the wrong edition. Or you could plain and simple just pick the wrong movie. Or even more possible, buy them a movie they already own (afterall, they are movie buffs, chances are they have

5 Tips to Finding the Right Film School

We all know there are a huge number of film schools located all over the country. There are also several colleges all over that have a film making program or teach some of the courses that are necessary to any budding filmmaker. It is important to get the most experience in this field to be successful. Choosing the right school to provide the film student’s education is key to the success of that student. If you are interested in learning film making, you should spend some time looking at film schools and with a certain set of criteria in mind to find the best school for your career.

The first thing that you should look for in your film school is the faculty. Find out who the instructors are and their background. Most film schools put up information about their instructors on their websites. It would even be better if there is an instructor in the school that you have an interest in working with, you know their work and admire their work. Maybe you know their teaching technique and would like to work under them as a student. Whatever the reason there should be some

Tips For Editing Home Movies

It doesn’t take a team of artists to edit your home videos, especially with all of the programs and services available for free or included with Windows and Mac operating systems. Whether you just want to cut a few shots out or put the movie onto a disc with a menu, it’s pretty easy to make your movies the way you want them. Those who wish to put their videos on the web can use online editors like JayCut and YouTube’s web-based video site.

Regardless of what kind of home movie you wish to make, cropping and cutting are what you’ll be doing the most to your footage. This takes up a bit of time, but it’s worth it if you wish to make it look good enough to share with friends and family.

Adding effects can be fun for home movies, but are mostly used for short films for video sharing sites. However, it’s a simple drag-and-drop process with most editing programs. Some effects may wreak havoc on video cards, especially if the video is in HD or 3D. Regardless, adding effects is just a cute way to make home movies more entertaining to

Five Points Of Filmmaking

Making a film is really a dream for thousands. Millions of young-old-aged talents are still seeking the chance of getting into the Industry. Literally getting a chance as a filmmaker is really a BIG DEAL, so exploiting such drawn chances is the other big challenge of debut ones. Great Filmmakers have their own spectacular directorial Style; implementing such unique style in financing gives you a unique identity. Here is explaining some facts that lead you as a successful filmmaker.

Your Script: Scripts are considered as the backbone of Movies, so that is the reason why you needed to take a special attention while writing (or) choosing scripts. Choose a good story in according to the contemporary trends; this is a very important thing. Might you’ve some inspiring stories to tell or else you inspired from a book that you read sometimes in the past, whatever it may be, – always make sure that your story will not be an outdated one.

Casting: Casting is an important aspect that leads to the success of films; usually the casting process is handled by Casting Directors, Script writers and Filmmakers. They select the artists on the basis of

9 Tips For Choosing a Video Production Company

Unfortunately, many businesses rush into video production without thinking it through. But a rash decision without a clear plan or set goal will lead to disappointment, and waste your time and money.

How can you avoid this outcome and be happy with your next video project? These 9 strategies can help you produce an effective video without a lot of headaches.

1. Begin with the end in mind.

Don’t just make a video because it’s the trend right now. Instead, think about what you want your video to accomplish for your business. Is your goal to increase business? Educate your viewer? Train your employees? Determine your goal first, then work with a company that understands the scope of your needs and can consult with you to achieve your goals.

2. Cheap video comes at a premium.

Be wary when a production company offers its services at a rate that seems too good to be true the production team may just shoot from the back of the room on a tripod and call it a day. But it’s more expensive to do it wrong the first time and have to redo it. So

Entertaining Tips Help Make Your Dinner Party Fantastic

Come on and admit the truth. You want to host a party at home but you aren’t sure that you can really do it. Seems like everyone else in the world can throw fantastic parties but you break out into a cold sweat just thinking about it, right?

For some people, the thought of hosting a dinner party can feel exciting and exhilarating but it also fills them with thoughts that are both frightening and overwhelming. Take a deep breath and relax because there are some tips that can help transform you from a nervous novice into a superb entertaining diva. With a few basic organizational skills, a bit of imagination and the instinctive confidence that it will be an overall success, you are already almost half-way there!

There are several things that you will need to consider when beginning to plan for the event. About 4-6 weeks before the dinner, decide on a date, choose a theme or style, decide on whether you would like the dinner to be formal or informal, create a guest list, and last but not least, give yourself a budget. Taking these first steps will set in motion a

Easy Holiday Entertaining Tips

The holiday season is approaching. Are you ready to be the perfect host or hostess for a large get-together? The key to a successful party is to plan, plan, and plan! Enthrall your guests with an effortless display of hosting. Here are some holiday entertaining tips and ideas for a large get together:

o Send the invitations. Invitations should provide your guests with information such as appropriate attire, driving directions, and time. These days, it’s easy to send out an invitation with email. Get your guests excited by sending an Evite or a traditional card.

o Decide on a theme. It can be a seasonal theme like Harvest or New Year or Halloween as well as a cuisine theme such as Mexican, Chinese, Mediterranean, or Pizza.

o Decorate. The tablecloth and tabletop setting is one of the most important parts of the party. It is really the first thing that people look at other than the lighting and the overall ambiance when they walk in. A bouquet of flowers, bowl of fruit, candles, or posting the evening’s menu are some simple ways to set a mood.

o Plan the menu. This is the most

Child Summer Entertainment Tips For the Work at Home Mom

Here we are in the full bloom of summer. A fun time for kids enjoying their break from school.

I have a niece who simply loves to read. Actually, she is content to sit and read for an entire day. My Sister-In-Law never has any concerns about her child’s entertainment needs because her little one seems to always be taken away with a good book.

But that is just not the case with most children. If your child is between the ages of 4 and 10, then you may need to put some thought into child entertainment tips.

When my son was very young, he amused himself with his farm sets. Remember those? He had toy houses, sheds, tractors, other farm equipment, fence pieces, and not to mention all the toy trucks and cars his parents spoiled him with. He would set all this up in our living room and he was quite the happy child for several hours.

The above would be a great idea if your child is a boy and was into this type of activity. Every child is unique and has different likes, dislikes, and needs. And all these

Entertainment Tips for the Family

Christmas is not only the time of the year where you give gifts to friends, family, relatives and colleagues, but it is the time of the year where family members have longer time to bond and to share precious moments together.

Because of the busy and hectic schedules that parents and children have from January to November yearly, seldom can they have enough quality time to share their thoughts, laugh together or have picnic or dine out together.

However, Christmas is not as luxurious or expensive event compared to previous years due to the onset of economic crisis worldwide. The tough economic condition not only impacted finances and operations of companies and organizations, but it also affects the budget and activities of families.

If you plan to spend quality time together, parents should plan ahead and should allocate money several months beforehand, like saving 50 to 60 dollars per payday. Economic crisis should not mean boredom to your you and your children. Just like everyone else, you and your family needs to relax, to have fun and to get way from all the hassles of city life. During recession, it is where your resourcefulness and

Cartoons Create a Castle Of Wisdom

Animation is the soul of children’s imagination. They give a vivid childhood experience provide knowledge about friendship, sacrifice, true love and understanding your parents in your difficult times. Just the other night I was watching the Ice-Age movie and I caught hold of this subject. I decided to write a few lines and I hope the readers will agree on it to some extent. OK here goes…

A gigantic elephant (African mammoth) called Mammy is worried about his teenage daughter peaches. (So it spells.) She is growing up and has large tastes and thoughts about life, love, and adventures. Just like her parents she enjoys being free and wild and going crazy with her offbeat friends. Her best-friend is an earth-hog who lives under the earth and stays inside most of the time. He is too tiny to be noticed and so is made fun by other mates and mammy too. Peaches does not care and loves her tiny friend a lot. He feels the same way for her but as we always imagine a young blood can never stay away from the feelings of attraction and love and it happens with Louis. (The hog) He

5 Tips for Effective Exaggeration

At the heart of successful animation lie 12 principles. One of these is exaggeration, which refers to the act of taking certain elements and stretching them beyond the realm of normal. All animation requires some sort of exaggeration, even animation that strives to be realistic, because it is exaggeration that makes animation come alive, appeal to audiences, and add comedic relief to otherwise intense scenes. Poorly executed exaggeration, however, can detract rather than add to the appeal and impact of an animated work. As a result, effective exaggeration requires careful work by the traditional animation studio. Following are a few tips for successfully using exaggeration in any animated production.

Exaggerate The Most Important Elements.

The first step in creating effective exaggeration is to choose which elements to exaggerate. The key when making this decision is to remember that exaggerated elements will get the most attention from viewers. Therefore, the element you choose will change the way the viewer understands the scene. As a result, you need to choose the elements that are most important for understanding the scene.

For instance, if you are animating a scene in which a character is sailing, you may