MISSING CHILD FOUND SAFE IN INISHOWEN

first_imgAn alert has been called off after a missing child was found safe and well in Greencastle.It is understood the four year old child wandered off from its home.The child was found a short time ago and is safe and well. MISSING CHILD FOUND SAFE IN INISHOWEN was last modified: October 1st, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:missingMovielast_img

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Using Minecraft for Pre-Visualization

first_imgThe director of Free Fire used the mega-popular Minecraft to pre-visualize his ’70s-throwback, shoot-em-up classic.Top image via Wired.Ben Wheatley knows how to work with an extremely tight schedule and budget. And he knows how to take advantage of tools like Minecraft to do it. His recent film Free Fire takes place entirely in one location: a warehouse. The film is basically one long gun fight that needed extensive planning, staging, and rehearsals for the actors and the camera crew. With an estimated 10 million dollar budget that had to cover heavy stunt work, special effects, and the stacked A-list cast, Wheatley had to get creative with his filmmaking resources to deliver upon his unique pitch.Using MinecraftGiven the nature of the film, Wheatley needed to know the exact dimensions of the set in relation to the characters in a more detailed manner than he did on other films. So, instead of using some of the more expensive programs available like Cinema 4D or FrameForge, or hiring trained pre-viz artists, Wheatley went to the world of Minecraft, a cheap and ingenious solution to the problem.In an interview with Birth.Movies.Death., Wheatley detailed how the game not only helped his understanding of the environment but also gave the producers and the DP a sense of what he was going for.You can just build a crude version of what you want to see using the pillars and mapping functions. You can build it quite quickly and then just walk around inside of this manufactured space to get a feel for it. I shared that with a few other crew members – [cinematographer] Laurie Rose and [Production Designer] Paki Smith – so that they can see what we were trying to build.Image via A24.Wheatley realized the significance not only of the spatial whereabouts of his characters but also of the timing and hyper-specific pacing his screenplay required.This film more than any other film is really dependent on making sure the proportions of the set are right. Because if you do it wrong then suddenly halfway through the movie the characters are too close to each other and then the film doesn’t work anymore.This filmmaking prowess is not only admirable but also practical, given the single location of the shoot. As far as pre-production goes in general, storyboarding can only tell you so much before you see the ins and outs of the set in an easy-to-use, three-dimensional approach such as this. Here’s what the pre-viz ended up looking like in Minecraft.Image via WiredNew to Minecraft? Not sure where to start? Here’s a tutorial on building a house in the vast world-building game.Even films as large as Star Wars make use of existing products to plan and map out their shots. For example, Rogue One allowed some of the VFX team to view the shots prior to filming (with a little help from ILM) that was essentially an iPad with a Vive controller stuck on the back.Pre-production is a variable process based on the size of your production and requires more planning and money the bigger your film gets. However, Wheatley’s Free Fire is a living example of how budgetary limitations should never stop you from fully planning out and realizing your vision.What are some pre-visualization tricks you’ve used in the past? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

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Uddhav Thackeray to be sworn in as Maharashtra Chief Minister on November 28

first_imgCapping a day of extraordinary and swiftly changing political developments, leaders of the Sena, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress met Maharahstra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari late on Tuesday to stake claim to form the next government, with Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray as Chief Minister.The swearing in ceremony of the new government will take place at 5.30 p.m. on November 28 at the Shivaji Park stadium, where the Sena party holds it annual Dussehra rally. The MLAs will be sworn in on Wednesday.Earlier in the evening, the three parties, joined by independent MLAs and smaller parties such as Samajwadi Party, Swabhimani Party of farmer leader Raju Shetti and Lok Bharti passed a resolution for the formation of Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA), and unanimously elected Mr. Thackeray as the leader of the alliance.SC requestThe day’s developments were set in motion with the Supreme Court hearing in the morning at which the court requested Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to ensure that a floor test is conducted on November 27 to determine whether Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis commands majority in the Assembly.Laying down the procedure for the floor test, the Bench led by Justice N.V. Ramana ordered the immediate appointment of a pro tem Speaker solely for the conduct of a floor test and said all the elected members should take the oath of office on Wednesday before 5 p.m.Also Read Maharashtra politics: Uddhav Thackeray will be CM for full five years, says Sanjay Raut  The leaders met Mr. Koshyari after the meeting to stake claim to form the government.The meeting of three parties joined by independent MLAs and smaller parties such as Samajwadi Party (SP), Swabhimani Party of farmer leader Raju Shetti and Lok Bharti passed a resolution of formation of Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA), presented by Ekanth Shinde of the Sena. The meeting also passed a resolution expressing gratitude towards the judiciary for ordering the floor test.After being elected as the leader of the MVA, Mr. Thackeray thanked Congress president Sonia Gandhi. “These are three different parties which poles apart coming together to give a stable government in Maharashtra. I was pained to see the press conference of Devendra Fadnavis this afternoon. I am being supported by those parties against whom I did my politics for last 30 years, but not by those who were with me for all these years,” he said, adding that Sena’s Hindutva does not depend on lies.Addressing a coterie of Congress and NCP leaders, many of whom have been ministers and chief ministers of the state, Mr Thackeray said that the next Maharashtra government will be of exteremely talented leaders. “I need your cooperation. I won’t be the chief minister who will work within four walls of the office. My government will not work on vengence, but if someone tries to put a roadblock, we will use our strength to clear it,” he said.Also Read At the helm: Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray at a meeting of Maha Vikas Aghadi at a hotel in Mumbai on Tuesday. Maharashtra politics: Kin and party kept up pressure on Ajit Pawar | Photo Credit: Special Arangement center_img  Just hours after the Court decision, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced his resignation, saying the BJP no longer had a majority after his deputy, the NCP’s Ajit Pawar, quit citing “personal reasons”. The resignations came a little more than three days after Mr. Fadnavis and Mr. Ajit Pawar were sworn in early on Saturday morning.Lack of majoritySpeaking to the media Mr. Fadnavis said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) believed that Mr Ajit Pawar had brought with him the entire Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) strength for support.However, after Mr. Pawar’s resignation, the BJP did not have the number to cross the half-way mark of 145, he said.“After Mr Pawar’s resignation — who we believed brought in the entire NCP strength with him — we do not have the majority. Our stand has been the party will not indulge in any horse-trading, and we will stick to that by not forming the government. I have submitted my resignation to the Governor,” Mr. Fadnavis said, adding that the BJP will sit in the Opposition for the next five years.Earlier, defending the decision to team up with Mr. Pawar, the BJP leader said during the President’s Rule, there was a constitutional crisis brewing. If the vacuum was not filled quickly, it could have led to a ‘break down’, Mr Fadnavis said.Asked whether Mr. Pawar’s decision to quit was part of a larger conspiracy and a ‘game’ orchestrated by Mr Sharad Pawar, Mr Fadnavis said that question is for the Pawars to answer.“At this point we cannot say if it was a mistake to team up with him (Ajit Pawar). We did what we did since he was the chosen elected leader of the NCP’s legislative unit,” Mr Fadnavis said, refuting claims his image as ‘Mr Clean’ had taken a hit due to events of the past few days.“I am who I am, and the people of this State know it,” Mr. Fadnavis said. The former chief minister added that the probe against Mr. Pawar in the irrigation scam was court-monitored and would continue without any interference by from the government.  The outgoing chief minister trained his guns on the Shiv Sena, Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) combine, who he said were coming together only for the lust of power. The only agenda three parties have is to keep the BJP out of power.“This government will be like a three-wheeler which would not move forward under its now weight. This government will fall under its own complications,” Mr Fadnavis predicted.“When the Shiv Sena realised the number game gives them a bargaining power, it went around talking to other parties even as no agreement was made by us on giving them the chief minister’s post,” he said.The decision to form the government with Ajit Pawar and then give it up was only the State unit’s, he said seeking to absolve the BJP’s national leadership from any blame for the events.Political circles in Maharashtra were abuzz that Mr. Ajit Pawar had been cajoled into throwing in the towel following an overnight meeting with NCP chief Mr. Sharad Pawar’s wife Pratibha and daughter Supriya Sule’s husband Sadanand. Other senior NCP leaders also urged him to return to the party.Also Read Devendra Fadnavis resigns  The Common Minimum Programme (CMP) prepared by the three parties, which will be the basis of the next government, will work on the principles prescribed in the preamble of the constitution, announced by Sena’s Rajya Sabha MP Anil Desai. “Constitutional values will be the centrestage in the preamble. The government will adopt the social, political, religious, differences of the people and work towards inclusive development. It will protect the cultural, religious diversity. Farmers, labourers, all men and women will be the focus of our governance and we will work towards employment generation, industrial growth of the state,” he said.“Balasaheb Thackeray would have been really happy to see this day. Though bitter enemies in politics, me, him, George Fernandes were friends in personal lives. I am sure that the way he brought small worker to the position of power in Sena, Uddhav too will work to uplift the workers,” said Mr. Pawar.last_img read more

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