Stephen Hawking’s impossible life

By (David Shapton)

A black hole

Stephen Hawking, perhaps the greatest scientist since Einstein, has died, aged 76

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    From:: RedShark News

    10 Great Movies Where We Root For The Bad Guy

    By Cara McWilliam-Richardson

    It’s simple – we always root for the good guys and dislike the bad guys. But hang on, do we? Actually it’s not that simple and more than ever, audiences are finding themselves rooting for and supporting the bad guys, the villains, and the antagonists. But what is it that so attracts us to the dark side? (Darth Vader would be so proud).

    Could it be that we are able to look past the villainous nature of the bad guys and instead focus on their better points? I mean think about it, villains have a lot going for them.

    Firstly villains really devote themselves to a cause. They are passionate like no one’s business and being passionate is an admirable quality. They are often a harsh look into the truth of human nature and they don’t shy away from the fact that humans are inherently flawed, causing us to confront the uncomfortable truth about ourselves.

    Or could it simply be that the bad guys are more interesting? Whatever the reason is there are a plethora of bad guys that we ultimately end up rooting for. This list looks at ten of those guys.

    Please note that there are spoilers throughout.

    1. Four Lions (2010)


    This British satirical dark comedy film was written and directed by Chris Morris in his directorial debut. It follows a group of young radicalised Muslim men who aspire to be suicide bombers.

    After a brief but unsuccessful run at a Pakistani training camp and an inept plan to train birds to carry bombs, the group decide to conceive a plan that will culminate in them bombing the London Marathon. The film was a moderate box office success, performing best in the U.K and was praised critically.

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    From:: Taste Of Cinema

    The 10 Most Powerful Movie Performances of All Time

    By Andreas Babiolakis


    A performance needs everything from subtlety to command. That is true, because a flat, one-dimensional performance just will not cut it when it comes to being believable and tangible. All of these following performances have small nuances to them, yet we are going to focus on their strengths that lie in how gravitational they are.

    When these characters want to take charge (and they do so often), you are gripped to every single word. You will find speeches, confessions, and monologues galore here. You will find self conflict and major transformations. You will find some obvious choices here, because all of these ten picks clearly left their mark on the history of cinema. Here are ten of the best powerful movie performances of all time.

    10. Peter Finch – Network


    In the late-Peter Finch’s final role (he was posthumously awarded an Academy Award for Best Actor), he played the highly complicated Howard Beale in the unfortunately prophetic satire Network. Beale starts getting tired of his predicaments and loses it on live television. He becomes something of a new world philosopher that channels to the tv-viewing crowd, and his voice booms and quivers with realization.

    He also slowly deteriorates mentally, and it shows through Beale’s glazed-over eyes. He may spout cautions, but he himself is in deep trouble. He passes out after his near-ascending levels of preaching, and it’s at that point of sudden resolution that you realize just how manic he just was. Finch’s Beale is as commanding with his monologues as he is insane, all while playing off both sides at the exact same time convincingly. You believe him, and you also fear for him.

    9. Kathryn Hepburn – The Lion in Winter

    The Lion in Winter

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    From:: Taste Of Cinema

    Bright Tangerine Revolvr and Revolvr Atom Follow Focus Review

    By Matthew Allard ACS

    The name Bright Tangerine is synonymous with high-quality matte boxes, but in recent years they have branched out into making other camera accessories. Two of these products are the Revolvr…

    The post Bright Tangerine Revolvr and Revolvr Atom Follow Focus Review appeared first on Newsshooter.

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    Google just made the tech behind its ‘portrait mode’ open source

    Semantic image segmentation is the task of categorizing every pixel in an image and assigning it a semantic label, such as “road”, “sky”, “person” or “dog”. And now, Google has released its latest image segmentation model as open source, making it available to any developers whose apps could benefit from the technology.

    The function can be used in many ways. One recent application in the world of smartphones is the portrait mode on Google’s latest Pixel 2 devices. Here, semantic image segmentation is used to help separate objects in the foreground from the image background. However, you could also imagine applications for optimizing auto exposure or color settings.

    This kind of pixel-precise labeling requires a higher localization accuracy than other object recognition technologies, but can also deliver higher-quality results. The good news is that Google has now released its latest image segmentation model, DeepLab-v3+, as open source, making it available to any developers who might want to bake it into their own applications.

    Modern semantic image segmentation systems built on top of convolutional neural networks (CNNs) have reached accuracy levels that were hard to imagine even five years ago, thanks to advances in methods, hardware, and datasets. We hope that publicly sharing our system with the community will make it easier for other groups in academia and industry to reproduce and further improve upon state-of-art systems, train models on new datasets, and envision new applications for this technology.

    If you are interested in finding out more about DeepLab-v3+, head over to the Google Research Blog for more details.

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    From:: DPreview

    IFH 225: How to Shot a Feature Film in 24 Hours with Ivan Malekin – Indie Film Hustle

    By Alex Ferrari

    How to Shot a Feature Film in 24 Hours with Ivan Malekin Imagine shooting an entire feature film in 24 hours. How could you do something like that and not make it a bad stage play? Today’s guest was not only able to do that but made a damn good film in the process. Ivan…

    The post IFH 225: How to Shot a Feature Film in 24 Hours with Ivan Malekin appeared first on Indie Film Hustle.

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    From:: Indie Film Hustle

    Huawei shares P20 triple-cam teaser videos

    We are getting close to the launch of Huawei’s upcoming flagship P20 smartphone on the 27th of March, and thanks to a number of leaks we’re already fairly certain that the new device will come with triple cam setup, offering a total resolution of 40MP and a 5x optical/digital hybrid zoom.

    Now Huawai itself has started teasing the new model with a couple of videos on its YouTube channel.

    The first one, called “See Brighter” (above), teases the smartphone’s low-light capabilities. It features a “pro” photographers with a DSLR and huge assortment of lighting gear next to a P20 user who is happily snapping away in the same lighting conditions without any additional equipment.

    The second video (below) is titled “See Closer”, hinting at the P20’s zoom capabilities. It follows the same scheme as the first clip, showing a DSLR-photographer shooting with a selection of heavy prime and zoom lenses, next to a smartphone user with triple-cam-equipped Huawei P20.

    If the teasers are anything to go by, the P20 could combine a “regular” RGB image sensor with a high-resolution monochrome chip for improved low-light performance and digital zooming, and another RGB sensor with a longer lens for optical zooming. And if Huawei’s engineers can manage to merge image data captured by all three sensors in an efficient way, the P20 could be the mobile camera to beat in 2018.

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    From:: DPreview

    Fujifilm GFX 50S firmware update adds Focus Bracketing and 35mm Format Mode

    Earlier today, Fujifilm released firmware version 3.0 for its GFX 50S medium-format camera. And with the update come two new features: Focus Bracketing and 35mm Format Mode.

    Focus Bracketing enables focus distance bracketing for up to 999 frames, shifting the focal location with each shutter activation at a scale from 1 to 10. The new 35mm Format Mode, meanwhile, results in the camera using the central 36 x 24mm portion of the sensor, producing 30.5MP Raw and JPEG images.

    “When using 35mm format adapters,” the company explains in its changelog, “it will be easier to adjust the image size to 35mm format image circle lenses by changing the setting.”

    The GFX 50S v3.0 firmware update can be downloaded now from Fujifilm’s website. Additionally, Fujifilm has also released a compatibility update for the H Mount Adapter G accessory.

    Update Notes

    GFX 50S Camera Body Firmware Update Ver.3.00

    Addition of “Focus Bracketing”

    The update will enable the photographer to shoot focus distance bracketing up to 999 frames. When the photographer start shooting, the focal location is shifted with each activation of the shutter by the step of focus shift set from 1 to 10.

    Addition of “35mm Format Mode”

    The update will enable the photographer to shoot central 36.0mm x 24.0mm (30.5M) cropped images as both JPEG and RAW files. When using 35mm format adapters, it will be easier to adjust the image size to 35mm format image circle lenses by changing the setting.

    H MOUNT ADAPTER G” new firmware

    The firmware update will expand the compatibility for the “H MOUNT ADAPTER G” accessory. Regarding the compatibility of lenses and accessories with H MOUNT ADAPTER G, refer to this URL.

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    From:: DPreview

    The Growing Influence and Popularity of Short Videos

    By philcooke

    Netflix has announced that in the next few months it will release a series of original, 15-minute stand-up comedy specials, indicating a push for more short-form programming. I’ve advocated the popularity of short videos for a long time, and now the format is moving into the mainstream. Business Insider reports: “The short-form comedies can help […] → continue…

    From:: Phil Coke

    AIM ’18 Celebrates Peekskill as ‘Mediapolis’ in the Making

    By Artisans PR

    Peekskill, NY

    AIM ’18 is a weekend-long series of activities March 24-25 created to celebrate the lower Hudson Valley’s emergence as a “mediapolis” – a thriving hub of multimedia creativity and commerce. The first-time event is centered in the resurgent riverfront city of Peekskill.

    AIM ‘18 is being…

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    From:: Shoot OnLine

    AICE Awards Announces 2018 Curatorial Committee

    By avagnoni


    AICP has announced the roster of editors and post production artists who’ll serve on the Curatorial Committee for the 2018 AICE Awards, which honors excellence in creative editorial and the post production arts.

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    From:: Shoot OnLine

    NYC photo tour helicopter crashes in the East River, claiming five lives

    A photo tour helicopter crashed into New York City’s East River on Sunday, claiming the lives of the five passengers who were onboard. The helicopter was owned and operated by New Jersey-based Liberty Helicopters as part of a doors-off photo tour that allows passengers to take aerial images of the city.

    According to the New York Times, the tragedy was caused by engine failure. The helicopter’s pilot, Richard Vance, made an emergency call shortly after taking off, later telling investigators that the fuel shut-off switch may have been accidentally hit by a passenger or some onboard equipment.

    Vance reportedly aimed toward the river as an emergency landing site to avoid crashing in Manhattan; however, after hitting the water, the helicopter’s inflatable pontoons were unable to keep the chopper upright. The helicopter quickly capsized, and though Vance was able to escape and scream for help, the passengers were unable to cut themselves loose from the heavy-duty harnesses that are used as part of these doors-off tour.

    Firefighter and police divers worked as quickly as they could against 5 mph currents to try and free the passengers, but they were not able to rescue any of them in time.

    The tragedy highlights concerns about marketing helicopter photo tours to tourists. These doors-off tours require strapping passengers into the helicopter using heavy-duty harnesses, equipping them with only a knife to cut themselves free in the event of a crash. And while all passengers must watch a short safety video, this is hardly adequate training to deal with an actual emergency.

    According to the Times, the passengers on this helicopter tour were shown a 10-minute safety video about using the knife to escape the harnesses; however, the video didn’t include instructions on cutting through nylon → continue…

    From:: DPreview

    Lino Russell Directs The World Debut of The Ferrari 488 Pista

    By Artisans PR


    Ferrari launched its latest limited-edition road car, the 488 Pista, at the Geneva Auto Show this month with a film that gives viewers a taste of what it’s like to sit behind the wheel of a car that can do zero to 60 in 2.85 seconds and has a top speed in excess of 200 mph. The car features the…

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    From:: Shoot OnLine

    Sony Executive: Expects Canon and Nikon full frame mirrorless by this year

    By Richard I’m sure this is quite worrying for Sony. Up to now they have had this particular niche market for themselves; now it seems that Sony’s expecting competition soon. DPReview interviewed Sony’s Senior General Manager of the Digital Imaging Business Group, Kenji Tanaka who has this to say; Q: One of the reasons that companies like Sigma … → continue…

    From:: Canon Rumors

    “You Must Be Reactive in the Face of Danger”: Dieudo Hamadi on Kinshasa Makambo

    By Steve Macfarlane

    Having world premiered at the Berlinale, played True/False and now proceeding to Cinéma du Réel, Dieudo Hamadi’s extraordinary Kinshasa Makambo has a shot at becoming one of the major political documentaries of 2018. The film follows two young activists, Ben and Jean-Marie, organizing for an end to the reign of Joseph Kabila, current president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. While Kabila assumed the presidency in 2001 after the assassination of his father (US-backed autocrat Laurent-Désiré Kabila), Hamadi’s film centers on their dismayed responses to the government’s decision in 2016 to suspend elections until further notice — upturning a […] → continue…

    From:: Filmmaker Magazine