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Filmmaking Debate: Hire An Editor Or Edit The Movie Yourself? by Patrick Creadon

Filmmaking Debate: Hire An Editor Or Edit The Movie Yourself? by Patrick Creadon - PATRICK CREADON was born in Chicago and is a 1989 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, and earned his Master’s Degree in Cinematography at the American Film Institute. He began his career as one of the youngest cameramen in the history of PBS, shooting and producing cinema-verite style stories for the critically acclaimed series The 90s. In 2006, his directorial debut, Wordplay was the breakout hit at the Sundance Film Festival. His follow-up film, I.O.U.S.A., also premiered at Sundance and was shortlisted for the Academy Awards. Patrick has served on several film festival juries including Sudance Film Festival, the LA Film Festival, and the Ashland Film Festival. In 2011, he debuted as a television director on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. At this year’s Independent Spirit Awards, received the “Bright Future Award” presented by Unilever Project Sunlight, for his inspirational film, “If You Build It,” a documentary that exemplifies the power of hands-on education and the impact a few budding creative minds can have on the future of a community. As part of the “Bright Future Award,” which recognizes a filmmaker whose work motivates people to take action to create a better world, Unilever presented Creadon with a grant to continue to motivate positive changes that support a brighter future through the power of film. With these funds, Creadon plans to…

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Five Lessons from a Ten-Year Film School

Five Lessons from a Ten-Year Film School
Filmmaker Magazine - The following is a guest post from 25 New Face filmmaker Jake Mahaffy on his new project, Free in Deed, currently fundraising post-production at Indiegogo. Check out the film’s campaign here, and also see Filmmaker‘s new partner page of curated Indiegogo projects.

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World hunger falls, but 805 million still chronically undernourished

World hunger falls, but 805 million still chronically undernourished - 16 September 2014, Rome - About 805 million people in the world, or one in nine, suffer from hunger, according to a new UN report released today.

The State of Food Insecurity in the World (SOFI 2014) confirmed a positive trend which has seen the number of hungry people decline globally by more than 100 million over the last decade and by more than 200 million since 1990-92. The report is published annually by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP).

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Understanding rainy seasons, malnutrition, & community health in Sierra Leone

Understanding rainy seasons, malnutrition, & community health in Sierra Leone
Washington Post - A woman sells peanuts in Freetown, Sierra Leone. (Pete Muller/Prime for the Washington Post) The following is a guest post by Richard Mallett. Mallett is a researcher with the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium, based at the Overseas Development Institute in London, UK.

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Stratford Festival to film ‘entire Shakespeare canon’ for Canadians

Stratford Festival to film ‘entire Shakespeare canon’ for Canadians
CBC News - The Stratford Festival plans to film three of this season’s productions for the big screen.

The festival in southwestern Ontario says King Lear, helmed by artistic director Antoni Cimolino and starring Colm Feore, will hit cinemas in February.

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Study sheds light on asthma and respiratory viruses

People with asthma often have a hard time dealing with respiratory viruses such as the flu or the common cold, and researchers have struggled to explain why.

In a new study that compared people with and without asthma, the answer is becoming clearer. The researchers found no difference in the key immune response to viruses in the lungs and breathing passages. The work, at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, suggests that a fundamental antiviral defense mechanism is intact in asthma. This means that another aspect of the immune system must explain the difficulty people with asthma have when they encounter respiratory viruses.

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Funding: This study was supported by grants from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) (grant numbers AADCRC U19-AI070489 and U19-AI000000, U10-HL109257, and CTSA UL1 TR000448), and Roche Postdoctoral Fellowship awards.

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Here’s Why We Need to Protect Public Libraries

We live in a “diverse and often fractious country,” writes Robert Dawson, but there are some things that unite us—among them, our love of libraries. “A locally governed and tax-supported system that dispenses knowledge and information for everyone throughout the country at no cost to its patrons is an astonishing thing,” the photographer writes in the introduction to his book, The Public Library: A Photographic Essay. “It is a shared commons of our ambitions, our dreams, our memories, our culture, and ourselves.”

But what do these places look like? Over the course of 18 years, Dawson found out. Inspired by “the long history of photographic survey projects,” he traveled thousands of miles and photographed hundreds of public libraries in nearly all 50 states. Looking at the photos, the conclusion is unavoidable: American libraries are as diverse as Americans. They’re large and small, old and new, urban and rural, and in poor and wealthy communities. Architecturally, they represent a range of styles, from the grand main branch of the New York Public Library to the humble trailer that serves as a library in Death Valley National Park, the hottest place on Earth. “Because they’re all locally funded, libraries reflect the communities they’re in,” Dawson said in an interview. “The diversity reflects who we are as a people.”

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Anonymous asked:

I'm having a hard time writing my personal statement. What are some tips you have on how to write a good personal statement? Thanks!


My Tips:

  • Write many, many drafts. Write them on different topics. Rewrite the same drafts several times.
  • Have people read them. Take them to school counselors, advisers, and staff members who are on scholarship committees, even if you’re not applying for their scholarship.
  • Show that you have passion for whatever you plan on doing.
  • Don’t actually use the word “passion”.
  • Don’t use purple prose.
  • No one cares about your beloved high school teacher who inspired you to do blah blah blah. Everyone has heard this story. Whoever reads your essay will roll their eyes because they’ve probably read hundreds more like it. Write about something specific to you.
  • For you English/Literature majors: No one cares if you’ve been reading/writing since you were a kid. That’s true for pretty much every English/Lit major.
  • Keep it short. If they give you a maximum of one thousand words, that does not mean they want to read one thousand words. Keep it around one page or less.
  • Don’t use quotes from other people. This is all about you, not what someone else said.
  • Don’t put all of your achievements in a list.
  • I’ve heard at least three college professors complain about essays that start with “in modern society today” or “in our society today” or “in the world we live in today”. They’re cliche and they’re redundant. Of course modern society is today. That’s why it’s modern.
  • Make sure whatever you write about is relevant to the question for the personal statement or relevant to your reason for applying to whatever you’re applying to.
  • Show that you have long term goals and that whatever you’re applying for now will help you in the future.
  • Stick to one topic.
  • Back up your claims. Anyone can say they are ambitious. You have to show that you are ambitious for it to hold any weight in a personal statement.
  • Whenever you mention an academic or extracurricular achievement, talk about how it has helped you and how it is relevant. Winning a major spelling bee is irrelevant if you’re applying for nursing school unless you’re able to use that fact to show that you have excellent memory, which is valuable in many fields.
  • Don’t try to be funny.
  • Talk about what you hope to learn.


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