On Saturday, October 7 and Sunday, October 8, earn a new souvenir by learning about the Earth! All you have to do is go out and find an EarthCache during the weekend of International EarthCache Day 2017!Finding an EarthCache is a great way to learn about the Earth. These geocaches do not have physical containers, but instead bring you to unique locations to teach you a geological science lesson.Feeling inspired to learn something new? Here are six fun facts we’ve learned from EarthCaches found around the world: Imperiosus Visum (GC206DF), Arizona, USAMany know the Grand Canyon was carved out by the Colorado River, but did you know that uplift from tectonic plates aided in the creation of the one mile deep canyon we see today?Photo by geovi. Hot Springs, Bath (GC185X3), South West England, United KingdomOriginating as rain water from 20-80,000 years ago, the water is heated by geothermal action. Rising up to the surface, the springs in Bath [England] are the highest spring water temperature in the UK!Photo by kiki-64. Dry Falls EarthCache (GC154BY), Washington, USADuring the Ice Age, parts of Eastern Washington, Idaho, and Montana were severely flooded as rivers forged new paths around ice dams. This EarthCache is located near a 3.5 miles wide and 400 foot tall cliff, which was, at the time, the largest waterfall in the world.Photo by HockeyHiker19. Laguna Madre (GC1EHC6), Texas, USAThere are only six hypersaline (saltier than the ocean) lagoons in the world. One is the Laguna Madre (Spanish for “Mother Lagoon”) in Texas! Photo by thardt. Geysir – Powerful hot spring (GC1G4XZ), IcelandLocated in Iceland’s Haukadalur valley and discovered in 1294, this is the oldest known geyser on the planet. Photo by bedla tygrovana. Namib Desert, Namibia (GC14W63), Namibia, AfricaAt 43 million years old, the Namib Desert is not only named the oldest desert in the world, but is also home to some of the highest sand dunes in the world: the Sossusvlei.Photo by DivanOli4.What’s the coolest (or hottest, highest, oldest) fact you’ve learned from an EarthCache?Share with your Friends:More SharePrint Related7 Continents, 7 EarthCachesOctober 3, 2017In “Community”Petra Al Khazneh (GC1V4ZY) — Geocache of the WeekOctober 5, 2016In “Community”The Creator of EarthCaching talks about the 10th AnniversaryJanuary 10, 2014In “Community”
Here are some professional tricks of the trade from the man who literally wrote the book on being a grip.Top image Californiacation set via ShutterstockI am currently reading Michael G. Uva’s The Grip Book, and I can’t recommend it enough. It’s a must-read for all of those considering getting into filmmaking and video production.This book is full of photos and detailed illustrations showing you everything from clamps and camera mounts to safety ties and taco carts. There are even accompanying how-to videos on the Focal Press website.The book’s author Michael G. Uva has agreed to an interview with PremiumBeat, so keep your eyes peeled in the weeks ahead — and if you have any questions about grip work, sound off in the comments below.In the meantime, here are some great secrets to filmmaking and a few of Uva’s Tricks of the Trade.Just starting your career in the motion picture industry? Odds are you will start working as a grip or electrician. Oftentimes, you may actually find your true calling in one of these departments. I know plenty of people who have worked as grips for years. It can be a very fun position that is very mentally challenging.As a grip, it’s your job to make a production work with whatever tools you have available. If the director calls for a last minute shot, you may need to go into full MacGyver mode at a moment’s notice. (If you don’t know who MacGyver is, just wait for the reboot.)Grip Tips on ClothesOne of the first things you will need to do to become a grip is to learn how to dress and what to carry. You aren’t going to be on camera, so you don’t need to wear your fancy new shoes. Dress for comfort and weather.You’ll want to have comfortable shoes, because you will be on your feet all day. A lot of grips and crew member wear dark clothes, which is preferred but not always necessary — especially if you’re shooting in the desert. The location weather should be a key consideration. Will you be working before the sun comes up? There’s a good chance it will be cold. The most common combinations on set are t-shirts and jeans or cargo shorts and fishing shirts — which have lots of pockets and breathe well.Grip Tips for ToolsImage via Shutterstock As far as your grip bag and gear go, there are plenty of standards like carabiners, a hammer, an array of tape, as well as a tape measurer. Also, be sure to always have your own pair of ear plugs in your bag. For a hammer, Uva recommends a nice straight claw-type Estwing hammer — these are great for pulling nails. Pro tip: When building, hammer the tip of the nail before driving it into a piece of lumber. This will help prevent the wood from splitting.When working with screws, draw circles around screw heads on the back of fly-away walls. That way when the time comes to move the wall, you will have a quick count and location of every screw you need to take out.With hammers, screwdrivers, and other tools — some grips attach a lanyard or small roped loop around the end, that way they can attach the tool to their wrist. “Some folks make a small loop that goes over their wrist while working high in the perms, green beds, or from a tall ladder.There are two schools of thought on this issue: If you drop the tool, it should not fall. If you fall and the lanyard gets hung up, it could be a different problem.”Grip Tips for TapeImage via ShutterstockAs far as tape goes, it’s not just gaff tape you will need. You will need ATG tape, which is often called snot tape on set. You will also want some white tape to mark damaged equipment — which is a standard throughout the industry. Photo black paper tape is often used instead masking tape because it will almost disappear on film due to its matte backing — as photo tape uses a black glue as opposed to the white glue in masking tape. Black photo tape is great for masking and flagging lights, as you can easily tape off up to two inches of a fluorescent light tube to reduce unwanted light.On the topic of photos and tape — did you know that you can use a ball of tape to get rid of unwanted glare from a picture frame on set? If a reflection shows up on camera, just place the ball of tape behind the frame to tilt it up, down, or to the side. It may look odd in person, but done right it will register as a flat frame on camera.As always, there are tons of ways to use gaff tape on set. One of Uva’s recommendations is to put gaffer tape over the wheels of electric scissor lifts. This prevents them from marking up newly painted surfaces. You can use all sorts of tape of different varieties and colors when it comes time to tape marks for the dolly. Uva usually has three or four different color tapes pre-torn into tabs for dolly work.Also, be sure to always tab off the tape so its ready to peel when needed.Grip Tips for Working With GelsImage from KeepOnTruckin via Wikipedia Tape comes in handy for all sorts of tasks. One of Uva’s tricks is to use a tab of tape on a gel, and then staple through it. This will prevent the gel from ripping or tearing. Furthermore, you can mark and label gels with magic markers, as they will not show when light is projected. Often you will see the color of the gel labeled, or you may see a note for a specific shot or set piece.Gels are also great for a last second rain hat. Caught on a rainy set without a cover for the camera? Use a gel frame and lighting gel over a camera to protect it from water. Aim the gel side up and the frame side down to prevent water from filling the frame. Be sure to angle to rain hat so the water runs to the rear and side.Grip Tips for MeasuringIt always benefits you to have your tape measure on your person at all times, but if you left it on the other side of the set — pull out your wallet. A US dollar bill is 6.14 inches long, great for rough estimates. Alternatively the average credit card is 3 3/8 inches long and 2 1/4 inches wide.You should also know the length of your wingspan. If you spread out your arms side to side, know the distance from one finger tip all the way to the other. Unless you are an NBA player with a massive wingspan, odds are your wingspan is about 2 inches longer than your height. So when the time comes for you to grab some rope, you can measure length by using your wingspan. Let’s say you have a wingspan of 6 feet. Then the length of rope across your wingspan will be 6 feet, and once you start looping the rope you can quickly measure out 50 to 60 feet of rope in no time.For more tricks and a ton of insider knowledge, check out The Grip Book: The Studio Grip’s Essential Guide Fifth Edition from Focal Press.
Avery Peck’s YouTube series of DaVinci Resolve color grading tutorials are just what you need to master this elusive post-production process.Cover image via Netflix/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock.Every so often, a new YouTube channel bursts out of nowhere that makes you ask “Why didn’t I think of this content first?” or “How did I ever get by without this channel?” (Thinking of you Every Frame a Painting — you will be missed.)There’s a noticeable lack of weekly, or even monthly, color grading tutorials. After all, the subject matter doesn’t necessarily involve creative visuals and clever editing transitions like a Peter Mckinnon video. More often, these tutorials are full of screen captures, and they’re pretty straightforward. (One of the best color grading tutorials in recent years came from Australian filmmaker Juan Melara, with his summer blockbuster grade tutorial.)At the time, it looked as if that tutorial was the first of many. Unfortunately, the series didn’t continue (right away), but as of October 2017, Juan has started to produce tutorials once more.I’ve recently stumbled across Avery Peck, who has just started to produce fun — and educational — DaVinci Resolve color grading tutorials.If there is one YouTube channel that I expect to grow exponentially, it would be this one.In his video, Avery goes into full detail about getting the look from the hit Netflix series Stranger Things. There’s always been a common misconception among online grading tutorials that you can achieve the “film-look” solely in post-production, regardless of the camera you shot with, and regardless of the original composition quality. Peck takes the grading tutorial a step further by first showing you the correct way to light the scene. For example, to mimic the exterior shots of Stranger Things, Peck says there are three elements to pay attention to: dynamic range, color palette, and separation.Both seasons were shot using RED cameras, and maximizing the dynamic range is an important part of getting the look. If you don’t have the luxury of shooting in RAW format, you can still do yourself a favor by shooting in LOG or in a Cinestyle profile.Another important element is the color palette. This is a consideration that needs pre-planning in conjunction with costuming, location, and production design. Peck notes that much of the palette consists of browns and teals, with red as an accent color. Therefore, if your subject is wearing a bright green T-shirt with purple paints, it’s not going to help when you start to grade for the specific look. These are just a few notes he touches upon before we even get into Resolve for the grading process.For the full low-down, check out the tutorial below. Looking for more on color grading? Check out these articles.Why Do Filmmakers Color Grade Moonlight to Be Blue?Color Grading: How to Change the Seasons in Premiere ProColor Grading Footage in After Effects with LumetriThe Basics of Color Grading with CurvesThe Best Color Grading Software and Plugins for Video Editors
Senior Congress leader Manish Tewari lodged a complaint with the Election Commission, seeking action against those indulging in “false and malicious” propaganda against him and his family on social media. In a video clip that was attached with Mr. Tewari’s tweet, it was alleged that his father, late Professor V.N. Tewari, was involved in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in Delhi and petrol was supplied from his filling station to “burn Sikhs”. ‘Gutter, despicable’ Describing the propaganda against him as “gutter and despicable”, the former Union MMr. inister, who is contesting from Anandpur Sahib in Punjab, said his family never owned a petrol pump anywhere in the country and his father was assassinated by militants on April 3, 1984, six months before the riots. “My mother was a Jat Sikh. My father was an academic at Panjab University, Chandigarh, and my mother retired as the Dean of the PGI. Our family has never owned a petrol pump ever in our lives anywhere in India. We have complained to the returning officer, Ropar SSP and the CEC. They need to act against the miscreants as soon as possible,” he tweeted.‘Outrageous lies’ “Those who failed in trying to raise the outside bogey against me have now stooped too low to malign me and my family with outrageous lies,” Mr. Tewari said on Thursday. The Congress leader is locked in a four-way contest against sitting Member of Parliament and Shiromani Akali Dal leader Prem Singh Chandumajra, Aam Aadmi Party candidate Narinder Shergill and Punjab Democratic Alliance nominee Bir Devinder Singh. Voting in Punjab will take place in the last phase of the Lok Sabha election on May 19.