Mailbag: did the Erik Karlsson trade set the bar too high for the Sharks?

first_imgCHICAGO — With just five games remaining before the Christmas break, the Sharks appear to be turning the corner.They’ve won five of six games, Erik Karlsson is playing his best hockey as a Shark and the goalies have produced a .932 save percentage since Dec. 2.Meanwhile, the Pacific Division is finally heating up after a dismal showing over the first two months of the season. The Calgary Flames are leading the way, trailing the Winnipeg Jets by just two points for first place in the Western …last_img read more

Spreading the love – and profit

first_imgJennifer SternThere’s never a dull moment at Vida e Caffe. Never a quiet one, either. This trendy coffee chain is characterised by big smiles, loud laughter and rapidly shouted orders as the perfectly brewed espressos and giant muffins move over the counter at a rapid pace. On the other side of the stream of delicacies patrons enjoy a quick espresso with friends or linger for ages over a double mucho cappuccino while penning that bestseller on their laptops.It’s been accused by devotees and detractors alike of being too trendy by far, but there really is more to this runaway marketing and business success story than the beautiful life and clichéd European-style sidewalk coffee culture.Started in 2001 in Cape Town’s trendy Kloof Street, Vida e Caffe was an instant success. With a simple formula of really good coffee, freshly squeezed orange juice and a range of huge and delicious sweet and savoury muffins, Vida hit the spot. While the queues are seldom unbearably long, it is almost unheard of to walk up to the counter and find yourself first in line.Room for improvementIn 2005, Grant Dutton, William Dutton and Shaun Bond joined Vida as joint venture partners in three new stores. Before the year was out they had bought the company, all five-and-a-half stores (the Green Point store was still being built). Today, there are 36 Vida stores across South Africa.They had bought a successful business built on serious marketing savvy and clever strategic relations, but there is always room for improvement. And the one place they decided they could make some real improvements was in their staff. They figured that happy staff meant happy customers so they work hard to keep those guys in the hip Levis jeans and funky T-shirts smiling.Almost all their workers live in the townships and struggled to get to work at 5:30am to start baking those yummy muffins. So the first thing they did was buy a few of houses – one close to each store – that could operate a bit like a student digs with staff members going back to their families on their days off.While almost every aspect of the staff relations in this chain is – well – just a little different, it’s the training that really sets it apart. Every staff member – absolutely every staff member – starts off clearing tables and mopping the floor. Yes, potential marketing managers – and even shareholders – start off doing what they call “meze,” which is Portuguese for “table”.Each new staff member will have a “buddy” who guides him through the learning curve. Before we continue it’s probably a good idea to explain the apparently sexist language. There are virtually no female employees at the shop-front at Vida – quite a few in head office, but none in the stores. The few that started only lasted a couple of weeks so any female job applicants are encouraged to work at their sister store (no pun intended) O Sumo. O Sumo is a new brand focusing on healthy wraps, salads and soups with fresh juices and smoothies. And the staff at O Sumo is exclusively female.  It may sound a bit weird, but it works for the staff in both stores.Back to the training. Each new staff member starts off cleaning the floors and clearing tables and eventually moves on to washing dishes, baking, making coffee and running the till. And every step of the way he is supported by his buddy, who is often an old friend, brother or cousin. Yes, that’s the other interesting thing. Most new employees are friends of existing ones – another way of keeping that happy family going. With the pace of work, the frenetic high energy and the constant need to be friendly and to smile, there is just no place for personality clashes, petty jealousies or rivalries.It takes about three months, on average, to get someone trained up as a barista and to a point that they can handle the till, do the baking and generally put a hand in wherever it’s needed. The good thing about this is that if there is a staff shortage in one store, they can call on staff from another and they will slot in effortlessly.The mystery shopperBut let’s be honest, most people don’t go to work in the morning because they get on with their colleagues. The motivation is usually far more pragmatic, and Vida employees are paid better than average. And there’s also a good bonus scheme. If they keep waste to a minimum, they get a bonus and – this is a sneaky little one – if they pass the “mystery shopper” test, they get another bonus. A mystery shopper that no-one (not even management) knows visits each shop once a month and, if every aspect of customer service is in place – voila – a bonus for the guys.But, of course – regardless of how much fun it is – an ambitious lad does not want to stay a barista for ever. So, another way of keeping the staff happy and working hard is to make it clear from the beginning that the sky is the limit. Every trainee who comes in at the bottom cleaning the floors can see people who’ve been there a year or so working their way into management positions.Papa Charles Masara is just one such person. Having emigrated to South Africa from Zimbabwe some time back, he started working at Vida three years ago. He did the whole progression from meze to baker, barista, cashier, assistant manager and store manager. But he didn’t stop there, and is now a senior regional manager overseeing 18 stores in the Cape Town area. Once he was financially secure, he brought his family out of Zimbabwe and then – spotting a good gap, helped them to set up a business doing laundry for Vida e Caffe, as well as other clients.Global expansionMost of Vida’s 36 stores are in Cape Town and Johannesburg, with a few in Durban, one in Pretoria, one in Bloemfontein and one in Knysna.  “We’ll never go above 45,” says marketing director Shaun Bond. Then he smiles and adds, “Never say never.” But they do intend to stay small and manageable. “We don’t want to be Starbucks,” Bond says, laughing. “But we are in the process of opening our first two stores in London – one in Regent Street, and one just off Carnaby Street.“It will be a great opportunity for the guys,” he adds, saying that they will take 12 baristas to London for between six months and a year to work in their UK stores. They’ll have all their transport and accommodation paid for and they will get to earn pounds, some of which Vida will insist they deposit in a bank account back in South Africa. It seems like a great opportunity to see some of the world and, if they exercise some fiscal discipline, they can come home with quite a nice little nest egg.So, next time you need a quick caffeine fix and you head for the bright red Vida e Caffe logo, you’ll know why your service comes with a smile. Some good news for anyone flying out of OR Tambo International is that Vida e Caffe is opening a branch in domestic departures beyond the security barriers, so you can get a coffee and muffin served with a smile and take advantage of Vida’s free Wi-Fi while you wait for your flight.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at marya@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related articlesSouth African foodA walk on vibey Vilakazi Street SA chilli sauce bites the world Wine: South Africa’s French connectionNando’s blazes into the US Useful linksVida e Caffelast_img read more

3 Actions to Keep Your Great Ideas from a Meeting in Play

first_imgBuilding a Workplace for the Next 100 Years Why Your Company’s Tech Transformation Starts W… How to Avoid Being Part of 90% of Failed Companies Related Posts Frank Landmancenter_img Frank is a freelance journalist who has worked in various editorial capacities for over 10 years. He covers trends in technology as they relate to business. Regular company meetings can get repetitive when the same projects and agenda items are discussed, week in and week out. However, every once in awhile, in between the endless monotonous conversations, a magical moment occurs when someone shares a truly inspiring idea. It could be the start of a new product, a solution to a cost issue, or the basis for improving the customer experience. Employees have often been the source of some incredible ideas, including everything from Post-It Notes to the Facebook “like” button. Ideas like that could be percolating right now within your organization. The problem is you may never know it. If the person charged with taking notes from a meeting drops the ball, that game-changing idea can get lost in the shuffle. Don’t let that creative opportunity go untapped. Here are three ways to keep a great idea in play, so that it can reach its full potential: Use and share a virtual wall note system. Virtual wall note systems let you create, share and organize notes between team members. For example, GoWall is a platform that lets you stick “virtual” sticky notes on a shared online wall that all attendees can see. According to Leigh Thompson, Kellogg School of Management’s Professor of Dispute Resolution & Organizations at the at Northwestern University, leaders can raise meeting engagement levels by giving every participant a voice, even those introverts who prefer staying out of the limelight. For those types of meeting participants, Thompson employs something called “brainwriting,” a process that utilizes written thoughts, instead of spoken ones. You can use other tools to record and preserve thoughts and ideas in writing. For example, Quip offers a digital notebook that lets you record and then share written brainstorm sessions with team members. Use it to jot down the idea itself, how it can be used in the company, and how it can be implemented. Technology like the Quip notebook lets you create and save great ideas for the team’s use long after the meeting ends, so you can explore these ideas later. The notes will provide a summary the proposal and the resulting discussion. This way, team members who weren’t there can review and contribute to the discussion of that idea, keeping it alive and potentially moving it forward to the next stage of development. Stop appointing a (human) notetaker to transcribe the meeting. No matter how skilled they might be at transcription, a human notetaker is just that — human. They can miss critical information or make mistakes in capturing what was said. There’s also the time factor; a team member who’s been asked to transcribe the meeting may have to delay it in order to perform their assigned work. Rather than shouldering these risks, why not use meeting technology that provides automatic transcription services? Since no one has to make time to transcribe, the information is more likely to be circulated more quickly among the meeting participants.  Moreover, it’s possible to return to the recording, as you can do with Voicera. You can pinpoint the moment when the idea was originally shared to get a better sense of the surrounding context. This section can then be clipped from the transcript and shared with other key decision-makers to help motivate action. Additionally, using technology to automate the transcription process saves money and improves productivity, as it frees the team up to work on more critical assignments. Include the meeting idea in follow-up with the team. When your company schedules regular meetings, including formal and informal follow-up meetings, treat subsequent meetings as an opportunity to return to the initial idea and explore it further. Of course, merely mentioning the idea again might not be sufficient to maintain forward momentum. In preparing for the next meeting, collect input from other team members on how they think this idea can be implemented and how it might benefit the company and its stakeholders. Look for available research that can justify shepherding this idea from a suggestion into a viable strategy or tactic for the company. A tool like Basecamp helps facilitate meeting preparation with tools that aid sharing notes and ideas, such as a message board. Here, each team member can post their findings, then use that information to generate a report for the upcoming meeting. From there, the initial idea and the research developed around it can transform into an action item or project. Get More IdeasTo encourage creativity, encourage discussions that focus on brainstorming or that request formal suggestions as part of the agenda. Continually emphasize the value of sharing ideas by offering incentives and recognizing team members who have contributed an idea that benefit the company.Finally, develop a culture that rewards innovation, where both extroverts and introverts feel comfortable speaking up during meetings. If you can stoke the creative fires, use technology to exchange and archive helpful written notes, and follow up on ideas quickly, you can help keep those miracle ideas alive and moving forward. As an added bonus, it reinforces for employees the belief that your company rewards shared ideas, which keeps those ideas coming. Why Your eCommerce Business Should Have a Pop-U…last_img read more

Upcoming Film Festival Deadlines (Summer 2015)

first_img  Late Deadline  07/11/2015  $100.00 USD Take a look at the top upcoming film festival deadlines slated for the second quarter of 2015, and get a leg up on when and where to make your submissions.Top Image Courtesy of Leeds International Film Festival.Many of us here at PremiumBeat are filmmakers and videographers, and we occasionally send our work off to film festivals to reach a wider audience. Is this something that you’re interested in doing as well? If so, we’ve got just what you need. After this latest rush of film festival submissions, we felt that we should present our readers with a list of the top film festival deadlines for each quarter of the year.Words of WisdomBefore we get started, we do want to impart some wisdom to our readers, and it has to do with the all-mighty dollar. We all know that being a filmmaker or videographer can be an expensive career choice, and film festivals just add to that cost. Most festivals average around $50 per submission, which really adds up if you’re submitting to several at once. But you really need to be aware of hidden costs if your film is selected to play at one of these festivals.Many film festivals do not accept Vimeo links or DVD copies for final screening. Rather they require HDCAM (High-Definition Video Digital Recording), DCP (Digital Cinema Package) and even 35mm prints — and the transfer rates for each of these is not cheap. Luckily, each festival will inform you of their desired final screening media options as you make your submission. Remember to budget for all of these costs.Image from Tribeca Film FestivalUpcoming Film Festival DeadlinesAs we are currently already in the second quarter of the year, we’ve missed a few deadlines that passed at the end of May, such as Toronto International Film Festival, New York City Independent Film Festival and American Documentary Film Festival.Please read each official festival mission statement below. There are specifics about each one that may fit perfectly (or not so perfectly) with your project.   Earlybird Deadline  05/01/2015  $60.00 USD   Earlybird Deadline  04/03/2015  $35.00 USD Music Video, Animation, Web Series & Film Trailer   Late Deadline  08/31/2015  $90.00 USD   Earlybird Deadline  04/03/2015  $65.00 USD   Regular Deadline  06/19/2015  $45.00 USD Narrative, Documentary, Animation & Experimental Short   Late Deadline  07/03/2015  $58.00 USD   Extended Deadline  08/15/2015  $150.00 USD   Late Deadline  06/22/2015  $80.00 USD   Earlybird Deadline  05/10/2015  $40.00 USD   Earlybird Deadline  04/20/2015  $50.00 USD   Late Deadline  07/11/2015  $60.00 USD   Late Deadline  07/11/2015  $60.00 USD   Earlybird Deadline  01/15/2015  $45.00 USD   Regular Deadline  04/03/2015  $45.00 USD   Regular Deadline  04/03/2015  $35.00 USD   Regular Deadline  07/31/2015  $30.00 USD SlamdanceStarted in 1995 by a group of writer/director/producers, Slamdance continues to be organized and programmed by active filmmakers. Now in its twenty-second year as a festival that runs simultaneously with the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT, Slamdance has established a unique reputation for premiering independent films by first-time directors working with limited budgets.Narrative & Documentary Feature   Late Deadline  06/01/2015  $60.00 USD   Regular Deadline  09/18/2015  $35.00 USD   Regular Deadline  06/19/2015  $75.00 USD   Earlybird Deadline  04/24/2015  $52.00 USD Narrative, Documentary, Animated & Student Short   Late Deadline  08/31/2015  $35.00 USD   Earlybird Deadline  07/25/2015  $40.00 USD   Extended Deadline  08/15/2015  $150.00 USD   Late Deadline  06/22/2015  $155.00 USD   Earlybird Deadline 04/24/2015  $56.00 USD   Late Deadline  07/10/2015  $75.00 USD   Regular Deadline  07/24/2015  $75.00 USD   Regular Deadline  07/24/2015  $55.00 USD All Shorts   Late Deadline  10/08/2015  $60.00 USD Short Subjects (Under 40 mins)   Earlybird Deadline  05/10/2015  $35.00 USD Ottawa International Film FestivalOIFF was founded in 2009 and an annual not-for-profit festival that takes place every October. They pride themselves on being regarded as a highly unbiased festival and platform for filmmakers who are seeking to expand their careers to a larger audience. OIFF’s mission is to help develop and promote independent filmmakers and artists that “create outside of the box.”Narrative & Documentary Feature   Regular Deadline  09/18/2015  $15.00 USD   Earlybird Deadline  07/25/2015  $50.00 USD   *WAB Extended Deadline  11/20/2015  $70.00 USD   Regular Deadline  05/15/2015  $45.00 USD   Late Deadline  05/08/2015  $60.00 USD   Late Deadline  05/08/2015  $50.00 USD Narrative, Documentary & Animated Short   Late Deadline  08/31/2015  $50.00 USD   Extended Deadline  08/15/2015  $150.00 USD Nashville Film FestivalFounded in 1969 as the Sinking Creek Film Celebration, Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) is one of the longest-running film festivals in the country and one of the most acclaimed festivals in the South. Hosted in Music City, USA, NaFF attracts enthusiastic film lovers from all across the country and has been praised by film-goers and filmmakers alike for its unique combination of big city festival atmosphere and laid back Southern hospitality. With over 290 films from 48 countries, a screenplay competition, web-series competition, innovative industry panels, live music showcases, and parties almost every night, the 2015 NaFF drew over 43,000 attendees and sold out nearly 50 films and events.Narrative & Documentary Feature Competition   Regular Deadline  09/30/2015  $60.00 USD Raindance Film FestivalRaindance showcases features and shorts by filmmakers from around the world to an audience of film fans and filmmakers, executives, buyers and journalists. Along with screenings, there are seminars, workshops, gigs and parties to allow everyone the chance to share our passion for independent cinema. It is also an Oscar and BAFTA qualifying festival, as well as being closely associated with the BIFAs.Narrative & Documentary Feature   Extended Deadline  10/15/2015  $70.00 USD   Earlybird Deadline  05/01/2015  $68.00 USD   Late Deadline  07/06/2015  $195.00 USD   Regular Deadline  09/18/2015  $45.00 USD   Earlybird Deadline  04/20/2015  $85.00 USD Narrative, Documentary, College & High School Short   Earlybird Deadline  05/10/2015  $50.00 USD Los Angeles International Short Film FestivalLos Angeles International Short Film Festival (LA Shorts Fest) ranks among the most prestigious international short film festivals in the world. The festival is accredited by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.Narrative, Documentary & Animated Shorts   Extended Deadline  07/31/2015  $82.00 USD   *WAB Extended Deadline  06/15/2015  $55.00 USD   Earlybird Deadline  06/20/2015  $15.00 USD   Final Deadline  07/15/2015  $65.00 USD Narrative, Documentary & Animated Long Shorts Narrative, Documentary & Animated Short   Regular Deadline  10/16/2015  $45.00 USD   *WAB Final Extended Deadline  07/15/2015  $60.00 USD   *WAB Extended Deadline  07/17/2015  $80.00 USD   Late Deadline  07/06/2015  $145.00 USD   Regular Deadline  07/31/2015  $45.00 USD   Regular Deadline  05/20/2015  $60.00 USD   Regular Deadline  09/04/2015  $50.00 USD Chicago International Film FestivalAcross countries, languages and classes, film has the power to provide us with a release, an escape, a window into new worlds and new possibilities. In 2014, we presented 125 feature films, including 20 feature-length documentaries, and 50 short subject films from more than 55 countries. Many of these films participated in competitive sections, where the highest honor is the Gold Hugo – a standard of excellence in the world of film and a true symbol of discovery.Narrative Feature   Late Deadline  11/30/2015  $20.00 USD   Extended Deadline  06/26/2015  $75.00 USD   Regular Deadline  09/30/2015  $45.00 USD   Earlybird Deadline  05/10/2015  $70.00 USD   Regular Deadline  05/18/2015  $55.00 USD   Extended Deadline  10/15/2015  $110.00 USD Narrative Short, Documentary Short & Music Video Want more content on how to gear up for a film festival run? Check out these articles from PremiumBeat.How to Avoid Film Festival Rejection10 Tips for Submitting to Film FestivalsThe Filmmaker’s Guide to Indie Festivals & OrganizationsHave you had success with any of these festivals in the past? Are there any festivals we didn’t cover that we should have? Sound off in the comments below.   Regular Deadline  06/19/2015  $95.00 USD   Earlybird Deadline  08/14/2015  $50.00 USD   Regular Deadline  09/30/2015  $30.00 USD   Earlybird Deadline  02/20/2015  $25.00 USD   Regular Deadline  06/05/2015  $58.00 USD Competition Shorts Austin Film FestivalKnown as “The Writer’s Festival” since its inception 22 years ago, Austin Film Festival celebrates films built on strong storytelling. AFF recognizes the importance of the creator at the core of filmmaking and screens the highest caliber narrative, documentary and animated films — all of which demonstrate the power of a well-told story. Narrative, Documentary, Dark Matters & Comedy Vanguard Feature New Orleans Film FestivalCelebrating its 26th anniversary this year, the Oscar®-qualifying New Orleans Film Festival has firmly established itself on the regional film fest circuit as one of the most reputable in the country. It was named by MovieMaker Magazine as one of the “50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” in their 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 editions, and it was also named by Premium Beat as one of the “Fifteen Fests You Should Enter.” Born in a city known for its eclecticism and artistic vibrance, NOFF seeks out bold and passionate storytellers. With top-notch programming in one of the world’s most cinematic cities, NOFF serves up a dose of Southern hospitality that’s hard to beat.Narrative & Documentary Feature   Earlybird Deadline  03/06/2015  $40.00 USD   Regular Deadline  05/15/2015  $50.00 USD   Late Deadline  06/05/2015  $65.00 USD   Late Deadline  06/05/2015  $55.00 USD   Earlybird Deadline  04/20/2015  $40.00 USD   Regular Deadline  06/10/2015  $50.00 USD Narrative & Documentary Short Competition   Regular Deadline  09/04/2015  $80.00 USD   *WAB Extended Deadline  07/17/2015  $65.00 USD   Extended Deadline  06/26/2015  $70.00 USD   Regular Deadline  06/10/2015  $80.00 USD   Late Deadline  11/30/2015  $30.00 USD   Earlybird Deadline  07/31/2015  $35.00 USD   Extended Deadline  07/31/2015  $78.00 USD   Earlybird Deadline  06/20/2015  $35.00 USD Screenplay Competition Documentary Feature   Earlybird Deadline  05/01/2015  $38.00 USD FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film FestivalThe Festival is dedicated to the creation of opportunities for artistic interaction and exchange among independent filmmakers, directors, producers and the film-going public. It’s mission is to discover the new voices of independent film.*Without-A-Box DeadlinesAll Animation, Video Games, Feature & Short Film Entries   Earlybird Deadline  05/01/2015  $23.00 USD   Regular Deadline  06/10/2015  $50.00 USD   Earlybird Deadline  01/15/2015  $40.00 USD Louis Le Prince International Short Film Competition, Best British Short, World Animation Award, Dance Short Film Competition & Fanomenon International Competition   Regular Deadline  05/17/2015  $40.00 USD   Late Deadline  10/08/2015  $100.00 USD   Extended Deadline  01/08/2015  $40.00 USD   Earlybird Deadline  06/20/2015  $25.00 USD   Regular Deadline  07/31/2015  $80.00 USD   Late Deadline  11/30/2015  $60.00 USD Yorkshire Short Film Competition, Music Video & Dead Short Competition   Late Deadline  10/23/2015  $45.00 USD Leeds International Film FestivalLIFF is a portal for audiences to discover the real world of film that exists beyond the limitations of mainstream film exhibition. LIFF primarily supports the work of outstanding, fresh new talent in fiction and documentary filmmaking (in both features and shorts) and in world genre cinema – and work from existing talent that has not received deserved exposure in the UK.Narrative & Documentary Feature   Earlybird Deadline  02/20/2015  $35.00 USD   Extended Deadline  01/08/2015  $85.00 USD   Regular Deadline  06/05/2015  $62.00 USD   Late Deadline  10/23/2015  $55.00 USD   Earlybird Deadline  07/31/2015  $50.00 USD CinequestA vanguard organization set in the Silicon Valley, Cinequest’s uniqueness and impact result from being ahead of the curve in the powerful integration of creativity and technology. Cinequest fuses the world of the filmed arts with that of Silicon Valley’s innovation to empower youth, artists and innovators to create and connect – driving transformations and a better tomorrow. Cinequest does this through Cinequest Film Festival and Picture The Possibilities by Cinequest.*Without-A-Box DeadlinesNarrative & Documentary Feature   Regular Deadline  09/30/2015  $20.00 USD DOC NYCDOC NYC, America’s largest documentary festival, is an annual event based in New York at the West Village’s IFC Center, Chelsea’s SVA Theatre and Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas. Voted by MovieMaker magazine as one of the “top five coolest documentary film festivals in the world”, the eight-day fest showcases new achievements in documentary film along with panels and conversations. DOC NYC seeks to make connections that happen “only in New York.”*Without-A-Box DeadlinesCompetition Features   Late Deadline  11/30/2015  $75.00 USD   Late Deadline  07/11/2015  $75.00 USD   Regular Deadline  06/10/2015  $60.00 USD   Late Deadline  06/01/2015  $50.00 USD   Late Deadline  11/13/2015  $65.00 USD   Earlybird Deadline  03/06/2015  $30.00 USD   Extended Deadline  01/08/2015  $70.00 USD Screenplay Competition ($250 Cash Prize)   Earlybird Deadline  07/31/2015  $10.00 USD   *WAB Extended Deadline  11/20/2015  $85.00 USD   Earlybird Deadline  04/03/2015  $85.00 USD   Extended Deadline  01/08/2015  $30.00 USD   Regular Deadline  05/17/2015  $50.00 USD Teleplay Competition ($250 Cash Prize)   Late Deadline  11/13/2015  $55.00 USD Music Video, Experimental, Puppetry & Pilot Episodes   Late Deadline  07/03/2015  $72.00 USD Narrative & Documentary Short AFI FestAFI FEST presents a survey of the year’s most significant films each fall. Featuring international work from emerging filmmakers, global showcases of films from the great masters and red-carpet gala premieres, AFI FEST brings world cinema to the heart of Hollywood. The audience at AFI FEST has grown to over 75,000 attendees with media impressions in excess of 7 billion worldwide.Narrative & Documentary Feature   Regular Deadline  10/16/2015  $55.00 USD   Earlybird Deadline  07/31/2015  $20.00 USD   Late Deadline  10/23/2015  $15.00 USD Atlanta Film FestivalKnown as “The Writer’s Festival” since its inception 22 years ago, Austin Film Festival celebrates films built on strong storytelling. AFF recognizes the importance of the creator at the core of filmmaking and screens the highest caliber narrative, documentary and animated films — all of which demonstrate the power of a well-told story.Narrative & Documentary Feature   Earlybird Deadline  08/14/2015  $40.00 USD   Late Deadline  07/06/2015  $65.00 USD   *WAB Extended Deadline  06/15/2015  $75.00 USD   Regular Deadline  05/18/2015  $110.00 USD   Earlybird Deadline  05/10/2015  $40.00 USDlast_img read more

CES 2018: First Look at Panasonic’s New Lumix GH5S

first_imgAt CES 2018, Panasonic unveiled its new Lumix GH5S with an updated sensor, new Cinema 4K capabilities, and additional improvements.Fresh off the CES presses, Panasonic’s new Lumix GH5S has leaked online after much much rumor and fanfare. The predecessor to Panasonic’s popular Lumix GH5, the antecedent’s update looks to be a truly video-forward mirrorless camera that will compete with Canon and Sony in 2018. While the GH5 was a strong offering at its price point (currently around $2,000), the GH5S should stay competitive with updated capabilities at a similar opening price point (rumored to be around $2,500).New SensorWhile the GH5 boasted a powerful 20.3MP Micro Four Thirds Live MOS sensor, Panasonic has announced that the GH5S will feature a new 10.2MP multi-aspect sensor, which should improve max ISO capabilities up into the 51,200 range (while the GH5’s ceiling was around 25,600). The new sensor will also provide sufficient margin to get the same angle of view in 4:3, 17:9, 16:9, and 3:2 aspect ratios.Record Cinema 4K at 60/50pPerhaps the biggest headline for the GH5S’s advanced capabilities is the camera’s ability to record Cinema 4K footage at 60/50p. This is a major improvement and certainly a first in the market at this price point. The GH5S also now offers better color reproduction with new internal 4:2:2 10-bit recording capabilities with pre-installed V-Log (no longer an add-on purchase). Full HD and 4K video recording compiles with 4K HDR video with Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) for unlimited recording capabilities as well.Full List of ImprovementsFor those interested, the lightweight body will remain the same, but several other updates and improvements (many the result of the new sensor), will increase the GH5S’s capabilities for both video and photography as Panasonic’s affordable 4K play will undoubtedly send ripples throughout the industry well after CES ends.Atomos recently got their hands on the new model, testing its new capabilities.Enjoy saturated colours and capture sparkling shots even when shooting in V-Log format in the dimmest conditions. Colours are rich and deep even in super low light and reds are really red. Huge amounts of colour information are retained with 10-bit. This technological advance puts paid to the widespread assumption that you should never shoot Log in low light with mirrorless cameras because of excess noise. Now you can get the full benefits of a wider dynamic range and punchy colours and enjoy a clean image while staying in Panasonic’s V-Log, giving you a greater ability to manipulate your image in post-production.Specs:10.2MP multi-aspect sensor4:3, 17:9, 16:9, and 3:2 aspect ratios4K 60/50p recording in Cinema 4K (4,096 x 2,160)Max ISO 51,200 ceilingInternal 4:2:2 10-bit recording with pre-installed V-LogDual Native ISO TechnologyThe 225-area AF arrangement and light levels as low as -5EVReported Price: $2,500 (body only)last_img read more

Minnesota’s QB Says Michigan State Has Big Ten’s Worst Visiting Locker Room

first_imgMichigan State's Spartan Stadium during the spring game.InstagramGoing on the road in the Big Ten is never a treat – between the travel, the team’s opposing fans and the shoddy facilities. But according to Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner, one program’s visiting locker room situation is worse than the rest.Leidner was asked which program has the worst locker room in the Big Ten, and his answer was Michigan State. He claims the stalls don’t have doors. Andy Greder of the St. Paul Pioneer Press captured the quote.#Gophers QB Mitch Leidner was asked today about worst #B1G visiting locker room. Michigan State, he said. Reason: no doors on toilet stalls.— Andy Greder (@andygreder) July 26, 2016It’s hard to disagree with Leidner, if what he’s saying is true.Luckily for Leidner, he won’t have to deal with the situation again. He’s a senior, and Minnesota doesn’t play Michigan State in 2016.last_img read more

Mens Hockey Ohio State buries Denver late in 51 victory to send

Ohio State junior forward Dakota Joshua celebrates his second period goal against Denver in the NCAA Tournament on March 25, 2018. Credit: Nick Hudak | Lantern photographerALLENTOWN, Pa. — After a regular season in which junior forward Mason Jobst and sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski led the Ohio State men’s hockey team in points, the team’s seniors powered it to the program’s first Frozen Four appearance since 1998.Senior forward Kevin Miller scored two of the Buckeyes’ five goals in a 5-1 victory against No. 2 Denver (23-10-8) in Allentown, Pennsylvania, on Sunday to send No. 1 Ohio State (26-9-5) to Saint Paul, Minnesota, to face No. 3 Minnesota Duluth.“It feels really good right now, but as you can see in college hockey the parity is off the charts. It’s not going to get any easier,” head coach Steve Rohlik said. “We’re going to enjoy this tonight, we just beat one of the best teams in the country, but we know we have to be at our best here in two weeks.”Joining Miller on the score sheet was senior defenseman Matt Joyaux, who netted his second goal of the season in the third period, and senior forward Christian Lampasso, who assisted on both of Miller’s goals.“Lampasso made two really good passes to me,” Miller said. “I get two goals combined and I think I only had the puck on my stick for half a second, so pretty fortunate to have two tap-ins.”After a deadlocked opening period that featured minimal chances on both ends, Ohio State found daylight at the hands of junior forward Dakota Joshua, who backhanded a shot past senior goalie Tanner Jaillet to give the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead.“I was just trying to get a stick on it,” Joshua said. “It was a battle in front, and I just got lucky, and it found the back of the net.”Ohio State came into the game 12-0-1 when scoring first this season, an unbeaten record that remained unblemished once again against the Pioneers. The Buckeyes doubled their lead later in the period in the same fashion they scored their first goal. Senior forward Christian Lampasso got the puck to the middle and fed Miller, who found space to get off a backhand shot which beat Jaillet high to put Ohio State up 2-0.Denver controlled much of the possession early in the third period, but Laczynski added to the lead anyway after stealing the puck and making a pass to a wide-open Matt Joyaux, and the senior defenseman buried his second goal of the season.The Pioneers answered back with a goal from sophomore forward Tyson McLellan to cut the lead to two. But it took only 30 seconds for Ohio State to answer with another goal by Miller.“It was huge,” Miller said. “You can see that they felt like they had some momentum, so it was pretty huge for us to come back and score real quick and try to shut down their momentum.”Jobst scored an empty-net goal when Denver decided to pull Jaillet with more than six minutes remaining, all but sealing the defeat of the Pioneers and ending their pursuit of a second NCAA title in a row.Ohio State advances to the Frozen Four and will play Minnesota Duluth, the team that defeated the Buckeyes in the opening round last season.“Last year we thought we played a really good game against them,” Miller said. “[We] came up a little short, so it’ll be nice to, hopefully, find some redemption and beat them in two weeks time.” read more

Mourinho needs leaders at United Terry

first_imgChelsea legend John Terry thinks Jose Mourinho lacks strong leaders and personalities he needs to succeed at Manchester United.The Red Devils have suffered two defeats in four matches which have left the Old Trafford outfit in 10th position.However, the former Chelsea skipper believes Mourinho must first find “personalities” like Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba to set the standard.“At every club, he has had big characters, and I’m not sure he has that at Manchester United at the moment. At Chelsea, he did,” Terry told the Daily Mail.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“You have to stand up and turn up at training every day and show him that you want to win at all costs. If you’ve got that, he’s 100 percent on your side.“I do think he’ll bring success to United, but it needs patience.“My top three for this season will be decided between City, Liverpool, and Chelsea. That leaves United and Spurs fighting for fourth.”last_img read more

Ruben LoftusCheek I need to be patient at Chelsea

first_imgChelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek admits that patience is required for first-team chances under coach Maurizio SarriThe England international was denied another loan move from Stamford Bridge this summer by Sarri and has made just two substitute appearances in Chelsea’s four Premier League games.Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Ross Barkley and Mateo Kovacic are all ahead of Loftus-Cheek in the pecking order at Chelsea.However, despite the continued struggles with the Blues, Loftus-Cheek has managed to retain his place in the England squad.But more first-team football is essential if the 22-year-old is to continue his development.“Being 22 feels quite old, considering some of the boys were playing when they were 17 or 18. I’d like to have more appearances by now, but it’s just the way my journey has gone, and I just have to be patient with it,” he told Sky Sports.“I can see it as a positive; I’m playing for England, playing well when I play, and that’s without too many appearances so it’s still raw in that sense.”He added: “Being at Chelsea, it’s a top club with top players. When I’m training at 17 or 18 with the first team, it was really good for my education playing with these top players.“I really enjoyed playing and training with them, I could feel myself getting better every day and improving, but it got to a point where training wasn’t enough and you need the exposure in the Premier League.”Here’s some of @rubey_lcheek​ best bits for August Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United. pic.twitter.com/fERiMmSEya— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) September 8, 2017Loftus-Cheek managed two goals and four assists in 24 league appearances on loan at Crystal Palace last season.“That’s when I took the chance to go to Palace, and even when that happened, I thought I could’ve done it earlier,” he continued.“I started really enjoying my football, playing in the Premier League every week, and I felt the benefits.“The benefit of last season at Palace [was first-team football]. I was fortunate enough to be fit for that period where it’s like a game every three days over Christmas, and I got my body used to being able to play, have a rest, then play on a Tuesday.“That was massive for me and I coped with it well.”Loftus-Cheek has a contract at Chelsea until June 2021.Although he’s only made 13 starts at Chelsea since making his first-team debut in 2014.last_img read more

Herrera praises Solskjaer for team bonding

first_imgAnder Herrera has credited Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s man management skills and rapport with the squad for Manchester United’s change in fortune in recent weeks.The Red Devils resurgence since the exit of Jose Mourinho has brought back belief and joy to the club with the club currently mounting a late push for a top four position.Solskjaer has masterminded an eight-game winning streak with one draw following his arrival in December..@LCFC have taken 7️⃣ points from a last possible 9️⃣ against top 6 sides – only Wolves have won more pts v top 6 this season (of bottom 14 clubs)@ManUtd’s PL rank under Solskjaer1st Points (19)1st Goals (19)1st Shots (121)1st Conceded (6)Super Sunday on SS PL from 1pm 📺 pic.twitter.com/Mk29sSAB8l— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) February 1, 2019Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.And with the likes of Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial all enjoying a good run of form since he took charge at Old Trafford, Ander Herrera has opened up on what he believes is the key behind the success story ahead of Sunday’s Premier League trip to Leicester City.“Ole had that click with some players that they are performing at their best,” Herrera told ESPN FC. “He is getting the best from Rashford, he is getting the best from Paul, he is getting the best from Anthony, from Jesse. That’s not easy.“When you are a manager, we sometimes speak too much about tactics. But the most difficult thing for a manager is to get the best from his best players and this manager is doing it. We have all seen it.”Herrera, 29, has equally benefited from Solskjaer’s appointment saying: “I have been told a lot of times ‘you should wear the armband in the future’ but I don’t need it.“I don’t go crazy with that. I think the best thing a team can have is different leaders. We need it from all the players.“Of course I am very thankful to the fans that feel I can be the captain or the leader of the club but I honestly don’t think that we should have only one. I feel I could be a leader in some moments but I don’t think I am the only leader at the club.”last_img read more