first_imgDonegal star Michael Murphy is set to enroll in a new elite athlete programme at Queen’s University Belfast. Murphy spent four years at DCU were he completed a degree in sports science and biology.He will be now undertaking a Masters degree in Sports psychology at Queen’s University following in the footsteps of his Donegal manager Jim McGuinness who attained a Masters in Sports Psychology from UUJ. The Belfast college are hosting the Sigerson cup this season and were keen to land one of the best forwards in the country in Murphy.Murphy has already tasted Sigerson success in 2012 with DCU when they won the final convincingly over NUI Maynooth.The new elite athlete programme ensures Murphy’s tuition fees will be paid as well as his accommodation.It will also make his commute to county training a lot easier than when he was based in Dublin. Murphy would regularly have to travel back to Donegal for training and head straight back to Dublin that night for lectures the following morning.Being based in Belfast now makes this regular commute a lot easier for Murphy.It’s clear that Murphy not only has excellence on the field of play but also academic excellence off it. MURPHY SET TO ENROLL IN NEW ELITE ATHLETE PROGRAMME AT QUEENS was last modified: August 8th, 2013 by John2Share 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:BelfastDCUMastersMichael MurphyQueens UniversitySigerson CupSports Psychologylast_img read more

Ravens 34, Raiders 17: No. 1 pick remains in sight after 9th loss

first_imgClick HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.BALTIMORE — Derek Carr’s quest to ruin the Raiders’ draft position met its match in the Ravens on Sunday, and the No. 1 pick remains firmly in sight after a 34-17 loss in Baltimore dropped the Raiders to 2-9.The game unofficially ended with six minutes left, when Carr fumbled on 4th-and-8 from his own 38-yard line, and 16th-year linebacker Terrell Suggs carried the ball with one hand all the way to the end zone to put the …last_img

Pushed to the brink: Sharks’ woes continue in Game 4 loss

first_imgLAS VEGAS — The Sharks played the kind of game they wanted to for two periods Tuesday night but couldn’t make the saves they needed as the Vegas Golden Knights moved to within one win of advancing to the second round.For complete Sharks coveragefollow us on Flipboard.Goalies Martin Jones and Aaron Dell combined to make just 11 saves on 14 shots through two periods as the Sharks lost 5-0 to the Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena to fall behind three-games-to-one in the best-of-7 opening round …last_img

Future of South Africa’s arts in good hands

first_imgFrom left, Bokani Dyer, Nandipha Mntambo,Ben Schoeman, Mamela Nyamza andNeil Coppen.(Image: Suzy Bernstein) The striking art of Nandipha Mntambois created from cowhide.(Image: The Volta Show)MEDIA CONTACTS • Gilly HemphillThe Famous Idea Trading Company+27 21 886 4900 or +27 82 820 8584Chris ThurmanFor any South African feeling gloomy about the state of the nation, the plight of the continent, the receding world economy or any other anxiety-invoking subject, attending the annual Standard Bank Young Artist Awards ceremony should be prescribed as an antidote.Now in its 27th year, this collection of awards acknowledges both the past achievements and future potential of artists under the age of 35 in the categories of visual arts, film, dance, drama, classical music and jazz.Recipients are given a monetary prize, but perhaps more valuable is the platform that the awards provide for promoting each artist’s work; the awards have always been associated with the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown and the winners feature prominently in the annual festival programme.The list of former recipients reads like a veritable who’s who in the South African arts community – artist William Kentridge, musician Johnny Clegg, mezzo-soprano Sibongile Khumalo, actors Paul Slabolepszy and Richard E Grant, and director Darrell Roodt, to name just a few.Distinguished winnersThe Young Artists for 2011, announced in late October, have a keen awareness of the prestige of the award.Jazzman Bokani Dyer summed it up in his acceptance speech: “The previous winners are all musicians whom I admire and respect … so this award is a great honour.”In similar vein, theatre-maker Neil Coppen admitted that he had often felt envious of previous winners, and that receiving the award had long been an ambition of his.The sense of continuity between Young Artists past and present was reinforced by the participation of previous recipients such as 2010 music award winner and violinist Samson Diamond, and 1982 theatre award winner Janice Honeyman, the evening’s compère.Indeed, varieties of continuity – both expected and unexpected – developed into the underlying theme of the evening.One such variety was the continuity between childhood dreams and their realisation through the support of family members. It is, of course, something of a cliché to begin an acceptance speech with the words, “I’d like to thank my parents …”. Yet there was nothing trite about the tributes paid by each of the Young Artist recipients to parents, grandparents, siblings and wider family who provided an environment in which their artistic talents could be nurtured.Dance winner Mamela Nyamza recalled how her grandmother, a domestic worker, made it possible for her to attend ballet lessons. Dyer pointed out that his father Steve is a seasoned jazz muso.Coppen jokingly thanked his parents for “not making me play rugby” – but the light-hearted allusion was nonetheless a reminder that there are many young people whose school experiences are tainted by widely-held prejudices in favour of sport and against the arts.Music recipient Ben Schoeman, who is passionate about the role that classical music can play in education, emphasised a different form of continuity by connecting South African students to Ludwig van Beethoven. In his acceptance speech Schoeman showed how, through a series of teacher-pupil relationships and over many generations, the famous German composer can be associated with those who have studied music at the University of South Africa.Such local/global continuity was echoed in the visual arts category. Award winner Nandipha Mntambo has pioneered the use of cowhide as a material for sculpture and in her photographic self-portraits she uses bovine images to provoke the viewer into questioning divisions between humans and animals, as well as between men and women. Cattle have a significant symbolic status in South Africa, but this is not unique: as Mntambo noted, they are central to myths and religions all over the world.Previous generations of South African artists have experienced acutely the tension between local and global commitments. For these Young Artists, however, the two are by no means mutually exclusive. Each of them is already well-travelled and has studied, exhibited work or performed internationally; the award will facilitate the growth of their reputation outside of South Africa’s borders as much as within the country.Supporter of the artsStandard Bank has been in the news of late for all the wrong reasons – sustained low revenues have forced the company to retrench over 1 500 staff members – and as a result it faces numerous public relations challenges.The bank’s long-term sponsorship of the arts in South Africa, particularly its association with the National Arts Festival, is doubtless one of its major assets in terms of public image, yet suggestions that the bank will reduce its sponsorship portfolio as part of a spate of cost-cutting measures do not augur well for the continuation of that relationship. If this does prove to be the case, it will be a great pity.But all may not be lost – in the words of Standard Bank’s head of arts and jazz sponsorship, Mandie van der Spuy, “As a bank we are dedicated to nurturing arts talent in South Africa, and we believe that the awards play a vital role in advancing the artists’ careers as well as our country’s cultural heritage.”Van der Spuy added that the Young Artist award plays a key role in the bank’s commitment to developing upcoming South African talent.last_img read more

No to bullying, sexual violence in schools

first_img18 June 2012 A campaign to encourage South Africans, especially pupils, to take a stand against bullying and sexual violence at schools was launched in Soweto on Youth Day. The campaign will encourage pupils and teachers across the country to take the “Ubuntu Pledge” to uphold the values of South Africa’s Constitution, including human dignity, non-racism and non-sexism. By taking the pledge, South Africans will also commits to fostering “an atmosphere of mutual respect both inside and outside of the classroom,” to embrace “boldness, loyalty and honesty” – and to report any wrongdoing. A partnership between Proudly South African, the Department of Basic Education and the Department of Women, Children and People With Disabilities, the campaign was prompted by the raping of a Soweto girl by a group of youngster in April, an incident which drew nationwide condemnation. Speaking at Saturday’s launch, Proudly South African CEO Leslie Sedibe said South Africans should not accept “abhorrent crimes as a way of life in our country. “It goes against every gain of our humanity,” Sedibe said, adding that people needed to send a message to young people that abuse and violence was not acceptable and would not be tolerated. Also speaking at the launch, Deputy Basic Education Minister Enver Surty said young South Africans should take the lead of the 1976 generation, who had pride in themselves and stood up for what they believed in. Celebrities such as Yvonne Chaka Chaka, PJ Powers, Baby Jake Matlala, and Miss SA Teen Celeste Khumalo, have joined as partners in the national campaign, and will serve as role models during visits to schools around the country. Other partners of the national campaign include the National Prosecuting Authority, the Film and Publication Board, Crime Line, POWA, Princess of Africa Foundation, SHOUT, Orlando Pirates Football Club, Zinto Activation Group, and the International Federation of Christian Churches. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

10 Tips for Creating Storyboards from Dreamworks

first_imgDiscover the tricks to creating dynamic storyboards with these helpful tips from Dreamworks.Storyboards are an extremely useful tool to have in the pre-production process. Simply put, storyboards are comic-like drawings used to show shot layouts and composition. Big budget features have artists specifically hired to make storyboards for the film, but most indie-filmmakers have to do the job themselves.If your drawing skills are anything like mine, your storyboards probably look like they were drawn by a kindergartener. But what if we could make storyboards just as good as the pros?Storyboard from How to Train Your Dragon, Courtesy of Ryan SavasThe following tips were created by Dreamworks as a style guide for their storyboard artists. Although these tips are intended to be used for animation, the concepts still apply to live-action film.1. Avoid flat staging unless when necessary.If you aren’t already familiar, flat staging is a picture that is void of 3D perspective. A flat image isn’t very engaging and thus makes for an uninteresting storyboard. However, if you’re wanting to get a shot like Wes Anderson God’s eye view, than flat staging might be the way to go.An example of Flat Staging from Wes Anderson2. Lay down grids to help “ground” your characters and compositions.Ground grids help develop a sense of space and camera position. Without grids it can be hard to tell where the figures are standing in the scene.3. Use foreground, mid-ground, background & far background to sell depth.Keep in mind what elements may take up the foreground and background of a shot (walls, trees, etc). Just like a well composed shot, a storyboard needs to have elements at different distances in order to sell depth.4. When dealing with multiple characters try to logically group them to help make cutting back and forth easier.It can be rather difficult to shoot more than two people talking to each other at the same time. Dreamworks recommends grouping up people to make choosing cuts easier.5. Be wary of composition in which everything is parallel to the frame.Having objects parallel to the frame makes for a very uninteresting shot. Try offsetting the background to add depth.6. Careful of how you frame characters…don’t squeeze them just to fit a shot.This goes down to simple basics drawing. Just like with a video shot, the empty space is just as important as the space that’s filled. Don’t feel the need to fill-up and crowd every part of the frame.7. Over-the-shoulder shots & reaction shots help deliver dialog.“Dirty” shots help to give the scene a sense of intimacy or even hostility, making the dialogue seem more important.8. Characters squared off & looking at our left or right ear.Characters looking directly at the camera can make the audience feel awkward. While this can be used to a filmmakers advantage, Dreamworks wants their characters to be as inviting as possible.9. Exploit different character heights, if you need to establish or re-establish your shot.As any Film 101 course will tell you, camera angles tell the audience a lot about how they are supposed to feel about a character. High angles imply weakness and fear, low angles imply power and dominance. Cutting to different character heights can remind the audience how to feel about certain characters.10. Motivate your cuts.Just like in editing, your storyboards need to show the motivation for cuts. This can be written sound effects, heads turning, movements, etc.All these images were first shared by Ben Caldwell on his blog. You can download full-page prints of the storyboards from his story/design notes post.If you want to learn more about storyboarding watch video tutorials in our previous post on ‘Storyboarding Like a Pro‘.Any storyboarding tips you would like to add?Share in the comments below!last_img read more