The Awesome Robots Behind the Camera

first_imgMark Roberts Motion Control (MRMC)Image via MRMCMRMC has made a name for themselves with the Milo motion control system. They actually have an entire series of motion control robotic arms that have been used on a ton of feature films.The Milo is so well known because of its portability and quick setup. The entire rig can be set up and ready to shoot in 35 minutes.Not only has the Milo been used on a series of award winning films, it made its runway debut at Paris Fashion Week.Check out the whole series of cranes and rigs MRMC has built in this awesome promo video. Ever used one of these devices on set? Want more articles on awesome film tech? Let us know in the comments below Over the past 5 years, Motion Control Operators have been creating incredible robotic arms that make precision and repetitive cinematography a possibility.Cover image via Robert CoutoIf you ever encounter a dolly and crane that can completely control itself, then you just found yourself a motion control camera setup. These devices are commonly used to sync live action shots with digital VFX, but as they have progressed technologically, they are becoming a cinematographer’s dream tool. Let’s take a look at the machines from Bot & Dolly and Mark Roberts Motion Control.Bot & DollyImage via Bot & DollyBot & Dolly specializes in creating motion control mechanical arms with custom software for filmmakers, architects, and digital fabricators. They have also created several machines for art and entertainment installations, like the ones used in the video Box.The team at Bot & Dolly once received a commission from Google as one of their earliest project. The created a robotic arm that could be controlled by Nexus devices. Needless to say, it impressed… considering Google then purchased the company afterwards.Meanwhile, the company teamed up with director Alfonso Cuarón to help him achieve the weightlessness of space in Gravity. With the intense amount of pre-visualization required for the film, Bot & Dolly had references to the entire movement of the film. The storyboards and animated sequences planned out the film’s entire choreography. With that information, they were able to plan all the camera movements before hand. They would be able to film Sandra Bullock like never before. The Bot & Dolly IRIS system was not only able to get into tight places, it could repeat the exact same movements repeatedly, allowing them to perfectly sync with the digital VFX.Director and Actor Keanu Reeves was also an early adopter of Bot & Dolly’s technology. He aimed to shoot the martial arts film Man of Tai Chi using actors instead of the CGI elements other films had used historically.It’s hard to give an update on Bot & Dolly, as the company has gone silent since being acquired by Google in 2013. Who knows what advances they have made since. Until we hear more, you can still enjoy the company’s show reel.last_img read more

David Moyes tells David Unsworth to leave Everton if denied full-time job

first_imgWest Ham United manager David Moyes has asked David Unsworth not to give up on management and consider leaving Everton for a managerial role in the lower leagues if he misses out on the vacant hot seat at Goodison Park.Everton caretaker boss Unsworth’s chances replacing the sacked Ronald Koeman on a permanent basis are looking slim, with British media reporting the Merseyside club held talks with former England boss Sam Allardyce over the position.”If he doesn’t take the Everton job, I think I would be telling Unsy to go and manage somewhere and earn your corn,” Moyes told reporters ahead of West Ham’s Premier League trip to Everton on Wednesday.”If you want to move on, go and get a job in the Championship or League One. I think there has been a generation of really good players out there who I believe should go and manage and try and come up.”I would say earn your stripes first and show you can organise so that you can control the team and show that your training works, all the things that are linked with management and leadership.”Unsworth guided the under-23 side to the Premier League 2 trophy last season but has struggled with the senior squad since taking charge from Koeman, recording just one win from seven matches in all competitions.Moyes, however, does not believe Unsworth should give up hope of being handed the full-time job at Everton just yet.”I think one way or another David Unsworth will still be hoping he will still be Everton manager, and why should he not be? He has to do that,” the 54-year-old Scot, who managed Everton between 2002-13, added.advertisementWest Ham will kick-off Wednesday’s league match in the relegation zone but a victory would see them climb above Everton on the table.last_img read more

HAITIAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE pays courtesy call on Premier Rufus Ewing

first_img Bishop says peace & prosperity is everybody’s responsibility at Law Enforcers Church Service Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 26 Jun 2015 -There are 58 approved candidates for the October 25th General Elections in Haiti.Maxo Joseph, a reverend with a doctorate in theology has a massive following and on Wednesday night spoke powerfully at the AG General Council here in Turks and Caicos.Earlier that day he paid a courtsey call on Premier Hon Rufus Ewing.Polls show that while Michel Martelly, the current president of Haiti remains popular – 57% – many say the high cost of living and hunger crisis have voters ready for a leadership not put forth by Mr. Martelly.By law Michel Martelly, cannot seek a second five year term. Add to that his ex-Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe is barred from running.Meantime Rev Dr Maxo Joseph is making the rounds. Maxo Joseph is listed as the 34th candidate on the nominees list which is posted on line. Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:courtesy call, michel martelly, premier rufus ewing, rev dr. Maxo Joseph Row over Grand Turk infrastructure reaches fever pitch in Parliamentlast_img read more

Antonio Valencia to remain Man United captain

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed that Antonio Valencia will retain the captain’s armband at Manchester UnitedThe Ecuadorian full-back was officially named the United captain in the summer following Michael Carrick’s retirement from playing football.Although, amid struggles for form and fitness, Valencia’s place in the United team has been in doubt with just seven appearances across all competitions this season.But interim coach Solskjaer, who’s won both of his opening games in charge at United, made it clear that Valencia is still the skipper.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“I told you he’s the captain and, when he’s properly fit and playing, he’ll wear the armband,” said Solskjaer on the club website.“He’s going through a couple of tough sessions now to get him ready for the busy period coming up.”When you look at Antonio, there are not many better right-backs going forward with his abilities so, yes, you’ll see him wearing his armband.“United will be taking on Bournemouth on Sunday at Old Trafford with Solskjaer hoping to make it three wins out of three.last_img read more

Genoa confirm no offers for Piatek

first_imgGenoa have confirmed they are yet to receive offers from reported Real Madrid and AC Milan target Krzysztof Piatek.The Polish striker has found the net a remarkable 19 times in 21 appearances for the Italian club this season, having joined from Cracovia Krakow last summer.The Serie A side paid only €4.5m for Piatek – who has also been linked to Barcelona – in that deal but his market value has multiplied with reports suggesting he would only be sold permanently in a move in excess of €60m.A report cited on Football Espana speaks of ‘concrete interest’ from the European giants while Atletico Madrid and AC Milan are equally monitoring the situation.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We are waiting for offers for Piatek, there is nothing official yet,” Genoa CEO Giorgio Perinetti told RMC Sport.“Milan know that we would like to keep the player until June, but we will evaluate any proposal that may come in.“It is not our intention to sell Piatek now and we cannot wait until the last day of the market.”last_img read more

24 Observations from the Magazines 247 Conference

first_img4. Question: “What is the goal of a blog?” Google Evangelist’s answer: “To inspire irrational loyalty.”5. The Knot’s Carley Roney, speaking on a panel called “Raising the Digital Bar in a Down Economy”: “We’ve moved beyond weddings—we’re a life stage media company.”6. Corporate spin alert: Hearst EVP and general manager John Loughlin said the company has been outsourcing technical work on its Web site to Vietnam, India and Poland, for “cost and efficiency.” “We’re upscaling the jobs” in the U.S. If the economy turned around today, he said, “we’d still pursue this.”7. Adweek editor Jim Cooper, moderator of a panel entitled “Are Paid Sites the New Black?” on his resistance to them: “I’m a conditioned traffic whore, and a cheapskate.”8. Surprisingly not much mention of Twitter, although there were some attendees tweeting.9. Perhaps more surprising, virtually no mention of digital magazines.10. Lots of talk of mobile “apps,” particularly for the iPhone. 11. “There’s been a reticence among magazine publishers to trust the audience,” says Geoff Reiss, GM, Newsweek Digital.12. Reiss: “We’ve successfully completed the first step in a 12 Step program: We’ve identified the problem.”13. Rodale executive vice president and group publisher MaryAnn Bekkedahl, on charging for online content: “People have been talking for a long time about how the consumer is in control—I think it’s time we should take back control, and set the policies.”14. Bekkedahl adds: “The 23-year-old on an iMac in the café—people are beginning to realize that isn’t great content. He doesn’t have the experience.” I think 23-year-olds, even those at Rodale, might have a lot to say about that.15. Not every advertising deal should be integrated, says Digitas SVP Jordan Bitterman. “There are so many signoffs, not everyone [at an agency] is going to be on board. Sometimes it’s not worth it.”16. How would you monetize Facebook, if you were in charge? “Data—they are sitting on more data than MRI or anyone in the magazine business, and it’s updated weekly, daily, even hourly. That’s extremely valuable.”17. Some refreshing honesty. Hank Boye, publisher, Harvard Business Review, on charging for premium content: “It may not work. We’re not sure where it’s gonna go.”18. Eric Patterson on IDG’s Game Pro launching its own video game label: “We know we’re blurring the lines [between church and state].”19. Three digital trends, according to Razorfish’s Domenic Venuto: aggregation, data, and social influence marketing. “Data is the new creative.”20. Domain names are still important. Meredith digital VP Dan Hickey says the company paid $5,000 for Mixingbowl.com, and they view the branding return on that investment “priceless.”21. Dumbest (perhaps unintentionally) quote of the day, courtesy of MySpace sales and marketing president Jeff Berman: “Social networking has existed since the beginning of society.”22. Getting magazine publishers to put the Web first in terms of priority is not only a good idea, says Forbes editor Paul Maidment, it’s essential to their survival.23. Playboy has created a slick trailer for a short called Playboy Interns, replete with product placement, specifically for mobile phones. Who has the time to watch this?24. Back to the Google evangelist dude: “Advertising and subscriptions are not going to save your business. Customers will.” The Magazine Publishers of America held its fifth annual digital magazine conference, Magazines 24/7, in New York today. Read our full report here. Below, some additional observations. 1. No Wi-Fi. At the Digital Magazine Conference. Wi-T-Fi?!?!2. More than 250 attendees—a good sign for an association that was recently forced to cancel its signature event, the American Magazine Conference.3. During his opening keynote, Avinash Kaushik, Google’s “analytics evangelist” (sweet job title), eviscerates Newsweek.com in a critique of the site. “I went on there, I did the poll—what the hell was that?”last_img read more

Air Force Resumes B1 Bomber Operations

first_imgThe Air Force has resumed B-1B Lancer bomber flights following a nearly month-long operational hiatus, the Air Force Times reported Tuesday.The Air Force Global Strike command said the heavy bombers resumed flights this week following a safety inspection stand-down that began March 28 due to the problems with the egress system airmen use to exit in an emergency.“Individual B-1B aircraft will return to flight as the inspections and maintenance directed during the stand-down on each aircraft,” a command news release said.The B-1 has experienced three setback “events” in the past year, including an emergency landing incident related to an ejection-seat issue, and two fleetwide groundings, including the most recent one, according to the Air Force Times report.“We are proud of the tremendous efforts of our maintainers and aircrew flight equipment technicians in identifying, inspecting and remediating any potential issues with the B-1B egress system,” said Maj. Gen. James Dawkins Jr., 8th Air Force commander, who is responsible for the Air Force bomber force. “The aircraft are still safe to fly, and we are confident that this stand-down has resulted in increased safety within the B-1B fleet.”Air Force photo Staff Sgt. Clayton Cupit ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

I screamed for the driver to slow down

first_imgAn injured being treated at Rangpur Medical College Hospital. Photo: Moinul IslamDesperate to go home for Eid, a group of low income persons had scrambled atop a truck laden with bags of cement. En route, the truck tipped over and 17 of the passengers were crushed to death under the heavy bags of cement. Others are languishing in hospital.Injured in the accident, Khalilur Rahman is undergoing treatment at Rangpur Medical College Hospital. The 21-year-old young man broke down as he described horror. He said, “Some people climbed down from the truck at the Pirganj bus stand and then the truck started out again. The truck was swaying this way and that way as it sped along. Sitting on top of the truck, we were also swaying from side to side. It was frightening and I screamed to the driver to slow down.”Khalil said, “We were hardly 10 minutes away from the Pirganj bus stand, when suddenly it tipped over.” He can’t remember anything after that. He said, “When I opened my eyes, I found myself in hospital.”Khalilur has no idea whether the driver or the helper was driving the truck. But he remembers clearly that it was swaying from side to side.Khalilur is an employee of Pran Group. He said, the truck, carrying cement, was going towards Rangpur. It was half filled with cement. A total of 45 passengers, including readymade garment workers from Gazipur, climbed up onto the truck.The truck stopped along the way repeatedly. Some persons climbed down at the Pirganj bus stand. The remaining passengers were all from the same area. Of the persons who were killed in the accident, 15 were from Chaparhat of Kaliganj upazila, Lalmonirhat.last_img read more