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11 August 2015South African firefighting crews have received high praise from the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre (CIFFC) for their excellent work ethic.The South Africans, from Working on Fire, are in the north American country as part of international wildland firefighting teams where they are fighting multiple fires in Alberta. Hundreds of fires have swept across the western part of the country this season.They have been in Canada since 21 July, and according to spokesman Linton Rensburg, they are expected to be there until 21 August.The 48 members of the crew are participants in the South African Working on Fire programme and are in Canada as part of a resource-sharing arrangement between its firefighting agencies and South Africa.They were initially deployed to Edmonton, where they helped with the suppression of wildland fires in the forests. Most of these fires have largely been contained, and the crews are busy with mopping up operations. One crew has started a second stint in Alberta, while the second has been deployed to assist in British Columbia.Following their first two weeks in Canada, CIFFC released a positive Crew Performance Report lauding the South Africans for their physical fitness, productivity, health and safety, and mopping up operations.High standards“When we arrived here in Canada we knew already that the South African training standards and qualifications were verified against the Canadian, USA, Mexico, Australian and New Zealand systems and our training was way up there, being compatible with international standards,” said Trevor Wilson, the liaison officer of the South African crews.According to Working on Fire managing director Llewellyn Pillay, the organisation has a long history of training young men and women to implement a range of integrated fire management products and services.“Over the years we have trained thousands to implement products and services such as fire prevention, fire awareness, fire detection and fire suppression within the land owner community in Africa, Chile and Australia,” he said.“Our upbeat and always happy South African crews with their song and dance have been well received in Canada and they have set positive examples to the local and international crews on how to build strong morale and teamwork.“These local and international crews have begun to mimic this and are, like the South Africans, now also attending team meetings instead of being scattered resources as in the past.”This was the first time that such an exercise had been undertaken in Canada and it would pave the way for future co-operation between the two countries, he added.Source: Working on Fire
Looking for ways to streamline your workflow? Spare your wallet (and your exposure) with these awesome light and color meter apps.Cover image via Lumu.Light and Color meters are amazing tools for accuracy and precision on a film set. But until recently, they carried a relatively steep price tag, especially when moving into color metering. Top of the line light meters, like the Sekonic L-858D-U, can go for around $600 new. Color meters take it to a whole new level, with higher-end industry standards like the Sekonic C-700R-U costing upwards of $1,700.Until you’ve had the opportunity to practice with and realize the perks of a light meter, it’s easy to skip the costs and not know what you’re missing. Light metering apps have been circulating around on smart phones for awhile, but recently they have reached a new level of dependability that opens up the market to everyone. Image via B&H.Whether you already have a professional light or color meter or not, these economical apps are great resources to have in your pocket at all times. As the saying goes (about most things), “The best light meter is the one you have with you!” These apps are awesome on set, but I also personally love the freedom of having it on me all the time, especially when out and about on the street shooting with my analog SLR camera (it’s fairly vintage and lacks a built-in light meter).Plus, the verdict is out that these apps are surprisingly accurate when tested against traditional external light and color meters. Adam Wilt, creator of the app Cine Meter II, posted his test results here on the accuracy of his color meter updates for the app. And there are also plenty of reviews out there that test and compare the results.Image via Lumu.I found cinematographer Ryan Walters’s test review most helpful in comparing the apps I was most interested in learning more about — compared against my external light meter (the Sekonic 758Cine). Although the review is from a few years back, it’s encouraging that the technology can only have improved since then. In one of his tests, the Pocket Light Meter only differed from the Sekonic by 1/3 of a stop, and the Cine Meter (the first generation) matched the results of the Sekonic meter exactly.There is a range of apps available for a range of prices. Some require attachment accessories, and some do not. I’ve listed the highest rated (and most talked about) apps on the market today below.Pocket Light Meter — FreeImage via NuWaste.Luxi (for All) — Free/$22The app is free, but after the purchase of the Luxi for All Smartphone Light Meter Attachment, the cost comes out to $22.Image Via B&H.Cine Meter II — $24.99You can also use the $22 Luxi for All Smartphone Light Meter Attachment with this app to maximize results.Image via Adam Wilt.Lumu — Free/$299The App is free to use as a reflective light meter, but this app packs the most punch with its $299 attachment dome for more professional spot and color metering. I also found the incident meter attachment available at B&H for $99.Image via Lumu.Now for a few tips for getting the most out of these apps. First, use a gray card whenever you can to get the most accurate spot metering in your lighting setup. If you don’t have a gray card, skin tone is your next best neutral option. It’s also a great idea to calibrate whichever app you decide to go with. You can calibrate most the apps through an external meter or your camera for a more finely tuned reading.Looking for more information on lighting? Check out these articles.Light Meters 101: Why You Should Use One for Video ProjectsHow to Properly Calibrate Light MetersSimulating Light From A ScreenUsing 16 FREE Light and Dust Overlays with Motion Graphics and FootageHow to Light an Exterior Day Scene Without Lighting
Interested in screening your films at film festivals? Here are five reasons why you should consider volunteering before you start making submissions.When you look at the huge number of submissions and all the competition to get into major film festivals, the odds of getting your project in can seem nearly impossible. However, if you’re eager enough, one great way to really learn how to get into your ideal film festival is simply to volunteer.Volunteering is much less competitive, and it can be a good way to make connections, see some great films and panels, and even support the filmmaking community.Let’s look at five of the best reasons to volunteer at film festivals — and how to maximize your time and personal investment.1. Free AccessWhile film festivals are forces of good for filmmakers and film fans alike, one downside is that they can become pretty pricey to attend. Your major festivals like Sundance and SXSW can cost upwards of $1,000 if you’re looking for a full badge or pass. So, if for no other reason, you should consider volunteering to get into festivals for free. Yes, you have to work, but many festivals reward their volunteers with passes that they can use on off days — or other opportunities to check out screenings, panels, and events.2. Get to Know the Programming StaffImage via Life and Times.Having covered festivals for several years (and even having been lucky enough to attend as a filmmaker), I will tell you that it’s the best way to meet the staff, programmers, and founders — or organizers. Festivals are really immersive environments, and you can easily find yourself spending 16-hour days with the same people over the course of a weekend — or sometimes a full week. It’s in those times that you can really get to know the key people involved and understand how they work.3. See the Movies (And What Makes Them Successful)If there’s one piece of advice that I would share with anyone trying to get a film into a film festival, it’s that it’s important to match the right film with the right festival. There are more film festivals in the world today than at any point in the past, and new ones are springing up by the week. Chances are there is a sub-genre, niche, or local festival that is the best fit for you — you just have to do the legwork to find it.Volunteering at festivals is great because it gives you a glimpse into what types of films a given festival shows (features, shorts, or other episodic/series). From there, you can tell if your projects are a good fit — or if you need to look for recommendations for other places more in line with your brand.Here’s an in-depth report on what types of movies get into SXSW (including genres and the cameras they used).4. Make Friends and ConnectionsImage via Jacob Lund.Having volunteered at festivals in the past, I would absolutely say it’s a great way to make new friends and connections — especially if you’ve just moved to a new town or university (as I had). Festivals are usually a good mix of locals and traveling filmmakers, so it’s easy to find people intermingling and introducing themselves as everyone gets to know one another.5. Move Up Next YearWithout stats or figures on this, I still feel safe saying that just about everyone who works in any capacity with a film festival started as a volunteer. Whether it was part time or helping out in some small capacity, everyone has to start somewhere. I’ve seen volunteers become programmers and even festival directors in under five years. It’s about showing up, having a good attitude, and coming back year after year. Once you’re a part of the system — and enjoying your time — volunteering can quickly turn into a bigger role, if not a full-time career.Cover image by Nick Starichenko.For more film festival insights and filmmaking advice, check out some of these articles.10 Things to Know Before Screening at Film FestivalsWhy Independent Film Festivals Matter Now More Than EverThe 10 Best Film Festivals For Up-And-Coming FilmmakersWhat to Include When Submitting Your Film to FestivalsAre Film Festivals Worth the Money?
BJP president Nitin Gadkari has gone hard on Home Minister P. Chidambaram. Firing on all cylinders, Gadkari has challenged Chidambaram to come clean on the 2G issue. In an interview to India Today Editorial Director M.J. Akbar on Aaj Tak’s Seedhi Baat, Gadkari claims to have proof that could embarrass Chidambaram. “Chidambaramji ko 2G spectrum ko clear karne ke liye bohot Lakshmi darshan hua hai (Chidambaramji’s palms have been greased in order to get the 2G spectrum nod.),” Gadkari told Aaj Tak, adding, the BJP MPs will soon provide the CBI evidence against him, seeking a probe. “Soon our MPs will go to the CBI and show them the evidence against Chidambaram, ask for an inquiry, lodge an FIR and take action against him,” Gadkari said. Gadkari alleged former telecom minister A. Raja and other corporate honchos currently in jail are not the sole beneficiaries of the 2G scam. Chidambaram too has a stake in it, the BJP chief says. “Chidambaram has signed at least 10 papers, relating to the clearances in the 2G spectrum, which shows he got money,” Gadkari says. Ironically, the allegation coincides with the Reliance Industries Limited or RIL’s apology for an employee’s remark against Chidambaram. RIL’s K.R. Raja, in a taped conversation with corporate lobbyist Niira Radia, had suggested that Chidambaram was a beneficiary in the 2G spectrum scam. Chidambaram had dismissed the allegations saying, the statements attributed to K. Ramachandran Raja are totally false and defamatory. The conversation between him and Ms Radia is reckless and malicious gossip, he had said. Chidambaram had sent a legal notice to the company. The Home minister is facing heat from all corners. Earlier this week, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa demanded his resignation on charges that he won his 2009 parliamentary election by fraudulent means and now the BJP is dragging him into the 2G scam. The Congress has stood by the minister, terming the allegations as baseless. But for BJP, the latest from the Radia tapes has given it new ammunition to target the UPA. For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.advertisement