Serena Williams on her first million-dollar check and the gender pay gap

first_imgWilliams started playing pro when she was 13, and has been accepting professional-level sums since. But she says she’s never been too interested in money.“When I first turned pro, I had to go pick up my check. I never, never picked it up,” she relates. “So at the end of the year, the tournament directors would literally hand me the check because I would never go get it. I just played for the love of the sport.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’She continues, “I’ve actually never played for money. I just thought you would go out there and hold a trophy. Not once did I think about a check.”When she received her first million dollars, she had no clue on what to do with it. “I never touched [the money] — just put it in the bank,” she shares, and admits she didn’t know how to properly deposit it. Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer She credits American tennis great Billie Jean King for making prize money equal in Grand Slam tournaments and wants to continue her path. “Venus and I definitely do a lot of work. At the Grand Slam, it’s definitely equal; at other tournaments it’s almost there, which is fine too, we’re getting there, but it’s a work in progress and we continue to fight the good fight.”At the Western & Southern Open in  2016, Williams received $495,000 while Roger Federer earned $731,000 for winning the same trophy.She explains, “If I were a man, it would be a different story. I feel like if I’ll be able to open the door for the next person, that means a lot for me too, and hopefully they’ll be able to do better than me.” Niña V. Guno/JBRELATED STORIES:Serena Williams cheered by netizens after answering John McEnroe’s backhanded complimentSerena Williams does a Demi Moore, 26 years later Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Like PH, other countries also sent their B teams in Jones Cup Image: INQUIRER.net Stock PhotoTop-ranked tennis player Serena Williams shared her views on money as one of the highest earning athletes in the world.She talked about making millions at a young age with sports business manager Maverick Carter on his video series “Kneading Dough”. The show is produced through Uninterrupted, LeBron James’ media company.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission “I remember I went through the drive-thru to deposit my check, and then they were like, ‘I think you need to come in for this.’”Her father who coached her and sister Venus allowed them to make their own financial decisions as teenagers. She credits her humble upbringing to never wanting for much.“I never ever, ever felt broke,” she tells Carter. “Looking back, I’m like, wow, we lived in a two-bedroom house with seven people… I don’t know how my parents were able to make me feel that way, but they did, and that was something really special. So I never felt when I came into money that I needed to go buy this [or that] because I never wanted it, so it was a great way [to grow up].”Even with 23 Grand Slam titles—not counting doubles titles with her sister—what matters to her is leveling the playing field between women and men in sports. She and Venus have been outspoken about the gender pay gap in tennis.“You sacrifice so much, just as much as the guy next to me that’s training everyday, but he gets to be paid more. How do you explain that? I could never really understand that.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Bad final period buries Kings, 6-3

first_imgLOS ANGELES – Given the way things have been going of late, the Kings soon might be forced to forfeit games. Over the last five weeks, the Kings traded away Craig Conroy, Sean Avery, Brent Sopel and Mattias Norstrom. They lost Anze Kopitar to injury this week, and the hits kept coming Saturday afternoon. Shea Weber and Paul Kariya each scored two goals for the Western Conference-leading Predators, who have won four consecutive games. Peter Forsberg assisted on three of Nashville’s third-period goals. Things aren’t likely to get much better for the Kings. After the game, coach Marc Crawford said Kopitar was unlikely to accompany the Kings on a four-game road trip that begins Tuesday in Chicago. Kopitar suffered his injury, which is likely in the neck or back area, during practice Tuesday. Crawford said Kopitar had not undergone an MRI, but Kopitar after the game said he had one on Tuesday. “It’s just something that happened,” a tight-lipped Kopitar said in the arena’s hallway. Kopitar, the sensational rookie center and the Kings’ third-leading scorer, missed a second consecutive game with an undisclosed upper-body injury. Defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky, the team’s fourth-leading scorer, missed the game after he was struck on the left foot by a shot two nights earlier. It all added up to a loss to the Kings, who again were let down by their league-worst penalty-kill unit. Nasvhille scored four consecutive third-period goals for a 6-3 victory in front of 16,854 at Staples Center. center_img Kopitar ranks second among all rookie scorers in the NHL and third among Kings scorers, but with the playoffs all but out of reach, the Kings won’t rush Kopitar back into the lineup and risk additional injury. Visnovsky should return Tuesday, Crawford said, and the Kings need all the help they can get. The Kings, going for their first three-game winning streak of the season, held a 3-2 lead early in the third period when Michael Cammalleri scored his second goal of the game, but it didn’t last long. Forty seconds later, Kariya tied the game with a power-play goal. Then, with Rob Blake in the penalty box for tripping, Marek Zidlicky scored the eventual game-winner 9:39 into the third period. “The Kings came back and they played very hard,” Forsberg said. “They had nothing to play for and they still came out and played very hard.” Nashville scored three power-play goals in seven chances against the Kings’ penalty-kill unit, which is ranked last in the NHL in efficiency. “That’s why they’re great,” Kings center Derek Armstrong said of the Predators. “They capitalize. We came out of the gate so bad, so slow and they score when they get their opportunities.” J.P. Dumont and Kariya added third-period goals to cap a tough day for Kings goalie Sean Burke, who had been stellar of late with a 5-1-1 record and a 2.20 goals-against average in his last seven games. After a strong first period, Burke finished with his worst game as a King and stopped 27 of 33 shots. The Kings took seven minor penalties and drew just two penalties by the Predators. “When you take penalties and allow their best players to be on the ice, you’re playing a dangerous game,” Crawford said. Cammalleri’s second goal of the game gave him a career-best 27 for the season. Cammalleri has a six-game scoring streak and has 24 points in his last 15 games. rich.hammond@dailynews.com (818) 713-3611 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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DD TRAVEL: ON THE TOURIST TRAIL IN BEAUTIFUL NORMANDY

first_imgBY DD TRAVEL EDITOR TIM HEDGLEY: Continuing on my recent French tourist trail, I headed north up to Normandy. I was in search of one the most famous French painters, amazing locations, but I had a few towns to visit on the way.My first stop was Honfleur, how can I describe it? Take beautiful Dutch merchants’ houses that are found on the canal side in Amsterdam, add in the beautiful costal situation of Northern France, add loads of colour and wonderful French food and hey presto, you have Honfleur.Hiding around the coast from Le Harve, this beautiful medieval town is simply charming. The town is spectacular to walk around during the day and in the evening the brightly lit restaurants offer the ‘catch of the day’ to the many tourists who have been luck enough to have found this idyllic little gem. Formerly a shipbuilding centre with a very strong nautical theme, this is one town many painters seek out  to capture on their canvasses. Not to be missed sites are the seventeenth-century church of Santa Caterina, and the 17th century Basin surrounded by elegant sailing craft.A CITY OF PAINTERSAfter a wonderful days walking I was ready for a quiet lie down and a glass of wine. My accommodation was a delightful little hotel in Honfleur called the Hotel Monet (www.hotel-monet-honfleur.com)  If you want a beautifully quaint and extremely reasonably priced hotel, then this is the one for you. With prices from as little as €40 pps you can bag yourself a wonderful little hotel in this beautiful part of France.I had a superb nights sleep and rose early in the morning as I had more travels in mind and much more of Normandy to visit.LE HARVE Le Harve Town HallNext morning I was off again and heading for Le Harve. Most people head there to leave France to go back to the UK or Ireland, but I was traveling  there as a tourist. My aim for visiting Le Harve was actually to discover its beauty.This city was heavily bombed at the end of the Second World War and the city centre was practically re-built during the 1950’s under the direction of architect Auguste Perret.  In 2005, Perret’s modernist city centre was the first post-Second World War city in Europe to be awarded Unesco World Heritage status.It’s clear that’s Perret’s interest was in concrete, Its clear to all that he really liked this medium.  Some of his masterpieces included St Joseph’s Church and the MuMa Art Gallery with its Impressionist collections.This beautiful art gallery was renamed the Musée Malraux in 1999. It then changed names again in 2011, its 50th anniversary to become the Musée d’art moderne André Malraux—or MuMa for short. A very contemporary space, it is a pleasure to walk round and admire the beautiful paintings stored within. (www.muma-lehavre.fr)Boudin (Monet’s mentor) was born in Honfleur, however he began painting and developed his talent in Le Havre. A few years later, Monet started the founding movement of Modern Art with his painting “Impression Sunrise”. This painting is kept in the Marmottan Museum in Paris, and as because of this it is often forgotten that it was painted in Le Havre. Le Havre, its port, its beach and its regattas have inspired all the major painters of this movement (Pissarro, Sisley, Boudin, Monet, Jongkind, etc.). Monet and the impressionist painters have given art a new lease of life by challenging centuries of codified academic painting. Though impressionist painters kept a strong link with the real world’s painting, they managed to free themselves completely from the fetters of the past by picking the themes of their paintings in every day life.St Joseph’s Church in Le Harve is quite simply astounding, built to act as a memorial to the five thousand civilians who died in the conflict. The church was designed by the chief architect for the reconstruction of Le Havre, Auguste Perret, teacher and mentor to the Swiss architect Le Corbusier. The sombre interior is in the Neo-Gothic style. The tower is 107 metres tall and acts as a beacon visible from out at sea, especially at night when illuminated. This is a must see building.As I was on an impressionism tour of Normandy it would be unfair to miss out on a short trip up to Etretat, 28 km from Le Harve. The spectacular coastline and chalk needle at Etretat were immortalised by Monet and the resort beach attracted artists including Eugène Boudin, Gustave Courbet and of course Claude Monet. Two of the three famous arches are seen from the town, the Porte d’Aval, and the Porte d’Amont.The spectacular coastline and chlk needle at EtretaDuring the 1930’s, in the era of the train, a line was built from Paris out to the coast for the great and the good to enjoy the fresh sea air and to view the white cliffs of Dover. The train line went through Rouen the town which was to be next on my impressionist tour. Rouen and the Seine Valley have attracted and continue to attract many artists with their colours, culture, lights and way of life. It has attracted all the masters. Turner, Monet, Gauguin, Pissarro, Sisley and for some of them to the point of obsession. Today, the Museum of Fine Arts and its Depeaux gallery still hold the second largest Impressionist collection in France for the pleasure of tourists and the pride of the people of Rouen.Several works by Claude Monet, numerous creations from the École de Rouen and the Normandy Impressionist Festival marvellously illustrate the reciprocal love between the capital of Normandy and Impressionism. This city really has it all. Wonderful paintings and a connection to the historic lady herself, Joan of Arc.I was fortunate enough to join a walking tour of Rouen with a true expert, Catherine Brandon-Delattre.  Catherine expertly gauged the level of interest and the speed at which the visitors wanted to walk. This is a knack that not many guides have, but mine did. Catherine was superb, I remember sitting for coffee outside the High Court in Rouen as Catherine told us the history of the splendid building, whilst lady barristers crossed the forecourt with their “bundles”.La CouronneAfter a splendid walking tour, which covered everything beautiful Rouen had to offer, I had made my way to dinner at the oldest restaurant in France. La Couronne (www.lacouronne.com.fr) loved by the great and the good. Darwin Cauvin the Maitre D, directs La Couronne as a theater, every day, every night, La Couronne is a feast. Grace Kelly herself, called the place magic. Little has changed in the restaurant since 1345. Outside La Couronne was the spot where Joan of Arc was burned in 1341.So as you can imagine it’s a pretty special restaurant and tables are hard to get. Thankfully my connections in Normandy tourism had secured me a table from where I was able to watch the ceremony of the Le canard à la presse, it’s a dish I had never seen prepared before. Let’s just say it’s roast duck and look up the rest on YouTube, its interesting.So after dinner as I walked back towards my hotel, I came across a crowd of people staring at a church, quite a number of churches and impressive buildings in France put on spectacular light shows at nightfall which are projected onto the facades. They are truly spectacular.It is quite difficult to describe just how amazing the shows are but Google the one in Rouen and you will see what I mean. Captivating and spectacular are two words that describe the amazing view. It’s something you must see as describing it is near impossible.DD TRAVEL: ON THE TOURIST TRAIL IN BEAUTIFUL NORMANDY was last modified: April 8th, 2016 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:donegal daily travelLa CouronneLe HavreMonetNormandyRouenlast_img read more

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GAA NOTES: TERMON

first_imgTermon GAA Notes: Week Ending 22/04/12MembershipAnnual Membership is now due for renewal. All players, managers and coaches must have membership to be involved with the club. Adult membership with lotto is €80 for adults and €60 for students. Adult membership on its own is available for €20. Tickets for Donegal games can only be applied for by club members. Anyone wishing to purchase a Club Donegal ticket which permits access to all men’s club games in the county free of charge can do so for €200 including your club membership. Contact Essie McGrenra for more details on 086 154 2045. Minor Board:Underage training continues the Burn Road this Saturday morning at 10.30 for the following age groups. Boys: U6s, U8s and Girls: U6s, U8s, U10s and u12s. Parents are asked to send outdoor clothing with their child. The club would like to remind parents that underage registration closes on the 30th of April. Thanks to all those who have registered their child at this stage.The under 10 boys are playing in Glenfin this Saturday at 11am. Parents will receive text in the coming days.The minor boys play Letterkenny Gaels this Friday night away from home at 7pm. Ladies Board:The senior ladies game against Donegal Town was cancelled as Four Masters could not field.This weekend the Junior Ladies face Muff in the Junior league at the Burn Road at 12pm.The club would like to thank the parents of the under 14 girls who provided refreshments and sandwiches at the Feile on Sunday evening.Mens Board: Our men had another busy weekend beginning with the visit of St Nauls on Friday evening. A late goal from Brian McCabe swung the results St Nauls way. Ollie Doherty and Shaun O Donnell were best for Termon. The reserves recorded a good home victory with Aidin Sweeney and Ricky Gallagher best for Termon. On Sunday both teams headed to Muff for another important round of league games. The reserves gained their second victory of the weekend with a good second half performance. Conor Murray and Charles Gallagher were best for Termon.Jimmy McElwaine on his return to the Senior team bagged the all important goal in the second half to ensure Termon took the points in the senior fixture. Trevor Alcorn and Paddy McDaid were best for Termon.This weekend both teams host Carndonagh on Saturday evening at 6.00 and 7.30pm.Lotto: The Lotto draw took place in place in the Lagoon on Friday last. The numbers were 1,3,19 28. Conor Ferguson matched 3 numbers and won €80. Open draw winners were Samantha Rankin, Steve McElwaine and John Friel who all won €10 each. Next week’s draw takes place in McClaffertys Churchill. Paul Doherty and Bernard Gallagher are the coordinators. The jackpot is now €2250.The rota for theBurn Road TimetableAll managers are to take note of the calendar for the use of the Burn Road now in place at the Dressing Rooms. Any additional trainings and games times are to be cleared with Martin Friel. This is to ensure the pitch isn’t double booked in the busy weeks and months ahead.GAA NOTES: TERMON was last modified: April 24th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:Termon GAA noteslast_img read more

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REVEALED: THE PEOPLE WHO LITERALLY OFFER THEIR COUCH TO PROMOTE DONEGAL

first_imgBY KATRINA DEVINE: Donegal is known for its hospitality but it seems like a bygone age when any passing traveller would be invited in for a drink of water or to sit around the fire.Couch Surfing is old-fashioned hospitality using the social networking model.The idea came from Irish American Casey Fenton. In 1999, he bought a cheap plane ticket to Iceland but didn’t have anywhere to stay. He emailed 1500 university students in Reykjavik asking if he could use their couch. The overwhelming response inspired him to set up a registered non-profit organisation in the form of couchsurfing.org.The aim of the project is to provide world travellers with an inside view to a country by linking them up with locals.The founders have the idea that by connecting people in this way they can make the world a better place. In a world where we are living more separate lives, it is a way to connect people.It also encourages a deeper understanding of other cultures and people. The act of visiting a country is not only about ticking of a list of sites to see. To get started you set up a profile on the site. You can describe your interests and where you have visited or would like to go.You also list whether you have a couch free or if you are only available to meet for coffee. Other Couch Surfers can search for available couches in the area they intend to visit.There are also specific groups and message boards for particular regions. Members use these boards to ask questions or to connect with other members.The project operates in 238 countries. There are half a million users in the United States. Paris alone has almost 50,000 users.The site proudly boasts that there are even active Couch Surfers in Antarctica. According to official Couch Surfing statistics, there are 16,911 users in Ireland. There have been 22,000 successful ‘surfings’ in Ireland so far. Letterkenny is ranked 12th in the list of towns participating in Couch Surfing in Ireland. The Donegal group has 90 members at present.The members are made up of people in Donegal offering to meet up and those wanting to experience what Donegal has to offer.Rachel McDonald, 27, is Couch Surfer currently living in Letterkenny. She first got involved with Couch Surfing while living in London.She is now hoping to help travellers coming to Donegal. She explains: “My boyfriend had been involved in Couch Surfing for a year or two in London. He would have travellers stay with him in a spare room at his family home. “When I came to Letterkenny, I decided to get involved with the Couch Surfers here. So far, I haven’t hosted anyone but I think that’s because there isn’t as big of a presence here in Donegal as there could be.”There is a system of checks and verifications to help you make the decision on whether or not to meet people.Rachel says that she found the idea strange at first.“It is a bit weird to have someone you don’t know stay with you but you can just meet people for a drink if you don’t want to let them stay in your house.”She has her status set to show that she only might have a couch available.“It means that you can say no to a request if you don’t like the look of their profile without hurting their feelings”.Even meeting some one for a drink or offering them a lift to an out of the way attraction can give a traveller a unique experience. The recent City of A Thousand Welcomes scheme in Dublin saw over a thousand people sign up as ambassadors for the city.There is a genuine interest in showing the world that Ireland is open to welcoming the world.On the potential for Donegal Rachel says: “I agree that Donegal could benefit from Couch Surfing. It could help to attract younger travellers who might be backpacking or travelling without a car.“It also helps to connect people with locals and show the outside world that we welcome them. They could take home a positive message from Donegal.’’Donegal can be difficult for the traveller on a budget because of the lack of public transport. Without a car, it is near impossible to enjoy such wonders as Malin Head or Slieve League.Couch Surfing allows the people of Donegal to show their county’s scenic beauty themselves.As the song says: ‘there’s repose for weary wanderers, in the homes of Donegal’.Those involved in Couch Surfing in Donegal are meeting in Letterkenny in early June. Visit the site to find out how to show your Donegal.REVEALED: THE PEOPLE WHO LITERALLY OFFER THEIR COUCH TO PROMOTE DONEGAL was last modified: June 1st, 2011 by gregShare 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:couch surfingdonegalletterkennyMalin HeadSlieve Leaguelast_img read more

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Former Bright Stars goalkeeper Kigonya in line for Cordoba test

first_imgFOOTBALL — Cranes goalkeeper Mathias Kigonya is expected to play one of his most high profile games this evening when a select team of Kenya Premier League stars play Spanish second division side Cordoba.Kigonya, who turns out for Kenyan side Sofapaka, is among the two goalkeepers in the SportPesa Premier League all-star team selected by Harambee Stars coach Stanley Okumbi and Kenya national under-20 coach John Kamau.The team comprising mostly Kenyan players is the one Okumbi is expected to select when the country hosts next year’s Chan tournament.They will play two friendlies in Andalusia with the other coming up against Sevilla Atlético three days later.The trip is partly facilitated by the Spanish League administration which entered a development and marketing partnership deal with the Kenyan topflight league on May 11.Kigonya, who last played for the Cranes in last year’s Chan tournament moved to Kenya from Bright Stars and has also previously featured at Soana.Apart from his shot-stopping ability, the stocky goalkeeper is also a good dead ball specialist as evidenced by his freeckick goals against Bul and Simba in the 2014 and 2015 seasons.KPL team Goalkeepers: Matthias Kigonya (Sofapaka), Bonface Oluoch (Gor Mahia)Defenders: Robinson Kamura (AFC Leopards), Musa Mohammed (Gor Mahia), Simon Mbugua (Posta Rangers), Maurice Ojwang’ (Western Stima), Wesley Onguso (Sofapaka), Benson Iregi (Thika United),Midfielders: Clinton Kisiavuki (Nakumatt), Jackson Macharia (Tusker), Victor Majid (AFC Leopards), Boniface Muchiri (Tusker), Ovella Ochieng’ (Kariobangi Sharks), Patillah Omoto(Kariobangi Sharks), Ernest Wendo (Gor Mahia), Vincent Oburu (AFC Leopards)Forwards: Victor Omondi (Nzoia Sugar), Samuel Onyango (Ulinzi Stars)Commentslast_img read more

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Warriors mailbag: How long does the winning streak last?

first_imgSubscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book* * *Are the Warriors unbeatable?Warriors coach Steve Kerr forewarned the media not to think in those terms. Even if the Warriors are starting five All-Stars in Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins. After all, the Warriors (34-14) have a season-high nine-game winning streak that could easily end in Saturday’s nationally televised …last_img

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The 5 Tenets of Capturing Good B-Roll for Your Documentary

first_imgDocumentary filmmaking can be tricky. Follow these five tenets of capturing good B-roll to help streamline your next project.When you’re first starting out as a documentary filmmaker, it makes sense to shoot, shoot, and shoot some more. You want to record everything because everything feels important — or at least like it could be important. You’re never really sure, so you want to capture it anyway.In the early days of documentary filmmaking, when filmmakers shot documentaries on expensive film stock, coverage had to be much more intentional. However, in the digital age, it’s easier to fill up card after card and simply delete footage and reformat cards when you decide you don’t need something.However, as you grow as a documentary filmmaker, you may find yourself being more selective with your footage — perhaps a little more classically minded regarding what’s worth your time. And more importantly, perhaps you’ll even be a little more intentional about how you capture it.In this article, I’m going to focus on five tenets one should keep in mind when shooting documentary B-roll.1. Record Quality FootageThe first tenet has to do with the decisions you need to make before you even head out to shoot. What camera, lenses, and gear are you going to use? Unless you’re working with archival footage (or footage someone else already recorded), making good gear choices before you set out will improve the quality of your footage.Find the best camera for the job — preferably one that you’re familiar with. Do you research early. What shooting conditions can you expect? What are your preferences when you’re out in the field? Do you have time to work with different primes or will you need to stick with one or two zooms?There is no shortage of great camera options, so try out several until you find the best one for you — then practice, practice, practice.2. Lighting and CompositionImage via Dario Lo Presti.This is a two-part tenet. First, as a documentary filmmaker, you should have some good cinematography and DP instincts. Much like a narrative or commercial DP, you need to be constantly aware of lighting and other variables. If you’re shooting in dark or less-than-ideal situations, and there’s little you can do to affect the light, you’ll have to be creative and pragmatic about how you shoot by looking for angles and natural light that will yield the best possible composition.The other part you should consider is how your subject (or subjects) appears. Light is one thing, but how do they look? Are you capturing real emotions and moments that represent the look you want? Always put your subject in shots that maximize the environment and their place in it (and in your composition).3. Advance a NarrativeTo make good compositional decisions, always shoot to advance your documentary’s narrative. What story are you trying to tell? Who is your subject, and what is the interest? If you’re showing someone up against the world, how does each shot contribute to that story?The more you can do during pre-production to define the narrative the better. But once you’re out in it, every shot and every decision should be about the narrative. Make notes between B-roll shoots so you’ll have some direction the next time you shoot.4. World-building with CinematographyImage via welcomia.Outside of advancing a narrative, good documentary B-roll helps build a world. You won’t always be shooting B-roll footage of your subject(s) in action. A lot of documentary B-roll is a mix of scene setting and exposition, as well as thematic close-ups or people, places, and things.Creating a style guide during pre-production for the types of shots you’d like to use to build your filmic world is invaluable. Before you shoot, think about the shots and colors you want to capture. Is your story warm or cold, bright or dark?5. Maximizing Usable FootageThe final tenet applies to those run-and-gun documentary moments when all hell is breaking loose but you still need to capture something. On documentary shoots, things often go wrong — cameras break, batteries die, you’re caught in the rain, or you don’t even have your camera with you.It’s during those challenging moments when you have to capture footage by any means necessary that you often get some of your most important shots. In those make-or-break situations, the other tenets go out the window, and you have to focus on getting the best — most usable — footage possible.I could go on and on about editing tricks to save footage, but it has to be usable in the first place. And while you don’t want to shoot poor-quality footage throughout, if you do have something salvageable, you can make it work in small moments or scenes when you need to. But the most important thing is to get the shot.Cover image via guruXOX.For more documentary filmmaking articles, check out some of these selections below.The 5 Best Places to Pitch Your Documentary Film ProjectsThe 6 Types of Documentary FilmsHow To Find the Right Subject for Your DocumentaryDon’t Blink: A New Age of Micro-Documentary Filmmaking is Dawning7 Reasons You Should “Script” Your Documentary Projectslast_img read more

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More Desis Seeking Citizenship in Norway, Sweden and Belgium

first_imgWill more Indians wanting to become citizens of other countries look to find happiness and not just chase their dreams in the years to come? Will countries like the US, UK, Australia and Canada become less attractive?In the past four years, a total of 4.52 lakh Indians have become citizens of 84 countries. In 2017, more than 92,000 Indians became citizens of other countries, compared to 1.15 lakh the previous year, and the dip in number is largely seen in countries that traditionally attracted Indians. Related Itemslast_img

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23 feared dead after breach in Maharashtra dam

first_img Local elected representatives also said the government had neglected their pleas for repair of the dam. Maharashtra Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan said villagers in the area had complained of cracks in the dam.“This dam was built 14 years ago. The State government will find out at which level there was negligence and necessary action will be taken accordingly,” he said.Homes of the villagers washed away will be constructed at safe places, he said. A compensation of ₹four lakh will be given to the kin of each of the deceased, he added.Chief Minister Fadnavis contacted the district administration and took stock of the relief and rescue operations, an official statement said.Some local residents claimed that Water Resources department official recently visited the dam, which was filled to its capacity, after complaints that the walls had developed cracks. Twenty-three persons are feared dead as the Tiware dam in Ratnagiri in Maharashtra’s Konkan region breached on Wednesday following incessant rains, officials said.Bodies of 11 persons have been recovered so far, Additional Superintendent of Police, Ratnagiri, Vishal Gaikwad said.The Tiware dam, was built 14 years ago in Chiplun taluk, with a capacity of 20 lakh cubic metres. The breach occurred late on Tuesday night, a district official said, leading to flooding in seven villages downstream; 12 houses were swept away.Search and rescue operations have been launched by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State police. A police officer said rescue operations were hampered initially due to darkness and sudden influx of water.Relatives of the victims said they had asked the district administration to repair the dam as they had spotted cracks in the structure in November last year.There was an issue over the jurisdiction of which tehsil the Tiware dam falls in, with both Chiplun and Dapoli tehsil offices ignoring the villagers’ petition, said a family member of one of the dead.“It is only because of their negligence that we have seen this day,” he said. “My parents, wife and infant are missing,” he added. “My brother, who had gone to bring his vehicle did not return,” he said.Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has ordered an inquiry into the incident.“The reason for the breach will be probed and action would be taken against the guilty expeditiously,” the Chief Minister said. Dam breach in Maharashtra’s Ratnagiri districtVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0000:5300:53  center_img Dam breach in Maharashtra’s Ratnagiri districtlast_img read more

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