New ADPi members receive intimidating texts

first_imgTCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Facebook JMBLYA breaks record at Dallas festival ReddIt printA Panhellenic sorority notified TCU Police that some new members have been sent intimidating text messages from an unknown number.Two new members of Alpha Delta Pi received text messages from someone claiming to be “coordinator of new members,” on Aug. 26, five days after Panhellenic’s Bid Day, TCU police detective Vicki Lawson said.“[An ADPi member] was questioning why one of their pledges had decided that they didn’t want to be in a sorority anymore,” Lawson said.Lawson said the matter is being investigated as an incident report, rather than a criminal offense.“Somebody is impersonating a member, which even though it’s not shedding bad light on the sorority and more like wanting to know why the people want to leave, they’re still impersonating somebody who they are not,” Lawson said.No suspects have been identified, but TCU Police are going to try to determine where they came from and how they are related to the sorority, Lawson said.“We’re going to determine, if we can, who sent the texts,” Lawson said. “Determine why they picked TCU and ADPi, and if any other sororities or fraternities have been affected.”Lawson said ADPi is the only group that has reported receiving bogus text messages.“But if any sororities or fraternities have members receiving these types of text messages, notify the TCU Police,” Lawson said.ADPi declined to comment and referred all questions to its national headquarters, which has yet to respond. Twitter Twitter ReddIt Linkedin Kylie Walker is a junior Journalism major from Dallas, Texas. She is the SGA/Greek line editor and Public Safety reporter. Facebook University alerts campus after student diagnosed with mumps Kylie Walkerhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kylie-walker/center_img Previous articleTask force tightens regulations for Stockyard overlay designNext articleFrogs dance their way to a cure Kylie Walker RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Kylie Walkerhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kylie-walker/ + posts First-year student remembered for her humor The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years ‘Let’s be real’: TCU talks diversity Kylie Walkerhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kylie-walker/ Linkedin Kylie Walkerhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kylie-walker/ Kylie Walker TCU Frog Camps returning to more traditional look this summerlast_img read more

States Trying to Circumvent Federal Property Tax Changes

first_img Tagged with: Property Taxes tax cuts and jobs act Tax Reform taxes About Author: David Wharton Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: The Cost of GSE Reform Next: Bankruptcy Judge Backs Lehman Brothers in RMBS Suit Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Property Taxes tax cuts and jobs act Tax Reform taxes 2018-03-11 David Wharton Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / States Trying to Circumvent Federal Property Tax Changes While the long-term effects of the recently passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act remain to be seen, one of the more controversial changes in the law involves caps on interest payment deductions and property tax deductions. Prior to the tax reform bill, homeowners could deduct interest payments on home loans worth up to $1 million. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act decreases that to $750,000, as well as capping annual property tax deductions at $10,000, when there was no cap on this previously. Now some affected states are looking for ways to minimize or eliminate the financial penalties the tax law would impose on homeowners with high property values.As reported by USA Today in January, the states of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut actually formed a coalition to sue the federal government over the tax changes. Whether that works or not, in the meantime Forbes reports that several states are coming up with plans to allow homeowners to work around the new caps and reduce their resulting tax burden under the new law.So what do these plans look like? In Connecticut, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has put forward a proposal that would allow cities and towns within the state to create state-owned charitable organizations that taxpayers could donate into, after which they would receive an equivalent tax credit. So, as Forbes explains, “…in theory, a homeowner with a $12,000 tax bill could instead donate $12,000 to their town’s charity and end up owning nothing in taxes.”New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo has put forward a similar plan, which would allow New Yorkers donating to the proposed state-owned charities to get an 85 percent tax credit back on their strategic donations. However, Cuomo also proposes instituting a voluntary payroll tax in which participating employers would pay a 5 percent tax annually on employee payroll expenses above $40,000 a year. Those employees would then receive state income tax credits that would reduce their federal tax liability, in theory.Could these plans work? U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has called the idea “ridiculous.” Time will tell who is right. in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, Journal, News States Trying to Circumvent Federal Property Tax Changes Sign up for DS News Daily Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago March 11, 2018 1,725 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

Multinational Training in Chile

first_imgBy Dialogo January 01, 2010 A good exercise. It shows the strength of Chile. It would be convenient if we could see more images regarding the operations and teams used in the development of such. I say it as a Chilean with a big heart and proud of what he has, as a human and as a physicist-technologist. I would appreciate knowing where to get such images. If there are any. Two international military exercises took place in Chile in 2009: Salitre and Southern Star. Salitre 2009, hosted by the Chilean Air Force, or FACh, helped build cooperative capability to respond to humanitarian crises and promote regional security. It was held Oct. 19-30 at the Cerro Moreno Air Base in Antofagasta, northern Chile. The exercise involved 60 airplanes and 400 participants from the United States, Brazil, Argentina and France, while Venezuela, Ecuador, Mexico and Bolivia were observer countries. The Salitre 2009 scenario was based on a fictitious country (Tarapacá and its capital, Iquique) that invaded the Antofagasta region. During the exercise, five air forces simulated participation in a multinational peacekeeping operation to pressure Tarapacá to comply with international treaties. “We are going to show the FACh capacity to operate with allied air forces,” Chilean Air General Ricardo Ortega told the Military Forces Channel. “Antofagasta is at war with Iquique: The war is fictitious; the training is real,” he said. The first goal was to stop military action against civilians, and the second was to provide humanitarian assistance to the population. The entire scenario tested two major arenas: air operations, and command and control. FACh has had four Salitre exercises. In 2000 and 2002, it was a national exercise with U.S. involvement, and in 2004, four countries participated. Southern Star 2009 is an annual multinational training exercise sponsored by U.S. Southern Command. It was held Oct. 18-31 and involved special operations forces from Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, the United States and Chile. The scenario painted a picture of insurgent control, oppression of the population, kidnappings, turmoil and death for the people of the fictitious Republic of Morado. Multinational stabilization forces were unable to control the insurgent attacks and requested assistance from the United Nations. The purpose of the exercise was to build participating nations’ capabilities to function as a multinational force and increase their ability to deal with transnational threats. This was the third and largest year for Southern Star, with nearly 850 participants. Each country’s military sent a selection of special operations forces and support specialists from their army, navy, air force and marine components. The multinational force conducted missions such as reconnaissance, direct action, combat search and rescue, maritime interdiction, hostage rescue and medical evacuation. The training was on the ground, in the air and at sea. “This was a great opportunity for everyone to see how important it is to work together,” said Chilean Air Force Maj. Claudio Alcázar Sichel. “On the MIO [Maritime Interdiction Operation], we had Air Force snipers in Army helicopters while Marines were seizing the enemy’s boat.” Chilean Air Force, U.S. Special Operations Command Southlast_img read more

Community Christian Academy Preschool And Childcare Announce Open House

first_imgSubmitted by The Foundation CampusIf you are looking for a solid, Biblically based preschool or childcare for your child, please consider Community Christian Academy Preschool and Childcare.Join us on August 18th from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM for a free barbeque and open house! Come see our recent remodeled facilities as well as receive $50.00 off of registration when enrolling your child in our center during our Grand Re-Opening/Open House event.You can also schedule a tour of our Preschool and Childcare at your convenience by calling us at (360) 493-ABCD or  (360) 951-3054.Community Christian Academy Preschool and Childcare is located on The Foundation Campus in Lacey, Washington at 4706 Park Center Ave NE Lacey, WA 98516. The Foundation Campus consists of a Preschool and Childcare Center, our Community Christian Academy K-8 program, and Northwest Christian High School home of the Navigators.Community Christian Preschool and Childcare offers small class sizes and individual attention for your child.  As a Christian Preschool and Childcare Center, your child will also learn values essential for success in life.  Our teachers are experienced, qualified, and serve as role models to your child in a loving and nurturing environment. We provide a Biblically based education, provide a Christian atmosphere, demonstrate love, care, and support to your child, and teach strong age appropriate academics.  Our preschool and childcare are also implementing provisions of the Early Achievers Program. The Early Achievers Program is a voluntary program for helping early learning programs offer High-quality child care.If you are looking for a safe, warm, loving school where your child can flourish, come visit us at our Open House on August 18th from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM or call today for a tour.  Our director, Michelle Jewett can answer your questions about our programs.For the success of your child!For more detailed information about our Preschool and Childcare Programs click here or to learn about all the schools on The Foundation Campus, please click here. Facebook66Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Region 1 Chairman to move No-confidence motion against REO

first_imgBy Kizzy ColemanRegion One (Barima-Waini) Chairman Brentol Ashley has announced that he will be moving a no-confidenceRegional Chairman Brentol Ashley along with Vice Chairman Sarah Brownemotion against the Regional Executive Officer (REO) Leslie Wilburg, as disputes between the REO and the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) spirals.Speaking at a press conference at Freedom House on Saturday, Ashley said the REO has refused to follow the mandates given to him and is moving beyond his legal authority.At a recent RDC statutory meeting a number of issues were raised by the various standing committees that were to be addressed by the council.According to the chairman, as a result of the questions being posed by the RDC councillors regarding the non-implementation of works programme in the region, Wilburg became defensive, causing the meeting to be adjourned.“He and his officers became defensive for their inaction and their slowness in implementing works for the region. And also they were very reluctant to give clarity to questions when it comes to the usage of finances in the RDC,” Ashley said.According to the chairman, the REO has made it clear to Council that he and his officers do not have to carry out instructions given by the RDC, which is contrary to the Constitution in Article 28:01.“The REO on Thursday last in his capacity of cooperate council would have clearly shown great disrespect for the authority of the RDC and also disrespect for the office of the Regional Chairman and Vice Chairman and would have also made it very clear that he and his officers do not have to carry out any instruction given by the RDC because they are not mandated to do so. The constitution in article 28:01 as well as the Manual of Guides to be followed by the regional chairs, vice chairs and councillors indicates differently from what he would’ve said.”The chairman went on: “The committee reports that were being discussed at the time of the abrupt adjournment of the RDC meeting was finance and it came out of one councillor from the APNU/AFC Coalition, questioning the Clerk of Councils/REO to give clarity as to why close to $800,000 was spent without permission,” Ashley added.Additional complaints voiced by the Regional Chairman divulged that himself along with the Vice Chairman have been without vehicles for a considerable period as the money to acquire this cannot accounted for by the REO.“When questioned on this, the REO puts himself in defence as to why he was spending the money, making it clear to Council that as the Accounting Officer of the region he can spend money because he is the one that approves it. This is contrary to what is actually the case, the money that is given by Central Government is not given to the REO, it is given to the RDC and is implemented by the REO and the other staff with the guidance by the RDC.”The Chairman is calling for the ‘disrespect and undermining’ by the REO to cease as the decision have been made to file for a no-confidence motion if the matter continues.“We at the level of the RDC will not be subjected to disrespect or undermining of the authority of such an elected body and more so will not give way to anyone being insubordinate and not carrying out the function that they are appointed to do”.The RDC councillors are calling for the REO to become acquainted with the rules and responsibilities to be carried out and to act within the confines of what the constitution prescribes.They are also calling for the council to be able to carry out its mandate as they are the representatives of the people of the region.“Allow us, the council to carry out its mandates because the council is there to represent the people of region irrespective of their political affiliation, their religion or their ethnicity, and we will continue to do so. So we will not give up the struggle for the people of Region One because we firmly believe that the people of Region One deserves better, they must have better; and those that are entrusted with the responsibility to do so, to carry it out in a very sober and very professional manner.”last_img read more

West is best! Delight as hot sunny weather on the way to Donegal

first_imgDonegal is set to bask in warm sunny weather next week as temperatures rise up to 20C.A spell of good weather is on the way from Monday, bringing dry conditions and bright sunshine all week.If you’re planning to take the day off for a beach day, then Wednesday and Thursday will be the best options, according to Met Éireann. Temperates in northern counties will begin to steadily rise from Sunday (17C highs) to reach a warm 20C on Wednesday and Thursday.The west and north west coast of Ireland will experience the hottest temperatures, as breezes will keep things cooler near the south-Munster, Leinster and east-Ulster coast.We’ll have to put up with the cold and rain until the hot spell arrives, however.Today (Thursday) will be wet before temperatures plummet to lows of 1 to 3C tonight. Met Éireann forecasters have warned of a risk of grass frost and fog in places tonight. Friday will have a mix of sunshine and showers, before dry conditions set in over the weekend with spells of sunshine coming through.West is best! Delight as hot sunny weather on the way to Donegal was last modified: May 13th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Maysunshineweatherlast_img read more

Gardaí issue warning over text banking scam

first_imgGardaí have issued a warning to the public over a new text message scam focused on gaining access to personal bank accounts. Consumers are being advised to be on alert to a text message or ‘smishing’ scam in which victims receive a text appearing to be from their bank asking them to confirm personal details or click on links to unfreeze their account. The criminals behind the scam are aiming to obtain personal information that will allow them to steal money from bank accounts. Consumers should note the warning signs of false texts:The text message will be unsolicited The text message will always seek information that allows access to bank accounts, Note; banks or other financial institutions would not look for that kind of information.The text will instruct the individual to go to a website or make a phone call to a specified number The text will create a fear that if the customer does not take action requested in the text, their account will be compromised The text will emphasise the need for urgent action by the recipient of the text Detective Chief Superintendent Patrick Lordan of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau (GNECB) stated that “banks and other financial entities will never make unsolicited contact with individuals asking for personal details, account numbers, 4-digit pin number or passwords.” He warned that “people receiving unsolicited communications looking for these personal details should not reply to text messages, emails or other communications. They should contact their bank independently to check on the validity of the communications they have received before taking any action”.If you think you have responded to a Smishing text message, contact your bank immediately. Gardaí have released key details of the scam:1. The message will imitate a text from your bank. 2. The message will typically ask you to click on a link to a website to “verify”, “update” or to “reactivate” your account. 3. It may ask you to reply to the text message with personal or financial information or to click on a link to website. 4. If it includes a link, the website is a fake one. The website will then attempt to get you to disclose personal or financial information. If clicked on it also could download dangerous software known as malware to your computer or mobile device.  5. Often the text will create a sense of urgency to make you act without thinking e.g. your money is in danger or your account will be frozen. Gardaí issue warning over text banking scam was last modified: August 21st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

No turning back for 2010 hosts

first_img2009 promises to be another heady year for South Africa, but in just 12 months, hundreds of millions of people around the globe will be tuning in for the 2010 Final Draw, an event that will kick-start the biggest celebration this continent has ever seen. TNS Research Surveys, which has gauged public confidence levels over preparations for 2010, says every South African stands to benefit considerably from our hosting of this event. Nobody said it was going to be easy, and for South Africa, gearing to host the biggest single-code sporting event on the planet, 2008 has certainly proved to be more than a litmus test. As Fifa Secretary General Jerome Valcke recently remarked: “There is no turning back.” Urquhart is a former Fifa World Cup media officer and the current editor of Project 2010 Xenophobia, widespread power cuts, the resignation of President Thabo Mbeki and a humanitarian crisis in Zimbabwe were just some of the distractions organisers of the tournament had to contend with. The grinding machinery tasked with building and renovating stadiums in all 10 host cities as well as numerous other 2010-related construction projects has performed remarkably well. So much so, that both Fifa and the 2010 Local Organising Committee have expressed confidence that South Africa will meet its 2010 requirements ahead of schedule. 24 December 2008 “We need to harness this energy to talk up the event,” the organisation said in a recent statement. “We recall the incredible energy and joy that swept the whole country when the bid result was announced. Negativity risks damaging this energy and can affect our actual ability to do what we know we can do.” In addition, preparations for the 2009 Confederations Cup – a key curtain-raiser for the World Cup – are on target, with tickets selling briskly. There was also good news on the crime front, with the launch of the recruitment process for 41 000 extra police officers by 2010 and the acquisition of high-tech security equipment – including helicopters, body armour and high-tech bomb disabling equipment – for the tournament. Apart from the labour disputes, spiralling construction costs and political in-fighting that are part and parcel of preparing for an event of this magnitude, there were plenty of other issues. And yet, there was much to draw hope and inspiration from. What a long, strange year it has been. South Africa’s preparations for the 2010 Fifa World Cup have been marked by extraordinary highs and lows.last_img read more

Marketing for those who cannot predict the future

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest CornBrazil’s corn production loss estimates are fluctuating between 200 to 400 million bushels. While this may sound high, it is actually helping to ease some large carryout concerns. Estimates are showing the U.S. will likely have the largest corn carryout in the last 10 years come August. This hasn’t happened since before the 2007 ethanol mandate, which coincides with the last time corn traded below $3 for an extended period.Adding to the mix, China continues to be a wildcard in terms of storage and carryout. Estimates of China’s corn storage levels range between 4 billion by the USDA to 9 billion bushels by some Chinese firms. Also, there continues to be rumors of quality issues with the stored corn. China may have to export some to blend off lower quality corn and replace with fresh inventory this fall. All these unknowns make it difficult to be bullish corn without a weather issue.BeansBeans continue to trade wildly as questions regarding production issues in Argentina circulate. Regardless, Argentina is sitting on the largest bean supply carryout in the world, so there isn’t a supply problem on paper. These production issues only represent about 20% of last year’s beans in storage in that country. The U.S. bean supply is still burdensome. We face the largest carryout in over a decade. Even with fewer acres than predicted a month ago, trend-line yields would create a situation that doesn’t warrant current prices.Funds have been on a buying spree, which may be what is supporting higher prices right now. This seems similar to last July when corn prices rallied quickly on fears that didn’t match the bigger picture. The $10 beans of today may be the $4.50 corn of last summer, where only 4 months later corn was trading at $3.50. Time will tell.Market ActionEarly this week I was concerned this recent bean rally may be short-lived (similar to last year’s corn rally), so I purchased 9 Nov puts for 10 cents on 40% of my anticipated 2017 production. These expire in late Oct, but I’m using them for the 2017 crop. This position provides unlimited upside potential (less 10 cents) and peace of mind that I won’t take less than $9 for some of my 2017 beans (again for 10 cents).While I hope I lose all the money I paid for these puts (because that means values stayed high), I wanted to be sure to put protections in place to reduce my farm operation’s risk.While farmers have a tendency to be optimists (i.e. prices will go higher), It’s important to remember things can always get worse. Right now the best outcome for prices would be a drought. Unfortunately, a drought usually hits southeast Nebraska (where my farm is) the hardest. So, for me it’s a catch-22 (price vs. yield). That’s why it’s important to put protections in place against all scenarios because no one can predict the future.Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. He can be contacted at [email protected]last_img read more

HBO’s New Documentary “Spielberg” Is a Must-See for Aspiring Directors

first_imgHBO’s “Spielberg” is more than a biography, it’s a mini masterclass detailing some of the most influential scenes in the history of American cinema.Cover image via HBO.Warning: contains spoilers!The opening scenes of HBO’s newest documentary, Spielberg, might leave you at a loss of words. You aren’t expecting the iconic, creeping sunrise of the entrance into the desert sequence from David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia. Even more, you don’t expect to hear Spielberg say that it was Lean’s masterpiece that “set the bar too high” for the sixteen-year-old filmmaker — and that he no longer wanted to make movies. Fortunately, he didn’t quit.In fact, Lawrence of Arabia was a catalyst for the young filmmaker, who would return each week to watch, analyze, and dissect the film.It was the first time seeing a movie [wherein] I realized there are themes that are not narrative story themes, but themes that are character themes … David Lean created a portraiture; surrounded the portrait with a mural of scope and epic action; but at the heart and core of Lawrence of Arabia is “Who am I?” —Steven Spielberg, SpielbergIt’s the question “Who am I” that defines the arc of Spielberg’s career and serves as a focal point in Susan Lacy‘s newest documentary on one of American cinema’s greatest filmmakers.Video via HBO.What Can Aspiring Filmmakers Learn from Spielberg?The documentary is epic in scope: a veritable 2.5 hours of Spielberg unpacking pivotal scenes from films like Munich, Schindler’s List, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, as well as several of his lesser-known early films and flops.Aspiring directors, screenwriters, and cinematographers can glean strategies and approaches for creating memorable and relatable characters, crafting visual stories using the tools of the cinema, and how Spielberg thrived in uncertain situations.But perhaps more importantly, we see the man behind the movies. And for those of us who grew up watching those movies, it’s a dose of inspiration on par with rapture.On Visual StorytellingImage via British Film Institute.For me, directing is camera work. So I’m very on the frontline of that. I’ve got to set up the shot, I’ve got to block the actors, choreograph the movement of the scene, bring the camera into the choreography, figure out where the camera stops, where it moves, how far it moves … so I’ve always got my eye on the lens and that’s what I do. —Steven Spielberg, SpielbergIt’s evident, even in his earliest films, that Spielberg understands the medium; he just gets “camera work,” as he calls it. Moreover, he doesn’t rely on dialogue, music, or any sound effects to tell a story. In other words, he uses the visual nature of moving pictures and images to propel the narrative forward.To demonstrate this, turn off your sound, and watch this nail-biting scene from Munich.Video via YouTube.Without hearing a single line of dialogue, or swell in music, we know the following about the scene:The scenario (or location).The players involved.The stakes.The ticking clock.All of the things necessary for creating suspense.“Geography is one of the most important things to me,” says Spielberg, “so the audience isn’t thrown into chaos trying to figure out the story that you’re telling.”In this scene from Munich, Spielberg made deliberate choices about subject, camera placement, and movement. Not a single shot appears unless it earned its way into the reel — and thus propels the story forward. As audience members, we get a clear picture of who and where the players are — and in this case what would happen if the clock runs out.This is an excellent scene for directors and cinematographers to study.On LightingImage via I Can’t Unsee That Movie.Everything we do in this medium is about light and shadow. It’s how the cinematographer lights the actors, lights the set. —Steven Spielberg, SpielbergGood lighting makes your actors look pretty; great lighting tells a story. Schindler’s List is an excellent example of this. Spielberg, working alongside his long-time friend and go-to cinematographer, Janusz Kaminski, crafted lighting setups that emphasized the personality and emotions of the characters at different stages of the story.Let’s examine the approach taken to light Amon Goethe and Oskar Schindler, the story’s main antagonist and protagonist, respectively.Amon Goethe, played by Ralph Fiennes, is a Nazi officer who is inhumane and unapologetically cruel in his treatment of Jews. Although he’s an extremely nasty fellow, he is never conflicted by his actions. You’ll notice in the film that he’s always lit beautifully from the front, with very minimal shadows — his character (and conscience for that matter) was very clear.In contrast, Oskar Schindler was a conflicted individual. Beginning the story as a shrewd businessman and member of the Nazi party, he slowly begins to question the morality of his by-standing. During this time of inner conflict, his lighting is directional and from the side, creating shadows on his face (see picture above). However, as the film progresses, his inner conflict subsides, and he’s lit with more frontal, softer light, because he’s learning who he is.Find opportunities to use light as a storytelling device — not only a means to expose your shot.On Uncertainty and FailureImage via Whale Bone Mag.There are going to be moments, where you get to set, and you are not going to know what the hell you’re doing. It happens to all of us; you’ve got to guard that secret with your life. Let no one see when you’re unsure of yourself … or you lose the respect of everyone. —Steven Spielberg quoting his mentor Henry Hathaway, SpielbergFailure is not optional — at least not for filmmakers. What Spielberg teaches us is that, with a little creativity, failure can lead to great success. There’s no better film that demonstrates this than Jaws.You may have heard the stories of the shark breaking down and sinking … all of it’s true.The original script for Jaws featured the shark everywhere, and it called for the great white to be on-screen far more often than what we saw in the finished film. However, due to frequent breakdowns and mechanical failures, the shark was in repair for a majority of the 100+ day shoot.Therefore, Spielberg and his team had to get creative. How could they employ a device that suggested the shark was near without actually showing the shark on-screen?“The yellow barrels were a godsend,” says Spielberg, who used the props to indicate that the shark was near and ready to attack. Paired with John Williams‘s, unforgettable score, the audience knew exactly when the shark was about to strike … and we were terrified.“If the shark had been available visually,” says Williams, “it would’ve changed the whole psychology of the experience.”Image via The Soul of the Plot.Spielberg premiered on HBO on October 7.Looking for more filmmaking inspiration? Check out these articles.Navigating the Challenges of the One-Take Short FilmA Look Inside the Post-Production Process Behind “It”Interview: Director of Photography Jake Swantko of Netflix’s Icarus“Five Came Back” — Lessons from Famous Directors During WWIIThe Power of Shooting with a Shallow Depth of Fieldlast_img read more