The insurance group recently increased its annual contribution to the Hollard Foundation from R10-million to R15-million and more of its resources have been dedicated to supporting early childhood development (ECD) initiatives.South Africa’s infant mortality rate is 30 in every 1 000, and the private sector is ramping up its efforts to help realise the intention of the National Development Plan (NDP) to bring this number down.The NDP seeks to reduce the rate of infant mortality by a third, bringing it down to 20 in 1 000, by partnering with the private sector and bringing resources and skills to where they are needed most.In the wake of a donation by the Carte Blanche Making a Difference Trust of two state-of-the-art paediatric theatres to Frere Hospital in Eastern Cape, the number of children who are able to receive the treatment and care they need has increased dramatically.In bringing the facilities to this area and others like it countrywide, the trust has partnered with a number of organisations, such as the Hollard Foundation, an independent trust set up by the Hollard Insurance Group.“Hollard is committed to assisting government in achieving the goals set out in the National Development Plan”, said Nic Kohler, Hollard group chief executive. “We realise the importance for children and society of investing in a child’s foundation years – from birth to age nine – and so our (corporate social investment) focus is on the health, nutrition and education needs of children in this age group.“These children are now being afforded the chance of reaching their full potential in life – something Hollard is very passionate about.”The doors to the first dedicated paediatric facility in the region opened in October 2014; since then more than 300 children have received surgery. The waiting period for surgery has been cut by five months, and the chances of the children reaching adulthood have greatly increased.“These operating theatres not only allow us to save lives but also to improve the quality of the life of that child because we are intervening sooner,” said Frere Hospital chief executive Dr Rolene Wagner.COMMITMENT TO THE FUTUREThe insurance group recently increased its annual contribution to the Hollard Foundation from R10-million to R15-million and more of its resources have been dedicated to supporting early childhood development (ECD) initiatives.One such project is the Kago Ya Bana programme in Midvaal, the product of a partnership between the Midvaal Municipality and the Gauteng departments of social development and education.Kohler said his company hoped its efforts would help the government to serve its residents and fulfil its commitment to the terms of the Children’s Act. “In doing so, we hope to provide a blueprint for other municipalities to do the same, thereby leading to real, systemic change.“It is through public-private partnerships that we see the development of solutions to the challenges that our country faces… It is our mission to be a catalyst for positive and enduring change, using our influence to harness resources way beyond those which we directly control.”
Sometimes perfect scene lighting is accomplished by preventing your lights from doing their job. Step into the shadows and explore techniques for cutting light.Top image via ShutterstockRemember the two things that define cinematography — light and shadow — where you place the light and how you create the shadows, also known as contrast. — Shane Hurlbut, ASCIn literature, it can sometimes be important to read what the text is not saying, rather than what it is. This can be the same with lighting — shadows can give a scene extra depth. There are several tools you can use to help cut and stop light from reaching your subject. But first, why do you need to cut light? Why would you bring in a set of lights and then stop them doing their job? Well, take the following location for example.Image via Tresde — Architectural Visualization StudioHousehold light enters through the doorway and illuminates the room in a particular fashion. If you were to film in this location, the household lighting likely would not sufficiently and properly illuminate an actor sitting on the couch.You would need to replicate the lighting in a manner that mimics the household lighting, but also illuminates your talent. Placing a 650w Fresnel in the hallway and pointing it through the door isn’t going to have the same effect. The light would spill onto the floors and the ceiling in an unnatural fashion. To stop this from happening, the light would need to be cut/shaped through the use of flags.Contrast is one of the most important tools a cinematographer can employ. By having light spill everywhere, it will lower the contrast ratio and make the image appear flat.The EquipmentImage via B&HA flag is a flag. They come in all shapes and sizes. Some can be as small as a few feet. Some can be as large as a vehicle. A flag will, however, inherit a different name depending on what it is being used for.Topper: This a flag that is used to stop (or more appropriately, cut) the top of a light. You will find that toppers are primarily used to stop light spilling onto the ceiling and sometimes onto the background. You might have a 2K sweeping down onto your subject, but to keep the focus on your actor, your background needs to be darkened. Using a topper would isolate that light spill from the background. It’s also helpful to remove excess background light in which the boom operator is casting a shadow.Bottomer: This is a flag positioned to cut the bottom of a light in order to stop the light spilling onto the floor.Sider: A sider, as you might have guessed, is a flag positioned to cut the light from entering the side of a composition.Image via Lights Film SchoolOf course, these will be used in combination with each other. It’s common to see a behind-the-scenes photograph of a set clustered with flags. As a side note, a flag which has been specifically set up to stop lens flare is called a lenser.You might ask, what about barn doors — do they not direct and cut light? It’s an excellent point. However, because barn doors are close to the light source, they create a very soft cut; you wouldn’t be able to have a razor sharp cut in the light by just using barn doors. They are, though, perfect for when you need to feather the light across a subject and control the direction of a beam. (They also provide an extra security measure with protecting the lens if the light were to fall.)There is also a courtesy flag. This is a flag that has been specifically set up to remove the light glare from a crew member on set.Flags can come in all shapes and sizes with a variety of different names.You can acquire flags, fingers, dots, etc. Within different regions, there may be different names for the equipment. For example, a finger, which is a linear piece of fabric rather than rectangular, can also be called a blade or a cutter.Image via B&HYou can also cut light with the use of breakup patterns — the cucoloris and branchaloris. I know they sound like dinosaurs, but I’m sure you know the cucoloris by its more common name: a cookie. This tool simply cuts the light into a pattern formed by the design of the cookie. It will help create contrast within the light falloff, and also stop the light from looking like an artificial source. Here’s a cucoloris being used on the set of National Treasure.Image via DisneyBelow is the shot within the film.Image via DisneyCould you imagine the same shot without the actors being painted by shadows? It wouldn’t look natural; it would look artificial. You will find that the illusion of a breakup pattern will fall apart if you start to move the cookie. If you do want a moving breakup pattern, such as a tree branch, then you need a branchaloris, which is nothing more than a leafy branch placed in front of your light source. It can be manmade or a real branch taken (with permission) from a tree outside.Image: Setting up a branchaloris via Stephen David SmithAs long as it results in the light breaking up to form the shadow of foliage, you’ve succeeded in using a branchaloris. In the National Treasure example, the shadow cut is quite feathered. If you would prefer your pattern to be very distinct and sharp, move your cookie closer to the subject.Tips For Using FlagsWhen cutting light, you will get a cleaner shadow if your light source is hard rather than soft.Light from a Fresnel lamp will be easier to shape than light from a 1×1 LED panel.Try to align the flag with the center of the light fixture rather than the edge.For a sharper cut, move the flag farther away from the light source. For a graduated cut, move the flag closer to the light.The video below shows great use of flags in action. Be warned — although the video gives solid information, it does look like someone has accidentally applied a Warp Stabilizer to the timeline and not an individual shot!Got any additional tips for working with flags? Share them in the comments below!
Unnao rape accused shares ad space with PM Modi The advertisement is being seen as a fresh embarrassment to the BJP, days after its Hardoi legislator Ashish Singh Ashu sympathised with Mr. Sengar.Mr. Sengar, who has been in jail for a year now, was expelled by the BJP after the Central Bureau of Investigation registered an FIR against him in connection with an accident involving the Unnao rape victim in July.Two aunts of the rape victim were killed in the accident while she, along with her lawyer, was seriously injured.Mr. Sengar is accused of raping the girl, who was 17-years-old at the time of the incident, at his residence in Unnao in 2017.A case was registered after she tried to immolate herself outside the residence of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in April last year. And a dar after, her father died in police custody.After the Supreme Court took notice of the letter written by the victim’s family expressing apprehensions over their security, Mr. Sengar was shifted to the Tihar Jail and the victim was sent to AIIMS, New Delhi, for better treatment.(With PTI inputs) Expelled from the BJP, tainted Bangermau MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar has found a prominent place alongside top party leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an advertisement published in a leading Hindi daily on August 15.Jailed since last year, Mr. Sengar faces charges of rape and murdering the survivor’s father.The full-page ad on the front page of the Unnao edition of the newspaper was published with greetings for Independence Day and Raksha Bandhan.Though the advertisement does not directly associate Mr. Sengar with the BJP — he is only mentioned as MLA Bangermau, district Unnao — his picture features prominently alongside that of Mr. Modi.Mr. Dixit, when approached by the media, defended himself for using Mr. Sengar’s picture. He said, “It is there as he is the MLA of our area.”The BJP has distanced itself from the controversy.Party spokesperson Shalabhmani Tripathi said, “It might have been someone’s personal choice to give Sengar’s photograph. It has nothing to do with the party or the State government.”“Whatever had to be done by the party or by the government, has been done. We have no sympathy for Sengar,” he told PTI in Lucknow. Unnao Rape Accused Senger Shares Ad Space With Pm ModiVolume 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 %0-9Live00:0001:3701:37
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