Take a look at the miniatures, models, matte paintings, puppets, and other practical effects that brought a distant galaxy to life.Star Wars is famous for a lot of reasons, but one of the original trilogy’s greatest accomplishments was its masterful incorporation of practical effects. To celebrate May the 4th, we decided to round up a few videos that showcase the unparalleled talents of the Star Wars special effects team.The original trilogy has been released on home video seemingly a thousand times at this point, and a few of the following videos appear to have been transferred from VHS tapes. So, to paraphrase the Emperor… Let the nostalgia flow through you.Slimy Piece of Worm-Ridden Filth – Life Inside Jabba the HuttBy: Filmumentaries – Jamie BenningIn Jamie’s own words:After interviewing puppeteer Toby Philpott at great length over Skype I decided to go a step further and create a mini documentary about his work on Jabba the Hutt for Return of the Jedi. This led me down many paths. Here is the result.Dennis Muren Interview: The RancorBy: Star WarsKeeping with the theme of Large & Fairly Disgusting Creatures… In this video, hollywood effects legend Dennis Muren discusses the challenges he faced when bringing the Rancor to life in Return of the Jedi.Return of the Jedi – Special Location EffectsBy: Filmumentaries – Jamie BenningRenowned special effects master Kevin Pike talks about his location special effects work on Return of the Jedi, including participating in the construction of a full-sized AT-ST Scout Walker and Jabba’s sail barge. Which is awesome.Star Wars Visual Effects, from AT-ATs to TauntaunsBy: Star WarsThis is easily my favorite video in this roundup. With a couple of segments narrated by Mark Hamill himself, this vintage clip showcases the unbelievable patience and precision it took to create some of the most iconic sequences in film history.BB-8 Droid From the Force Awakens Rolls out on Stage at Star Wars Celebration AnaheimBy: Inside the MagicAnybody worried that Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be Prequel-like display of overdone CGI effects can rest easy. Here’s a quote from J.J. Abrams himself, speaking to fans at the 2015 Star Wars Celebration in California:The thing that struck me, that wouldn’t get out of my head, is just how real you knew and felt Star Wars was when you first saw A New Hope. You couldn’t deny it… It’s Star Wars. There will be an endless number of effects. We needed a standard. You want it to be legitimate and authentic.And in one of the convention’s most exciting moments, Abrams introduced BB-8, a completely practical and present droid. As BB-8 rolled up next to R2D2, on stage and in front of a live audience, it was as if millions of cynical voices suddenly cried out in relief and were suddenly silenced.Things have definitely come a long way, but not so far that the lessons of the past are forgotten. It’s refreshing to see the Star Wars legacy in the hands of people who recognize the undeniable emotional pull of tangible practical effects.If you’d like to see a few more examples of great (and a few pretty not-so-great) special effects, check out these stories from the PremiumBeat blog:Top 10 Practical Movie Effects of All TimeCineFix Presents a Collection of the Best Visual Effects10 Examples of Horrible Hollywood Special EffectsWhat are your favorite Star Wars practical effects? Are practical effects worth the trouble? How adorable is BB8? Share your thoughts in the comment section!
With its home opener on Feb. 13 approaching, the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team is looking to enter the 2016 season with the strong leadership and influence from nine seniors guiding the way.Alexis Venechanos, the sixth-year coach of the Buckeyes, said she looks to use this leadership for optimal success in the upcoming season.“This senior class was my first full recruiting class, and they are bringing their leadership out in so many different ways,” Venechanos said. “We’ve been giving our seniors control of the practices, where they’re in charge of working on our energy and giving feedback to our players, giving them a voice on the field.”Senior attackman Olivia DiCarlantonio said the senior class is a special one because each player is proud to be a Buckeye.“As a grade, we try to live up to the girls older than us, so we make a lot of decisions based on what we were taught as underclassmen,” DiCarlantonio said. “Our grade wants to build a legacy of Buckeyes to come, so we felt that if we prepared the younger girls and helped them realize what an honor it is to being playing for Ohio State, then we will be a successful team.”Senior defender Katie Keefe said the senior class has skills that, when brought together, help the team as a whole.“The feelings of just coming and getting the job done are out the window,” Keefe said. “They’re replaced with the idea that there is no next year for us, so we give it our all and go out with a bang.”The Buckeyes enjoyed a degree of success in 2015, going 13-8, including a trip to the Big Ten tournament championship. Their trip to the NCAA tournament was not a long one, however, as a 13-11 loss to Notre Dame sent the Scarlet and Gray home looking forward to the next year.The next year is now upon them, and, despite graduating several playmakers, DiCarlantonio said the team has an improved amount of talent and depth, giving it high aspirations to make a longer run than its brief taste of tournament play a season ago.“As a team, the goal is to always go all the way,” she said. “(Venechanos) has us focusing on positive energy and really being locked into the moment and that’s allowing everyone to improve individually and as a team.”OSU women’s lacrosse members celebrate a win over Maryland on May 1. Credit: Courtesy of Ben SolomanKeefe said now that a good amount of the team’s starters have graduated, it has given other players the challenge of filling those spots.“It’s our job to show the rest of the lacrosse community that the Buckeyes can still be a powerful team and end with another successful season,” Keefe said. “This idea reminds us that we all have a common goal we will work for as a team, and the only way to get there is to keep our energy high and our attitudes tough.”Venechanos said the team is looking forward to finishing up the preseason and getting on the field against an opponent.“We think we’re in the best lacrosse conference in the country,” Venechanos said. “We have Northwestern and Maryland, the two dynasties of women’s lacrosse, in our backyard, so if we do well in the Big Ten Conference, we will continue to make a name for ourselves nationally.”OSU is set to kick off its 2016 season on Feb. 13 with its home opener against Detroit. Faceoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. OSU then-junior attacker Rainey Hodgson (6) during a game against Maryland on May 1. Credit: Courtesy of Ben Soloman Correction 1/27: An earlier version of this story said the women’s lacrosse team’s home opener is set to be played at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, when in fact it is to be played at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
The women’s volleyball team is ready for its biggest match this season. After finishing fourth in the Big Ten, the women’s volleyball team earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Buckeyes will face Cincinnati, No. 2 in the Big East, in the first round. The Buckeyes have made immense improvements since last season, when they finished 10th in the conference with an overall record of 12-20.The success of the Buckeyes, who were not expected to make it to the NCAA Tournament this season, has surprised many.“We put a lot of work in the offseason and we were ready to prove people wrong,” middle blocker Kristen Dozier said. Dozier and the rest of the team understand there is never a guarantee of going to the NCAA Tournament. She was a contributor on the 2006 team that reached the field of 64 tournament. “As a freshman I think I took it for granted and I didn’t appreciate it as much as I do this year,” Dozier said. “Now I really just want to make a statement in the tournament.” Although the Buckeyes fell short of the AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 this week, they received 39 votes, their most this season.Coach Geoff Carlston acknowledged that the tournament has higher stakes than the regular season, but the team is treating it like every other match. “The goal is the same as we have had all year, to stay in the moment and have no regrets,” Carlston said. The Buckeyes are thriving off of 3-0 sweeps against Michigan and Michigan State and hope to carry the momentum into the tournament.“[Competing in] the Big Ten prepares you for everything, every match this year was a complete battle,” Carlston said. Cincinnati is expected to play aggressively with big serves and swings. “We will not be taking them lightly in any way, shape or form,” Carlston said. “There just aren’t any weak teams at this stage in the season.” Carlston said the Buckeyes want to make the most out of the NCAA Tournament opportunity for their three seniors, Kristen Dozier, Ashley Hughes and Chelsea Noble.“We stress upon them to enjoy the experience, to play to the best of their ability, to not waste the gift,” Carlston said. “Emotions are always high but our goal is for them to not take the opportunity for granted.”Along with the team receiving the at-large bid, several Buckeyes earned individual accolades this week.Dozier received an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection. She has a team-high 83 assist blocks and is second in points and kills. Junior Katie Dull was a unanimous choice for the All-Big Ten team. She leads the team in both points and kills and ranks third in the conference in both categories.The Buckeyes hold an all-time record of 23-15 in 16 NCAA Tournament appearances. Ohio State will host the first and second round matches at St. John Arena on Friday and Saturday.The Buckeyes will play Cincinnati Friday at 8 p.m., following the California-Lipscomb match.First round winners will play Saturday at 7 p.m. for the regional semifinals, held Dec. 11 in Gainesville.
Ohio State senior goalkeeper Devon Kerr (1) prepares to take a goal kick in the second half of the game against Florida Gulf Coast University on Sept. 7. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorAfter losing to Michigan on Friday night, Ohio State (7-5-1, 4-2-1 Big Ten) survived in East Lansing, prevailing 1-0 over Michigan State (5-6-3, 0-5-2 Big Ten). After a scoreless first half, sophomore forward Miranda Brizon notched the game-winner for the Buckeyes in the 51st minute of the match from 10 yards, marking her second goal so far this season. The Buckeyes won their seventh game of the season when scoring first. Ohio State has a record of 32-1-1 when scoring first since the beginning of the 2016 season. Senior goalkeeper Devon Kerr recorded her sixth shutout of the season, making two saves for the Buckeyes on Sunday. The shutout against Michigan State was the 16th of her career. Ohio State held an advantage with 10 shots, eight shots on goal and three corner kicks over Michigan State, meanwhile, the Spartans held a 7-2 edge over the Buckeyes in saves.The Buckeyes will look to continue their momentum as they head back home to take on the Rutgers Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Simon Mignolet believes Liverpool would learn from their late title twist in 2014 as they close in on their first Premier League crown.Only three players Mignolet, Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge who were all instrumental in that campaign are in the current team.And five years on they are on the cusp of something special with a four-point lead ahead of Man City.“So much has changed over the past five years here,” he told the ECHO.“It’s only Hendo, Studge and me still here from the last time we really fought for the title.“Back then a lot of it was about Luis Suarez and Studge, whereas now the goals are shared about more. We had a really good team in 2013/14 but the moment we got one or two injuries it became difficult.“We’ve got a broad squad now which means we can cope with injuries. That’s probably the biggest difference with last time.“If a game is deadlocked there is always someone ready on the bench who is capable of opening a game up. In that sense, we’re in a much better position than we were then.23 – Mohamed Salah & Roberto Firmino have combined to set up 23 goalscoring chances for one another in the Premier League this season; more than any other pair. The next best is Mohamed Salah & Sadio Mané (22 chances created between each other). Dangerous. pic.twitter.com/EbtRefEXZP— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 21, 2019Top 5 Premier League players to watch for next weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Premier League’s Top 5 players to watch this weekend.After…“The general quality of this squad is the best I’ve ever known. When we play 11 v 11 in training it’s like being involved in a top match in the Premier League.“It’s not 11 first-teamers against 11 reserves, it’s two Premier League sides facing each other in training. It’s high quality.”Klopp’s men are breaking club records with their tally of 60 points from 23 games the best return at this stage of a season in the club’s illustrious history.Defensively, the difference is vast. Where Liverpool leaked 50 league goals in 2013/14, now the foundations are much stronger with just 13 conceded this time around.7 – Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool won seven league games during December 2018 – the most they’ve ever won in a single calendar month in their entire history. Award. pic.twitter.com/4n4yGN2ggQ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 11, 2019“Exactly and that’s massive,” Mignolet said.“I think a big part of that is Virgil van Dijk. Ever since he’s come in he’s made a huge difference.“It’s not only his playing ability but the character and the leadership he sends out from the back. It’s especially important when you play teams like Brighton and Crystal Palace recently.“It’s the pressure he eases with his clearing headers. He always makes it look so easy. Something that’s very difficult for anyone else, just looks like a walk in the park for Virgil. He’s made us a lot more solid than before.”
Vladimir TiagunovPR HandoutAll maestros have one thing in common. They love their art above everything and practice it till they are near-perfect at it. Achieving a maestro status is no easy feat. You need to dedicate yourself to the art, train hard and have enough perseverance to ensure you are the best at it. The same was the case with Vladimir Tiagunov—acclaimed pianist, chamber musician, and piano professor.Tiagunov was lucky to be trained since the tender age of 6. His father, an engineer by profession, had a good ear for the piano and taught his son the basics. His parents also encouraged him to build his mastery of the piano and practice on his own. And as fate would have it, Tiagunov fell in love with the piano and was very interested in excelling at it.He enrolled in the Nizhny Tagil College of Music in Russia where he would begin his lifelong journey with the instrument. Just three years later, at the age of 9, he would perform a solo piece for the first time.Tiagunov’s passion for playing the piano grew as he learnt to convey a range of emotions through music. He went on to further his musical education at the Chelyabinsk State Academy of Culture and Arts, Russia, under the tutelage of the world-famous musician, Professor Yevgeny Levitan. He completed the course with flying colors.However, as luck would have it, his path to success was paved with many obstacles. His professional studies suffered due to problems surfacing in his personal life. This hampered his concentration and affected his studies, but he rose above these problems and excelled at his education thanks to his undying passion for playing the piano.All of that hard work paid off in 2010 when Tiagunov won his first award at the international level – the ’21st Century Art’ International Music Competition in Ukraine, just as he turned 21. After this feat was achieved, there was no looking back. He went on to acquire a Master’s degree and then moved to New York, to hone his skills.He won many accolades and performed at several important performance venues along the way. He joined the Artist Diploma program at the Long Island Conservatory of Music in Albertson, New York, under the expert guidance of Professor Tamara Poddubnaya.Vladimir Tiagunov has travelled all over Europe, Russia and the United States as a solo performer and chamber musician. He performed complicated pieces like Mozart’s Fantasy No. 3, Bach’s Partita No. 2, Wanderer Fantasy by Schubert, Beethoven’s Sonata No. 14 and Chopin’s 12 Etudes Op.10. He especially had the pleasure of performing the most difficult of Chopin’s Etudes one after the other.He quotes, “I’ve played the etudes a few times at recitals, including my graduation concert at Chelyabinsk State Institute of Culture in Russia.” This revolutionary style of playing the piano has changed Tiagunov’s life. Although many acclaimed pianists have attempted the etudes by Chopin in their repertoire, only a few can perform all 12 Etudes Opus 10 in a cycle at a concert, simply because it is immensely challenging to do so.Tiagunov started his teaching career when he set out to be a solo pianist. He currently spends his time between performing and teaching. He teaches at the Long Island Conservatory, ensuring the magical language of music continues to enrich others’ lives.
The fourth-ranked Cardinals open the 2019 season on Friday, Feb. 15 at 6 p.m., ET against No. 20 Connecticut at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla. Game two of the series is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 16 at 3 p.m., ET with the series finale set for Sunday, Feb. 17 at 1 p.m., ET. The 2019 home opener is slated for Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 3 p.m., ET against Eastern Kentucky at Jim Patterson Stadium. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville Athletics has announced the 2019 baseball promotional calendar, which includes an array of fan-friendly special events and season-long promotions at Jim Patterson Stadium for the Cardinals’ fifth season in the Atlantic Coast Conference.The 34-game home schedule features great giveaways, the return of fan favorites and the introduction of special offers, which allow fans to experience all the ballpark’s offerings at exceptional values. Promotions and game times are subject to change. A list of season-long promotions and special events are listed below, while additional details on all Louisville baseball promotions are available at GoCards.com/OnDeck. Story Links 2019 Baseball Promotions 2019 Baseball Season Tickets Fans can follow Louisville baseball on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram at @LouisvilleBSB. Print Friendly Version
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has taken up measures including setting up of a five-member Group-of-Ministers (GoM) to further expedite implementation of development projects throughout the state. At the same time, there was discussion about the formation of new mechanisms for better work implementation at Panchayat level.Banerjee held a review meeting on Thursday with ministers and senior officials of a number of departments including Panchayats and Rural Development, Finance, Irrigation and Waterways, Health and Family Welfare, Education, Agriculture, Urban Development and Municipal Affairs, Housing and Fisheries. The top brass of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) was also present in the meeting along with all the District Magistrates. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt is learnt that the Chief Minister has urged all the concerned officials starting from the District Magistrates to Block Development Officers (BDOs) to take necessary steps to ensure proper monitoring of mid-day meal schemes, vector control measures, functioning of ICDS centres etc.Sources further added that the Chief Minister has set up the GoM comprising state Panchayats and Rural Development minister Subrata Mukherjee, state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim, state Food minister Jyotipriya Mallick, Transport minister Suvendu Adhikari and state Public Works Department minister Aroop Biswas to oversee the same. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAfter the meeting that continued for more than two long hours at the Nabanna Sabhaghar, Banerjee said: “There was an elaborate discussion in the meeting and officials starting from the District Magistrates to BDOs have been directed to take up necessary measures for proper monitoring to ensure timely implementation of projects.” While speaking on the implementation of the scheme of 100 days work and functioning of Panchayats, Banerjee said there was no problem at all in executing the project. “There are certain systems that need to be followed. There is a case pending with the Supreme Court. The matters will become clear once the Apex Court gives its order for which we are waiting,” she said, adding that the District Magistrates or BDOs were authorised to carry out the work where the boards in the Panchayat level are yet to be formed so that beneficiaries of the 100-days work scheme do not face problem in getting their payments on time.Sources said the Chief Minister had a detailed consultation over the functioning of the Education department and urged state Education minister Partha Chatterjee to speak on the related issues. She also expressed her annoyance over the failure of some officials to implement the view of the minister and urged the state Chief Secretary to look into the matter. At the same time, she also directed a senior official of the Land and Land Reforms department to take up certain issues with some of the Block Land Reforms Officers (BLROs).The KMC and PWD were directed to take steps in areas where roads are not in good condition, one of the sources added.
Kolkata: One person was killed and three injured after an app cab toppled after ramming into the median divider of the road on Eastern Metropolitan (EM) Bypass onWednesday morning. According to locals, on Wednesday morning around 7:05 am, an app cab bearing registration number WB 04G 2440 was moving towards Chingrihata from Science City with four passengers. Near Metropolitan Housing Complex, the driver identified as Ajay Roy somehow lost control and collided with a median divider on E M Bypass. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalLocals and on-duty traffic police personnel ran to the accident spot and rushed the injured to a private hospital near Kadapara where the doctors declared one of the passengers identified as Sudip Chakraborty (35) brought dead. The driver and another passenger identified as Angshuman Dey are still undergoing treatment at the same hospital. Another passenger Dhritiman Ghosh was treated and discharged by the doctors. Sources informed that Chakraborty was a Information Technology (IT) employee. He used to travel using app cab to reach office at Sector V. It is suspected that the driver had driven throughout the night and had fallen asleep while driving and lost control over the vehicle. A case has been registered with Pragati Maidan police station against the driver on charges of causing death by negligence (304A IPC), rash driving or riding on a public way (279 IPC) and causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others (338 IPC).