17 01 20

first_imgDear Editor,I have read the statement from Dr David Hinds on behalf of the Working People’s Alliance (WPA) and I saw its call for all civic organisations to begin discussions on the prospects of the coming oil and gas and the call for the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition Government to not make final policy and governance arrangements without inputs from these discussions. I find it very strange that this call would come from the WPA so late, especially since civil society people, like Christopher Ram, have been speaking consistently about oil and gas issues, but have been ignored. Even on the Al Jazeera programme on Guyana’s oil and gas sector, Christopher Ram pointed out that the APNUAFC coalition Government is unwilling to accept contributions from civil society.I have also read what seems to be a defence of the APNU/AFC coalition Government’s failure to ensure that the necessary legal framework for the oil and gas sector is in place. The WPA said, “This rapid development is partly responsible for the lag in setting up the institutional and legal framework.” I find it very strange that such a weak excuse would from the WPA. Is this all they could manage, three years after the APNU/AFC coalition Government said it started working on a legal framework? Is the WPA trying to excuse the incompetence of the APNU/AFC coalition Government?I read too that the WPA said the developmental challenges associated with managing the petro economy should not be underestimated. This again, I find very strange, since the WPA, until now, has ignored all the calls for the same thing and has not supported civil society voices who have called for a change.The WPA should not try to make fools of Guyanese people with the strange calls that have been made with even stranger timing.Regards,Arnold Sanasielast_img read more

15 01 20

first_imgFollowing the dismissal of Deputy Inspector General of the Liberia National Police (LNP), Rose Stryker, the LNP now has a new Deputy Inspector General for Administration and Commandant of the National Police Training Academy (NPTA) as well as other newly appointed officials.The newly appointed officers of the LNP include: William K. Mulbah, Deputy Inspector General for Administration, J. Titus Kimba, Commandant of the National Police Training Academy (NPTA), Weah B. Goll, Chief of Human Resource among others.At the official turn and takeover ceremony at the LNP headquarters on Tuesday June 3, the Inspector General of Police, Col. Chris C. Massaquoi, said he was glad that the newly appointed officers have served the police for more than 20 years and have the required experiences.Col. Massaquoi said the outgoing officers of the LNP were not dismissed, charged with corruption or did they commit any form of violations, but a decision of restructuring the police force as planned.   According to him, the previous Deputy Inspector General, Rose E. Stryker and Commandant Samuel F. Dakana of the LNP have served the LNP with all necessary contributions and were happy that history will remember them for works done.Speaking at the ceremony, the newly appointed Deputy Inspector General for Administration, William K. Mulbah said he will ensure that the welfare of the police officers including insurance, health benefits, and decent working environment is met as well as the image of the police is built.The newly appointed Deputy Inspector General said, he will ensure that asset control of the LNP including the handling of vehicles is fully managed, warning that violators’ salaries will be cut and other punishments instituted.Mr. Mulbah said, “Accountability and transparency will be visible at the LNP, we will be accountable to the people, ensure that police community partnership is restored for public confidence. We will positively engage the public and acquaint them with the work of the police throughout the country.”Mr. Mulbah said attendance of the police would be keenly monitored to ensure that all officers are at work and doing the right thing to build the reputation of the police. He added that fighting crime in all communities of the country is a major priority for the police, stressing that supervisors will be held accountable for the action of their men.According to Mr. Mulbah, he will justify the confidence as Deputy Inspector General and work to ensure that the police force is fully prepared to take over from UNMIL when it shall have left the country.  The new Deputy Inspector General said he was glad for the farsightedness of the police boss for looking within to have him recommended to serve the country and people at another level in the LNP. “This is a big challenge for all of you police officers, you can become what I am today when you humble yourself, remain hardworking and have respect for everyone whether big or small,” he said.Also speaking at the ceremony, the outgoing Commandant of NPTA, Samuel F. Dakana said he was pleased with the opportunity given to serve the LNP and called on the newly appointed officers to give the best in serving their people as well as the country.According to the outgoing commandant, his administration was marked by changes including the training capacity from 150 to 300 and four dormitories “2 for boys and two for the girls at the NPTA.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

12 01 20

first_img– as concerns raised over capacity to fully support ventureBy Jarryl BryanThe Witness Protection Bill 2017, one of two pieces of legislation designed to encourage and protect whistleblowers, was passed on Friday in the National Assembly.According to the parliamentary Opposition, however, it is a deficient bill coming at a time when the institutional capacity to support same is lacking.The Witness Protection Bill being debated in the National AssemblyIn his presentation, Opposition Parliamentarian Odinga Lumumba argued that the bill is being tabled at a time when Guyana does not have the capacity to support the bill’s provisions. He questioned whether there are provisions to fund relocated witnesses, or even to facilitate the integration of juvenile participants of the programme into the school system.Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman acknowledged the concerns raised by Lumumba, but noted that time is of the essence with the oil industry impending. According to the minister, with the coming of oil, new threats would arise, and the Government could not wait.“This bill is part of the continuum towards (regional security). We will be protecting witnesses from a certain category of crime when violence or the threat of violence is made,” Trotman explained in his presentation.He referred to the current regional security status, where legislation must be put in place that will foster regional cooperation. Trotman also noted that if one refers to witness protection programmes in the United States and other jurisdictions, no programme is perfect.On the matter of financing for the Witness Protection Programme, Trotman expressed hope in Finance Minister Winston Jordan handling this.“Copy and paste”Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira categorised the bill as another work of “copy and paste”. According to Teixeira, the original bill the former administration drafted in 2006 has returned to the house 11 years later with little to no changes.Teixeira noted that there are even omissions when compared to the previous bill. While she stressed that in principle the PPP support bills offering protection to whistleblowers and witnesses, she said that much more work could have been done on this bill. As such, she argued for the bill to be sent to a select committee.But according to Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams, some flaws pointed out by the Opposition are actually not reflective of the bill’s contents. He refuted one charge from the Opposition — that excessive Government oversight had been put into the witness protection programme.Williams insisted that he has no operational or managerial role in relation to the bill, while the President can only review petitions from a participant who is cut from the programme. In light of this, the question was put, and the bill was passed in the National Assembly.The bill is expected to complement the Protected Disclosures Bill which had been passed the day previous.The billPart VI of the long-awaited bill binds anyone, including participants or former participants, from disclosing information in relation to the programme. The penalty for breaching this provision is a $1 million fine and 10 years in prison.According to Section 20 (1), this law applies to anyone who, without lawful authority, reveals information about the identity or location of someone who had participated in the witness protection programme which can compromise that person’s safety.Section 20 (2) stipulates that someone who had undergone assessment to be considered for inclusion in the programme is barred from revealing their participation. They also cannot provide information as to the modus operandi of the programme.The Witness Protection Bill makes provision for an administrative centre which would handle identity changes. The bill also allows for the centre to withdraw this protection and restore the identity of the former participant, in which case he or she is allowed 28 days to apply to the President of Guyana for a review of the centre’s decision.Lack of witnessesThe Police have for years complained about difficulties with certain crimes, owing to the lack of witnesses. Some have posited that crimes are recorded as unsolved or remain a mystery possibly because witnesses are not brave enough to testify, or they are afraid to be held accountable for someone’s sentencing.At a recent seminar, Principal Parliamentary Counsel Joann Bond pointed out that the Witness Protection Programme is designed to protect persons involved in both civil and criminal matters.The administrative centre, she had explained, would then collaborate with the Head of State, the Attorney General, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), and the Commissioner of Police.last_img read more

12 01 20

first_imgAt the head of the pack was Irvin Tang, who placed 17th in the competitive 30 – 39 year old age class. He completed the course in 4:32:51 hours, including a two kilometre open water swim, 90 kilometre bike ride, and 21 kilometre run. Jeff Fairlie competed in the same age class, finishing at 5:49:46 for 95th. Also impressive is Gord “The Hammer” Harris, who placed third overall in the 60 – 69 year old age group, with a time of  5:41:40 hours. Barb Polehoykie was just behind, coming in at 5:41:40 hours, to take 8th place in the same category. In the 50 – 59 year old group, Bob Andrews finished 35th with 5:44:59, and Rob Churchill placed 69th in the 40 – 49 year old class, crossing the finish line at 5:37:32.- Advertisement – Blizzard Bike Club members still have a busy week ahead of them, as Tammy and Richard Howes are competing in the multi-stage B.C. Bike Race. Those in town will take part in a mountain bike race Wednesday at the Cactus trials, a time trial Thursday at Baldonnel and a Humpty’s road race on Sunday.last_img read more

3 01 20

first_imgPANORAMA CITY – It’s the perfect neighborhood park – a proud mix of slides, barbecue grills and shrubs. But the Marson Street Pocket Park is a city park apart: It was designed by neighbors who will manage and maintain it themselves, and is the first San Fernando Valley park created by and for underprivileged residents with little green space. “It was an empty lot full of trash, with drunks sleeping in it,” said Juan Perez, 24, one of dozens of neighbors who pitched in for the park. “It was an eyesore. “I’m just happy for the community. We worked really hard on it. We did everything but build it ourselves.” The 6,000-square-foot minipark, paid for by the city and spearheaded by the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, overlooks a bluff next to noisy Sepulveda Boulevard. “It’s really a dream come true,” said Tsilah Burman, executive director of the land trust, which will oversee four pocket parks that opened across the city this month. The Marson Street park opens today. “For me, the satisfaction of seeing kids in these parks and having places to play is thrilling.” Working with land trust organizers, dozens of Marson residents met for a year to pencil out their future community haven. One night after work recently, they saw the results of their work. As the sun set, they opened the gate for the first time. Bounced on the jungle-gym mat. Climbed the fake boulder. Surveyed park benches and picnic tables. Admired new landscaping. And looked longingly at virgin barbecue grills. “It’s everything we hoped for,” said Fernando Flores, 60, joined by his wife, Zully, who plans to grill carne asada for her two granddaughters. “I like it. Everybody’s happy. I’m happy, too, because it’s close to my house,” added Hector Sanchez, 55, who lives directly across the street. “I wanted something for the kids.” In Los Angeles, studies show that only one out of three kids lives within a quarter-mile of a park. With just over one acre of parkland per 1,000 residents, the city ranks last among major cities in open space, according to the trust. Furthermore, most L.A. parks sit in predominately white neighborhoods, with nearly 32 acres per 1,000 children, compared with less than one acre for Latinos and nearly two acres for blacks. That’s why former Mayor James Hahn spurred the trust’s formation, to help create small parks in heavily minority communities. The nonprofit agency, founded three years ago and financed through foundation grants, private donations and government funds, finds spare bits of land, then organizes neighbors to design and manage their parks. The $600,000 Marson Street effort was funded by a $4 million gift to the city by the late philanthropist Anna H. Bing. Neighbors were organized, in part, by the San Fernando Valley office of the Los Angeles County Children’s Planning Council. “Without parks such as this, some neighborhoods would have no parks at all,” said Burman, a former council candidate from Woodland Hills who once headed the Rally to Save Ahmanson Ranch campaign. The Marson Street park, surrounded by a massive gate, will be opened each day and locked at dusk by residents. They will also clean it and do light gardening tasks. The Los Angeles Conservation Corps will conduct heavy maintenance, with support as needed by city park staffers. A future expansion might include a mile-long Cabrito Paseo walking trail from the park to the Pacoima Wash. It was Perez who, on the night he graduated from California State University, Northridge, stumbled upon a community organizing meeting, which led him to join the park project. And a sense of ownership for a community whose closest park lies a half-mile away. Today, the Sylmar High School teaching assistant and troubled-youth counselor dreams of jogging along its future trail. “It’s something to be proud of, for the community,” Perez said as the gate closed for the night at the park. “There’s not much else around here that we can say is ours. “I feel like there’s a piece of me here, a piece of every single one of us.” dana.bartholomew@dailynews.com (818) 713-3730160Want 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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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event Discipline time Re “Officer cites 82-year-old woman for being too slow to negotiate busy street” (April 10): You know, sometimes common sense just has to prevail. An 82-year-old woman gets a ticket for crossing too slowly? Give me a break. A far better solution than the city robbing this woman of $114 would have been for the traffic cop to stop and help her across the street. What ever happened to their motto “Serve and protect”? This just bolsters an Us vs. Them mentality. Hopefully, Officer Kelly’s supervisor will have a little session with him out behind the woodshed. – Chuck Mosley Visalia Speaking of meanness Re “Mahony calls for support of Senate immigration bill” (April 6): I find it interesting that Roger Mahony tells his priests to defy federals laws to help correct the illegal immigration in our country. (Maybe we should adopt Mexico’s immigration laws. They are harsh.) He doesn’t mind that the hard-working American citizen pays more taxes for schools, medical services, etc., because his church doesn’t pay any. I also wonder why he doesn’t offer free schooling for the illegal immigrant in the Catholic schools like the hard-working American citizen has to? I love his quote about the radio talk shows, “I am so saddened by the meanness that I hear,” but never on the meanness of his molesting priests. – Frank Klein Sunland Symbols of ancestry Students carrying the Mexican flag did not mean to offend anyone. Most of them are American citizens who have never been to Mexico. During the civil-rights movement, blacks were chanting “Black is Beautiful.” It did not mean that white was ugly. They were embracing their race. It is hard for a Latino student to admit that he has an acquaintance who does not speak English, who has the “scarlett letter.” This time they stood up for those who cannot stand up for themselves. Other races affirm their ancestry with symbols: Jewish people hold dear the Star of David. American kids of Mexican descent did not mean to offend anyone. – Rudy Cruz Pacoima Congress’ spring break One of the most contentious and divisive issues of my lifetime, immigration reform, has been put on hold because of Congress’ scheduled two-week spring break. What if a local fire or police department said, I’m sorry we can’t come right now because we are on vacation? Shame on the Congress and shame on the American people for allowing its members to do this. – Doug Reuteler North Hollywood Just a bad movie? Re “Flop reflects shift in basic values” (Viewpoint, April 9): In why “Basic Instinct 2” failed, Chris Weinkopf reminds me of President George W. Bush. He sees what he wants to see and makes assumptions regarding reality. Weinkopf’s transgression is not as serious as no WMDs, but it is time people in responsible positions act responsibly. Weinkopf fairly criticizes Paul Verhoeven’s knee-jerk Bush-bashing and Christian loathing and then does the same thing himself. Weinkopf even gives the more likely explanation on why BI2 failed – Internet porn – or maybe it’s just a bad movie, yet he still maintains BI2 failed because “we all grew up.” – Andrew Schwartz Sherman Oaks Need two parties With Bush’s poll numbers at historic lows, and Republicans taking positions contrary to his administration, Democrats are presented with a golden opportunity to capture Congress in 2006, and the presidency in 2008. This will not happen unless the Democrats can break the chokehold of liberals like Dean, Boxer and Kennedy, to name a few. The nation is moving toward a more conservative position. Liberalism is a thing spawned out of the morass of socialism and communism, both of which did not work. We need two viable political parties. If the liberals are so bound up in their ideology that they can’t let go of the Democratic Party, let them start their own party but leave us alone. We cannot survive as a fractured nation. -Sion Colvin Woodland Hills160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re “Officer cites 82-year-old woman for being too slow to negotiate busy street” (April 10): This is for the cop who wrote an 82-year-old woman a ticket for being too slow to negotiate a busy street. I suggest the police officer involved should go to Washington, D.C., and watch our Congress in session. Put that eager-beaver attitude to good use where things are really negotiated slowly. I say write some tickets there. – R.J. Johnson North Hollywood last_img read more

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first_imgCELTIC responded to Rangers 4-0 drubbing of Dunfermline with a 2-0 win over Inverness CT at Parkhead.Joe Ledley fired the Hoops ahead with a cracking finish. James Forrest added a second on 33 minutes, finishing off a clinical counter attack.Anthony Stokes should have registered a third and Richie Foran’s diving header required a smart save by Forster.WATCH THE GOALS BY CLICKING THE VIDEO ABOVE;DDTV: VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS OF CELTIC’S WIN TODAY OVER ICT was last modified: September 24th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:CelticDonega;donegallast_img read more

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first_img10. MississippiImage from O Brother, Where Art Thou? via Working Title FilmsNot to be outdone by its delta neighbors, Mississippi offers comparable tax incentives for film productions on their land and in their rivers. In its history, Mississippi has hosted many delta-themed films, along with a couple of stops by The Coen Brothers on films like The Ladykillers and O Brother, Where Art Thou.Along with its 25% tax incentive (and 30% for local cast and crew), Mississippi also has a distinction as the most veteran-friendly state with an additional 5% in incentives for those who have served.Incentive: 25% (30% for resident cast and crew), plus 5% for U.S. veteransMinimum spend: $50,000All stats and figures are from The Hollywood Reporter’s roundup, and here’s some additional reading from your friends here at PremiumBeat.Tax Deductions for Filmmakers and Videographers10 Worst States for Film Production Tax Breaks 8. New MexicoImage from Breaking Bad via AMCBreaking Bad broke the mold by embracing New Mexico’s landscapes as much as it did its tax incentives. A popular western filming state, New Mexico’s 25% film tax incentive is outpaced by its 30% TV, with an additional 5% available for resident crew wage kickers — and the $0 minimum is unquestionably enticing. Projects fully or partially filmed in New Mexico include Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles and The Avengers.Incentive: 25% for film, 30% for TV, plus 5% for resident crew wages if filming at least ten days at qualified facilities (fifteen days if over $30 million)Minimum spend: $0 7. West VirginiaImage from Super 8 via Bad RobotAfter the previously mentioned states, West Virginia’s 27% tax offering (with an extra 4% for employing at least ten residents full time) is a slight drop, but still nothing to shake a stick at. West Virginia’s minimum of $25,000 also makes low-budget and independent filmmaking a reasonable option not seen elsewhere. West Virginia’s own history includes partial filming of Super 8 and The Silence of the Lambs.Incentive: 27%, plus 4% if employing at least ten residents full timeMinimum spend: $25,000 Location scouting your next film? Here are the ten states with the best tax breaks and benefits for film production.Cover image from Breaking Bad (AMC)Hollywood may still be home to the major film studios, but since states began passing Movie Production Incentives (MPIs) in the 1990s, production crews have taken advantage of some very lucrative tax credits, cash rebates, grants and sales tax exemptions.For those in the process of raising funds and putting together a budget for your next film production, considering any of these ten states may be a way to cut costs and promise higher returns for your investors.Image via The Hollywood Reporter1. OklahomaImage from The Outsiders via American ZoetropeIf you look at Oklahoma’s filmography, you probably wouldn’t believe that it’s home to the best current tax incentives in the country, as its heyday appears to be in the 1980s and 1990s. The most notable Oklahoma film would undoubtedly be The Outsiders (as seen above), however many other films, from Twister to the recent American Honey, made stops in the Sooner State.With 35% tax incentives (plus another 2% for in-state music spending) at a $50,000 minimum, if you’re looking for the most bang for your buck — look no further than Oklahoma.Incentive: 35%, plus 2% if $20,000-plus spent on music created in-stateMinimum spend: $50,000 3. KentuckyImage from Secretariat via Walt Disney PicturesKentucky’s film history, like the state, is closely connected with its famous namesake horse-racing event: the Kentucky Derby. If you don’t count all the films that have filmed at least scenes at the famous Churchill Downs, you’ll actually find that its tax incentives are quite strong and ripe for some non-horse-themed thrillers like The Insider, A League of their Own and the Fort Knox-based Stripes.Incentive: 30% (35% for resident labor and economically distressed areas)Minimum spend: $250,000 5. New YorkImage from Manhattan via United ArtistsTo be fair, as you would guess, the vast majority of New York films are set and filmed in New York City. There are some exceptions like Derek Cianfrance’s The Place Beyond the Pines, which was shot almost entirely in Schenectady.Despite its popularity, the state proper still offers a solid 30% tax incentive plus 10% for resident labor to keep it competitive, allowing generations of New York filmmakers from Martin Scorsese to Spike Lee to Woody Allen to keep their productions local.Incentive: 30%, plus 10% for below-the-line wages in select upstate counties for productions over $500,000Minimum spend: $0 9. AlabamaImage from Big Fish via Sony FilmsAlabama fits squarely into the “not surprised to see it on this list” category, as it seems very difficult to draw film productions to the home of the Crimson Tide. Nonetheless, there have been some successful Alabama ventures like Talledega Nights and non-Nascar films like Big Fish and A River Runs Through It. Of these top ten states, Alabama’s 25% tax incentive and 35% on resident labor with a $500,000 minimum is still pretty good.Incentive: 25% of expenses (35% for resident labor)Minimum spend: $500,000 4. LouisianaImage from True Detective via HBOAlthough other states have caught up to Louisiana in terms of tax incentives (with a few being slightly better), the “Pelican State” has almost the most illustrious film history behind California and New York.With their 30% tax incentives and $100,000 minimum, Louisiana has become a hot-spot for everything from Hollywood-level productions like The Curious Case of Benjamin Button to independent films like Ain’t Them Bodies Saints and TV Shows like True Blood and True Detective.Incentive: 30%, plus 10% for resident laborMinimum spend: $300,000 6. WashingtonImage from Say Anything via Twentieth Century FoxLocated a quick hop up the coast from LA, Washington has surprisingly been spurned for the most part, other than some films thematically set in Seattle. It’s caused the state to make a push for more production offerings, with 30% for films and 35% for television. However, if the state wants major production titles outside of 10 Things I Hate About You and The Hunt for Red October, they’ll need to keep the tax incentives coming.Incentive: 30% for film, 35% for TV series with six or more episodes (15% for nonresident labor)Minimum spend: $500,000 for film, $300,000 for TV Which states would you like to film in most? Let us know in the comments below! 2. IllinoisImage from The Dark Knight via Warner Bros.Illinois is another state that has made a major push to pull production from the West Coast. After a successful run of Illinois films by John Hughes, Illinois is notable for its prominent use of Chicago for Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight.Illinois’ 30% tax incentives, combined with an additional 15% for resident labor from underemployed areas, adds up to a pretty solid proposition in a state that has both rural and urban areas to boot.Incentive: 30%, plus 15% for resident labor from underemployed areasMinimum spend: $100,000last_img read more

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first_imgAt the 2018 Austin Film Festival, we chatted with Root for the Villain writer/director Max Rissman about shooting short-form episodic content.The Austin Film Festival is regarded as a writer’s film festival. This year, in addition to marquee screenings of Isold Uggadottir’s And Breathe Normally, Brady Corbet’s Vox Lux (starring Natalie Portman), and Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Favourite, the festival hosted a whole week of shorts and features, workshops, and pitch competitions aimed at honoring up-and-coming writing talent.We caught up with writer/director Max Rissman, whose digital series Root for the Villain played as part of a new Scripted Digital Series block, to chat about his writing experience and to get his advice on directing a digital series.1. A Good Bridge ProjectI had already done my fair share of shorts while in film school, so I was excited to challenge myself with a more ambitious project for my MFA thesis. However, I didn’t feel quite ready to dive all-in on a feature, but a short series felt like a good transition towards more long form projects.Coming out of film school at NYU, Rissman (like most film school graduates) already had several short films to his name. However, jumping straight to a feature isn’t always the path for everyone. While Rissman was looking to challenge himself with more than just another short, the concept of doing Root for the Villain as five digital shorts (about 8 minutes each) ended up being a better bridge project right out of school than taking on the major risks of shooting (and financing) a full feature.2. Let the Formula Find YouOnce I decided on doing a digital short series, it really allowed the formula to find me in the early writing stages. You don’t have to let screen times dictate your story when you’re setting your own constraints.In the Scripted Digital Series block at the Austin Film Festival, short series came in many different time formats and episode counts. For Root for the Villain, Rissman’s five eight-minute episodes were simply the right formula and screen time for his stories. Festivals usually have strict rules for what shorts and features need to be, but this new format can be much more open to filmmakers exploring their stories’ needs.3. Explore the Episodic Nature of StorytellingWriting and directing short form episodes is quite different from both the contained nature of films and the open-ended nature of pilots. With short episodes you can tell an ongoing story in a manageable and nimble way, while exploring the challenges and opportunities of stringing several episodes together to draw the audience into a unique world and have them invest in your characters.Because of the nature of the industry, not many screenwriters get the opportunity to write episodic content. It’s much different than telling self-contained stories, Rissman explains. Episodic content allows you to bury information a little deeper and really explore characters and relationships in ways that you don’t have to resolve immediately. As episodic content becomes a bigger part of the industry, it can be great practice for screenwriters to begin exploring it early and often.4. Lead with Your StrengthsAs I continue to develop my craft as both a writer and director, I have always considered writing to be my biggest strength of the two. Once you know your strengths, you can use them to try to mitigate your weaknesses by surrounding yourself with talented people who can cover you in other areas.At a screenwriter’s film festival like AFF, it’s hard not to bump into talented writers at every screening. Like many at the festival, writing is a strength for Rissman, but that doesn’t mean he’s perfect. Good writing will always be one of the most important parts of a project — after all, Rissman says, “a good script can go a long way in attracting the most talented actors and crew members, who are eager to work on high quality material.”5. The New Age of Digital SeriesThe timing of this project really worked out well as many festivals began adding digital series slots to their lineups just as we were starting our submission process. But in general, the industry seems to be leaning more and more in the direction of a new age of independent television.When you see Root for the Villain (and Rissman is hopeful it’ll be up online in some format early 2019), you really get to feel like you know the characters. As a semi-procedural format, it feels familiar-yet-refreshing with its supernatural twist. It’s a nice change of pace from many of the heavy themes we see in most festival features; it presents itself more as content we’re used to seeing every day on television and online. For filmmakers like Rissman, it’s a bold concept to embrace, but in the end, it might be the first of a exciting new path for writers and filmmakers.You can find out more about Root for the Villain on the project’s Seed & Spark page, or keep up with its release information on Facebook.All images via Root for the Villain.For more behind-the-scenes insights and interviews, check out some of these articles below.Screenwriter James V. Hart on Career, Coppola, and Creating a MethodRoundup: Genre Filmmaking Tips and Tricks from the Filmmakers of Fantastic FestProduction Tips: How to Maintain the Stunt Double IllusionJonah Hill on Writing and Directing Mid90s — and Tips He Learned from the GreatsInterview: How Filmmaker Jessica Sanders Brought a Tiny Person into a Big Worldlast_img read more

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first_imgSpeculation is rife in Rajasthan over the political moves of BJP MLA from Barmer district’s Sheo constituency, Manvendra Singh, who is organising a ‘Swabhiman Sammelan’ at Pachpadra on September 22. This will be a parallel event in the State where Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje’s ‘Gaurav Yatra’ is already under way.Ms. Raje’s much-publicised yatra, which is currently on in the Jodhpur division, will enter Barmer district on September 2, but it will give a miss to the Sheo constituency. Mr. Singh has not shared the dais with Ms. Raje since 2014 when his father and senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh was denied a party ticket for the Lok Sabha elections.Mr. Jaswant Singh, the former Defence Minister, contested as an Independent candidate in 2014 elections from Barmer-Jaisalmer constituency and lost to BJP candidate Sonaram Chaudhary. While Mr. Jaswant Singh was expelled from the BJP, Mr. Singh was suspended from the BJP’s primary membership for campaigning in support of his father and against the party’s candidate.BJP member in Assembly However, Mr. Singh continues to represent Sheo constituency as a BJP member in the Assembly. He was appointed a member of the Assembly’s Committee on Public Accounts in 2014-15 and has been a member of the Committee on Privileges since 2015-16.Mr. Singh, who took out a march of his supporters from Barmer to Jaisalmer district earlier this week, said the September 22 rally would unite “all those who have self-respect”. The rally is expected to mobilise the members of Rajaput community who are unhappy with the BJP government on several issues.While Mr. Singh said he would prefer to get the public opinion during the rally to decide his course of action for the upcoming Assembly elections, there were speculations that he may quit the BJP and join the Congress. Sources in the Congress said Mr. Singh had not approached any senior party leader in this connection so far.Rajput leader and Ms. Raje’s trusted Cabinet colleague Rajendra Rathore visited Barmer district on Wednesday to reach out to the local Rajput community. According to political observers, the impact of his visit in the region, where Rajputs and Jats have traditionally been political rivals, will only be visible in the ‘Swabhiman Sammelan’.last_img read more