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Introduction to MFLNMC “Expert Advice” Series

first_imgWelcome to the new Military Caregiving Expert Advice series. Our caregiving team is rolling out with a new blog series entitled, Expert Advice, where we provide monthly advice from subject matter experts on issues surrounding military caregiving for service providers and families. We take questions and concerns from military helping professionals and families and provide the necessary feedback from credible experts in the field of study.  Whether you are a provider or a caregiver, what questions do you have? We want to hear from you.  (Type your response in the comments section of this article.)Expert Advice in Child PsychiatryTo kick off our new series, we focus on issues surrounding caregiving and special needs within the military.  In a recent professional development training on ADHD, Anxiety, and Autism: Practical Approaches to Child Psychiatry service providers and families learned about practical ways parents and caregivers can help manage these disorders, while reconnecting with the fun of parenting. Below we highlight a question from an audience member and expert advice from a board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist.Question: Does general anxiety ever get misdiagnosed as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)? Advice: Anxiety is often misdiagnosed as ADD which is why the interview process (for diagnosing Anxiety and ADD) is so important. There are many times children come in having trouble with concentration, which is part of the diagnosis and criteria for both anxiety and ADD. The problem arises with the treatment of ADD because there are certain treatments that might actually make the anxiety worse. It is very important that we are careful to make sure we have the right diagnosis.Expert: Brian Dixon, M.D., Executive Director of Progressive Psychiatry, P.A. and Board Certified Child and Adolescent PsychiatristHave a question for our military caregiving team? Let us know! Stay tuned for more from our Expert Advice series.This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on May 20, 2016.last_img read more

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Field Talk: A Q&A with Providers Supporting Military Families

first_imgDiPietro-Wells, R. (2015). Field Talk: A Q&AField Talk is a monthly blog post sharing the voices of early childhood providers who serve or have served military families of young children with disabilities (birth to 5 years old).  We hope you find it to be educational, personable, and encouraging.This month we talked with Nicole Withrow PhD, MS, RDN.  Dr. Withrow is an Assistant Professor/Dietetic Internship Coordinator at the University of Northern Colorado and a Pediatric Clinical Registered Dietitian Nutritionist at Colorado Children’s Hospital.  This interview has been edited for length and clarity.Describe your current role. I am an Assistant Professor and Dietetic Internship Coordinator for the University of Northern Colorado. I develop and maintain courses for graduate and undergraduate students. Currently, I have 30 dietetic interns nationwide who are completing an accredited dietetic internship. The internship is accredited through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and each intern must complete 1200 supervised practice hours. Along with teaching responsibilities and maintaining an internship, I am involved in conducting research in Autism Spectrum Disorders.Recently, I created the Sensory Processing, Aberrant Mealtime, Motor, Inventory for Eating (SAMIE). It is a screening inventory for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and will be used in the community, hospitals, private practices, and residential facilities. I am currently in the copyright and publication process with this inventory and hope to have that completed within the next 3-6 months. In addition to my University position, I am a consultant for the Center for Discovery, a residential program in New York for individuals with disabilities, and a pediatric clinical dietitian at the Colorado Children’s Hospital for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.What’s your favorite part of your current job? I absolutely love having opportunities to wear several hats in the field of nutrition. I thrive when I am educating individuals and helping minimize the struggles of families and individuals due to a disability, specifically Autism Spectrum Disorders. I also enjoy conducting research.What “insider” tips or advice do you have for service providers working with military families who have young children with disabilities?I would suggest collaborating with the team of providers who are treating the child. I would say less is more when it comes to recommendations and if families are working with an Occupational Therapist, Speech and Language Pathologist and/or behavioral therapist they should work to make goals that complement each other’s specialty area.If you could change or improve one thing for military families with young children with disabilities, what would it be?I would like screening of problematic eating behaviors to occur earlier since they appear to be long-standing and without prior diagnosis and treatment they could have long-term health consequences.What are some strategies or resources useful in supporting a family whose child has a limited repertoire of food? One of the most important things to remember is that there can be numerous reasons a child prefers a limited variety of foods and understanding them, and treating them will help with increasing the variety of foods that a child will accept and consume. Reasons a child may struggle with accepting new foods are: sensory processing impairments, oral motor, core deficits of an ASD (rigidity/need for things to be the same), anxiety, gastrointestinal dysfunction and dental caries (cavities).When introducing a new food, be mindful that it may take more than 10 exposures of a bite size of food before a child looks, licks, touches, or tastes the food item. Only serve a bite size so that he/she is not overwhelmed by the quantity and shuts down, immediately. If a child looks, licks, touches, tastes the food item, positively reinforce him/her with verbal praise. Then continue to offer the food and increase the quantity slowly.Another tip is to introduce “like/similar” foods. For example, if a child likes McDonald’s chicken nuggets, purchase a bag of frozen nuggets and serve one every time you serve a McDonald’s chicken nugget. Also, pair language with food, “same but different.”How do you balance nutritional needs given a child’s food tendencies and preferences? What strategies can a provider use to help a parent ensure their child’s nutritional needs are being met in such instances? (For example, a child who will only eat crunchy foods, or foods at a very hot temperature)This is difficult since increasing a food repertoire takes time. I recommend a multivitamin in order to decrease risk of Vitamins C and D, and as well as iron deficiencies. If your child drinks juice, be mindful to purchase fortified juices (i.e., orange juice that has calcium and Vitamin D added to it). If your child only eats crunchy foods then you can bake foods, offer raw fruits/vegetables, or freeze fruits/vegetables – be creative! Again, if your child prefers only a few food items continue offering a new bite size food item with them.What are some strategies that providers can use to help families introduce new foods that are outside of a child’s preference? For example, helping a family introduce new foods when their child will only eat a food of a particular color or texture.Start with a food history and you may notice that at age 1-2 the child ate more foods. Bring those back into their diets, but only a bite size and with repeated exposures. If your child only eats a particular color/temperature/texture then start there and build in different types of foods, but a bite size. Research illustrates that if a child does not get help for food selectivity before the age of 8 then it is more difficult to treat and nutritional risk may become an issue. If a child will only eat chewy foods then offer a gummy vitamin, if they only eat crunchy foods then offer a Flintstone crunchy multivitamin, if they do not eat them right away offer the vitamin every day at breakfast, lunch or dinner. You may also want to add a calcium and Vitamin D supplement in a powder form called Dari Free. You can order it online through Vance’s Foods and it can be mixed into a food or beverage – it has no taste!Could you please talk about food chaining and how to implement it?Food chaining is a type of feeding/eating intervention that assists in expanding an individual’s food repertoire. This process builds upon a preferred food and based on the individual. One may also need to start with a similar color/texture/type, depending on the primary reason for food selectivity. For example: A child prefers McDonalds french fries, therefore start with those while also purchasing a bag of frozen shoestring fries. Prepare a couple of frozen shoestring fries and serve them with the preferred food. Once the child tolerates them, increase the quantity of the prepared frozen shoestring fries and reduce the McDonald’s fries. This process should be repeated by introducing another type of frozen fry (waffle/steak cut/curly/fresh potato wedges). Once the child is eating a variety of fries, the end goal is a baked potato. After the baked potato is well received, introduce a sweet potato.Are there certain vitamins or minerals you have found that improve the symptoms of autism?There is not a lot of evidence-based research to support many of the supplements that are currently being used to remediate symptoms of an ASD. However, more research is being done. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that acts as a mild mood stabilizer and has a role in muscle function and the immune system. Vitamin D is also needed to assist in the absorption of calcium. I often recommend supplementing with this vitamin, especially if the child is on a gluten and casein free diet.Another supplement I often recommend is a multivitamin, especially if an individual is food selective or a “picky eater” and has been for quite some time. Vitamin C deficiency (scurvy) has been diagnosed in individuals with developmental disabilities who have food selectivity. This can be avoided with a multivitamin while working on increasing the individual’s food repertoire.Flavored cod liver oil is often used to aid in immune function and cognitive function, plus it has anti-inflammatory properties.Are there any studies evaluating the effectiveness of special diets (i.e. gluten free, casein free, etc.)? Can you expand on or speak to them? There are minimal double-blinded trials, the gold standard for gluten and casein free, so many of the results are anecdotal. There is one- 12-week double-blinded gluten free, casein free (GFCF) trial with a crossover at the conclusion of 6 weeks. n= 15 individuals w/ASD (ages 2-16)Behavioral assessments were done at baseline, weeks 6 and 12, and urinary peptides screened at weeks 1, 3, 6, 9, 12. The results illustrated no significant differences. However, 9 of the15 parents reported that they would continue the GFCF diet (Elder, 2006).However, even with limited research, the gluten and casein free diet is the most popular dietary intervention to treat individuals with ASD (Levy & Hyman, 2003). The diet is popular due to the belief in its safety, non invasiveness, healthiness, and the anecdotal reports of improvements in symptoms of children with ASD.According to the Autism Research Institute’s recent survey of 2208 parents regarding the gluten and casein free diet, 65% of parents reported subjective improvements in children’s autism symptoms (decrease in self-stimulatory behaviors-flapping, rocking), maladaptive behaviors, GI improvements seen, and an increase in communication (use of words).For parents who do choose a GFCF diet, it seems much harder to get adequate nutrition for the child. What do you suggest?” It is not as difficult to consume an adequate diet on a GFCF today due to several fortified foods (i.e., breakfast cereals, juices, rice/soy milk, gf breads/waffles, etc). I would recommend adding a multivitamin and calcium supplement with a Vitamin D supplement if the child is food selective.Another resource regarding feeding concerns and nutrition in children with autism spectrum disorders can be found in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders [1].  This article was recently discussed here.[1]  Sharp, W. G., Berry, R. C., Mccracken, C., Nuhu, N. N., Marvel, E., Saulnier, C. A., . . . Jaquess, D. L. (2013). Feeding Problems and Nutrient Intake in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Meta-analysis and Comprehensive Review of the Literature. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders,43(9), 2159-2173. doi:10.1007/s10803-013-1771-5This post was edited by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Michaelene Ostrosky, PhD, members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, onTwitter, and YouTube.last_img read more

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Create Your Own 3D Holograms

first_imgCreate 3D holograms without a laboratory – this video will show you how.It’s no secret that holograms are the stuff of future technology, but did you know holograms have been used for over 400 years? They were created using the Pepper’s Ghost technique – a trick that’s super easy to create at home. The technique, often found in children’s museums, has had a recent claim to fame for bringing Tupac to Coachella in 2012. If you haven’t seen that video watch right now.Warning Explicit Lyrics…it’s Tupac after all:Do it Yourself HologramFeel inspired to make your own? The process is surprisingly simple. All you really need is some glass or plexiglas and a subject. Place your glass or Plexiglas at a 90 degree angle to the subject you are trying to simulate. If lit correctly the illusion should make it seem like your subject is floating in air. The following video tutorial by DIY Hacks shows us how to do the technique in more detail. You can pick up plexiglas sheets from your local hardware store for under $20.The Peppers Ghost technique isn’t the only way people are making holograms. In fact, Apple has just recently patented a hologram technology that uses concave mirrors instead of a flat plane of glass. Other techniques include light projections in mist or intersecting beams of light. For filmmakers however, the most practical technique is probably Pepper’s Ghost.Interested in seeing a variety of Holograms in action? Check out this video demonstrating some of the different effects you can do from home.This video was first shared by ShanksFX on their YouTube channel. Thanks for sharing!Have any other tips for creating holograms? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

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NAB 2016: More of the Latest Camera Rigs, Dollies, Gimbals, and Drones

first_imgPolly SliderMunich-based manufacturer Polly System debuted their new Polly Slider. This is one of the lightest sliders on the market, weighing only 3.3 lbs. The Polly Slider uses patented high-inertia flywheel stabilization, giving the camera operator incredibly smooth control and stable panning.The Pollysystem Polly Slider is available for order and retails for $1,072.Rig Wheels Cloud MountRig Wheels has something great for those of you constantly mounting to vehicles. The new Cloud Mount was designed for gimbal stabilizers — allowing you to quickly mount them to vehicles without having to use suction cups. The Cloud Mounts uses rubberized magnets that quickly attach to any vehicle. There are even mounts that go on either side of glass, allowing you to attach to windshields and car windows.The system was built on top of the company’s RigMount XL platform. It adds a vibration isolator designed to let your gimbal work more effectively. The system doesn’t require any additional grip or rigging hardware. The Cloud Mount starts at $499 for the vibration isolation only. The kits that include magnets are based on weight. DSLR rigs start at $999 and complete kits cost up to $1799.Here is a look at the Rig Wheels Cloud Mount from No Film School. Rollocam HerculesRollocam showed off the Kickstarter success Hercules pocket dolly — and by pocket dolly, I mean this thing literally fits inside a pocket. The compact camera dolly was designed for cell phones, DSLR, and mirrorless cameras weighing up to 10 lbs. The Rollocam Hercules can literally roll in either direction and it’s programmable at five different speeds. To follow a different path, just attach an additional bracket and set magnets in the path.The Hercules base model is available for preorder for $125 and the premium package will cost $249.Here is a look at the Rollocam Hercules from No Film School. Shape ISEE+Shape previously debuted the ISEE gimbal for GoPro and action cameras. Now they are back with the ISEE+, a 2-axis stabilizer designed for DSLR and mirrorless cameras. The ISEE+ has a payload of 3 lbs, so it’s not optimal for large cameras, but it can capture some great action shots with a camera like the Blackmagic Pocket. The ISEE+ costs $1,100.On the production end, Shape showed off a prototype for larger cameras — expected to ship in July for around $4,500. Here’s a look at all of the new Shape rigs from No Film School. Freefly Alta 8Earlier this year Freefly announced the Alta 8, the company’s new octocopter — it has two more blades than the original Alta, now called the Alta 6. The company’s new flagship drone can carry payloads up to 20 lbs and can be assembled and ready to fly in five minutes. The Alta 8 features quick-release plates on top and bottom, allowing you to mount a MoVI on either side.The Alta 8 is available now for $17,495. This interview from AbelCine provides a great look at everything Freefly is up to.center_img Fotodiox CamDollyThe CamDolly from Fotodiox was first shown off as a prototype at last year’s NAB, but this year Fotodiox showed off the fully functional system. The CamDolly allows for five different configurations, each taking less than 15 minutes to set up. It supports more than 500 pounds, enough for any camera setup and ride-on operator. The system lets you use any tripod and tripod head by using universal leg cups.Ride-On Track Dolly – Position the tripod and seat in any of several configurations. The included push/pull T-bar gives your dolly grip control over the speed of your dolly move. The track wheels can ride on metal track or SnakeTrack Flexible Rail.Ride-On Doorway Dolly – Easily mount a set of four skate wheels or a set of four pneumatic tires. A pair of special Compensation Legs make it easy for the dolly grip to use the push/pull T-bar to steer the dolly.Heavy Duty Slider – CamDolly is designed to ride along any 30-35mm pipe that can be purchased at a home improvement store. The CamDolly Cinema System includes a pair of adjustable rail ends. Operate the Slider at ground level, or raise the slider up on C-stands or light stands, and use the included pair of supports to eliminate sagging.Tabletop Dolly – Using only the Core of the CamDolly, use this compact mode to do dolly shots on a tabletop or low angle shots.360° Orbit Dolly – Lock the wheels to specific degree to get a smooth, graceful, repeatable arc.The CamDolly is available now for $3,995.Libec RH25D and RH45D Tripod HeadsLibec displayed their new dual-head models – the RH25D and RH45D. Each head features a 75mm and flat-base adapter. What sets these heads apart from prior models is the continuous counter balance, offering smooth and stable operation. The RH25D is estimated to cost $500 and the RH45D $750. Here is a look at the Libec tripod heads from No Film School.What were your favorite pieces of gear that you saw come out of NAB 2016? Share your gear hopes and dreams below! Flesh out your video gear wish list with this roundup of all the incredible support equipment on display at NAB 2016.Top image via Motorized PrecisionIt’s only been a day since our since our last NAB 2016 camera rig roundup, but we already have another batch of dollies, sliders, and drones to look at. Here are even more tools to drool over.Motorized Precision KIRAMotorized Precision announced the KIRA, the latest in robotic camera rigs. The rig has a maximum height of 9 feet and can extend to 5.63 feet. Don’t expect to just casually carry this around — the KIRA alone weighs 570 lbs and the baseplate weighs a whopping 3400 lbs. The KIRA has a maximum camera payload of 40 lbs and can move 3.2 feet in 0.5 seconds.Check out the KIRA in this video from AbelCine.last_img read more

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How to Export and Import Presets for Adobe Media Encoder

first_imgLearn how to export and import presets for Adobe Media Encoder with this helpful video tutorial. Plus, free presets!Using presets with Adobe Media Encoder is a great way to save time when you are working with a production team or a client. You may already be familiar with creating your own presets in Adobe Media Encoder, but many people don’t realize you can also export and import custom presets. I do this all the time when I need a client to send me footage with particular specs. It is a lot easier to email them a preset file that they can import into Media Encoder and then simply drag and drop the footage to export it correctly. The alternative would be emailing them a long list of settings, which introduces room for error.You can also use this method if you switch editing computers and you need the presets from the old machine. Now, you can quickly export all of those presets and import them in Media Encoder on the new computer.Download the Free Media Encoder PresetsTo download the free Media Encoder Presets mentioned in the tutorial above, simply click the following download button.DOWNLOAD FREE MEDIA ENCODER PRESETSThe Keys to Exporting and Importing PresetsThe following points can help you when you create presets with Adobe Media Encoder:Before you create a preset, double check your settings (such as frame rate and aspect ratio).Check the estimated file size at the bottom of the export settings.Keep preset names simple and easy to identify. Have any tips for creating presets with Adobe Media Encoder? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

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NAB 2018: LaCie’s Rugged Hard Drive Gets Tougher

first_imgLaCie’s popular, rugged, and portable hard drive gets tougher in its latest iteration, unveiled this week at the 2018 NAB Show.Already a staple in the film and video production industry as the go-to device for rough-and-tumble file storage, LaCie has unveiled their new Rugged RAID Pro at NAB 2018. While the orange-rimmed look remains the same, the technology has been updated, and it includes more storage, faster writing, new features, and even greater protection from the elements.Let’s take a look at all the new features.Faster and More SecureIt’s already one of the most durable hard drives on the market, but the new Rugged RAID Pro offers unparalleled water, drop, and shock resistance, along with some sophisticated hardware encryption. The new RAID Pro has an interface transfer rate of 240 MB/s, which should be good enough for a digital workflow on the go, even with 4K and RAW footage uploads (as you can see in their video with a RED camera setup). Like the rest of the line, the RAID Pro can take a lot of punishment and resist up to one ton of pressure.4 TB CompactThe Rugged RAID Pro also offers an improved storage capacity up to 4 TBs, making it a top-of-the-line offering. LaCie seems to be hyper-focused on run-and-gun warriors and backpack adventurers who need a highly reliable product to transfer, store, and back up footage in the craziest of conditions. If you’re looking for even more external storage options at home or in the office, here are some great alternatives.Built-in SDTo fully cater to run-and-gun shooters, LaCie also has announced that the Rugged RAID Pro features a built-in integrated SD card reader for direct uploads. You can see in the video that you can still use a USB 3.0 adapter, but if you’re traveling without a laptop, SD card-reading is yet another handy element.For more NAB 2018 news and hard drive resources, check out these resources:NAB 2018 Announcement: The Sony FS5 Gets an UpdateThe Best External Hard Drives for Video EditorsHow to Format External Hard Drives for Mac and Windowslast_img read more

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How to Create a Harry Potter-Inspired Flashback in After Effects

first_imgHow It’s DoneMany of the scenes from the Harry Potter sequence are in slow-motion, and I find that using slow-motion footage will yield a better result.Step 1Import your footage into After Effects, create a new composition, and add the Transform effect from the Distort category in the effects library. You may be thinking “Lewis, why don’t we just open the transform options on the clip itself?” As you can see below, the skew is not among the basic transform options.Step 2Since we will be distorting the footage beyond its standard aspect ratio, we’re going to see beyond the contents of the video — meaning a black matte. Therefore, we’re going to have to increase the scale slightly. I’ve set mine to 115. Since we’re distorting the footage, you don’t have to worry too much about losing the clarity of your image. By default, the skew is vertical and not horizontal, so we also need to change the axis to 90°.Step 3Select the keyframe stopwatch, head to the timeline, and press U after selecting your clip. You should now see the keyframe timeline for that effect. How far you want to skew your footage and how fast you want the skew to switch position depends entirely on the effect you’re going for. In the Harry Potter footage, the effect is predominantly slow and minimal.Therefore, I’ve set my first keyframe at 15, which will skew the composition to the right, and then three seconds in, I’ve set another keyframe at minus 15, and this repeats for the shot. Finally, you want to change the keyframe to an Easy Ease keyframe, so the transition from left to right isn’t abrupt. PointersI found that if you skew the footage in the direction of the on-screen action, it offers a more pleasing result. For example, using my footage below, I skewed the footage to the right when the young girl threw the rock in that direction.Given the unique effect, achieving the look is surprisingly simple. If you refer to the Deathly Hallows sequence, you can see that the filmmakers increased the skew when the shot was a close-up and reduced the effect on wide shots. Secondly, they also didn’t repeat the skew using the same repetition throughout the entire sequence. In some shots, the footage skewed from left to right, then on the cut, the next shot skews from left to right again. But hey, that’s how the filmmakers behind Harry Potter did it — you can give it your own touch.For my sequence, I’ve added Trapcode’s Starglow to the highlights for a more otherworldly feel, but I’m happy with how trippy the skew makes the footage look. Need a flashback sequence for your next project? Take a page out of the Harry Potter playbook with this After Effects walk-through.Fantasy and sci-fi genre films are often at the forefront of new and exciting filmmaking techniques for portraying a different reality. While a lot of these techniques are unique to these genre films, sometimes we can take a new idea for something like a flashback sequence and give it our own spin.In Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 2, we were treated to this beautiful sequence:It’s the scene that — spoilers — proceeds Snape’s death, and Harry takes a vial of Snape’s tears to the Pensieve to review his former nemesis’s memories. One of the takeaway effects from this sequence is the ink drop transition, which became a hot effect to try and replicate.However, one of my favorite elements from the sequence is how they display the memories. A tried-and-true device for flashbacks is to use a bloom or glow to represent the past; however, in this sequence, due to how Harry is viewing the memories (in the Pensieve’s water), there is an organic movement to the footage that the filmmakers added in post-production.After some analysis, it looks similar to a moving-water effect. There are three methods (that I can think of) at work here: skewing, rotation, and digital zoom. (Although the last two are used sparingly, it’s primarily the skewing of the footage that gives the sequence its unique, watery feel.)Recently, after watching the sequence, I combed through my After Effects effect library searching for the distortion tool that would give me the same effect, as I assumed it surely wouldn’t be as easy as animating the skew, but, well, it is.Kind of. Let’s start with this image.center_img Cover image via Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (Warner Bros.).Looking for more After Effects tips and tricks? Check out these articles.Video Tutorial: Create a Callout Graphic in Adobe After EffectsVideo Tutorial: How to Create Anime Speed Lines in After EffectsVideo Tutorial: How to Fine-Tune Keyframes in Adobe After EffectsHow to Make 3D Split-Depth Videos in Adobe After EffectsVideo Tutorial: How to Morph Graphics Using Adobe After Effectslast_img read more

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7 Master Cinematography Techniques from Iconic Directors

first_img The Close-Up MontageIf you need to pump up your audience, then you need the quick-cut close-up montage. You know what it is. The “lock and load” montage. The “gearing up” montage. Here’s a supercut if you still don’t know what I’m talking about.If you’re curious about how to edit a montage sequence like this, check out our tutorial.The undeniable master of the quick-cut close-up montage is Edgar Wright. In this next video, Wright himself offers up examples of the shot and explains how he pulls them off. (Hint: He films them in reverse.)And for more . . . Dutch AngleSimply put, the dutch angle involves tilting the camera to one side. The shot is an effective way to communicate disorientation, desperation, drunkenness, and intensity. Here’s a fun look at how to use the dutch angle in your next film or documentary.  The Low-Angle Trunk ShotThe trunk shot is exactly what it sounds like — a shot from inside the trunk of a car. Of course, it’s not always easy to fit a camera operator and a full-sized movie camera into the confines of a trunk, so often art departments use fake walls and hatches. It’s safe to say that Quentin Tarantino is a great lover of the trunk shot, as we can see in this compilation from Lost Theater. One-Point PerspectiveOne-Point Perspective is synonymous with Stanley Kubrick — and rightfully so. Wes Anderson has carried on the tradition of symmetrical shots, but Kubrick made the technique mainstream. When people use the word “Kubrickian,” they mean this . . .And for a little more . . .(Side note: Since Kogonada originally published these video essays, he’s gone on to direct his own feature film, Columbus. The film is brilliant and often makes use of the techniques that so clearly inspired Kogonada from the start. Here’s a brief video diving into how and why these inspirations take form.  The Whip PanThe whip pan conveys urgency and rhythm. It’s a fluid shot that is often the fastest way to get from Point A to Point B. Paul Thomas Anderson has the whip pan on lockdown, masterfully using the technique to hide his cuts and maintain pace while ramping up the tension in a scene. For a filmmaker with a ton of ticks up his sleeve, the whip pan is one of Anderson’s most distinctive calling cards.Here’s BooneLovesVideo with a stellar tutorial on how to pull off the whip-pan in three different ways.center_img Every director has a go-to shot that makes a scene unmistakably their own. Let’s take a look at 7 iconic cinematography techniques.Great directors make an impact on the history of filmmaking, introducing a style and a technical approach that becomes trademark. Akira Kurosawa’s approach to storytelling influenced George Lucas. Robert Altman’s sprawling character sketches inspired Paul Thomas Anderson. Yet, every legendary director can take their influences and create something completely new. The purely visual nature of filmmaking is where most filmmakers begin making their mark.Let’s look at a handful of iconic cinematography techniques used by the masters of filmmaking. The Dolly ZoomHere’s a straightforward explanation of how the dolly zoom works.Unsettling is putting it lightly. First imagined by the Romanian filmmaker Sergiu Huzum (but most famously used in Hitchcock’s Vertigo), the dolly zoom is the go-to shot for conveying paranoia, unease, or horror. Pulling off the Effect in Post-ProductionIf you forgot to pull off the effect in-camera, here’s how you can easily pull it off in post-production.Vashi Nedomansky has created this insightful video roundup featuring various uses of the dolly zoom throughout cinema history.  Long Tracking ShotsA subtle technique that can sometimes go unnoticed is the long tracking shot. One of (if not the best) long-take directors working right now is Alfonso Cuarón. Whether it’s flying and flailing through space in Gravity to navigating the war-torn chaos of Children of Men. These seemingly one-take sequences are one of the best ways to immerse your audience. Here’s a look at how the director uses the filmmaking trick.Here’a pretty excellent breakdown of how to pull off this shot effectively.One of Martin Scorsese’s go-to tricks, the long tracking shot perfectly situates the viewer in the world of a film. Looking for cinematography articles? Check these out.Building The Ultimate, High-Versatility Cinema Camera PackageInsights into the Cinematography of the Award-Winning Doc-Series “Tales By Light”The Whys and Hows of Tracking: Handheld vs. StabilizedCinematography Tip: Working with Unmotivated Camera MovementThe Cameras and Lenses Behind 2019’s Oscar-Nominated Filmslast_img read more

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The Hustler’s Playbook: What A Hustler Is

first_imgThe word “hustler” sometimes has a negative connotation. Some people believe that a “hustler” is someone who is trying to take advantage of them, that they are “being hustled.” That’s not what it means here. Here the connotation is nothing but positive.A hustler is someone who knows what they want and is willing to take action to get it. They have a very strong bias for action.Hustlers are inherently impatient. They are averse to waiting for things to come their way.A hustler is a self-starter. No one has to tell them what to do. They don’t need to be motivated or inspired because they have a big enough reason “why” already burning inside them.A hustler is determined beyond anything a non-hustler can imagine. They aren’t put off by their failures, and they don’t give up on their dreams. When one thing doesn’t work, they keep trying things until they figure out how to get the result they need.A hustler is a maverick. They’re difficult to manage because they color outside the lines. They want the outcome, even if it means that the method for achieving it is unconventional.Hustlers don’t punch a clock. They don’t count the hours they work, they count the outcomes they produce. Hustlers don’t hit the snooze button either.A hustler builds relationships. They need friends, allies, and fellow hustlers to help them get things done. They build and work the hustler network. They surround themselves with other hustlers.Hustlers want things. They don’t feel bad about wanting a nice car, a nice house, or nice clothes. They know that it is their right to have those things when they’ve earned them, when they deserve them.Hustlers have a bigger vision of themselves. They believe they are capable of great things. They know that they have room to grow and, no matter how successful they are, they still see a lot of runway in front of them.Hustlers aren’t selfish or self-oriented. They know that the greater outcomes they want are only found through creating greater value for more people. They only earn what they are worth, and they increase that worth all of the time.There you go, hustler.last_img read more

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Feast or Famine

first_imgEntrepreneurs, solopreneurs, and small businesspeople often have to make a choice between feast and famine.FamineIt’s not uncommon for a small business to end up with so much work that they can’t possibly take on another client. They don’t have any capacity for new work, and taking on new clients means that they may not perform as well for their existing clients, work more hours, or hire additional help.Once they have enough work, they stop their sales and marketing work. They quit prospecting. They stop spending their time and money on marketing, and they hunker down and serve their clients. They’re very happy with their income, and they’re happy with their work.But then, inevitably, they lose a client or two. Given a long enough time line, you will lose every client you now serve. The problem is that you don’t know when that will occur and why, and you will lose many clients through no fault of your own.So begins the famine. But it takes time to build a funnel, and this is where small businesses get themselves in a position where survival becomes difficult.FeastSometimes a small business can have too many clients. So begins the feast. There is an abundance of work, so much so that there is no easy way to take care of all the business.The last thing in the world a small business with too much business can imagine doing is building a funnel. But there are lots of ways to mitigate the potential problems of having more business than you can take on. You can hire contractors to do some work. You can push the start dates for projects. You can outsource some of the work. You can grow your business and hire real employees.But the last thing you can do is give up on the sales and marketing activities that bring in new opportunities. You are always one or two clients away from an existential threat to your business.You have to make a choice between feast or famine. If you believe that dealing with too much work is a problem, try dealing with the problem of not having enough business to be able to keep the lights on. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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Your Operations Team Is Not Prospecting For You

first_imgUnless you were hired to be a customer service representative, you are not supposed to be doing customer service. If you weren’t hired to follow up on every operational issues, be it an incorrect invoice, a shipment, or some other failure, this work is not for you.Make no mistake here, you do own the outcomes you sold your client. You are responsible for ensuring their success with what you sold them. If you want an absolute right to the next deal, you have to earn that right by making sure your client gets first class service on their first deal with you. That said, you do not own the responsibility for all the transactions that make up that outcome, most of which you have nothing to do with, and with good reason: you are not in operations.What is most important to recognize here is your role and your responsibility. If you are not selling because you are doing operational work, then no one is selling. If no one is selling, then the future clients that you are supposed be pursuing and gaining for the organization are not being pursued or gained.When you are retyping an invoice or calling to follow up on a shipment, you are not selling. Your operations team, the people who are supposed to be doing these things, are not selling either.Your operations team doesn’t pick up the phone and cold call for you while you are correcting an invoice. They don’t nurture the relationships with your dream clients for you, sharing some insight that is going to gain their attention and establish you as the person with the ideas and ability to help them produce better results.The operations people aren’t sitting in discovery meetings, asking to meet additional stakeholders to collaborate and build consensus around the right solution, presenting ideas and proposals, or negotiating the terms of a deal, and asking for the commitment to buy.If you are not doing this work, it is not being done for you. This is true even if you are doing someone else’s work for them.I am not suggesting that you are not part of a team, and that you shouldn’t be a team player. By all means, take the first call from the angry client before passing off the responsibility to correct whatever went wrong to the person responsible for correcting it. Make the follow up call to ensure your client got what they needed. In between these two calls, give the tasks to the people who own them, so you can get back to selling. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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How to Make Strategic Decisions in Sales

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now The question asked of me last week was this: “How do you think about making the right decision in sales?”There is no way you can know with absolute certainty what the right decision is before you make it. But there are ways that you can do a better job of making decisions in sales—or in any other area of life. The challenge is in not getting wrapped around the axle and committing to a course of action before you have had a chance to think things through.The way to make good decisions is to first consider your options. Once you have identified all your choices, you can weigh them against each other to determine which choice you believe will allow you to achieve the result you want. More choices improve your chances of success while believing there is only one course of action limits your chances.Let’s assume you are calling on your dream client, and their gatekeeper decides to lock you out, forbidding you from gaining access to the contact with whom you need to meet.You might decide that you are going to do any one of the following:Contact the client directly. A decision worth considering, even if it comes with the downside risk of alienating the gatekeeper and making an enemy.Identifying and pursuing a new contact. Another reasonably good choices depending on the context. The downside risk here is that word gets back to the contact and their gatekeeper and you end up bringing negative attention to yourself.Identifying someone who can make an introduction. Maybe you have a shared contact that would be generous enough to make an introduction. This might be especially valuable if you have done good work for this person and they’d like to do this for you.Enlisting the client as an ally. Maybe the best thing to do is try to win the gatekeeper’s heart and mind, enlisting their help in your cause, proving you create value, and making them look good in the process.There are still more choices available to you, like having someone else on your team work on access through another channel. From the small number of facts and clues, it’s still difficult to make a good decision, but with a little context, a good choice becomes clear. If your best client used to work for the contact you are pursuing, the decision is easier to make. If you have another contact that has engaged with you, that might make taking a different path a better option.The key to making good decisions is to first start by identifying your options before you make a decision and act.last_img read more

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If You Want More Sales, Pick Up the Phone

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now The image here is a screen capture from outreach.io, our sponsor for the Outbound Conference (April 23 – April 26, 2019). This is an actual sequence that was used to pursue over 20,000 contacts. The names of these contacts are blurred out to protect their identities. Down the right-hand column you are looking at the first eight steps in the sequence. This image is worth 10,000 words.If you look in the furthest right column, you’ll notice step one was an email and is indicated by the tiny email icon in the words “step #1.” You’ll notice in the top column they have contacted 18,000 of the 20,000. Only 15 of them replied to the first step. Moving down to step #2, indicated by an icon of a telephone, you will see that 1,544 people responded to that attempt. That is an increase of 100 X.Step #3 is a LinkedIn connection request. A worthwhile endeavor no doubt, but with a very low yield as it pertains to engagement with the prospective client. Because I know this group, I know their use of outreach.io is excellent, as is their connection request. It isn’t the straight pitch. The next step, #4, is another email, this time yielding 21 engagements.In step five this group returns to the telephone, engaging with 1066 prospective clients. They followed that with another attempt on the telephone in step six, creating another 456 engagements. In step #7, another email, for 16 engagements. Step #8, an email produces 242 additional client engagements.There are almost no voices left willing to tell you that you should not use the telephone as the primary tool for prospecting. The few voices that still write about cold calling as something negative still believe that “social selling” has replaced the need to use the telephone. The group using this tool is generating 4 to 5 deals for every 100 contacts they pursue. Remember, the sequence you’re looking at here was used to pursue over 20,000 contacts. Most content marketers would have a tough time yielding 800 using content marketing alone (And I consider myself a content marketer)Mike Weinberg, Jeb Blount, Mark Hunter, and I all share the same experience around campaigns and professional pursuit plans. It takes four or five attempts, mostly telephone, to gain the attention and engagement of your dream client. The image here is an excellent example an explanation of what prospecting looks like in the modern day. If you want to learn more, visit my friends at outreach.io,, and come join us at the Outbound Conference 2019 (the single greatest sales conference on Earth).last_img read more

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How to Stop Procrastinating

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Many years ago, I started the process of eliminating procrastination. It wasn’t easy, and it took me longer to beat than I imagined it would. Over time, the practices I put in place became habits, displacing the resistance I felt towards some tasks and projects. What follows will help you stop procrastinating on the work necessary to reach your goals.Worst Things First: First of all, not very many things are as bad as you make them out to be in your mind. You can get yourself all wound up and talk yourself into resisting work you need to do. I started to do the very worst thing I need to do first each day, believing that my psychic energy was better in the morning. If I had a tough call to make, I would make it before doing anything else. If I had some client work I wasn’t thrilled to have to do, I did it first—and without hesitation. The early win propelled me into my day, and everything I did after that was increasingly easier. Much of the work I resisted took me less than 45 minutes once I buckled down.Scheduling Work: If you haven’t ever lived on your calendar, scheduling your work in 90-minute blocks (or something like that), you have no idea how much work you can do in a day. You know that project you don’t want to start on, but you know putting it off isn’t going to make it go away? Schedule an appointment with yourself and put it on your calendar. No matter what happens, when it’s time to begin, get started. For some reason, this provides freedom from worrying about the project or task until it’s time to start.These first two disciplines are game-changers for all who employ them. But there are more.Ruthless Prioritization: We get productivity backward. We think of it as tasks instead of outcomes, and we keep to-do lists that are entirely transactional and lacking any emotion, utterly devoid of purpose and meaning. To beat back your desire to procrastinate, you have to start with purpose and meaning. When you look at the work you have to do, framing it in terms of the contribution it makes to the bigger vision you have for yourself, something beyond even goals, you can find your motivation (something Sinek would describe as your “why?” and what I would call your “identity.”).Order of Importance: This is a derivation on priorities. Two things might be equally important, both in line with your purpose and meaning. In cases where priorities are competing for your time, you have to find another way to measure what gets done and in what order. Some outcomes are more valuable than others, which means you should default to doing whatever is going to make the more significant contribution. What is going to have the greatest impact over the more extended time? Answering this question can move you from being a firefighter to a place where you are exercising personal leadership, building a better future.Give Yourself Over to the Work: Some work may feel resistible. However, no project can create resistance if you decide to make the project something incredible. One of the most important decisions you make is to choose to give yourself over to your work, investing your emotional energy. So, it’s a report. How do you make the report something people will talk about for weeks and months after you deliver it? You have to have a difficult conversation with a client. How can you help them more than anyone else, and more than they would have ever expected? If every project is a reflection of you, what do you want that reflection to be?How you do one thing is how you do everything.All of these strategies are habits you can build. You can will yourself to do the nastiest, foulest thing first, until you no longer even think about it. You can make and keep commitments to yourself, scheduling work on your calendar and treating it like you would anyone else who occupied that same space. If you haven’t every ruthlessly prioritized your work, there will be dozens of things that you will prune from your task list, freeing up bandwidth for what’s important. You know your best work always requires you to engage with it passionately.If you try these approaches, you will find that your resistance gives way as soon as you start to do whatever it is you were avoiding. Once you are in motion, you have shifted your focus, and procrastination dissolves.last_img read more

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Yogi Adityanath promises quick execution of farm loan waiver scheme

first_imgAmid ongoing farmer protests in two BJP-ruled States of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has clarified that the farm loan waiver promised by his government would be implemented soon after the State Assembly passes the Budget 2017-18. Mr. Adityanath has also instructed the Finance Department to make it clear to banks that they will not issue any notice to beneficiary farmers for loan repayment till the budget was passed, a government spokesperson said. The budget session is likely to be convened in July.Banks have been asked to issue loan waiver certificates to the bona fide farmers after the Budget.The farm loan scheme would be implemented through “constitutional means,” Mr. Adityanath told senior officials on Friday night during a high-level meeting of the Finance department.The Chief Minister’s fresh instructions assumes significance amid growing concerns that the government’s much-talked about crop loan waiver scheme has not materialised on the ground yet and could trigger similar protests in U.P. One-time settlementIt must be recalled that in its first Cabinet meeting, on April 4, the Adityanath government had decided to waive off farm loans up to ₹1 lakh. Along with ₹30,729 crore, the cost of the loan waiver, it was decided that the government would settle around ₹6,000 crore of non-performing assets (NPA) of seven lakh small and marginalized farmers, to whom the banks had stopped issuing loans, through a one-time payment. The double decision will benefit over 86 lakh small and marginalised farmers in the State who took loans until March 31, 2016. The total cost to the State exchequer would amount to ₹36,000 crore.To ensure the “effective implementation of the scheme”, Mr. Adityanath has directed that a meeting of the State-level bankers committee be convened.Spread the wordHe has also instructed officials to constitute a committee at the district level under the chairmanship of the district magistrates to ensure that the crop loan scheme reaches farmers and that information about it spreads from village to village.The district agricultural officer will be the member secretary of this committee. “It was also decided that bank accounts of farmers benefiting from the scheme should be linked to Aadhaar,” the government said. Along with the farm loan, the State had also promised to set up 5,000 centres for wheat procurement and would start of by purchasing 40 lakh metric tonnes of wheat [with a total target of 80 lakh metric tones] at a rate of ₹10 per more than the minimum support price (MSP) per quintal. As per the figures released by the government, under the price support scheme it has so far procured 32.16 lakh metric tonnes of wheat, which is four times more than the previous year. Moreover, sugarcane farmers have already been paid more than ₹22,190 crore.last_img read more

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LJP to join Bihar Cabinet

first_imgThe Lok Jan Shakti Party, led by Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, will join the Nitish Kumar government in Bihar. Mr. Paswan on Friday congratulated Mr. Kumar for joining the NDA once again. “Better late than never,” he said.“Yes, the party has taken the decision that it will join the new government of Nitish Kumar … but who will be in the Cabinet from our party, though, has not been decided,” LJP MP Chirag Paswan told presspersons in Patna. However, party sources told The Hindu that Pashupati Kumar Paras, State LJP chief and younger brother of Ram Vilas Paswan, is likely to join the Nitish Cabinet.last_img

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Duronto derails in Ratnagiri

first_imgPANAJI: The front trolley of the Ernakulam–Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Duronto Express derailed between Sawantwadi Road and Zarap stations in Ratnagiri around 3 p.m. on Thursday. No casualties or injuries were reported.An accident relief medical van and accident relief trains were sent t from Ratnagiri and Verna respectively. Konkan Railway officials left for the site too. Train traffic was affected, but restored at 7.20 p.m., an official said. Passengers can visit www.konkanrailway.com or call 022–27587939 for train inquiry.last_img

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Sabarmati jail’s ‘padwomen’ take a step towards empowerment

first_imgIn a novel initiative, the women inmates of the Sabarmati Central Prison have taken up the task of making sanitary napkins.The enterprise will serve not only as a source of income for them but also promote better menstrual hygiene among women inmates in jails across Gujarat, an official said.The sanitary pads, made at the manufacturing unit installed last week by a city-based NGO in the women’s barrack of the Sabarmati jail, will be given free of cost to all women inmates lodged in various prisons of the state, the official said.The Navjivan Trust, an organisation founded by Mahatma Gandhi, acted as a bridge between the NGO, Karma Foundation, and the jail authorities in shaping up this innovative project of providing some meaningful work to the womeninmates.The work to manufacture sanitary pads at the unit in the Sabarmati jail premises was formally launched on May 11. | Photo Credit: Gujarat Information Department In this Gujarat State Information Department handout photograph released and taken on July 6, 2010, female inmates make aggarbattis, incense sticks, at the Sabarmati Central Jail in Ahmedabad. The introduction of the various trades, to keep inmates occupied, was speerheaded by a local NGO. File photo: In this handout photograph released and taken on July 6, 2010, female inmates work on new sewing machines at the Sabarmati Central Jail in Ahmedabad.  The Karma Foundation’s managing trustee, Priyanshi Patel, said the idea of starting the project struck her when she visited the jail six months back and saw women inmates spending their time without doing any work.“The Navjivan Trust then suggested me to install a sanitary napkins manufacturing unit. This will provide income to these inmates,” Patel said.The sanitary pads made in the Sabarmati jail will be given free of cost to all women prisoners across Gujarat, she said.In future, the NGO would also take up the task of selling these napkins at subsidised rates through government agencies, Patel said.“The women inmates can also start a small business of making sanitary pads after they come out of the jail,” she suggested.  At present, one manufacturing unit has been installed where about 12 women prisoners can work at a time.“We will gradually increase the number of manufacturing units,” Patel said.The in-charge superintendent of Sabarmati jail, V.H. Dindor, expressed happiness that the women prisoners have now got some work to do.The Navjivan Trust’s managing trustee, Vivek Desai, said they would encourage more NGOs to come forward and bring up such projects for the benefit of the Sabarmati jail inmates. | Photo Credit: Gujarat Information Department last_img read more

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AAP to take pollution in rivers to green panel

first_imgAfter molasses spillover from a sugar mill caused the death of a large number of fish in the Beas river in Punjab, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislators have decided to approach the National Green Tribunal (NGT) seeking strict action against and remedial measures on contamination of river and canal waters.“We have decided to take up the issue of dangerous contamination and pollution in the rivers, rivulets, canals and drains of Punjab with the National Green Tribunal. We have been forced to take this step as the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) had miserably failed to discharge its duty to protect the environment and pollution in the rivers of the State, primarily caused due to untreated industrial waste being allowed to flow into the rivulets and rivers,” said Leader of the Opposition Sukhpal Singh Khaira on Tuesday.Mr. Khaira said a delegation of AAP legislators will meet NGT’s acting chairperson Justice Jawad Rahim on Wednesday to complain about the dangerous levels of contamination and pollution in the rivers and canals, endangering aquatic animals and human beings.Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal claimed that the Union Environment Ministry has agreed to depute a Central team to assess the ecological damage caused by the release of industrial effluents into the Beas river. Mr. Badal said he has been informed that a Central team would make on-the-spot inquiry of the ecological disaster.last_img read more

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