Interview: Christina Kallas on Writing and Directing Multi-Protagonist Screenplays

first_imgWe spoke with the writer/director about multi-protagonist screenplays, split screen editing, and her commitment to losing creative control.Writer/director Christina Kallas’s film titles might suggest happiness and rainbows, but she is most interested in exploring the violent storm before you get there. Here’s what she had to say about her work and a varied career.The Rainbow Experiment (courtesy Christina Kallas).PremiumBeat: Christina, there is always a vibrant, emotional core to your work. This is not surprising since you’ve written a book on screenwriting, Creative Screenwriting, with the subtitle “understanding emotional structure.” Can you tell us what you mean by “emotional structure?”Christina Kallas: I like starting the process of creating a film with an unresolved question. Something I have no answer to. But it nags me. I want to know. So each script I write, each film I make is for me a discovery. And that discovery is an emotional journey. In a strange way it mirrors the potential emotional journey of the audience member. That is what emotional structure is.What it is not is the emotional journey of a character — as in classic dramaturgy. This is the beauty of multi-protagonist — it disables continuous identification with one character, and so opens us up to something deeper, which has to do with each one of us as an audience member and with the human condition. We are not observing someone emote. We are emoting ourselves.In The Rainbow Experiment, my question was whether one can apprehend simultaneously the often opposing perspectives of everyone partaking in a traumatic incident — which to me is the long way of describing real compassion. So my question was Is real compassion possible? In 42 Seconds of Happiness, I wanted to know whether romantic love is real love, or whether it can ever be. With my next film, Paris is in Harlem, I guess I am wondering whether we can get over the division, the separation that we are experiencing right now as people.Maybe someone watching my films can answer these questions for themselves — I cannot give answers; I am just asking the questions. I am opening a box and inviting you to look inside. The eyes are yours and they are connected to your brain.Cast of 42 Seconds of Happiness (via Christina Kallas).PB: In both of your produced features, 42 Seconds of Happiness and The Rainbow Experiment, you work with ensemble casts. Often the scenes feel improvised. Is it scripted or do you allow the actors the freedom to contribute to the dialogue and action?CK: There’s a moment in Matty’s monologue in The Rainbow Experiment, where he says, “Is there a fucking script or does everything happen by accident? And if it does happen by accident, why this accident and not another? Why me? Why the hell me?” When he talks about the “fucking script,” he means fate, of course. He agonizes about what happened to him and whether he could have avoided it. He is the victim but also the perpetrator.But to answer your question more directly: I consider screenwriting an art form, which I have studied all my life, and I love experimenting with it. Multi-protagonist is the most challenging form of screenwriting. A multi-protagonist film without a precise screenplay is virtually impossible. How would you stay hooked, be able to follow so many storylines and characters, and have the emotional journey we were talking about? Not to add the whodunnit and the gradual discovery of what really happened. I knew that The Rainbow Experiment with its 36 characters and its complex nonlinear plot would end up being a longer film. The script — which was recently acquired by the Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences for their permanent Core Collection — was just over 160 pages long. The film ended up being 129 minutes, which is a pretty normal length for a multi-protagonist film.As a director, I work extensively with the actors prior to shooting, and when we shoot I try to give them as much freedom as possible, as long as they cover the script — which enables more real-life performances. And I try not to block a scene as much as I can, so as to allow for more organic movement. Obviously I adjust between takes, and there are scenes that offer themselves for this kind of approach more than others. Cassavetes used to do this a lot — Altman too. With The Rainbow Experiment, I gave myself an extra challenge with the aforementioned Matty — the character who breaks the fourth wall. He had to speak his lines in a feverish way and not ever miss a single beat or word — that is a wholly different type of performance and a very different process. I kind of liked the idea that the person who is between life and death is much more limited in his freedom than the characters who are still alive. But I did not know if the combination would work, so I shot each scene with and without Matty, to have both options available to me when I edit.The Rainbow Experiment.PB: The editing in The Rainbow Experiment plays out almost like another character in the film. It manages to be both visible and seamless in a way that enhances the disturbing narrative. What did you discuss with your editor, Natalie Reneau, when you first showed her the footage? Was this approach always in your mind, or did it evolve in the editing bay?CK: The other character in the film is you, the audience member. The cinematography and the editing are meant to give one the sense that one is in the film rather than watching a film. Like being a (very nervous, emotionally involved) fly on the wall. My editors (Brian Miele in 42 Seconds of Happiness, Natalie Reneau in The Rainbow Experiment) are extremely important to me. Editing is a very long and complex process on my films, also because of the split screen experimentation — so we need to be able to have fun with each other. So I guess my first discussions with Natalie were more aimed at finding out whether we had a common sense of humor. But yes, the split screens were written in the screenplay, or we wouldn’t have had the appropriate footage to create them.You know, it is a funny coincidence, but this last semester I taught a course at the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema in Brooklyn, which was called “Script Analysis for Cinematographers and Editors.” And while teaching that course, I understood how inherent cinematography and editing are to the narrative structure. The films I most like are not just filmed — they have an inspired, conceptual approach to cinematography and editing, which is defined by the story or the experience that the filmmaker is aiming to create.In 42 Seconds of Happiness, I saw it much like when we join a party as a guest and need time to orient ourselves to how everything and everyone are connected, and then suddenly, after witnessing a key moment, we understand more and retrospectively what we have experienced and why we have experienced it that way. The cinematography and the editing were following that idea more than anything else.My next film, which I am currently preparing to shoot, Paris is in Harlem, will be structured like a piece of jazz — in a way it is my humble tribute to the most freewheeling of American art forms — and in my eyes America’s greatest contribution to world culture. The film’s multi-character approach, the framing, the fractured timeline, the rhythm: they all evoke jazz.Paris in Harlem (courtesy of Christina Kallas).PB: Both your films were clearly passion projects. As a writer/director, creative control must be important to you. How does that translate to distribution? What is the strategy to get the films seen and sold?CK: You know, that idea of creative control is interesting. Actually, I do all I can to lose control. My whole process is an orchestrated effort to lose as much control as possible, so that accidents can happen. It is imperfection that bears beauty or that state of fearlessness and surrendering which allows for the deepest ideas. So yes, creative control is important to me. Let me put it another way: I do not want my films to be controlled by anything other than truthfulness.I do not have a strategy to get my films seen and sold. My only strategy is to become who I really am. You know, as an artist, you have to find a way to do whatever you want. And to go beyond what kind of films the market tells you to make. Figure out who you are, what you are good at, what you want to do, and do that. It’s less simple than it sounds.Also, the films that the market tells you to make have been made already. So what’s the point of remaking them?Christina Kallas (photo by Lauren Sowa).PB: You’ve had a varied career, from filmmaker to producer to professor — and even held the mantle of President of the Federation of Screenwriters in Europe. How is your part as storyteller different in each role?CK: Yeah, I’ve done it all, haven’t I? My CV is nuts. I’m curious, so I had to have firsthand experience of as many things as possible and as extensively as possible. Also, I moved country and even continent a few times, so I am not really to be categorized in any possible way. Sometimes I think I have lived a few lives, all in one. The one I am living now is the most fitting of all. I love directing. Maybe I am finally becoming who I really am.PB: You’ve recently been invited to be a juror for the 46th annual daytime Emmy awards. What is your process when evaluating material? How does one choose “the winner” in a category?CK: You know, this whole thing of competitions and awards and best-of lists is a game we are all playing consciously, although we know it means very little in terms of goodness. I do not have a process. I do not know if anyone has a process. We are watching or reading based on who we are and what we have watched and read before — which can be a lot or very little. Our education and our background plays a huge role — ideally jurors or gatekeepers should be as educated as possible and have a background which is as diverse as possible. Otherwise we would end up with a monoculture, which would be very boring, don’t you think?An award or a nomination is just a stamp of approval from a limited group of people — nothing more and nothing less. The mechanism is simple: the more we have heard of something, the more we have heard of others liking it and giving it their stamp of approval the more we are prone to like it — or, if we are more of a character who likes to differ, to dislike it. But it’s fine. Until we find something else, we need this game to be able to reach an audience that is as large as possible. Because the larger the audience, the bigger the chance you will be able to change some people’s lives as an artist. And, ultimately, this is the goal, right? To change the world. To make it a better place. Isn’t that the real reason why we are all doing what we are doing?Cover image via The Rainbow Experiment.Looking for more industry interviews? Check these out.Tom Cross on Editing First Man and Working with IMAX FootageSet Photographer Matt Kennedy on Shooting for Marvel and MoreInterview: Composer Dan Marocco of Brooklyn Nine-NineScreenwriter Patricia Resnick on Altman, Mad Men, and Working 9 to 5Jonah Hill on Writing and Directing Mid90s — and Tips He Learned from the Greatslast_img read more

US Lawmakers Seek Details Of Operation Leading To Indian Students’ Arrest

first_imgA bipartisan group of eminent lawmakers led by Indian American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi on Wednesday sought details of the sting operation carried out by the US Department of Homeland Security resulting in detention of at least 129 students from India.Read it at NDTV Related Itemslast_img

Blaze kills 21 students at coaching centre in Surat

first_imgA massive fire in a four-storey commercial building in Surat on Friday afternoon killed 21 students at a coaching centre. At least three students are still missing.Seventeen students have been admitted to hospitals in the city, some in a critical condition.The fire, which broke out around 3.30 p.m on the ground floor of the building, soon engulfed the third and fourth floors of Takshashila Arcade in the Sarthana area of the city. The students mostly between the ages of 15 and 19, were attending preparatory classes for an architecture exam. The walls and roof of the coaching centre on the top floor were made of plastic. As the fire spread through the building, including the staircase, the victims on the higher floors were trapped.To escape the blaze, several students tried to jump to safety from the building, which did not have any fire safety systems installed. Four such students were among those killed.Ninteen fire tenders and two hydraulic platforms were pressed into service, said an official of the Surat fire control room.Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, who rushed to the spot, ordered an inquiry and announced compensation of ₹4 lakh for the families of each victim.Mr Rupani asked Principal Secretary, Urban Development, Mukesh Puri to submit a report in three days regarding the tragic incident.Following the tragedy, authorities have swung into action and ordered shutting down of all coaching centres and classes in Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Rajkot and Vadodara.“As a precautionary step, all coaching class, dance class, summer camp and all such premises which houses children shall be closed until further notice and fire safety compliance certificate from Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation fire department,” Ahmedabad Police said on the official twitter handle.Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress President Rahul Gandhi and BJP President Amit Shah and other leaders extended their condolences to the families who lost their loved ones.“Extremely anguished by the fire tragedy in Surat. My thoughts are with bereaved families. May the injured recover quickly,” PM said on Twitter.last_img read more

Tendulkar, Sehwag running for ICC Cricketer of the Year award

first_imgSachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag have been shortlisted for both Cricketer of the Year and Test Cricketer of the Year awards at the LG ICC annual Awards to be held on October 6 in Bengaluru.South Africa’s Hashim Amla is another player who also figures in both the categories of awards, along with the Indian cricketers, to be presented in association with the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA).While Dale Steyn of South Africa has been short-listed as the fourth player in the category of Test cricketer of the Year award, England’s Graeme Swann is nominated for the Cricketer of the Year award.The final list was decided on the basis of the votes casted by the independent 25-member academy.Tendulkar is also in contention for the ODI Player of the Year. However, Indian captain MS Dhoni fails to bag nomination in any of the awards category.The Twenty20 International Performance of the Year list has New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum, Australia’s Michael Hussey, Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardena and South Africa’s Ryan McLaren.This year’s ICC Awards also have nine individual prizes, including new LG People’s Choice Award and also features selection of the Test and ODI Teams of the Year and an award to the side that has adhered most to the Spirit of Cricket.Meanwhile, two of Australia’s victorious World Twenty20 team members — Shelley Nitschke and Ellyse Perry — alongwith West Indies’ Stafanie Taylor and England’s Katherine Brunt have been shortlisted for Women’s Cricketer of the Year award.advertisementThe Emerging Player of the Year nominees include Englishman Steven Finn, Angelo Mathews of Sri Lanka, Tim Paine of Australia and Pakistan’s Umar Akmal.The LG ICC Awards 2010 takes into account the performances of the players and officials during the period of August 24, 2009 to August 10, 2010.The short list:Cricketer of the Year:Hashim Amla (SA),Virender Sehwag (Ind),Graeme Swann (Eng),Sachin Tendulkar (Ind).Test Player of the Year:Hashim Amla (SA),Virender Sehwag (Ind), Dale Steyn (SA),Sachin Tendulkar (Ind).ODI Player of the Year:Ryan Harris (Aus),Sachin Tendulkar (Ind), AB de Villiers (SA),Shane Watson (Aus).Emerging Player:Umar Akmal (Pak),Steven Finn (Eng),Angelo Mathews (SL),Tim Paine (Aus).Associate and Affiliate Player of the Year:Ryan ten Doeschate (Ned),Trent Johnson (Ire),Kevin O’Brien (Ire),Mohammed Shahzad (Afg).Twenty20 International Performance of the Year:Michael Hussey (Aus) for his 60 not out in 24 balls against Pakistan in the semi-final of the ICC World Twenty20 2010 in St Lucia on 14 May.Mahela Jayawardena (SL) for his 100 in 64 balls against Zimbabwe in Guyana on 3 May and his 98 not out in 56 balls against West Indies in Bridgetown on 7 May 2010 both during the ICC World Twenty20 2010.Ryan McLaren (SA) for taking 5-19 against the West Indies on 19 May in Antigua.Brendon McCullum (NZ) for his striking of 116 not out in 56 balls against Australia in Christchurch, New Zealand on 28 February.Women’s Cricketer of the Year:Katherine Brunt (Eng),Shelley Nitschke (Aus),Ellyse Perry (Aus),Stafanie Taylor (WI).Umpire of the Year:Aleem Dar,Steve Davis,Tony Hill,Simon Taufel.Spirit of Cricket:India,New Zealand,Sri Lanka,Zimbabwe.last_img read more

Asian Games: OCA warns India against pulling out from some sports

first_imgIOA has received an e-mail from the Olympic Council of AsiaIn an embarrassment to India, the country has been warned of heavy penalty by Olympic Council of Asia if it withdraws from sending teams in a few disciplines in the upcoming Asian Games, a development which led to the IOA slamming some government officials for “ruining sport”.The Indian Olympic Association received an e-mail from the OCA on August 29, which warned IOA of penalty if it withdraws from some sporting disciplines, including football and table tennis, for the September 19-October 4 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.”We have received news that the Sports Authority of India may be forcing the India NOC to withdraw from Football, Basketball, Handball, Table Tennis, and Sepak takraw in the 17th Asian Games,” the letter from the OCA said.”The team draw has already been completed. As per the constitution, if the IOA withdraws now, a penalty will definitely be levied and the whole draw will need to be done again,” OCA Director of International and NOC Relations Vinod Kumar Tiwari wrote in a mail, sent to top IOA officials.Calling the development as an embarrassment to the country, IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta said that a few officials in the Sports Ministry and Sports Authority of India were ruining sport in the country.”I don’t blame the whole sports ministry and I don’t blame the sports minister. Two-three officials in the ministry and the SAI are ruining Indian sport by trying to interfere in the working of IOA and national federations,” Mehta said.advertisement”The ministry and the SAI have formulated criteria for sending teams and athletes in Asian Games. That was a case of interfering in the work of selection committee of NSFs and the IOA. Moreover, there were reports that the ministry would not allow NSFs to send teams at their own cost if they want to.”This is a case of interference and violation of autonomy of the NSFs and the IOA under the Olympic Charter. The IOA has just come out of a 14-month suspension and they (government officials) should know that India can again be in trouble if there was interference from the government,” he added.last_img read more

Kumble to coach Team India

first_imgNew Delhi : *FILE* Cricket legend Anil Kumble who was appointed as the Head Coach of India cricket team on Thursday. PTI Photo (PTI6_23_2016_000185B)   –  PTI New Delhi : *FILE* Cricket legend Anil Kumble who was appointed as the Head Coach of India cricket team on Thursday. PTI Photo (PTI6_23_2016_000185B)   –  PTI Published on cricket SHARE Former captain Anil Kumble will be India’s head coach for the next year, the country’s cricket board (BCCI) said on Thursday.“After discussions we have taken a final call that for one year Anil Kumble will be the head coach,” BCCI President Anurag Thakur told reporters in Dharamsala.Former leg-spinner Kumble, 45, is India’s most successful bowler and took 619 wickets in 132 tests and 337 from 271 one-day internationals.The coach’s post was vacant since Ravi Shastri’s tenure as the team director ended with India’s semi-final exit at the World Twenty20 tournament on home soil earlier this year.For the post, the board received 57 applications which were made available to an advisory panel that included former captains Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly and former batsman VVS Laxman.BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke said Kumble was handed a one-year contract so the board could review their options for one of world cricket’s most challenging jobs at the end of that time. COMMENT June 23, 2016 × SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTSlast_img read more

Arunachal sport dept rename trophy after martyr jawan

first_imgItanagar, Nov 23 (PTI) The sports department in Arunachal Pradesh has officially adopted the decision of Chief Minister Pema Khandu of renaming the Chief Minister?s Trophy for Football and Volleyball (mens and womens) after martyr Hangpan Dada. Khandu made this decision during the State Development Council (SDC) meeting convened under his chairmanship here yesterday. The state-level trophy for football and volleyball, both in men and women categories, would henceforth be called as Hangpan Dada Memorial Trophy. Havildar Dada, who died in Kupwara on May 27 this year after killing three terrorists, was awarded Ashok Chakra on the eve of Independence Day by President Pranab Mukherjee. Dada, 36, hailed from Boduria village in Tirap district, was posted in the high mountainous region in North Kashmir since late last year. The trophy, now renamed in his memory, had been launched at Sangay Lhaden Sports Academy at Chimpu in November 2013 by the then Chief Minister NabamTuki. The Sports Department holds competitions for men and women from the block level. The winners of block level competitions then compete in the district level, followed by state level competition. Finals of the competitions coincide with statehood day celebrations every year. The meeting was attended by Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Rajesh Tacho, Parliamentary Secretary Nyamar Karbak, Chairman, Sports Authority of Arunachal Gora Makik, Secretary Sports and Youth Affairs Dani Salu, Directors of Sports and Youth Affairs and other departmental officials, the release added. PTI UPL SUS SUSlast_img read more

Las Vegas, Quebec Make NHL Bid

first_imgBill Foley has put his money down on an NHL expansion team in Las Vegas. And Quebec City is getting a second chance at being a pro hockey market.The two cities moved one step closer to joining the NHL as expansion teams after the league announced July 21 it has received applications from prospective ownership groups in both markets, a day after a deadline for submissions.The Las Vegas bid was submitted by Foley, a billionaire businessman who has spent the past seven months exploring the level of interest for professional hockey in the gambling mecca.Montreal-based Quebecor, a Canadian media and telecommunications giant, submitted the bid for Quebec City, which previously served home to the NHL’s Nordiques.Quebecor also has ties to the NHL after its cable network, TVA Sports, won the rights to become the league’s official French-language broadcaster last year.As part of their application, bidders were required to submit a $10 million down payment, $2 million of which was nonrefundable. There are at least two more steps in the expansion process, and the bids require approval from the NHL’s Board of Governors.The league doesn’t anticipate expanding before the 2017-18 season and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has proposed an expansion fee of at least $500 million.That’s a significant jump from the $80 million fee paid by the Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild, when the NHL last expanded to 30 teams in 2000.Without going into specifics, the NHL said it received and responded to application requests from 16 separate groups since the process opened July 6.The league placed an emphasis on groups having the financial capacity to establish a franchise, as well as an arena either in place or under construction.“Our purpose in initiating the expansion process in the manner we did was not only to explore the possibility of admitting new members to the NHL but also to set out realistic guideposts to distinguish between bona fide expressions of interest from those indications of potential interests which were, at best, merely hopes or aspirations,” the league said.“Apparently only Foley and Quebecor have the confidence in their ability to secure an arena and suitable ownership capability to move forward with this process,” the league added.The conditions quickly thinned the ranks of prospective markets, including Seattle and a second franchise in Toronto.Several separate Seattle groups have expressed interest in establishing an NHL team in the Pacific Northwest, where the lack of an arena plan in place remains a major stumbling block. Portland, Oregon, and Kansas City were also mentioned as potential markets.With the application process closed, the league intends to “focus exclusively” on the two applications that were submitted.In Las Vegas, Foley has secured more than 13,200 season-ticket deposits for a potential team. And there’s a multipurpose arena under construction near the Las Vegas Strip and set to open next spring.A team in Las Vegas would have natural and existing regional rivals because of its proximity to Arizona and California.Las Vegas would be a newcomer to North America’s major professional sports landscape. The Canadian Football League had a brief foray into Las Vegas during its failed U.S.-expansion bid in 1994.The Las Vegas Posse lasted just one season in town.In Quebec City, the publicly funded, 18,259-seat Videotron Centre is set to open in September. It replaces the small and outdated Colisee, which previously served home to the Nordiques, who relocated to Colorado to become the Avalanche in 1995. Quebecor manages and owns the naming rights to the new arena.With Quebec City, the NHL would add an eighth Canadian franchise.Quebec City is but a 2-1/2 hour drive from Montreal and a team there would re-establish what was a once-heated provincial rivalry with the Canadiens.The potential additions would lead to the NHL tweak its divisional alignment, though it’s uncertain whether it would result in a major change to the league’s unbalanced conference setup. The Eastern Conference currently features 16 teams, two more than the West.Bettman has previously said that if a 16-14 split works, he doesn’t see a reason why a 17-15 split wouldn’t.(JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Greece comes from behind to beat the Netherlands 2-1

first_imgEINDHOVEN, Netherlands (AP) — Greece came from a goal down to beat the Netherlands 2-1 on Thursday and heap more pressure on beleaguered Dutch coach Danny Blind.It was the fifth straight home defeat for the Dutch, the first time that has happened since 1933, and underscored the depths the team has sunk to since being a losing semifinalist in the last World Cup in Brazil.After failing to qualify for the expanded European Championship this summer, the Dutch face a tough qualification group for the 2018 World Cup with its coaching staff in disarray. Two of Blind’s assistants – Dick Advocaat and Marco van Basten – recently announced their departures, and the national football association’s director is also leaving his post.Football in Greece is also in turmoil, with the government delaying indefinitely the start of the league and cup amid an ongoing dispute with league organizers over measures designed to combat corruption.But a Greece team drawn largely from foreign leagues got a boost in Eindhoven after a shaky start.Georginio Wijnaldum bundled the ball over the line in the 14th minute to give the Netherlands a deserved lead, but the confidence ebbed out of Blind’s team midway through the first half and Konstantinos Mitroglou leveled for Greece, getting in front of Joel Veltman to easily head home a cross from the right by captain Vasilis Torosidis.Substitute Ioannis Gianniotas grabbed Greece’s winner, confidently firing home the rebound in the 74th after Jeroen Zoet saved an effort by Mitroglou.“It’s unacceptable at this level to give away goals that easily,” veteran Netherlands midfielder Wesley Sneijder said.The Netherlands takes on Sweden on Tuesday in Solna in its first qualifier for the 2018 World Cup, while Greece takes on Gibraltar.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

powerBridge: 2U 19” system allows signal processing of 48 GigE-vision cameras

first_img Continue Reading Previous SECO makes your business IoT-ready in three easy stepsNext LDRA: tool suite for automotive complies to latest ISO 26262 functional safety standard powerBridge Computer Vision systems provide highly scalable machine vision platforms with 2, 4, 6, or 12 slots. They can be equipped with CPU modules with 2-port 10GbE interfaces, as well as 4- or 8-port GigEVision interfaces based on FPGAs. The compact design allows a significant increase in performance and cost reduction compared to conventional PC solutions, and provides parallel image and signal processing in a computer system.The vision systems are specially designed for industrial production monitoring and quality assurance based on the MicroTCA standard. They can be fitted individually and divided into one to six root complexes. Optionally, 1/10 GigE Vision or Cameralink interfaces can be used. A/D signal processing, image acquisition and processing, and sensor data processing can be performed in a system. Images can be pre-processed, synchronised, and then be flexibly distributed. For time synchronisation down to the picosecond range, dedicated trigger signals can be integrated. powerBridge Computer Vision systems are compatible with popular high-level machine vision software solutions.For example, up to 48 GigE Vision cameras can be connected in a 2U 19” MicroTCA system with six slots. CPU modules with up to 8-core XEON processors and up to 64 GB RAM can be used. The GigE-Vision interfaces, with Kintex or Zynq Ultrascale with integrated 4-core ARM processor and preconfigured IP cores, have been implemented as FMC/AMC board combinations. PoE interfaces reduce the number of cables required. The number of GigE Vision cameras can be extended almost indefinitely by adding more systems.Depending on the available time and cost frame, the existing know-how, or the complexity of the application, we offer support for three different levels of development:Block-level design with visual applets for image processing for those with limited experience,C/C++ Code combined with FPGA high-level language design and ready image and video processing libraries,Linux BSP with an AXI interface and development in VHDL or Verilog for FPGA experts using the FPGA image and video processing libraries, e.g. Xilinx Reinvision.For applications in harsh environmental conditions, we supply complete image processing systems based on GigE Vision FMCs in conjunction with FPGA-based VPX and Open VPX boards. These are available with air cooling or as closed, conduction-cooled units. Here, too, the image processing software Visual Applets can be used.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

Twitterchat Samesex marriage and adoption rights in Ireland

first_imgAN ONLINE ‘TWITTERCHAT’ is taking place later today that aims to discuss the issues of marriage and adoption rights for same-sex couples in Ireland.The social media discussion is taking place as the constitutional convention discusses these same issues today and tomorrow, with a view to recommending whether or not the constitution should be amended to allow for same-sex civil marriage.With over 1,000 submissions regarding this issue, it promises to be a lively debate.Having their own discussion on the issue will be DailWatch.ie, the “politically neutral, non-profit initiative”. The Twitter-based discussion follows February’s inaugural Twitterchat, which focused on political representation in Ireland, highlights of which are available here.Today’s chat is taking place between midday and 1pm and will pose the following questions to both politicians and non-politicians alike:Is Ireland a conservative country?Should the Convention recommend full adoption rights for same-sex couples?If Ireland had a referendum tomorrow on same-sex marriage, would it pass?TDs from Labour (Derek Nolan), Fine Gael (Seán Kyne) and Fianna Fáil (Dara Calleary) have committed to give their time to the online conversation, during which questions can be asked and opinions offered by tweeting #AskATD to the @Dailwatch Twitter account.Read: Over 1,000 submissions to convention on same-sex marriage >More: Church stance on gay marriage could force Catholics to have two weddings >last_img read more

Geek Pick JBL Endurance Peak Are Excellent Exercise Headphones

first_img Because music is one of the best ways to make a workout more tolerable, there’s an entire cottage industry of audio products designed specifically for exercise. From cases that strap your phone to your arm to algorithms for designing the best workout playlists, tech can help us get fit while listening to the best bangers.And JBL is one of our favorite #brands in this space. Even The Rock trusts them. And they continue to impress with the JBL Endurance Peak wireless headphones. Geek Pick: JBL PartyBox 300 Is a Huge Karaoke SpeakerGeek Pick: Apple AirPods 2 Let You Take Your Beats On The GoGeek Pick: Dell XPS 13 Leads Dell’s Computex 2019 Lineup Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls At $120 the JBL Endurance Peak are cheaper than, say, the JBL UA Sport Wireless Pivot. But they’re all in the same AirPods price range. It’s the design here that sets the Endurance Peak apart. There are no wires whatsoever on these headphones. Instead they form an incredibly secure fit over your ear using magnetic hooks. The IPX7 water resistance rating also means the headphones can take a fair amount of sweat and backsplash, even being submerged in a meter of water, and still work.Other parts of the design aren’t quite as solid. Microphone quality leaves something to be desired. And the sensitive touch controls on the right headphone only can get finicky, which would be especially annoying if you’re engaged in intense physical activity at the same time.But the JBL Endurance Peak still exceeds where it really counts, the audio quality. Basses are powerful. Sculpted highs maintain the range. And the battery case provides 24 hours of extra charge to keep listening beyond the four hours of the headphones themselves.For more on the JBL Endurance Peak check out the extensive review on our sister site PCMag.com. For more cool audio tech check out the Marshall Stanmore II Voice and these cheaper AirPod alternatives.More on Geek.com: Stay on targetlast_img read more

Pellegrini is making his dreams come true

first_imgThe Italy and Roma footballer is happy with his club and nation right now and hopes he can still prove himself to fansRoma and Italy national team player Lorenzo Pellegrini is currently making his dreams come true for club and country right now.“I really liked De Rossi when I was a kid. Now he is my friend and teammate,” said Pellegrini to Football Italia.“The best player I worked with was probably Edin Dzeko, as he really impressed me at Roma. The strongest opponent was Leo Messi.”Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“Gianluigi Buffon in goal. Paolo Maldini in defense. For the midfield, De Rossi and I, with Roberto Baggio upfront,” he said about his perfect Italian squad.“I don’t have a dream goal for Italy. I’d just be happy if the ball went in the net. I expect great things of this Nazionale, despite the fact we had a difficult moment. We are a strong and young squad who can do well.”“Against Portugal, we have to play with grit and determination, as we are in front of our home fans and want to bring home all three points,” he concluded.last_img read more

CWC 2018 River is rich in football

first_imgKnow as The Millionaires, Argentinean team River Plate is participating for the second time in the FIFA Club World CupRiver Plate beat Boca Juniors in the Copa Libertadores Final after two very controversial weeks.But know the Argentinean side will represent CONMEBOL in the FIFA Club World Cup that starts tomorrow.Known as The Millionaires, this team is based in the capital city of Buenos Aires in Argentina.The club was founded in 1901 and is celebrating its 117th anniversary.With 66 official championships, River Plate is one of the biggest clubs in Argentina having won the local tournament 36 times.River Plate v Boca Juniors - Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores 2018Match Preview: River Plate vs Boca Juniors Boro Tanchev – September 1, 2019 It is time for one of the most intense derby games in the world, as River Plate and Boca Juniors go head-to-head tonight at 22:00 (CET).They have only won the Copa Libertadores in four occasions.This is their second time they play in the FIFA Club World Cup. In 2015 they lost the title to Barcelona after a 3-0 defeat.They will have to wait in the Semifinals, on December 18th, for the winner of the matches between Al Ain, Team Wellington, and Espérance de Tunis.#CWC18: Get to know @CARPoficial – Know as The Millionaires, Argentinean team River Plate is participating for the second time in the @ClubWorldCups. pic.twitter.com/AmxG6vaLjW— Ronaldo.com (@ronaldocomint) December 11, 2018last_img read more

Shutdown Over – For Now

first_img ADC AUTHOR The federal government is fully open, after President Trump and Congress agreed to a three-week stopgap spending bill Friday.That makes Feb. 15 the new deadline to reach a deal on immigration, including whether to fund a wall on the southern border.One Coast Guard spouse in Rhode Island said her family will remain on a tight budget.“We’re just still uncertain as to how to proceed with this,” Mariah Battermann told the Associated Press. “For our household, we’re definitely going to stay cautious.”last_img

ExUS Rep Anthony Weiner To Plead Guilty In Sexting Case

first_img Share Former congressman Anthony Weiner, whose penchant for sexting strangers online ended his political career and led to an investigation that upended the presidential race, will appear in federal court Friday to plead guilty to charges in connection with his online communications with a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina, officials said.A law enforcement official said Weiner has agreed to plead guilty to a charge of transferring obscene material to a minor.The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the criminal charges had yet to be filed publicly with the court.Weiner was already in federal custody ahead of the court hearing, which was scheduled for at 11 a.m.The U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan confirmed the court appearance but declined to immediately release additional details about the charges against the Democrat.The FBI began investigating Weiner in September after the North Carolina girl told a tabloid news site, the Daily Mail, that she and the disgraced former politician had exchanged lewd messages for several months.She also accused him of asking her to undress on camera.The investigation led FBI agents to seize his laptop computer, which led to the discovery of a new cache of emails that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had sent to Huma Abedin, Weiner’s wife.In October, just days before the election, FBI director James Comey stunned the country by announcing that his agency was reopening its closed investigation into Clinton’s handling of State Department business on a private email server so it could analyze the newly discovered correspondence.That inquiry was brief. Comey announced shortly before the election that the new emails contained nothing to change his view that Clinton could not be charged with a crime. But Clinton partly blamed her election loss to Republican Donald Trump on Comey’s announcement.Weiner’s lawyer, Arlo Devlin Brown, didn’t immediately return a message Friday.last_img read more

EN ESPAÑOL Por qué es importante que votes en las primarias de

first_img Share Texas es el primer estado en celebrar elecciones primarias de cara a las elecciones de mitad de mandato, que tendrán lugar en noviembre.Eso significa que los candidatos que se presenten por ambos partidos a puestos como gobernador del estado, determinados escaños en el Congreso y la Legislatura de Texas, entre otros, serán los que los votantes hayan elegido ahora.Si eres latino y puedes votar, hazlo, dice Jerónimo Cortina. Y explica por qué, En Pocas Palabras.last_img

Environmental Groups Raise Concerns about Gulf Coast Petrochemical Boom

first_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Dave FehlingA view of petrochemical and refining facilities near Houston, TX.center_img 00:00 /00:48 In a new report tallying up the Gulf Coast petrochemical industry boom of recent years, environmental groups say they’re worried industrial facilities are being built too close to flood-prone areas.Fracking has driven huge investments in plants that use oil and gas to make things like plastic and fertilizer. A report from the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) says regulators in Texas and Louisiana have approved 31 new plants – or plant expansions – along the coast over just the past two years. The report says the two states have approved more than 70 such projects since 2012.“A lot of these are being built in flood zones, where inevitably there’s going to be storm surges,” says Tom Pelton, an EIP spokesperson.Environmental groups say companies need to do more to bolster these plants against the more-intense storms climate change is expected to cause.There are signs that the industry agrees: after Hurricane Harvey, some plants in the Houston area looked at whether their “worst case scenarios” for storm planning will be good enough down the road. Sharelast_img read more