Raiders deal Amari Cooper to Cowboys for first-round pick

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceALAMEDA — It happened early in practice Monday, with a member of the Raiders’ support staff coming out to escort Amari Cooper off the practice field.“They be calling him the grim reaper,” running back Jalen Richard said. “He just came and grabbed him.”The Dallas Cowboys offered a first-round draft pick in 2019, and the Raiders ended a week’s worth of rumors and intrigue by trading a receiver coach Jon Gruden had …last_img

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South African songstress Lira lends her voice to Disney movie

first_imgA local touch has been added to the latest Disney movie, Moana. Famed songbird Lira has recorded her own version of How Far I’ll Go, which plays at the end of the film.South African singer Lira has recorded a version of the song How Far I’ll Go for Disney’s offering, Moana, released in South Africa on 2 December 2016. (Image: Lira, Twitter)Brand South Africa reporterSouth African singer-songwriter Lira has recorded her own version of How Far I’ll Go for Disney’s latest animated film, Moana.Lira’s song features as the first song to play during the credits in the South African version of the movie. It is also available in the South African iTunes store.It was an honour to be involved, said the singer. She felt it was truly exciting that Disney was able to incorporate and feature voices from Africa in its projects.“How Far I’ll Go beautifully encapsulates the elements of Moana that resonate with me: to break away from conformity, to be bold, go out and discover what makes you uniquely you.”See the video below:Go behind-the-scenes:“We are delighted that Lira has lent her world-class talent and distinctively beautiful voice to How Far I’ll Go,” said Christine Service, country manager of The Walt Disney Company Africa.“Bringing her voice to the cinematic release of Moana adds a wonderful local dimension to this universal story of finding one’s true self. We are thrilled to be able to collaborate with Lira to bring this unique recording to South African families.”#Moana is no 1 at the box office for the second week. You can hear me sing ” How far ill go” in the end credits… https://t.co/I9GNowCWZe— LIRA-BORN FREE album (@Miss_LIRA) December 6, 2016So so cool to hear your voice on Disney’s Moana @Miss_LIRA ?? my boys so excited. Beautiful song too, well done done Ms ?#LiraMoana— Lebo Madiba (@Lebonator) December 4, 2016We are so excited! @Miss_LIRA has recorded her own version of “How Far I’ll Go” for @Disney @DisneyMoana https://t.co/9uW65nRDex #LiraMoana pic.twitter.com/yS65zYcseX— Helen Desbois (@helendesbois) November 28, 2016About the movieMoana is Disney’s 56th animated feature film. It tells the story of Moana, an adventurous teenager who leaves her home island so she can save her people. Voiced by Auli’i Cravalho, Moana is joined on her mission by a demigod, Maui, voiced by American actor Dwayne Johnson.Together they embark on a quest across the ocean, encountering various monsters and other challenges. Along the way, Moana finds something else – her own identity.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

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The Secrets to Editing Better Promotional Videos

first_imgWhether you’re promoting a film, product, or even your own services, creating an effective promotional video can yield massively beneficial results.Top image via ShutterstockAt Adobe Video World 2016, one of the industry’s top promotional editors held a seminar detailing all the steps needed to take in order to win over any type of audience.  Selling your work can be a difficult task, but through clever cutting and structural techniques — as well as a strong use of pathos — your audience won’t be forgetting your work anytime soon. Make your promotional video stand out from the crowd with these tips and tricks.Universal ThemesFirst, find the universal theme that runs through your content — this relatable theme is what’s going to hook the audience. No matter the race, gender, and age of your audience, they should be able to relate to your theme in some way or another. Though obvious emotions may seem like the solution, think again. Instead of jealousy, think sibling rivalry. It’s specific and personally engaging. The familiar emotional theme, one that everyone has felt at some point in their life, that’s the goal. If you can reach these emotions, your audience will be hooked.The above Silicon Valley promo is a perfect example. Teasing the first season of the series, the editors had to tell the story to come, as well as offer a reason why these characters are like you. Aside from hitting comedic notes, the promo plays out brilliantly, leaving you wanting more. Do they succeed? Every underdog wants to succeed — and if you tune in, you’ll find out!Once you’ve identified the central theme — whether it’s a certain type of jealousy, obsession, perseverance, or dread — you can structure the promo around this idea. The idea will be burned into the audience’s mind, which is exactly what you want. This universal feeling can be shown through your characters’ emotions. If the subject matter is very serious and sad, use shots of characters demonstrating these emotions. This may seem obvious, but using non-verbal emotional cues can be your most effective strategy.A great theme supports the unfolding advancement of an idea that explores human truths. — Christine Steele, Editor for ABC TelevisionHow to Hook the AudienceOnce you have the theme and ideas you want conveyed, you can start playing with the pacing. As you can see in the above American Crime promo, there’s nothing special or super interesting happening on screen; the editing is very basic, cutting to the heartbeat in a rhythmic manner. It’s Editing 101 and builds suspense and tension like nothing else. Always cut to the beat if your content fits the rhythm. One very important note to remember: the length of the clip doesn’t matter. What matters is the content inside the clip. Footage Isn’t NecessaryWhatever the message of your piece, say it very clearly in soundbites and text across the screen. In the trailer for TalhotBlond (edited by Christine Steele), they tell the story, promote the documentary, and hook the audience while barely showing any clips. With the trailer’s effective soundbites, basic After Effects templates, and talking head interviews, you can see the decisions made to include some information while leaving other information out. This is just one example of how you don’t necessarily need to show the audience much. Tease, don’t reveal.Three-Act StructureAnother path you can take is the traditional three-act structure — the problem, the journey, and the solution. The order doesn’t necessarily matter, just as long as you cover each. However, if you do decide to break your video up into acts or sections, a new music cue for each change is highly recommended, as it registers in the audience’s mind as new/different information. In fact, you should mix up and play with the formula every chance you get. Obviously if you’re working for a particular client that needs things a certain way, you’ll be restricted to fulfilling their needs. One of the best pieces of advice I can give — don’t B.S. the audience. They’ll know instantly. Holding your audience in the highest regard is a great habit.For more Adobe Video World insight, check out this feature on the future of the Creative Cloud.What are some of the most memorable promos you’ve encountered? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

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Honoring rivalries: Packers-Bears to open 2019 NFL schedule

first_imgChicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel invoked the name of George Halas, the team’s founder, in welcoming the news.“George ‘Papa Bear’ Halas and the NFL’s co-founders probably didn’t imagine the federation they established 100 years ago in cities and towns across the Midwest would one day be the most successful professional sports league in the world,” Emanuel said in a statement. “But that’s what their vision achieved. Chicago — the most American of American cities — is the perfect venue for this game.”Schroeder and Brian Rolapp, the NFL’s chief media and business officer, outlined other plans for the 100th season: NFL Films will produce a series that selects the 100 greatest teams, plays, games, characters and game changers; an all-time team is being chosen and will be featured in a TV series; and Peyton Manning will talk to fans around the country about the history of the NFL for another television series.The league also disclosed plans for next month’s draft that will supplement the proceedings in Nashville. Teams will make selections in eight of the original 13 towns that comprised the NFL for its first season. In Dayton, Ohio, the field used back then, Triangle Park, still exists, and a selection will be made there. The NFL also has committed to installing new turf on the field.“This is a really special moment for our city,” Dayton mayor Nan Whaley said. “We’re excited that the NFL is recognizing the places that were there in the very beginning and that they are celebrating Dayton’s special history in paving the way for the league with a donation that will leave a lasting impact in the community.”ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google Philippines names new country director Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Blazers lose Jusuf Nurkic to severe leg injury, edge Nets in 2 OTs Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Staging the Thursday night game at Chicago’s Soldier Field — even if it is a modernized version of the stadium — adds to the theme. There will be a free fan festival and concert in nearby Grant Park and, for the first time, the league has approved a free viewing event of the game in the park.“We see that around other sports,” said Peter O’Reilly, the NFL’s executive vice president for league events. Such viewings, for example, have been a staple of the World Cup for decades, and hockey also has adopted the practice. “It will create a big festival environment.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThis will be the first time since 2003 the Super Bowl champion has not played in the opener. New England instead will open at home in the prime-time game Sunday night, Sept. 8. The opponent has not yet been determined. The full schedule will be announced next month.“With the 100th season, we want to do something to kick it off in a special way,” said Hans Schroeder, the league’s chief operating officer of media. “We’re celebrating the Bears, one of the original member clubs, in their 100th season, and the Packers are in their 101st. It’s an iconic matchup.” Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event LATEST STORIES Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Arizona Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald listens during a news conference on social justice during the annual NFL football owners meetings, Monday, March 25, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)PHOENIX — As part of the celebration of its 100th season, the NFL will break from tradition and feature the Packers vs. the Bears in its season opener Sept. 5.Usually, the Super Bowl champion is the home team for the prime-time opener, but the league wants to salute historic rivalries in 2019. None fits better than Chicago-Green Bay. The teams have met 198 times since 1921, when the Bears were the Chicago Staleys. Green Bay leads the series 97-95-6, including the clubs splitting two postseason games.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Each of the 32 clubs will stage a “Fantennial Weekend” during the regular season in which it will work in conjunction with local high school football teams on a Friday, stage a fan festival on Saturday, and then have former players from the NFL club at the game on Sunday. The home team also will reveal the greatest moment or play in its history that day.Rolapp said the league is talking to DIRECTV about expanding the digital presence for its popular Sunday Ticket option that makes available all out-of-market games. The NFL could opt out of its contract with DIRECTV after next season.“The world has really changed and how people consume games has changed,” he said. “How do we broaden these rights, deliver more easily to digital platforms?” MOST READ Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View commentslast_img read more

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