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Homeland moves to Cape Town

first_imgAmerican political drama, Homeland, will soon head to Cape Town for filming of its fourth season. (Image: Renee Barerra) • The Cape Town Film Commission +27 21 483 9070 • Cape Flats gang film an Oscar contender • Feature film shows arresting beauty of Lesotho • Triggerfish takes on the big boys • Locally-made films get Oscar nodRomaana NaidooThe six-time Emmy-winning American political drama, Homeland, will soon head to Cape Town, South Africa for filming of its fourth season. The Showtime series, produced by Fox 21, a division of the Fox Entertainment Group, is scheduled to shoot in the city starting in mid-June, and running until November 2014.Developed by filmmakers Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa, Homeland is based on the Israeli series Hatufim (Prisoners of War) created by Israeli screenwriter and director, Gideon Raff. The series revolves around CIA operative Carrie Matheson, played by Claire Danes, who has bipolar disorder. She suspects that US Marine Corps sniper, Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis), who had been held captive by al-Qaeda, has “turned”, posing a threat to the country.In season four, Matheson is assigned to a singularly volatile and dangerous CIA station in the Middle East, where she is back on the front lines in the “war on terror”.On set in Cape Town“We’ve been so lucky to work with one of the best crews in the business for the last three seasons in Charlotte,” said Gansa, the executive producer. “We knew going into season four that we would need to move the production overseas to tell the story of Carrie returning to the Middle East as chief of station. We are thrilled to have found a new home in Cape Town and look forward to getting season four production off the ground.”Past seasons of the series have been filmed in and around Charlotte and Concord, North Carolina, in the US. The location offered film tax credits, and the atmosphere matched nearby Virginia and Washington DC, where the series is set. Other frequent settings were North Carolina’s Mooresville, Israel, and Old San Juan in Puerto Rico. In season three, filming was moved to Morocco instead of returning to Israel as a result of the conflict in Syria.Homeland premiered in October 2011 and has since scooped several awards, including the 2012 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series, the 2011 and 2012 Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama, and the Primetime Emmy awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series and Lead Actress in a Drama Series.The Hollywood of AfricaSince 1994, Cape Town has become a popular destination for filmmakers. More than 50 major productions were shot in the city from 2003 to 2007. These included the movies Blood Diamond, Rendition and 10 000 BC. In 2008, no less than 22 productions were filmed in the Mother City. Free Willy 4: Escape from Pirate’s Cove, released in 2010, was shot in Cape Town, and in 2012, the city hosted the cast and crew of the popular US legal drama series, Law and Order. The Cape Flats, outside the city bowl, provided the setting for Four Corners, a coming-of-age thriller directed by South African filmmaker, Ian Gabriel. The film was selected as the official South African submission in the Foreign Language category for the 86th Academy Awards in 2014.Clint Eastwood directed Invictus, an adaptation of John Carlin’s book The Human Factor: Nelson Mandela and the Game that Changed the World, in Cape Town. The movie depicts South Africa’s win in the 1995 Rugby World Cup, and the role that Mandela played in the team’s appearance in the competition. Cape Town has also hosted Bollywood casts and crews from romantic comedies Seasons Greetings and Life Partner, to psychological thriller Tasveer, and action-comedy Cash. Muizenberg is one of National Geographic’s World’s 20 Best Surf Towns. (Image: Marissa M)A travel capitalCape Town is the World Design Capital 2014, which is designated biennially by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design. It is number three in the Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2014 Top Cities, number 16 in the guide’s Top 25 Travelers’ Choice World Destinations Awards and number one in The New York Times 52 Places to go in 2014.It was also voted one of Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Award’s for Top 25 Cities in the World and one of the top African cities in the category Top 10 Cities in Africa and the Middle East for 2013. The Mother City was also recognised in the Telegraph Travel Awards’ Favourite City for 2013.Other accolades include: Top 10 Wine Destinations, Digital Tourism Think Tank Awards 2013 Best in Class Award – Creative Campaigns Category, number one Holiday Hotspot on The Guardian’s Top 40 destination round-up, as well as Africa’s Leading Meetings and Conference Destination at the World Travel Awards 2013, among others.Table Mountain is one of the new seven Wonders of Nature and Muizenberg is one of National Geographic’s World’s 20 Best Surf Towns. Boulders Beach is one of Trip Advisor’s 10 Truly Unique Beaches and Sahara Park Newlands is The Cricketer magazine’s second best stadium in the world.In 2010, Forbes magazine designated it one of the 12 most beautiful cities in the world, putting the Mother City on par with places like Paris, New York and Venice, among others. Cape Town was also declared one of travel guide Lonely Planet’s 2009 Top Ten Party Cities in its 1 000 Ultimate Experiences publication.CallSend SMSAdd to SkypeYou’ll need Skype CreditFree via Skypelast_img read more

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2015 Ohio FFA Convention Photo Gallery

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Stars Over Ohio: Mariah Cox, Zane Trace, Dakota McKee, Ridgemont, Sam Robertson, Buckeye Central, Bailey Gompf, Mt. Gilead The Hardy Boys entertained the crowd Shelby Furer State VP Star Americans Dakota McKee, Austin Wippel, Westfall, and Jakob Wilson, Fairbanks Matthew Hiser, Dist. 9 President Natalie Miller, State Secretary Aaron Klohn, from the Clyde Chapter, learns to juggle on stage. FFA members participate in a challenging game of Simon Says. Curtis Zimmerman, keynote speaker FFA members are following the instructions of speaker Curtis Zimmerman Braden Thatcher, Lincolnview Chapter, entertains the crowd New FFA chapters were recognized Andrew Gifford with CROP/Church World Service talks about how FFA chapter donations will help other. FFA chapters and members donated over $16,000 to CROP/Church World Service and nearly $51,000 to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Micah Mensing Teachers and administrators of Ohio’s state officers were recognized President Sydney Snider welcomes Ohio FFA members Ray Stahl, from Buckeye Central, shoots baskets in the trade show. Jerrett Crowthers, from the Edgewood/Butler Tech FFA (and also a 2015 student reporter) presented the Creed. Luce Perez presented the official Spanish verso of the FFA Creed. Thomas Shaw demonstrated his love of Taylor Swift and dance moves on stage. Student reporter Jarrett Crowthers got to interview MIss Ohio and Roxy Miss Ohio showed she is a talent ventriloquist Elizabeth Corwin shared her talent with the crowd Versailles FFA was the top chapter in Community Development Ridgemont FFA was the top chapter in Chapter Development Mowerystown FFA was the top chapter in Student Development Ohio’s Gold Rated chapters were recognizedlast_img read more

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Cinema 4D Video Tutorial: An Introduction to V-Ray Materials

first_imgLearn how to create V-Ray materials in this Cinema 4D video tutorial.While the built-in renderers in Cinema 4D may be powerful, V-Ray offers users the ability to render more realistic textures at faster speeds. If you’ve spent time working with the V-Ray renderer in Cinema 4D than you know that there are hundreds of individual controls designed to give you the most customization possible.All of these controls can be confusing, especially if you are new to the rendering process. Thankfully we’ve found an awesome tutorial covering the basics of creating V-Ray materials in Cinema 4D. In the following video tutorial created by Kamel Khezri he demonstrates advanced features in the V-Ray material editor. The tutorial covers:Creating texturesWorking with lightsSelecting transparencySetting reflection mapsV-Ray is a third party plug-in, but widely considered an industry standard. If you are interested in learning more about V-Ray we recommend checking out the official website.This video was first shared by Kamel Kherzri on his Vimeo channel. Thanks for sharing Kamel!Want to see more Cinema 4D video tutorials? Check out the Cinema 4D section of the PremiumBeat blog.Have any other tips for working with advanced V-Ray materials? Share in the comments below.Bonus: Check out these FREE V-Ray Material ResourcesV-Ray MaterialsFlying Architecture MaterialsV-Ray Materials UKlast_img read more

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congatec: COM Express type 7 module with AMD EPYC Embedded 3000 processor

first_imgcongatec introduces its first Server-on-Module with AMD embedded server technology. The new conga-B7E3 Server-on-Module with AMD EPYC Embedded 3000 processor is currently the cutting edge of embedded server technologies, offering up to 52% more instructions per clock compared to legacy architectures. As Server-on-Modules form the technology basis for complementary rugged server designs, developers can use the new conga-B7E3 modules as a drop-in replacement to boost performance within their closed loop engineering design cycles in manifold rugged edge applications.The new conga-B7E3 COM Express Type 7 modules are equipped with AMD EPYC Embedded 3000 processors with 4, 8, 12, or 16 high-performance cores, support simultaneous multi-threading (SMT) and up to 96 GB of DDR4 2666 RAM in the COM Express Basic form factor and up to 1TB in full custom designs. Measuring just 125 x 95 mm, the COM Express Basic Type 7 module supports up 4x 10 GbE and up to 32 PCIe Gen 3 lanes. For storage the module even integrates an optional 1 TB NVMe SSD and offers 2x SATA Gen 3.0 ports for conventional drives. Further interfaces include 4x USB 3.1 Gen 1, 4x USB 2.0 as well as 2x UART, GPIO, I2C, LPC and SPI.Attractive features also include seamless support of dedicated high-end GPUs and improved floating-point performance, which is essential for emerging AI and HPC applications. congatec also offers advanced cooling solutions for its COM Express Type 7 Server-on-Modules that match the processor, support fanless cooling even beyond 65 W TDP, and can be adapted to customers’ housings, if required. This allows OEMs to integrate maximum processor performance into their designs, as performance is often limited by the system’s cooling capacity. OS support is provided for Linux and Yocto, as well as Microsoft Windows 10 and Windows Server.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous SECO to showcase COM Express standard form factor modulesNext A smarter memory for IoT deviceslast_img read more