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Award Winning Film at Students National Short Film – A Blind Story – a short film HD*

A Blue Apple Motion Picture in association with Photografix.. Starring : Gaurav Lavate Directed and Edited by : Aakash Dhote Cinematography : Aakash Dhote, O…
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Students from the Art Institute Talk Video Games

Students from the Art Institute talk about their love of gaming, how they found game design and their hopes for the future.
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A Student’s Guide to Adobe:D.I.Y. Vintage Photos

College Candy and Adobe teamed up to show you how to turn all your summer pictures into hip vintage shots to use for creative projects and/or share with frie…
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Turlock student’s Michael Jackson moves even impress other teens (video)

Turlock student's Michael Jackson moves even impress other teens (video)
It's pretty tough to look cool performing in a high school talent show, especially when presenting a solo lip-sync routine of a Michael Jackson song released before anyone in attendance was born. Pitman High School junior Brett Nichols doesn't have …
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Faster Five: Audi Video Shows Off Wicked 525-hp A3 Clubsport Concept
With Austria's Wörthersee Festival happening this weekend, the onslaught of VW Group specials is at full pitch. And while a speedster based on Volkswagen's Design Vision GTI Concept that you'll be able to drive on your television set is a very neat …
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"Setting the Seen" Video Blog: Hat Race!
This week, style editor Sara Bauknecht and I, talked about the upcoming Parks Conservancy's Hat Luncheon (which is tomorrow!). We also shot a segment on location at the International Perfume Bottle Association, which is also tomorrow at the Wyndham …
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first flash mob in Karimnagar by Vaageswari Engineering college students

first flash mob in Karimnagar by Vaageswari Engineering college students

FLASH MOB for “SADSISYA.13″, at Telanagana Chowk ,Karimnagar by the students of Vaageswari Engineering College , Thimmapur, Karimnagar on Tuesday 26th of Feb…
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VIDEO: Illustrator Floyd Cooper Encourages Students to Dream

VIDEO: Illustrator Floyd Cooper Encourages Students to Dream
Guam – Illustrator and Author Floyd Cooper has been visiting with Guam students for the last couple of weeks to encourage them to hold onto their dreams. Cooper's art has been featured on numerous book covers including children's titles The Blacker and …
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Best-selling author, illustrator Jan Brett signs 'Mossy' copies at Barnes & Noble
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Author Jan Brett, who uses a colorfully illustrated tour bus, will sign copies of her new book "Mossy" on Sunday at Barnes & Noble. "Mossy" tells the story of a special turtle with a magnificent garden growing on her shell.
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ELECTROSHOCK (HD) Brilliant Short animated Film from ESMA Students (sub titles)

(2011) 08:42 | Animation – Adventure Comedy Produced at Ecole Supérieure des Métiers Artistiques ( For More info on the film visit CREDITS: Created, Directed & Animated by Hugo Jackson, Pascal Chandelier, Valentin Michel, Bastien MORTELEcque and Elliot Maren. With the voices of Christophe Lemoine, Ariane Aggiage, Michel Vigne, Laetitia Barbara, Philipe Peythieu and Véronique Augereau. Music by Thierry Jaoul, Jose Vicente and Hugo Jackson. Sound Design by José Vicente and Yoann Poncet, Studio des Aviateurs. —————————————————————————————————– does not own the copyrights to this film, in most cases we represent and have direct contact with the film makers and all parties associated with the making of the film. We promote and screen their films in our publications and on our channel.

Film Students Clinch Multiple Awards At Sinulog 2010

Film Students Clinch Multiple Awards At Sinulog 2010

Cebu, PHILIPPINES (February 24, 2010)

IAFT students and graduates sweep awards across short film, documentary and acting categories

The International Academy of Film and Television (IAFT) is proud to congratulate its students and graduates on winning a total of nine out of twenty-two awards at the recent Sinulog Short Film and Documentary Competition. These winning entries include ‘Faces of Sinulog’, ‘Taxi Driver’ and ‘Pagtuo (Faith)’ by Steve Eraña and Mickey Macachor, Mikio Makino Jr. and Janice Villarosa respectively. The competition was held in conjunction with the Sinulog@30 2010 Festival in Cebu City, and the award ceremony took place at the SM Cinema 1 on 30th January, 2010.

Bagging the most number of awards by a single submission was Steve Eraña and Mickey Macachor’s video documentary entitled ‘Faces of Sinulog’, a seven minutes long historic view of Sinulog from two different perspectives, narrated by Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña and Fr. Carmel Diola from the Archdiocese of Cebu. The top spot for most awards is also shared with the short film ‘Kurtina nga Pula’.

In the Video Documentary category, all eight entries were nominated for the Best Video Documentary award, in which ‘Faces of Sinulog’ emerged tops. The documentary was further awarded best story, best in production design, best narration, best in sound engineering and musical scoring, while Eraña and Macachor were both presented with best director, amounting to six out of ten awards in the Documentary category.

“Our training in filmmaking taught us to avoid common pitfalls, as well as cut down the time needed for unnecessary editing through our shooting techniques, said Eraña.

Macachor, a recent graduate with a ‘Technical Achievement Award’ from IAFT under his belt added: “Formal training grounded us in the foundation for filmmaking, and that enabled us to explore and develop our own individual style.”

Commenting on their award for sound engineering, Macahor elaborated: “We have been taught on the critical importance of dialogue. With that constantly at the back of our minds, we made certain that our dialogue was crisp and intelligible, right from source through to output.”

Post-production took place on-campus, which not only provided the duo with the necessary state-of-art facilities, but also creative inputs and criticisms of mentors and peers that contributed to their success.

The annual competition saw a total of eleven entries in the Short Film category, out of which eight were nominated for the Best Short Film award. ‘Taxi Driver’ achieved the runner-up position for Best Film, and was also awarded Best Actor. Producer Mikio Makino Jr. is a recent graduate of IAFT, and was also a recipient of the ‘Technical Achievement Award’ upon graduation.

In the acting categories, Chuck Luat bested two other nominees for Best Actor in ‘Taxi Driver’, while Janice Villarosa’s stellar performance as the distraught mother of a boy with leukemia in ‘Pagtuo (Faith)’ earned her Best Actress award, beating three other nominees.

“I feel that one of the most important aspects of acting is learning how to approach a character or a script in various possible ways,” said Luat, who made his short film debut as a taxi driver who makes a turnaround after heading astray. “At IAFT, we are exposed to a multi-cultural environment with varying points of view and reactions to any given event. Coupled with good guidance from our mentors, my confidence has grown alongside my acting skills.”

“The theme of our film is something that’s very close to my heart, and I began to embody my character immediately after we developed her,” said Villarosa, who also directed the short film she played in. “Apart from being armed with the know-how, the discipline and focus that has been instilled in film school really paid off, as we juggled our time between shoots, post-production and our school workload,” the American-Filipino student added.

“We are grateful for the knowledge, support and nurturing that the mentors have showered us with,” Villarosa added. “We are honored for this recognition, and I now hope for the opportunity to showcase this short film to a wider audience beyond the shores of Cebu and the Philippines.”

The team behind ‘Pagtuo (Faith)’ has plans to continue editing the short film for participation in other film festivals.

“We are delighted with our students and graduates’ achievements at the competition” said Keith Sensing, Executive Director of IAFT. “This will indeed be a milestone for them, and we wish them the best as they continue on to compete at other international festivals.”

Last year’s competition saw two students Peter Ian Mancao and Angelo Agojo toppling the competition with their short film entitled ‘The Portrait’. Besides coming out tops for Best Short Film, it also drew the awards for best screenplay, cinematography, director, editing, actor and child performer, totaling seven out of the thirteen awards in the Short Film category. Mancao and Agojo have since graduated from IAFT, and have moved on to the production of local and international commercials.

Villarosa is currently undergoing her Diploma Program in Filmmaking at IAFT, while Eraña, Macachor and Makino recently graduated in the same. Luat is currently an undergraduate at the school’s diploma program for acting.

About The Sinulog Festival

The Sinulog festival is one of the grandest and most colorful festivals in the Philippines with a very rich history. The main festival is held each year on the third Sunday of January in Cebu City to honor the Santo Niño, or the child Jesus, who used to be the patron saint of the whole province of Cebu (since in the Catholic faith Jesus is not a saint, but God). It is essentially a dance ritual which remembers the Filipino people’s pagan past and their acceptance of Christianity.

The festival features some the country’s most colorful displays of pomp and pageantry: participants garbed in bright-colored costumes dance to the rhythm of drums, trumpets, and native gongs. The streets are usually lined with vendors and pedestrians all wanting to witness the street-dancing. Smaller versions of the festival are also held in various parts of the province, also to celebrate and honor the Santo Niño. There is also a Sinulog sa Kabataan, which is performed by the youths of Cebu a week before the Grand Parade. For more information, please visit

About The International Academy of Film and Television (IAFT)

Founded in 2003, the International Academy of Film and Television (IAFT) is a film school providing a new generation of aspiring filmmakers with a globally competitive education under the mentorship of leading industry professionals. The school offers each student hands-on experience using comprehensive equipment and facilities at a fraction of the cost of comparable institutions. IAFT offers short-term and long-term programs in Filmmaking, Sound Design and Acting that combine theory and application, and are designed for both new filmmakers as well as industry professionals looking to advance their skill set. The school also offers internships and opportunities to work on commercially-viable projects. Located in the heart of Asia on Mactan Island, Cebu, Philippines, IAFT’s tropical campus has facilities for filming and post-production as well as housing. IAFT’s mission is to nurture the creativity and individual talents of every student while cultivating today’s global filmmakers, and to build upon the entertainment traditions of Hollywood and other film capitals of the world.

The International Academy of Film and Television is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bigfoot Entertainment. For more information, please visit and

About Bigfoot Entertainment

Founded in 2004, Bigfoot Entertainment is an international entertainment company producing independent films for the global marketplace. The company finances and develops feature films, documentaries and reality TV shows, many of which have received industry accolades, festival awards and have been distributed throughout the world. Featuring both well-established and up-and-coming American and international talent, Bigfoot releases have shot on location worldwide including the United States, Hong Kong, China, Africa, Europe and Vietnam. Bigfoot Entertainment produces many of its projects at Bigfoot Studios, a wholly-owned subsidiary that encompasses six sound stages and on-site state-of-the-art post-production facilities.

Headquartered in Los Angeles with studios in Cebu, Philippines, Bigfoot Entertainment creates content reflecting a Hollywood foundation with a global perspective. For more information, visit

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The Art of Remembering for Students With (and Without) Special Needs

The Art of Remembering for Students With (and Without) Special Needs

What child doesn’t enjoy cutting up paper, peeling off stickers, or stamping? Students of any age and ability level love every opportunity to work with arts and crafts. For this school year, try guiding some of your child’s creative spirit into scrapbooking and paper crafts. Scrapbooking is a wonderful way to spend time with your children, share a favorite activity, and reinforce skills learned in school. Scrap Chic Boutique, (, an independently owned scrapbook store located in Decatur, Georgia, was founded by four special education teachers who know the Georgia Performance Standards curriculum and know how to accommodate to meet individual needs. Kids and adults can take classes or get individual assistance on projects.

Typically, we think of scrapbooking as a way to preserve memories and tell stories through the use of photographs. However, with the variety of supplies and tools available in today’s scrapbook market, the possibilities are endless. Below is a list of ideas that will allow your young scholar, with or without special needs, to use imagination and develop their skills at the same time.

1. At any grade and ability level, students must learn vocabulary words whether they are matching pictures, spelling words, or learning definitions. Unique vocabulary cards can be a breeze to make, especially with die cutting tools in shapes of circles, tags, stars, and more. This hand-on approach is so much more fun than the traditional (and rather dull) index cards. Most scrapbook stores, especially independently owned stores, have a selection of die cuts that you can use in the store. Each set of words can be on a different color of cardstock or in a different shape; then, use a D-Ring to clip them together. TEACHER TIP: When they know the word independently, let your budding student add a button or a ribbon to the card to bolster their sense of pride. Add pictures from clip art or cut out of magazines to more difficult words to give your kids a visual representation of what the word means and a context for its use.

2. Kids need notebooks for every subject, and kids with learning disabilities tend to have poor organizational skills. Why not start the year by decorating the front of the notebooks using colorful patterned papers and stickers? It’s not a guarantee, but your child is less likely to lose something that they have invested time in making- and if they do misplace it, a decorated notebook is much easier to find in the lost and found stack! TEACHER TIP: Use a heavy cardstock to make a pocket to glue inside the back cover. Loose sheets of homework or papers that need to be signed can be put in the pocket.

3. Children with mild to moderate cognitive delays often need repetition and picture clues to help them learn new concepts. Cardstock can be cropped down and run through a printer which provides an added texture for kinesthetic learners. Students can trace words printed on the page, then re-write the word in several ways- stickers, stamps, pens, or markers. TEACHER TIP: Put the picture on a separate piece of card stock from the word to create a quick matching game or sequence activity. Let your student stamp the back of the card each time they get it correct.

4. Students with Autism or pervasive developmental disorders may prefer to point rather than verbalize their thoughts. Create an accordion book with photos of choices for activities. It is also a colorful way to display the daily schedule. Arrows can be used to point to the specific activity. TEACHER TIP: Have the student participate in making the display. If they like the texture of the glue, let them have a hand in glueing it to the page. Advanced students who prefer computer graphics can print on their own cardstock or use templates for digital scrapbooks.

5. To address speech and articulation problems, try making a mini-album with cut outs of pictures that go along with the skill being worked on. As the child shares their album with family and friends they will automatically be practicing- and thereby improving- on their learning objectives. A mini-album may consist of 8 pages that are just 4 by 4 squares. TEACHER TIP: Have a stack of pictures already separated into categories such as S sounds, R blends, antonyms, synonyms, etc. The student spends time working on the goal rather than looking for pictures.

6. For children who have quite a few service provides, make a special picture book with a scrapbook page for each teacher and therapist. Each page should include a photograph- even better if it can be a picture of the teacher and student together! TEACHER TIP: Leave space for a journaling block on each page so each person can include a positive message as your child makes progress. At the end of the year, it will be like a personalized progress report.

7. Often students with Attention Deficit Disorders have difficulty with multi-step projects. Ask the teacher if the project can be modified. Rather than completing a project on poster board which may be too big of a space, they might complete several pages in an 12 by 12 album to display their knowledge of the topic. TEACHER TIP: Ask your local scrapbook store about ways to make unique stickers- this way you can take any topic and make stickers from clip art or die cuts.

8. Although scrapbooking is primarily a visual craft, there are many textures that can be incorporated for students with visual impairments. Students may use textured papers, felt flowers, buttons, or raised stickers to create interactive projects. Cardstock and other papers can be embossed, too. TEACHER TIP: For younger students learning to count, use number stickers and buttons to assist with counting. Use pop-dots as an adhesive that will create a raised effect on the pages.

9. Celebrate success all throughout the year. Use an album with at least 10 pages- one for each month of the school year. Together, you and your child can decide what important lesson, event, or accomplishment to highlight on the page. Take pictures of completed projects, good test scores, friendships made, positive notes from the teachers, or school events. TEACHER TIP: Leave a space for your kids to journal; it will be interesting to watch how their handwriting changes from August to May!

The ideas presented can be modified for specific needs or learning outcomes. For specific questions, you can e-mail, see the calendar of events at, or call 404-378-2115. Learning is about remembering- use scrapbooking to engage your child in “The Art of Remembering”- the results will last a lifetime.

Kelly lives with her five-year-old daughter, in metro Atlanta. Ms. Standridge is the co-owner of Scrap Chic Boutique, located at 906 W College Ave in Decatur, GA 30030. She has been a special education teacher for 10 years and holds an EdS in Teacher Leadership. Visit

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Curing Art Idea Droughts in Elementary Students

Curing Art Idea Droughts in Elementary Students

Art in children encourages them to develop the creative part of their brain. Many students as they progress through elementary school stop drawing for a variety of reasons. Maybe they think their picture isn’t as good as the student next to them, but most of all it is because they are in an “idea drought”. They just need some help coming up with the initial idea and then their minds can take off.

One way I found to cure this “idea drought” was to generate an “ART START”. Using my computer I selected a piece of clip art and then put a title on the page such as: The small picture of a castle in the corner and then the title of My Castle, or the small picture of a pumpkin and titled it “My Jack-o-Lantern”. Just enough to give the child and idea and then they developed and built on that idea.

I designed a whole folder of ideas so that I could pull one quickly on a busy Monday morning. We took about 5 minutes and talked about the subject and ideas of what would be appropriate in that particular picture. The students were given the whole week to develop and expand on their idea during their spare time. Some got so excited that they took them home and worked especially hard on them even though they rarely took homework home.

The students were encouraged to use the paper as a canvas like an artist. They were to cover the whole page and should be proud enough of their work to sign it on the front. The use of color was encouraged

The real fun came when they were completed at the end of the week. I designed a title page for each art start and laminated it so I could use it from year to year. Then I three hole punched everything and inserted them into a big binder. The binder was put at the back of the room on a table where frequent visitors to the class would sit or at parent teacher conferences it was placed in the hall where parents who were waiting could browse through the book. The outsiders loved the book, but the students loved it more and would spend time when available browsing through the book enjoying each others art and ideas. You would hear comments such as “That’s a good idea” “I never thought of it that way” “look at all the detail”. Each week we added to the book and it was always full of fresh ideas.

The only problem was the time element. It took a lot of time to come up with ideas so if you can find them already made for you it is well worth your time.

Resource Box – Caroline Mackay 2006

Caroline Mackay is a retired teacher of thirty seven years and writer and producer of many school programs. She is the host of


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