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Ambizion Table of Contents Ambizion the Brand

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How to Make A Great Funny Movie Villain

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5 Reasons to go for Professional Video Production

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How to Work and Survive in the Film and TV Industry: The 10 Commandments of Filmmaking Pg. 13-15 Cover Story- Bobby Peoples

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Photography in a Pinch

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How To Make A Great Funny Movie Villain by: Mohd Ishtiak

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wicked and foul with the stench of 40,000 years. But what would movies be without them? While most are truly quite horrific, others are actually funny. But throughout the many years of cinematic history, one fact has always remained constant about movie villains... we love to hate them. Heroes get all the hype, but deep down, we all love a good villain. I can take or leave the square-jawed boy scout, the do-gooder who gets the girl and saves the day; but the villain is a different kettle of genetically modified laser wielding fish altogether. Funny Villain have more fun and get most of the best lines. Movie history is littered with fiendish foes, evil overlords and malevolent masterminds we loved to hate. The summer blockbuster is the perfect breeding ground for evildoers and this year’s pageant of box office behemoths provides rich pickings, from robots out for revenge to muggle-hating wizards. Cinema is filled with memorable villains. Whether it’s the sardonic cheer of Gert Frebe’s Auric Goldfinger, or the sneering oiliness of Die Hard’s Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), the movies are full of superb, loveably evil performances. The hero may get the girl and save the world in most instances, but it’s the villain who gets most of the quotable lines. It’s like the alignment of the planets. Occasionally, a great director, an exemplary script and a gifted actor will join together on the same project, creating the kind of unsettling performances that linger in the memory for years afterwards.

Michael Mann’s 1986 adaptation of Thomas Harris’ novel Red Dragon was the first movie to bring cannibalistic academic Dr. Hannibal Lecter (in this instance spelled Lecktor due to rights issues) to the big screen. Robert De Niro chews both characters and scenery in a manic performance as Max Cady, an ex-convict who terrorises lawyer Sam Bowden (Nick Nolte) for apparently failing to defend him effectively in court fourteen years earlier. An indifferent and Funny movie villains can be threatening as a villain with an almost cartoon-like evil uniform like Jason Vorhees from Friday the 13th. In The Matrix (1999), the army of ‘faceless’ agents are cold and emotionless and suggest an unbeatable threat with which the hero cannot reason or negotiate. The all-powerful emotionless villain is portrayed excellently in the X-Files TV series by William B. Davis as the Cigarette Smoking Man. Throughout the series he is constantly in control of the heroes and any attempts to kill him are deemed self-destructive or futile. His power over the protagonists’ behaviour is linked to his role in the Syndicate, a mysterious organisation who seemingly are more powerful than the U.S. government. On the opposite end of the scale are the villains that are emotive, excitable and with exaggerated personas as demonstrated by Heath Ledger’s villain in the most-recent Batman film, The Joker. The latest incarnation of the Clown Prince of Crime perfectly conveys his lack of empathy and almost-humorous contempt for human life. The most prominent aspect of The Joker is his colourful clothing and unusual physical appearance, with white face make-up, dyed green hair and smudged red lipstick. 6




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2- Post-Production: Another important factor about the producers of the video production

is that they have a good knowledge and ability to fit each and every element into the video in proper manner. If you want to capture more traffic on your website then website should be build in proper manner. Attracting customers on the website is the most important part and you should lose your people. If you have a high quality video then you can have a long lasting impact on your incoming traffic.

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5- Graphics: People take very much interest in the websites if it is full of animations as well as graphics. Hence to make sure that animation is handled in an appropriate manner you should always work with the professionals. Another thing which can also be considered is the good quality photographs. People are also going for the 3D and high definition cameras.

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How to Work and Survive in the Film and TV Industry: The 10 Commandments of Filmmaking by Peter D Marshall

With that in mind, I created “The Ten Commandments of Filmmaking” which is my way of showing you how to work and survive in this business – without getting OR giving ulcers! NOTE: This list was written primarily for First AD’s I have learned many things during my career in and Directors. the film industry, but one of the most valuable lessons I have learned was to remain human at all C1) It’s only a movie – no one gets hurt. costs. And by this I mean to treat others as you would like to be treated yourself. This one should be obvious. Making any kind of film or TV production can be risky because there are During my 39 years in the film and television many natural hazards on a film set. Crew members business, I have worked as a PA, grip, electrican trip over cables, fall off platforms, have equipcian, assistant cameraman, commercial produc- ment tumble on them, burn and cut themselves, slip tion manager, first assistant director, TV series on stairs and slippery surfaces etc. creative consultant, television producer and director. Then there are the added hazards that are specific to our industry: breathing atmosphere smoke for long I have also had the opportunity to work on all periods, accidents involving insert cars or process kinds of productions, from industrial films to trailers, accidents from stunts and special effects and documentaries; television commercials to music noise hazards such as loud explosions and gunfire. videos; TV series to Hollywood feature films. All crew members should be aware of the safety issues Making a film is a stressful job and you have to working on any set. If you have any concerns, you remember that there are many careers and a lot should talk to your shop steward, union rep or the 1st of money on the line every time the camera rolls. AD who is the set Safety Supervisor. When you enter this business, you are stepping into the world of “entertainment.” TV and movies are just one part of this “make-believe” environment – dance, theatre and music are some other examples. This is a business of artistic expression, massive egos and huge amounts of cash – a recipe for disaster if I ever saw one! It is also a business where you can lose your soul if you’re not careful. Remember the often cited (and industry changeable) quote of Hunter S. Thompson: “The (television) business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There’s also a negative side.”

C2) Ask lots of questions – never assume anything. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Like the expression says, “The only dumb question is the one that was never asked.” If something doesn’t feel right, or it doesn’t ring true, or it doesn’t make sense, ask questions. Solve it now. Assuming it will all work out “on the day” is wrong. If something in the script doesn’t make sense, or you feel something is not working, deal with it right away. Fix it, change it, eliminate it, solve it, get rid of it. Whatever IT is, do something about it before you go to camera. C3) There are no rules in filmmaking – only sins!

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This is probably my best piece of advice. It’s not original This will happen – and sometimes it happen’s – it’s a partial quote from the legendary director, Frank a lot. How I deal with this, and suggest you do Capra: the same, is to remember this military expression, “You need to respect the Rank – but you “There are no rules in filmmaking. Only sins! And the don’t have to respect the person.” cardinal sin is dullness. C6) Don’t abuse your power – use “Power I want you to always remember this quote, and as you Through” not “Power Over.” get up each morning and walk onto that set, refer to it often! As a First AD, you have a very powerful position in the film industry. The Director hires C4) Listen to the people who know more than you do. you for your organizational skills and your command of the set; the Producers look to you When was a Second AD on the TV Series “Hitchhiker” to make sure the movie comes in on time and in 1985, I had to run the set for the First AD while he on budget; the crew look to you for leadership. did some scheduling. Well, after a bit I got a little flustered, as this was my first time running the entire set. The “rank” of 1st AD means you get to carry “a big stick”. But a lot of AD’s will abuse this Suddenly I heard my name. When I turned around, the power and yell and scream and make everydolly grip was waving me over to him. As I came closer, one’s life miserable. In other words, they will he smiled and said, “Peter, it’s block, light, rehearse, take advantage of their position and use their tweak, shoot!” Words I will always remember. (Thanks power over people. Mike!) My philosophy is to take the other route. In The crew work on the set – all the time! That’s what other words, use “power through.” What this they do. They see directors and First AD’s come and go. means is to work with your crew and bring They know more than you do. Always will. Listen to them all together as a team and work it out them and you will become a better AD. together. The crew know you are in charge. You don’t have to flaunt it. C5) You have to EARN respect – not demand it. C7) Don’t be afraid to change your mind. The hierarchy of a movie is very much like the hierarchy of an Army: General’s at the top and Privates at I read a self-help book once that also had a set the bottom. And just like the Army, there are certain of ten commandments and one of them was people in the higher positions that you are unable to get “It’s okay to change your mind.” along with. This makes a lot of sense. Especially when Directors, 1st AD’s and DOP’s form the “Triumvirate” you are a Director or First AD because you of any movie set. They are the people in charge. And are making decisions all the time and some of many times you will be faced with the difficult task of them may not be the right ones after you get working for months with one (or more) of these people more information or listen to other people. The who are egotistical, abusive, or sometimes not even problem happens if let your ego get in the way. very good at their job.

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I did that once. I thought I had the right answer and I didn’t want to change the schedule even though the director and the PM thought we couldn’t make it.

In my experience, the best sets are the ones that have a relaxed and professional atmosphere presided over by a creative director with no insecurity issues; an experienced 1st AD with no attitude problems; and a DOP who loves the collaboration process and realizes that “making a film is not all about the lighting!”

Well, they were right and I cost the production money. Not just because I didn’t want to do the extra work, but also because I was afraid the crew would feel I didn’t know what I was doing (which Making a movie is hard work, and the occasional turned out to be correct in this instance anyway.) break from the stress and intensity of it by a film Lesson learned! crew having a laugh pays for itself many times over. C8) A healthy Ego is necessary – self importance is unnecessary. I have found that my sense of humour (and my large repertoire of bad jokes) have gotten me There is an important distinction between Ego through some very difficult times. and Self-importance. C10) Take 10 at lunch – and change your socks Ego can be defined as “your consciousness of your and shoes. own identity.” You need an ego in this business because Ego is important for your survival. Ego As a First AD you stand on your feet all day. Takhelps you to believe in yourself, it helps you to ing a moment after lunch to change you socks and get up in the morning knowing that you still have shoes is a blissful moment – it actually re-energizthings to learn but you are good at your job and es you. There is probably some psychological or you will get through your day by being fair and chemical reason for this that I don’t understand, respecting others. but whatever it is, try it because it does work! On the other hand, self-importance (or what I call misplaced ego) is “an inflated feeling of pride in your superiority to others.” I believe it is this trait (more than anything else) that makes working and surviving in the entertainment industry harder than it has to be. C9) Have a sense of humour – learn to laugh at yourself.

I like to take about 10 – 15 minutes on my own somewhere off set during lunch to have a quiet time. This is where I can “recharge by batteries.” All day you have to be on your game and make hundreds of decisions with the crew constantly asking you questions. Taking time some time for yourself is really, really important to keep your body relaxed and your mind sharp.

This rule should probably be #1 on this list.

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Bobby Peoples

Atlanta’s Mayor of Independent Filmmaking!

Where are you from?

I’m from Richmond, VA but I was born in Newark, NJ

If anyone in business could be your mentor who would it be? Roger Corman, he is the major key player in

How did your parents influence you growing the careers of people like Spielberg, Cameron, Scorsese, Deniro just to name a few. He gave up? them all their first start to being A listers in Hollywood. He also produced the original FAST and FURIOUS movie.

Not really at all….. I mean I got my talents from them obviously my mother writes and I hear my dad is a cameraman in Hawaii so other than that, they have no influences in my life then or now. What do you love most about your

career? When you were a child, what did you want to Giving new undiscovered actors a shot at bebe when you grow up? As far as I can remember I always wanted to be in the film business. I would pretend I was making movies whenever I played with my GI Joe and Star Wars action figures. Only thing was missing was a super 8 camera…

ing a lead in a movie just seeing their excitement and hunger is amazing.

How do you balance family life with your career?

We are a movie family from my wife to my What lead you to the road that you are on kids who help out behind the scenes and sometimes in front of the camera. now business wise? It was the only thing that I felt my life was for I had no other idea of what I wanted to do with it when I was younger. Even with battle depression, I knew making movies was the only thing that made me happy not those drugs I was prescribed.

Tell me about your business. The Peoples Network is a production company that caters to Indie films, web series and music videos. Owned by me and my beautiful wife Renee Peoples (NOTE: she did not pay me to say that…lol), we believe in giving actors an opportunity to get into films and use us a stepping stool to get to the next level.

Where do you see yourself in the next year? Inspiring a new generation of filmmakers, with my book and workshop; “HOW TO MAKE MOVIES AND MONEY MANUAL”. It can be found on amazon.com for $19.99. It’ as great investment for those who need step by step instructions.

What is Your Ambizion? (Legacy) To continue to do what I love to do and be a blessing to those who want to receive the blessings I offer. 18



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Another great thing about working at the beach is you don't need to carry sand bags, just bring Photography In A Pinch bags. There's usually plenty of sand already on by: Barney Newton the beach. Those are priceless for weighting reflectors, which tend to act like a sail in ocean Good photographers try to be prepared for almostbreezes. any contingency. Unfortunately, if you tried to carry everything you'd need to meet every contingency inBring A Cooler the field, you'd have to pack like a Bedouin trader. But leave the ice packs at home. A cooler has several advantages over an equipment case in Many times that simply isn't possible and other times it's not desirable. So the seasoned photogra- many situations. They're solid, many have a pher learns to be resourceful. Here are a few miscel- handle and wheels, and you can sit or stand on laneous tips that can save your back, particularly on them in a pinch. If you lose or break it, you're only out about $40. short trips near home. A Monopod In all but the most extreme lighting situations a monopod can substitute nicely for a tripod and is a lot easier to carry. With practice you'll be able to hold a monopod nearly as stable as a tripod, for a short time anyway.

You can still carry drinks with the camera gear, but carefully. Get those drink cozies you put in the freezer. Those will keep your drinks cold without bringing down the temp too much in the cooler. The last thing you want to do is bring cold optics or a camera out into warm, muggy atmosphere. Expect instant condensation if you do.

Another trick for stabilizing a monopod is to wrap the camera strap around your upper arm and push Carry a Bag of Rubber Bands on the monopod while exerting gentle backward pressure on the strap. Similarly, you can place a large They're just so handy for so many things and so easy to carry. You can use them for emergency clamp on your monopod and use it as a shoulder brace, almost like a gun mount. It might look a little repairs and to keep papers from flying away. funny but it works surprisingly well. A fat rubber band is handy for dislodging a stuck filter. Wrap the rubber band around Working In Sand the edge of the filter and that should give you enough grip to get it loose. For those times you have to drag a tripod to the beach or sandy area, grab three tennis balls on the And, if you're stuck waiting outside a courtway out the door. Cut a hole big enough for your house waiting for a photo op, they're also tripod leg and fit a tennis ball over each end. endlessly entertaining for taunting your fellow photographers. The tennis balls won't sink in the sand, will keep most of the grit out of the end of your tripod leg and Incident Light Meter you can throw them away when you're finished.

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Many photographers still carry a light meter, even in the days of high end digital SLRs. If you're packing light you can use a styrofoam cup over the end of your lens and use your camera's light meter, hold it in place with one of your rubber bands. Note that cups do come in different thicknesses, so you may want to calibrate yours using the Sunny 16 rule before you leave. Record the exposure at the subject, then walk back to shoot the picture.

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Basic Tips On Shopping For Printers For Laptops by: Jacob Akshire

You can increase your laptop’s function-

ality by getting a printer that goes with it. There are so many printers for laptops available nowadays, for sure there’s a specific model out there that can meet your needs. However, the challenging part is looking for that specific unit. Worry not because below are some simple guidelines on buying one. Going for a reliable brand is a good idea. It may not be the cheapest one around, but you know it’s going to be of service for you for a long time. Besides, in case you need to purchase accessories or parts, you won’t have a hard time finding them. Purchasing something that’s from a cheap brand might only get broken easily. Go for something that equals the portability of the laptop you own. Some models may have compact sizes but they may be on the heavy side. It’s also possible for a large model to be light. Find a unit that’s both compact and lightweight so you may lug it around hassle-free. There are models with such specifications, especially designed for people who are on the go always. However, when picking a model that’s compact, see to it that it can work on standard media sizes like letter, legal or executive. There are units out there that are limited when it comes to media sizes handled. That’s why you should point out the size of documents you commonly print. For flexibility, choose a model which can also work on different media types.

Because of size discrepancies, all the ports you can find on a desktop computer may not be found on a laptop, especially a small one. For this reason, the printer you’re eyeing should have a hi-speed USB 2.0 interface for easy hooking up with a laptop. Purchasing a printer that only sports a parallel port may not be a good idea at all. A monochrome one is usually cheaper than something which can churn out both monochrome and color prints. Point out what your everyday printing needs are to be able to decide which of them to pick. It’s also important to consider the resolution. This is measured in terms of dpi (dots per inch). If what you need to print are documents containing plain text, something that has a 600 x 600 dpi resolution is okay. A higher resolution is better for printing graphics. The ppm, or short for pages per minute, will show you how fast the unit works. By and large, a printer is capable of producing more pages a minute when doing black-and-white tasks. You should also check out of the first-page-out time on the specifications list. This indicates how long will it take for the document to be printed from the time the data is transmitted to the printer. Take a look as several different printers for laptops available out there. Go online and compare their features and prices. Read review by experts or drop by forum sites where the model you’re considering to buy is being talked about. When you truly love what you do, you are loved by those whom you serve. This is why passion for your chosen line of work will eventually lead to a long, successful, and happy life.

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