Sufficient Grace (Dedicated to the fight against Ebola)

first_imgIt was a case of death, it was not a case of life, many people were dying, not many were living, and there was a chance to survive, but the report that there was not cure for the virus caused many to throw their hands in the air.  It was an uncertain period and surviving demanded the intervention of God, many people claimed.  But the morning after three family members perished, hundreds jammed the local community church on Bushrod Island, and like the people of the Biblical Nineveh, tore their clothes and disorganized their hair and from morning till night, refrained from food.   Twenty eight year-old Jason Mandela emerged from his self-imposed fast, with vigor and expectation from a group, including Pastor John Towah in tow. The withering evening cold seethed through the environment as the two men reclined on soft chairs for reflection. The invitation had come from Mandela and the pastor was willing to answer to his concerns.  “God heard the people of Nineveh,” Mandela said with references to the Writ, “and he would by no means hear our pleas.” The pastor chuckled with excitement.  “He would definitely do as we have requested.” Mandela could not restrain a smile, despite the harrowing experience of losing more than seven family members, including his mother and a sister.  “Does the Lord destroy the just with the unjust,” a question that the pastor was apparently prepared for, made certain for his years as a man who searched the Scriptures, and was able to see the angle of the conversation.  He smiled.  “The Lord is just and he would by no means destroy the just along with the unjust.” He explained further the incident recorded in scripture about the doom cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. And offered more reasons why the just would not be swept away with the unjust.  “The patriarch Abraham was allowed to plead with the Lord to save the few just and as a result to have saved the many who were unjust,” a statement that Mandela nodded in appreciation.  But Mandela could not fail to throw the next question, which intruded his mind, since the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease.  “Are we a doom generation?” The pastor emitted a grave smile and urging Mandela to look at him, he shook his head, as a consequence.  “What could make you ask such a question?” Mandela could not retain his surprise, for the pastor’s reaction and sweeping his head away from the pastor folded his hands across his chest. The evening was approaching fast and the echoes of automobile engines filled the air.  But to his utter surprise, Mandela could feel the pastor regaining his composure and excitement in his eyes.  “It would be unfair to assign any evil with the Lord,” he said, “but due to our limited understanding as to how the Lord works, many people are quick to place their difficulties onto the Lord and when tough times come, credit him of their sufferings.” Mandela then said, “Should we not throw our burden on to the Lord?”  “You should by any means.”  “How is it different from what I said earlier?”The pastor could not fail to catch the sarcasm in Mandela’s eyes, and he went on in full blast, for he would be remiss if he failed to defend the Lord in this instance.  “Throwing your burden on the Lord is not the same as suggesting that we are part of a doom generation. May the Lord’s name be praised, for it is clearly a situation where human mistakes ganged up to destroy what belongs to the Lord to shame.  “Like before the destruction of the doom cities Sodom and Gomorrah, it is a question of trusting in the Lord, for he is mysterious in his saving grace.”  The young man’s interest heightened.  “When will the Lord speak?” he knew his question was deliberate, an intentional response to get the man of God out open up. ‘The Lord saves,’ yes he was aware of what he did in ancient Israel. But when would the Lord speak to set the records straight. There had been heart rendering issues in the land, and Liberians knew that. What did the Lord’s saving grace in the days of old mean to the present? Many, including good men who were willing to take care of those who were infected with the deadly virus, perished, and yet the Lord had not spoken. Drawing him out from his reverie, the pastor explained that though the Lord had not spoken, as many of the faithful would have expected he had already spoken, just that people were not aware of it.  “Scripture provides us a deeper meaning of what we must do as a people to take care of any problem like what we have right now,” he said, and the young man had no alternative but to smile, with some purpose.   This was when the pastor, most especially said, “Like the case of the city of Nineveh, the Lord realized the iniquities of the people and therefore sent his prophet to declare the danger that was coming.  “It is of interest that aware of the Lord’s kindness and considering that we are dust, the prophet, in this case Jonah knew about the Lord’s kindness to forgive those he was sent to proclaim their doom.” The young man could not but offer a discerning smile, for the Lord’s patience he knew was beyond compare to that of his created beings. He knew man’s inhumanity to man, and the recent war in which whole families perished deliberately which could not be compared to the goodness of the creator of all mankind.  Pastor Towah apparently was thinking on the same line, when he responded with a sense of appreciation to the Lord’s dealings with his creation.  “Human beings may show off their kindness to the suffering, but in truth human weakness is so overwhelming that in actual fact if the world had responded to the Ebola crisis as expected, there is every sense that we would not have suffered and lost hundreds of people.”   The young man nodded in agreement for he held the belief that the universal creator was more considerate and compassionate in his dealings with mankind than mankind and its dealing with its own. Mandela knew the sorry record of mankind against itself, and with a little recognition he realized that the creator of everything living was more considerate than mankind itself.  The pastor might have apparently read his mind, and he followed up with a conclusion that his listener could not deny.  “Jonah as a prophet had been aware of the goodness of the Lord; he was aware of God’s unparallel judicial decisions offered the people of Israel.  “He apparently followed God’s divine justice when Moses led the Jews from captivity and later in the days of prophets Isaiah and Ezekiel and therefore he knew, and therefore Jonah could make many references about God’s willingness to forgive the erring people of Nineveh.”  Then Mandela interrupted with a question. “Was Jonah not interested in the amazing forgiveness of the creator of everything living?” Mandela knew his question could get the pastor to open up. And the pastor could not prevent a mild smile.  “That is an interesting question, but don’t forget that he made an attempt not to carry out the divine judgment against the people of Nineveh.  “Remember that whatever his interest and maturity, he was simply a human and there was evidently an urgency bothered on anger to see the Lord handle the situation from his standpoint, which the Lord later, contrary dramatized when what gave him a wonderful rest was removed and he showed similar anger.” Mandela now could see the situation from a positive angle, for man’s actions were not meant to help his kind, and even if man had the means to make the world a little better, his in-born tendency to show off and identify with his self destructive ego, was too glaring for him to ignore.  Liberians were dying, that was evidently true, and there was evident that many others were surviving, which was also true. What was responsible for the two groups then?  “I’m getting the message that,” Mandela said with some purpose, “our survival depends on what we reasonably do as a consequence of what is happening here.” The pastor once again could not refrain from a hearty smile. And his response was calculated to serve as a purpose and also to remind his listener that to survive in the current Ebola scourge meant the deliberate use of preventive measures with the intent of staying alive.  Mandela could not fail to appreciate God’s provision and the means to save mankind in a situation that by all accounts, demanded the use of information for survival. The Lord would provide a means, true, but is a means to use common sense measures, to stay alive.  In the end, Mandela realized that when all had been settled and there were remnants of the Ebola scourge, there would be celebrations and thanksgiving to the Lord, concerning his amazing grace.  As the two men left each other, Mandela was convinced that while divine justice did not overwhelm the people of Nineveh, it was not the case with Liberia and her neighbors. And therefore if anyone would want to twist the current epidemic and blame it on the Lord, since he is the maker and knower of all things, Mandela would denounce him, for God’s grace was sufficient for all.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Shocking $8000, $10,000 short drop taxi bills rattles new REO

first_imgRegion 10 statutory meeting…says dysfunctional system needs to be fixedNewly appointed Regional Executive Officer (REO) of Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) Orrin Gordon has admitted that the system of administration within the Regional Democratic Council (RDC), which he inherited almost two months ago, is “struggling”, as he pointed to a dysfunctional system.REO Orrin GordonGordon made the revelation during the most recent statutory meeting of the Council last week. Addressing Regional Chairman Renis Morian, Vice Chairman Elroy Adolph, Councillors and Department Heads, Gordon gave a synopsis of what he has encountered so far stating, “I don’t want to be harsh, but I will say that the organisation in my view is struggling at this point in time; where we have systems which I’m quite sure were there from the beginning and somewhat gone astray over time. Therefore, it would take quite a bit of effort to really pull it back and put it back on track.”The REO pointed to issues in the system in the areas of education, the Regional Works Department and finances (overspending and unnecessary spending), adding that there were others which he would prefer not to disclose at the meeting, but rather directly to the Regional Chairman himself.Gordon stated that some of the charges and costs which come to the RDC is “phenomenal”. He spoke specifically of costs for transportation to transport school feeding materials after the Council’s vehicle encountered problems.“I have a difficulty paying a taxi between $8000 to $9000 to traverse one mile…If I had to hire a vehicle from the office (RDC) to the Mackenzie High School I had to pay that vehicle $20,000… If we need to pull this system back, all of us, in the circumstances have a responsibility to ensure that we get value for money,” he said. He also spoke of certain documents which he has received which he noted shows some level of dysfunction.“My initial view of some of the documents that would come in front of me over time is one that says (there is) some amount of dysfunction in the system…”, Gordon stated. In response, the Regional Chairman urged Gordon not to sign off on some of the high or suspicious costs but rather to “send it back”.“Some prices that do hit you, especially from the Department of Education does kill you, but it continues to happen. I’m happy that the REO recognise these prices and ‘Sir, don’t sign because we gon hold you responsible. Send it back,” Morian urged.Additionally, Gordon said both the Council and the administration need to work together to move the process forward and bring the administration back on track.last_img read more

Fenerbahce bid for Arsenal’s David Ospina in doubt after talks break down

first_img David Ospina Fenerbahce’s hopes of landing Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina have been dealt a major blow after talks between clubs broke down.The Turkish giants were in pole position to complete a deal for the 28-year-old, who is expected to leave the Emirates this summer.And while their interest remains high, Turkish newspaper Sozcu have reported that talks regarding the Colombian have collapsed.The source also claims that Fenerbahce had agreed a £3m fee with Arsenal for Ospina, but the Gunners have now raised their asking price.A potential switch to Turkey has now been thrown into doubt as Fenerbahce consider their next steps.Ospina is on the verge of an exit from the Premier League as he goes in search of regular first-team football.LA Galaxy are also thought to hold an interest and with Fenerbahce now unlikely to meet Arsenal’s demands, a switch to the MLS could well be on the cards. 1last_img read more

A SMALL DONEGAL SCHOOL GOING VERY BIG PLACES!

first_imgIt may be a small Donegal school but it is going big places in national competitions.Cloughfin NS are going to see Google!Cloughfin N.S., situated in a rural setting between Ballindrait, Castlefinn and Raphoe, might be a small two teacher school but this has not impeded them from excelling in two national competitions.Pupils and staff were thrilled to hear that their school’s website has once again been shortlisted for the Eircom Junior Spider Awards for the Best School Website category. There are only seven primary schools from all over Ireland that have been shortlisted in this category. Pupils will attend the Awards Cermony in none other than Google’s European Headquarters in The Foundry at Google in Dublin on Tuesday the 29th of April.Principal Fiona Farry said “Pupils are so excited at the prospect of traveling to this spectacular venue. It will be an amazing experience for them. Our school website www.cloughfinns.com showcases the huge amount of hard work and dedication of the pupils and staff in our school. We are the only primary school in Co. Donegal to be shortlisted and are delighted to hear that a group of students from St. Eunan’s College (post primary school) in Letterkenny have also been shortlisted for their project in the Best web design category http://www.optimalf1.com/ ”The school’s website.But wait, there is more. 5th and 6th class pupils have also topped the polls in a National Maths Competition for the months of February and March and are currently in pole position overall as the end of the challenge approaches on May 16th. TD Joe Mc Hugh presented them with there Mathletes Cup for winning the National February Challenge. http://www.mathletes.ie is the brainchild of Junior Minister for Education Ciarán Cannon and Sean O Sullivan, Sos Ventures and former Dragon on Dragon’s Den (RTE) and is supported by the Department of Education and Skills. Mr. O Sullivan tweeted the following ” Sean OSullivan @sosventuresBiggest little underdog Primary School in #Ireland @MATHletes_ie Cloughfin NS in Lifford, Co. Donegal http://mathletes.ie/leaderboards-schools-march/ … #Superhuman ”Pupils master maths skills online using Khan Academy in school and at home. It is amazing to see how much time they spend learning maths at home and even during the school holidays! http://www.independent.ie/business/technology/khando-approach-rips-up-the-rule-book-on-learning-by-rote-30193088.htmlIf the students retain their overall lead on May 16th, they will be presented with their award and a grant to purchase technology for their school at the eXCITE Global Digital Learning Conference, in Dublin on May 31st. http://www.excited.ie/Great see the Donegal Flag flying high again at National Level!!Http:/www.cloughfinns.com or follow the school on Twitter @CloughfinNs A SMALL DONEGAL SCHOOL GOING VERY BIG PLACES! was last modified: April 27th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CLOUGHFIN NATIONAL SCHOOLdonegalGooglelast_img read more

Glennie Remains In Top-10 After Day 2 At MVC Championship

first_imgCHICAGO – Sophomore Madison Glennie led the Drake University women’s golf team for the second consecutive day as the Bulldogs are in 10th place through 36 holes at the Missouri Valley Conference Championship on Monday.Glennie fired her second straight 75 (+3) for a total score of 150 (75-75) and is tied for 10th place. Freshman Sophie Hill carded a 77, remaining tied for 32nd-place with a score of 157 (80-77), while fellow freshman Adrianna Elliott totaled a score of 159 (80-79). Sophomore Brooke Miller was one shot better on the second day than the opening round, shooting an 81 for a score of 163 (82-81). Senior Katie Clausen closed out the Bulldogs’ day with a score of 173 (87-86).”I was very pleased to see our improvement. It was a perfect day for golf,” said Drake head coach Rachael Pruett.The Bulldogs finished the second day five strokes better than the first round, recording a 312 for a total score of 629 (317-312) through 36 holes.The final round of the MVC Championship is set to get underway at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday.   Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Terry insists Chelsea can still make top four after win at Arsenal

first_imgJohn Terry insisted Chelsea can still secure a top-four finish following the 1-0 win at Arsenal.Diego Costa’s goal was enough to give the Blues a derby victory that lifted them to 13th in the table and continued their encouraging recent form.“Anything is doable. Everybody is beating everybody else,” Blues skipper Terry told Sky Sports.“It is a tough league and if we put a run together we have a good chance of fourth. We will fight until there are no points to play for.”Blues midfielder Nemanja Matic added: “It is a big win. We are in a bad position and every point is important.“I am sure, until the end of the season, that we are still a big team and we can win something. This win will give us more confidence for the future.“They had some chances but we deserved to win. Today was the real Chelsea.”More reaction from the Emirates Stadium to follow.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

49ers re-commit to handful of players, pass on Garçon

first_imgSANTA CLARA – Pass rushers Cassius Marsh and Dekoda Watson soon will be challenged for their jobs by 49ers additions this spring. But, on Thursday, the 49ers proved willing to giving Marsh and Watson another shot in 2019.Marsh and Watson had their contract options exercised at base salaries of $3.8 million and $1.45 million, respectively. Fullback Kyle Juszczyk ($4.2 million) and nickel back K’Waun Williams ($1.55 million) also had their 2019 options picked up by the 49ers.Excited to be a @49 …last_img

Science Site Promotes Polygamy

first_imgOn Valentine’s Day, a Darwinian science site has actively promoted polyamory, the “swinging” lifestyle.Live Science, a long-time promoter of Darwin-only views (and attacker of creationism), has outdone itself for Valentine’s Day: promoting polygamy and polyandry (hetero- or homosexual) as healthy alternatives to traditional marriage.  Although not mentioning evolution specifically in its parade of articles, it draws on what animals do for support.In “Polygamy May Be Good For You,” Live Science reporter Stephanie Pappas used the word of a Vermont psychologist to insinuate the “nonmonogamy” (which could include any non-traditional arrangment) is not so bad – it’s even healthy.  She’s talking about having multiple sex partners with knowledge of those involved.In “Five Myths About Polyamory Debunked,” Live Science reporter Stephanie Pappas alleged in a series of 5 short articles that nonmonogamous relationships are perfectly fine, citing “researchers” and an upcoming “International Academic Polyamory Conference” starting tomorrow at (not surprisingly), Berkeley.  Here’s “Myth 5: Polyamory is bad for the kids.”  Pappas quoted a “legal consultant” and “former Georgia State University professor” who is “writing a book on polyamorous families” as an expert: “One of the main things this does indicate to me is that these families can be really good places to raise children,” Elizabeth Sheff said. “Not necessarily that all of them, definitionally, are, but that they may be, depending on how families work it out,” despite questionable evidence.Live Science Staff posted a non-scientific poll: “Would You Consider Polyamory?”In “Love & Lust: 7 Lessons from the Animal Kingdom,” Live Science reporter Wynne Parry used animal antics of dinosaurs, salmon, squid and other creatures as teachers of human morality.Finally, in “The 5 Secrets of Seduction,” Live Science reporter Tia Ghose advised people on how to get a “pick-up”– not how to show faithfulness, honesty, or unselfish commitment.  This article had links to the polyamory articles.  The multiple authors and editor’s blessing makes Live Science a promoter of “nonmonogamy,” whatever it is.Of course these articles had nothing to say about STD.This is what you get with evolutionary amorality.  Animals are our teachers.  Anything goes.  It’s all an evolutionary game to pass on genes.  Ethics, agape love and honesty are meaningless.  We saw the progression with evolutionary psychology casting its imprimatur on homosexuality; now polyamory is on the threshold.  What will follow: child sexual abuse?  Rape and murder?  Don’t disbelieve it; this world view has no standards.  Darwinism even justifies cheaters (“non-cooperators”) as parts of the evolutionary game just as valid as the cooperators; that could include rapists and murderers.By praising “nonmonogamy,” Live Science has willingly opened a Pandora’s Box, declaring itself no friend of true science, but a promoter of evil.  Just watch: as with homosexuality, the initial shock will be replaced by acceptance, entertainment, then advocacy (see satire, “The Future of Cannibal Rights“).  Those who oppose the new non-monogamy sexual revolution in favor of traditional marriage will be seen as purveyors of hate who must be persecuted.  The book of Revelation describes a time when mankind, even when God’s judgment is falling upon them, would not repent of their immoralities (Rev. 9:20-21). Without a Christian revival, dark days are coming. (Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

King of Karate in Khayelitsha

first_imgSensei Monwabisi Njomba has taken the lessons he learnt mastering martial arts and used them to develop the minds and bodies of young people in Cape Town.Monwabisi Njomba (right) is a trained martial arts teacher, who learnt valuable lessons and healthy living. He is now inspiring young people and others in the community through his Njomba Fitness Academy in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. (Image: Monwabisi Njomba Facebook)CD AndersonSensei Monwabisi Njomba got his start in karate, kung fu and other martial arts as a young man in Uitenhage, Eastern Cape. When he moved to Cape Town in 2010, he had a dream of opening his own dojo, or martial arts gym, for youngsters who wanted to learn both the physical and mental pillars of the ancient arts of self-defence.“I always had a heart for young people and decided to pursue the idea of opening my own gym. I then started Njomba Fitness Academy [in Khayelitsha] to try to bring young people together through fitness and prevent them from doing wrong,” he told News24.The academy started small, at the township’s Eyethu Hall and set up with only the most rudimentary equipment and his knowledge of martial arts. But the idea soon found an appreciative audience. Children in the area approached the academy in droves, inspired, like Njomba when he was young, to learn the quick and agile moves made famous by films stars such Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris.Njomba says the principles of karate and other martial arts are not only about strength and physical power, but also about self-discipline and mental focus. “I always kept my head high because I was passionate about karate,” he says, and he is doing his best to instil that same self-belief in his young students.The academy is not only for the young, with many older residents learning the more delicate though equally fulfilling practices of yoga and Pilates. He also teaches basic self-defence methods to women and organises aerobics classes and fun runs. While the main focus of the academy is martial arts, Njomba ensures there is something for everyone in the community.“My main aim [for the community] is to keep the young people fit and help elders to live healthy and better lives.”Right now, Njomba’s biggest challenge is keeping the academy running, and he is always on the lookout for new sponsors and companies interested in partnering with the gym to be able to continue giving the residents a place to make friends, and learn tolerance and healthy living.“We don’t have proper gear [for karate] and sometimes transport is a hassle when we want to go to championships. But we keep our heads high and try to help the young ones who are passionate about the sport,” Njomba said.The popularity of the Njomba Fitness Academy is growing, and for the founder himself, its success is the fulfilment of his life’s dream to bring karate to the community. “I really love what I do… I believe everyone needs to exercise in order to live a healthy life.”Watch a video of Njomba and his Fitness Academy on the News24/Beautiful News website.Source: News24/Beautiful News, Monwabisi Njomba FacebookWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Car Crashes and Comedy: Actionable Tips from The Nice Guys

first_imgBreak down the production of The Nice Guys and learn some great set tips on shooting car conversations, car crashes, and lighting a fire.Top image The Nice Guys via Warner Bros.Director Shane Black‘s latest action-comedy The Nice Guys has tremendous behind-the-scenes footage that will make you want to grab a camera, some guns, and start shooting.Poor Man’s Vehicle ProcessBefore breaking down this setup, let’s take a quick look at the poor man’s car in action with behind-the-scenes footage and clips from the film’s trailer.With countless options of camera cars and process trailers (and even the new revolutionary vehicle stand-in for VFX cars), the poor man’s vehicle process is still one of the cheapest and most effective ways to shoot a car conversation.The poor man’s process is most often used on a soundstage with green-screen backdrops. A car is parked on set, and the set grips use fans and light rigs to give the illusion of movement. Grips may use a trick of the trade and put a lever or car jack underneath a vehicle to add shake for more realistic motion.In the behind the scenes of The Nice Guys, you will actually see a great setup using a makeshift spinning light rig. Director of Photography Philippe Rousselot had his grip and electric departments build a giant fan-like rig that uses four arms, each equipped with two light panels.The scene below features a convertible shoot, with the car’s top down. This required the grips to use large fans on each of the actors to create a moving wind. Be sure to note that some of the lights have strips of gaff tape to break up the light and add variety.In a closed-top vehicle, there are some changes to take into account. No longer are the actors being hit by wind, so fans are not needed. That said, now that there is a top on the process vehicle, and the car’s windows are down — the grips had to keep the rotating lights from entering the vehicle and shining on the actors. Otherwise there would be lines of white light hitting their faces every few seconds.This required them to set up flags just outside and above the windows. These black flags are positioned to perfectly stop light from entering the driver and passenger-side windows. It also keep the lights from lighting up the body of the car around the window, so it’s not obvious to the audience that a bunch of lights are just spinning around and the car isn’t moving. Here’s a look at the flags and fixture on set.Note how the rear wheels do not touch the ground. While jacking up the vehicle can be used to add movement, it’s also recommended to keep the vehicle raised to keep it from accidentally becoming mobile if switched into neutral.Lighting a Fire — China Ball Fire FlickerWe frequently tout the china ball as one of the best cheap filmmaking tools. It adds a great soft light that wraps around an actor’s face. We’ve previously talked about ways to create a fire flicker, but The Nice Guys actually shows you how it’s done. You’ll see the light come on as the fire rises out of the lighter. Then the china ball is softly shaken to add movement. Another trick is to poke a few small holes in the china ball to add some more realistic bounce to the light.High-Speed Action and Set SafetyAn action-comedy is full of fun and high-speed action, but it’s paramount that the safety of cast and crew is a high priority. A rule to keep in mind when working with violence and action — it’s all in the edit. On set, everything is to be controlled and safe.In the above image, we see a camera on top of an apple box placed well behind the point of impact. There are no operators around the camera, to prevent any accidents from happening. If the car were to break through the crash site, the only thing lost would be the camera itself. Camera operators can still control the camera’s focus if necessary by using a remote focus controller. Here is a look at the set crash and a final sequence from the trailer.In addition to the car crash, let’s break down a scene that calls for physical violence. In the trailer, we are treated to a rapid cut of Russell Crowe throwing Ryan Gosling around in his character’s home. Remember, it’s the editing that makes the scene tense.Now let’s head back to the set to see how everything really went down. You can see that the violence all comes from the acting and editing. As Crowe enters the home, he takes lead as the dominant character. Immediately you will see the actor’s marks in red spike tape on the ground. This positions the characters effectively for the shot, but it also keeps them in the own zones to prevent any accidental trips or falls.Crowe will then physically move Gosling around by the arm — but note how Gosling is actually leading the movement. The classic acting trick is to take physical control away from the dominant character. The person being thrown around is actually the one calling the shots. While Crowe’s hand firmly grasps Gosling’s arm, it’s actually Ryan Gosling who is pulling Crowe behind him. As soon as they are off camera, Crowe taps Gosling — reaffirming that the shot has concluded, and they should reset if needed.The next sequence calls for Crowe to throw Gosling, causing him to tumble through the house. While it appears that Crowe gives him a solid push, his hands are merely leading in the direction Gosling must fall. Gosling will control his own tumble.Then Crowe walks up to Gosling and kicks him in the gut. Once again, even though Crowe is the dominant character in the scene, Gosling has all the control on set. Watch closely as Crowe moves his foot toward Gosling’s stomach. He doesn’t actually kick him with any force. It’s up to Gosling to make the impact look believable, as he will push with his legs and throw his own body into the air toward the wall. That right there is classic movie magic. Learn any new tips? Which ones do you want to try on your next set? Let us know in the comments below. For all of the behind-the-scenes footage, check out this video from Flicks And The City Pluslast_img read more