Jaws

Jaws is a 1975 American thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Peter Benchley’s 1974 novel of the same name. In the film, a man-eating great white shark attacks beachgoers at a summer resort town, prompting police chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) to hunt it with the help of a marine biologist (Richard Dreyfuss) and a professional shark hunter (Robert Shaw). Murray Hamilton plays the mayor, and Lorraine Gary portrays Brody’s wife. The screenplay is credited to Benchley, who wrote the first drafts, and actor-writer Carl Gottlieb, who rewrote the script during principal photography.

During a beach party at dusk on Amity Island, a young woman, Chrissie Watkins, goes skinny dipping in the ocean. While treading water, she is violently pulled under. The next day, her partial remains are found on shore. The medical examiner’s ruling that the death was due to a shark attack leads police chief Martin Brody to close the beaches. Mayor Larry Vaughn overrules him, fearing that the town’s summer economy will be ruined and points out that the town has never had trouble with sharks. The coroner now concurs with the mayor’s theory that Chrissie was killed in a boating accident. Brody reluctantly accepts their conclusion until the shark kills a young boy, Alex Kitner, in full daylight on a crowded beach. A bounty is placed on the shark, prompting an amateur shark-hunting frenzy. Local professional shark hunter Quint offers his services for $10,000. Meanwhile, consulting oceanographer Matt Hooper examines Chrissie’s remains, and confirms her death was caused by a shark—an unusually large one.

When local fishermen catch a tiger shark, the mayor proclaims the beaches safe. Mrs. Kitner, Alex’s mother, openly blames Brody for her son’s death, leaving him guilt-ridden. Hooper disputes that it is the same predator, confirming this after no human remains are found inside it. Hooper and Brody find a half-sunken vessel while searching the night waters in Hooper’s boat. Underwater, Hooper retrieves a sizable great white shark’s tooth embedded in the submerged hull. He drops it in fright after encountering the partial corpse of local fisherman Ben Gardner. Vaughn discounts Brody and Hooper’s statements that a huge great white shark is responsible for the deaths, and refuses to close the beaches, allowing only added safety precautions. On the Fourth of July weekend, tourists pack the beaches. Following a juvenile prank in which the presence of a shark is simulated, the real shark enters a nearby estuary, killing a boater and causing Brody’s oldest son, Michael, to go into shock. Brody then convinces Vaughn to hire Quint.

Quint, Brody, and Hooper set out on Quint’s boat, the Orca, to hunt the shark. While Brody lays down a chum line, Quint waits for an opportunity to hook the shark. Without warning, it appears behind the boat. Quint, estimating its length at 25 feet (7.6 m) and weight at 3 tonnes (3.0 long tons; 3.3 short tons), harpoons it with a line attached to a flotation barrel, but the shark pulls the barrel underwater and disappears. At nightfall, Quint and Hooper drunkenly exchange stories about their assorted scars, and Quint reveals that he survived the USS Indianapolis. The shark returns unexpectedly, ramming the boat’s hull, and disabling the power. The men work through the night, repairing the engine. In the morning, Brody attempts to call the Coast Guard, but Quint, who has become obsessed with killing the shark without outside assistance, smashes the radio. After a long chase, Quint harpoons another barrel into the shark. The line is tied to the stern cleats, but the shark drags the boat backward, swamping the deck and flooding the engine compartment.

Quint prepares to sever the line to prevent the transom from being pulled out but the cleats break off, keeping the barrels attached to the shark. Quint heads toward shore to draw the shark into shallower waters, but he pushes the damaged engine past the safety limits and the overtaxed engine fails. With the Orca slowly sinking, the trio attempt a riskier approach. Hooper puts on scuba gear and enters the water in a shark-proof cage, intending to lethally inject the shark with strychnine, using a hypodermic spear. The shark attacks the cage, causing Hooper to drop the spear, which sinks and is lost. While the shark thrashes in the tangled remains of the cage, Hooper manages to escape to the seabed. The shark escapes and leaps onto the sinking deck of the boat, dragging Quint down and devouring him. Trapped on the sinking vessel, Brody jams a pressurized scuba tank into the shark’s mouth, and, climbing the crow’s nest, shoots the tank with Quint’s rifle. The resulting explosion obliterates the shark. Hooper surfaces, and he and Brody paddle back to Amity Island clinging to the remaining barrels.

To be honest, watching it from beginning to end for the first time in 2020 the movie didn’t really stand out for me. I even found some of the acting in the beginning to be off and parts of the film boring. Still I do acknowledge it’s iconic standing among fans of movies and for animal attacks in particular. I give it a 7.5 outta 10!

RIP Joel Schumacher

Joel Schumacher, costume designer-turned-director of films including “St. Elmo’s Fire,” “The Lost Boys” and “Falling Down,” as well as two “Batman” films, died in New York City on Monday morning after a year-long battle with cancer. He was 80. Born in New York City, the son of Marian (née Kantor) and Francis Schumacher. His mother was a Swedish Jew, whereas his father was a Baptist from Knoxville, Tennessee, who died when Joel was four years old.  Schumacher studied at Parsons The New School for Design before earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. He moved to Los Angeles, where he began his media work as a costume designer in films such as Woody Allen’s Sleeper and Interiors and developed his skills with television work studying towards a Master of Fine Arts from University of California, Los Angeles.

Schumacher’s first screenplay was for the musical drama Sparkle in 1976, which Schumacher had developed with Howard Rosenman before moving to Los Angeles. He also wrote the screenplays for the 1976 low-budget hit movie Car Wash, 1978’s The Wiz—an adaptation of the stage play of the same name—and a number of other minor successes. His film directorial debut was The Incredible Shrinking Woman in 1981, which starred Lily Tomlin. The Brat Pack films St. Elmo’s Fire and The Lost Boys were two of Schumacher’s biggest hits. Their style impressed audiences and their financial success allowed studios to trust him with ever-larger projects. He stated in the director’s commentary for St. Elmo’s Fire that he resents the “Brat Pack” label, as he feels it misrepresents the group.

Schumacher directed two adaptations of John Grisham’s novels: The Client (1994) and A Time to Kill (1996). Grisham personally requested that Schumacher return to direct A Time to Kill. Schumacher replaced Tim Burton as the director of the Batman film franchise when he directed Batman Forever in 1995. Val Kilmer replaced Michael Keaton in the title role. Despite a mixed critical reception, the film scored the highest-grossing opening weekend of 1995. It finished as the second-highest-grossing film of the year in North America, and sixth-highest worldwide. After this success, Warner Bros. hired Schumacher to direct a sequel, Batman & Robin, which was released in 1997. The film did not perform as well at the box office as its predecessors, and was critically panned; it is frequently considered to be one of the worst films ever made.

Schumacher decided to reinvent his career with darker, lower-budget fare like 8mm with Nicolas Cage, and Flawless with Robert De Niro. 8mm was entered into the 49th Berlin International Film Festival. In 2003, he released the controversial Phone Booth, in which he once again worked with Farrell. The film—about an unseen gunman tormenting a publicist—was also delayed for months due to the Beltway sniper attacks. It received generally positive reviews, earning a 71 percent “Fresh” rating on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. Buoyed by Farrell’s recently found fame, the film earned $98.7 million worldwide.

He directed a film version of the musical The Phantom of the Opera in 2004, an adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s original stage musical. Despite mixed reviews, the film earned $154.6 million worldwide (Schumacher’s biggest hit of the 21st century to date) and was nominated for three Academy Awards, as well as three Golden Globes, including Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.

Schumacher directed The Number 23 in 2007, which was a critical flop but a moderate financial success. His next project was the vampire thriller Blood Creek, which was filmed in the spring of 2007 in rural Romania. It had a limited release. In October 2011, Schumacher released his latest film, Trespass. The action-thriller reunited Schumacher with stars Nicole Kidman and Nicolas Cage. Schumacher was openly gay throughout most of his career.

RIP Sir Ian Holm

Stage and film actor Sir Ian Holm, who played Bilbo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings films, has died aged 88. Sir Ian, Oscar-nominated as Olympic running coach Sam Mussabini in Chariots of Fire, also played the android Ash in 1979’s Alien, Father Vito Cornelius in The Fifth Element, Chef Skinner in Ratatouille, and Bilbo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film series.

“It is with great sadness we can confirm that the actor Sir Ian Holm CBE passed away this morning at the age of 88,” his agent said in a statement. “He died peacefully in hospital with his family and carer,” he added. His illness was Parkinson’s-related, his agent confirmed. Holm, who also played Dr Willis in The Madness of King George, was classically trained and put in memorable performances in numerous plays.

The National Theatre remembered him as an “extraordinary actor” whose performance as King Lear in 1997 created “wonderful memories”. Samuel West, whose father Timothy played Gloucester in the production, recalled on Twitter that the older cast members were all asked to grow beards. When they came together for a read-through, he remembered, “[director] Richard Eyre said it looked like a garden gnome convention”. Sir Ian originated the role of Lenny in Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming in 1965, reprising his performance on film eight years later.

However, his stage career was cut short after he developed acute stage fright during a production of The Iceman Cometh in 1976. He went on to work primarily in film, thanks to roles in such high-profile movies as The Fifth Element and the Lord of the Rings series. It was 1981’s Chariots of Fire that saw him receive his best supporting actor Oscar nomination. The same film won him a Bafta, as did his supporting performance in The Bofors Gun in 1968. Sir Ian played Bilbo in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films, having played Frodo Baggins for BBC radio in 1981. Diminutive in stature, he was similarly well-cast as Pod in 1992 children’s series The Borrowers.

Holm was married four times. His first three marriages ended in divorce. In 1991, he married his third wife, actress Penelope Wilton, in Wiltshire. They appeared together in the BBC miniseries The Borrowers (1993). They divorced in 2001. He was married from 2003 until his death to artist Sophie de Stempel, a protégée and life model of Lucian Freud. He had five children; three daughters (Jessica, Sarah-Jane and Melissa) and two sons (Barnaby and Harry) from three women, including the first two of his four wives. He had a grandson called Archie.

Create your Own Entertainment Space with This Nifty Guide

If you want to create your own entertainment space, then this is the guide for you.

Start with your Screen

If you want to make the most out of your space, then you need to start out with your screen. You need to make sure that your screen is positioned well so that you can then build everything around it. If you love to watch movies then having a big screen is a must, but if you like to just sit back and play computer games or anything else of the sort then you may be better off choosing a computer monitor instead. Sometimes you can mount your monitor on the wall, so keep this in mind if you would like to explore this option. The monitor you choose will largely depend on the games you play, so if you love fruit blast then you may want a monitor which has very bright colours. If you love to play a first-person RPG online on the other hand, then contrast and realism may be more up your street.

Seating

The next thing that you’ll need to focus on is seating. If you want to game using a console, then you may want to just have a standard sofa. If you like PC games, then you might want to have a computer chair where you can really slouch back. Either way, you need to make sure that your screen and your chair are proportionate to your space.

Wiring

Nothing will cramp your space more than having wires everywhere. If you want to stop this from becoming an issue, then you need to make sure that you have some good wire-tidies. This is very easy to do, and it is usually possible for you to conceal all of your wires without having to worry about a thing. If you are not quite sure about the best way for you to conceal your wires without tidies then the only real way for you to do this would be for you to drill a hole through your plaster wall and then feed the wires through. This can look neater but the problem with it is that it is very messy to do, and you may find that when you want to make a change later, it’s way harder to do.

Other Considerations

If you want to make your space the best that it can be then you may want to try and invest in a reading space so you can store all of your books. A bookcase usually looks very good next to a television and when you do this, you can really build out your TV casing to conceal any wires. You might also want to have a fridge or beverage section as this will make your space look way more functional so keep this in mind if you can.

Of course, making your space everything that it can be is very easy to do if you take your time and if you make sure that you are taking into account your own likes and dislikes along the way.

Underwater

Underwater is a 2020 American science fiction horror film directed by William Eubank and written by Brian Duffield and Adam Cozad. The film is produced by Chernin Entertainment and stars Kristen Stewart, Vincent Cassel, Jessica Henwick, John Gallagher Jr., Mamoudou Athie, and T.J. Miller. It follows a group of scientists at the bottom of the ocean who encounter a group of creatures after an earthquake destroys their laboratory. The film is inspired by the Cthulhu Mythos by H.P. Lovecraft as it features Cthulhu as the monster.

Kepler 822, a research and drilling facility operated by Tian Industries at the bottom of the Mariana Trench, is struck by a strong earthquake. As part of the facility is destroyed by the quake, mechanical engineer Norah Price and her colleagues, Rodrigo and Paul, make their way to the escape pod bay. However, the three discover that all of the escape pods have already been deployed, with Captain Lucien being the only person in the area when the three arrive. Together they reach a control base and find biologist Emily Haversham and engineer Liam Smith, who are unsuccessful in their attempts to make contact with the surface. Lucien suggests using pressurized suits to walk one mile across the ocean floor to Roebuck 641 in the hope of resurfacing from there. As they descend in a freight elevator, Rodrigo’s defective helmet implodes under the water pressure. The surviving crew see a distress beacon from one of the escape pods below, and Smith and Paul go to investigate. As they arrive at the location, they find a body in the rubble. A creature emerges from the corpse’s back and attacks. Smith kills the creature and takes it inside. Haversham examines the creature and realizes that it belongs to a previously undiscovered species.

The five make their way to the sea floor, but as they are walking, Kepler explodes above and nearly buries them in debris. Smith is hit, but Price and Lucien save him. They manage to get through an access tunnel to an intermediate station, where they can charge and clean their suits. However, they find that Smith’s oxygen scrubber is badly damaged from the debris. On their way through the access tunnel, Paul is attacked by an unknown creature, dragged underwater and killed. Before the team leaves the access tunnel, they find that Smith’s damaged oxygen pod will cause him to suffocate from the explosion’s toxic fumes. Unwilling to leave another crew member behind, Price, Lucien and Haversham agree to help Smith walk. The four set off across the ocean floor, but a humanoid creature appears and drags Smith into a cave. Lucien manages to get Smith out, but is himself pulled from the other three. Price is dragged along with Lucien, but Lucien sacrifices himself to spare Price from the increasing pressure differential.

Price ends up at the abandoned Shepard station alone, where she rummages through Lucien’s locker to find a pentagram drawn on an old blueprint of the initial drilling site. Price is able to change her damaged diving suit before continuing toward Roebuck. Walking along the ocean floor, she reunites with Haversham and Smith, and proceeds to help drag Smith. As they enter Roebuck, they encounter a nest of the humanoid creatures hanging from the ceiling and try to sneak by, but the sound of Haversham’s oxygen alarm wakes the creatures. Price is partially swallowed by one of the creatures, but is able to kill it and free herself by firing her flare gun while inside of its body. She then fires a second flare into the distance and sees the creatures are spawn to an ancient titanic creature, Cthulhu.

The three manage to reach the escape pod bay, but Price discovers that only two of the pods are functional. Price and Haversham manage to get the ailing Smith into a pod, and Price persuades Haversham to take the last one. As this happens, Cthulhu emerges and attacks the Roebuck while the smaller creatures follow the two escape pods. Price, accepting her impending death, initiates an overload of the Roebuck’s nuclear core, resulting in a massive explosion that engulfs Cthulhu and his progeny and allows the escape pods to reach the surface. Tian Industries refuses involvement with investigations into the events and prepares to expand its drilling efforts.

The film received mixed reviews from critics and grossed $40 million worldwide against a production budget of $50–80 million. It was actually quite entertaining and enjoyable even though I predicted the ending about half way through. 7 outta 10!

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (also known as Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker) is a 2019 American epic space opera film produced, co-written, and directed by J. J. Abrams. It is the third installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy, following The Force Awakens (2015) and The Last Jedi (2017), and the final episode of the nine-part “Skywalker saga.” It was produced by Lucasfilm and Abrams’ production company Bad Robot Productions and was distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. The film’s ensemble cast includes Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong’o, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, Ian McDiarmid, and Billy Dee Williams.

Following a threat of revenge by the revived Emperor Palpatine, Kylo Ren obtains a Sith wayfinder, leading him to the uncharted planet Exegol. There, he finds Palpatine, who reveals that he created Snoke as a puppet to control the First Order and lure Kylo to the dark side. Palpatine unveils the Final Order—a secret armada of Star Destroyers—and tells Kylo to find and kill Rey, who is continuing her Jedi training under Resistance leader Leia Organa. Finn and Poe Dameron deliver intelligence from a spy that Palpatine is on Exegol; Rey has learned from Luke Skywalker’s notes that a Sith wayfinder can lead them there. Rey, Finn, Poe, Chewbacca, BB-8, and C-3PO depart in the Millennium Falcon to Pasaana, where a clue to a wayfinder is hidden. Kylo initiates a Force bond with Rey to discover her location; he travels to Pasaana with his warrior subordinates, the Knights of Ren. With the help of Lando Calrissian, Rey and her friends find the clue—a dagger inscribed with Sith text, which C-3PO’s programming forbids him from interpreting—and the remains of a Jedi hunter named Ochi and his ship.

Sensing that Kylo is nearby, Rey goes to confront him. The First Order captures the Falcon, Chewbacca, and the dagger; attempting to save Chewbacca, Rey accidentally destroys a First Order transport with Force lightning. Believing Chewbacca to be dead, the group escapes on Ochi’s ship. The group travels to Kijimi, where a droidsmith extracts the Sith text from C-3PO’s memory, revealing coordinates to a wayfinder. Rey senses Chewbacca is alive, and the group mounts a rescue mission to Kylo’s Star Destroyer. Rey recovers the dagger and has visions of Ochi killing her parents with it. Kylo informs her that she is Palpatine’s granddaughter; the Sith Lord had ordered Ochi to recover Rey as a child, but her parents hid her on Jakku to protect her. General Hux saves Poe, Finn, and Chewbacca from execution, revealing himself as the spy. He permits the group to escape on the Falcon, but is discovered and killed by Allegiant General Pryde. The group flies the Falcon to the wayfinder’s coordinates on a moon in the Endor system.

Sensing that Kylo is nearby, Rey goes to confront him. The First Order captures the Falcon, Chewbacca, and the dagger; attempting to save Chewbacca, Rey accidentally destroys a First Order transport with Force lightning. Believing Chewbacca to be dead, the group escapes on Ochi’s ship. The group travels to Kijimi, where a droidsmith extracts the Sith text from C-3PO’s memory, revealing coordinates to a wayfinder. Rey senses Chewbacca is alive, and the group mounts a rescue mission to Kylo’s Star Destroyer. Rey recovers the dagger and has visions of Ochi killing her parents with it. Kylo informs her that she is Palpatine’s granddaughter; the Sith Lord had ordered Ochi to recover Rey as a child, but her parents hid her on Jakku to protect her. General Hux saves Poe, Finn, and Chewbacca from execution, revealing himself as the spy. He permits the group to escape on the Falcon, but is discovered and killed by Allegiant General Pryde. The group flies the Falcon to the wayfinder’s coordinates on a moon in the Endor system.

These Tips will Help you to Build the Perfect Home Theatre

Building a home theatre can be an exciting experience to say the least. You may feel as though you have so much to plan and if you want to get the best result, then you need to pay special attention to every detail. This includes the sound, the lighting and even the position of your TV or screen. secured bad credit personal loan If you want to get some help, then simply take a look below.

Have a Dedicated Space

A dedicated home theatre room is a space which is solely dedicated to watching any kind of movie on the big screen. With streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime around, it’s safe to say that there has never been a better time for you to make the most out of your cinematic experience. Spare rooms are brilliant for a home theatre as you can dedicate the whole room to your viewing experience. You do need to make sure that you can sit far enough away from the screen if you can though. This is especially the case if you have a video projector.  At the bigger end, your projector will probably need 14-feet worth of throw distance, for a 150” picture to be cast.

Control the Light

Ambient light is your worst enemy when it comes to your home theatre experience. Light bleed will kill your image and it will make flat-screen viewing nearly impossible. If you want to choose a video projector then you will need to choose a projector which has a very high lumens rating.  You also need to invest in some blackout blinds if you can so you can stop the light before it starts to interfere with your experience.

Ambient Sound

Ambient sound is any unwanted sound that comes from the outside of your home theatre. Even if you do manage to find a dedicated space for your home theatre, sometimes sound can interfere. You might have kids in other rooms, the sound of the dishwasher or even plumbing noises. This is the last thing that you want because it will ruin your viewing experience. One way for you to stop sound from being an issue would be for you to add another layer of drywall or add some solid doors.  If you have windows, then adding thicker curtains that block out light while absorbing sound are also a good option.

Build a Rack

Your AV rack is essentially the central brain that is responsible for controlling all of your activities. Source components, such as the BluRay player, the DVD player and even the cable box are all very good options. They can be added to your rack and this means that you can have everything set up as it should be. If you want to make sure that your rack is set up properly then you need to try and have a satellite internet connection. When you do, you will soon find that you are able to get the best viewing experience and that you are also able to put an end to lag and choppy video.

Looking like a Cinema

Think about it, what vision do you have when you think about your home cinema? For some, it’s the classic movie look with sconce lights, seating and a popcorn maker. For others, it’s scaled-down with a comfortable chair and a table for your drink. Either way, it doesn’t matter what you decide to go with because you need to make sure that you understand what you are trying to achieve before you go ahead with your full vision.

Plan a Robust Lighting System

Cinema lighting needs to be fully controllable. Light dimmers, recessed lights and then soffits really do form the foundation of your viewing experience. If you want to get the best result out of your experience overall, then you need to try and keep the lights as hidden as possible. If you do, then you will soon find that you are able to make your space look much more modern.

Limit any Reflective Objects

If you have a lot of shiny doorknobs, hinges or even fixtures then this will bounce light around the room, and this is the last thing that you need. You also have to make sure that you have paint which has a softer sheen as well. This could include choosing matte over satin. If you have some very reflective objects in your room, then it is also a good idea for you to reduce the sheen by going over it with some dark-coloured matte paint instead.

Building a home theatre can be an exciting experience to say the least. You may feel as though you have so much to plan and if you want to get the best result, then you need to pay special attention to every detail. This includes the sound, the lighting and even the position of your TV or screen. If you want to get some help, then simply take a look below.

Have a Dedicated Space

A dedicated home theatre room is a space which is solely dedicated to watching any kind of movie on the big screen. With streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime around, it’s safe to say that there has never been a better time for you to make the most out of your cinematic experience. Spare rooms are brilliant for a home theatre as you can dedicate the whole room to your viewing experience. You do need to make sure that you can sit far enough away from the screen if you can though. This is especially the case if you have a video projector.  At the bigger end, your projector will probably need 14-feet worth of throw distance, for a 150” picture to be cast.

RIP Richard Herd

American actor Richard Herd, best known for his role on Seinfeld, has died. He was 87. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Herd’s wife of 40 years, actor Patricia Crowder Herd, said that the actor died from cancer-related causes at his home in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Herd is best known for playing Mr Wilhelm on the iconic NBC comedy series Seinfeld. The character was the supervisor to George Costanza (Jason Alexander) while he worked for the New York Yankees. His TV credits include Star Trek: Voyager, a regular part on the ABC cop drama T. J. Hooker, and a role in the 1983 alien invasion mini series V.

All the President’s Men and The China Syndrome, were also some of his films. SAG-AFTRA also paid tribute to Herd. The labour union wrote alongside a Variety article announcing his death,”Mourning the loss of #sagaftramember Richard Herd, who entertained us in roles from ‘All the President’s Men’ to Seinfeld. Herd was a national board member for almost 10 years and served a 2-year term as SAG’s 3rd national vice president in 1999.” Herd was also a painter and made his own jewellery, in cheapest secured loans addition to his career in front of the camera. Herd is also survived by daughter Erica, son Rick, and stepdaughter Alicia.

He was well known in the science fiction community for his role in the 1983 NBC miniseries V and 1984 sequel V: The Final Battle, as John, the Visitors’ Supreme Commander. Other major roles in his payday loans online direct lender no credit check career included recurring parts on the NBC series seaQuest DSV as Admiral William Noyce; on Star Trek: Voyager as Admiral Owen Paris, the father of helmsman Tom Paris; and as George Costanza’s boss Mr. Wilhelm on Seinfeld. In two guest appearances on Quantum Leap, he played children’s show host “Captain Galaxy”, a would-be time traveler, and a miner named Ziggy Ziganovich. Herd has appeared at a number of fan conventions on the basis of his science fiction roles.

VST Plugins for String Music Instruments

VST Plugins for String Music Instruments

Miroslav Vitous was one of the first performers to release his Symphonic Orchestra Samples CDs in the year 1993, with this came the advent of followers. People were looking for ways to do the same thing but better, quicker, and professionally. So, the invention of the computer-based Gigastudio was released in early 2000, one thing led to another, and every musician or performer, and recording studio on the planet invested in what has now has become a choice of thousands of different plugins, available on plugin library’s online. Read more about this introduction through this link.

So, it is safe to say that if you are recording or producing your projects or for other people as a business, you’re probably using stringed instruments to add some warmth to your sounds, and with it, also a reliable string VST plugin for your digital audio workstation.

VST or Virtual Studio Technology refers to an interface for mixing effect plugins and software audio synthesizers with hard-disk recording systems and audio editors. These types of technologies typically use digital signal processing to simulate traditional recording studio software and hardware alike. There are tons of different plugins that are available on the market, both free and commercial and as such VST is supported by a variety of audio applications.

The convenience of plugins comes with many advantages, especially when you are composing music or simply doing some mixing. Benefits include:

  • Cost-effective solutions (choice of free and expensive)
  • A rich sound that can be customized inside the DAW
  • Better listening quality
  • Analog hardware emulation
  • Digital signal processing

It’s safe to say that this is possibly the most affordable and convenient VST plugins, which is why anyone can use them – professionals and amateurs alike. Learn more about how this technology works via this online source https://www.techopedia.com/definition/266/virtual-studio-technology-vst

Some plugins control the incoming sounds which can also be cut, manipulated, and employed linearly to suit the demands of your project no matter how complicated. It presents a customized tool to make things sound more professional and clearer to the listener.

There are several different VST Plugins, and some are specifically designed to be used with string instruments to help in creating virtual sounds from the vibrations, for ease of use and tailored compatibility. These include the String VST Plugins, which function similarly to stringed musical instruments such as guitars, cellos, basses, and violins.

Each plugin also has a choice of filters, these help to boost or cut off high-end and low-end frequencies beyond their set limits. So, you can adjust the sound frequencies to as high or low as you desire without changing anything else, resulting in rich sound by using the DAW VST Hub VST plugins.

They imitate the real sound and replicate emulations based on diverse landscapes using tonal variations and multiple controls.

These plugins have a reliable processor and parameters, by allowing different options and functionalities that only musicians can appreciate when used because often during recording sessions, multiple other hardware cannot offer the same possibilities as plugins can. This edition offers more of a variety of sounds and gives one a wider choice of creative extensions to use in their music and for their listeners.

The subject of VSTs has become a popular one amongst enthusiasts because they have become more sophisticated in the 21s century. Not only can they program your playing techniques, but they can also add expression and ensembles to it. These have been used in an array of situations including orchestras. Find out more about the different types here.

Different Types of VST Plugins

As mentioned earlier, there are now thousands of different plugins that anyone can use to sound professional and put all their melodies together in a concise place. In particular two categories which are either Virtual samplers or virtual synthesizers, learn more about this software here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Software_synthesizer

EQ VST plugin: Several different ones are available, depending on the requirements of the user. It has multiple different frequency filters in it too, and these help in cutting out the boost frequencies to make them either higher or lower.

Delay VST Plugins: There is also a choice of effect plugins that help to fade out sounds and audio recordings. Depending on the way the sound is designed, you can use this option to create multiple effects on your recording and to build a foundation.

String VST Plugins: As mentioned above, include samples of strings instrument recreations to provide an array of assorted creative solutions.

Compressor loan low income VST Plugins: Can be used to condense distance between the soft and silent sounds to reach audio signals. They help in reducing incoming sounds bounce-back. They enhance the quieter sounds and level them up with the louder sounds so you don’t need to adjust each manually yourself.

Reverb VST Plugins: Help to duplicate or create a copy of existing instruments being played. They take into consideration, ideal delay, echoes, frequency levels, and simulate the natural settings. They help set the mood of the overall output, by adding depth to the overall recordings.

Effect VST Plugins: These fall under the VSTfx plugins which are used in studios to produce different effects in the studio. They are different from strict VST instruments because these adjust and alter incoming sounds as opposed to blocking or retracting them.

Other options for VST plugins include Filter VST plugins, Autotune, Distortion, Mastering, Vocoder, Waves, Virtual Instruments. There is also a different category that includes individual instruments such as Drum, Synthesizer, Bass, Piano, orchestral, and guitar, to name a few. As mentioned, there are thousands, so depending on the kind of sound result you are looking for, these additions will help make things a little more professional, even if you’re starting in your garage.

RIP Jerry Stiller

Veteran actor and comedian Jerry Stiller, who found fame on Broadway and later in the smash US show “Seinfeld” has died from natural causes aged 92, his son Ben Stiller said Monday. Stiller and his wife Anne Meara starred on the stage and TV in the 1960s, writing and performing comedy sketches and routines together. He later played George Costanza’s short-tempered father Frank on the smash TV show “Seinfeld”, for which he won the Funniest Male Guest Appearance in a TV Series at the American Comedy Awards in 1989. In 1997 he was nominated for an Emmy award for the same role. He also played Leah Remini’s father in the sitcom “The King of Queens” and starred alongside his son Ben in the “Zoolander” films.

“I’m sad to say that my father, Jerry Stiller, passed away from natural causes,” his son said in a tweet. “He was a great dad and grandfather, and the most dedicated husband to Anne for about 62 years,” Stiller added. “He will be greatly missed. Love you Dad.”  The eldest of four children, Stiller was born at Unity Hospital in Brooklyn, New York, to Bella (née Citron) and William Stiller, a bus driver. His family is Jewish. His paternal grandparents immigrated from Galicia (southeast Poland and western Ukraine), and his mother was born in Poland. He lived in the Williamsburg and East New York neighborhoods before his family moved to the Lower East Side, where he attended Seward Park High School.

Also in 1953, Stiller met actor-comedian Anne Meara, and they married in 1954. Until Stiller suggested it, Meara had never thought of doing comedy. “Jerry started us being a comedy team,” she said. “He always thought I would be a great comedy partner.” They joined the Chicago improvisational company The Compass Players (which later became The Second City), and after leaving, began performing together. In 1961, they were performing in nightclubs in New York, and by the following year were considered a “national phenomenon”, said the New York Times. Stiller played the short-tempered Frank Costanza, the father of George Costanza in the sitcom Seinfeld from 1993 to 1998. He was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series in 1997, and won the American Comedy Award for Funniest Male Guest Appearance in a TV Series for his portrayal of Frank Costanza.

After Seinfeld ended, Stiller had planned on retiring. Kevin James asked him to join the cast of The King of Queens. James, who played the leading role of Doug Heffernan, had told Stiller that he needed him in order to have a successful show. Stiller agreed, and played the role of Arthur Spooner, the father of Carrie Heffernan, from 1998 until 2007. Stiller said this role tested his acting ability more than any others have and that, before being a part of The King of Queens, he only saw himself as a “decent actor.”

Stiller played himself in filmed skits, opening and closing Canadian rock band Rush’s 30th Anniversary Tour concerts in 2004. These appearances are seen on the band’s DVD R30: 30th Anniversary World Tour, released in 2005. Stiller later appeared in cameos in later in-concert films for the band’s 2007–2008 Snakes & Arrows Tour. Stiller appeared on Dick Clark’s $10,000 Pyramid show in the 1970s, and footage of the appearance was edited into an episode of The King of Queens to assist the storyline about his character being a contestant on the show, but that after losing, he was bitter about the experience as he never received his parting gift, a lifetime supply of “Rice-A-Roni, the San Francisco Treat”. He also made several appearances on the game show Tattletales with his wife Anne.

The Invisible Man (2020)

The Invisible Man is a 2020 science fiction horror film written and directed by Leigh Whannell. It follows a woman who believes she is being stalked by her abusive and wealthy boyfriend even after his apparent suicide. She ultimately deduces that he has acquired the ability to become invisible. The film stars Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid, Harriet Dyer, Michael Dorman, and Oliver Jackson-Cohen. It is an international co-production of the United States and Australia.

Trapped in a violent, controlling relationship with wealthy optics engineer and businessman Adrian Griffin, Cecilia Kass one night drugs him with Diazepam and escapes their home into the nearby woods to wait for her sister, Emily. After she arrives, Adrian nearly catches Cecilia, but the pair are able to escape. Cecilia hides out with childhood friend, Detective James Lanier, and his teenage daughter Sydney. Two weeks later, Adrian seemingly commits suicide and leaves Cecilia $5 million in his will handled and organized by his lawyer brother, Tom. As Cecilia tries to move forward, she is plagued by several unexplained experiences. She suspects another presence in the house one night when she finds the front door open and witnesses the lights flickering on and off.

She calls for James when she sees footprints in her room, but he assures her she is just still traumatized. During a job interview, she faints after finding her portfolio’s contents removed and is taken to the hospital. Later, the doctor calls and says they found high levels of Diazepam in her system. Shortly after returning home, Cecilia finds the same bottle she drugged Adrian with, which she dropped during her escape, in her bathroom. She arranges a meeting with Tom and James, insisting that Adrian faked his death and used his optics expertise to become invisible in order to torment her, but gets rebuffed. Cecilia turns to her sister, but Emily refuses to acknowledge her after receiving an email from Cecilia’s account stating she never wants to see her again. Later, she is comforted by Sydney, but Sydney is hit by an unseen force, leading her and James to assume Cecilia did it. While a furious James rushes his daughter out of the house, Cecilia tries a number of tactics to catch the figure. After finding Adrian’s old phone in the attic and covering the figure with paint, she ends up in a violent struggle before escaping to Adrian’s home to investigate.

In his lab, she finds a suit that confirms her suspicions. After hiding it in a closet, the invisible figure attacks again, so Cecilia flees and contacts Emily. The pair meet in a restaurant, though as Cecilia begins to tell her what she found, the invisible figure slits Emily’s throat with a knife and places it in Cecilia’s hand, framing her for the crime. Remanded to a mental hospital while she awaits trial, the staff informs Cecilia that she is pregnant. Tom visits her and offers to get her charges dropped if she agrees to “return to him” and raise the child, implying that he helped his brother stage his suicide while revealing Adrian tampered with her birth control to ensure she became pregnant. Cecilia refuses to take the deal and steals a pen from his briefcase. That night, she uses the pen to pretend to commit suicide to draw the invisible figure out. When the figure tries to stop her, she stabs him repeatedly, causing the suit to malfunction. The security team arrives, but the invisible figure violently incapacitates them before fleeing the hospital, with Cecilia in pursuit. Promising not to harm her because of her pregnancy, the figure instead threatens to attack those she loves.

Cecilia races to James’ house, where she finds the invisible figure attacking him and Sydney. She manages to shoot the figure after spraying him with a fire extinguisher, but when she unmasks him, she finds Tom in the suit. Police find a captive Adrian alive at his house, tied up in his basement and claiming Tom held him prisoner. Cecilia quickly disputes this, insisting the brothers must have shared the suit, with Adrian sending Tom to the house knowing what would happen. In an attempt to get Adrian to confess, she meets him at his house to discuss her pregnancy while James listens in on a wire. She agrees to mend their relationship, but only if he confesses to being the invisible figure. Adrian insists Tom did kidnap him, claiming that the experience changed his outlook on life and how he treated her in their relationship.

When she begins to cry, Adrian alludes to former abuse using similar phrasing to that of the invisible figure. Smiling, Cecilia departs to use the restroom. Moments later, the room’s security camera captures Adrian seemingly committing suicide. Cecilia returns and, apparently distraught, calls the police. Out of the camera’s sight however, she silently taunts Adrian; having retrieved the spare suit she hid earlier to kill him. When James arrives and asks what happened, she confirms what the camera saw. He spots the suit in her bag, but accepts her story and allows her to leave. Relieved that she’s finally free from Adrian, Cecilia leaves the house with the suit.

Really good film, using low interest unsecured loan technology as the reason for the invisibility. A women trapped in an abusive relationship and being traumatized after she escaped and yet – she is brave and smart and turns the tables on her abuser. I felt it was really well done. Elizabeth Moss really sells it here and she is gonna be a much bigger star in the years to come if she can get a few movies like this under her belt. 8 outta 10!