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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Six Basic Stages of Public Speaking

First, determine your speech's topic and purpose. 

Second, analyze your audience so you can adapt your speech 
to them. 

Third, thoroughly research your topic. 

Fourth, organize your ideas in a way that fits your topic, purpose, and audience. 

Fifth, rehearse your speech aloud, preferably in front of an audience. 

Sixth, manage your voice and body, presentation media, audience, and time when you present your speech.

-"Public Speaking, the Evolving Art (ISBN-13:978-0-534-636727-9).

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The Academy of the Science of Acting and Directing - an introduction

10 Things You Should Know About the National Broadband Plan

In 2009, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) began the process of what would come to be known as the National Broadband Plan. Its purpose is to map out the future of America through a strong technological infrastructure, namely broadband communications. The plan essentially is to provide broadband access throughout the United States, thus strengthening the nation’s economy and education system, among other things. In this article, we will address some lesser known aspects of the plan. The following are ten tings you should know about the FCC’s National Broadband Plan.
  1. Timeline – The aim of the Plan is to increase the available terrestrial broadband spectrum by an additional 500 Megahertz. This is scheduled to be done incrementally, and ultimately reach that goal by 2020.
  2. Mobile – Of that 500 MHz additional spectrum, 300 MHz will be made available just for mobile use. That portion will be within the 225 MHz to 3.7 GHz range and is expected to be available within 5 years of the Plan’s commencement in 2010.
  3. Cost – Estimates of the price tag on Plan implementation are as much as $350 billion. There is ongoing debate as to how much of this amount will be paid for with tax dollars.
  4. Dig Once Legislation – In an effort to coordinate, and reduce the installation cost, of fiber networks with ongoing construction or roadwork, the FCC has proposed a Dig Once bill. This legislation would require states or municipalities that receive federal Department of Transportation (DOT) funds to notify local fiber operators at least 90 days prior to scheduling any projects involving digging.
  5. Health IT – One of the benefits of the Plan the FCC proposes is for individual health records to be accessible to patients, in digital, machine-readable format online, “and at a reasonable cost”.
  6. Public Safety – Another significant proposal within the Plan is the creation of a nationwide interoperable wireless public safety communications network. To date, this stage of the plan has been virtually stalled at the starting gate.
  7. Spectrum Auctions – As a means of distributing spectrum, the FCC proposed the idea of voluntary auctions, wherein TV broadcasters could raise revenue by selling off unused bandwidth. This has to a significant degree resulted in a twofold problem: 1) Broadcasters are not all willing to sell off valuable bandwidth, and 2) auctions are no guarantee that the bandwidth will go where it is most needed.
  8. Digital Literacy Corps – With 100 million Americans without access to high-speed internet at home and another 18 million living in areas where there is scant, if any, broadband available, the FCC proposed that a publicly funded corps of volunteers be developed who can provide training in digital literacy. An example of this concept was provided by the ongoing success of
  9. Education – Citing the the music industry and video and book publishing as examples, the FCC recommends the establishment of standards that would make it easier to locate, share and license digital educational content. This proposal was to have taken effect by March 2011.
  10. Mapping Progress – A National Broadband Map is available online, which you can use to locate where broadband is available in your area, and from which carriers.
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VOD Rides to the Rescue of Indie Film

By Brent Lang

The indie film industry has found a life preserver -- and it's not floating in movie theaters.
In fact, it's the very model studios have been unsuccessfully trying to push past theater owners lately: debuting movies on video-on-demand simultaneously -- or even in advance of -- theatrical release.

"In reality, for most independent movies, VOD will be far and away the largest source of revenue in the future,” Magnolia Pictures co-owner Mark Cuban told TheWrap. “More than theatrical and far more than streaming."
For many smaller indies, the future is already here.

Without early VOD releasing, such recent indie films as Kevin Spacey's financial crisis drama "Margin Call" -- expected to double its $4 million domestic box office through on-demand rentals -- would face a tough road to profitability.

Likewise, Lars von Trier's latest, "Melancholia" -- which is on pace to gross $2 million via VOD vs. between $2 to $3 million in domestic art houses -- is connecting with home audiences in a way that the polarizing film might not have been able to otherwise.

Also read: Lionsgate's 'Abduction' Miracle: Early VOD With Theater Owners' Blessing
The platform is allowing companies such as IFC, Magnolia and Roadside Attractions to recoup most of their investment without having to orchestrate expensive print campaigns and costly national rollouts for movies that may not play well in Middle America.

“It’s the most stable releasing period we’ve ever had,” Eamonn Bowles, president and co-founder of Magnolia Pictures, told TheWrap. “Platform releasing, where you opened in a couple of theaters and hoped to expand later, was a recipe for disaster. The paradigm was broken, so we had no choice but to hit on something that made sense.”

Also read: NATO to Hollywood: Give Us DirecTV's Premium VOD Numbers

But not everyone in the indie film world agrees that VOD is a savior.

"It’s much more complicated situation than what Mark Cuban is trying to sell," Tom Bernard, co-president of Sony Pictures Classics, told TheWrap. "If your movie can play through all the windows that start with the theatical release, nine times out of 10 it will be much more successful than the VOD/theater box office."

He calculated that "Margin Call," for example, would have made millions more through television deals and wider theatrical release than it is currently making through on-demand.

Just a few years ago, with a number of high-profile art house distributors such as Miramax and Warner Independent Pictures shutting off the lights, it seemed like independent film might be dying.

Today, independent film companies are feeling better about not just the prospects for on demand, but are also bullish about the new licensing fees being paid by streaming companies like Hulu and Netflix.

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Awards Season Begins, Your Internet bill will be going up (a lot), Occupy LA raided to make room for movies? the return of the "canned" Laugh Track,


From the LA Times Company Town. Click here for the latest industry news. 

Out of focus. Awards season is starting up, which means it's time to start predicting who will get an Oscar nomination. Unfortunately, so far the tea leaves are hard to read. One early front-runner appears to be "The Artist" from the Weinstein Co., which isn't exactly known for its subtle award campaigning. That's good news for all the papers and websites that count on Oscar advertising as a big revenue stream. An early look at the Oscar race from the Los Angeles Times and Variety and a piece from the Daily Beast about good performances in bad movies.

Think of the resale value. Fans of FX’s “American Horror Story” can now show their devotion to the show by buying the house that the series is set in.  Built in 1902, the creepy Westchester Place mansion is known as the “murder house” on “American Horror Story” and has already become something of an attraction to those obsessed with the FX hit. According to the Los Angeles Historical Society, the 20,000-square-foot home has six bedrooms, six bathrooms, quarters for the help and plenty of space to build a pool or tennis court. The rubber man does not come with the house, which has been valued at as much as $25 million.

Toll road. Do you stream a lot of Netflix movies or watch a lot of Hulu online? Then your broadband bill might be going up. One analyst predicts that some cable operators will soon start charging consumers for how much they consume online as well as their transmission speed. “As more video shifts to the web, the cable operators will inevitably align their pricing models,” Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. analyst Craig Moffett told Bloomberg. “With the right usage-based pricing plan, they can embrace the transition instead of resisting it.”

Show me the money. Melrose 2, a fund that invested in about 30 movies made by Paramount Pictures, including “Mission: Impossible 3,” “Jackass 2” and the “Transformers,” says it was shortchanged on the profits. Wait, funny accounting in the movie business? I'm shocked at that accusation. More from the Los Angeles Times.

Tell us how you really feel. A former News of the World editor called former top editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson the "scum of journalism" in testimony before Parliament's ethics inquiry of News Corp.'s British tabloids. Paul McMullan said Coulson and Brooks encouraged "a culture of illegality of phone hacking" and are now throwing their staffers under the bus while trying to save themselves. At the same time, McMullan defended the practice of hacking. “Phone hacking is a perfectly acceptable tool, given the sacrifices we make, if all we’re trying to do is get to the truth," he said. More on McMullan's blistering testimony from the Guardian and the New York Times.

No laughing matter. The debut of several new multi-camera sitcoms filmed in a front of a studio audience also means more laugh tracks. Most canned laughter sounds obvious and yet producers will also tell you that they only use laugh tracks to even out the sound, not to inflate the chuckles. Yeah, and the Redskins are going to the Super Bowl this year. New York Magazine looks at the return of the laugh track. Just to show how the more things change the more they stay the same, here's a story I wrote about the over use of laugh tracks for Entertainment Weekly in 1998.

Time to retire. The Wrap whips out a list of TV shows that are past their prime, including Showtime's "Dexter" and Fox's "House." Of course, you have to click three times to read the whole list and I'm not falling into that trap so I can't tell you what other shows are over the hill.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: A look at how the Occupy L.A. movement disrupted film production at City Hall. This morning police are cleaning up after "sweeping away" the protest. The Grammy nominations concert show has yet to find a beat for CBS.

-- Joe Flint

Follow me on Twitter. I'm starting an Occupy Twitter movement.
Photo: Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo in a scene from "The Artist." Credit: The Weinstein Company.

Occupy L.A. upstages film production at City Hall, Swept Away this AM by LA Police

Photo: Film shoot in front of Los Angeles City Hall for the ABC TV superhero series "No Ordinary Family." Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times.

From the LA Times Company Town: click here for the latest news.

Many in Hollywood are sympathetic to the goals of Occupy L.A.

But the protesters are upstaging one of the industry's most popular shoot locations.

With its distinctive concrete tower and Greco-inspired architecture, City Hall has long been a favorite of location managers as an iconic symbol of Los Angeles and a stand-in for everything from Congress to courtrooms of New York in numerous movies, television shows and commercials.

In the last two months, however, film production around the 32-floor landmark building has fallen off sharply, largely because its 1.7-acre lawn has become a base camp for an entirely different kind of production.

Since Oct. 1, Occupy L.A. protesters have been inhabiting a sprawling tent city as part of a nationwide campaign to draw attention to economic inequalities in the country.

Click on Read More below to continue.
UPDATE: Last Night and This Morning LA Police cleared the property and this morning clean up crews are readying it for a film shoot and business as usual. 

Differences between LA and NYC

Coastal differences?

LA: Acting is a job or a way to be famous.

NYC: Acting is a craft and an art, and a way to earn a living.

LA: Every man for himself in rush to auditions.

New York: Share information about auditions and work.

LA: Actors group together and form strong networking ties.

NYC: Actors group together, network and build strong friendships.

LA: Spread out with poor public transportation (for quick point to point anyway).

New York: Centralized, with excellent public transportation.

LA: Talent comes to LA in droves with no experience and expects to become stars.

NYC: Talent come to NYC in droves but most come for the craft of acting.

LA: Most production done here.

NYC: Large amounts of production 2011-2102 and strong incentives.

-From Facebook but some real truth in this, particularly transportation and friendships.