Cinema 4D Video Tutorial: Realistic Steel Texture

first_imgThe R16 Cinema 4D updates add new texture effects. In this post, we share a tutorial and free project file for creating a realistic steel effect in C4D.Applying realistic textures in Cinema 4D is essential to ‘selling’ the realism of your models. As you may know, Cinema 4D has been updated to version R16 with a myriad of new features, one being a reflectance parameter to make texturing much easier.In the following Cinema 4D video tutorial you’ll learn how to create a realistic steel texture in Cinema 4D. The tutorial covers:Setting Up Textures in PhotoshopCreating Textures in Cinema 4DWorking with Bump and Reflectance ModifiersTexturing is a science and good texture usually requires the use of more than one program. For the following tutorial you will need to have access to Adobe Photoshop. If you don’t have Photoshop you can download a free trial from Adobe’s website.[maxbutton id=”25″]Follow along here [best viewed full screen]:Find free Cinema 4D textures and materials in our previous Free Textures and Materials post. If you want to learn more about creating textures in Cinema 4D or simply want to increase your 3D animation skills check out the Cinema 4D section of the PremiumBeat blog.Have any tips for texturing in Cinema 4D? Share in the comment below.last_img read more

Are We Too Obsessed With Camera Specs?

first_imgWith the rapid advancement of motion picture technology, many of us have placed an emphasis on camera specs over art. Is that mindset a mistake?While writing various articles on cameras recently, it dawned on me that I had become a little too obsessed with camera specs. Instead of looking at how the camera performs under real production conditions and the imagery it creates, I was looking first and only at the specs from the manufacturer.While specs are an important factor that can help you achieve what you want for your production, they really shouldn’t be the reason why we make a purchase. They also really shouldn’t be the overriding factor as to why we choose one specific camera over another.So what should we be looking at? Well that’s a pretty easy answer. But first let’s look at why we like to make purchases based on specs and then why we should be focused on something other than specs.Spec Obsession DisorderDavid Pogue from the New York Times wrote about this disorder in his blog post back in 2012, and while he was specifically speaking about smartphones, this logic holds true for any advancing technology. I also think this logic is even more true today than it was three years ago when he wrote the piece.We’ve been wired through marketing and advertising to search and look for these specs. Yet for cameras, the specs alone don’t make the image. You need the quality lenses to funnel and capture those images. Still, we tend to place camera specs over the lens more often than not. This has a lot to do with being conditioned to look and make decisions based on specifications.It’s All About the Final ImageIn the end it’s all about the image. We should instead focus all of our attention on the end product or the final untouched image that comes from the camera. Remember that what your doing, in the end, is an art. So, while some specs are needed for specific reasons, we shouldn’t completely dwell on them to the point that we lose our focus on the end product.Many different cameras with vastly different specs can work seamlessly together. For a great example of how well a multi-camera, multi-spec setup can work together, cinematographer Shane Hurlbut has a video that runs through the numerous cameras he used in each shot of the Need for Speed trailer.Video Courtesy of Shane Hurlburt, ASC What about you? Are you obsessed with camera specs? When did it start? Is it time to seek help for your affliction? Let’s talk it out in the comments below.last_img read more

Día De Los Muertos: Mexican Culture in Film

first_imgMajor studios are seeing the benefit of featuring other cultures in their blockbuster films. Let’s take a look at one of the most popular topics: Mexico’s Día De Los Muertos.Cover Image: Set of Spectre via 007Just like the Mexican directors and Mexican cinematographers currently dominating the US box office and award ceremonies, Mexican culture is also finding the spotlight in film. Mexico’s biggest annual event is Día de los Muertos – Day of the Dead. The celebration has now made its way into several major feature films.Mexican culture has always been an influence on animators, so it should come as no surprise that traditional Mexican culture first started appearing in animated films. The stunning colors of Mexico would first appear in animated films like The Three Caballeros in 1944.For many in the United States, The Three Caballeros was their first look at the culture and history of Mexico. The film followed Donald Duck as he travelled to Mexico, brilliantly blending animation and live footage shot throughout the country.Even though Mexico had been featured in animated films and countless westerns, Día de los Muertos was not a subject often presented. Until recently, the celebration had been seen as taboo. American and western audiences didn’t openly talk about death, let alone celebrate it. Before continuing, we will need to cover a little history of Día de los Muertos.The History of Día de los MuertosImage via El PaisDía de los Muertos (actually just called Día de Muertos in Mexico) is a holiday that celebrates friends and family members who have died. The purpose of the holiday is to remember a person’s life and to pray for their continuing spiritual journey.The celebration actually dates back thousands of years to an Aztec festival dedicated to Mictecacihuatl, the Queen of the Underworld. The month-long celebration originally took place during the 9th Aztec month. After the Spanish colonization and introduction of the Roman Catholic church, the festival moved to align with All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.Día de los Muertos begins on October 31st. On that day, families build altars with offerings — called ofrendas — for their dead loved ones. The altars are decorated with marigold flowers, sugar skulls, bread, and the favorite food and drinks of the deceased. These ofrendas are typically built at home, and often transported to the cemetery.On November 1st, Día de los Angelitos – Day of the Little Angels – is celebrated. This day is dedicated to children that have died. The day is also called Día de los Inocentes – Day of the Innocents. November 2nd is the true Día de los Muertos, in which the deceased adults are celebrated. The traditions vary among the towns. In fact, since the celebration is steeped in Aztec culture, it was only celebrated in central and southern Mexico. Northern Mexico didn’t truly celebrate the day until the 1960s, when Día de los Muertos became a national holiday. In 2003, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) added Día de los Muertos to the list of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.As the celebration became widely celebrated it Mexico, it was also gaining traction elsewhere, too. Countries like Brazil and Spain had their own versions of the celebration. As the influx of Mexican immigrants to the United States grew, so did the influence of the culture. There was certainly a backlash, as was common with any type of major immigration to the US, but we are now starting to see Mexican culture celebrated in mainstream media.Día de los Muertos in FilmImage via 007As Mexican culture has been embraced, particularly in the southern portion United States, Día de los Muertos has been growing in popularity. One of the reasons why is the introduction of the celebration to children. Kids had always favored Halloween and ‘Trick or Treating’ for candy, but over the past few decades, children have been the first to learn about Día de los Muertos. The celebration was making its way into animated films.The Halloween Tree (1993)In the early 1990s, The Halloween Tree made its way onto television screens across the country. The film actually dealt with some dark aspects, as a group of kids tries to save the soul of one of their friends. In doing so, they learn the origins of Halloween celebrations all over the world. The big final set piece takes place in Mexico during Día de los Muertos. Image via Holiday Film ReviewsThe children each eat a sugar skull with their name on it, and in doing so they overcome their fear of death. Therefore death loses its power over them in life, and they are able to save their friend.The Halloween Tree was adapted from a book written by Ray Bradbury, who narrated the film. It also featured the voice of of Leonard Nimoy. The show was a monster hit, winning a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Writing in an Animated Program and a nomination for Outstanding Animated Children’s Program.The Book of Life (2014)Image via ReelFXMexican director and producer Guillermo del Toro wanted to bring Día de los Muertos to the screen like never before. Unfortunately, the film turned out to be harder to create than originally planned. Del Toro teamed up with animator Jorge R. Gutiérrez to create the film.It took a while to find financiers. We were very obscure. But I think Jorge is such a good director, and the world we have created is so beautiful, that eventually people went, ‘We want to do this.’ – Guillermo del ToroThe film was first offered to DreamWorks, who passed on creative differences. The up-and-coming studio ReelFX jumped at the chance to make the film. They cast Mexican star Diego Luna, as well as a cast of Hollywood heavyweights like Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube, and Ron Perlman.Image via ReelFXJorge Gutierrez wanted the film to look just like the incredible concept art. He also did not allow his animators to go on research trips to Mexico, fearing they would only be influenced by the tourist aspects of the country. He drew from his own personal memories and experiences to help create the vivid and colorful world. The result was absolutely stunning. The film does suffer from some traditional family comedic aspects to appeal to wider audiences, but the animation alone was other worldly. The character design was fantastic, and once the characters traveled into the Land of the Remembered, the colors and architecture really did come to life.Image via ReelFXThe Book of Life was nominated for Best Animated Feature Film at the Golden Globes and won an Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Character Design in an Animated Feature Production.In this behind-the-scenes video, you can see director Jorge Gutierrez work with his team of animators on all the intricate details of the animation.Spectre (2015)Image via 007The next James Bond film, Spectre, will actually begin in Mexico during a Día de los Muertos celebration. Director Sam Mendes wanted the audience to be dropped right into a very rich environment at the start of the picture.For six months, the crew constructed incredibly elaborate set pieces. This included the giant parade floats, down to the individual jackets and dresses – all of which were custom made for the film. The goal was to make sure that death was prominently featured in every costume. Over 1500 extras were used on set. The face paint alone required a team of makeup artists to paint 20 extras at a time.It’s gonna be the most visually exciting opening to a Bond, ever. – Naomi DonneHere is an amazing behind-the-scenes look at Día de los Muertos in the upcoming James Bond film, Spectre.Pixar’s Coco (2017)Image via Disney/PixarNow Disney and Pixar are working on a Día de los Muertos film slated for 2017. Coco is a film that will follow a 12-year-old boy named Miguel, who discovers a mystery leading him to the world of the dead.Image via Disney/PixarThe film is only in pre-production, yet Disney made a major PR disaster when they filed a copyright claim on the term “Día de los Muertos.” There was a huge outcry from the Mexican community, and many campaigns were launched calling for Disney to remove their trademark request.The company did so, admitting they were only trying to copyright potential film titles. Following the outcry, Disney hired Mexican artists for consultation on the film.This is only the beginning for Mexican culture in film. The Latino audience is a major player in ticket sales, and studios are taking notice. Much like the globalization of blockbuster films, studios are seeing the benefits of including worldwide cultures in their films.last_img read more

3 Stages of Editing a Corporate Video

first_imgThe corporate video editing process can be broken down into these three distinct stages of post-production.Top image via ShutterstockIn theory, editing corporate video shouldn’t be very hard or time consuming. If you’ve done your planning right, your production should have been tightly scripted and post should come down to laying your footage in to match your carefully constructed storyboard. There may be a few deviations to work through, but overall it’s usually a quicker turnaround than documentary or narrative film editing.In my experience, the most difficult aspect of editing corporate video is dealing with the clients. (Bless their hearts.) If your point of contact is not familiar with the video editing process, it can result in some ridiculous requests and alterations. Hopefully you’re working by the hour and not by the project, but in either case, it’s important to be upfront and limit your work to what is practical to finish a project in a professional and timely manner.Story StageThe Story Stage includes all your pre-production — organizing assets, compiling and reviewing footage, syncing audio and multiple cameras, and laying everything out to edit. In this stage, you simply place the raw story pieces together as an outline of what you’ll work together later. While this layout isn’t sexy to share with clients (and while it may include some blemishes, out-of-focus and awkward shots), it will save both you and your client time later by showing it to them early.While this might be unnatural (or seem unreasonable to show such raw footage) to some, it will help you down the line. It’s not nearly as big of a deal to change the messaging or move around some soundbites early in the process than trying to make the adjustments after you’ve added all your filler and sound/color work.Share your Story Edit to get sign-off on the elements before adding in B-roll, transitions and other tricks and flares. Once you go back and forth and get a lock, only then do you go onto the next stage.Rough StageIn the Rough Stage you’ll tinker to cover your cuts and awkward shots in order to give your video that professional shine. This is where your editing skills and expertise are put into work. You may even be at a level where you can have an assistant or intern do the story edit to the script and you can build it out from the laid-out elements.This is where you make your decisions on takes to use (or which ones to stitch together). You can also begin your process of cutting out blank spaces and awkward pauses as you edit the story down into a tight video set to your music or underscore.Ideally you can lock in every moving part needed (that doesn’t require minor tweaks) to share again with the client. Your goal again is to get picture and sound lock without maxing out render times with heavily corrected footage and audio. This includes rough lower thirds, transitions and full use of editing tricks (J and L cuts, audio replacement, etc…).Final StageThe Final Stage should be the easiest to complete because your video will now be fully signed off for all practical purposes, leaving you free to finally add in color correction and grading, stabilization, lens flares or whatever else is in your arsenal to turn a 7.5 video into a solid 10.You’ll also now be able to do a full export rather than a quick-review cut. You can max out those render qualities and not worry about cluttered hard-drives with too many large-size video versions.To save a little on editing time, be sure to drop down your footage all to the same layer (when in Premiere Pro). You can also do your final audio sweep to de-hum and de-ess as best as possible and add animations to any text, lower thirds or infographics.While we tend to make exceptions for clients here and there to change major story points or soundbites due to unforeseen circumstances, if you’re upfront and push for reviews at these stages, you can drastically improve your workflow — and ultimately your clients will thank you for a more seamless post-production process.What do you view as the stages of post-production? Have any other thoughts to add? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

Video Editing Quick Tip: Matching Shot Colors

first_imgMatching shot colors between two clips is easier than ever with these simple tips for Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro users.Top image via ShutterstockKeeping your shots well lit and consistently colored throughout your project can be one of the most challenging aspects of video production. Whether you’re shooting with different cameras, shooting at different times of day, or receiving footage from many different shooters, maintaining a consistent visual aesthetic can be difficult — but not if you know how to properly ensure your shots are colored the way you want them to be. Let’s look at the best way to make it happen.Matching Shot Colors in Final Cut ProFinal Cut Pro offers the easiest way to match color, thanks to the accurately titled Match Color tool. The method is fast, efficient, and can cut time from your workflow. Larry Jordan recorded an excellent tutorial showcasing the simple process and the steps needed to maximize quality and efficiency. He uses vastly different clips to attain totally different looks for his footage. You can watch his tutorial here.We briefly covered the Match Color tool in our previous creating stylized grades in FCPX tutorial. Jump to the 2:50 mark in this tutorial to see how easy it is. – You can download free footage to follow along with this tutorial on our FCPX page.First, select the clip you want to change. Under the Enhancements menu, select Match Color.Next, scrub through a different clip that you want to match the color from. Then hit Apply Match. Voila!Matching Shot Colors in Premiere ProMatching color in Premiere Pro isn’t as simple as it is in Final Cut Pro, but it’s still relatively easy nonetheless. Instead of offering a one-click route, the best option is to physically tweak the colors.Jordy Vandeput from Cinecom gives us a condensed walk-through on which steps to take in order to match clips correctly. He begins by stating the obvious: Consider every single object, person, and background in the shot in order for the transition to look natural. The three most important settings to address — in order — are color temperature, exposure and saturation.Though this may seem tedious, it does allow you to work in greater detail with your images. For additional help with matching shots, PremiumBeat’s own Noam Kroll wrote an in-depth article on creating a seamless blend in two-camera projects.Know of any other short cuts for matching color? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

Create a Social Media Bumper and Lower Third for Your Videos

first_imgHow to Create Great Social Media Motion GraphicsThe number one objective when creating a social media graphic is to get your viewers to interact with those social outlets. So, you do not have to create the flashiest animation you can come up with.Try to design and animate graphics that will complement your video’s current branding style. Creating an animation that ties to the branding will allow you to focus on your design, rather than spending too much effort on something that may not work.This is what you’ll take away from our tutorial:How to design and animate a social media bumper.How to use clean design techniques to feature your social outlets.How to create an animated lower third.Need A Great Social Media AE Template?Pressed for time to create a social media package for your videos? Here is a social media pack from that has everything you need.SocialiteSocialite is a fantastic social media element pack for After Effects. This template contains fourteen animated elements that you can easily edit for your own social media channels. Learn how to showcase your social media platforms using a social media bumper and lower thirds.Cover image via Shutterstock.If you are a brand manager, freelancer, or otherwise have anything to do with offering a product or service, you probably use social media as a part of your business.When you create video content to promote yourself or your business and post the video online, you may want to direct that viewership across your social media channels. In this tutorial, we will show you how to create a social media bumper and a lower third for your videos in Adobe After Effects.DOWNLOAD THE FREE AE PROJECT FILEThe purpose of this tutorial is to introduce you to clean design and animation when it comes to displaying your social media outlets. Keep in mind that there are nearly an infinite ways a content creator can go about designing social media bumpers for their videos.last_img read more

Below-the-Line Women Speak Out on Gender and Experience

first_imgWe sat down with three women from the filmmaking industry to talk about their own experiences and the larger conversation about women in the film industry.We conducted a roundtable with three working professionals: documentary filmmaker Crystal Kayiza, director of photography Kristy Tully, and editor Carla Gutierrez. The result is a candid and informative peek into their world as women of different ages and races working in the film industry.A still from Edgecombe by Crystal Kayiza, an official selection of the Shorts Programs at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Pete Quandt.PremiumBeat: Crystal, your short documentary, Edgecombe, was a nominee for Short Film Grand Jury Prize at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. It won the Gold Plaque at the Chicago International Film Festival. Clearly, it is beautifully realized and well received — what was the path for you in getting it made? Did you find any resistance because of your gender, race, or youth?Crystal Kayiza: I was very fortunate to have a great support network, while making Edgecombe. I was a Woman Filmmaker Fellow at the Jacob Burns Film Center, and the project was produced through the Creative Culture program there. If anything, I think my own internalized issue with the film industry, in relation to my gender and race, was an obstacle. Even with a supportive environment, it becomes easy to second-guess your creative decisions.I was very lucky to have this project be supported by the Sundance Ignite Fellowship and Adobe. Even applying for that fellowship felt like a huge step, and something that I didn’t deserve. For most of my film education, I wasn’t exposed to a lot of non-fiction female filmmakers — which is wild to think about today. My experience taught me that a lot of the craft was about being a technician, and those roles — cinematographer, gaffer, sound ops, editor, colorist — were for men who were supporting the vision of male directors. I’ve had a very privileged experience, in that, I’ve had mentors and programs to affirm, and support me, along the way.PB: We know so much of history is written about men by men. Kristy, you were cinematographer for Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins, and Carla, you edited RBG. Both subjects were larger than life women, and the directors were women. How important is it for women to champion documentaries about women driven by women, and what has been your experience with audiences for the film?Editor Carla Gutierrez: I think it’s super important. What inspired RBG was that most people didn’t know about Justice Ginsburg’s role, in fighting for gender equality in the law, in the 70s. I was, like many, a fan of RBG, the judge, but I had no idea how crucial she was to my legal rights, as a woman. Her early work is super important in our history, and few people knew about it. So yes, to bring stories like this to the forefront is essential to complete the untold parts of our history — the stories on the margin. The stories of women.The most exciting has been to see different generations of women go to the theaters — together — to see the film. We heard of women who would take their mothers and daughters, or granddaughters, to watch the film. And, most come out surprised that they didn’t know this part of our history. It’s been really amazing.Kristy Tully: It just makes sense to me that women would be interested in other kick-ass women, and want to shine a light on their contribution. I had such a great time working with Janice, the director on this film. Molly Ivins is a huge inspiration, reminding us to speak truth to power, raise hell, and have fun while you’re doing it. Audiences have responded really well. It’s just so timely. What she was writing about 20 years ago is somehow even more relevant today. She was a journalist before twitter, and social media, and you just gotta wonder what she’d be adding to the discourse in this country, if she were alive today.We just won the audience award at SXSW, and we had a wonderful heartfelt response at Sundance. The film will go on to several more festivals across the country, starting next week, and I’m just really excited for people to get excited by the film, and inspired by this great Texan!Molly Ivins.PB: Do you think there is any validity to the female gaze? If the director, cinematographer, or editor is female, and the subject is also female, the object of the film takes on a different role?Carla: Yes, I strongly feel that there is validity to the female gaze. From picking the subject, to the focus of the story or narrative approach, our perspective as women informs every aspect of our storytelling. It offers, I think, more complete images of female subjects.For example, during post production on RBG, the directors conveyed early on how important it was to show Justice Ginsburg as an older woman, in present day. Not to only focus on her days as a young lawyer, but really show the splendor of her later years, visually, and return to those present moments, often. I think that conscious decision to focus on how much power and intellect a woman carries on her wrinkles, and how sexy that is, really came through in the way we approached the footage.Kristy: I think the female gaze is as real as the male gaze. I believe, however, that it is a choice the film makers make when deciding a film’s point of view, rather than if females or males are behind the camera.At the beginning of a project, you talk about the subject of the film, and then, more specifically, what the film is about. What is the camera visually saying, what is the camera’s prerogative, which can be different than what the film’s subject matter. I’ve been a part of the male gaze, and I’ve seen men contribute to the female gaze.Honestly, I’m not doing justice to the real conversation, here, about female gaze vs. male gaze. Is the female gaze simply the opposite of the male gaze — it is objectification of men on screen. Or, is there a female centric vision that is slowly making its way into our film culture, which would better represent the notion of the female gaze? But, that discussion is probably for another day 🙂Crystal: I think all visual storytellers need to be conscious of gaze. I think people who identify as women, who are directors, cinematographers, editors, designers, production assistants, or wherever you are on set, are sometimes pushed to move through spaces, differently, because of how we see gender on set, or in the field. I believe that the way that women do and don’t experience power, in film, changes our perspective. What’s stunning about this medium, particularly non-fiction storytelling, is the way that women are using that experience to challenge the ways we tell stories.Crystal Kayiza, director of Edgecombe, an official selection of the Shorts Programs at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Andrea Gutierrez.PB: Gersha Phillips, costume designer for Star Trek: Discovery, had this to say after we suggested her designs were sexy, but not sexist. The women looked amazing, but unexploited. “Sexy means something different to every person you talk to, and I love working with that. My goal was to empower the female and male cast equally.”How often, when you work on a project, do you feel the female characters are as empowered as the men? And, in regard to the actor, are women given the same agency as men, in terms of being heard and respected?Crystal: In documentary film, I think a lot about how women are seen. There’s casting that happens in non-fiction storytelling as well, and it’s important to remain conscious of who is speaking on behalf of communities, and depending on the topic, who we see as experts within documentary projects. People, often times, engage with documentaries as a representation of a community. In our culture, many women aren’t believed when they say the same things as men, or aren’t seen, when they move through frames, the same way as men. As a director, I have to be conscious of that bias, and challenge those assumptions.Kristy: I’ve had the pleasure to work on two documentaries, recently, that are about empowered women getting attention right now. Feminists, What Are They Thinking (Netflix) and Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins (Sundance, SXSW 2019). I feel like there is a collective consciousness, right now, that’s interested in telling and seeing these stories.I, also, work as a sometimes camera operator on TV series. I worked on I Love Dick, which is basically a moving meditation on the female gaze; Transparent  and Big Little Lies, which is dedicated to empowered women, both in front of, and behind, the camera. I also, recently, operated on Good Girls: Season 2. I filled in for a camera operator while she had a baby. Think about how rare of a sentence that is! The show is about empowered, accidental money laundering…..women. I think it speaks to the times that seem to be surrounded by woman centric projects, and also speaks to the effort that is actively working to cultivate female talent.I was given an opportunity to work on I Love Dick partly because of my documentary experience, and more importantly, because of Jill Solloway’s and Jim Frohna’s intent to cultivate female talent. I feel so fortunate to have been able to be a part of these projects. They are leading the way in this area.Carla: Well, as a documentary editor, we have the chance to write the story in collaboration with the director. There are already rich stories, in the footage, we are given to work with, and I’ve been lucky enough to work on many films about real-life, strong female characters. From the extraordinary singer Chavela Vargas, to the only professional female bullfighter in Spain, to a nun helping families find their disappeared relatives in the corrupt landscape of the US-Mexico drug war. I think there are more complex, diverse stories of empowered women in documentaries than you might find in fiction films. But, there could be a lot more.PB: We recently interviewed cinematographer, Carolina Costa, and asked how gender plays a role in the way she works, is respected, and heard. This is what she had to say:It’s definitely getting better. I can see big changes in the 15 years I have in our industry, but we still have a ways to go. It’s funny to answer this question today because, just two weeks ago, I was mentoring a young woman and was mentioning that my gender was a much bigger issue at the beginning of my career, than it is now. Cut to two days later, on the film I am shooting right now, and some technical crew that came with a crane were mansplaining to me how a crane worked — I was baffled. And this was to make an excuse, why they couldn’t execute with precision, the shot I had requested. A few days after, I was interviewing MOVI operators for the same job, and I can’t get off my mind the face of disgust that this one guy had, once he realized I was going to be his boss. That being said, both my producer and my director, who are males, were also shocked by the situation.Have you had similar experiences?Crystal: I’m fortunate to, mostly, work with people I trust. I’m not afraid to ask questions. Regardless of scale, there are so many moving parts to making a film, and posturing disrupts the creative process. In that sense, I’m lucky. I’ve seen, and been in situations, where one question turns into waiting for men to finish explaining something you know how to do. I’ve watched men ask questions and be seen as thoughtful and intelligent, and when women ask the same thing, they’re seen as unqualified. It’s the culture of how we communicate. It’s simple decisions like only hiring male PA’s because “they’ll get the job done,” but not a woman — the underlying assumption being that she’ll need more help. One piece of advice I got from a male producer was that it’s beneficial, for women who direct, to know the craft as well, or better, than men so that you can retain creative control of your work. But, that’s been my upbringing, in a lot of ways, as a black woman. Hearing that I need to be twice as good.Carla: I have had MANY instances of mansplaining. Other male editors “showing” me how to do a pretty basic shortcut on my edit system, as if they were showing me the world. Or a male assistant editor, talking over my head to the producers, about how to do the color correction for the film (he was totally wrong, by the way). I think that there is still a little ambivalence to hear from a woman about how to handle the technical aspects of an edit. I have worked with many amazing male directors, and I have the utmost respect for them. But, I sometimes have to wonder if my creative opinion is perceived with a little more resistance, because of my gender (or my thick accent). I don’t quite know if that’s correct. The edit room is such a delicate, creative space, that many factors are at play when you face a roadblock, or when magic happens.It is very encouraging to see so many women documentary editors in our community. And I think there is a real camaraderie among us. I consider many of them mentors, who’ve had a significant impact in my career, and my creative development. The one thing I would like to find out is if we are at the same salary level, as the men – based on similar experience, of course. That’s something I’m curious about.Kristy Tully.Kristy: I think a dialogue is important. I am cautious about framing these sorts of discussions, in ways that even might be construed of being answered from the place of “other,” because I don’t think it serves us. The truth is, there is bad behavior, sometimes, on set. I have stopped pathologizing the behavior, and instead, moved to surround myself with people that are collaborative, interested, and talented. In doing this, I think I have become available to some wonderful opportunities, to work with people who are amazing communicators and collaborators. Of course, there will continue to be bad behavior on set, and I invite women to stop questioning if their gender plays a role in it, and start wondering how to move away from negative energy, and encourage the kind of working environment that is enthusiastically creative.Jill Solloway is a wonderful example to mention here, as well. She strives to create a working environment that builds people up, and gives people room to grow. My first day on her set of I Love Dick was really surprising. I was used to the quick-witted, slightly inappropriate, banter I had become so fluent in (and good at).It was challenging to put aside my defense mechanisms, and become invested in being a part of a creative, supportive collective. I admire her for it, and I take that spirit with me to my other projects. I try to create an environment of respect, collaboration, and encouragement. It’s easy to be sarcastic and judgmental, on set. I’ve worked hard to put that easy go-to vocabulary aside, and work to be more communicative and positive in my problem solving, on set. That is a great discussion to have when thinking about this topic.Cover image via Kristy Tully.Looking for more industry interviews? Check these out.Industry Insights: The Blasting Company on Animation ScoringThe Editor of “Us” on Working with Jordan Peele and the Horror GenreIndustry Insights: Composing for Supergirl, Riverdale, and Nancy DrewIndustry Interview: Behind the Lens with Filmmaker Carolina CostaThe Costume Design Behind Star Trek, House of Cards, and Greek Weddinglast_img read more

How To Ensure 2016 Is Better Than 2015

first_imgThe difference between your results in 2016 and 2015 is going to be made up of only one thing: what you are willing to change. Without making changes, you will simply repeat last year (which is likely a repeat of the year before, at least in some area of your life).What Are You Willing to Change?My friend Lahat asked me what I meant when I wrote about identifying someone else’s beliefs and adopting them as your own.Your beliefs are the seeds of your results in every area of your life. Most of us have self-limiting beliefs. These beliefs act as a sort of governor on our results. If you look at people who are succeeding in producing a result that you want, the first thing to do is to understand what they believe and adopt those beliefs as your own.If someone has the career you want, study what they believed about their work and their purpose.If someone has the income that you want, study their beliefs about money.If someone has a level of physical fitness or physique that you want, find out what they believe and adopt those beliefs.If someone is the leader you want to be, study what they believe about leadership.Most of us feel warm and comfortable in our long-held beliefs. We resist trying on new beliefs because they make us uncomfortable. We are especially uncomfortable with the actions that new beliefs require of us.If you haven’t changed some long-held belief, you haven’t grown. This unwillingness to shed old, limiting beliefs is how we get stuck.Changing your beliefs is the first step to producing better results. Without changing your beliefs, you won’t do what is necessary to produce the results you want, namely, changing your actions.Act Now. Before It’s Too Late.New beliefs require new actions. If you are not taking new actions, then you haven’t changed your beliefs. You’re simply mouthing the words.If you believe that your health is the foundation of all of your results, then your actions will provide evidence of that belief. You’ll sleep 7 or 8 hours, eat right, drink water, exercise, and do something to relieve stress. Some people believe they don’t have time for these things, others believe they don’t have time not to do these things.If you believe you should make more money, this belief will be visible to anyone who watches what you do. You’ll change what you are doing at work, change the work you do, or take on other work. Some people believe their income is limited to what someone is willing to pay them. Other people believe that no one controls their income; they believe they control it themselves.Do The Work NowWhat are the beliefs that you hold that are holding you back? What is that you believe that prevents you from having a greater level of success in some area of your life?What new actions are going to be required of you, if your 2016 is going to be unrecognizable when compared to 2015?What are you going to have to be willing to change to have what you want?You can have any result you want, provided you are willing to pay for it in advance. What price are you willing to pay? Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

Whatsapp admins are liable for offensive posts circulated

first_img,Think twice before becoming administrator of a group on WhatsApp or Facebook as one is liable for prosecution if any rumour or fake news is circulated on it.Social media platforms allow a person to create a group on which members can share views, photographs or videos.Concerns have been raised about social media misuse as fake news, morphed photographs and disturbing videos with fabricated local narratives can easily be circulated that can trigger tension and even communal rift in an area.In a joint order issued by District Magistrate Yogeshwar Ram Mishra and Senior Superintendent of Police Nitin Tiwari, it has been made clear that any factually incorrect, rumour or misleading information on a social media group could result in an FIR against the group administrator.“There are several groups on social media which are named on news groups and also groups with other names which are propagating news and information which is not authentic. These are being forwarded without cross checking,” it said.Considering this issue, directives are being issued to social media groups, WhatsApp and Facebook group administrators and members, the order said.There are over 200 million WhatsApp users in India.It directed that social media group administrators should be ready to bear the responsibility and ownership of the groups.The administrator must include only those members who are personally known to him or her.If any statement is made by a group member which is fake, can cause religious disharmony, or rumour, the group admin must deny it on the group and remove the member from the group, the order said.“In the event of inaction from the group admin, he or she will be considered guilty and action will be taken against the group admin,” it said.Such a post must also be reported to the nearest police station so that action can be taken against the member under the law, it said.The order, issued yesterday, says while freedom of expression on social media is important, it also comes with a responsibility.Varanasi is the Lok Sabha constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.The administration has directed that no statement or post which can hurt religious sentiments should be forwarded to any other group or person else legal action will be taken.It also directs that case under cyber crime law, Information Technology Act and IPC will be filed in case of violation of these guidelines.The order also makes it clear that orders of the Supreme Court and various high courts will be considered while initiating action.It needs to be seen how Varanasi police which is facing severe staff crunch implements such an order as WhatsApp and social media are not limited to the boundaries of the district.last_img read more

Not allowed to write Board exams, child marriage victim ends life

first_imgA minor girl who became a victim of child marriage has committed suicide at her in-laws’ house at Salaguda in Odisha’s Kandhamal district.A student of Class XII, the victim ended her life on Monday by hanging herself with a sari.The girl’s marriage was initially scheduled for March 3 at Purunanuagaon village, but was stopped at the last minute by the administration and the police.“At that time, the parents of the girl and the boy promised not to go ahead with the marriage till the girl became a major and wished to get married. But ten days ago, the parents of the girl clandestinely sent her to the boy’s home,” said Kandhamal District Child Protection Officer (DCPO) Rashmita Karan.“Our initial enquiry has revealed that the mother and brother of the victim were mentally torturing her after the marriage was stopped because of her opposition. They had also not allowed the victim to appear for her Class XII board examination this year,” said Ms. Karan.After her child marriage attempt was stopped, the administration had promised her family to provide support and sponsorship for her higher education. Her parents did not permit her to avail of it.On April 15, the boy she was to get married to had reached her village to attend a funeral ceremony. The parents of the girl forcefully sent her along with the boy to his home in Salaguda.Extreme stressIt is suspected that at the boy’s home, the victim suffered extreme mental stress and depression because of which she took the drastic decision.last_img read more

In a Muzaffarnagar village, wedding called off over non-availability of meat

first_imgA wedding in a Muzaffarnagar village was called off at the 11th hour, all because the bride’s family couldn’t provide non-vegetarian food.In a complaint to the police, the family of bride Naghma said they had informed groom Rizwan that they may not be able to serve non-vegetarian food because of non-availability of buffalo meat, a fallout of the crackdown on illegal slaughterhouses.But Rizwan got irritated when he found that the bride’s side was serving only vegetarian food to his friends and relatives, claimed the complaint filed at the Bhopa police station.Meat unavailableHe claimed that it was agreed to serve non-vegetarian food, including kebab, korma and biryani.“Rizwan’s family has been consistently pressuring me to serve them a non-vegetarian dish of their choice. Buffalo meat is not available because of which I have been telling them that I will not be able to fulfil their demand,” the complaint said.A friend of Rizwan also wanted to know why a motorcycle promised by Naghma’s family in dowry was not being provided, leading to a clash between the two sides. The village panchayat was called in and even as it tried resolving the matter, Naghma called off the marriage.Youth proposesHowever, in a twist, a local youth, Asif, said he was willing to marry Naghma without any non-vegetarian food and dowry, which she accepted.According to Sukshma Prakash, circle officer of the Bhopa Police station: “Naghma’s family called the police when the two families fought, but the matter was sorted by the village panchayat.”He said Naghma’s father Ishtiyaq registered a formal complaint. Meat, especially buffalo meat, has been in short supply in Uttar Pradesh ever since the Yogi Adityanath government banned and sealed almost 90% of the slaughterhouses as they were allegedly functioning without proper licence.last_img read more

Heavy rains in Gujarat: two killed, 6000 shifted to safe locations

first_imgHeavy rains in Gujarat has led to floods in several parts of the state in which two persons were killed while more than 200 people stranded in floods were rescued by NDRF, Air Force and other agencies.Moreover, over 6000 people from low lying areas have been shifted to safe locations by the state administration.“Extremely heavy rains in Saurashtra region since last 24 hours. All rivers in the region are swelling, necessitating rescue works,” Gujarat’s principal Secretary (revenue) Pankaj Kumar told The Hindu.According to him, two people died so far, one each in Rajkot and Amreli while more than 200 people stranded in floods were rescued by the agencies like NDRF, SDRF and Air Force.The state has already witnessed more than 52 per cent of thin season’s total rainfall so far.Responding to an early morning request by civil administration to rescue people fighting for life amidst flood waters, 01 MI-17V5 helicopter of the Indian Air Force took to the skies braving the extremely challenging weather conditions prevailing in the area.The helicopter was assigned the task of airlifting stranded people from three different villages in Limbdi, Sayla and Chotila Talukas of Surendranagar district of Gujarat whilst the NDRF personnel continued the rescue effort on ground.”Fortunately, the rescue teams were able to extricate most people out of danger before the Helicopter arrived,” said Defence PRO Abhishek Matiman. According to him, one person, however, stuck alone in a Dargaah in Untadi village in Limbdi Taluka was inaccessible for rescue teams on ground.In a well coordinated operation, the IAF helicopter was guided to the spot and the person winched to safety in the nick of time in a meticulously executed operation.The helicopter later returned to Ahmedabad airfield after an aerial recce of the area looking for people in need of aerial rescue. The IAF is maintaining suitably modified aircraft in a state of readiness to respond to any requisition for rescue by the state administration.The met department has given warning of heavy rains for next 48 hours in the state.last_img read more

JD(U) faction to ally with Congress for Gujarat poll

first_imgAfter electing Gujarat MLA Chotubhai Vasava as its president, the Janata Dal(U) faction led by Rajya Sabha MP Sharad Yadav has declared that it will fight the Gujarat Assembly polls in alliance with the Congress. Mr. Vasava gained nationwide fame after casting the decisive vote in favour of Congress leader Ahmed Patel in the recent Rajya Sabha polls in Gujarat, a poll that saw many twists and turns. Common front“Over 20 State units have endorsed my candidature and I am grateful to be made president of the party. We will fight the coming Assembly polls in Gujarat as part of a common front with the Congress and the Left,” Mr. Vasava said on Monday. He was also in favour of speaking to Patidar agitation leader Hardik Patel and Alpesh Thakore, convener of the OBC, SC and ST Ekta Manch, to join this coalition. Mr. Vasava castigated the BJP for the “repeated inauguration” of the Sardar Sarovar Dam. “This is the sixth such function and has been timed to occur just before Assembly polls in the State,” he claimed. He said the water from the dam would not benefit the local tribal population, but only corporates. JD(U) Rajya Sabha MP Ali Anwar — facing the prospect of being divested of his membership of the House along with Mr. Sharad Yadav for parting ways with Nitish Kumar — said that both of them had asked the Rajya Sabha secretariat time to respond to a notice. Senior leader Arun Kumar Srivastava, who belongs to the Sharad Yadav camp, said the party National Executive declared all decisions taken by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as “invalid.”last_img read more

Underpass didn’t weaken canal: NTPC

first_imgA day after Bihar Water Resources Department Minister Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lalan Singh blamed an underpass constructed by the NTPC for weakening the Bateshwarsthan canal at Kahalgaon in Bhagalpur, the NTPC on Thursday denied that the underpass caused any breach in the canal as it was constructed after procuring a no-objection certificate from the government.‘No flaw detected’“The underpass constructed by the NTPC in the Bateshwarsthan canal had a wing and returning walls as required and the NOC papers, besides other documents, show that there was no flaw detected in the design,” Rakesh Samuel, group general manager of NTPC’s Kahalgaon unit, told local journalists. He said the NTPC management was ready to cooperate with the Bihar government in rectifying the problem in the canal which breached a day ahead of its inauguration.Another NTPC executive said the underpass was constructed before the canal was built and “had there been any design-related flaw it should have been brought to the notice of the NTPC by the constructing agencies”. “We screened at different levels and found that there was no technical flaw in the underpass and it had not weakened the canal,” he said.However, a day after a portion of the Bateshwarsthan Ganga Pump Nahar Yojna (BGPNY) was breached in, the State WRD Minister and the department secretary Arun Kumar Singh had blamed the underpass constructed in the canal by the NTPC for weakening it. “A portion in the canal near the underpass constructed by the NTPC has breached and it seems the construction of the underpass might have weakened the canal at that place causing the breach when water flowed into the canal before it was inaugurated,” Mr. Singh said.The BGPNY canal was to be inaugurated by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday, but a portion of it breached on Tuesday evening, causing a flood-like situation in some residential parts of the NTPC and other areas.The incident had caused a great embarrassment to the NDA government in Bihar which later ordered a probe. Another scam: RJD The opposition RJD took a dig on the government saying “after rats, now crocodiles must have caused a breach in the canal just a day before it was to be inaugurated…it’s another scam in the Nitish Kumar government and we demand a high-level inquiry into it”. The JD(U) and BJP leaders attacked RJD chief Lalu Prasad for questioning the government on “morality”. “At least on the issues of morality and corruption Lalu Prasad has no right to say anything,” said Rajiv Ranjan Singh.last_img read more

Police take dog into custody

first_imgA dog was taken into police custody after two persons claiming to be its owners failed to settle the ownership dispute, the police said here.A resident of the Civil Lines area claimed that his dog, which had been missing for two months, was spotted on his neighbour’s roof on Thursday. He claimed that he had brought the labrador from Bareilly on Diwali. However, the neighbour claimed that the dog belonged to him. The police were called when the two failed to resolve the matter between them. The police took the dog into custody. Police station in-charge Devesh Kumar Singh said: “The dog is in police custody. The pet will be handed over to the real owner after a probe.”last_img

Kolkata, where a metro service goes under the river

first_imgThe twin cities of Kolkata and Howrah, on either side of river Hooghly, will be soon connected by a metro service, part of which runs under water. The first tunnel connecting Howrah and Kolkata is ready.How long did it take?On March 22, a German-made tunnel-boring machine, christened Prerna, punched through the diaphragm of the proposed Metro station at Esplanade in Kolkata and came out on the surface of the earth. It marked the completion of an eventful journey of 23 months from April 21, 2016, when the machine was lowered into the ground on the other side of the river. Another tunnel-boring machine Rachna, running parallel to Prerna, is catching up and is just a few metres behind.What’s the distance under water?Having traversed a distance of 520 metres below the riverbed, the two tunnels, about 3.8 km long, are the first underwater transport tunnels in India. The depth of the crown of the tunnel below the riverbed is 13 metres. Experts who oversaw the construction of the engineering marvel say the challenge was not only boring the tunnel below the riverbed but taking it past some of the oldest buildings in Kolkata, two Jewish synagogues, the Raj Bhavan and a few dilapidated Railway buildings which could not even be evacuated.Why are the tunnels needed?The tunnels are the most crucial part of the East West Metro Project, a 16.6-km line connecting Salt Lake in the north-eastern fringes of Kolkata to Howrah Maidan on the other side of the river. Of the 16.6-km line, about 10.8 km will be underground and the rest will be through an elevated corridor.The mega infrastructure project, costing ₹8,474.98 crore, was delayed primarily by objections raised by the Archaeological Survey of India to a 3.8-km stretch running too close to three heritage structures. With the construction of these tunnels being almost over, work on the project has received a major boost.What’s the plan?Work on the next phase of the project, construction of tunnels connecting Esplanade to the Sealdah railway station, will begin in May.Once this phase is complete, two of the busiest railway stations, Sealdah and Howrah, located on the opposite banks of the Hooghly, will be connected. Kolkata Metro Rail, the agency executing the mega project, is hopeful that by 2021 metro services will be operational along the entire route.Why is it important for the city?The East West Metro Line will align with the existing 27.23-km North South Line, which ferries 6 lakh passengers on a weekday. This was the first metro railway in the country and has been operational since 1984.Considering the population growth, it is projected that by 2035, 10 lakh passengers will take the East West Metro daily. Among major Indian metros, the ratio of road space to city space in Kolkata is the lowest, at 6%. The only hope for the lumbering traffic system, suffering from want of road space, is the metro railway networks criss-crossing the city. Along with the East West Metro project, four metro networks are in the pipeline.last_img read more

J&K Governor N.N. Vohra, the man in the hot seat

first_img “He is well-connected and keeps a low profile. He does his work with persistence and is not known to antagonise anyone,” the officer said.Before he assumed office in 2008, Mr. Vohra held a dialogue with all stakeholders in the State as the Centre’s interlocutor for five years.Though there is no fixed tenure for the Governor, he continues in office at the pleasure of the President. Mr. Vohra’s six-year term (that equals the State Assembly’s term of six-years) ends on June 25.The Centre is unlikely to remove him from the post as an experienced hand is required at the time of the Amarnath Yatra that commences on June 28.Another Minister said that he would remain in office till the yatra concludes on August 28.Mr. Vohra is also the ex-officio chairman of the Shri Amarnath ji Shrine Board and is the first one to offer prayers and inaugurate the yatra. The Centre has made massive security arrangements for the yatra after eight pilgrims were killed in an attack by Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants last year.On June 17, the Centre did not extend the cease-ops announced for Ramzan and asked the security forces to resume action. N.N. Vohra, who has been occupying the J&K Governor’s office since 2008, is now the Centre’s best bet as the State plunged into a political crisis on Tuesday with the BJP pulling out of an alliance with the PDP.Mr. Vohra (82), a 1959-batch IAS officer of the Punjab cadre, has only briefly remained out of work after he retired as Union Home Secretary in 1994. He was appointed Principal Secretary to thet hen Prime Minister, I.K. Gujral, in 1997 and has been on several committees on internal security and defence.“There are no immediate plans to remove him. His experience in handling the affairs of the State during complex situations like the 2008 Amarnath agitation that claimed over 100 lives can be an advantage. We cannot push the State into another administrative crisis,” said a senior Cabinet Minister. A former police officer who has worked with Mr. Vohra said besides the rich experience he had an affable relation with people cutting across political lines.Also Read ‘BJP-PDP alliance set fire to J&K’last_img read more

Four killed as heavy rains lash south Gujarat

first_imgFour people were killed in flooding and rain-related incidents in the last 48 hours in southern Gujarat. Floods in several districts and towns, affected road and rail traffic. The State administration has put the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and other agencies on stand by to attend to emergencies.“For next 48 hours: Heavy to very heavy rain is forecasted in Saurashtra – mainly in Amreli, Bhavnagar, Girsonath, Botad and Rajkot,and North Gujarat region . Flood management plan into action,” Pankaj Kumar, Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue), said in a tweet.A holiday has been declared in schools and other education institutions in the affected districts.Thousands stranded in railway stationsThousands of people were stranded in railway stations as almost a dozen trains from to and from Mumbai were delayed due to incessant rains in Mumbai and adjoining south Gujarat districts.In Navsari, Vadodara, and Surat cities, low-lying areas have been flooded and the civic bodies launched rescue operations.According to officials of India Meteorological Department (IMD), owing to a cyclonic circulation over north Konkan and south Gujarat, the coastal belt in Saurashtra and south Gujarat will continue to receive heavy to very heavy rains in the next 24 hours.The Southwest monsoon has covered southern and central Gujarat, and parts of coastal Saurashtra region so far.last_img read more

Pune school withdraws controversial guidelines after education department probe

first_imgA city school withdrew its controversial guidelines for students after the State Education Department on Thursday ordered an investigation into them.The allegedly stringent 30-page rulebook brought out by MAEER’s MIT Vishwashanti Gurukul School was contested by some parents after it mandated that girl students wear only white or beige innerwear and bloomers every day.The rules, termed ‘diktats’ by protesting parents, also restricted time for washroom usage and prohibited the use of lipstick, lip gloss or any other cosmetic, as well as tattoos, for girl students. It mandated that girls wear only round studs not bigger than 0.3 cm on each earlobe and stipulated their skirts be of a certain length.The school withdrew the rulebook after State Education Minister Vinod Tawde ordered an investigation and sent a team under Deputy Director of Education Meenakshi Raut to the institute.The rulebook’s presentation in the form of an affidavit elicited sharp criticism from parents.“While enforcing discipline is commendable, no institute ought to lay down such rigid rules,” Mr. Tawde said, speaking in Nagpur during the monsoon session of the Assembly.The guidelines mentioned the applicability of IPC sections 199 (false statement made in declaration), 200 (using as true such declaration knowing it to be false) and 202 (intentional omission to give information) if parents gave false information about their children. “The rules were laid down for the security of the students. Our intention was pure; it was to avoid unpleasant incidents. We had no hidden agenda whatsoever as some parents have hinted,” said Dr. Suchitra Karad-Nagare, Executive Director, MIT Group of Institutes. She said the institute had always welcomed dialogue with parents. “We had hoped they would resolve the issue with us before going to the media first,” she said.A senior MIT official, requesting anonymity, said the rules were formulated to preclude any untoward incident involving girl students and that they were only meant to act as a deterrent.“We have received reports where girl students complained of not being addressed respectfully by the boys. There have also been cases where students have misguided the authorities by giving wrong numbers of their wards. Are the school authorities or the parents responsible in such cases? Hence the rules,” said the official. However, some of the parents disputed the institute’s claims. “It read like a law book and not a rule book. How can an institution regulate a time for drinking water? The rulebook has imposed fear upon students and is a money-making exercise on the institute’s part,” said a parent, requesting anonymity. The rules levied a ₹1,500 cycle-parking fee while making helmets compulsory. Local MNS activists took up the cause, while vernacular channels decried the school’s guidebook as “a form of dictatorship”.last_img read more

11 women missing from shelter home

first_imgA fresh FIR was registered on Monday against Brajesh Thakur, accused in the Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case, after 11 women were reported missing from another shelter home run by his NGO in the same town. Brajesh Thakur was the main accused in the rape of 34 girl inmates of a shelter home in Muzaffarpur managed by his NGO Sewa Sankalp Evam Vikas Samiti.Assistant director in the Social Welfare department, Divesh Sharma, filed the fresh case at the women’s police station on Monday evening. He had lodged the complaint in the rape case as well in the same police station on May 31 on the basis of an audit report by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS).Sewa Sankalp Evan Vikas Samiti runs five shelter and short-stay homes. Three are in Muzaffarpur and there is one each in Sitamarhi and Bettiah districts.After the rape case surfaced, the Social Welfare department had blacklisted the NGO and was reviewing the conditions at shelter homes run by it. “It was during the review that 11 women were found missing from another shelter home in Chhoti Kalyani area… there had been no communication from the NGO to the department about the missing women,” Mr. Sharma told local journalists. Department officials, preferring anonymity, told The Hindu that Brajesh Thakur had access to senior officials of the department and top political connections that helped him net contracts for social services in north Bihar. The department had even approved a project for a beggars’ shelter in Patna on May 31, the day the FIR was lodged against him in the shelter home rape case.last_img read more