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Science-fiction classics that have rewired your brain - Image 3 Image 3 of 8 Tunes from Mars Taking a completely different attitude to Martians, Raymond Taylor's marching tune A Signal from Mars is jaunty in the extreme. Published in 1901, the piece became immensely popular but has little to do with its title. You can listen to it on the Creeps Records blog.

30+ Websites to Download Free Photos If you are a blogger looking for free photos to use in your blog posts or a designer looking for free photography to use in your designs, then check out the websites below and you will find the best free stock photos. All of the photos that you will find on the websites below are free to use for commercial purposes, without asking permission or they need attribution so make sure you check before you use a photo. If you enjoyed this post please subscribe. Unsplash Unsplash offers you 10 high-resolution stock photos every 10 days. How to Create a Unique Magic System for Your Book: 6 steps Edit Article Edited by Jonta, Maluniu, Grendle, Anonymo and 14 others Ever feel that books such as Harry Potter have taken all the good Magic set-ups in books? Despite the thousands of types of magic in books, it's still possible to make a brand new magic. Ad Steps

Brandon Sanderson: Sanderson's Second Law A few years back, I wrote an essay on creating magic systems that I titled Sanderson’s First Law. It had to do with the nature of foreshadowing as it relates to solving problems with magic. In that essay, I implied that I had other “laws” for magic systems that I’d someday talk about. Well, that time has come, as I’ve finally distilled my thoughts for the second law into an explanation that will work.

12 Iconic Directors Share Their Thoughts on Filmmaking & Style As filmmakers, we do quite a bit of research and study. We read a vast number of tutorials, and articles texts; we watch classic films and go to countless first showings. We do so much to fill our brains with all of the information we think will prepare us for making films and seeing our craft from a new perspective. However, sometimes all we need is a simple quote. Tumblr blog A-BitterSweet-Life (which you should religiously follow) has shared a spiffy interactive Prezi presentation that highlights some truly inspiring quotes about filmmaking and style from 12 filmmakers from all different countries and all different eras including Andrei Tarkovsky, Maya Deren, and Steven Soderbergh.

Brandon Sanderson: Sanderson's First Law Introduction I like magic systems. That’s probably evident to those of you who have read my work. A solid, interesting and innovative system of magic in a book is something that really appeals to me. Plot Development: Strengthen Your Plot through Character Creation How to write a plot that entices readers has never been easier with our free download full of tips. Many stories are born from a simple concept that gets outlined into a series of beats, or plot ideas. But to create a truly engaging story, writers need to focus on character development and how it relates to plot development.

Motion control photography Motion control camera dolly with Canon DSLR camera Motion control photography is a technique used in still and motion photography that enables precise control of, and optionally also allows repetition of, camera movements. It can be used to facilitate special effects photography. The process can involve filming several elements using the same camera motion, and then compositing the elements into a single image. Other effects are often used along with motion control, such as chroma key to aid the compositing. Motion control camera rigs are also used in still photography with or without compositing; for example in long exposures of moving vehicles.[1][2] Today's computer technology allows the programmed camera movement to be processed, such as having the move scaled up or down for different sized elements.

41 reasons why you shouldn’t date a photographer Photographers are a different kind of creatures. We are both artists and entrepreneurs. We love our cameras and we sure love playing with them, sometimes too much. After a longer series of technical articles and advice, I thought I’d put together a list of reasons why you shouldn’t date a photographer. Themes & Things To Keep In Mind When Writing Fantasy Stories and Adventures « Daily Encounter This list is far from complete. It’s not even trying to be complete. It knows better than that. It just wants to be helpful and provide some inspiration here and there; you know, offer little suggestions that might lead to bigger ideas. (Especially by using the words offered as Wikipedia searches!)

Ultimate Cheat Sheets for Photoshop and Lightroom Want an ultimate single-page cheat sheet for looking up keyboard shortcuts in Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC? The design team over at setupablogtoday have created just that: massive sheets that you can study and explore to your hearts content. The Photoshop Cheat Sheet First up is an impressive Photoshop cheat sheet that displays shortcuts both on a 2D keyboard and in chart form: You can find a high-resolution version of the image online here, or you can download a PDF of it through this link or via this embed: The Lightroom Cheat Sheet

Data Adventure The ENDANGERED SAFARI project contains all of the large African mammals along with juicy info like animal size, family, population trend, range, and IUCN threatened species status. The static version, above, is an artsy layout that makes a great print, but to really dig into the data, including individual animal range maps, you will have to jump on a computer (it’s not built for mobile) and play with the interactive below by hovering over each About the design Bloom visualizes the life of all 212 flowers in Jefferson’s Monticello garden across the year. In the animated GIF, flowers appear when they first start blooming and leave the piece when they finally die.

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