The Minister of National Defense, Brownie J. Samukai, said he is annoyed with the leadership of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) over a local daily “wrongfully” quoting him on issues of national security. On December 30, 2015, Minister Samukai filed a complaint to the PUL against the Hot Pepper Newspaper for “misrepresentation.” “In the December 18, 2015, edition of the Hot Pepper Newspaper, a reporter published an interview it claimed to have conducted with Minister Samukai captioned ‘After Cross-Border Attack: Six Ivorian Dissidents Arrested in Grand Gedeh–Liberia Defense Minister Discloses.’ This, the ministry said, was a blatant lie as the Defense Minister at no time granted any such interview as was published. In this regard, the MOD formally complained to the PUL and copied the management of Hot Pepper Newspaper, calling for the issuance of a mea culpa in the spirit of professionalism. Regrettably, the MOD said the communication, as a matter of simple courtesy, is yet to be acknowledged by the PUL, noting, “Had it been the other way around, there would be no doubt enthralling headlines in multiple papers against the MOD.” “Unless the issue raised is substantially addressed, the MOD considers this matter, for historical references, unresolved whether the PUL or the Hot Pepper choose to ignore the matter or treat it with triviality,” the Ministry said in a statement yesterday.In another development, the MOD said it has tracked in recent times, accusations from some quarters that Minister Samukai has taken possession of 10 vehicles donated by the US State Department for campaign purposes. The vehicles are intended for use by the defense sector. “This information is a total falsehood as the donated vehicles have been appropriately issued to functionaries of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) and the Central Administration of the MOD,” the Ministry responded. The MOD noted that the visit by Minister Samukai to Foya, Lofa County, during the festive season was a part of an annual event when he feasted with residents of the area, as is similarly done by him in Keabah Community in Monrovia and in Nimba County, respectively. “It is hoped that this release will serve as a closure to the falsehood permeating the electronic and print media that Minister Samukai granted unto himself 10 of several vehicles which have been donated by the US State Department for use by Liberia’s Defense Sector,” the Ministry Assistant Minister of Public Affairs, David K. Dahn, told this paper via mobile phone late yesterday. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) read more
Film directing is much more than being ‘in-charge’. Utilize the 3 tips below to be more effective on-set.The success of a film often hinges on the effectiveness of the director. Are you doing all you can to be the best for your crew and talent? In this post, we take a look at two quick and easy techniques that will help you become a better director.1. Hire the BestIt’s said that an organization is only as strong as it’s weakest link and the same is true for a film. If you’ve had experiences similar to mine than you know how catastrophic it can be when a crew member with a negative attitude is on set. Not only does it take away from the overall morale of the crew, it will show in the finished product. This is why it is extremely important to hire good crew members that will be able to do their job with a good attitude.Follow the motto, “hire slow, fire fast.”Put in the time up front to ensure an individual is right for your team before offering them a position on your project. Have you already worked on a film with them in the past? What do other individuals who’ve worked with them have to say about their work ethic, skills and attitude?It’s not easy to find these people so we recommend checking out our previous article Traits of a Good Film Crew for more info on what to look for in good crew members.Image credit: Neil MoraleeHiring good crew members will also free up a lot of precious time for you to focus on your creative vision. It’s really easy to get bogged down with worrying about all of the technical nuances associated with a film and completely forget about the actual content that will be shot. If you hire a reliable crew however, it is much easier to hand off responsibilities that would have normally taken up a lot of your time on set.The relationship between you, the director, and the actor is highly important to the success of the film. In most cases a film production will span over the course of a few months. So just as with crew members, it is important to cast an actor that you can build a great working relationship with. Actors that come with big egos are hard to work with and tend to bring down morale.2. Be HospitableIf you are an indie-filmmaker you are probably not going to be able to pay your crew very much money (if any at all), so it is extra important to make sure everyone is as comfortable as possible on your set.One of the easiest ways to keep everyone happy and comfortable on-set is to provide the crew and actors with food and drinks. Don’t get the cheap stuff either! Would you be happy with a Twinkie and a bottle of water? If you are shooting over the course of a few of days don’t think that pizza and sandwiches won’t get old. Hospitality goes a long way on a 14 hour shoot.3. Communicate Openly with TalentImage credit: lucacandini on FlickrIt’s highly recommended that you, the director, take an acting class to understand the processes that actors go through to prepare for a role. Film directors usually come from a technical background so it is hard to know the lingo and approach that actors respond best to. Even if it’s just one class, a course in acting will help you better relate to your actors.During pre-production (and while on-set) ask your actors questions about their roles. Through asking questions you will be able to identify any inconsistencies in the actor’s perception of the role and the creative vision you have for it. Without this dialogue you will waste a lot of time on-set correcting inconsistent visions towards a role. These conversations should happen before you arrive.Remember the Golden RuleIn conclusion, a good rule of thumb when directing is the golden rule, “Treat others the way you would want to be treated“. With good hiring and an empathetic mindset you will more likely gain the respect of your cast and crew.If you are interested in learning more about being a great director we have prepared a recommend reading list:Film Directing Shot by Shot: Visualizing from Concept to Screenby Steven D. KatzDirecting Actors: Creating Memorable Performances for Film & Televisionby Judith WestonGetting Better as a Director: Learning How to Talk to Actorsby NoFilmSchool read more
UK commercial broadcaster ITV has launched version 2.0 of its ITV Player app. The app is now available to download from the iTunes store to use on iOS devices.According to ITV, the new version of the app includes a number of advanced integrated features including live streaming, AirPlay mirroring support and the ability for users to switch seamlessly between catch-up and live content within the app and the video player component. For the first time viewers will be able to access live streams of ITV1 and ITV2 via WiFi and 3G.