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A Short Intro to Camera Angles

I never realized there could be so many angles and shots to a film. Each camera position or movement really does work to emphasize the shot. I want to study and improve my own shots, so this is a great start!! This video introduces a very brief description of the various shots you can use. Enjoy.

 

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Alex’ Summer Vacation 2018

Here’s a new video I put together last night, in about thirty minutes, with the help of Wondershare Filmora. WF has lots more tools and downloadable effects…making it much better than Windows Movie Maker. There is a learning curve to it, but once you get past that, you can start making some great films. Enjoy.

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You don’t have to look, if you don’t want to (a pledge from Facebook)

Last week (or maybe sooner), a Facebook friend shared a video they found, of a toddler being very much abused by her mother. I’ve seen tons of videos on Facebook, and this one didn’t really stand out…but enough is enough.

Here is a link to the video:

https://www.facebook.com/rildosecret/videos/1769562736437862/

According to U.K’s Daily Mail, the video came from Uganda, and the nanny in the video was found and arrested. She later pleads guilty.

I don’t know if Facebook had anything to do with the video going viral, and the nanny getting caught, but I was curious if Facebook found this video offensive, since I have seen FAR WORSE videos on there, before.

I reported the video and waited for a response.

This morning, I got this message from Facebook:

Are they serious?

Just how bad does it have to be, to “go against” THEIR community standards? Since it doesn’t offend them as an entity, Facebook is asking us to turn a blind eye to it, so it doesn’t ruin our “Facebook experience”. They will help us do that…pathetic.

Which one of their “standards” did it not “go against”?

How would the toddler’s (in the video) parents feel about these standards?

Facebook sounds like they have a checklist, for whether a video breaks their standards…whatever those may be.

What about the COMMUNITY’S COMMUNITY STANDARDS?

There are always going to be trashy sites and people who post videos like this. Also, I fully understand that Facebook can’t vet every video that a user posts online,  but they should start. They certainly have the means and manpower.

Hell, get the community involved as employees…let them vet the videos.

But until then, Facebook should at least use human, moral judgment when a video like this is brought to their attention.

Thank you to whoever made this video viral, and was responsible for getting the nanny caught and arrested.

Until then, Facebook needs to be rated PG-13.

 

 

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Watch “Shimanchu Nu Takara” on YouTube

If you ever get the opportunity, please visit Okinawa! I had heard this song several times during my sixteen years in Japan, and ashamed that I just now learned the title and artist. Begin has been playing music for 20+ years, with a big fan base. I love this song…and very uplifting to me.