How Visual Effects Are Used In The Film Industry

Ever walk out of a movie screening and hear another viewer talk about how amazing the special effects were? But what exactly are special, or visual effects and how do they work Pulse.co readers ask?
Anyone who has ever aspired to be a filmmaker, film critic or even those who just love going to the movies, should know the basics behind visual effects (VFX) and how its technology has had a tremendous impact on the film industry.

The technical definition for visual effects is as being the general term used to describe any type of imagery that is created, enhanced or altered for a film or any other media within the visual media industry that can not be replicated while shooting the film live. A vast majority of the magic, so to speak, used to create visual effects is done in post-production. Visual effects are generally layered into live action scenes. Some of the common techniques used to apply visual effects include rear and front screen projection, matte painting, computer graphics, or by using recording to create a composite of images.

The recent advances in technology has made visual effects a much more viable, affordable alternative over the traditional way of paying for live actors, stuntmen, explosions, safety experts, etc. This new surge in advanced digital tools has made it much easier for filmmakers and studios to create visually stunning digital sets, composites, and realistic computer generated characters and moving elements at a much faster pace.

Because of the now affordable animation software and tools, visual effects is now accessible to filmmakers of all levels, making it an everyday part to every filmmakers tool kit. At its core, anything that is too difficult, dangerous, costly, or even impossible to capture with a moving camera is added later in post production as a visual effect.

Speaking of the evolution of visual effects, John Textor, is and will be for quite some time in the future, a pioneer within the visual media industry. While his name might not be too familiar, most will have certainly heard of a few of his visual accomplishments.

John Textor first made his presence known as one of the two men who created the visually splendid real life illusion of a singing and dancing Michael Jackson and Tupac Shakir. Mr. Textor was also the Producer and Executive Producer of 2013’s Ender’s Game. John Textor and his former company, Digital Domain Productions, were responsible for the visual effects of over 80 large scale feature films, winning several Academy Awards.

North American Spine Doctors Are Using A Tiny Laser To Treat Back Pain Issues

Back pain is one of the main reasons people miss work. Most back issues are not serious, but they can be debilitating if they are not treated quickly and effectively. Low back pain is usually associated with a bulging disc, a spinal cord injury, or lower back muscles. Upper back pain can be a sign of aorta problems, a tumor, or inflammation of the spine. All of these back problems can change a person’s way of life. Surgery to correct some of these issues can be painful, expensive, and at times the surgery doesn’t cure the issue. 

Doctors at the North American Spine have developed a new procedure that is effective, minimally invasive, and saves patients thousands of dollars. The procedure is called AccuraScope. The AccuraScope is actually a tiny laser. The laser is smaller than the tip of a pen, and it only impacts the tissue that is causing the pain. This tiny laser treatment works best on patients that have back pain due to tissue problems, not bone issues. 

The reviews of North American Spine show that doctors start the procedure by making a tiny incision, and then use a small camera to identify, and then treat the bulging tissue. Most patients walk out of the North American Spine Clinic the same day.The good news is, the back pain is gone immediately after the procedure is done. Patients usually return to work within seven days. The AccuraScope treatment is an effective surgical solution for chronic back pain sufferers. 

The North American Spine Clinic has treated over 8,000 patients, and 82% of those patients are back pain-free. North American Spine™ is the only medical clinic that offers the AccuraScope® procedure. Some patients say choosing the laser treatment surgery over the standard medical surgery was the best decision they ever made. The doctors at the North American Spine Clinic specialize in neurosurgery, orthopedic spine surgery and interventional pain management. 

Dr. Jennifer Walden Among the Best Beauty Surgeons

Dr. Jennifer Walden, is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery as a cosmetic plastic surgeon. Walden stands out for being part of the few women who are board-certified plastic surgeons. Walden is well known and provides services at her private plastic surgery practice in Austin, Texas. It is called Walden Cosmetic Surgery Center, PLLC and is located at Westlake Medical Center. Aside from her own private practice, Walden has hospital privileges at various hospitals. In addition, to being a plastic surgeon, she is a board of director for the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the Modern Aesthetics’ and Plastic Surgery Practice’s Editorial Board of Directors. Walden has also co-authored a book called Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

Walden comes from educated parents, her mother was a surgical nurse, while her father was a dentist.  After graduating as salatatorian, she completed her residency at the Integrated Plastic Surgery, at the University of Texas Medical Branch. From there, she obtained a fellowship in Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital, moving to New York City. There she learned more about aesthetic surgery for eight years. Upon the birth of her twin sons, Walden, a single mother, returned to her hometown, leaving New York City.

Walden specializes in breast augmentations, eyelid and face lifts, rhinoplasties, and liposuctions. However, she offers more than 70+ treatment options. While in undergrad, Walden took feminist studies and psychology classes. She developed an interest from her classes in helping women and pursued a career in medicine. Through surgery, women are able to improve their quality of life and have a boost in self-confidence. The majority of her clients are women, who respect Walden for being a non-judgemental plastic surgeon. Women feel at ease opening up to Walden, to discuss their needs.

The media is no stranger to Walden, as she is the spokesperson for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Walden is an intelligent woman, who is often sought for her expertise in cosmetic surgery issues. Topics have ranged from teenage plastic surgery to celebrity plastic surgery. Furthermore, Walden has been featured in national news outlets and magazines. In 2014, Harper’s Bazaar magazine named her one of the 24 best beauty surgeons.

S’well Bottle Passes “Does it Work” Test

Local television channel KWCH12 in Wichita, Kansas, recently featured the S’well water bottle on the “Does it Work” segment of its programming. The S’well bottle is a special insulated water bottle that is designed to keep cold drinks cool for 24 hours and hot drinks warm for 24 hours. Reporter Melissa Scheffler put the bottle through a series of tests and concluded that it does indeed work. 

The reporter first tested whether the S’well bottle could keep drinks cold for 24 hours. A local runner filled a S’well bottle and a regular water bottle with cold water and then took both to the track to use during her workout. After running for a while, she drank out of both bottles and reported that the water in the S’well bottle was still cool while the regular water was not. Again, the runner drank out of the S’well bottle and said that the water was still cool although not as cool as the day before. 

A similar set of experiments were performed to test if the S’well bottle would work as advertised with hot liquids. The experiments showed that the S’well bottle did keep liquids warm for 12 hours. In all of the experiments, the reporter took temperatures of the hot and cold liquids with a meat thermometer to confirm what was being reported. 

In short, the S’well bottle works as advertised. It will keep liquids cool for 24 hours and warm for 12 although liquids will not stay at the exact temperatures they were when poured into the bottle.

Texas Super Doctor Jennifer Walden

Dr. Jennifer Walden is quite an amazing individual. She is a young and beautiful woman who cares about people in a way that most don’t. In 2014 she was affectionately named Texas Super Doctor and it is not hard to see why. Dr. Jennifer Walden has an incredible reputation for performing plastic surgery incredibly well! There is not a patient that sees her that is not satisfied when they leave her office. In order to be considered a Texas Super Doctor Jennifer Walden had to receive peer recognition or professional achievement for the work that she has done in the medical field. In a country and state where appearances truly matter, this is an extremely high honor!

Dr. Jennifer Walden was not always located in Austin, Texas. She originally started out in New York City, New York and worked her way to Austin, Texas so that her twin boys could be closer to their family. It is very apparent that Dr. Walden values family and people in general. She is the type of individual that most patients talk fondly of both after a consultation and after a procedure. They feel as though Dr. Walden always has their best interest at heart. Many patients rave about her caring touch and loving personality. She is truly a plastic surgeon worth trusting. When questioned most individuals who have gone to her for one procedure would visit her again for any further procedures. That is quite an honor!

Dr. Walden’s office specializes in all types of plastic surgery from tummy tucks and eyebrow lifts to complete mommy makeovers. Her office also offers soft tissue injectibles, teenage and celebrity plastic surgery, breast implants, and other laser treatments. If she feels as though the procedure will significantly harm the individual she will talk them through an alternative procedure so that they may still get the effects they are looking for. She values more than money, she values people!

It is important to note that Dr. Jennifer Walden specializes in much more than plastic surgery. She doesn’t aim to change a person through her surgery, she aims to help a person see who they really are and who they want to be. She is incredibly concerned about body image and women’s health as well. She is truly the plastic surgeon to call!

New Jersey Real Estate On The Upswing, BUT Sellers Are Still Afraid Of Falling

New Jersey citizens are still afraid to put their houses on the market due to the 2006 “slumber” as an article from Realty Today calls it. The rest of the nation has recovered from the slumber and business is booming. Experts say the main two reasons for this New Jersey hibernation is partially to blame due to the 8.12% of foreclosed properties and the overall population of the state. 

This might not be a good time to be a seller but for investors and people in the market for a new home this is a prime time to purchase. Housing wire along with Omar Boraie and Boraie Development LLC all believe it’s time for a comeback from The Garden State. Housing Wire and Omar Boraie have two very different outlooks on what is going to bring this city back to life. On one hand, Housing Wire is emphasizing of the face that social media is becoming a big seller for realtors, and they’re right! It’s free ad space to get the job done. They are also crediting low down payments and low interest rates to what will be the wake up call of New Jersey Real Estate. The last key point Housing Wire is pointing out is as long as there’s a internet connection there will always be a way to get the necessaries done.
Omar Boraie and Housing Wire are predicting the same outcome but for different reasoning. Omar Boraie has already been apart of making New Brunswick the city it is today. He has a good eye for investing and wants none of the credit. He believes in creating “the next-generation office community” this Is a big part of his prediction on the upswing of the New Jersey Real Estate Market. He has a vision for what New Brunswick will look like and he’s doing everything in his power to make that a dream come true.
He wants to create a community of vast differences, old, young, families, students, businesses.  He says “if Johnson & Johnson didn’t decide to stay in New Brunswick, none of this would have happened.” As you can see Mr. Boraie and Boraie Development are looking to create a better future by attracting a plethora of people to add to the population. They are making New Jersey Real Estate attractive again. 
As you can see it doesn’t matter the reasoning, New Jersey will be on a Real Estate uprising just like New Brunswick. Whether it’s because of social media and low down payments or the creation of a space everyone wants t be, I think it’s safe to say New Jersey will be happy about it and welcome the change.

Five Investment Tips From Brad Reifler

Two less than satisfying investment situations led Brad Reifler, Founder and CEO of Forefront Capital, to readjust his target audience from “accredited investors,” as defined by the Securities Commission, to middle-class America and the overlooked 99 percent of investors. The first consisted of a personal investment in a college savings fund for his daughters which essentially lost money and the second was the discovery that his father-in-law did not make the cut as an accredited investor despite 35 years of saving for retirement.

Reuters wrote that this adjustment in direction has led Reifler to develop a fund designed specifically for non-accredited investors who have limited options in which to invest.

Reifler’s five tips, from a November 2014 Reuters press release are:
• Be careful on how you invest your money. Consider risks, charges, and expenses. Take an inventory of your assets and create goals.
• Be concerned about the safety of your money.
• Don’t put all your money into the stock market.
• Know who is going to be investing your money. Develop trust in the manager of your funds.
• Recognize why you’re investing. Consider the investment objective. Be careful with how much you invest. If you see something working, then add to it.

In conclusion, Reifler states that the financial crisis of 2008 caused numerous non-accredited investors to hesitate. Designed to allay those fears, Reifler’s fund will provide liquidity and return while educating the investor in the nuances of the market. “Through the power of compounded returns,” Reifler said, “if 99 percenters had a better option to invest, they could potentially watch a small investment grow into a substantial retirement account.”

Notre Dame lacrosse player Matt Landis and National Championship Semifinals

Matt Landis

Matt Landis is a learner as well as a starting player on Notre Dame lacrosse team. The Pelham, NY inborn exhibits impressive devotion both when on and also off the playing ground, striking equilibrium between his work and play. As an academic-athlete at Notre dame, Matt Landis does Finance, is a lead defenseman on Fighting Irish Lacrosse team, does a part-time job and someway is able to get time to live like an ordinary 20+ year-old American kid. 

Matt Landis’s hobbies are; doing voluntary work, playing golf, hiking, reading, skiing as well as skeet shooting. 

Matt Landis
Matt interviews after the game.

It was heartbreaking for Lacrosse team of the top-seeded University of Notre Dame on the afternoon of last Saturday during its 2015 NCAA Championship countrywide semifinal match versus Denver, which was played on Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. 

Wesley Berg’s score with 2:03 remaining in extra time raised the No.4 seed forerunners to 11-10 option over Irish. Berg’s goal came following Notre Dame assembled from a 4-goal deficit (10-6) with 4:23 remaining in the competition.

Sophomore midfielder Sergio Perkovic demonstrated to be unrelenting during the last 15-minute stanza when he scored 5 of his scores in the 4th quarter. Perkovic complemented his career-high with a 5-goal performance he achieved the previous year in 2014 after Notre Dame was defeated by Duke in national championship match. 

The Irish, whose second consecutive appearance was their program-first in national semifinals alongside 5th overall attendance in Championship Weekend, saw their term get to its end at 12-3. The Pioneers upgrade to 16-2 proceeding to their tournament title matchup having No.6 seed Maryland on Monday. 

Lacrosse’s head coach, Kevin Corrigan said that he did not think they played specifically well in particular parts of the match. However, they did what they ought to do so as to attain a one-play match at the conclusion. 

Saturday’s tournament concluded much similar to the initial game between the 2 teams on 7th March in Denver where Pioneers assembled for the match-winner with 3:18 remaining in extra time for a comparable 11-10 victory. Today’s semifinal match-up between Irish and Pioneers was 20th all-time contest although first in NCAA Championship game. 

Denver’s prolonged its victory streak on 3 straight over Notre Dame. Actually, the match marked the 4th time in last 5 meetings, which the tournament was decided in extra time. 

The Pioneers escalated to 2-0 early 3:56 into the 1st quarter on scores by Tyler Pace alongside Jack Bobzien.

Notre Dame tied the match at 2-2 from scores of Jim Marlatt as well as Conor Doyle with 7:32 plus 4:30, in that order, left in the 1st quarter. 

Denver’s Zach Miller placed the Pioneers up 3-2 5:52 towards the 2nd quarter on 1st of his 2 scores, though Notre Dame hit back fast after Osselo obtained his 1st goal of the match 52 seconds later. 

Connor Cannizzaro, completed the match with a score for Pioneers with 6:51 remaining in the 2nd quarter to place Denver up 4-3.

We Need to Seek out Nature When the Stresses of Our Lives Become Too Much

Our modern society offers amenities and conveniences that few of us would wish to live without. We turn handles and clean water comes out of a faucet, we flip a switch and the light comes on. More incredibly, we pick up a little device with a screen and we can read information or transmit pictures to anyone anywhere in the world. That said, there is something about nature that still beckons to us. Jim Dondero agrees that for all our technology and modern conveniences, we still find it important to conserve national parks to visit and forests and other wild areas. We grew up with nature for millennia and on an instinctive level it is comfortable because it is home.

A recent study backs this up. It is found in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, and it says that taking a walk in and around nature reduces one’s stress level compared to walking in a more urbanized setting. We occasionally need to “get away from it all” with “all” being the hustle and bustle of modern life. We know that modern life is good, and nothing would make most of us want to go back to a day before internet, television, toilet paper and penicillin when people had to live off game they caught that day.

A Real Elderly Friendly Tablet

Let’s face it, technology can be overwhelming for many seniors. Despite this, it can also be a tremendous resource if you can get them to feel comfortable using a Smart Phone or tablet stated Kevin Seawright.

Thus the creation of the AARP RealPad, designed to make technology simpler for seniors. It states that it is designed to be less frustrating and confusing for seniors, yet it seems to fall short.

To begin with the on button is tiny, which is not helpful to seniors who may have arthritic fingers. Other tablets have a more substantial on the button. Also, the RealPad button needs to be depressed for a period before it responds.

This tablet comes with an easy to use support system that provides not only 24/7 live help but also tutorials to teach seniors how to use the device.

The device is reasonably priced at about $150 which is helpful and it does have some great support options. Most seniors interviewed thought that the device ought to be slightly larger, and the audio video feeds a little clearer.

The RealPad is only currently available in black. AARP feels that as demand increases, they can make some of the changes to make this device even more senior friendly.