Monday, December 24, 2007

Solve music not playing problems

Let me put my solution right at the top. Try installing Apple Quicktime. Type or copy-paste "download Apple Quicktime" into the search box above, make sure the [ ] Web box is ticked, click search and your should see the link to the Apple Quicktime download page on the very first link on the SERP (Search Engine Result Page. No guarantee, but twice it solve my music player not working problems.

I have a demonstration blog Invisible background music player configured so that any visitors to the above blog who have their speakers turned on will automatically hear background music. This had been tested to work. Instruction on how to do it is at Invisible background music player and why you should not install it.

I do extensive multi-tasking with many browsers, many tabs, Notepad files, Excel files, photo editors like the free Irfanview photo editor and Paint which comes together with Windows, all opened simultaneously. Sometimes I get problems like right-click not working, clicking on a tab does not open that page, etc. My son suggested upgrading to a Core 2 processor computer as it is better for multi-tasking, which is what I did. Problem is, I forgot to reinstall Apple Quicktime. When I checked on Invisible background music player, I heard no music. This was not the first time I had encountered such problem, so I knew what to do. I downloaded and installed Apple Quicktime, and now when I surf to Invisible background music player, I will get nice background music playing while I work. However, I do not recommend you go to that blog with your speakers on if it is late at night with people sleeping, you have a sleeping baby beside you or you happened to be at your work place. If you really want to, turn the volume of the speakers to low.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Embed simple music within a Blogger post: Test.

Let us see if we can embed a simple music player within (in the middle of) a blog post. Here is the beginning of a post.

width="30" height="5" autostart="false" loop="false" />

Here is the end of the post.

Update: Looks like the test didn't went well. Will try again when I have the free time.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Testing embeding Youtube video for my blog reader

A blog reader complained that she is getting error message when posted the script to embed youtube video, so I am testing it here to verify. The script I used to embed the video below I paste in the scroll box below:

<object width="425" height="350"><param name="movie" value=""></param><param name="wmode" value="transparent"></param><embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="350"></embed></object>

Testing putting own music in post using eSnips

This post is a result of my blog reader asking how, using eSnips, he can change the music to his own music. So I have first uploaded a music file to eSnips, then got the widget to embed in this post:


For instructions, see Add music to your blog another easy way using eSnip. This is for putting the music player in a post. If you want it in the sidebar, refer to eSnip music player in the sidebar. However, please note that if you put the player in the sidebar, the "Play" button become very small and the triangle symbol to indicate "Play" and the 2 vertical lines to indicate "Stop" is indistinquishable.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Testing embeding a musical from Odeo

Bluesmen from the Depression sing about Hard Times and struggling just to get by.

powered by ODEO

Friday, February 23, 2007

Testing Sonific

This post is used as an example on how to embed music player in a post as described in the post Adding music to your blog. Click on the "Play" Sonific play button button to listen to the music.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Join Me In The Playground?

Join Me In The Playground?
by: Sacreeta Veneficus

Fly like a bird, and be free my friend-

One of the most special things about being an actor is expression, and there is a place for every actor, old or new, to express themselves. It is a garden to roam in a playground, plentiful in the film industry and found in every city.

Now hold on, don't be asking what Sacreeta is smoking.

For one thing, Sacreeta doesn't smoke; but she does play in this playground, and I implore you to go out and discover your own. After this message we'll find out where.

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We're back, and now for the answer. You'll find your playground among the independent, low-budget and student filmmakers, with their auditions, sets and films.

And that's the truth of it. Of course it's not all fun. It's demanding, hard work, often full of growing pains. But that's exactly the point. It's one of the best places to grow, and also an excellent place to practice the techniques taught in the Kamitic Acting System.

Independent filmmakers -- what comes to mind when one hears that is what makes me feel bad for those guys. Most are fresh from college, or were interns, have no backing, are pressed for time, cut down scripts to fit the criteria. There are sacrifices and compromises made. They aren't always happy with that, but they make the best of it.

What if new actors had empathy for IFM? What if they crafted their audition/acting talents toward making life easier for these guys/gals? What if you, as a real actor, walked into the audition with sincere compliments on the script handed to you?

It has been proven that directors do consider/respect those who consider them first, and understand that they too, have a dilemma. They must produce a screenplay of value that can be shot with proficiency, while being believable and persuasive, within the boundaries of the filmmakers' budget.

Instead of actors considering this an encumbrance, spot-on actors would take up the challenge, and act within the boundaries of what's available with contentment. Working in these conditions forces the actor to … well … ACT. The emphasis is no longer on what the film can afford, it shifts to what the actor can do. Spot-on actors, willing to work with little to no pay, are hard to come by, and it's understood.

The IFM know the competency of the actors is what will give the picture its credibility, and the actors should be aware that the experience can do nothing but enhance their own career goals.

My response would be, "What an interesting concept," and I'll tell you exactly why.

First and foremost: Unknown today=Famous tomorrow.

Sacreeta, everyone has to start somewhere, actors, directors, writers, filmmakers and on and on. Being kind to everyone who crosses your path in the business is not only proper etiquette, it is smart business. It involves understanding what's going on around you, reading up on the latest trends, keeping up with the direction on what's pleasing the crowds (and it is a matter of public opinion who becomes famous-no matter what the critics tell you.) Keeping abreast is as important as knowing the difference between hair spray and shampoo.

Ok. Let's shift back to freedom for the actors, with a few basic considerations.

A good low-budget filmmaker most likely would look for actors who are capable of inspiring and filling in the gaps of a character more than they would in a big-budget production. The actor may be chosen because of a spark of personality that strikes everyone upon their grand entrance to the casting session. The writers of low-budget films concentrate more on the development of the storyline. The direction in which the story takes the character can be influenced by the actors themselves.

Having a strong character that is able to take the audience through the story is vital, and landing a role where you have the luxury of such artistic freedom is an excellent way for the actor to grow.

The writers usually create the script with a particular mold in mind, such as gruff exterior, soft soulful eyes and a charming, no-fuss attitude. In walks Johnny, his eyes are dark and mysterious, not the soft soulful look, but his raspy voice and devious grin are irresistibly charming, inspiring the entire crew. They can foresee sequels, and in turn rewrite the script to suit the actor.

Room for change, room for freedom of expression, enhancing your resume, networking - these are certainly benefits to the actors for being in an independent film.

A few extra things to think about:

The director and crew may be a little wet behind the ears. Have as much patience with them as you would appreciate them having with you.

Don't be afraid to question them if you are confused about your character's actions. If the director and scriptwriter are in agreement, then it will be a quick, smooth resolution.

Politely and amicably suggest things that may sum up the scene with a different perspective that you feel strongly about, which could be helpful. But keep it neat. Abrupt criticism could simply have you taken off the set.

Study the script. Get a good impression of the plot, the conflict, the climax-and break down the script as you would with a big-budget film.

And finally: There really is no difference when it comes to putting your best performance into your work. Take pride in every acting project you take on … make it your own … and you'll do great.

See ya next time

Senior Staff Writer

RKA Cinema Society
Bronx, New York, 10451
United States

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Sacreeta Veneficus
Senior Staff Writer
RKA Cinema Society

Actor:Casting:Novelist:Scriptwriter:Teacher:Graphic Artist

Friday, January 26, 2007

Experience “Cinema In Paradise” at the 3rd Annual Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) 2006!

Experience “Cinema In Paradise” at the 3rd Annual Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) 2006!

How would the experience of annual celebrations of outstanding films amidst the idyllic tropical settings of Bahamas be for an international audience? Well, nothing short of ‘brilliant’! And needless to say, the 3rd Annual Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) 2006, about to take place from December 7-10 will have all the necessary components to catch the fancy of the international media with its brilliant film screenings coupled with the nation’s tropical beauty and cultural charms that the festival attendees will be able to indulge in. With able support and close assistance of the Founding Sponsors Atlantis Paradise Island Resort and the Islands of The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, the three-day long festivities in the international film festival circuit will kick-off at the Atlantis Theatre, Paradise Island and at Galleria 6 JFK in Nassau, the two cultural hubs of Bahamas. Programs, panels, and gala parties to be held at various locations around Nassau and Paradise Island are supposed to be essential elements of this unique and gorgeous event. Above all, the most strikingly beautiful part of the whole event is that it is available and accessible to visitors and Bahamians alike.

In its mission statement, the Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) claims that the festival organizers are committed to exhibiting unique films that showcase truly international themes. Films that focus on combining both enjoyment and thought provoking concepts via the cinematic arts are more than welcome as entrants. Leslie Vanderpool, the Founder & Executive Director of BIFF says that while they have screened hundreds of films from all over the world and from all Diaspora, they will be showcasing a slate of fifty narrative, documentary and short films over the festival’s four days.

A truly unique and special attraction of the Bahamas film festival event will be the star-value of actor Nicolas Cage, who is an Oscar winner and a Bahamian resident. He will be present in the spectacular event as a recipient of the Career Achievement Tribute sponsored by Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch (LODH). What more, the much talked-about BIFF Tribute Chopard Award will also be presented at a gala event at the Atlantis Theatre at the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort and Casino to Mr. Cage by Sir Sean Connery, his co-star in “The Rock.”

This gala attraction is due on Friday, December 8.

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