ND alum discusses work for Avatar

first_imgNotre Dame alum Allan Hemberger told students who packed the DeBartolo Hall auditorium Tuesday evening that the most enjoyable and difficult area of his career is working in visual effects.Hemberger discussed his experiences working in the field of feature films and the technical background that accompanied it.“Every time I come here, I try to summarize what I do and the answer changes each time,” he said.Hemberger, a 2001 graduate of Notre Dame, has worked for WETA Digital, a five-time Academy Award winning visual effects facility in New Zealand, for several years. He will start work at Pixar in May.“I spent the past year working on Avatar,” he said. “I carved out a niche at WETA as a person who loved working on really hard problems. It was a lot of headaches and long hours, but I liked having an area to work on.”Hemberger worked as computer graphics supervisor for the Academy Award-winning movie “Avatar” and as a 3D digital water technical director for “King Kong”.He began the presentation by showing students a demo reel he created while working as a computer graphics supervisor on the movie “The Day the Earth Stood Still.”“A lot of tricks that I learned on ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’ transferred over into my work with ‘Avatar,’” he said.While working on “Avatar,” Hemberger said he was in charge of creating the graphics for the character Jake playing around in the water.“The first task they gave me [when I was working] on ‘Avatar’ was to create a river,” he said. “That one scene took about eight months from start to finish.”As a computer graphic supervisor on “Avatar,” Hemberger was in charge of a number of light artists.“Everything that went into the computer graphics for the scene had to be delivered through me,” he said. Hemberger showed a video about the ways water graphics can be generated using a computer program.Hemburger said film footage shot on a regular camera could previously be used to generate graphics, but that is no longer the case.“On ‘Avatar,’ the problem was we couldn’t use 2D elements anymore, we had to use all 3D,” he said.Hemberger said one of the most difficult scenes to create was one that showed the character both above and underwater.“This scene was infinitely more challenging because the camera breaches the water’s surface,” he said. “What makes it complicated was that there were two entirely different elements at play here.”Hemberger said he had been working on an animated film for the past few months but dropped the project when he took the job at Pixar.“This is the long and short of the adventures of my past year or so,” he said. “I’m going to Pixar to be an effects technical director. There, I’ll probably be doing more effects like the ones I did at WETA.”After the presentation ended, Hemberger fielded questions from members of the audience about attaining a career in the field.Among other projects Hemberger worked on were “Eragon,” “The Matrix Reloaded” and “X-Men: The Last Stand.” The Department of Computer Science and Engineering sponsored Hemberger’s talk, which was called “Experiments in Feature Film Visual Effects.”last_img read more

Miami East recognized by National FFA

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The National FFA Organization recently announced the results of the National FFA Evaluations. Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter was selected as a 3-Star National Chapter for the National FFA Chapter Award Program. A 3-star is the highest award a chapter can be recognized for in the National Chapter process. In order to be considered for such an honor, the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter had to place in the top 10% in the state of Ohio. In May, the chapter learned that they were in the Top 10 in the state and would have their application forwarded to national evaluations.Additionally, the Miami East FFA Chapter was named a Models of Innovation Finalist in the area of Student Development for the National Chapter Award Program. The Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter is a Top 10 in the nation in Student Development. Two chapter members will now present at the National FFA Convention in Louisville to be named the National Winner in Student Development and will be recognized on stage.Nathan TeetersThis is the 15th straight year that the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter will be recognized at the National FFA Convention in their National Chapter Award program. Two students will receive the plaque on stage during the National FFA Convention, October 29 in Louisville, Kentucky.The National FFA Chapter Award program recognized FFA chapters for developing and conducting a detailed Program of Activities (POA). These activities and projects provide opportunities for members to achieve in the areas of student, chapter, or community development. Every year, chapters are recognized as having earned a one-, two-, or three-star rating on their National Chapter application.Emily Beal, Kelsey Kirchner, and Nathan Teeters will compete and be recognized for a being a National Proficiency Finalists. They have placed in the Top 4 in the nation in their respected areas. Beal is a finalist in the area of Goat Production for her goat herd sales and growth. Kirchner is a finalist in the area of Agricultural Sales – Entrepreneurship for her business, Kelsey’s K-9 Kookies and marketing at multiple farmers markets. Teeters is a finalist in the area of Emerging Agricultural Technology for his job placement at Buckeye Ag Testing, Troy. They each earn a cash prize, plaque and recognition on the main stage at convention. Beal, Kirchner, and Teeters will interview for the title of National Proficiency Winner and a trip to Costa Rica in the summer of 2016.Kelsey KirchnerKolin Bendickson and Daniel Bodenmiller will receive the American FFA Degree on Saturday, October 31. This is an honor that only 3,500 FFA members across the country will accomplish. Their applications were forwarded to the National FFA because they have been a successful leader, been involved in various community service activities, earned at least $10,000 from their Supervised Agricultural Experience program, and been an active member of the FFA.Additionally, the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter is guided by strong leadership provided by the 2015-16 officer team. The team met over the summer in a Summer Officer Retreat to plan for the upcoming school year and FFA activities. The officers are: Emily Beal, President; Kelsey Kirchner, Vice President; Katie Bodenmiller, Secretary; Katie Bendickson, Treasurer; Emma Linn, Reporter; Hunter Sharp, Sentinel; Alyssa Westgerdes, Student Advisor; and Nathan Teeters, Chaplain. Their advisor is Marie Carity. The Miami East Ag Ed Program is a satellite program of the Miami Valley Career Technology Center.The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 610,240 student members as part of 7,665 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it isEmily Bealan integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at FFA.org, on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.last_img read more

RPF rescued 214 children till July in northeast frontier railway zone

first_imgThe Railway Protection Force rescued a total of 214 children until July end this year from different areas in Northeast Frontier Railway zone. While most of the minors were rescued from child traffickers, the figure also included those who went missing and runaway children.NFR’s Chief Public Relations Officer Pranav Jyoti Sharma on Wednesday informed that nine child traffickers were arrested by the RPF during the period. “RPF, which is continuously safeguarding railway passenger and railway property, is extending humanitarian service by remaining in the forefront of fight against child trafficking”, he stated on Wednesday.The CPRO detailed the RPF’s successes during the period from January to July this year. Another significant achievement was recoveries of huge quantity of explosive, gelatin sticks, detonator, fuse wire and fire arms from suspects at different railway points.Contraband goods worth over ₹ 3.2 crore were recovered and 27 criminals arrested during this period. On the other 18 criminals accused of drugging and looting belongings of passengers were captured and handed over to Government Railway Police for prosecution.“After receiving complaints on its helpline number 182, RPF personnel extended immediate support in 67 cases of stolen and left behind articles which were returned to actual owners,” Mr. Sharma added.As one of 17 railway zones in the country, Northeast Frontier Railway has jurisdiction over northeast India and northern part of West Bengal. It has five Railway Divisions at present and working to open two more new Divisions.last_img read more

Get fit with the pros

first_imgDr Som Tugnait, World Bench-Press Champion, New DelhiBody Weight TrainingUse your own body weight to increase your muscle enduranceWhen you use your own body weight to exercise, your muscle endurance increases. How? While doing body weight exercises, the oxygen utilisation capacity of your fast twitch muscle fibres increases, thus increasing your muscle endurance. Fast twitch muscle fibres are those that produce energy without oxygen (anaerobically). Increased muscular endurance enables you to perform tasks that involve lifting light weights for longer.In this form of exercise, your body weight acts as the main resistance. The intensity is increased by decreasing the leverage. Here, the limbs are used as leverage, which, when flexed or contracted, are shortened, increasing the intensity.But remember, if your aim is to increase muscular strength, body weight training is not the ideal regime for you. This is because the weight remains constant in body weight training. You can only increase the endurance by increasing the reps.The most common body weight exercises include push ups, pull ups, squats and lunges. While push ups work on your pectoral and chest muscles, pull ups help build your lats and upper back. Squats and lunges, on the other hand, work on the quads and hamstrings.Vinata Shetty, Reebok-certified Trainer, MumbaiMetabolic TrainingBurn calories even while you are not working outSignificant post-exercise calorie burn is ensured by a metabolic rate that remains elevated hours after the workout. This is what you achieve when you start a metabolic training session. This is a fitness routine that incorporates short bursts (not more than 10-15 minutes) of extremely high-intensity workouts with a little rest in between. Since the intensity of these exercises is very high, the body’s oxygen consumption remains heightened for long after the exercise, resulting in an elevated post-workout metabolic rate. Following a session of metabolic training your body is in this state of increased metabolic rate for about 48-72 hours as it needs that much time to return to its pre-exercise state. So you will end up burning calories for a long time after the workout too.advertisementIn case of cardio and normal strength training workouts, the post-exercise calorie burn lasts for a few hours or, maximum one day. The difference is made by the intensity and the number of muscle groups used. A 2008 study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning showed that metabolic training has up to 10 times greater fat loss effects when compared to either aerobic exercise or weight training alone.Studies in The Journal of Medicine and Science in Sport, and The European Journal of Physiology have also supported this view.In fact, some studies claim that metabolic training has as much as a 50% increase in the use of fat as a fuel source during exercise. A metabolic training routine includes workouts like burpees, squat jumps, squat thrust, plyometric lunges with an overhead press, etc. These exercises give you a full body workout while increasing your strength without the help of weights. They also challenge your agility and co-ordination.Nisha Varma, Reebok-certified Master Trainer, New DelhiBalance TrainingKeep yourself injury-free by improving your balance Maintaining balance means having the centre of your mass within your base of support-with your trunk aligned over your feet. A proper balance prevents sudden falls by developing quick reflexes.Balance training involves holding the body steady on one leg or on an unstable surface with one’s core strength while performing different exercises. The balancing postures can be dynamic-involving movement or static-without movement. Dynamic balance training involves maintaining one’s core stability while the limbs or trunk may move to perform different exercises. One of my favourite dynamic balancing exercises is performing lunges with trunk rotation. In this move, your balance is challenged while changing position from forward to back or right to left.Tai chi, Pilates and yoga also improve your balance. While Tai chi is a dynamic balance exercise, Pilates and yoga are a combination of dynamic and static moves. Tai chi demands concentration, essential for balance while Pilates involve one-leg moves which challenge your balance.Vesna Jacob, Pilates Expert, New DelhiFunctional TrainingPrepare your body to do its daily chores more efficientlyWhat is general fitness? Some would like to define it as your ability to run several miles without getting a heart attack, some, on the other hand, would like to approach it from the perspective of daily functioning, say, for example, your ability to carry your grocery bags without aches and pains. In a nutshell, it’s all about sailing through the activities of your daily life. This is what functional training enables you to do.advertisementIt works on the principle of specificity and muscle function. Specificity refers to this phenomenon: the body responds and adapts specifically to the type and amount of demands it is placed under. To put it simply, you only improve the function for which your muscles have been trained. The best thing about functional training is that it trains the body to function as a unit rather than focussing on isolated muscle function like strength training does. So it includes all forms of exercise-endurance, strength, balance and flexibility-to primarily strengthen the core muscles and stabilise the spine, shoulder and neck muscles.According to research in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, those enrolled in a functional training programme had 58% greater increase in strength over those in the fixed-form group (those who performed only one form of exercise, for example, either strength training or cardio).Functional training has its roots in rehabilitation therapy. In the process of finding out ways to help people with functional disabilities through special exercises, therapists have come up with the functional approach of training. This fitness routine includes Bosu-based exercise, stability ball exercises, different variations of plank, etc. You should always do functional training under the guidance of a qualified professional.Radha Krishnaswamy, Reebok-certified Trainer, MumbaiRN TrainingTeach your muscles to follow correct movement patternsThe movement pattern of your muscles may go wrong for various reasons. It could be due to a range of reasons, from injuries to poor motor learning. For example, while moving the hand up overhead, the shoulder joint should be used. But due to an injury or poor motor learning of the muscle, you may start straining the neck to move up your hand. So now, you need to learn again and start using the right muscle for the right movement. This is where Reactive Neuro-muscular Training (RNT) enters the picture.This training programme teaches the right movement pattern to your muscles by stretching the tight muscles and strengthening the weak muscles. Basically it trains the brain and the nervous system to recognise and implement the corrected movement patterns.However, your efficiency will not improve if the practice is not done in the correct form. All RNT moves are performed at 30 % intensity of your capacity with a repetition range of 8-10. My favourite RNT exercises: 1) reach, roll and lift 2) spinal rotation with flexion 3) supine hip lift. While the first addresses shoulder immobility, the second and third address hip instability.last_img read more

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