Iguana vs. Snakes: Behind-the-Scenes 360 Video

first_imgBBC released an in-depth 360 video showing just how they shot the magnificently epic Iguana vs. Snakes clip that recently swept the globe.All images via BBCIf you were on the internet for even five minutes last week, it’s highly likely you encountered the viral Planet Earth II video of dozens of Galápagos Racer snakes relentlessly chasing an adolescent iguana across a beach. The epic pursuit was easily some of the most engaging and suspenseful television footage in recent memory. If you haven’t seen the clip, its a must.Many viewers took to the comments section to question the validity of the whole thing — until BBC quieted skeptics with a behind-the-scenes video of how they shot the incredible scene.Iguana vs. Snakes: How They Shot ItBBC released two behind-the-scenes videos, the first showing what went into filming some of the “not so lucky” iguanas. For the other BTS look, they released a 360 video detailing some of the gear, the positioning of the cameramen, and the techniques used to get these jaw-dropping shots.The setup is relatively simple when it’s broken down. A shooter with a telephoto lens/tripod combo captured the static tight shots of the lizards and snakes. For the on-the-move footage, a Ronin allowed the shooter agility and freedom as the reptile-on-reptile action unfolded. It also appears each crew member might have had a point-and-shoot or DSLR ready to shoot at anytime, just in case. And though they didn’t mention it, some of the shots seem to be taken from a drone — but that’s just my observation.360 videos are an excellent way to promote your content, exposing your viewers to your process in a fun new way. Hopefully BBC continues to put out clips like this for the remainder of Planet Earth II. The series is truly a testament to the power of documentary filmmaking and proves exactly what manner of magic can be captured if you’re in the right place at the right time.What are your favorite behind-the-scenes documentary videos? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

Odisha rolls out plan to reduce snakebite deaths

first_imgWith snakebites emerging as the leading cause of natural disaster deaths in Odisha, the State government has decided to ensure deployment of doctors at primary health centres in snakebite-prone areas and make ambulances available for swift transfer of patients to hospitals.As many as 1,716 people lost their lives due to snakebites during the past three years. The number of casualties due to snakebite, highest among all disasters, accounts for about 37% of the total disaster deaths (4,689) during the period.“We have asked the Health and Family Welfare Department to ensure availability of medical officers at primary health centres in snakebite-prone areas. Besides, required number of 108 ambulances will be made available in blocks for shifting snakebite patients to the nearest health institution,” said Bishnupada Sethi, Managing Director of the Odisha State Disaster Management Authority.The State government is working on a plan to bring all snakebite victims to the nearest health institution at the earliest for medical examination and administering anti-venom. Highest deaths The highest of 164 deaths has been reported from Balasore district, followed by 147 in Ganjam and 145 in both Keonjhar and Mayurbhanj during the period.last_img read more

Career night from Derrick White fuels Spurs to 2-1 edge over Nuggets

first_imgWhite had a career-high 36 points and the Spurs beat the Nuggets 118-108 on Thursday night, withstanding a first-half lapse to take a 2-1 lead in the first-round series.“I just had a chip on my shoulder,” White said. “This is the way I’ve played since I was young. Just try to go out there, compete and have fun.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsNikola Jokic had 22 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for Denver.Game 4 is Saturday in San Antonio, where the Spurs are 3-0 against the Nuggets this season. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ View comments MINDSET?Popovich was bemused when asked what the Spurs’ mindset is after earning a split on the road.“What’s their mindset,” Popovich asked. “I didn’t give any psychological tests today or anything. It’s their job, they are going to come play, so will the Nuggets. They are going to try to win. Nuggets are going to try to win. It’s a competitive sport, that’s the mindset. It’s not too difficult to imagine.”EXPERIENCEDWhite made his first postseason start in Game 1 at Denver, but he joked that he has plenty of playoff experience.“Everybody said I didn’t have playoff experience, but I did this in the G League,” White said. “Just kidding. But it was big for my development.”UP NEXTGame 4 is Saturday in San Antonio. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Warriors retaliate, demolish clippers Clippers to pick up 2-1 leadcenter_img Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue “They are doing a good job of attacking the paint,” Jokic said. “They were living in our paint. I think it’s not just smalls, it’s our bigs, too. I think we all need to be more disciplined and more focused.”White had 10 points in the opening quarter while primarily being defended by Murray.“He was obviously spectacular,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. “I don’t know what else to say. At both ends of the floor.”Denver’s second unit dominated, turning a 31-22 deficit after the first quarter into a 38-31 advantage early in the second quarter. The Nuggets opened the second quarter shooting 7 for 8, including a pair of 3-pointers by Malik Beasley. San Antonio’s first points came on Jakob Poeltl’s two free throws with 8:41 left.Beasley finished with 20 points, and Gary Harris added 12 points.Harris stole the ball from Gay at midcourt and then calmly drained a 3-pointer before the Spurs’ defense could set for a 50-40 lead. San Antonio then went on a 21-8 run to close the half and recapture a lead it would not relinquish.“We got our (butts) kicked because we couldn’t guard anybody,” Malone said.TIP-INSNuggets: Denver is the eighth youngest team in playoff history. . Jokic is averaging 11.7 rebounds and 9.7 assists the series. … Isaiah Thomas was eligible to play but did not. … Millsap picked up his third foul with 2:12 remaining in the first half after bumping Aldridge near the 3-pointer. Millsap threw his hands up in frustration as he exited. He finished with five fouls.Spurs: The Spurs are 22-7 against the Nuggets in the postseason, including 13-3 at home. … White’s previous career highs were 26 points in the regular season against Brooklyn on Jan. 31 and 17 against Denver in Game 2. … Tony Parker and Tim Duncan are the only players to score more points in any half for the Spurs in the postseason than White’s 26 points in the first half. San Antonio Spurs guard Derrick White (4) celebrates a score against the Denver Nuggets with teammates during the first half of Game 3 of an NBA basketball playoff series in San Antonio, Thursday, April 18, 2019. San Antonio won 118-108. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO — San Antonio point guard Derrick White was screaming, flexing and stomping around the court after almost every basket against Denver.It was completely out of character for White, but the mild-mannered point guard has never been in this situation before.ADVERTISEMENT White attacked Nuggets point guard Jamal Murray from the opening tip after being on the receiving end of Murray’s career outing Tuesday night. Murray had only six points, a game after scoring 21 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter to help Denver overcome a 19-point deficit to even the series.“There is no doubt in my mind that Derrick White, the last couple of days, has been reminded about Jamal Murray’s fourth-quarter performance,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “Derrick White came out like he hadn’t eaten in two days. He came out hungry, he came out (ticked) off and he sent a very loud and clear message. I’m anxious to see our guys, how do we respond to that.”White set his career high after being fouled by Paul Millsap on a driving layup that bounced off the side of the rim, hit the backboard and fell in to give the Spurs a 99-89 lead with 8:52 remaining. White added five rebounds, five assists and three steals while shooting 12 for 17. The point guard matched his overall career high with 26 points in the first half.DeMar DeRozan took over after that, scoring 21 of his 25 points in the second half. LaMarcus Aldridge added 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Rudy Gay had 11 points and 10 rebounds.The Spurs finished with 62 points in the paint and had a 45-37 rebound advantage.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

From tennis to cricket, Indian sports stars wash their dirty linen in public

first_imgThe recent outburst by veteran tennis star Leander Paes and the subsequent response by Sania Mirza has once again highlighted the growing problems in Indian tennis and there seems to be no clear cut solution in sight at the moment.Social media has become the favourite platform for sportspersons to vent out their anger or raise their voice against something which they feel is not right. It all started when Paes missed out on the opportunity to participate in the mixed doubles event at the Rio Olympics as Mirza and Rohan Bopanna had been picked to represent India in the Games and the duo lost in the semi-finals before going down in the Bronze medal playoff as well. (Did Sania Mirza call Leander Paes a ‘toxic’ person?)Unhappy with this, Paes said, “I can very clearly say that in this Olympics and tlast Olympics we didn’t put the best team forward. This Olympics the mixed doubles was a great opportunity. What more does a man need to do than win four Grand Slams in 14 months. There was no more tournaments to win, I could not create anymore tournaments. Sad. Long story short, let’s nurture these kids.”The All India Tennis Association (AITA) once again failed to handle this situation properly which caused yet another rift between the players right before the Games started in Rio. Selection problems had happened right before the London Olympics in 2012 as well. Theses lingering issues had a direct impact on India’s performance with Paes and Bopanna crashing out in the first round in men’s doubles while the mixed doubles team also failed to impress despite being seeded sixth. (Leander Paes prefers Saketh Myneni as Davis Cup partner)advertisement”I always believe it is the decision of the selection committee and captain but considering the way we played against a gold medal winning team and that too against 14-time Grand slam champion and Marc Lopez who has just come from winning a grand slam, good God, it will be crazy to switch anything around but having said that I am here to support the team,” the 43-year-old told the media after partnering Saketh Myneni in a hard-fought men’s doubles loss to Olympic champions Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez in the ongoing Davis Cup.Mirza immediately hit back with a reply which was an obvious dig at Paes over his somewhat caustic remarks.The ONLY way to win with a toxic person, is not to play!!! #karmaiswatching #zenmode ?????? Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) September 18, 2016In a separate incident, cricketer Gautam Gambhir stoked a fresh controversy on Sunday asserting that films shouldn’t be made on cricketers but on those people who have contributed for the welfare of the country and hence are more “deserving” of biopics. (I don’t believe in biopics on cricketers: Gautam Gambhir)pic.twitter.com/Uy7hwqipT3 Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) September 18, 2016Gambhir’s comments were seen here as controversial considering his rather cold relationship with Mahendra Singh Dhoni and he said all this barely days before the release of an eagerly-awaited biopic on the life of India’s most acclaimed captain.In the film, titled “MS Dhoni: The Untold Story”, Dhoni’s character is being portrayed onscreen by Bollywood star Sushant Singh Rajput. The film, releasing on September 30, is believed to unfold the rags to riches story of Dhoni and has been shot extensively in Dhoni’s hometown of Ranchi.Gambhir though, was quick to clarify that his comments were not directed at any particular person but against the very concept of biopics on cricketers in general.My detractors got it wrong. Am not against ANY ONE cricketer’s biopic, am against d very concept which includes a biopic on my life. Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) September 19, 2016All this is happening in the full glare of  the general public, the fans and millions of followers who idolise these sports stars. But trash talk and trivial fights is all they are getting in return.last_img read more