No. 4 UIW’s Comeback Victory Over No. 8 A&M-Corpus Christi Sets Up McNeese Rematch

first_imgThe Islanders drew first blood in the opening frame as Enrique Sanchez Jr. led off the home-half with a double to left center and traveled the other 180 feet on a pair of groundouts. In the ensuing half inning, the Islanders reached on their first three at-bats and, after two outs and a pitching change, plated three runs on back-to-back RBI singles. UIW plated the tying run in the sixth, which opened with back-to-back singles to put runners on the corners, followed by a Garza sac fly to score Shea Gutierrez. Incarnate Word will face McNeese in a rematch of the schools’ first-round game at 7 p.m. tonight, and A&M-Corpus Christi’s will head home. Duarte issued back-to-back walks to begin the fifth, bringing an end to his outing as Scott Malone called upon Tyler Miller. A Ryan Flores grounder advanced the runners 90 feet, and Antonio Valdez came home on a wild pitch to cut the A&M-Corpus Christi lead in half. Reliever Andrew Morgan (5-0) tossed 6.1 innings of scoreless baseball, giving up just three hits and striking out five. Ridge Rogers was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate and scored two runs, including the gamewinner in the top of the eighth. Box Score | Tournament HomepageSUGAR LAND, Texas – Survive and advance. That was the mantra for No. 4 Incarnate Word in 5-4 win over No. 8 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Friday afternoon at Constellation Field. The Cardinals were forced to come from behind twice to eliminate the Islanders. Perez retired the first two batters in the top of the fourth before handing the ball off to Dylan Duarte, who pegged a batter and walked two others to put ducks on the pond. Michael Garza worked Duarte to a full count but fanned at the 3-2 pitch to end the frame. In the bottom of the eighth, Morgan achieved a feat not done by a Cardinals pitcher in 17.2 innings – a 1-2-3 inning – to maintain the one-run advantage. He followed it up with another in the ninth to secure the win. The sophomore from Flower Mound reached on a one-out single and scored from second on an Eddy Gonzalez base knock for the third lead change of the game. A&M-Corpus Christi starter Leo Perez surrendered his first hit on a leadoff single from Ridge Rogers, who came around to score on an Eddy Gonzalez triple to even the score. On the first pitch of the next at-bat, Gonzalez dashed home on a passed ball to take the lead at 2-1.last_img read more

English football club Lewes FC commits to pay male, female players equally

first_imgMalacañang open to creating Taal Commission The club launched a campaign, Equality FC, with a video stating, “How do you tell your daughter that even if she shows the same skills, the same commitment, trains just as hard and cares just as much, she’s always going to be valued less than her little brother?”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’According to The Guardian, the club’s director Jacquie Agnew said, “By committing to paying our women’s and men’s teams equally, and providing equal resource for coaching, training and facilities, we hope to spark a change across the U.K. that will help put an end to the excuses for why such a deep pay disparity has persisted in our sport.”“Together with our owners, donors and sponsors, Lewes FC can show that equal pay can be implemented to the benefit of both women and men in sport and beyond,” she said in the report. #KicksStalker: Lonzo Ball swaps his ZO2s for a pair of Kobes Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend View comments Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite LATEST STORIES MOST READ Image: Facebook/@LewesFCLewes FC, a semi-professional football club based in England, announced that it would pay both its men’s and women’s teams equally.The East Sussex club hopes to bridge the disparity that women face in sports by providing the same budget, equipment and facilities to both sides.ADVERTISEMENT LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Women’s first-team manager John Donoghue said, “This sends a powerful signal to not only our players and our club, but to the whole U.K. football community that women’s football deserves an equal voice and support to men’s.”Lewes FC’s women’s team plays in the third level of the Football Association, the Premier League Southern Division.In the men’s English football league, the men’s team plays in the eighth level, the Isthmian League Division One South. Niña V. Guno/JBRELATED STORIES:Women accuse US soccer federation of wage discriminationADVERTISEMENT IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer PH women’s football team qualifies for Asian CupIncome inequality between Filipino women and men remains—WB studySports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Nagamootoo, Ramkarran out for vengeance – Rohee

first_imgPeople’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) General Secretary, Clement Rohee believes the numerous attacks against the Party from former members, Moses Nagamootoo and Ralph Ramkarran, are all because the two individuals lost the presidential nominations in the past.Both of them are now being accused of practicing vengeance politics to get back at the PPP/C.During a news conference on Wednesday, Rohee said Nagamootoo and Ramkarran’s criticisms on Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo’s perceived race baiting comments in New York, are all part of their revenge scheme.“Vengeance politics will get neither of them anywhere because this is precisely what they are both practicing. Vengeance politics is anRalph RamkarranPPP General Secretary Clement RoheePrime MinisterMoses NagamootooOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeoattempt to get back at the PPP for them not getting their way, which was to be the presidential candidates of the PPP,” he stated.According to Rohee, since neither of the two succeeded in “hoodwinking the leadership” of the PPP to support their reasons for being presidential aspirants, they bitterly departed the Party and sought refuge elsewhere. “So Nagamootoo sought refuge in AFC (Alliance For Change) and he sought consolation to get back at the PPP. Then Ramkarran sought his refuge in the media but objectively on the side of the (then) Opposition,” the General Secretary reasoned.Rohee also posited that the scathing statements made by both individuals on Jagdeo’s utterances are far from credible.“Both Nagamootoo and Ramkarran do not have credibility when it comes to making the type of analysis and seeking to influence John and Jane public on matters of that type,” Rohee asserted.Rohee’s remarks were triggered by a recently published article written by Ramkarran on Jagdeo’s statement in New York.Jagdeo had declared that, “There is an assault on people of Indian origin. There is an assault on supporters of the PPP. What we thought would never return to Guyana, in one short year, has returned with full force and even worse in some regards than the Burnham era.”In his commentary, Ramkarran said, “This is a wholly new dimension to the PPP’s agenda, namely, its formal and official transformation by Mr Jagdeo into an ethnic party representing exclusively ethnic interests. Cheddi Jagan must be turning in his grave!”last_img read more

Dow breaks through 13,000

first_imgNEW YORK – It looks like cause for celebration: The Dow Jones industrial average surged from 12,000 to 13,000 in just six months. But appearances can be deceiving, and there may be more reason to worry than rejoice about Wall Street’s latest accomplishment. Stronger-than-expected profits from several large companies helped push the stock market to historical heights. But many big corporations, including the Dow components, made a chunk of that money overseas, where economies are growing faster than in the United States. And many of the same worries that weighed on investors earlier in the year remain: rising energy costs, a slumping housing market and a possible credit crunch. Still, the stock market’s best-known indicator swept past its latest milestone shortly after trading began Wednesday, and even made it past 13,100, rising as high as 13,107.45. The Dow, which has risen in 18 of the past 20 sessions and gained more than 780 points in that time, closed at 13,089.89, up 135.95, or 1.05 percent. It was the Dow’s 35th record close since the start of October. The broader market shared in the rally. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 15.01, or 1.01 percent, to 1,495.42, after reaching 1,496.59, a six-and-a-half-year high. The technology-dominated Nasdaq composite index advanced 23.35, or 0.92 percent, to 2,547.89, after hitting a six-year high of 2,551.39. And the Russell 2000 index, which reflects the performance of smaller companies, inched past a record close set earlier this month, rising 5.71, or 0.69 percent, to 832.07. It took the Dow just 129 trading days, since Oct. 18, to make the trek from 12,000 to 13,000, far less than the 7 ” years the blue chips took to go from 11,000 to 12,000. The swiftness of this latest trip does recall the days of the dot-com boom when the major indexes were soaring and it took the Dow a mere 24 days to barrel from 10,000 to 11,000. The Dow climbed to a record this time as many of the country’s biggest companies surpassed analysts’ first-quarter earnings projections. Among those beating forecasts and advancing Wednesday: soft-drink maker PepsiCo Inc., materials manufacturer Corning Inc. and Dow component Boeing Co. Wall Street got an additional lift from the Commerce Department’s report of an increase in durable goods orders, which reassured investors that demand for U.S. products remains strong. The department also reported that sales of new homes rebounded slightly in March. About two-thirds of U.S. companies so far have reported earnings that were in line with or higher than analyst expectations, said Jim Herrick, director of equity trading at Baird & Co. “We’ve had pockets of companies report better earnings, and in light of the Fed not appearing to raise rates anytime soon, that bodes well for the market,” said Herrick, referring to the Federal Reserve. “Going forward, the market’s going to be data-driven. The market’s going to focus on economic data to get a hint about what the Fed will do in the latter half of the year.” Wednesday’s advance gained even more momentum from the Fed’s assessment that economic growth seemed moderate in much of the country. Inflation appeared tame, according to the Fed’s Beige Book, which describes economic conditions in regions around the country and arrives two weeks before the central bank’s next meeting. Investors have been encouraged by stable earnings growth, which shows U.S. companies are faring well despite a slow economy. A large reason why corporate growth has held up is strength in international sales; PepsiCo Inc., for one, said Wednesday its overall profit rose 16 percent, despite a drop in operating profit at its North America unit. Also giving exporters an advantage, the dollar is trading near historical lows versus the euro. The 13-nation currency rose as high as $1.3664 Wednesday. “International sales are a huge part of S&P 500 revenues, and this lower dollar makes these companies more competitive,” said Scott Wren, equity strategist for A.G. Edwards & Sons. He said analysts estimate 30 percent to 40 percent of sales at S&P 500 companies come from outside the United States. The biggest gainer among the 30 Dow industrials was Alcoa Inc. The aluminum producer said Wednesday it is considering selling its packaging and consumer businesses, which account for about 10 percent of annual revenue. Alcoa rose $1.81, or 5.3 percent, to $35.76. 3M Corp., the sole decliner in the Dow, slipped 3 cents to $76.97 ahead of its earnings report Thursday. The technology-dominated Nasdaq was lifted by, which reported late Tuesday that its first-quarter profit more than doubled, besting analyst estimates. The Web retailer also boosted its revenue forecast for the year, reassuring investors that technology companies have the potential to keep posting profits. Amazon rose $12.06, or 27 percent, to $56.81. The nearly 111-year-old Dow was the first of the major indexes to recover from the stock market’s prolonged slump in the early part of the decade. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Kerr counts on Tuyisenge, Kagere in Kigali mission

first_img0Shares0000Jack Tuyisenge is joined by Meddie Kagere and Boniface Omondi in celebrating his goal against SuperSport United in a CAF Confederation Cup first round match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, May 5- Meddie Kagere and Jacques Tuyisenge will be ‘playing at home’ when Gor Mahia takes on Rwandese champions Rayon Sports in their first CAF Confederation Cup Group D clash on Sunday at the Stade Regional Nyamirambo in Kigali.The Rwandese duo has been a core figure for K’Ogalo with Tuyisenge scoring the important penalty against SuperSport United in the 1-0 win in Machakos while Kagere has been a consistent attacking figure in the entire campaign. Kagere, who only two weeks ago naturalized his Rwandese citizenship after it was revoked six years ago, will be facing his former employers where he played for two seasons when he lines up for K’Ogalo on Sunday.“I think those two will be very vital in this game because they will be playing at home and will want to show their friends and family that they have been doing something in Kenya. There is that motivation and I hope it can drive them to bring results for us,” head coach Dylan Kerr noted.Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr reacts on the touchline during his side’s Kenyan premier League clash against Mathare United on April 29, 2018 at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaKerr whose side have had flailing results in the league over the last two matches picking identical 2-2 draws will be eager to start their first ever Confederation Cup group stage campaign on a high and he hopes they can take advantage of Rayon’s lack of mobility in defense to win.“I have watched their previous CAF games and I know they are a dangerous side especially in attack. They are swift on the counter and generally all their players are very fast. But we need to see how we can exploit on their weakness in defense because they are quite immobile,” the tactician noted.The top two teams in the group advance to the quarter finals and with history on his mind and having clearly stated that his ambition is to make a mark in the Confederation Cup, winning his first match will be a huge boost for his ambition.“It is a very tough group but we take a match at a time. Going to Sunday’s match, the first priority will be to ensure that we don’t concede and then let’s see whether we can get a goal. We have done some attack drills in training this week and we have been scoring. Hope we translate it to the match,” he added.Gor Mahia players join Francis Kahata in celebrating his sumptuous goal against Thika United in a Kenyan Premier League match at the Machakos Stadium on April 22, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya“The problem with us is that we have been rushing things especially in attack. We are not patient enough and we end up making many mistakes. We take the ball and just rush forward. I have talked to the players and we have addressed this,” the tactician explained.Having rested most of his regulars in Tuesday’s Hull City challenge game against AFC Leopards, Kerr will field is strongest 11 for Rayon with midfielder Ernest Wendo returning after missing the SuperSport United game through suspension.“Everyone is relaxed and focused. We are ready for this battle. The confidence to play very well and we have put the performance of the last two league games behind,” noted the coach.Gor will leave Nairobi on Saturday morning to take the 90 minute flight to Kigali and will train at Nyamirambo in the evening. The match will be played on Sunday at 7pm Kenyan time.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Canadian oil and natural gas industry supports a new federal task force investigating foreign interference in Canada’s elections

first_imgCALGARY, AB – A new federal task force aimed at combatting foreign interference in Canadian elections is encouraging to The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP).CAPP formally extended its support to the creation of the Security and Intelligence Threats to Elections Task Force (Task Force), whose mandate it is to investigate foreign-funded activists’ influence on Canada’s electoral processes, in a letter submitted to the Government of Canada. The Task Force will address threats to our democratic process and research misleading campaigns that could put Canadians’ futures at risk.According to CAPP several foreign-funded anti-industry groups have claimed to influence Canadian elections, both federally and provincially.- Advertisement -In an article shared by CAPP, The Canadian Press alleges United States-based organizations such as the Tides Foundation has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to affect the outcome of the 2015 election. (Other media reports allege donations have been in the millions). As well, other activist groups have taken credit for influencing the 2017 British Columbia provincial election.CAPP commends the Government of Canada for standing up to foreign-funded activists on behalf of Canadians to put a stop to interference in political processes. Sharing the objective of foreign interference is the same, to put Canada’s political, social, and economic future at risk, along with the livelihoods of everyday Canadians.Further that CAPP expresses that Canadians have the right to choose without foreign influence and every dollar, groups funnel through Canadian activist groups, is a dollar aimed at diminishing Canada’s reputation as a global leader and an attempt to manipulate Canadian voters.Advertisementlast_img read more

Stars may change France camp, says Migne

first_img“Unfortunately we will be obliged to change because we were late to book the camp. You know the reason; it was difficult to have funds from government and I am a little afraid because I booked the camp but didn’t pay for it,”“Two teams will be there and I don’t want to share the location with two other teams. We will see after the draw who we will play then we will make a decision,” the tactician stated.“For now we will be focused on the draw and our opponents as well as the location of our group in Egypt and after that we will look to have the best preparations for this kind of event. We have already wasted time and now every day counts. We can’t waste any more time,”Sports PS Kirimi Kaberia chats with Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne at the Kasarani Stadium on October 12, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe Sh244mn budgetary allocation for the national team’s preparations only reflected in federation coffers on Wednesday and it is from here that plans will now be made for the training camp.First things first was the players to receive their share of Sh38mn of the Sh50mn promised by the government for qualification and the rest will now go into settling debts and making payments for what’s necessary going towards AFCON.Migne was speaking to Capital Sports in Cairo on the sidelines of a coaches workshop organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) ahead of Friday’s draw.“It’s always interesting to share something about football with my colleagues from the other countries. We discussed about the experience of Gernot Rohr and Alliou Cissee on the last World Cup and we can feel the atmosphere of the huge tournament in two months. It’s the beginning of the competition now,” stated the tactician.The draw for the Cup of Nations will be held on Friday next to the iconic Egyptian pyramids in Giza with the ceremony starting at 8pm local time (9pm EAT).Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne shares a moment with his DR Congo counterpart Florent Ibenge after a coaches’ workshop in Cairo, Egypt on April 11, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMigne says he is excited ahead of the draw and is eagerly anticipating to know who Kenya will draw in their return to Africa’s premiere football tournament for the first time since 2004.“Of course we are excited to know which opponent we have and which dates we will start the competition. It’s also important because the professional clubs will release players only 15 days before the first day of competition. It is a huge difference to know whether we start on the 21st or the 24th. A few days more extra in training is always a huge advantage,” the tactician offered.CAF is expected to release the procedure for the draw later on Thursday evening.-Timothy Olobulu is reporting from Cairo, Egypt-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Deputy President William Ruto chats with Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani on October 12, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluCAIRO, Egypt, Apr 11 – Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne says he might need to look for another location for their pre-Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) training camp as two other teams have already booked the venue in France they were intending to use.Migne had travelled to France with Football Kenya Federation (FKF) president Nick Mwendwa in late February and identified a camp in Paris, but the French tactician has told Capital Sports that he might now need to look for another option.last_img read more

Local doctor appointed to cancer society board

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – Local physician Barbara D. Florentine was recently appointed to a two-year term on the Los Angeles Regional Council of the American Cancer Society. The council is a volunteer board representing a spectrum of professionals who oversee the society’s fundraising, advocacy, education and patient services programs in Los Angeles County. Florentine is director of pathology at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in Valencia, on staff at Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center and USC Norris Medical Centers and a clinical assistant professor of pathology at USC’s Keck School of Medicine. She specializes in breast cancer. She served on the cancer society’s Los Angeles Region Breast Health Initiative Project Team from 2002 to 2004 and has been a board member of the society’s Santa Clarita Unit since 2002. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing the disease through research, education, advocacy and service. Founded in 1913 and with national headquarters in Atlanta, the society has local offices in 3,400 communities, involving millions of volunteers across the United States. For information, call (800) 227-2345 or visit last_img read more


first_imgVoodoo venue the North West’s Entertainment HQ have another sensational line-up of entertainment this weekend.Friday, former X Factor star Tabby performs in the Voodoo Lounge followed by Kevin Lennon. While in Club Voodoo it’s DJ Paddy Friel admission only €5 with a free cocktail for every lady until 12.30. The Greenroom presents the official launch of the SWELL Festival taking place on Arranmore Island on July 11th and 12th.Saturday it’s Bullit Proof followed by Marty Clampet in Voodoo Lounge.Voodoo Club it’s DJ Flip. To book a booth email philipvoodoovenue@gmail.comVintage open every Saturday from 9pm through Voodoo Lounge.Admission FREE until 11pm. To book your table call 0749109815 or email philipvoodoovenue@gmail.comSunday it RACK HOUSE PILFER back for their monthly session.All World Cup games live on our nine big screens. Drinks promotions for every game.See our Facebook for details.X FACTOR STAR SET TO PERFORM AT VOODOO VENUE THIS WEEKEND was last modified: June 13th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Entertainmenthome-page featuresnewsVoodoo Venuelast_img read more

Paul Schrader Discusses the Future of Entertainment

first_imgHear from industry vet Paul Schrader as he talks the future of Hollywood and oncoming demise of the multiplex.Paul Schrader, best known for writing such classic screenplays as Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, is also an accomplished director who recently helmed Dying of the Light starring Nicholas Cage and collaborated with author Bret Easton Ellis for The Canyons in 2013. Schrader recently spoke at an intimate venue at IFP’s Made in NY Media Center in Dumbo, Brooklyn about the state of the industry as he sees it.After working for decades in the industry, one might think Schrader would hold onto more traditional ways of working. In fact, Schrader’s wisdom revealed him more in line with Futurist rather than Luddite thought when he expounded on topics ranging from writerly advice to the changing future of entertainment.Schrader first addressed the construct of the two-hour feature film as an antiquated model in need of reinvention:The goal of a storyteller is not to invest in technology, it’s simply to use the best tools available. If we come up with a better hammer, we use that hammer. The vessel of audio-visual storytelling has changed totally. The notion of the theatrical two-hour experience is a 20th-century model they came up with about a hundred years ago for economic reasons. [At that time] people thought that movies were a projected image in a dark room in front of an audience. Maybe that’s what movies were, but they aren’t anymore.It’s finally now that we’ve broken away from the pillars of that 20th-century model. One pillar is length. To me, a Youtube cat video is a movie. So is Mad Men. One is four minutes long and one is about sixty hours long, but they’re both movies. [The second pillar is] economics. You can’t make your money showing in theaters, it’s just not there. [The third pillar is] the delivery system people prefer. [Other services compete against] getting me out of the house. The kind of movies people leave the house for are for something big, or something that is really benefitted by the communal experience. The reason can’t be, “here’s another movie like the one from last week.Schrader maintained this broken 20th-century model carries over to our conception of the dramatic three-act structure used for ages:The mechanism of the three-act drama has become so rustic. You can hear the gears clanking when you’re in the theater. People have seen so much audio-visual entertainment over the years. How many hours of drama did your father see? How many did his father see? By your 20s you’ve seen tens of thousands of hours of longform filmed drama, and it’s so old hat. Your father saw a fraction of that. How in the world can you get this mechanism alive?One answer may come in the form of recent strides in television:One of the beautiful things about episodic television is that it doesn’t have to climax in the third act. It can climax in the second, and the third act can be set up for next week. So we’re going back to a kind of one-reel mentality.One of the things I’m finding so restricting about screenplays is that the brutal 3-act structure is so boring. I’ve started thinking about telling stories in a new way. I was thinking, if Fellini were alive today, how would he tell La Dolce Vita? That’s about the nightlife of Rome. People come and go, it’s really kind of an episodic thing. I think he’d do it as a 3-hour web series. Each episode only has to work for ten minutes with four to five scenes, one pop at the end and then you’re out. So you’re no longer making a 3-course, 3-act dinner. You’re now doing canapes, hors d’oeuvres and tapas. You give someone a [little bite] and the next thing you know they’ve eaten 20 of them! It’s a different mentality.The way we’re reconsidering narrative is directly dependent on the way we now consume media. Schrader comments on its positive and negative aspects:You’re cruising through the media all the time, and it gets very, very stimulating. That’s the positive part. You’re getting all these peeks into hidden corners of worlds. And if you read something interesting, you say, “there’s a story in there.” And of course with Google, research is so fast.The negative is pretty heavy. The negative side is that it’s awfully hard to finish a book. I can’t watch a whole movie anymore without going outside at some point and checking my messages. It’s very hard to concentrate. I now go to a symphony in a way I never have before because I can’t listen to a symphony at home. I just can’t stand it. I don’t have the concentration and attention span to do it any more.This overwhelming sense of media fatigue now defines how we process stories. The fact that we are rewiring our brains with our technology [means] we can no longer have the same experience we might have a few years ago. We can no longer watch The Godfather. The reason they’re not making Chinatown today is that no one will watch it. It’s too slow, you know? I just feel this enormous media fatigue and I don’t know how, if I were a young person, I would combat this.Schrader hinted at the future of entertainment which might be found in the new generation that prefers to participate in their content.The great mystery of entertainment is audience participation. We have probably the most passive medium in the history of storytelling. You don’t have to do anything to watch a movie. You don’t even have to stay awake. You don’t have to turn a page, you just sit there, it just pours over you. In reaction to this we’re getting a generation that doesn’t like to be quite so passive. They like to play video games and tweet with their friends. They like to have another little screen on the top which is a reaction to a screen they’re watching. If they’re watching the World Series, they can pop up and see a clip of the batter from another game.The audience was quick to ask Schrader about his writing process, perhaps the aspect of the craft where he’s most seasoned. When asked who he selects to provide feedback on a finished draft of a script, Schrader said:The answer is anybody. “Anybody” doesn’t know how to read a script, but they do know how to hear a story, and that’s where it starts. So i’ll say to you, “Can I buy you a drink? I’m working on this idea and I want to tell you a story.” And I’ll tell you and watch you and read your reactions, change the story, redevelop it. I don’t really care what you say. I just care about your eye contact, your body language. And if you can tell a story for 45 minutes and keep somebody interested, you have a movie. If you have any concerns about that, after a half an hour go to the bathroom and come back and don’t finish the story. If they don’t say to you, “what happened then?” you know you’re in trouble.Your script should sing in the same way your oral presentation does. It’s a pitch. Some poor reader somewhere is going to bring home 8 scripts on Friday and that reader is going to get through two of them. You have to make sure yours is one of the two. I would be very wary of handing a script to somebody. First off, they’re going to lie. Second, they probably won’t even finish it. Thirdly, they’re going to blank out somewhere and miss whole sections of it, and you have no way to monitor how they’re reacting to it.I don’t think you should sit down and write a script until you’ve developed it in an oral fashion, told it multiple times, outlined and re-outlined it so much that you know this works. After you’ve told it at different lengths six or eight times, at some point the idea is going to say to you, “I’m dying.” And that’s your lucky day, because you’ve just saved yourself six months of a script you shouldn’t be writing.Or the idea will say to you, “Enough of this telling. We want to exist.” And then it will come. The moment an idea or a situation starts telling you, “I’m not happy,” the alarms and the buzzers should all go off.Schrader then further broke down his creative process:I write down every single scene. Usually there’s between 40-50 things which happen during a feature-length movie. And so you write them all down and now you’ve told this outline many times, you know the expositional pacing, you know the comic relief pacing, you know the action pacing. And then I predict how long each scene will be in terms of page count. If you’re operating on a roughly page-a-minute scheme, you’re looking for about a hundred to a hundred and five page script. And then you’re breaking it down.By the time you’re on scene 22, you know that’s going to take place at page 45 or 46. Now you’re writing, letting these scenes just live and pivot. You’re inhabiting them. Sometimes a scene gets a little longer than you want, sometimes a scene doesn’t have much gas, you thought it would be a three-page scene and it’s barely a two-page scene.Now you have your projected as well as your actual page count. If these numbers start to diverge, something’s gone wrong. And then you stop right then and there and say, “was I right during the outline stage and wrong on the script stage, or am I now catching it?” If I’m now catching it I need to re-outline, recalibrate, and get myself back into sync so I’m back on the rails again.Schrader warned against being arrogant about your memory, to remember to write solutions to scenes so you can sit down and write them the following day. But one of the most resonant pieces of advice was also a simple one: disable the Internet, even if it means going through fits of withdrawal.I’m a binge writer. Wait, wait wait and then boom, every day for three to four weeks in a row and then I’m done. Real writers write every day. The rule of thumb is that you should write ninety minutes every day, even if you’re only writing correspondence. You can’t get out of shape. Just like an athlete, you have to do it every single day. Real writers who write novels and longform stuff believe in the sanctity of the room, and they lock themselves into it. If you want to be a real writer and not a binge writer, you really have to get that kind of discipline. You have to force yourself.Whether you’re an aspiring, binge, or serious writer, Schrader’s words provide excellent insight into the creative process. Just remember to turn off that router.last_img read more