8 Steps for Making Documentaries


The art of making documentaries is a challenging but fulfilling endeavor. Phases of the process include searching for ideas, honing scriptwriting skills, seeking videography tips and soliciting lighting suggestions. However, the best advice for making a documentary is to jump right in and begin the filmmaking journey. In the past, short films were pitched in theaters before they became feature presentations. Because the market for short movies waned, advertisements and trailers became their replacements, making finding investors nearly impossible. Conversely, with the emergence of the internet, festivals and crowdfunding, filmmakers have more options than ever for producing their stories.

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The Art of Fashion


There is no fashion without art. Major fashion labels and designers have therefore embraced art direction to create looks and theater that go beyond imagination. The industry has often been unfairly judged in the art world, despite the fact that fashion brings together everything synonymous with art: visuals, imagination, design and opinion. We are therefore looking at some of the greatest influencers in the industry who strive to bring art and fashion together in harmony.

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How to move around Europe with ease


Europe is an incredible place to visit or live. There is such a mix of culture, people and scenery that with only half an hour of driving, you could change from seeing beaches outside of your window to seeing snowy mountains. The only way to get the most out of your European experience is to travel all over and see what this amazingly diverse place has to offer. There are a few ways to get the full experience of Europe and make the most of your travels.

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Drink of the Week: Barbary Coast or Bishop

Barbary Coast or Biship.If my first selection of 2017 sounds to you like it should have a question mark after it’s name, you’re not far off. This drink is another selection from David Embury’s cocktail masterwork, “The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks” and the sometimes cranky ur-cocktailian apparently wasn’t sure of the correct name, as he simply called it “Barbary Coast or Bishop.” Indeed, in a footnote he refers to a much better known and sweeter concoction called “The Barbary Coast,” a relative of last week’s Brandy Alexander. There is also a drink out there called “The Bishop,” though I think this drink name refers to the Southern California high desert town, and the other one refers to a cleric.

Still, this indecisively named drink isn’t bad at all. It’s a very moderately sweet blend of classic cocktail ingredients that comes together reasonably well. Not what I’d personally call a home run, but it’s worth a try if you dig the ingredients. Let’s get started.

Barbary Coast or Bishop

2 ounces bourbon or rye whiskey
1/2 ounce sweet vermouth
1/2 ounce fresh orange juice
1 dash Yellow Chartreuse
1 orange twist (desirable garnish)

Combine the various liquids in a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add the orange twist and ponder whether you’d rather spend time in the notorious Wild West-era San Francisco red light district and gambling center, or the sleepy, modern day desert town of Bishop

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Gas vs. Diesel


Rising fuel costs have led some people to think about their options when it comes to engine type. Today’s diesel engines aren’t the loud, smoke-belching beasts they used to be. Even in applications such as larger trucks, it is now nearly impossible to tell just by listening if the engine runs on hi-octane gas or diesel. Because of emission controls, operating characteristics and performance specs have gotten to the point where clean diesels are quite near to their gasoline-powered counterparts.

So, what are the pros and cons when it comes to both types of engines? Let’s take a closer look.

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