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Film: An Introduction covers the movies students know and the films their instructors want them to know -- including the silent classics of D. W. Griffith and Sergei Eisenstein, the Hong Kong cinema of John Woo, the documentaries of Errol Morris and Michael Moore, and the contemporary films of Quentin Tarantino and Peter Jackson. Through meticulous coverage, an unmatched art program with over 500 frame enlargements, accessible language, and unique study tools, Film helps beginning students develop the critical skills they need to analyze films and understand the medium in all its variety.
Actors often say they only really assume the identity of their character when they have donned the costumes painstakingly created for them by the costume designer. In this volume of the FilmCraft series of books, sixteen of the world's leading costume designers come together to share their inspiration and knowledge with the reader. They provide insights into the challenges of envisioning a character, working with budgets, and collaborating with production designers, actors and directors. Designers featured include Academy Award winners Aggie Guerard Rodgers, Janty Yates and Lindy Hemming.
The author tries to encapsulate the craft of sixteen directors in this book to illustrate the complete process of film-making.
The authoritative guide to producing, directing, shooting, editing, and distributing your video or film. Widely acknowledged as the 'bible' of video and film production, and used in courses around the world, The Filmmaker's Handbook is now updated with the latest advances in HD and new digital formats. For students and teachers, professionals and novices, this indispensable handbook covers all aspects of movie making: <P> * Techniques for making dramatic features, documentaries, corporate, broadcast, and experimental videos and films <P> * Shooting with DSLRs, video, film, and digital cinema cameras <P> * Digital editing with the latest video editing systems <P> * In-depth coverage of lenses, lighting, sound recording, and mixing <P> * The business aspects of funding and producing your project * <P> * Getting your movie shown in theaters, on TV, and on the Web
Marcy Mallowitz has just been dumped -- big time! When she incorrectly answers her orthodontist boyfriend's $1.75 million Lifeline question on the top-rated television quiz show So You Want to Be Filthy Rich!, he ends their preengagement in front of twenty million people. Thrust reluctantly into the national spotlight, America's newest sweetheart is now being courted by Oprah and hounded by the paparazzi. And soon everyone -- everyone -- knows her name, if only as the punch line to a Letterman Top Ten list. Wise, sparkling, and funny, Filthy Rich is a hilarious exploration of instant celebrity, as well as a delightful romp through one woman's startlingly and unexpectedly public life.
A landmark book from one of the truly original scholars of our time: a magnificent revelation of turn-of-the-century Vienna where out of a crisis of political and social disintegration so much of modern art and thought was born."Not only is it a splendid exploration of several aspects of early modernism in their political context; it is an indicator of how the discipline of intellectual history is currently practiced by its most able and ambitious craftsmen. It is also a moving vindication of historical study itself, in the face of modernism's defiant suggestion that history is obsolete."-- David A. Hollinger, History Book Club Review"Each of [the seven separate studies] can be read separately....Yet they are so artfully designed and integrated that one who reads them in order is impressed by the book's wholeness and the momentum of its argument."-- Gordon A. Craig, The New Republic"A profound work...on one of the most important chapters of modern intellectual history" -- H.R. Trevor-Roper, front page, The New York Times Book Review"Invaluable to the social and political historian...as well as to those more concerned with the arts" -- John Willett, The New York Review of Books"A work of original synthesis and scholarship. Engrossing."-- NewsweekFrom the Trade Paperback edition.
There's more than blood and bone beneath the skin ...The victim, a nondescript "numbers cruncher," died horriblyjust yards away from his terrified wife and daughter, murdered by men who clearly enjoyed their work. The crime scene is one that could chill the blood of even the most seasoned police officer. But the strange revelations about an ordinary accountant's extraordinary secret life are what truly set Chief Inspector Alan Banks off -- as lies breed further deceptions and blood begets blood, unleashing a policeman's dark passions ... and a violent rage that, when freed, might be impossible to control.
(back cover) Pets enrich our lives beyond measure. No wonder, then, that the decision to end the life of an animal friend is so difficult. No wonder we put it off as long as possible.
Grace Rossi is starting over after a divorce, and a part-time job with a federal appeals court sounds perfect. But she doesn't count on being assigned to an explosive death penalty appeal. Nor does she expect ardor in the court in the form of an affair with the chief judge. Then Grace finds herself investigating a murder, unearthing a secret bank account and following a trail of bribery and judicial corruption that's stumped even the FBI. In no time at all, Grace under fire takes on a whole new meaning.
Small-town librarian Kathleen Paulson gets plenty of entertainment from her extraordinary cats, Owen and Hercules. But when a theatre troupe stumbles into more tragedy than it bargained for, it's up to Kathleen to play detective. . . . With her sort-of boyfriend Marcus calling it quits and her ex-boyfriend Andrew showing up out of the blue, Kathleen has more than enough drama to deal with; and that's before a local theatre festival relocates to Mayville Heights. Now the town is buzzing with theatre folk, and many of them have their own private dramas with the director, Hugh Davis. When Davis is found shot to death by the marina, he leaves behind evidence of blackmail and fraud, as well as an ensemble of suspects. Now Kathleen, with a little help from her feline friends Owen and Hercules, will have to catch the real killer before another victim takes a final curtain call.
With the current president on the run for war crimes, an emergency election is called in Cameroon. But will the two candidates live long enough to see election day? Assigned to protection duty, Mack Bolan soon learns the politicians aren't the only ones in danger. There's a traitor in their midst who won't stop until Bolan and his team are dead. Ambushed at every turn and a constant target for snipers, Bolan knows that flushing out the enemy won't be easy-especially when everyone is a suspect. With millions of lives and the fate of Cameroon's government at stake, he's determined to stop the fight before more blood is shed. With no one to trust, the Executioner knows there's only one way to beat the killers at their game: destroy them before they destroy you.
As the usual suspects in Nero Wolfe's latest case -- involving taxes and kidnapping -- become victims, Wolfe breaks tradition, leaving his comfortable New York brownstone to do some legwork of his own.
Will Henry and Dr. Warthrop have encountered many horrors together--but can Will endure a monstrumological terror without his mentor? Will Henry has been through more that seems possible for a boy of fourteen. He's been on the brink of death on more than one occasion, he has gazed into hell--and hell has stared back at him, and known his face. But through it all, Dr. Warthrop has been at his side. When Dr. Warthrop fears that Will's loyalties may be shifting, he turns on Will with a fury, determined to reclaim his young apprentice's devotion. And so Will must face one of the most horrific creatures of his monstrumology career--and he must face it alone. Over the course of one day, Will's life--and Pellinor Warthrop's destiny--will lie in balance. In the terrifying depths of the Monstrumarium, they will face a monster more terrible than any they could have imagined--and their fates will be decided.
Causes: Unknown. At first, they thought it was a cold or maybe the flu. Then people started dropping where they stood. Symptoms: Unthinkable. It could kill in hours. There was no known cure, no vaccine, and the only antidote could kill millions.
The first edition offered people with terminal illness a choice on how and when to end their suffering. This revised and updated third edition goes far beyond the original to provide new information about the legality of the personal issues involved.
Earth, 2065 A.D.: Destruction and confusion are everywhere. Cities are deserted, the population is decimated, and the few humans who remain struggle to survive against an insidious alien presence that is consuming the very life energy of this wounded world. The presence is spreading across the planet, infecting everything in its path, killing the Earth one life at a time. Only Dr. Aki Ross, a brilliant young woman haunted by dreams of death, may hold the key to saving the world. But her plan is not without its risks, and a rogue general commanding the most technologically sophisticated army in history will storm heaven itself to stop her if he has to. He has plans of his own to stop the alien life force in one decisive stroke...plans that will stab at the very heart of Nature itself unless Aki's quest succeeds.
For ages they have sought to claim our worlds. Now, at last, we take the battle to them. . . . Far from the Federation's desperate war against the invading Furies, the crew of the U.S.S. VoyagerTM encounters something they never expected to hear again: a Starfleet distress call. The signal leads them to a vast assemblage of non-humanoid races engaged in a monumental project of incredible magnitude. Here is the source of the terrible invasion threatening the entire Alpha Quadrant -- and, for the Starship VoyagerTM, a possible route home. But soon there may not be any home to return to . . .
In the hands of an elf high-mage, the fabled mythals are Faerûn's most potent sources of magical power. But in the hands of a demon princess from a forgotten epoch, they're the most powerful weapons imaginable.From the Paperback edition.
"The place to go if you're really interested in this version of the quest for creating Artificial Intelligence (AI)."--Seattle TimesFor centuries, people have dreamed of creating a machine that thinks like a human. Scientists have made progress: computers can now beat chess grandmasters and help prevent terrorist attacks. Yet we still await a machine that exhibits the rich complexity of human thought--one that doesn't just crunch numbers, or take us to a relevant Web page, but understands us and gives us what we need. With the creation of Watson, IBM's Jeopardy! playing computer, we are one step closer to that goal.But how did we get here? In Final Jeopardy, Stephen Baker traces the arc of Watson's "life," from its birth in the IBM labs to its big night on the podium. We meet Hollywood moguls and Jeopardy! masters, genius computer programmers and ambitious scientists, including Watson's eccentric creator, David Ferrucci. We see how a new generation of Watsons could transform medicine, the law, marketing, even science itself, as machines process huge amounts of data at lightning speed, answer our questions, and possibly come up with new hypotheses. As fast and fun as the game itself, Final Jeopardy shows how smart machines will fit into our world--and how they'll disrupt it."Like Tracy Kidder's Soul of a New Machine, Baker's book finds us at the dawn of a singularity. It's an excellent case study, and does good double duty as a Philip K. Dick scenario, too."--Kirkus Reviews"Baker's narrative is both charming and terrifying . . . an entertaining romp through the field of artificial intelligence--and a sobering glimpse of things to come."--Publishers Weekly, starred review, the law, marketing, even science itself, as machines process huge amounts of data at lightning speed, answer our questions, and possibly come up with new hypotheses. Showdown aside, it's clear that the future has arrived. But with it come questions: Where does it leave humans? What will Watson's heirs be capable of in ten or twenty years? Is it time to declare defeat in the realm of facts? What should we teach our children? And what should we carry around in our own heads? Final Jeopardy takes on these questions and more in a narrative that's as fast and fun as the game itself. Baker shows us how smart machines will fit into our world -- and how they'll disrupt it. www.finaljeopardy.net
This critically acclaimed, explosive thriller is a book only prosecutor Linda Fairstein could write. Patricia Cornwall knows the morgue; John Grisham knows the courtroom; but no one knows the inner workings of the D.A.'s office like Linda Fairstein, renowned for two decades as head of Manhattan Sex Crimes Unit. Now that world comes vividly to life in a brilliant debut novel of shocking realism, powerful insight, and searing suspense. Alexandra Cooper, Manhattan's top sex crimes prosecutor, awakens one morning to shoking news: a tabloid headline announcing her own brutal murder. But the actual victim was Isabella Lascar, the Hollywood film star who sought refuge at Alex's Martha's Vineyard retreat. Was Isabella targeted by a stalker or -- mistaken for Alex -- was she in the wrong place at the wrong time? In an investigation that twists from the back alleys of lower Manhattan to the chic salons of the Upper East Side. Alex knows she'sin final jeopardy...and time is running out. She has to get into the killer's head before the killer gets to her.
HE WAS A FATHER? A DNA test revealed that Mason Grant had a nine-year-old daughter. He'd had no idea that the woman he'd loved and so tragically lost had been pregnant. Or that his own child had been in the custody of the woman's murderer all these years. Now the killer wanted Mason to pay-in more ways than one-for the return of the girl. And for daring to find love with old friend Jennifer Pappas. But the only payback the cold-blooded murderer would get was final justice. REUNION REVELATIONS: Secrets surface when old friends-and foes-get together.
Abby Northrup finally has the quiet life she's dreamed of, living in Carmel at the former monastery she purchased and renovated. But The Prayer House is more than a peaceful home for Abby--unofficially it is an underground safe haven for abused women and children. And when an old friend and her daughter appear on Abby's front step looking for safe haven, Abby's tranquil life begins to dissolve. Alicia Gerard is the wife of a wealthy business tycoon with strong connections to the political world. Abby agrees to take Alicia and her daughter in, but when FBI agents swarm the building looking for them, Abby finds herself trapped in a world of murder, conspiracy and threats to national security. On the run from government agents who make their own rules, Abby must decide which of her beliefs are worth dying for--and which ones are not.
Two children face the terrors of a house that wants them dead Can Jason and Sally survive the evil spirits in the house on Cherry Street until their parents return? Jason looks for clues to the house's mysterious history--especially the "accidental" fall that killed Bobby, the ghost who still fears his terrifying nanny and whose body was never found. Maybe if Jason and his sister can right the wrongs of the past, the house will no longer be haunted. But that means they'll have to go back inside . . .
The Final Pagan Generation recounts the fascinating story of the lives and fortunes of the last Romans born before the Emperor Constantine converted to Christianity. Edward J. Watts traces their experiences of living through the fourth century's dramatic religious and political changes, when heated confrontations saw the Christian establishment legislate against pagan practices as mobs attacked pagan holy sites and temples. The emperors who issued these laws, the imperial officials charged with implementing them, and the Christian perpetrators of religious violence were almost exclusively young men whose attitudes and actions contrasted markedly with those of the earlier generation, who shared neither their juniors' interest in creating sharply defined religious identities nor their propensity for violent conflict. Watts examines why the "final pagan generation"-born to the old ways and the old world in which it seemed to everyone that religious practices would continue as they had for the past two thousand years-proved both unable to anticipate the changes that imperially sponsored Christianity produced and unwilling to resist them. A compelling and provocative read, suitable for the general reader as well as students and scholars of the ancient world.