Drone Filmmaking – Master Class & Demo Workshop

The forefront of drone cinematography has paved its way up along the technical aspect of filmmaking in the course of time. A remote controlled operation to capture the flying view through the camera connected to a so made “drone”. As captured footage is meant to ignite a stimulating emotion in the viewers mind, the drone can be controlled in a way to cater to the stimulating emotion that the filmmaker wants to portray.

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Venkat C Dilip, Cinematographer (DOP) for Oohalu Gusa Gusa Lade and Jyo Achyuthananda, was at the AISFM campus to conduct a Master Class and a Demo Workshop on how to shoot with a Drone, for our Cinematography students. Venkat, as cinematography is his expertise started off by offering his teaching on the subject of camera, light, composition and then connecting it to cinematography.

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Our guest lecturer, followed by the Master Class, arranged a Demo-Workshop where he could demonstrate the process of drone filmmaking. With the help of Venkat, our cinematography students attempted to fly a drone and experiment with it on the footage. With a couple of tries, the demo workshop managed to provide a gainful insight to the students in a broader depth of cinematography. As the students would use such techniques in their future job roles, it gave them a practice on how to get the job done in the future, this particular way.

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Venkat mentioned to the students that the vision of the eye is the best element to judge a shot’s authenticity. With the evolution of technology, it has become precisely convincing to execute a filmmaker’s vision on screen. The modes of executing the vision have varied from medium to medium. Speaking of Drones, the technique behind its functioning is fascinating and the best way to know about it is, is to use it. The students during the Q/A exchanged a decent discussion on the nuances and trend from the top cinematographers in the west, doing it right and the assistance of technology needed for achieving the footage.

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The medium is still the message. A lot of drone films are experiments to see what can be done. Eventually, those techniques will, hopefully, just become another toolset cinematographers can use, like tracking or Steadicam shots. As various mediums and concepts keep innovating, technology does too. The filmmaker with his equipment in today’s day and age can achieve anything on screen. It’s the idea, the process and definitely the execution in the end that matters. Luckily, though, directors are born tinkerers, so learning a new trick comes easy. It’s even a bit fun.

The Birth and Rise of Snapchat – A Player in the Big League!

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Possibility is, you have heard of Snapchat by now. In fact, you may be even the loyal “Snap-chatter” using it! Snapchat started out as a Social Tool catering to a high school goers dream when it comes to privately sending photos not meant for everyone else, solely meant for private sharing. In the world of digital viewing and social media, there is a constant entry of programs with new concepts and ideas being put online. Making one that sticks is the tricky part. The social world that is dominated by Facebook, Twitter and Instagram makes it tough for other applications to cut through the clutter and claim it’s spot as a social media success.

Snapchat is a simple Photo/Video messaging app. It does allow us to send a variety of photos and videos to specific people, or to anyone who is on our list. What gives an edge to it as an app? Those pictures and videos disappear after 24 hours – gone! Or even 10 seconds. Try to take a screenshot of it, the other side will get a notification. The entire concept of Snapchat revolves around, to showcase life as it happens. While there are no ‘like’ and ‘heart’ buttons involved, you can keep a track on how many people have viewed your ‘Snap Stories’ every day; they can reply back just the same way.

Snapchat initially gained popularity with a younger crowd. High school goers and college students brought the app to the limelight. Snapchat in the later years has stepped out of its shadows of being misused by the kids and has now become innovative, effective and an exciting social media tool for people and also a business tool for businesses likewise. Having over 7 billion video views every single day, it’s no wonder why you have not only heard of Snapchat, but why so many businesses want to know, what it’s all about.

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When discussing companies that embrace the opportunity that Snapchat offers with communication, Taco Bell quickly recognized the potential of Snapchat, as it could offer a more exclusive experience than platforms like Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. It was one of the first companies to begin Snapchat as a tool in reaching its target audience. Over 71% Snapchat users are between the ages of 18-34, where only 16 % of the same groups use Facebook on a regular basis.

Another USP that Snapchat offers is, the content that an individual posts becomes extremely valuable. Compared to other social media platforms where users are scrolling through feeds and not absorbing all the content that is being displayed, Snapchat on the other hand, forces users to pay attention, as the photo/video is gone for good. If the aim is to stick a product or an idea in the consumer’s mind, Snapchat flawlessly paves a new way to do so.

Snapchat is the perfect outlet for a business to really spread its wings, creatively, and will probably end up being one of your favorite apps if you use it properly. The trick is all about adjusting your Snapchat stories to fit your business, and plenty of global businesses are jumping on board, believing in the potential of Snapchat and the reach it has to offer. The featured section of Snapchat offers the content from these global businesses sending out their content using Snapchat on a daily basis viewed by billions. Some of the names of these global businesses are seen in the featured section are as follows:

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  • MTV
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  • CNN
  • Food
  • Refinery29
  • Comedy Central
  • Daily Mail
  • Brother
  • Tastemade
  • Mashable
  • BuzzFeed
  • National Geographic
  • People
  • Cosmopolitan

Even global events all over the world happening at the time, are in view for everybody using Snapchat. As a combination of all the stories taken of the event are merged into one, for an intimate viewing experience for the app user.

Snapchat: Evolution with Technology

Introduction of Augmented Reality: One of the most innovative features that Snapchat cleverly introduces in its functioning is the camera filter’s combination with a number of filters changing the current picture in a witty way. Snapchat has made augmented reality an everyday part of Snapping.

Hold your thumb on the Snapchat camera. It scans your face. Next, just a right swipe of your finger and keep scrolling to see the variety of filters Snapchat has in store for you. For videos, they have a couple of good features to play with the edit; the slow-motion, the fast-forward and the reverses are other “cool” bunch of features, the application offers.

With even voice changing features, it gives an added effect to the picture consisting of Augmented Reality. It’s fun, succeeds in giving a laugh and if done too much get’s irritating. But nonetheless, this feature works in favor of Snapchat and is in room for further advancement in the coming year.

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According to the recent updates in 2017, Snapchat has close to 150 million daily active users. IPO with a valuation of 20 billion, Snap Inc. is making it hard for the other platforms to keep up. Facebook has been trying hard to keep up with the rise, looking to introduce face-filters for its photos. Instagram now has Stories. To keep up, even WhatsApp might have the Stories feature soon. Snapchat is a perfect example of a journey that got what it deserved by playing all their cards right. Snapchat will be remembered for a revolution; it has evolved and will evolve extensively, in the coming future.

Rewind: 80s & 90s Forgotten Boy Bands!

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In the late ‘80s and ‘90s, the “boy band fever” ruled all around. Though most of the pop stars were introduced by the likes of the Beatles and followed by the mania that is One Direction. Let’s take a look back in time and check the list of these Boy Bands, and if you can still remember them?

  • N Sync

Band Members: Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick, Lance Bass and Joey Fatone.

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Best Jams: Bye Bye Bye, I Want You Back, It’s Gonna Be Me, This I Promise You.

  • Backstreet Boys

Band Members: Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, A. J. Mclean, Brian Littrell and Howie Dorough.

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Best Jams: I Want It That Way, As long as You Love Me, Everybody.

  • 98 Degrees

Band Members: Nick Lachey, Drew Lachey, Justin Jeffre and Jeff Timmons.

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Best Jams: Because of You, The Hardest Thing, My Everything.

  • Westlife

Band Members: Shane Filan, Markus Feehily, Brian McFadden, Nicky Byrne and Kian Egan.

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Best Jams: My Love, You Raise Me Up, Against All Odds.

  • 5ive

Band Members: Sean Conlon, Ritchie Neville, Scott Robinson, J Brown and Abz Love.

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Best Jams: When the Lights Go Out, Keep on Movin’, Everybody Get up.

  • Boyz II Men

Band Members: Nathan Morris, Shawn Stockman and Wanya Morris.

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Best Jams: I’ll Make Love to You, End of the Road, One Sweet Day.

  • Take That

Band Members: Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Jason Orange, Mark Owen and Robbie Williams.

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Best Jams: Rule the World, The Flood, Back For Good.

  • All-4-One

Band Members: Tony Borowiak, Delious Kennedy, Alfred Nevarez, Jamie Jones

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Best Jams: I Swear, So Much in Love, I Can Love You Like That.

  • New Kids on the Block

Band Members: Mark Wahlberg, Jonathan Knight, Jordan Knight, Joey Mclntyre, Donnie Wahlberg and Danny Wood.

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Best Jams: You Got it, Please Don’t Go Girl, Step by Step.

A flashback on the look of this culture can give us a reality check on how the boy band scene has evolved over the past decade. Seeing the recent boy bands like One Direction, 21 Pilots and 5 Seconds of Summer, has to be a milestone to see how the boy band fever, which came up in the late 80s and 90s, is still relevant.

Down with Stress and Anxiety? Few ways for you to cope up!

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Stress and Anxiety are very normal in our daily lives. Anxiety is usually a reaction to the stress. Stress is a response to a threat in any situation (situations*). It takes over the mind and later your life. Don’t let it! You can cope up with it even though you think you can’t. Follow certain steps, they’re simple but meant to be consistent. Try for yourself!

  • Take a break. Stepping back from the problem may help in clearing your head. Practice yoga, listen to music or meditate.

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  • Count to 10 slowly. Take deep breaths. Inhale. Exhale. Slowly. Repeat and count to 20. Try it!

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  • Well-balanced meals. Stress eating can be one of the most effective tactic to handle stress. A balance in meals can keep the stomach full and a healthy stomach means a healthy mind. So Eat!

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  • Exercise. Keep exercising, put your sweat out. Distracting yourself with a daily workout can be the best stress-buster.

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  • Accept. Accept the fact that stress and anxiety do exist within you and try to reason them out, find out the reason for its occurrence.

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  • Humour yourself. It is necessary to just have a reason to smile on a daily basis. Watch a comedy movie! Let laughter be an escape to all the stress.

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  • Triggers to Anxiety. Whatever you feel, it is happening for a reason. Every emotion occurs with a trigger, so if you do know the triggers maybe you can control it.

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  • Sleep. Sleep can be a peaceful way to escape from life and all it’s stresses. Take a power-nap and enjoy comfortably numb!

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  • Connect. Have a friend, parent or any person who you can connect to and open up about your problems. Sharing always helps!

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  • No to Alcohol and Drugs.  Drugs and Alcohol may seem to help with stress. But in the long run, they create additional problems and increase the stress you are already feeling. Avoid it!

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  • Feeling anxious right now? Try this out!

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Stress and Anxiety are definitely not your friends and they definitely hamper your potential of doing anything at all. Don’t let it control you. Take control. Stay calm. Be Positive.

Get ready for #2017: Trailers of the most awaited movies!

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As 2016 is just coming to an end, it is time to switch our attention to #2017 and especially to the cinematic treats we have awaiting us. With big names, huge franchises and a lot more in store, here is a list of the trailers that may tempt you to be impatiently waiting for #2017.

  • Dunkirk (2017)

 Director: Christopher Nolan | Release date: 19 July 2017 | Starring: Harry Styles, Tom Hardy, James D’Arcy

  • Spider–Man: Homecoming (2017)

Director: Jon Watts | Release date: 7 July 2017 | Starring: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr.

  • The Lego Batman Movie (2017)

Director: Chris McKay | Release date: 10 February 2017 | Starring: Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Ralph Fiennes

  • War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)

Director: Matt Reeves | Release date: 14 July 2017 | Starring: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Judy Greer

  • Wonder Woman (2017)

Director: Patty Jenkins | Release date: 2 June 2017 | Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine

  • Fast & Furious 8 (2017)

Director: F Gary Gray | Release date: 14 April 2017 | Starring: Vin Diesel, Charlize Theron, Jason Statham

  • Justice League (2017)

Director: Zack Snyder | Release date: 17 November 2017 | Starring: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill

  • Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Director: Bill Condon | Release date: 17 March 2017 | Starring: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans

Plenty of sequels, few movie debuts and some much loved comic book characters are to be back in the limelight in #2017. The trailers have already been trending, and may be the perfect kick-start #2017 needs.

Top horror-comedies to look out for!

 

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Ever been scared of laughing too much? Nobody can be. Here’s a special film genre that blends horror and comedy into one hilariously terrifying experience. As it mixes the ends of two unexpected worlds, you may end up screaming with laughter. Here is a list of horror comedies you should look out for to experience this special genre to its fullest:

  • Zombieland (2009): In the post apocalyptic world, where partying with Bill Murray in his house is as natural as killing zombies sets an edge for this American zombie comedy film. Add this one to your list to be in treat for a hilariously terrifying experience.
    Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone.

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  • The Cabin in the Woods (2012): Another American horror comedy which includes monsters like Zombies, a werewolf, a unicorn, a merman and essentially a group of college students revolving around the events from an underground facility.
    Starring: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison.

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  • Scary Movie (2000): Being known for a parody of horror and mystery genres. It is followed by four more sequels and has proven to have a legacy in this special genre. From the writers of Epic Movie and Meet the Spartans comes a roller-coaster ride of unexpected horror twists and funny turns.
    Starring: Anna Faris, Regina Hall.

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  • Shaun of the Dead (2004): Another apocalyptic zombie uprising is Shaun of the Dead, a British horror-comedy movie. It successfully pokes fun at all zombie movies making you giggle, jump or cover your eyes at the same time.
    Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost.

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  • Ghostbusters (1984): Despite being hilarious, the scary scenes in this movie are not to be ignored too. There is a balance between the horror and the comedy. Bill Murray’s hilarious one-liners cut the tension and make the movie worth re-watching.
    Starring: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd.

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  • Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2010): The Canadian Horror-comedy never fails to impress, it is an instant cult classic as it is so well written. Crowd pleaser at the Fantasy Film Fest in Berlin and many other film festivals. Do not miss watching Tucker and Dale being funny, gory with heart and delivering a gem of a movie.
    Starring: Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk, Katrina Bowden.

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  • This is the End (2013): Take another one from Seth Rogen with James France and Jonah Hill facing an apocalypse while attending a party at James Franco’s house with many other celebrities. You love these actors; you’ll love the movie.
    Starring: James Franco, Jonah Hill, and Seth Rogen.

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  • A Haunted House (2013): A fan of paranormal activity? Watch it come to life in a hilarious take. This movie is a parody of the “found footage” genre much like Paranormal Activity and The Devil Inside. A sequel followed the next year.
    Starring: Marlon Wayans, Essence Atkins, Marlene Forte.

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Horror and comedy can be a complimentary combination, if taken in the right sense of humour. It’s just like Halloween in a way; Comical but with a touch of horror.

Famous Hollywood one-liners every movie buff should know!

Everyone who is a lover of cinema has a set of dialogues that are their favourite and that they know by heart. For those of you who are newly admitted to the movie buff club, let me give you a low-down of those very Hollywood one-liners that you ought to know to stay in this club. After all, ‘This ain’t my first rodeo’!!

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1. Frankenstein (1931) – “It’s Alive! It’s Alive!”, Dr. Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive)

2. Gone with the Wind (1939) – “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn”, Rhett Butler (Clark Gable)

3. The Wizard of Oz (1939) – “Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore”, Dorothy (Judy Garland)

4. Casablanca (1942) – “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine”, Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart)

5. All About Eve (1950) – “Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy ride”, Margo Channing (Bette Davis)

From the film ‘Frankenstein’

6. Psycho (1960) – “We all go a little mad sometimes”, Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins)

7. Dr. No (1962) – “Bond. James Bond.” James Bond (Sean Connery)

8. Goldfinger (1964) – “Shaken – Not stirred”, James Bond (Sean Connery)

9. The Godfather (1972) – “I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse”, Michael Corleone (Al Pacino)

10. Taxi Driver (1976) – “You talkin’ to me”, Travis Bickle (Robert DeNiro)

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11. The Godfather: Part 2 (1974) – “Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer”, Michael Corleone (Al Pacino)

12. Star Wars (1977) – “May the force be with you”, Hans Solo (Harrison Ford)

13. The Shining (1980) – “He-e-e-e-re’s Johnny!”, Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson)

14. The Terminator (1984) – “I’ll be back”, The Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger)

15. Die Hard (1988) – “Yippe-ki-yi-yay, Motherf*****”, John McClane (Bruce Willis)

From the film ‘The Shining’

16. A Few Good Men (1992) – “You can’t handle the truth”, Colonel Nathan Jessup (Jack Nicholson)

17. The Shawshank Redemption (1994) – “Either get busy living, or get busy dying”, Ellis “Red” Redding (Morgan Freeman)

18. Apollo 13 (1995) – “Houston, we have a problem”, Jim Lovell (Tom Hanks)

19. Jerry Maguire (1996) – “Show me the money”, Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise)

20. Titanic (1997) – “I’m the king of the world”, Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio)

From the film ‘A Few Good Men’

21. Forrest Gump (1994) – “Stupid is as stupid does”, Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks)

22. Love Story (1970) – “Love means never having to say you’re sorry”, Jenny (Ali MacGraw)

23. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) – “Hasta la vista, baby”, The Terminator / T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger)

24. Mean Girls (2004) – “You can’t sit with us”, Gretchen Wieners (Lacey Chabert)

25. The Dark Knight (2008) – “Why so serious?”, Joker (Heath Ledger)

From the film ‘Mean Girls’

“The one with all the facts” – Things you didn’t know about F.R.I.E.N.D.S.

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F.R.I.E.N.D.S. is one of those cult TV shows that is loved by all. If you have been living under a rock, and have no clue about this amazing series, it follows the lives of a group of six friends who live in Manhattan, as they try to make it in the Big Apple! Here are a few friendly facts (pun intended) about the show that you probably hadn’t heard before:

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1. Three cast members from The Simpsons made guest appearances on Friends: Dan Castellaneta (Homer), Hank Azaria (Moe/Apu, etc.) and Harry Shearer (Mr. Burns/Smithers, etc.).

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2. The show was originally called Insomnia Cafe. It was then renamed Friends Like Us, and then Six of One before becoming Friends.

3. At the beginning of the 1st season, each cast member was paid $22,000 per episode. By the final season, they each got $1,000,000 per episode.

4. “The One Where No One’s Ready” takes place entirely in Monica’s apartment because the show didn’t have a large enough budget for guest stars or additional sets.

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5. David Schwimmer directed 10 Friends episodes.

6. The story-line of Phoebe carrying her brother’s triplets was written because Lisa Kudrow was pregnant in real life.

7. In the opening credits of “The One After Vegas”, which is dedicated to Courteney Cox and David Arquette’s marriage, every cast member has the surname Arquette added to the end of his or her real name.

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8. Phoebe and Chandler were originally supposed to be supporting characters. David Schwimmer was the first of the main six actors to be cast in the show and Jennifer Aniston was the last.

9. All of the six main characters have kissed each other at one point (if you include the alternative “what if?” episodes), except Monica and Phoebe.

10. The orange couch in Central Perk was found in the basement of the Warner Bros. studio.

11. The Magna Doodle actually made its debut in Episode 18, but it was much clearer in 19. The first column appears to be a grocery list, while the second one reads, “Joey call your dad.” After this, each doodle had some connection to the storyline of the episode.

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12. Giovanni Ribisi plays Phoebe’s brother Frank Jr. in later episodes, but he also has a small cameo in the earlier seasons. He plays a boy who accidentally throws a condom into Phoebe’s guitar case instead of a coin.

13. When Rachel is trying to find a new officiate for Chandler and Monica’s wedding, she finds a Greek Orthodox priest coming out of the Anastassakis/Papasifakis wedding. Anastassakis is Jennifer Aniston’s family name.

14. Monica’s apartment changed from number 5 to number 20 when the show’s writers realised that “5” wouldn’t denote an apartment on an upper level floor in a large block. So they matched, Chandler’s also changed from 4 to 19.

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15. When Lisa Kudrow first read the script, she thought Chandler’s character was gay.

16.  Courteney Cox was a neat freak, just like Monica and would clean the others’ dressing rooms.

17. James Michael Tyler was cast as Gunther because he was the only extra who knew how to operate an espresso machine. Also, Gunther wasn’t given a name until the middle of the second season.

18. Ellen DeGeneres turned down an offer to play Phoebe.

19. In the last episode, it is mentioned that all six characters have lived in Monica’s apartment. They have all also lived in Joey’s apartment.

20. When the last series ended, each cast member was given a piece of the sidewalk from outside Central Perk as a keepsake.

21. June Gable, who played Joey’s agent Estelle Leonard, also played a nurse in the episode where Carol gives birth to Ben.

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22. The writers used a pie chart to track how many lines and jokes each character said, to make sure each actor had the same amount.

23. Cox had a special place called “Courteney’s Candy Cabinet” on the set, for “once famous for scarfing down junk food”, according to A Natural Living Today story from 1996.

24. The actors, led by David Schwimmer, held an ‘intervention’ for Jennifer Aniston because of her lateness to the set.

25. Lisa Kudrow was scared of the duck that was in Joey’s and Chandler’s apartment, along with the chick.

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Indian films that got global recognition

colletaralThere is a whole world of home-grown lists about our favourite Indian flicks, ranging from the ones with artistic merit and critical acclaim to the films that were just ridiculously popular. For an Indian movie to make it onto any globally recognized list is a very big deal, which signals a whole different league of success. Here are some of those movies:

Pyaasa
(1957)

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This film featured on Time Magazine’s list of 100 Best Films of all time. Time magazine called it “the soulfully romantic of the lot.” It tells the tale of a struggling poet and a prostitute, who ends up falling in love with the former, and helps him out in his work and his life.

Lagaan
(2001)

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The film was featured on IMDB “Top movies of all time” list. Even after 15 years, it still remains to be the Bollywood film with the most number of British actors in it.

Dhrishyam
(2013)

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IMDB’s “highest rated crime films” list included this Malyalam film at the 6th spot. This Jeethu Joseph directorial venture, follows the story of a family that must take desperate measures to save themselves from the clutches of the law after the son of the IG of police goes missing.

Jalsaghar
(1958)

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A critical and financial hit, this was Satyajeet Ray’s fourth feature film. It was called one of Ray’s most exquisite films, by critics. The film earned the 56th spot in the 1982 Sight & Sound critic’s poll. It follows the story of a zamindar (landlord), trying to uphold the family’s prestige despite facing economic adversity.

Airlift
(2016)

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This Akshay Kumar and Nimrath Kaur starrer, found itself on the 53rd position on IMDB’s “highest rated drama films” list.  Set in 1990, it speaks about the conditions of Indians during the Iraq invasion in Kuwait.

Pather Panchali
(1955)

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Satyajit Ray’s movie which was also part of the Apu trilogy, Pather Panchali depicts the childhood of Apu and his elder sister and the harsh village life of their poor family. It was featured on The Village Voice top 250 “Best Films of the Century.”

3 Idiots
(2009)

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Yet another Aamir Khan starrer found itself to be included in IMDB’s “top 250 movies of all time” list. It takes an off-beat and fresh look at the lives of college students.

Nayakan (also spelt Nayagan)
(1981)

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This Tamil crime drama was based on the real-life Bombay underworld don Varadarajan Mudaliar, and sympathetically depicts the struggle of South Indians living in Bombay. It was listed on Time magazine’s “All-Time 100 Movies” list.

Bollywood’s favourite shoot locations!

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The Indian film industry has its audience spread all across the globe. Thousands of films make it up to the silver screen every year and the size of audience watching these films is just infinite. A Bollywood film has the magic to turn an ordinary place into a tourist spot overnight. We take a look at five such places that seem to have become Bollywood’s favourites when it comes to shooting!

  1. Switzerland

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Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Yes Boss, Dhoom 3, Don 2, Biwi No. 1, Mausam, Bachna Ae Haseeno, Ajnabee, Vaastav
… phew, the list keeps going on and on! This place is definitely one that was shot in more than any other place in Indian cinema. Every Indian then wanted to go there, bring back the big bells that Kajol bought at the souvenir shop in DDLJ, or dance in the green meadows wearing a yellow saree like Sri Devi in Chandni. It can be said that Switzerland was brought onto the Bollywood map of shooting locations by Yash Raj Films. Yash Chopra had shot so many films near the lake Alpenrausch, that the lake has been christened as Chopra Lake. Also, he was awarded a Swiss honor in 2010 as his films had done so much to promote Switzerland!

  1. Goa

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Goa is known to be a party destination. It is also known to be the location where most Bollywood party scenes are shot. Go Goa Gone, Ladies VS Ricky Bahl, Dil Chahta Hai, and many other films prove this to be true. The churches and forts of the place provide exactly the type of scenic beauty that is needed in our films, making this place the second most shot location of India. The rocky fort Aguada, has been an integral part of a lot of iconic scenes from Rangeela, Dil Chahta Hai, Golmaal, Dhoom and Honeymoon Travels making it a must-visit destination for the tourists. After all, who doesn’t want to sit on the dull bricks and stare into the nothingness of the sea while the sun sets?

  1. Rajasthan

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Our filmmakers love unraveling new places in their films for us movie buffs. We were not surprised when they set up camp in Rajasthan, mainly Udaipur for the typical Big Fat Indian Wedding scenes of their films, and we don’t blame them for it. The place alludes royalty! Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and Ram Leela were shot in the iconic royal heritage sites of Udaipur, including the Udaipur Palace, adding to its popularity among tourists. Amer Fort and Birla Mandir in Jaipur, Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur and Bada Bagh in Jaisalmer are some other places that are Bollywood favourites of Rajasthan.

  1. Spain

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The reason Spain is being included in this list despite having only one film shot here, is because of the increase in the tourism that the film caused single-handedly. “During the first six months of 2011, we have seen a growth of 32 per cent in traffic, and after the release of the movie we are hopeful that we will see further growth,” said Madhu Saliankar, market analyst, Spain Tourism in Mumbai. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara showed us the beauty of Spain, which is not the country that generally comes to our mind when we think of European countries. For most Bollywood fans, Europe means Switzerland, England or maybe Italy. In fact, most tourist agencies in Spain now offer the ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara Movie Beach Tour’ to Costa Brava and Lloret de Mar beaches. How amazing is that?

  1. Shimla/Manali

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Yes, many films have been shot in Shimla and Manali over the years in Bollywood, but what really put it on the map, especially for the younger generation was the film, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. Years after Rajesh Khanna’s Aap Ki Kasam and Rishi Kapoor’s Heena painted Manali on the cinematic canvas, this Ranbir & Deepika starrer once again made Manali the most loved tourist destination. Every youngster of the country was obsessed with climbing the snowy mountains of the place, just like their favourite stars. For the not so adventurous ones, Manali meant Kareena Kapoor joyfuly singing “Yeh Ishq Hai, Jannat Dikhaye” amidst the snow-clad mountains. Be what may, the picturesque valleys and the beautiful cottages along with the snowy mountains of this place made it Bollywood’s favourite shooting location.