SRC Opens Up about Decline in Price of Rubber

first_imgFollowing a drop of the price of rubber on the market over a year ago, the management of the Salala Rubber Corporation (SRC) has for the first time broken silence about the effect of the price of rubber on its operations in the country. SRC is one of many multi-national companies contributing to Liberia’s economy and its sustainable development agenda for transformation.With the reduction of a ton of raw rubber from its usual US$2,500 to less than US$600, Jallah Mensah, the company’s human resource and administrative manager, said they are now depending on their stakeholders’ financial contributions to keep the company functioning.Besides, he added that the situation has affected their company’s earnings.“The company for now is not making any profit, but we are still going ahead with our social responsibility such as construction of educational and health facilities as well as planting new trees and building new infrastructures,” the SRC human resource manager told journalists recently.Mensah added that the company presently faced with numerous challenges of which the management is unable to finance her operations, because of the current drop of the price of rubber.Explaining some of the company’s challenges, Mr. Mensah noted that the company stopped processing and exporting rubber since October 2012, when the factory was shut down because some of the trees planted in the 1960s were no longer useful for production.“Because of that,” he added, “we could not supply raw rubber needed to keep the factory operational and enable us to produce and sell the products to the Liberia Agriculture Company (LAC) in Grand Bassa County,” Mr. Mensah emphasized.Despite the numerous challenges facing the company, Mr. Mensah said, they still maintain cordial working relationship amongstthe entire workforce including senior management, expatriates, local senior staff, unionized employees, and contractors.Mensah also said they have a combined workforce of 1000 persons, “70 percent of whom are full time employees, while the remaining 30 percent are contractors.” When quizzed about the recently passed Decent Work Bill, Mensah confidently told journalists that they were following government pronounced wages for employees and contractors.“We would not comment any further on the decent work bill, because discussions on that issue are still in the process,” he reiterated.In reference to the deadly Ebola virus and the company’s operations, Mensah said in 2014, the company maintained its full operations and that its health facility remained operational by providing health care delivery to its employees, and community dwellers within and around its operational areas.In spite of the difficulty, Mensah said SRC has engaged in rebuilding administrative and social infrastructures, which include housing units for the workforce, thereby meeting additional capital needs for them.In his intervention, the President of the Salala Agriculture Workers Union (SAWU), Anthony Moses, commended the management for maintaining cordial working relationship between the union and the management.“The recent signing of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the company and workers’ union witnessed an increment in salaries for employees,” SAWU president disclosed.According to him, the company was also providing rice for each of his members. “They are also providing scholarships, free medication, and other basic services to eight family members of each member of the union,” Moses added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Truck driver shot as gun accidentally goes off

first_imgA 29-year-old security guard attached to the KGM Security Service is now in Police custody after he accidentally shot a truck driver at Land of Canaan, East Bank Demerara (EBD) on Friday evening.Injured is 41-year-old Richard Thomas, who is attached to Jaisingh’s Trucking Services.Based on reports received, the alleged shooter was sitting in the tray of a pick-up truck bearing registration number GTT 4834 belonging to the Barama Company.While in the tray, he had the gun on his lap but as the driver manoeuvred along the roadway, the truck slipped into a pothole thus causing the gun to bounce several times and it accidentally went off.As a result, Thomas was shot to his left ankle and right knee. He was quickly rushed to the Diamond hospital where he was treated and later sent away.The firearm has since been lodged at the Police Station as investigations into the incident are continuing.last_img read more

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Petronas LNG go-ahead seen as a good sign for other West Coast projects: experts

first_imgBut its positive final investment decision hinges on an agreement with the B.C. government passing in the provincial legislature and Ottawa issuing an environmental approval.“What we would hope for is that we could have construction commencing by the fourth quarter of 2015 and move the project forward from there,” said Pacific NorthWest president Michael Culbert.Construction would take around four or five years, meaning first cargoes of LNG would depart from the proposed terminal near Prince Rupert, B.C., around 2019 or 2020.Bill Gwozd, senior vice-president at consulting firm Solomon Associates, agreed the Pacific NorthWest move sends an encouraging signal.Advertisement Culbert and Coleman both said they’re not expecting this year’s federal election to conflict with the environmental review. But the timing of a decision at the cabinet level may be affected. “From an industry point of view, I think it would raise more than a glimmer of hope. It would raise a shining beacon,” he said.There are 19 West Coast LNG projects currently proposed. Gwozd said he expects that ultimately five of them — three big projects and two smaller ones — will be built.He said other Canadian players are likely thinking to themselves: “‘If somebody else is already at the starting line, can we get there too?’”It’s not all smooth sailing, though.Last month, the Lax Kw’alaams First Nation rejected a natural gas benefit offer worth $1.15 billion, citing environmental threats to the salmon-rich Skeena River.Advertisement B.C. Natural Gas Development Minister Rich Coleman said he’s not concerned First Nations opposition will stymie the project.“There’s been a lot of work done with the Lax Kw’alaams since that vote. I think there’s been significant progress and we’ll continue to progress with them,” he told reporters on a conference call.Culbert said Pacific NorthWest is also working to allay the community’s concerns over fish habitat.“I think it’s fair to say we were disappointed from the outcome of the community meetings,” he said.“I think we’ve got a positive dialogue underway at this point in time and we’ll continue that.”Advertisement A tentative green light for a multibillion-dollar liquefied natural gas project in British Columbia sets the stage for other players to follow suit, say energy industry experts.Pacific NorthWest LNG “breaks some ground” for its peers by being the first B.C. LNG player to officially decide to go ahead, said ARC Financial vice-president Jackie Forrest.“I view this as a good thing for the industry as a whole,” she said.- Advertisement -“The first project is often the most difficult one. Just establishing that we can get a project up and running and what it costs and potentially build some of the infrastructure — that will help others.”Pacific NorthWest LNG, led by Malaysia’s Petronas, aims to invest some $36 billion to develop shale gas in northeastern British Columbia, ship it to the coast by pipeline, chill the gas into a liquid state and export it across the Pacific by tanker.The consortium said Thursday it has determined the business case for moving forward is sound.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Valley’s favorite warbler stops in

first_imgSHERMAN OAKS – She’s “McPhine.” She’s “McPheerless.” And now now she’s the official L.A. “McPhavorite” for top “American Idol.” Katharine McPhee, a top-three finalist for America’s favorite talent show, received a hero’s welcome Friday at Notre Dame High School, her alma mater. “It’s getting hotter, hotter, hotter,” screamed Notre Dame Vice President Rob Thomas to a thousand cheering students as the crooning diva crawled from her limo outside. “We’ve got McPheever!” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsWith Fox TV cameras filming a segment for next Tuesday’s “Idol” elimination episode, the 21-year-old Sherman Oaks resident sashayed into the Notre Dame gym for a full-volume victory rally. Katharine McPhee – the heart-faced brunette whose Broadway-like voice beat out 21 amateur a capella singers. Katharine McPhee – the last female contestant whose statuesque frame dazzled millions. Katharine McPhee – the proud Los Angeles actress who refused to wither when Simon said she should go. “Who do I think should go?” said bad Brit Simon Cowell during Wednesday’s show before the stunning departure of rocker Chris Daughtry. “Katharine.” But over and over Friday, the name Katharine McPhee reverberated for an hour through the gym as the Class of 2002 grad and student body vice president was feted for America’s fave. Sousaphones roared. Cheerleaders rocked. And students and teachers young and old yelled “Goooooo, Katharine, make us proud!” And McPhee, alone in the middle of the auditorium, took it like a homecoming queen. “I’m more nervous now than in the show,” she said, preparing to sing “God Bless the Child,” her “Idol” audition winner. “It’s almost toward the end – and I’m going to come full circle.” Her family beamed. And as the former singing toddler waded into the bleachers to high-five teachers and students, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Councilwoman Wendy Greuel appeared for an official city welcome. Friday, they proclaimed, would forever and officially be known as Katharine McPhee Day. “We are so proud,” said Villaraigosa, wielding a 2-foot proclamation during multiple takes for Fox TV highlights. “We’re so excited. … We’re looking forward to hearing you sing your heart out – our star.” “It’s official,” said McPhee. “You make me feel like a winner, no matter what happens.” The former varsity swimmer and Notre Dame thespian then followed the throng outside to greet dozens of children at the Notre Dame gate. “It couldn’t get much better than this,” Katharine’s father, Dan McPhee, told his wife, Peisha, afterward. “She’s my idol,” said Christine Nguyen, 17, of North Hollywood. “I want to be her in every way. I want to be McPheed.” “I always get quivers – the chills – when she sings,” added Jacqueline Hodaly, 17, of Sherman Oaks. “She rocks,” said Nairi Tahmizyan, 9, of Sherman Oaks, who’d waited for the star next to a placard that read, “Katharine McPhee, she’s the Kat’s Meow.” But it was the speechless 8-year-old Britta Good, who had dreamily waited for McPhee to autograph a photo, that defined her idol’s homecoming. In her eyes shone little stars. dana.bartholomew@dailynews.com (818) 713-3730160Want 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

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LETTERKENNY AC NOTES: CHRIS JOHNSTON STRIKES GOLD

first_imgSunday was another memorable day for Letterkenny Athletic Club as the highly talented Chris Johnston stormed to individual gold in the intermediate cross country championships at Gransha Park, Derry. The teak-tough Fionnaula Diver was rewarded for a truly gutsy performance when holding on for third in the intermediate women’s race.Chris, a third level student based in Dublin, made his intentions clear from the gun and was always in control over the 8,000 metre distance. His winning time of 26:42 was nine seconds quicker than runner-up, Kevin Maunsell from Clonmel. Having attacked the race from the start, Chris kept up a strong momentum throughout and his strength and stamina really kicked in over the fourth and final lap.There were good runs in the intermediate race also from Paul McGlinchey (51st in 29:41), Barry Meehan (75th in 31:52), Glen Duncan (88th in 33:08) and Paul McMonagle (96th in 34:24). Fionnuala Diver just missed out on a medal in the Northern Ireland masters cross country championships at Lurgan Park eight days earlier, but the mother of two wasn’t going to be denied a podium finish on this occasion. Having given her all over the 5K distance, Fionnaula kept her composure over the closing metres to hold off Michelle Strumm of Omagh AC Harriers by two seconds – 19:32 to 19:34. The race was won by Dublin’s Maria O’Sullivan in 19:01, with Leona O’Reilly runner-up in 19:26. Fionnuala also led the Donegal team to team bronze – the other counters being Catherine Dooher, Finn Valley (25th in 21:18), Kim McLaughlin, Inishowen (31st in 21:56) and Maeve Culhane (45th in 23:12).One again, it was Ciaran Doherty, winner of this race last year, who headed up the charge of black and amber vests. Having placed second in the Northern Ireland masters cross country championships a week earlier, Ciaran finished eighth in a time of 24:07. The race was won by Peter Matthews in 23:03, with City of Derry’s Declan Reed second (23:10) and David Moorwood third (23:19). Ivan Toner, running in his first masters championships, was second counter for his club (29th in 25:12), with Kevin Ferry (45th in 26:22) and Padraig Friel (83rd in 28:24) the other scorers on the LAC team which placed a credible sixth. Back up was provided by the Paddy Ward, (96th in 29:12), Ciaran O’Donnell (100th in 29:28), Ciaran Coyle (103rd in 29:36), Brian McBride (125th in 31:54), Richard Raymond (129th in 32:19), Hugh Gallagher (131st in 33:08), Noel Lynch (134th in 33:53), Tommy Hill (137th in 34:18) and Cathal Roarty (140th in 35:05). Ciaran Doherty and Ivan Toner were part of the Donegal team which placed second behind Dublin. Other members on the county’s silver medal winning team were John Harkin, Tullamore Harriers (22nd in 24:55), Martin Irwin, Finn Valley (25th in 25:05), Kevin Holian, Finn Valley (26th in 25:04) and Joe McKinney, Inishowen (30th in 25:52).Paddy Ward was also the sixth and final counter in the Donegal over-50s team which won silver medals.In the masters women’s race, Monica McGranaghan and Finn Begley were the club’s two representatives and both had solid runs. Monica posted a time of 18:01 to place 35th, while Finn placed 64th in a time of 19:36. Tullamore’s Pauline Curley made a successful defence of her title to win in 15:13, with Mary Scully of Mullingar second in 15:22 and Mayo’s Collette Tuohy third in 15:39. While injury and illness saw a significant reduction in the number of Letterkenny AC runners who were due to race on Sunday, all those who went to the line deserve great credit for their efforts. The great support from LAC members, and indeed, all Donegal clubs around the course for all races was a huge help to our runners. Well done also to club captain, Aidan McKenna, for organising things so well.Congratulations to Darren McBrearty who was second in the Irish University Indoor Championships in Athlone on Friday. At the same event, Dan King ran a personal best of 1:54 when finishing fourth in the 800 metres.The numbers drawn in the weekly lotto were 1, 12, 20 and 23. Kevin Casey matched three numbers and wins 80 euro. This weekend’s jackpot will 690 euro.The last round of the Lifford AC 5K series takes place this Sunday morning in Lifford, with the race having a 10 o’clock start.Group sessions continue every Tuesday and Thursday night, with runners meeting up at 6.30 pm at the Aura Centre. Members are reminded that membership is now due. LETTERKENNY AC NOTES: CHRIS JOHNSTON STRIKES GOLD was last modified: February 6th, 2013 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:Chris JohnstonLetterkenny AC noteslast_img read more

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GAA NEWS: DUNGLOE/NA ROSSA MINORS SET UP NAOMH CONAILL FINAL

first_imgAn Clochan Liath Club NotesBad aid 4, 9, 11 agus 18 na huimhireacha lotto a tarraingíodh ag deireadh na seachtaine agus bhain Fiona McCaffrey as Sheskinarone, Dungloe póta óir an lotto (€7,200). Beidh €1,000 sa phóta óir don seachtain seo. Bhain na daoine seo leanas €20 an ceann Mary McGee (Hughie), Meenmore, Maria Wallace, Maghery, Marie Bonner, Burtonport, Martina Reilly, Dungloe agus Sarah Catterson, Ballybofey.Bhain Ann Davidson as Meenbanad €150 agus bhain Meave Gillespie as Mullaghduff, Isabelle McLoone as Glenties, Mary Gallagher as Meenbanad, Brid McDevitt as Braade agus Peter McGee as Meenderryhirk €100 ag an bhingo. Great result for our Minors on Sunday last, in a thrilling game in Glenties against Kilcar in the divisional semi final, Dungloe/NaRossa emerged victorious after a period of extra time, the full time score was 1-11 to 1-11 with Danny Rodgers kicking the equalizer with a free from 40 yards out.Dungloe/NaRossa led by one point after the 1st period of extra time, however the 2nd period of extra time the lads dug deep and were worthy winners in the end. The team was Danny Rodgers, Dylan Reilly, Conor McCahill, Brian O’Donnell, Christy Greene, John McDyre, Mark Curran, Mathew Ward, David Sweeney, Caolan Ward, Sean McMonagle, Darragh McGee, Ryan Greene, Adam Neely, Barry Curran, Ryan Connors, Ryan McGonagle, Sean Ward Boyle, Aaron Boyle & Christian Bonner. The final will be against Glenties probably in two weekends time.
Final score was Dungloe / Na Rossa 1-20 Kilcar 2-12. Well done to all the lads at Dungloe Gaa & at NaRossa for a great game’s football. GAA NEWS: DUNGLOE/NA ROSSA MINORS SET UP NAOMH CONAILL FINAL was last modified: November 10th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Dungloe GAA noteslast_img read more

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PRIZE-GIVING FOR CAPTAIN’S DAY AT MURVAGH GOLF CLUB – PICTURE SPECIAL

first_imgPICTURE SPECIAL: A huge crowd attended the Captain’s Day Prize-giving function at Murvagh Golf Club over the weekend.There were some superb prizes handed out to the lucky golfers who played superbly during Captain’s week at the club. Above are a selection of images from the glitzy bash. PRIZE-GIVING FOR CAPTAIN’S DAY AT MURVAGH GOLF CLUB – PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: July 6th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:NoticesSportlast_img read more

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TWO TRIBES GO TO WAR: EUNAN’S AND GAELS PREPARE FOR BATTLE IN GAA STORM

first_imgTWO of Donegal’s well-known GAA clubs are set to go to war over parish boundaries – splitting the organisation as well as families and supporters.Junior club Letterkenny Gaels is trying to split parishes in the Cathedral Town, a move which could force families steeped in the history of rival senior club St Eunan’s to send their children to the Gaels.The bitter dispute goes back more than a decade since the Gaels were founded. A bye-law passed by the county board last November giving the Gaels their way has, so far, not been implemented.But this week the Gaels upped the ante against St Eunan’s when club representative Jim McGlynn called for the law to be brought in immediately.Mediation between the two clubs has failed, mainly because St Eunan’s is angry that the Gaels is in breach of an agreement reached when the junior club was founded when both sides agreed to give players the choice of which club to join in Letterkenny without referral to boundaries.Today a source in St Eunan’s warned the club would take the row all the way to the courts. “This is a non-runner,” said a source.“Under this plan St Eunan’s would draw players from the parish of Conwall and Leck whilst the Gaels would have sole access to players in the parish of Aughaninshin.“We know so many people from the latter parish who are true St Eunan’s people for generations.“The most galling thing about all of this though is that we agreed with the Gaels more than a decade ago that we would never enforce parish boundaries and people would have freedom of choice to choose which club to play for.“We believe this move is agains the spirit of that agreement and we are confident that if this does go to GAA HQ, we will win out.” Many people believe the GAA’s ancient parish boundaries rule is out-dated.Recently a club went to court to prevent a boy from playing for his local club, because he was a few hundreds yards inside a rival parish.We understand St Eunan’s has taken legal advice and held a number of emergency meetings this week.The row is set to split the town. One parent told us today: “My family has been with St Eunan’s for decades, but because of where I now live in the town, this would mean my boys would have to play for Letterkenny Gaels. I’ll never allow that.” * What do you think? Send your comments below:TWO TRIBES GO TO WAR: EUNAN’S AND GAELS PREPARE FOR BATTLE IN GAA STORM was last modified: September 8th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:Letterkenny GaelsSt Eunanslast_img read more

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NDP to address obstacles to growth: Ramaphosa

first_img29 August 2014The recently released framework for implementing the National Development Plan (NDP) will help tackle domestic obstacles to growth in South Africa, drive growth in productive sectors of the economy, and cut down on red tape hampering investment, says Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.Addressing a Reserve Bank leadership conference in Muldersdrift, west of Johannesburg on Thursday, Ramaphosa said the key challenges to economic growth in South Africa were domestic.“The economy barely grew in the second quarter, as mining and manufacturing production fell sharply and growth in other sectors remained modest,” he said, noting that concerns around the reliability of the country’s electricity supply, strikes and poor service delivery had been exacerbated by low skills levels and widespread poverty.The Medium Term Strategic Framework (MTSF), unveiled earlier this month by Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff Radebe, was aimed at tackling such issues, Ramaphosa said.The MTSF will serve as comprehensive framework for implementing the NDP over the next five years, focusing the state’s efforts on a set of manageable programmes while guiding the allocation of resources across all spheres of government.The NDP aims for an economy that grows at no less than 5% a year. With this target in mind, Ramaphosa said, economic transformation and inclusive growth would not result from a single intervention but from a range of mutually supporting initiatives.“We aim to radically transform the South African economy. We seek a qualitatively different economy.”South Africa would continue to pursue a counter-cyclical fiscal policy, saving during good times and spending to stabilise the economy during downturns, he said.At the same time, the government saw a greater role for development finance institutions in supporting investment in agriculture, infrastructure, small business development, black economic empowerment and industrialisation.“Banks will be encouraged to broaden access to financial services to enable people to build up their assets and to help small businesses to emerge and grow,” Ramaphosa said, adding that measures to address poor lending practices and excessive charges would be introduced.The government would continue to strengthen the regulation of the country’s financial institutions in order to ensure that savings were protected and customers treated fairly. It also expected Postbank to play an expanded role in banking services.The Deputy President said the country’s central bank had a critical role to play in supporting the NDP, adding: “A capable Reserve Bank is a crucial part of a capable state.”The central bank’s independence, enabling it to execute monetary policy without fear and favour or regard for political cycles, was a critical aspect of South Africa’s policy architecture, he said.However, independence did not mean that the bank was not accessible or accountable to the people of the country, hence its duty to report to Parliament.The Deputy President paid tribute to the bank and to Governor Gill Marcus, who was present at the conference, for the way in which the bank is run, and for the manner in which the situation at African Bank was recently managed.The regulation of our financial sector is in good hands,” he said.SAnews.gov.za and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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The Beautiful Cinematography Behind the ‘Human Technology’ Process Doc

first_imgGet inspired with a few insights from ‘Human Technology’ cinematographer Mauro Chiarello.There are many unique challenges and advantages to shooting a process documentary over a narrative film. When you approach a process doc you are essentially given an idea that already has a treatment. However, outside of simply showing the process there are many creative choices that you can make to take your doc to the next level.The following film is a great example of such a process doc. Produced by Art+Vibes for the gun manufacturer Beretta, the film ‘Human Technology’ outlines how one of Beretta’s premium guns are created. If you haven’t seen the film already here it is:The cinematography is pretty mind-blowing, don’t you think? The film excels in every aspect of storytelling including color, composition, and pace. After seeing this video I had a few questions for the cinematographer so I reached out to Mauro Chiarello to ask him about how he achieved the fantastic shots.Q&A with Mauro ChiarelloQ: What type of camera/lenses did you use?MC: I shot ‘Human Technology’ using Arri Alexa Plus and Arri Alexa M and lensed with a Cooke S4 Primes set, 2 macros Zeiss (60mm+100mm) and Angienieux Optimo Zoom 24-290mm.Q: Did the video use mostly natural or artificial lighting?MC: I’ve worked with mostly artificial lighting. I shot with natural light for the first part and the very last one: the steel coulee at the furnace, the man walking into the woods, and last 3 shots with the hunter.I did just a few shots mixing natural and artificial lights, all the rest were done with artificial lighting. Even the robot sequences were filmed with artificial lighting. I did light setups and we changed the elements and background, going for a more clean direction.Q: How long did it take you to shoot the entire documentary?MC: 3 days shooting + 3 days for location scouting and tech recce with my crew.Q: Did you run into any unique challenges on-set?MC: A lot of stuff we shot was done in tricky circumstances. The most difficult one was the first day when we start shooting in a blast furnace at a very high temperature for tech equipment and for us too! The place was very dangerous and we had a lot of limits of movement inside. So very difficult to frame it in the proper way. I couldn’t do tech recce for this location before shooting and it’s so frustrating for me when I can’t move free with the camera in a place. Plus we had just one shot for the steel coulee in all its stages! Just once! I mounted the Optimo zoom with remote controls on camera and me and my crew we moved very fast back and forth into the place! We’ve filmed as much as we could, framing as best as we could and sweating more than we could imagine! My camera crew supported me very well.Q: Do you optimize your footage for post-production in any way? (Shooting techniques, color considerations, etc.)MC: Most of the time I’ve already made most of the decisions about color direction, frame rate, lenses and everything else before I start shooting.This means two things: 1st my footage is always optimized for post-production; 2nd there’s not just one way to do it! It really changes every time. Each project has its own specific features, which require their own peculiar treatments.But something I usually like to do when shooting in Alexa, especially with natural or mixed light, is to check color temperature taking the Auto White Balance on a grey card. It’s something that really helps me to make good color decisions on set.Q: Do you have any tips for other filmmakers who may be shooting a process documentary?MC: I usually don’t do process documentary, this was my first one! So my general tip for other filmmakers when shooting is to look first, than to feel it and soon after, do it. Sometimes is not necessary to think too much!If you want to see more of Mauro’s inspiring work check out his website or Vimeo channel.What are your thoughts? Do you have any tips for shooting inspiring process docs? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

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