Filmmaking Advice: Why You Should Consider Shooting in Black and White

first_imgHow do you make your film stand out at festivals? Consider the advice of these filmmakers on why they shot their feature in black and white.All images via Pepper Island Films and DIFF.Almost like a rite of passage, famous filmmakers have found themselves drawn to shooting films in black and white, despite the obvious advancements of color film stock and digital cameras.Woody Allen directed Manhattan, the Coen Brothers did The Man Who Wasn’t There, and Tim Burton made Ed Wood, to name a few. For each, the decision was a blend of aesthetics, convenience, and a love for the format.We caught up with filmmakers Craig Elrod and Nathan Smith (pictured above 6th and 7th from left) behind Mustang Island at the recent world premiere at the Dallas International Film Festival to chat about their film and their decision to digitally shoot black and white.TimelessnessFor Mustang Island, we really wanted to elicit a timeless aspect of the film. The story itself just had an older feel. We were watching a lot of Kaurismäki films and films from the ’30s and ’40s for inspiration and wanted to capture that same timelessness that wasn’t in a naturalistic world – we wanted to cue the audience that they were in a different place, that they were watching a movie that was bigger than life. — Craig ElrodWhen considering black and white for your project, it’s important to understand what the style can convey to your audience. As Elrod points out, Black and white can seem timeless in a way that the audience can contextualize within cinema history — which can be quite powerful if you’re looking to disconnect from the present.CompositionShooting in black and white really forces you to focus on your composition. You can’t just throw a lot of color into the frame to create something flashy. You have to think about your camera placement, lens choice, and what your frame is conveying. — Nathan SmithIn addition to shooting in black and white, director of photography Nathan Smith also shot Mustang Island in an older style with flat backdrops and a camera that seldom moved. Without a heavy reliance on camera motion, the style invites you to take in the full composition in the frame and consider how it fits in with the story.Comedy and DramaWith black and white, it just sets the expectations for what kind of film it will be, which helps for the comedy. The film deals with breakups and sadness, which for a comedic tone, it helps the film preserve a more specific, dialed-in tone. — Craig ElrodSimilar to films like Noah Baumbach’s Frances Ha and Woody Allen’s aforementioned Manhattan, Mustang Island is comedic, but it is a love story at heart. Elrod and Smith’s black-and-white film never lets you forget the underlying themes despite heavy doses of goofy characters, wild antics, and comedic sequences.Matching LocationsWe shot half of our film in Austin, Texas and the other half in Galveston. The color palettes of some of our Austin and Galveston locations were very different, and the black and white proved to be very helpful in terms of matching locations and keeping everything consistent throughout the edit. — Nathan SmithWhen shooting in multiple locations and across different seasons, matching colors and “faking” locations can easily become a large part of production and post-coloring. When shooting black and white, it’s still important to monitor these issues, but, as you can imagine, it makes matching shots to shots easier.Practical LightingIf you’re with a stripped-down crew, which [is how] a lot of film was shot when we had to hit a lot of locations, when we were doing some night exteriors in the cities, it gave us a little more leeway out on location to work with the natural and practical lights and not worry too much about mismatching color temperatures. — Craig ElrodFor many productions, practical lighting can actually be a good (or, at times, the only) option. When shooting in black and white, working with practical lighting becomes a little easier, especially at night. It also helps, as was the case with Mustang Island, to shoot daylight exteriors on a bright beach.Flexibility in PostCapturing in color and then finishing in black and white gave us flexibility in post. Our colorist was able to isolate colors and push them in different directions. Doing this in black and white gave us greater control of skin tones and contrast and the image as a whole. — Nathan SmithInterestingly, Mustang Island‘s crew shot in color with the the plan to finish the film in black and white. While you’ll never catch a “we’ll fix it in post” statement from our featured filmmakers, it is interesting to note just how much color and contrast control you get when grading your color footage down to black and white.Be sure to check out Mustang Island‘s website or Facebook page. For more filmmaker interviews and coverage of DIFF, check out this article.Have you worked on a black and white project? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

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2019-12-12

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Lady Maroons’ Justine Dorog, Marian Buitre join Foton in PSL

first_imgJustine Dorog and Marian Buitre will join a stacked Foton team that has sisters Dindin Santiago-Manabat and Jaja Santiago, Maika Ortiz, and Mina Aganon in its roster.Dorog posted on Twitter that she’ll join the two-time champions while Buitre opted for an Instagram story to announce her decision.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“New team, for me to learn and grow more as a player,” Dorog said in a tweet.Thank you Foton for the super warm welcome. 💙— Justine Dorog (@justinedorog13) May 2, 2019The two were key players to the Lady Maroons’ preseason success when they won the collegiate conferences in both the PSL and the Premier Volleyball League.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIES That success, however, did not translate to the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament when UP failed to enter the Final Four with a 6-8 record for the no.5 spot in the ladder.Dorog finished Season 81 with 101 points while Buitre had 74.ADVERTISEMENT Celtics, Blazers aim to protect home court after road wins Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 2013 PLAY LIST 01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201300:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MANILA, Philippines—A couple of collegiate veterans from University of the Philippines are set to bolster Foton in the Philippine Super Liga All-Filipino Conference.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid View commentslast_img read more

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2019-11-27

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Seanergy Maritime Agrees Multiple Financing Deals in June

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Greek dry bulk shipping company Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. agreed multiple financing deals in June, the company said as part of its financial report for the quarter ended March 31.The company said that it secured a new USD 24.5 million loan agreement to refinance the outstanding indebtedness of M/V Lordship on June 11. The earliest maturity date of the new facility is in June 2023, which can be extended until June 2025 subject to certain conditions.In late June, Seanergy entered into a USD 26.5 million sale and leaseback transaction for the M/V Knightship with a major Chinese leasing institution. Seanergy sold and chartered back the vessel on a bareboat basis for an eight year period, having a purchase obligation at the end of the eighth year. The company has the option to repurchase M/V Knightship at any time following the second anniversary of the bareboat charter party.Both deals were agreed to cover the indebtedness under the previous loan facilities with Northern Shipping Funds dated November 28, 2016.Following these two transactions, the aggregate amount of capital released was around USD 10 million, the company informed.During the second quarter of the year, the company agreed additional relaxation on loan facilities and covenant deferrals.On June 29, Seanergy agreed with Alpha Bank to temporarily waive and defer the application date of the security requirement undertaking until March 2021 and to temporarily amend and relax until June 2019 certain other financial covenants contained in its senior secured loan facilities dated March 6, 2015 and November 4, 2015, respectively, as these have been further amended.Additionally, on May 18, the company agreed proactively with Amsterdam Trade Bank to temporarily amend and relax until June 2019 certain of its financial covenants contained in its senior secured loan facility dated May 24, 2017, as amended and restated on September 25, 2017.In late April, Seanergy agreed proactively with UniCredit Bank to temporarily relax the minimum security cover undertaking until June 2019 and to temporarily amend and relax until June 2019 certain other financial covenants contained in its senior secured loan facility dated September 11, 2015, as this has been further amended.For the first quarter ended March 31, Seanergy Maritime said that its net revenues were at USD 21.3 million, up by 60% compared to USD 13.3 million reported in the first quarter of 2017.The company’s managed to shrink its net loss for the period to USD 3.4 million, as compared to a net loss of USD 6.3 million seen a year earlier.“Having delivered a significant improvement in our performance during what is seasonally the weakest and most volatile part of the year, we are optimistic about the second half of 2018, and we remain confident that the improved day-rate and asset value environment should further benefit the net asset value of our fleet,” Stamatis Tsantanis, Seanergy’s Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, said.last_img read more

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2019-10-23

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Davina McCall Completes Sport Relief Challenge

first_imgAn exhausted but elated Davina McCall crossed the finish line of her BT Sport Relief Challenge: Davina – Beyond Breaking Point at 4.10pm on Friday… having run, swum and cycled over 450 miles from Edinburgh to London in just seven days.The challenge is sponsored by BT, a long-term supporter of Comic Relief challenges since 2009.So far, Davina has raised an incredible £760,026 but it’s not too late for the public to show their support – sponsor Davina at sportrelief.com/davina.Fighting against extreme fatigue, aching limbs and fearsome weather, Davina pushed through the pain barrier to run a marathon on the final day of her challenge. She took her final few strides to a triumphant finish at the Millennium Bridge by Tate Modern and was greeted by crowds of cheering supporters – including her husband Matthew, who put her wedding ring back on her finger as promised.As Davina celebrated completing her epic challenge, she said: “I can’t believe it was me! Thank you to anybody that’s donated, that’s why I did it.“The team that got me here, they just carried me through. And Matt and the doctors and the physios.“My kids – I just hugged them, it was amazing! I’ve just got to stop crying!”“This challenge was for Sport Relief, it was for women and children living really hard lives, not just here but all over the world. It was a really important cause for me to be able to help other women.”Speaking while draped in a Union Flag and after hearing the total raised so far for her incredible challenge, a humble Davina said: “Wearing this is like being an Olympian, but I don’t really feel like I should be allowed to wave the flag around!“Thank you all, it means the world to me. And if you can donate anything it would be even better.”Davina set off on the BT Sport Relief Challenge: Davina – Beyond Breaking Point from Edinburgh Castle on Saturday 8th February, tackling a punishing 130 mile cycle on day one – equivalent to some of the longest stages on the Tour De France. Over the next six days she battled brutal conditions including swimming the life-threateningly cold Lake Windermere, scaling the colossal Scafell Pike on foot in freezing snow, and today finished after seven tortuous days by running a full marathon into London.Davina’s challenge was all about girl power. She was joined by famous female friends along the route, including Claudia Winkleman, Denise Lewis, Jo Brand, Laura Whitmore, Sophie Raworth, Martina Navratilova and Victoria Pendleton, and was spurred along by her ultimate goal of helping projects that work to help women. In many developing countries, simply being born female can mean a lifetime of added dangers and challenges, and money raised from the challenge will be spent to help change the lives of thousands of women and girls in Kenya as well as transform lives in the UK and around the world.BT is today giving £40,000 to support Davina as part of the £350,000 it has committed to raise in support of The BT Sport Relief Challenges: Davina – Beyond Breaking Point.All the ups and downs of Davina’s challenge will be captured for a BBC documentary, to be broadcast in the run up to Sport Relief Weekend, which is taking place from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd March.last_img read more

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2019-10-16

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Scientists suggest staring down seagulls to protect your snacks

first_img 20 Photos Tags Share your voice This seagull tried to snatch my shrimp in Illinois. Amanda Kooser/CNET A pleasant meal beside a scenic body of water can quickly turn into an Alfred Hitchcock movie if you’re not careful. Seagulls are notorious for strolling right up to people and stealing their lunches. But the good news is you might be able to battle this avian crime wave with a simple tool: your eyes.Researchers at the University of Exeter in the UK wanted to know if staring at seagulls might dissuade them from abducting your dinner, so they headed to coastal towns in Cornwall.The team put a bag of chips (that’s fries for us US folks) on the ground and monitored how long it took the gulls to approach the food. “On average, gulls took 21 seconds longer to approach the food with a human staring at them,” the university said in a release on Tuesday.The researchers initially tried to test 74 herring gulls, but most of them weren’t interested in sticking around or stealing food, so only 19 gulls were usable for the study. 1 Comment Watch a leviathan of a shark nibble on a sub’s speargun Oh snap! Weird ocean worms make a racket when they rumble Cool critters “Gulls are often seen as aggressive and willing to take food from humans, so it was interesting to find that most wouldn’t even come near during our tests,” said Madeleine Goumas, lead author of the study Herring gulls respond to human gaze direction, published in the journal Biology Letters.The researchers found that individual gulls behaved very differently from each other. Goumas suggested “a couple of very bold gulls might ruin the reputation of the rest.”The study had a small sample size, so your gull-staring mileage may vary. It’s worth a shot, though. If you want to protect your food and still enjoy your time at the seaside, then it may just be a matter of playing stare down with the local birds. A spider’s erection, and other cool things trapped in amber Sci-Techlast_img read more

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2019-09-10

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RGV says NTR is backstabbed again in AP offers 2 free tickets

first_imgLakshmi’s NTRTwitterRam Gopal Varma aka RGV has alleged that Nara Chandrababu Naidu (CBN) has backstabbed late legendary actor NT Rama Rao once again, by stopping the release of Lakshmi’s NTR in Andhra Pradesh. He is offering 2 free tickets to the latter to watch it.Lakshmi’s NTR is the most-awaited controversial biographical movie based on the last days of former Chief Minister of united Andhra Pradesh, NT Rama Rao. The movie was slated for release on March 22, but it was postponed by a week. However, it landed in trouble after the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) approached the Election Commission and High Court, seeking a ban on its release in the state till the elections are over.Many viewers, who were curious to watch Lakshmi’s NTR, were upset with the TDP’s move, but Ram Gopal Varma had assured them that none can stop its release. However, the HC issued an order on Thursday evening to the director to stall its release till the AP elections are over. Later, RGV took to Twitter to clear the confusion. He said it will hit the screens everywhere except Andhra Pradesh as per its scheduled date.Ram Gopal Varma tweeted, “ANNOUNCEMENT #Lakshmis NTR releasing tmrw on 29th as scheduled all over world and Telangana state except only AP ..We rushing to Supreme Court to appeal against AP court order ..Am calling for press meet tmrw mrng 11 AM at Prasad Lab to talk about all the developments “Lakshmi’s NTR is all about Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu backstabbing his father-in-law NT Rama Rao. Ram Gopal Varma mocked him, by tweeting, “NTR got backstabbed once again by some person in AP by not letting #LakshmIsNTR release,the same way as NTR was not allowed to keep Simhagharjana meeting before his death ..That person surely must be a back stabbing expert ..What say?Ram Gopal Varma went on to offer 2 free ticket to Nara Chandrababu Naidu to watch Lakshmi’s NTR in any theatre in Hyderabad. The director tweeted, “All bookings open now of #LakshmIsNTR ..If @ncbn is in town, since he can’t see it in his own state of A P we offering 2 free tickets in any theatre he wants to see and he can come along with bul bul @BookMyShow”Ram Gopal Varma also revealed to the people of Andhra Pradesh that Lakshmi’s NTR is available for them to watch on Qube facility. The filmmaker tweeted, “Because of sadly no release in AP, All TDP people whoever has Qube facility can watch it on Qube to see the TRUTHS BEHIND THE LIES #LakshmisNTR”last_img read more

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2019-09-05

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Youths body found in Joypurhat

first_imgPolice recovered the severed body of an unidentified youth from near a rail track at Koktara in Panchbibi upazila on Sunday evening.Farid Hossain, officer-in-charge of Panchbibi police station said that locals spotted the body of the youth, aged around 30, beside the rail track around 6:00pm and informed police.On information, police recovered the body.Police suspected that the young man might have been crushed under train.last_img

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2019-09-03

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Two new members join Carnival Cruise Lines Executive Partner Advisory Board

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> MIAMI — Carnival Cruise Line has welcomed two new consortia partners to its 2018 Executive Partner Advisory Board: Ensemble Travel Group and Signature Travel Network.Now comprised of 16 travel executives, the board provides feedback and shares input on various trade initiatives with the line’s senior sales leadership team. It meets annually and provides ongoing feedback throughout the year as needed on decisions impacting trade programs and strategies.Among the 16 members is Vancouver-based Matthew Eichhorst, President of Expedia CruiseShipCenters. Remaining members, all of whom were selected by Carnival’s sales leadership team, include:David Crooks, Sr. Vice President, Product & Operations , World Travel HoldingsMichelle Fee, CEO, Cruise PlannersJackie Friedman, President, NexionAnthony Hamawy, President, Cruise.comEmerson Kirksey Hankamer, President & CEO, Vacations To GoSarah Henshall, Sr. Vice President, Travel & Branch Operations, AAA CarolinasAshley Hunter, Vice President of Sales Development, AvoyaKathryn Mazza-Burney, Executive Vice President, Sales, TRAVELSAVERSKoreen McNutt, Sr. Director Global Cruise, Expedia GroupLibbie Rice, Co-President, Ensemble Travel GroupJohn Rowley, Co-Founder & CEO, International Cruise & Excursions Inc. (ICE)Marcia Rowley, Co-Founder & COO, International Cruise & Excursions Inc. (ICE)Alex Sharpe, President, Signature Travel NetworkDon Walker, Co-Owner, WMPH VacationsRick Zimmerman, President, KHM TravelMore news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youth“We rely on the valuable feedback of these accomplished travel industry leaders and look forward to their ongoing and impactful advice throughout the year,” said Carnival’s Senior Vice President of Sales & Trade Marketing Adolfo Perez. “This group represents a rich diversity of agency model types, which helps us implement strategies that more broadly benefit all agents selling Carnival.” Tags: Carnival Cruise Line, Expedia CruiseShipCenters, People Two new members join Carnival Cruise Line’s Executive Partner Advisory Board Travelweek Group center_img Posted by Wednesday, April 18, 2018 Sharelast_img read more

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2019-08-19

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Toronto News Ivey Students Come to the UN and More

first_img About the AuthorMax PulciniMax Pulcini is a Philadelphia-based writer and reporter. He has an affinity for Philly sports teams, Super Smash Bros. and cured meats and cheeses. Max has written for Philadelphia-based publications such as Spirit News, Philadelphia City Paper, and Billy Penn, as well as national news outlets like The Daily Beast.View more posts by Max Pulcini regions: Toronto Last Updated Feb 22, 2018 by Max PulciniFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail Let’s visit some of the biggest news coming out of Toronto business schools this week.François Neville Unpacks Why Some Minority Groups Won’t Seek Business Loans – DeGroote Communications DepartmentFrançois Neville, Assistant Professor of Strategic Management at the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University, recently investigated whether certain minority entrepreneurs become discouraged when it comes to entrepreneurial activities such as seeking capital. Neville’s has published a study in the Journal of Management Studies breaks down how years of mistreatment have led to many minority business owners not wanting to begin the process of seeking a loan.“There is a fairly established body of research offering compelling evidence that minorities are subject to inequality in the workplace and entrepreneurship, despite numerous policy initiatives to curb this,” Neville told the school.You can read more about Neville and the study here. Ivey Students Participating in UN Conference – News@IveyTwo Ivey Business School students were given the special opportunity to take part in a United Nations (UN) conference earlier this month. Emma Hogeterp, HBA/Huron Global Studies ’19; and Sanket Mehta, MBA ’18 , participating in the 2018 Winter Youth Assembly at the United Nations headquarters in New York City from Feb. 14-16.“The purpose of the conference is to not only discuss ideas, but also how they can be applicable in your country,” said Mehta. “What works in one country might not work in another because every country has a different set of economic indicators, such as life expectancy, income levels, and population.”Ivey Business School students Emma Hogeterp and Sanket Mehta / Photo via ivey.uwo.caLearn more about the Youth Assembly and the Ivey students attending the summit here.Student Trading Competition Celebrates its 15th Anniversary at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management – Rotman Media CentreThe Rotman School of Management is hosting the 15th annual Rotman International Trading Competition (RITC) from February 22 to 24 in the Rotman School’s BMO Financial Group Finance Research and Trading Lab. Teams from 52 different universities spanning the globe will participate in various activities including electronic and outcry trading cases, seminars with industry practitioners, and social events with their fellow competitors.“Given the challenge associated with each competition case, participants build models to apply theory, process information to separate the signal from the noise, quantify uncertainty and manage risks. Teams who combine those skills with good decision making do the best over the weekend.” Prof. Tom McCurdy, the Bonham Chair in Finance and academic director of the lab and the competition, said.You can read more about RITC here.The Differences Between a Full-Time MBA in New York City and Toronto – MetroMBAWe stack up the best of the best when it comes to NYC and Toronto MBA programs, and where each city stands out. Not surprisingly, Toronto MBAs are more affordable, and the cost of living in the city is infinitely more reasonable, but NYC programs have more prestige and potential financial reward.Even for those who do not pay extra for room and board, expenses for U.S. residents studying at many NYC business schools will be higher than their neighbors to the north. According to Numbeo, the cost of living in Toronto is 24 percent less than the cost of living in New York City, and rent is nearly 40 percent less.However, the value of the individual school tends to favor New York City programs over its Toronto counterparts. NYU Stern is currently the 12th overall on the U.S. News & World Report 2018 ranking, with CBS coming even higher at 9th overall. The ranking comparison remains consistent with The Economist as well, with CBS coming in 9th (again), Stern coming in 14th. The highest ranked Canadian program in The Economist ranking—Ivey Business School—came in 59th.Check out the rest of our comparison here.center_img RelatedEarning an MBA in Toronto Without the Full-Time CommitmentDespite the substantial benefits of earning an MBA, for many professionals, the idea of taking an extended detour while they earn their degree may be impractical or even impossible. An accelerated MBA allows motivated students to bring their new knowledge and qualifications to the workforce more quickly. For those Toronto-bound…August 9, 2017In “Accelerated MBA”Finding The Best Toronto Accelerated MBA ProgramsThe Accelerated MBA at the McMaster University DeGroote School of Business can be completed in as little as eight months if pursued on a full-time basis.November 2, 2017In “Featured Home”The Best MBA Clubs in TorontoWhile getting your MBA at a top program is a great goal, if that’s all you do, you’re missing out on a myriad of opportunities to expand your skills and your network. Course work is important, but there’s so much more you need to do to get the most out…March 14, 2016In “Featured Region” Toronto News: Ivey Students Come to the UN, and Morelast_img read more

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2019-07-28

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