‘Vegan agenda’ and cuts adding to doomed outlook for beef farmers

first_imgThe Chair of the Irish Cattle & Sheep Farmers’ Association in Donegal has issued a blunt warning to beef farmers who are facing a ‘doomed industry’.Price cuts, financial difficulties, veganism and global warming fears have all contributed to the crisis in Irish beef production, according to Malcolm Thompson, Chair of the Donegal ICSA.The Tirconaill Tribune reports that Mr Thompson is warning producers this winter to ‘get out before you lose your shirt because this industry is doomed.’ His warning for a drastic cut in numbers is based on the 33.5% increase in dairy cows in the county since 2010 and he says it is now a fact these numbers cannot be sustained as a profit-making model. In the past eight months alone it is estimated that factory prices for bullocks and heifers have fallen by €140 a head which has totally wrecked the income margins in the beef industry. Mr. Thompson said that with the industry facing a population of 1.5 million bull calves including 750,000 in the dairy sector, farmers fear that falling prices will cripple the industry and add to the debt mountain in the industry.Here in Donegal there are 20,568 dairy cows: up from 15,412 in 2010. Meanwhile the suckler cow numbers are 38,607 on 3,724 farm units. There are currently over 7.2 million cattle in Ireland and farm sources say these figures are not sustainable, even in the short term.  Mr. Thompson said that last year the worst of the dairy bull calves sold for as little as €5-10/ a head. With more calves likely to be on offer in early spring he believes that further cuts are inevitable.He also says the new fears about global warming are adding to the decline in beef consumption and the vegan agenda and the agenda of groups like ‘Extinction Rebellion’ have set an agenda that is ‘outrageous and dangerous’.Mr. Thompson says: “The bar has been set far too high for our level of emissions given our very small footprint on the planet. And government measures like carbon taxes are counterproductive to the situation because that is not the way to tackle the problem.“Why should the consumer be saddled with saving the planet when the polluters are causing the problems?“None of this agenda makes any sense, but then again someone has to pay the bureaucrats in  “Brussels that are dreaming up these plans and I do have real fears about where the EU is going as a real  project of positive progress.“Donegal farmers must take account of their losses because they have a heavy metal disease with far too much expensive machinery in their yards and not being used.”He said it no longer possible for any beef farmer to make a living and he believes that less than 2% of those involved are clearing their bank debts even when all EU subsidies are included.Mr Thompson continued: “At the same time the decline in farming is leading to rural depopulation and that is not good for the countryside. We need a new energy and a new way of finding new enterprises that will earn money. We must look at the organic route where the farmer controls their own destiny; cheese making, niche markets for produce and growing silage for the dairymen are a few of the alternative methods that should be considered.” He said that alternatives have to be found to save the sector: “There is no way that we can make money at €3.50 a kilogram and things are going to downhill because we have far too many beef cattle.“Perhaps the EU should be subsidising these farmers over a five year period to half their cattle stock. Perhaps the starting point could be a payment of €400 per cow being reduced from the herd.“At the same time the subsidy could be used for farmers to focus their skills on other ways of earning a living. “‘Vegan agenda’ and cuts adding to doomed outlook for beef farmers was last modified: October 31st, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:beef farmersIrish Cattle & Sheep Farmers’ Associationlast_img read more

Groves withdraws from world title fight

first_imgGeorge Groves has pulled out of his world title fight against WBO super-middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz because of an injury.The 24-year-old from Hammersmith was due to challenge Stieglitz in Germany next month but the bout has been called off. It is hoped it can be rescheduled for later this year.Groves, the British and Commonwealth champion, recently withdrew from a planned rematch with Scotland’s Kenny Anderson because of a back problem. Details of his latest injury have not been released.In a statement, Groves said: “We tried to work through it, but soon realised I wouldn’t be able to perform the training needed to prepare for this fight. I hope this problem will be quickly sorted and cause only a short delay.“I am truly sorry to everyone who will be affected by this. This is without doubt the toughest decision I have ever had to make, and I am gutted, but nothing worth having is given away.“It has only made me more determined to achieve my goal of becoming world champion.”See also:Groves to fight for world titleGroves bout off but world title fight loomsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Chelsea fans on Twitter hail Fabregas

first_imgMany Chelsea fans on Twitter reacted to Cesc Fabregas’ display at Leicester by insisting the Spaniard simply must start Saturday’s derby against his former club Arsenal.Fabregas scored twice at the King Power Stadium as Chelsea came back from 2-0 down to win 4-2 and take their place in the fourth round of the EFL Cup.And many Blues desperate are desperate to see him retain his place in the starting line-up.Really hoping for Conte to start Fabregas on the weekend against Arsenal. With 2 beautiful goals and an assist, Cesc proved his worth. #CFC— ➑ Siyadha Salim ➑ (@Siyadha) September 20, 2016Fill in the blank: If Cesc Fabregas does not start against Arsenal, I will __________. (please keep it legal and kinda clean) #CFC #KTBFFH— The Pride of London (@PrideOLondon) September 20, 2016Arsenal you’re next. Fabregas is coming to Emirates #cfc— Chelsea Alerts (@ChelseaAlerts) September 20, 2016A Kante, Oscar, Fabregas would be the best against Arsenal on Saturday. Pairing Matic & Fabregas won’t do us any good. #CFC— iRoy (@Info_0311) September 20, 2016Hopefully Terry is back. Drop Ivan & Cahill. Fabregas has to start and tbh I think Moses did enough to warrant a start against Arsenal. #CFC— FXRCE MXJEURÉ (@FxrceMxjeure) September 20, 2016If Cesc Fabregas doesn’t start against Arsenal, I’m gonna hove a one man riot! #cfc— Webbie mulla (@WebbieMulla) September 20, 2016Fabregas is an absolute phenomenal player. I hope Conte plays him upfront against Arsenal this weekend! S/o to the Blues on the win 🙏🏾 #CFC— kirsstt (@kirstcalvert) September 20, 2016Cesc has done it! Benching Fabrègas in the next match against Arsenal will be an absolute crime. Watch out Conte. #CFC— Ali Zaid (@AliiZaid) September 20, 2016Victor Moses was brilliant tonight, Fabregas has to start against arsenal on Saturday without a doubt #CFC #KTBFFH— Jack Mortlock (@MortlockJack) September 20, 2016Surely fabregas and Moses have to start against arsenal!!! #CFC— Starks! (@STARKS_6) September 20, 2016If Fabregas is not starting against Arsenal then there is something seriously wrong #cfc #chelsea— Chloe Pearce (@TheBlueLioness) September 20, 2016If conte doesn’t start fabregas vs Arsenal 😡😡 #cfc— Chelseafc News (@Contemaniac) September 20, 2016If Fabregas doesn’t start against Arsenal, I don’t know what else he has to do. #cfc— Mintesnot Tenkir (@Mintemim) September 20, 2016Fabregas must start against Arsenal #cfc— Mike (@MiKe_dRiiZzY) September 20, 2016A petition needs to start for Fabregas to start against arsenal #cfc— SHAMS (@StayDench17) September 20, 2016What a night for fabregas love that man he has to start against arsenal showed great passion in his celebration #CFC #LeiChe #EFLCup— Harry (@Cesced4) September 20, 2016 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Sharks, Hurricanes share a trait that’s rare in NHL: fun

first_imgRALEIGH, N.C. — A shaved beard, a Wookie defenseman and a race to the glass. Together, the Sharks and the Carolina Hurricanes are breaking the NHL free of its chains.They call the NFL the “No Fun League”. The nickname could just as easily describe the NHL. For years, the NHL snuffed out the personality of its players, elevating the concept of team over individuals. It’s an idea that’s dripping with virtue, but too often produces cardboard characters and canned answers. Boring stuff for fans.Bu …last_img read more

Can Raiders really all be on the same page regarding rebuild?

first_img(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery or video on your mobile device.)OAKLAND — Jon Gruden has admitted it matter-of-factly on numerous occasions: These Raiders are nowhere near contenders.Gruden sold all those veterans he signed this offseason on the notion his team could win now while they still had something left in the tank. Jordy Nelson, Rashaan Melvin, Tahir Whitehead, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Doug Martin, Frostee Rucker. Now? If any of those guys had options …last_img read more

World celebrates Mandela Day

first_imgThe Mandela Day campaign is urgingindividuals to contribute to a making apositive difference in the world.(Image: Mandela Day) Considered South Africa’s first citizen,former president Nelson Mandela willcelebrate his 91st birthday on 18 July.(Image: 46664)Khanyi MagubanePreparations around the world are well underway for the celebration of former president Nelson Mandela’s 91st birthday on 18 July, now known as Mandela Day.Mandela Day has been created as an annual celebration of Mandela’s life and is also a global call for people to realise and tap into the power they have to make a positive change in their communities and the world at large.“We are humbled by the call for an annual Mandela Day in our honour,” said Mandela in a recorded video message. “Our struggle for freedom and justice was a collective effort. Mandela Day is no different, it is in your hands to create a better world for all who live in it.”Madiba, as he is fondly known, will be honoured at a prestigious gala dinner in New York to be hosted by former US president Bill Clinton.On 15 July Clinton, along with high profile musicians, actors, businessmen and socialites, will host the dinner at the Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal in New York, three days before Mandela Day.A-list celebrities expected to make an appearance are Oscar award-winning actor Forest Whitaker and his wife, legendary entertainer Harry Belafonte, as well as musician Beyonce and her rapper husband Jay Z.Although the elderly statesman will not be attending the event himself, his wife, Graça Machel will be attending the event, along with some of Mandela’s family members.Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman will deliver a special birthday tribute to Mandela at the event, in addition to performances by Jonathan Butler and the Grammy-award winning Soweto Gospel Choir.UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown will wish Mandela happy birthday via a pre-recorded video message.BuaNews, the South African government communication’s news service quotes Brown speaking about the importance of celebrating Madiba’s life, “Mandela Day is an important opportunity to honour Nelson Mandela and to honour his historic and memorable achievements.“It is a day dedicated to the idea that every individual has the power to change the world for the better … so as we celebrate the first Mandela Day, let us build a legacy worthy of bearing his name,” Brown said.An exclusive auction by the famous auction house Christie’s will round up the evening.All the money raised during the auction will be distributed to various projects of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, which promoted the preservation of Mandela’s legacy, as well as the 46664 Hiv/Aids campaign.46664 was Mandela’s prison number on Robben Island, where he was incarcerated in 1964. The number is derived from him being prisoner 466 at the time, imprisoned in 1964.The campaign was established in 2002, as a means of drawing attention to the plight of those infected and affected by Hiv/Aids.To date, the 46664 campaign has hosted concerts around the world in a bid to raise funds and awareness of the impact of the scourge of Hiv/Aids in Africa.Singing for MandelaA music festival in celebration of Mandela Day will take place at Radio City in New York, featuring South African and international stars on the line-up.Initially billed to take place at Madison Square Garden, the event was moved to its new venue to accommodate the expected large number of music lovers.Hosted by comedian and actress Whoopi Goldberg, the stellar line-up will include US musicians Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Wycleaf Jean, Cyndi Lauper and Will.i.am of the pop group the Black Eyed Peas.From South Africa, the renowned Yvonne Chaka Chaka will perform alongside Thandiswa Mazwai, Emmanuel Jal, Freshlyground, Loyiso, Vusi Mahlasela and contemporary singer Chris Chameleon.“We are so grateful to Madison Square Garden for making their iconic Radio City Music Hall available to us,” said Tim Massey International Director of 46664 in a statement.“We can think of no better home for the launch of Mandela Day than the venue that has a long history of hosting events that give back to the community.”In a rare appearance, France’s first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy will be perfoming at the concert, as well as Italy’s Zucchero, who is also a 46664 ambassador artist.Not to be outdone, South Africa will also be hosting its national Mandela Day concert at the Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown, Johannesburg.Celebrations will take place with the theme, Working together for the common good of our nation.Audiences will be enthralled by performances from R J Benjamin, Kwaito (black township pop music) singers Chommie and Arthur, Nhlanhla Nciza.Afro-soul singers ZamaJobe, Kwela Tebza will join jazz musician Kunle Ayo, Jonas Gwangwa on stage.Traditional Venda dancers Taliphani will also give the event a traditional African flavour on the day.67 minutes of goodwillThe former South African president has been involved in human right activism for the past 67 years of his life.To celebrate this milestone, South Africans have been asked by the organisers of Mandela Day, to donate 67 minutes of their time on Madiba’s birthday to be actively involved in a community based project on the day.Speaking of the 67 minutes campaign, Mandela said in a recorded message, “It is our hope that people will dedicate their time and effort to improve the conditions within their own communities. We thank you for participating in Mandela Day.”Activities across South Africa’s nine provinces will include screenings of Mandela documentaries, lectures, boxing tournaments – Mandela was an avid boxer in his youth – community clean ups and blood donation drives.The Nelson Mandela Foundation will mark the day by hosting a xenophobia dialogue through its Centre of Memory and Dialogue.South African president Jacob Zuma has also put his weight behind the campaign.“We can best honour our icon, Madiba, through attempting in our own small ways to do what he would be proud of. Nothing would please him more than to see all South Africans, black and white, active in the service of humanity,” said Zuma, in a statement released by the presidency.The president will be marking Mandela Day by visiting Madiba earlier in the day to personally wish him happy birthday.Zuma will then proceed to Ivory Park, a poor community north of Johannesburg, to spend the day with the elderly at a special community outreach party.Food hampers and other gifts will be handed out to the special guests at the event to be graced by both community leaders and government officials.Related articlesFootball star begs Mandela award Mandela’s legacy Mandela: a remarkable 90 years Lennox sings for Hiv/Aids Useful linksMandela DayNelson Mandela Foundation Nelson Mandela Children’s FundMandela Rhodes Foundation46664 The South African Presidencylast_img read more

Brand South Africa statement on the passing of former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan

first_imgJohannesburg, Sunday 19 August 2018 – This weekend, the world woke up to the sad news on the passing of the first African Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) Kofi Annan. News headlines report that the 80-year-old advocate for the African continent, and seventh Secretary-General who rose through the ranks of the UN, suffered with a short illness before he died. The Ghanaian diplomat, and one of the United Nations’ most high-profile and well-respected former Secretary-Generals was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize along with the UN “for their work for a better organised and more peaceful world”. Annan served as the UN Secretary-General from January 1997 to December 2006 – and put development, human rights, the rule of law, good governance and peace at the top of the UNs agenda.Commenting on the passing of Kofi Annan, Brand South Africa’s Chief Marketing Officer Mrs Linda Magapatona-Sangaret said: “2018 marks the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela – it is a year which has provided an opportunity for people around the world to reflect on his exceptional leadership. Kofi Annan too was such a great leader, and leaves behind a similar legacy as he dedicated his years in service of human development and peace. The world has lost yet another magnanimous and selfless model leader.” Annan who delivered the 5thh Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture on 22 July 2007 which focused on the progress of Africa, also served as the Chair of the The Elders – an international non-governmental organisation of public figures noted as elder statesmen, peace activists, and human rights advocates, who were brought together by Nelson Mandela in 2007. The goal Nelson Mandela set for the Elders was to use their “almost 1,000 years of joint experience” to work on solutions for seemingly insurmountable problems such as climate change, HIV/AIDS, and poverty, as well as to “use their political independence to help resolve some of the world’s most intractable conflicts. Kofi Annan was a member of The Elders since its founding in 2007, succeeding Desmond Tutu as Chair in May 2013. Between February and August 2012 Kofi Annan temporarily recused himself as a member of The Elders during his UN and Arab League assignment as Joint Special Envoy on the Syrian crisis. Kofi Annan’s first engagement with The Elders came in November 2008 when, together with Jimmy Carter and Graça Machel, he drew the world’s attention on the humanitarian crisis affecting Zimbabwe.last_img read more

BotClouds: How Botnets Now Offer Crime-As-A-Service

first_imgGrowing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Botnets, networks of compromised end-user computers and servers, are hugely sophisticated engines of computation and messaging these days – just like cloud computing. Botnet creators can now sell their criminal and fraudster clientele capabilities to do a variety of tasks, from trying to crack into banks to creating fake grassroots political campaigns.Bots Grow Up, Get MeanerThe use of botnets for straightforward criminal activity is nothing new, of course. By marshaling the resources of hundreds of thousands of infected computers at any given time, botnet controllers can use sheer brute force to bring down relatively unprotected websites just be directing thousands of traffic requests per second. Or they can use such an event to mask a more surreptitious attack into a bank’s online data.But botnets have become increasingly sophisticated in recent years. No longer just single-purpose, point-and-shoot networks of zombied computers, botnets now have the ability to change their network’s primary functionality and deliver shadow-cloud services to anyone who can pay, according to Shuman Ghosemajumder, once Google’s click fraud czar and now VP of Strategy at startup Shape Security.Zeus is one such botnet, Ghosemajumder explained. There isn’t one single Zeus botnet, per se, but rather a very useful botnet kit for which hackers can purchase the binaries for as little as $700. The Zeus botnet that made the headlines this summer when Microsoft took down two Zeus botnet servers was only one implementation of the Zeus botnet tools in action. That one network alone was estimated to have 13 million zombied computers and was responsible for making off with $100 million – mostly by spoofing legitimate banking sites and making off with the victim’s funds when their valid login and password information was logged.But Zeus is not just about stealing financial data. The software belongs to a new class of botnet software that goes beyond the special-purpose botnets and even the general malware-delivery botnets we’ve seen in the past. Zeus botnets can be adapted and retooled to meet specific client needs, effectively rendering the captured botnet machines into the very real equivalent of a cloud computing network. Botnets To BotCloudsWith geographically diverse nodes spread all over the planet and controlled by a fairly well-hidden network of command and control servers, one could argue that the botnets are even more resilient and “cloudy” than legitimate cloud networks, which still tend to be localized in key spots on the Internet.Making the problem worse, Ghosemajumder added, is that criminals and spammers are no longer limited by their own technical expertise (or lack thereof) to implement their schemes. A whole new marketplace of Botnets-as-a-Service (BaaS) providers are cropping up, selling either the direct capabilities of the botnet to perform whatever the client needs, or selling the gains of botnet-gathered data to the highest bidder or through resellers. Think of it as Crime-as-a-Service.Moving Beyond Smash-And-GrabThis data doesn’t have to be high-value credit card and banking information, either. Taking advantage of the fact that botnets, by their very nature, have multiple IP addresses within the network, zombied computers can be directed to sign up for fake social media accounts without much risk of detection. Those accounts can then be sold in bulk to resellers, creating a vast gray market that injects lot of money into the botnet owners’ pockets.Search for “buy Facebook accounts” and you will quickly find the resellers of this kind of botnet-created data. Outfits like Buy Accounts Now and DataEntry Assistant may not be running the actual botnets that generate the fake Gmail, Hotmail, Facebook or Twitter accounts they are selling, but observers often charge that companies like this are reselling data that originally came from one of these botnets. For just $99, you can buy 1,000 Twitter accounts from DataEntry, with $250 getting you the same number of Facebook accounts. Need phone-verified Facebook accounts with multiple photos preloaded? That’ll cost you a lot more: $599 for 250 of those high-end babies. The phone-verified accounts cost more because they are more complicated to set up. You have to associate a real working number with each account.Harming Already Precarious Business ModelsThis is a serious problem for social networks, because the presence of so many fake accounts can be as economically disruptive as spam in the inbox. Facebook released data in August that highlighted the known presence of 83 million fake accounts, 8.7% of its reported 955 million accounts at the time. Facebook started purging as many of these accounts as it could in September, but the damage was done, as advertisers began questioning payments to Facebook for ad clicks that could have very well been generated by false accounts.The ripple effect of these fake accounts is still spreading. Those changes Facebook made in September to cut down on fake account- and user-generated spam also enacted changes in brand outreach policies that have seriously angered big-time customers like Mark Cuban, who are now looking to take their Facebook business elsewhere.Eroding User TrustEnd users of these social media services are also getting hurt by these fake accounts, directly or otherwise. Every week there’s a new Twitter campaign from fake accounts trying to phish users into signing up to see or get something that will actually hijack that user’s account.Astroturfing, the practice of creating a grassroots campaign by flooding a social media channel or feedback sections on a website with seemingly legitimate comments, has gotten a big boost from these automated botnet-created accounts. The New York Times related this week the tale of a Washington State fight over a gay marriage referendum using apparent fake account to create a false sense of popularity.“A group supportive of gay marriage pointed to the Facebook page of its rival, Preserve Marriage Washington, which collected thousands of ‘likes’ in a few short spurts. During those peaks, the pro-gay marriage group [Washington United for Marriage] said, the preponderance of the ‘likes’ came from far-flung cities like Bangkok and Vilnius, Lithuania, whose residents would seem to have little reason to care about a state referendum in Washington. The ‘likes’ then fell as suddenly as they had risen,” the Times reported.Similar accusations of astroturfing and false popularity have been leveled in many political campaigns this year.Social media manipulation is just one aspect of what these botnets-as-a-service can do. By delivering the resources of cloud computing into the hands of criminals and those who seek to defraud and manipulate, botnets will be a serious challenge for security organizations in the months ahead.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Why You Love Online Quizzes Related Posts center_img How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Tags:#security brian proffittlast_img read more

Is the Canon C700 the Best Camera You’re Not Using?

first_imgThe Canon C700 offers beautifully crisp and cinematic imagery, but is it ideal for your project?Cover image via Canon.Like most of us, I was confused when the Canon C700 came out. I wasn’t sure where it fit in the ecosystem with all the other camera options on the market. It’s taken some time, but the Canon C700 has begun to find its own niche. After this camera made its way into the hands of cinematographers, it produced surprisingly captivating results.Image QualityRecently, Canon released a short film shot on the C700 called “The Calling,” filmed entirely on the new camera system with Canon Cine Primes and Canon Cine zooms. The scenarios they “tested” this camera in really showcased the dynamic range and image quality of the camera. As a C300 Mark II shooter, I instantly noticed how much less noise was present in the shadows versus the C300 Mark II in 4K. The camera showcased excellent dynamic range that I was immediately impressed with. The highlights retained a surprising amount of information and the shadows were crisp and clean.Although the image is strikingly beautiful, it looks more digital than its competitors (RED, ARRI). However, as you can see in this short, the C700 still makes a great camera for narrative projects. Ultimately, I see it excelling in corporate and high-end documentary pieces. Check out this beautiful corporate film shot with the C700.UsabilityThe Canon C700 is reminiscent of the ARRI Alexa, and it’s AC friendly, with the ability to adjust camera setting such as exposure or frame rates with a simple flip of a switch or turn of a knob. This is an improvement over the C300 Mark II, for which switching these features is a few levels deep in the camera’s menu or adjustable only via a small button on the side of the camera.The crew behind “The Calling” spoke in depth about the the usability of the camera system and how it benefited their workflow and the production.ConclusionAfter spending some time on the market, the C700 has proven itself a viable contender. The beautiful images this camera is capable of really proves that it’s an outstanding camera in its category of high-end cinema cameras. However, I only see this camera being used in some niche scenarios and applications where it makes sense. I don’t see this as a camera that can work on every single production. That’s why I think it will work best as a rental and not a purchase option.Had this camera come out three years ago, it would have made an excellent purchase option for many owner-operators because it fit the needs of the time. However, now there are simply too many viable competitors in the space for creating a clean, crisp, and cinematic image.Have you used the Canon C700 before? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

Interview: 7 Filmmaking Tips for Creating Retro ’80s Action

first_imgMeet the very talented filmmaker trying to recreate retro ’80s action in the ambitious and fun new project Commando Ninja.All images via Benjamin Combes.Benjamin Combes is not the first man to try to make a classic action movie. Many have tried (most notably, during the 1980s and ’90s when the genre was a hot box office draw). We’ve also seen other retro synthwave projects like Kung Fury. However, Combes’s own project, Commando Ninja, has been in the works for a while and is now coming to light.Combes, who has worked in film and video for several years as a director in Montpellier, France, has honed his chops producing trailers and projects in the video game industry for brands like Assassin’s Creed, Tom Clancy, and Mario. We chatted with Combes about his newest project and what advice he has for anyone looking to create retro ’80s action.1. Shoot Like They Did in the ’80sTo start this project, I went back and re-watched every ’80s action movie I could remember. What stood out was that the action was always very clear and you could always understand what was happening on-screen. Stunt work and choreography was key as the camera was almost always stable on a tripod with minimal dolly movements.First off, when diving into an homage project, it’s highly important that you do your research. When looking through source materials, Combes developed a game plan based on what his filmmaking predecessors had to work with. Camera moves in that era were an unnecessary luxury, as the filmmakers would rather let the stunts provide the entertainment.2. Use Real Locations (not Green Screens)Like I said above, our goal on this project was to shoot a movie as it could have been done in the 1980s. Green screen keying is a great way to digitally extend locations, but I really don’t like the idea of actors playing ‘make believe’ in a studio. I found that the actors were really more enthusiastic being on location and actually getting to roam around in riverbeds than safe in studio.As Combes points out, green screen technology is truly a powerful tool for filmmaking projects both big and small. Kung Fury, for example, made heavy use of green screens and CGI to create a digital world. However, each project needs to find its own authenticity, and Combes’s dedication to ’80s technology rules comes through true to form.3. Work with Era-Specific SFX on SetFor me, real squibs is a huge detail that always stood out to me from the classic ’80s movies. We were able to hire some professional stuntmen who could handle things like squibs, grenade explosions, and swordfights. We also made an effort to use awful-looking dummies and fake body parts as they would in the ’80s for any stunts where people are exploded or thrown from balconies. Likewise, real locations [and] practical SFX were also the best part of the shooting days, and actors loved that. I remember actor Philippe Allier was particularly excited to be chased by a full-scale velociraptor.On small-budget productions (Commando Ninja was principally shot with less than $5,000 — its Kickstarter is trying to raise the rest of the necessary funds), working with real SFX can get expensive quickly. However, because Combes and his team embraced the cheesier aspects of ’80s action, they could sacrifice verisimilitude for safety — which is always important for explosive shoots.4. Get that Film LookIf you want to look like an ’80s movie, the film look is maybe the most important thing. We shot digital on a Panasonic GH4, so we tried to set everything we could to match film quality. Of course that means thinking about lighting, depth of field, focal length, focus, and shooting at 24fps [with] shutter speed [at] 1/48 to get the right motion blur.As you can see in the picture of their color grade, Combes used the GH4’s “Native Cinelike D” before trying to match color grades by taking shot-for-shot references from some of his favorite ’80s classics. Then the filmmakers added grain and dust overlays and created some organic pops and scratches to create a unique blend for the end result.Here are some great grain overlays from Rocketstock to consider for your ’80s projects.5. Attention to Detail with Props, Costumes, Haircuts, etc.I think details in movies are really important. I love making costumes, and I’m kind of a gun freak, so we paid attention to use only ’80s props, costumes, weapons, haircuts, and vehicles. I spent a lot of time on eBay and in vintage clothing shops to find the pieces for the costumes, contacted a lot of old vehicle owners, and verified if props were from the [right] era.Some folks can just be sticklers for the details. In Combes’s case, that meant caring about every little thing — from the shoes on his actors’ feet to their standard army haircuts to every detail of their props and costumes. If you’re trying to recreate a world gone by, you have to truly inhabit it.6. Embrace Humor in Your Action’80s action movies were violent, sexy, and (most of all) fun! Commando, Lethal Weapon, Die Hard, and RoboCop were all ’80s blockbusters that embraced a sense of humor. It’s a great way to defuse all the violence you sometimes witness with funny punchlines and tongue-in-cheek dialogue to help detach and enjoy all the blood and gore.Let’s face it: any retro ’80s action movie made today is going to get a few laughs. Combes, like those before him, has embraced the humor in the action by calling attention to over-the-top elements and tropes. It’s no coincidence either, as Combes points out (after reading Arnold Schwarzenegger’s biography Total Recall) that comedy writers were often brought in to punch up one-liners.7. ’80s Era Lighting SetupsWhen you think of the ’80s, you think of neons and pastel colors like pink. Action movies from the ’80s were no different, and we worked hard to bring retro lighting setups to life. Of course, we didn’t want to abuse it, but we tried to bring back some nostalgia with colored gels for dark and night scenes and bright neons when we could.Today, it seems the trend in cinematic lighting is a heavy mix of orange and blue — and finding creative ways to use darkness and shadows. In the ’80s, shadows were big, but bright colors and neons were also popular. Combes admits that he was very lucky to work with a retro-style photographer for lighting setups and gel choices to get a look that was both ’80s and practical.For more info on Commando Ninja check out their Kickstarter here. For more retro filmmaking tips and tricks, check out these resources.Give Your Project a Retro-Creepy Vibe With 80s Synth MusicUse Film Grain Overlays to Add a Cinematic Look to Your Footage329 Free Action Elements for Video EditorsDetonate: 40 FREE Explosion SFX and VFX ElementsHow To Create Action Titles With Glitch Effects + Free Glitch Elementslast_img read more