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Jeffrey Pravato

First Time Lucky: New Entrants In Emmy Nominations

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onstage at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

Emmy awards are huge in television circuit. Every year the nominations certainly receive a lot of attention. Well, this year’s nominations have raised a different question altogether. There are many first time actors that have been nominated in leading categories. This indicates the huge change that has happened in the television viewing circuit. TV series have become more sophisticated and roles defined for the actors have been better.

The actors are getting more recognized and are given credit for their works by the audience. All it takes is one role in getting the viewers talking and it could be any. Rami Malek has been in the television circuit for ages. He has done so many shows. But his role as Elliot Alderson in the TV series Mr. Robot as earned him an Emmy nomination.

The TV bug has not left out some of the big movie stars in the Hollywood. Cuba Gooding Jr., an academy winning actor has recently starred in the miniseries which is a part of FX’s anthology series, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. His fantastic performance has earned him an Emmy nod. Gooding now says that he has unlocked a world of opportunities in the television world which was not available to him earlier.

If some of these first time nominees could win, it will be a huge confidence boost to others who are trying to be part of the television industries.

Jeffrey Pravato

How Micro-Budget Horror Movies Reap Large Box Office Collections?

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abcdeathposter600Horror as a genre has always done well. People love to feel vulnerable and scared for the ninety minutes they spend at the movies. Films that are made with less money are on the run for large box office collection records. For example, “Don’t Breathe” cost only $ 10 million to make. But they have a huge impact.

One of the advantages of making a horror movie is their low budget requirements. This is because, to scare someone, there is no need to go to the exotic location. Horror has to be real. The only place where people feel vulnerable and scared is inside their own house. More so, inside their own bedroom. Due to this, it is easier to estimate what is required and follow the story to make things happen.

For example, Paranormal Activity one of the most recognized horror franchise was made on a shoestring budget of $ 15,000. Unbelievable right? The budget for each movie depends on factors such as the number of characters in the story, where the entire story happens and the amount of special effects and stunts that are required. You can choose to spend more on of these and reduce the amount on the other ones.

If you focus from the beginning it can lead to some interesting changes. Having a low budget also pushes directors to make some unusual choices that can work best for these movies. Making a horror movie also does not require a famous movie star but an average joe who gets scared and feels helpless. Therefore, horror as a genre does not require large investments to keep the movie going when compared to other genres such as romantic comedy or action.

These low budget scenario is slowly taking over large production houses as well. They are also beginning to incorporate this into their style of making movies which might affect the small production houses that make these horror movies usually.

The future for horror movies certainly looks good. There is certainly going to be a lot that will scare us in these movies.

Jeffrey Pravato

Are You Ready For New Music This Season?

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banner-band1Music is the only thing that probably communicates with people barring all language barriers. Mason Bates has added life to Steve Jobs in the movie “The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs” and Missy Mazzoli has given the movie “Breaking The Waves” an opera treatment. Apart from the movie, one of the aspects that intrigue us is the music. What kind of music do we have in store for this season? Let’s figure out!

The New York Philharmonic orchestra has some new music in the store. Clarinetist Kari Kriiikku plays the Kaija Saariaho’s D’OM LE VRAI SENS for the first time in New York. The orchestral piece has been written by Wynton Marsalis and HK Gruber’s new Piano Concerto is also coming up. Apart from this, the Fourth Violin Concerto by Lera Auerbach is also scheduled.

The 25th anniversary of the music director David Alan Miller of the Albany symphony is scheduled and there is going to be three world premieres of this. A new orchestral work by the composer Conor Brown from Colorado is happening.

Starting his fifth season, Philadelphia Orchestra’s music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin is all set for the world premiere of the Organ Concerto by Christopher Rouse with soloist Paul Jacobs.

Get ready to experience some great music this music season.

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