A Brief History Of Entertaining The Troops

Throughout the years celebrities have volunteered their time and talents, traveling to foreign countries. Aside from performing, celebrities commit to shake hands, sign autographs, teach clinics and help service members. Celebrities from all legs of the entertainment industry have volunteered. Celebrity performances often take place in unique locations, such as airplane hangers, flatbed trucks, military tents and bunkers.

Thousands of celebrities have entertained the troops in the last 68 years. Probably the most famous entertainer of the troops is actor and comedian Bob Hope.

Hope began performing for the USO in 1941 at March Field in California. He toured and entertained service members through World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War and the Persian Gulf War. In all Hope headlined 60 USO tours for 50 years. For his service through the USO, he was awarded the Sylvanus Thayer Award by the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1968.

One of the most supportive groups of celebrities who have volunteered to support the troops throughout the years is country music stars.

The USO’s partnership with the country music industry started when the USO started. Popular players from the Grand Ole Opry and Gene Autry’s radio show, “Melody Ranch,” traveled on several USO tours, entertaining service members stationed all over the world. Among the country music stars who toured with the USO in the 1940s were Red Foley, Roy Acuff, Minnie Pearl, Rod Brasfield, Little Jimmy Dickens, Hank Williams and more.

Country music stars continued to enthusiastically tour with the USO in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. Among the stars to tour during these years were Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, The Judds and more.

The tradition of holiday tours continued in 2000 with Operation Seasons Greetings. Tracy Byrd, Toby Keith, Craig Morgan, Neal McCoy, Darryl Worley, Aaron Tippin, Trace Adkins, Steve Azar, Anthony Smith and James Otto are just some of the country musicians who toured both stateside and overseas.

In addition to country music stars, many other modern entertainment stars have also volunteered to entertain the troops in the last several years. Some of these celebrities are 50 Cent, Ben Affleck, Criss Angel, Regis Philbin, Kathy Griffin and Aerosmith.

In 2008 Kix Brooks, Neal McCoy, Scarlett Johansson, Third Day, Yellow Card and various contestants from the television show American Idol were among the celebrities who entertained the troops.

How To Create A Little Movie With Windows Movie Maker

Sometimes in life simple and common student (which should be the case for some Zr0s, I think;)) need to create small video montages on occasion, I am not me, for a small business to make (works personal boxes for the ignares ^ ^) or any other presentation, brief, create a small video editing to better illustrate his point.

EH well good: I am going to offer free and easily make a small personal video editing. Note that this is not very hard, and I am contenterais give you the way forward, as well as tips to suit your editing situation.
I work with Windows Movie Maker software graciously provided by Microsoft with Windows OS from the Millennium version and more. Normally, the software is pre-installed but may have to be upgraded via the Internet.

The tutorial is version 2 of Windows Movie Maker. If you do not have the same screenshots than me, you must use an earlier version. Make the shift from Windows Update, thank you.
Summary of the tutorial: Chapter icon * Premier Pas * your first video clip * retrieve video * tips and tricks Premier Pas Commenons by check if you have the right tools. Normally, Windows Movie Maker software is included free with the operating system Windows XP (professional or family, regardless). If you have this OS, then go in the start menu, then select all programs to finally click shortcut Windows Movie Maker (shown by a film in color film). Normally, the main interface should show you the main elements of this software. Thus, you will find the different elements that make up the software: * interface acquisition software; * library currently selected; * the viewer; * the weft of time.

Start by changing, if it is not already selected, the time frame for does not have as sequence (to do this, select the appropriate option by clicking the timeline displays).

timeline I think that it is better to work with this view so you can better gauge the time that elapses, or just basicelly do a blog wikio and see the sequence of your movies.
Then, you can edit the default properties for not having each time to deliver your Director Nick, your copyright and everything (except the title that changes with each timeline, of course). To do this, go to file / properties, and then enter the corresponding information.
Your first video as it is often said: “it is forging it makes perfect”, it is therefore in amount of video clips that it becomes a true video-maker! Let’s create a new project. Faites file / new project, and then you save the project under… and name your file depending on your mood;).
This file is the project file, it is certainly not the final video. Don’t expect therefore not play your video by double-clicking it.

It’s a lightweight file that tells the software how are organized the parts of your editing, as well as the place where the elements are stored. In my case, I’ve named it test, and saved it in my documents.
Image user if you change of place these items, software no longer returns him to specify the new location. In your table editing, it will be marked by a large red x on your sequences: o.
Now, what? Well, you must import (c? is to say, tell the software where files are located) elements that constitute your timeline. On the left panel, you can import music, images, video, or outright purchase to a device (for example, a camera if you have one;)). Personally, I have started with images, which is often good practice. Choose two three photos that you want to use (fear nothing for your files, they are not changed by the software), and import them into software (make import photos, and then select selected images).

Image user pictures are now in the library. If you wish, you can change the library by choosing another drop-down list. But they are not in the timeline! A drag / drop to bring on Timeline (the plane of Mount) at the bottom. Put them to the suite. Test by pressing the “play button” in the Viewer. It is: you have your first video editing (or at least you have a preview).
That is what the Timeline? It’s the mounting bar at the bottom of the software. It is this bar which is the main piece of software, by allowing you to manage the appearance of various elements.
Image what the Timeline is composed user? On a video part that will host your sequences (video clips), transition part that will show you the different transitions between clips, audio part which is in fact the sound of the video clip is equipped with an audio part / music that will contain the background music, and the overlay title, but we will see this later o_O.
Do not confuse the audio part and part audio / music! The first is the sound of your video clip (that you have imported), while only the second will contain music that you decide to include in your final cut.
Peaufinons it all. That is what makes your timeline is moche (do not say the opposite, it is made express: p) with professional clips? Missing, in bulk: background music, transitions (how to pass from one image to another) and titles of your clip. Let’s step by step.

To embed the music, import (make import sound or music, select a sound file). Adds the file in the library, and you can add it to the Timeline, but this time in the audio category / music. Repeat the test Viewer: pictures are now in music: D!

Complete our final Assembly, we need to include some headlines. To do this, go to tools / titles and credits. The software offers you 5 choices, but ultimately there are only two differences.

Either you choose to make a title image to a movie clip (i.e. that acts as your pictures), or creating a mezzanine title. This is what concerns us here. In this case, select the option Add a title to the clip that is selected in the timeline. You type your text, you accept the title and paf! It was the chocapics! Uh, I lost me there. A new object is added in your Timeline, and you see that your title. Allows you to overlay it to your clips already, which is much better and much more attractive. Innovate a bit, and now, our project is finished. 🙂

User load video image I mean here that rlent: colere:.
But where is our video?
Well it is not yet encoded, that’s all. In other words, indicated the project organize clips, now, ask them to create a video file.

To do this, select Save to my computer in the panel on the right, specify the size (leave the default options, it is the format best suited to playing on your computer) and choose a file and the location of this file name. Now, wait! This may take more or less time depending on the size of the project. Go coffee machine at the corner:-, SIP it, and return on your PC.

Now, do you need more to include your photo between both sides of the clip to get a result nec plus ultra: lol:.
At the end of this tutorial, I hope have initiated you the pleasure of video editing.
Although Windows Movie Maker is useful to troubleshoot from time to time, it is pre

How Do You Become A Dancer On Tv & Music Videos

You see the dancers on TV dancing behind Britney or Justin Timberlake. You’re inspired to take up dancing so that you can become just like your idols. And you find that pretty soon, you wouldn’t mind being up there yourself dancing with your very idols.

Sounds cool doesn’t it? Dancing in music videos or doing backing dancing is the dream of most aspiring dancers and if you’re reading this probably yours as well. After all when you’ve danced in a music video, that’s when you know you’ve made it, right? But how do you actually do it and find yourself on TV screens across the country?

Well there are a variety of ways. Some of them super glamorous such as being spotted by a very intelligent scout who obviously knows talent when they see it and says thats you.

If this happens to you, congratulations, you’ve truly had it made. But for the rest of the people out there, there are ways to appear in a music video that are within your control. Being scouted is generally the exception rather than the rule.

The most common route is to go and find a good agent or agency who will find dance auditions for you. Most top dance jobs come through agencies who will put you forward for jobs that match your skills and attributes.

The first rule of thumb when applying for dance agencies is to make sure you’re good enough. There is no point in auditioning for agencies if you’ve just stumbled into the industry and just picked up 1 or 2 dance moves from a dance class. Auditions are tough and you’ll need to be good to go through.

Different agencies work differently. Most will ask you to send through your CV and professional pictures. If they like the look of you and what you have to offer they may offer you a place on their agency immediately. Especially if you’ve done a lot of high-profile work or are otherwise a well-known dancer.

It’s more than likely though that most agencies will invite you to an audition to become represented by their agency. There are often many dancers at these auditions, especially for the well known agencies where it’s not unusual to have several hundred auditionees.

If you do well at the audition they may then decide to take you on. And then they’ll start putting you forward for work and sending you to auditions where you’re auditioning for specific jobs such as music videos.

There are some agencies which will insist that you do not need any experience. You should be cautious with these agencies. By all means have a look to see what they have to offer, but exercise special caution. Many operate on the basis that you give them some money to get a place on their agency books, and then they won’t send you on any auditions at all. Generally you should not pay to join an agency, if you do make sure they have a good record and send their people to good auditions.

There will also sometimes be open auditions and castings which means that you do not need to be with any agency and anyone is free to attend the audition. Open auditions can be very packed, but if you don’t have an agent yet then you’ll have to go to these auditions to start building up your CV and if you want to find work. They can be advertised in newspapers, websites and notice boards.

So all in all, it is possible to succeed and get work without being represented by an agent or agency, but a good agency can help your career tremendously by sending you out on a lot of quality music video auditions which can only be attended via an agency.

Careers in entertainment industry

The entertainment industry has always attracted people of young generation to build professional careers. Billions of young people knock the door of the entertainment industry all the time as vacancies are always there. Especially with the rise popularity of the television, the demand for professionals in the entertainment industry has increased significantly.

Though majority of people come here to establish careers as superstars of the silver and small screen, today there are different types of jobs in the entertainment industry that people can opt for making a stable career with good amount of money. In the recent decades, technical jobs in entertainment industry like film direction, screenplay writing, sound recording, music direction, editing photography have become lucrative career options for many. In fact, today, the film and television schools are getting more applications for admission in these courses than acting in films.

Growing popularity of the animation films has also been a kind of blessings for lots of passionate people who are looking for careers in the entertainment industry. Thanks to the advanced multimedia educational and training courses, thousands of young and talented students are getting calls from big production houses to work in their film units. With an expectation to step in the film industry as animators lots of young people are taking admission inn the multimedia courses that are offered by various computer education institutions.

The growing popularity, specially the news channels has also been showing the door to professional success to many. Whenever you surf channels on your television set, you can see lot of new faces, either reading or presenting news sitting in the studio or providing live coverage of incidents or accidents right from the spots. Moreover , the faces are continuously hopping from one channel to another, from there to another for better pay scales and facilities, which proves that there are endless scopes in the media industry. In the recent times, there has been a significant surge in the number of news channels all over the world and as this trend is likely to continue, the media industry would become the professional address of billions of people.

The film and television institutes are also playing a significant role behind the success in the entertainment industry for lot of people. With their modern infrastructure, updated educational programs and teams of experienced faculties, these institutions are making people prepared to meet the demand of the industry. Apart from theoretical learning, these institutions are providing practical training programs with special emphasize on look, appearance, on-screen presence, style of news reading, presenting, and anchoring to the students to make them prepared to serve the industry on long-term basis.

Anchoring for television channels is also a lucrative career option these days. Lot of young and talented people are opting for it. Proper training in news and program anchoring could open the door to success in a big ways in this era of television, where reality shows are a dominant force. So if you have a desire to build up a career in the entertainment industry, you definitely need to have talent but to get yourself prepared for delivering your best in front of the camera you need proper training. So check out for courses in the nearest film and technical institutes today.

Science Fiction Movie Reviews

Mists of Avalon

King Arthur’s Camelot with a feminist slant. Avalon high priestess Viviane and sisters Morgaine and Morgause battle for control of the kingdom. Viviane manipulates her own sister into marrying a king in order to produce an amenable heir, but deceit, magic and human fallibility threaten to destroy both the plan and Avalon itself.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

When Roy Neary encounters a UFO, he’s left with a sunburned face, a skeptical family and a shaken psyche. Soon, Roy begins seeking out others who’ve had similar “visions.” Among those he finds are Jillian , a woman who’s lost her son to the aliens, and Claude, a researcher preparing for Earth’s first contact with extraterrestrials.

Poltergeist

Life is very pleasant for the close-knit Freeling family until a host of otherworldy forces invades their peaceful suburban home. Before long, their house is transformed into a swirling supernatural sideshow — all centered around their angelic young daughter, Carol Anne.

Andromeda Strain

When a satellite crashes in New Mexico, the Air Force sends two men to retrieve it. To their horror, they discover that the probe carries an alien virus that’s already killed all but two of the residents of the town where it landed. Now, scientists must isolate the virus and stop it from spreading.

12 Monkeys

In the year 2035, convict James Cole reluctantly volunteers to be sent back in time by scientists to 1996 to discover the origin of a virus that wiped out nearly all of the earth’s population. When Cole is mistakenly sent to 1990, he’s arrested and locked up in a mental hospital, where he meets a psychiatrist and the son of a famous virus expert.

How To Produce Music Like Dr Dre

Dr. Dre started his career with the World Class Wrecking Crew in the late 80s. Soon this Compton breed producer became the poster boy for gangster rap music. Dre would receive heavy criticism for the misogyny and violence surrounding his music, but there was one thing his critics could not deny, his music production. The success of NWA, Ice Cube, Eminem, The Chronic and 50 Cent all became proof positive of Dr Dres sonic touch. This is why he is considered one of the most influential music producers.

Many new producers are trying to emulate his sound. Here a couple of key points to produce music like Dr . Dre.

Dr . Dres production never veers away from the traditional four on the floor time signature. This Time signature is used in most dance records. Take For instance 5o cents get rich or die trying album, each song starts with a thick bass drum and the same time signature.

Whats also unique about Dr Dres production is the timing of the snare. Unlike most producers, his snares are played slightly offset. This is critical in creating the California laid-back Hip hop that has made him one of the most sought after producers.

When producing Music like Dr.Dre start with the right instruments. The legendary producer uses standard instruments found in old funk records. Rhythm and Strat guitars are woven to create the bounce of the track. Horns are also a favorite of the producers. Staccato horns, in particular, are used to create suspense and build the music. Another favored instrument is the Chorus Piano. Dr. Dre uses this in his production to complement the bassline.

Creating Music like Dr. Dre take time and skill to master. Be patience and persistent and soon you will also produce a stable of work to influence the next generation

Digitalization Of Entertainment

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Consumers have moved rapidly to adopting digital formats for consuming entertainment-related content. The most obvious example of this is music and video downloads, with Apple’s iTunes and YouTube as leading examples. Apple has sold more than one billion songs via its iTunes music store and it continues to demonstrate a spectacular rate of growth. Over 30,000,000 individuals have purchased an iPod portable music device, and tens of millions of other consumers use one of dozens of other portable devices to listen to music. Other platforms for listening to music are equally successful, and in the case of Microsoft’s Windows Media Player even more dominant with over 90,000,000 systems running the software globally. Real Networks Rhapsody, and Yahoo! Music represent other major entrants in this space. In addition to those companies selling licensed music downloads for a fee, peer-to-peer networks such as Limewire and Morpheus claim to have tens of millions of users sharing music and other files on a continual basis.

As consumers have become comfortable purchasing (and stealing) music online, they are now beginning to download other digital forms of entertainment, including music videos, short-subject films, television shows, and even full-length Hollywood pictures. Traditional media companies have recognized the opportunity to establish new revenue streams and leverage old assets by enabling consumers to download television programming for a fee, and the adoption rate appears to match the early days of music downloading. The increasing penetration of broadband connections (over 50 million homes in the US), advances in software that enables high-quality downloads, and content companies recognizing an enormous opportunity to distribute directly and inexpensively to consumers has created a tidal shift in the number of digital media assets available for download to computers, handheld devices, and even cell phones.

Companies such as YouTube are at the forefront of the intersection of video entertainment and the fragmentation of media due to the empowerment of the consumer. Hundreds of millions of videos are downloaded weekly from YouTube (as well as dozens of competitors), and a significant portion of those videos are not professionally produced. More importantly, new talent in various entertainment fields are being discovered through these distribution platforms and forever changing how entertainment is conceived, produced, distributed, and valued.

Circus Acts Effective Way Of Entertainment

Circus is one of the oldest and effective forms of entertainment. Today, many people are still being entertained by watching circus acts. Usually, when we visit to watch the circus acts we dont realize about the hard work behind these acts. We go and enjoy the show with our family or friends. People who perform the dangerous acrobatic stunts in front of live audience are the backbone of the show. These are the real heroes without which the circus act wont be possible. With their several months of training and years of experience in entertainment industry these people are professionally trained. They perform these dangerous stunts in front of thousands of people without any hesitation and fear. It requires years of experience and proper training to become confident like this and perform those stunts. They risk their lives only for entertaining us. One thing that is important to mention here is that organizing such kind of shows is not at all any easy task to do. It requires lot of time to organize a successful circus show and the people who are responsible of doing this are the circus agencies. Nowadays, you can easily get to see various circus agencies who organize these circus shows.
Organizing the circus acts is not everyones cup of tea. Under the proper guidance and management of these circus agencies one can have a successful show. People still prefers to watch circus shows as they are best way to have entertainment in life. After watching these kinds of shows we feel more relaxed and forget all our worries. The circus acts which we see are performed under the guidance of experts. These circus performers know their job completely and entertain their audience very well. To perform dangerous acrobatic stunts in front of thousands of people is easy to do. You have to train yourself properly to know the right techniques of doing these stunts. The organizing members of the circus acts check each and everything detail and after getting assurance they organize these shows.
Furthermore, with plenty of online websites this can easy be possible to know about circus acts in detail. With the help of these online sites one can get the complete information about various kinds of circus agencies. And can also contact them for asking your queries. These websites are the perfect medium through which you can also watch some interesting circus videos and can learn the basic techniques by some experts. Best part about these sites is that you can visit them at any; they are always at your service giving you the information. Hence, we can say that because of these online websites you can train yourself by learning some useful techniques of doing circus acts.

Licens Of Music For Film

Authorizing music for film is a lucrative work since it includes a ton of securing melodies for a movie. The melodies are as a rule took care of by a music manager working in a picture creation association. The manager’s work is to distinguish the most fitting tunes for picture and speak with the copyright directors or possessor before printing them.

On account of unsigned virtuosos, music permitting into picture, Tv, advertisements and motion picture recreations, serves as their reasonable hotspot for introduction and salary. Relying on the picture’s extension, an unsigned craftsman is qualified for the aforementioned incomes or profits:

Master Use Licensing Fee -This requisitions specialists who simply marked a record manage any association for the picture’s soundtrack. Electronic music pair Daft Punk for instance, gained their expert utilization permitting expense in the wake of marking with Walt Disney Records for the Sci-Fi/fantasy picture, “Tron”. Other unsigned specialists who as of now accepted this wellspring of income are She & Him (for “500 Days of Summer”), Belle & Sebastian (for “Juno”) and A.r Rahman (for “Slumdog Millionaire”).

Synchronization Licensing Fee -Also implied as the “Synch Fee”, this is given to marked specialists who are qualified for synchronize their music to movie. Here, the virtuoso ordinarily appropriates 50% of the charge gathered from the distributer in the interest of the picture makers and the merchant.

Performance Royalty Fee -A “back-end” expense given for each show of the music that is strictly followed by the virtuoso and copyright managers. The sovereignty charge is paid quickly to the craftsman, if marked or unsigned yet ensured by the copyright pronouncement in his/her allocated place.

A ton of craftsmen like to waive the expert utilization and synch charges. For them, this is the most significant path of drawing in music directors to secure their music for picture. In turn, this is likewise their route of getting more presentation. In the event that the movie is a gigantic blockbuster hit and the melodies were conclusively utilized as a part of length, the eminence expense will take more than $2,000.

Consistent with Donald Passman’s best-advertising book, “All You Need To Know About The Music Business”, the synch permitting charges in obtaining music for picture fluctuates, relying on its noteworthiness in the picture. In the book, Passman said particular charge extends in authorizing music for picture:

A more ubiquitous music for picture is worth $25,000 -$30,000.

A tune that is utilized as subject for a film is worth $50,000 -$80,000.

For a great deal of autonomous craftsmen today, music permitting into picture, Tv, ads and motion picture recreations is their main alternative to make a name in the industry. Music situation serves as a “vocation sponsor” for outside the box musical performers. That is, with regards to soundness, perceivability and getting paid. Consistent with music administrator Lindsay Fellows of imagination & escapade motion pictures “Journey to the Center of The Earth” and “Bridge to Terabithia”, and “The Avengers”, the mystery of numerous creators’ raid from independent to contemporary stemmed from getting the right marks and group. Outside the box performers use level determination Mp3s and other moderate arranges in securing their music for a motion picture.

Importance Of Music Videos

Music videos represent a very important part of the music industry. There are even artists that owe their careers to their music videos. Music videos have become a venue where music artist is given a chance to impress the public not just with their vocal talent but also with their looks or moves. There are people who become an instant fan because of the music videos they see on TV. It even gave birth to a new type of video directors, those who has credits in making popular music videos. Although there are some video directors that dont specializes in music video directing, there are many who started their directing profession in directing very well known music videos. This is a very important lesson to those directors who are just beginning and trying to make a name in the industry. Directing music videos can be their stepping stone on the way to movie directing that they desire.

Music video is not that important before as it is today. MTV (Music Television) was one of the pioneers that take advantage of the power of music videos and discovered its importance to the music industry. Since 1981, MTV started broadcasting in the USA. From that day on music video gradually rule the music industry. Video Killed the Radio Star by The Buggles was the first video ever played on MTV. MTV instantly become of the most highly controversial show on TV. Some people saw it as the beginning of a new era in the music industry, where people can show what they got aside from singing. On the other hand were people who considered it as an end of true musical talent because artists will become more appreciated if they have good looks instead of having great vocal abilities. Music video aims to deliver the song or give meaning to the song. People can easily relate to the song once they see where it is intended for. It can help listeners relate to the song and somehow feel that the song was written for them.

Today, music videos have already proven how essential it is to an artist success. It is now considered as important as the song itself. There are artists and songs that have become so popular and well known because of their music videos. The industry have also found new ways to generate additional income from selling music video collections that are being sold on tapes or DVDs. Music video creation no matter how small or big the project is can give jobs to people. From music directors, artist and down to the smallest staff also benefit in creating music videos. There are some fans that enjoy watching music videos because of its artistic value. Some fans also think that music videos should be assessed based on its visual qualities and not on the song quality. Although there are many people who think that the song is only secondary to the music video, the music video will only be a tool for the business and will be used to sell the song of the artist.