School’s getting cool…er

first_imgStudents aren’t the only ones preparing themselves for the upcoming school year. Construction on the Pomeroy Sports Center’s new school facilities is on schedule and barring any unforeseen difficulties, should be open on the projected date. Superintendant Larry Espe, as well as the rest of the school district 60, have been spending the summer preparing for the approximately 160 students who will be completing courses in the new facilities. Teachers recently took part in the Hi-Tech High, a seminar which focuses on technology within the classroom, to help bring the latest ideas for students to use. The students themselves will be part of a new program for Peace River North. Much of their learning will come in the form of six personalized projects, to be completed at their own pace. Espe says that while the classrooms will appear traditional, the process of learning will be anything but. Schooling for the entire district starts on September 6th. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Importing trouble

first_imgRe “Mexican trucks coming” (Feb. 24): What!? We need more trucks exacerbating our already incredible traffic problems like we need three-cornered holes in our heads. Who are the ding-dongs who thought this one up? If our U.S. corporations are having their products made down in Mexico, at least let them use U.S. trucks to bring them across the border. We obey regulations that keep our trucks maintained properly, as well as pay license fees for using our highways. Mexican trucks mean more congestion, more pollution and accidents. – Gordon Green Encino Help Ruby Re “Ruby the elephant deserves retirement” (Their Opinions, Feb. 19): Please continue to monitor the deplorable situation at the Los Angeles Zoo. This foot-dragging is cruel. This elderly elephant needs help. Now. – Beckie Hall Rancho Mirage Hurtful laws Re “A vote for Jessica’s Law is a vote for kids” (Viewpoint, Feb. 25): The man who killed Jessica Lunsford would not have been stopped by any version of Jessica’s Law. He didn’t kill her in a school or a park where a GPS system may have tracked him. Laws like this are ineffective and unenforceable. Bill O’Reilly apparently has paid no attention to the fact that Iowa is trying to repeal its law for just this reason. There, authorities have lost track of many sex offenders because they are forced underground. This leads to the possibility of other children being brutalized. Politicians who blocked Jessica’s Law in Vermont and Massachusetts are not cowardly; they are realistic and understand what works and what does not. – Alexis Marie West Hills Same old Al Re “Gore now all shiny and new” (Their Opinions, Feb. 28): Richard Cohen looks at Al Gore, sees shiny and new. I look at Gore and see tarnished, old and, yes, fat. Word in Democrat circles – he diets; he’s running. So keep an eye on that bulge. Meanwhile, Gore still gives occasional lunatic rants and still looks painfully uncomfortable in his own skin, and his global-warming perfidy is as digestible as his having created the Internet. Why, the hypocrite’s energy bill for just one of his four homes equals what other Nashville folks are paying per year. We might not be in Iraq today with Al, but only because he’d still be meeting, deciding what to do about 9-11. – Roger Olsen Burbank Wi-Fad Re “MTA moves toward riding a Wi-Fi wave” (Feb. 23): Instead of putting wireless Internet services on buses and trains, the MTA should just take the money and buy new buses or install shelters at bus stops. First of all, most times you can’t even sit on the bus, so how are you going to use a laptop? Then there are the unsavory types on some buses – and especially the subway. Imagine the crime wave this will create! People will be mugged, maybe killed, to get their computers. First the mayor wants to give free Wi-Fi to the city, and now the MTA jumps in. Wireless Internet is a fad now just as 3-D movies and Hula Hoops once were. – Norman Moore North Hollywood160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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HURLING: COUNTY MINOR BOARD NEWS

first_imgThe U21 County Hurling team were beat in the Ulster U21 Hurling Championship Shield by Tyrone. Level at half-time Donegal tired visibly in the second half. However it is a credit to all the teams especially those who represented the team during their examinations.The U14 A Hurling Championship saw Buncrana beat Aodh Ruadh. Aodh Ruadh battled through and despite a good finish were unable to catch the Buncrana team who were deserved winners. Good luck to both teams who represent the county in the All-Ireland Feile. Burt beat MacCumhaills in the U14 B Hurling Championship. Well done to both teams on reaching the final.Don’t forget the open invite for Donegal Hurlers to the puck fada in Ulster which will take place on Divis Mountain on Thursday 21st June, commencing at 7.00pm. For more information contact Jimmy Darragh at jimmy.darragh.ulster@gaa.ie The U16 & U12 Hurling Leagues are kicking off over the next couple of weeks. The U16 Hurling League Round 1 between Setanta and St Eunans will be held on the 5th July. The U12 compete in the League beginning on July 5th. The next U10 blitz will be held in O’Donnell Park (St. Eunan’s) on the 24th June. The U8’s blitz will be held in the Gaels pitch. All dates are provisional. Please confirm your attendance at blitzes for the convenience of the host club.On Sunday morning Aodh Ruadh hosted an under 12 blitz where Letterkenny Gaels and Four Masters travelled to Father Tierney Park the lads played some great hurling. Thanks to all the mothers of the players who as usual fed all present, thanks to Peter Horan who refereed the games. FOUR MASTERS HURLING CLUB Four Masters Under 10 hurlers Four Master club are based in Donegal town. The Four Masters currently cater for Hurlers players at U8, U10 and U12. The Nursery provides coaching for U6 in Hurling, Camogie and football for the next 3 Saturdays at 11am in TirConnell Park. Joe Alvey one of our minor players is representing the club at County level. Sean Mulhearn is also representing the club in the County U21 Hurling team. As hurling progresses teams at greater age levels will develop. The new training pitch facilities are well under way and are expected to be available to next years season. The hurling Cul-Camp will be held from the 9th-11th of August. All welcome including non-members. The annual James McAlisters Hurling Cup will be held at the end of September/beginning of October. The Hurling Academies run every Friday from 6 to 8pm in TirConnell Park. Places are always available for new players of any age so feel free to contact any of the coaches including at mangers at U8 Laurence Doherty 087 7532705, U10 Michael Feeney 087 6154686 and U12 Mark Sweeney 086 8107678and Noel Ward 087 8251408. You can follow the Four Masters Hurling on our Facebook page.HURLING: COUNTY MINOR BOARD NEWS was last modified: June 20th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:MInor Hurling Board noteslast_img read more

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GAA: URRIS GAA CLUB NEWS

first_imgGAA Bingo- Every Thursday Evening In St Marys Hall Clonmany at 9.00pm Everyone Welcome.Club Meeting: The next meeting is Wednesday 15th May at 8.30pm all members welcome.Match & Win for 2/05/2013 No’s Drawn 17,19,21,23 No Jackpot Winner, Next Weeks Jackpot Is €1,540.00, €15 Consolation Winners Were M.McLaughlin Gaddyduff, Kathleen & Elisha C/O Bingo, Eddie Doherty (Paddy Owen) Clonmany, Peter Hickey Gaddyduff, Edward McLaughlin Dunaff. UNDERAGE FIXTURES: – Inishowen League U12’s Urris v Carn at 7.00pm on Tuesday 7th May. Northern Board U14’s Red Hughes v Urris 7pm Wednesday 8th May. Inishowen League U14’s Urris v Carn 7pm 10th May, Under 10’s Carn v Urris 11am Saturday 11th May.RESULTS: U16’s Were Beaten By Malin at home on Tuesday this was the last game for them in the Inishowen League, The Northern Board commences in June.SENIORS WEEK ENDS RESULTS: Urris 0-14 Na Rossa 0-6SENIOR & RESERVES: Away to Moville Saturday 11th May TTBA. SENIOR LADIES RESULT: Urris lost away to Buncrana. LADIES FIXTURES: Sunday 12th May 12 mid day Home to Letterkenny Gaels.TRAINING: Under 12 & 14 Girls TRAINING CANCELLED until Wednesday 15th May at 5.45pm til 7pm.Under 10’s on Fridays 4.30pm -5.45pm in Straid. Contact Susan for more infomation 0863945954.Club Merchandise – Club Merchandise to buy all year round hats, gear bags, hoodies and jackets something for everyone Contact Donal Kelly 0876461707.Club Website www.urris.gaa.ie. Any items for the notes please send to lckn3@eircom.net or text to Liz O’Neill on 0863858629 before 9pm on Sunday evening.GAA: URRIS GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: May 6th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:URRIS CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

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DONEGAL’S GERALDINE McLAUGHLIN CALLED INTO IRELAND’S SOCCER SQUAD

first_imgDONEGAL footballer Geraldine McLaughlin has been called into the Ireland soccer team to face Austria at Tallaght Stadium on Tuesday next because of injury to Aine O’Gorman.The 24-year-old Peamount United attacker has a stress fracture on her ankle and manager Sue Ronan has called up the uncapped Geraldine to replace her.McLaughlin, who previously played for Kilmacrennan Celtic, has just completed a successful season with IT Sligo and is in the Ireland squad for next month’s World University Games in Russia. “Aine is a big loss because she is an experienced player and key part of our attack but it does give me an opportunity to have a close look at Geraldine who has done well this season with IT Sligo and will be going to Russia next month with the Universities,” said Ronan.Donegal’s Ciara Grant was also named in the original squad.Next week’s game is part of the squad’s build up to the FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifying campaign which will kick off in September with a home game against Slovakia. Also in Ireland’s group are Germany, Russia, Croatia and Slovenia, who were beaten 3-1 on June 2 by Austria.Austria Head Coach Dominik Thalhammer has named an 18 strong squad that contains just three players over the age of 22. Nine of the squad are based in Austria with the remainder playing for clubs in Germany, Switzerland, Spain and America. The referee for Tuesday’s game will Morag Pieir from Scotland.Tuesday’s match in Tallaght Stadium kicks-off at 7.30pm and admission to the game will be €10 with U16s admitted free of charge.Republic of Ireland Squad: Emma Byrne (Arsenal), Eve Badana (Drexel University), Seana Cooke (Raheny United), Yvonne Tracy (Arsenal), Megan Campbell (Raheny United), Sophie Perry (Unattached), Meabh De Burca (Eskilstuna United), Louise Quinn (Eskilstuna United), Karen Duggan (Peamount United), Diane Caldwell (Avaldsness), Julie Ann Russell (Peamount United), Ciara Grant (Raheny United), Rachel Graham (Raheny United), Shannon McDonnell (Unattached), Mary Therese McDonnell (Chicago Red Stars), Fiona O’Sullivan (SC Frieburg), Denise O’Sullivan (Cork Women’s FC), Sara Lawlor (Peamount United), Ruesha Littlejohn (Glasgow City), Geraldine McLaughlin (IT Sligo).Austria Squad: Verena Aschauer (BV Cloppenburg), Nina Burger (SV Neulengbach), Laura Feiersinger (Bayern München), Virginia Kirchberger (BV Cloppenburg), Anna-Carina Kristler (SK Sturm Graz Damen / Stattegg), Lisa Makas (ASV Spratzern), Heike Manhart (SK Sturm Graz Damen / Stattegg), Jennifer Pöltl (ASV Spratzern) Nadine Prohaska (ASV Spratzern), Jelena Prvulovic (USC Landhaus), Sarah Puntigam (SC Kriens), Viktoria Schnaderbeck (Bayern München), Julia Tabotta (ASV Spratzern), Elisabeth Tieber (VfL Sindelfingen), Katia Trödthandl (Valencia CF Femenino), Carina Wenninger (Bayern München), Sarah Zadrazil (ETSU Buccaneers), Manuela Zinsberger (SV Neulengbach). DONEGAL’S GERALDINE McLAUGHLIN CALLED INTO IRELAND’S SOCCER SQUAD was last modified: June 15th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL’S GERALDINE McLAUGHLIN CALLED INTO IRELAND’S SOCCER SQUADlast_img read more

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Landowners fume at no-permit road

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Four years ago, neighbors warned city officials about massive grading in the hills, and the Department of Building and Safety issued an order for the pastor, John Park, and his Korean church to stop construction. Officials said he initially filed an engineering report to fix the problem, but when the report was deemed inadequate, he ignored city regulations, graded and filled a canyon and built a large church on the land. The building is tucked behind a hill just south of La Tuna Canyon Road, so the construction wasn’t visible from the road. Even after a city inspector opened another investigation in July, neighbors said they watched Park continue to use heavy equipment. They said he carved a 40-foot-wide road through a neighbor’s pristine hillside to land he rented to Cingular Wireless for a cell phone tower. Building-safety officials said the illegal grading is much worse than they previously supposed. They said tons of unstable soil could slide with a heavy rain. Still, managers defended their handling of the case. “We tried to issue orders and tried to get them to comply, but some people feel they’re above the law, and they’re not going to comply,” said Bob Steinbach, assistant bureau chief. “If they choose not to comply, we’re not police officers. We can’t go out there and stop them.” The department can refer cases to the city attorney, but Steinbach said officials are reluctant to go to court because cases can get held up for years. Now city officials are attempting to stop further construction. Contacted by phone, Park said he does not speak English and could not answer questions about the church property. However, neighbors said they’ve spoken with Park in English many times. Fire Department officials visited the site Friday, and City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel has asked the city attorney and district attorney to investigate. Greuel said there are city provisions to stop illegal construction but they’re often used only after damage is done. She intends to look at the city’s enforcement policies to see whether they truly protect the community. “This is going to force a lot of us to ask Building and Safety (officials) how they can use their tools in a better way to make sure this doesn’t happen,” she said. But that doesn’t help Liz Gustafson Howe and her relatives whose land is now bisected by a two-lane road graded without their permission. Gustafson family members once lived in the rural area and held on to eight acres after their home there was flooded in the 1970s. “We have a 40-foot road through our land; this has ruined our property,” Howe said. “We hung on to it with the hope that someday we would use it. We planned on our kids having that land.” Worse, the family could be liable if a mudslide originated from their land and damaged property down the hill. And, because city law requires inspectors to cite the landowner, the Gustafson relatives will be cited for illegal grading even though they had nothing to do with the work and did not want it done. The family would then have to sue Park and his church to recoup expenses. “We understand the situation,” Steinbach said. “We are not going to aggressively pursue compliance (from the Gustafsons) because we know they didn’t cause the situation.” Another neighbor estimates it will cost up to $500,000 to correct the problem caused by the illegal road Park is accused of building. Steinbach said the church could be responsible for restoring the land to its original condition. But some worry that the land’s old contours will never be restored. Local governments have a poor track record on requiring offenders to completely fix the damage, said Paul Edelman of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, which owns 1,100 acres next to the church property. “That’s a really permanent, serious scar,” he added. “And a road that wide takes almost 100 years to restore itself naturally.” Building and Safety Department officials said they also have had a hard time finding the legal owner of the property, now listed as Praise the Lord in Holy Service. There’s no listed phone number, and the address listed is at 6682 Selma Ave. in Los Angeles, which is the First Baptist Church of Hollywood. A First Baptist Church employee said a Korean church just rents a chapel there for a few hours on Sunday. Meanwhile, the North Valley Planning Commission last week denied a request by Cingular Wireless to expand its cell phone tower on the church property. After looking at pictures of the grading, commissioners said damage was some of the worst they have ever seen, and they could not approve the project because Cingular workers would have to drive on illegal roads that cross people’s property without their permission. Cingular leases the land from the Praise the Lord in Holy Service church and John Park, but spokesman Art Navarro said Friday his company did not ask Park to build a new road. Cingular is now resurveying the land and contacting all the property owners to ensure service crews are not crossing people’s property without their permission. Kerry Cavanaugh, (818) 713-3746 kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Faced with furious landowners and extensive environmental damage, city building inspectors are finally trying to catch up with a clergyman they say illegally carved up a La Tuna Canyon hillside to build his church. Neighbors, who first complained about the illegal construction in 2001, say city officials’ lack of enforcement has created a dangerous landslide risk for residents downhill and an expensive liability for property owners whose land was bulldozed without their permission. “This has been going on for years with the church, and they’ve been cited several times,” said Linda Greco, president of the La Tuna Canyon Community Association. “I just wish somebody would enforce the laws. When you’re doing illegal grading, it’s putting the whole community at risk. There are mudslide issues.” last_img read more

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Passengers from hell! We want your opinion!

first_imgWhich is worse? The inconsiderate passenger reclining into your face for an entire flight or the out of control child running amok in the cabin? Editors at AirlineRatings.com, the world’s first safety, and product rating website, have listed its 10 worst passenger types with the seat recliner and the inconsiderate parent topping the list as the most hated. Now we want to know what tops our viewer’s lists. Select your choice here Click here to take surveyGeoffrey Thomas Editor and founder of Airlineratings.com said that “it was a tossup between parents that think their 200 fellow passengers are babysitters or the thoughtless passengers who recline into your space from takeoff to landing.”These two passengers have been dubbed Parentus Slapdashii and Reclinus Maximus.“Of course we all feel for the mother with the crying baby and we can always put a headset on to reduce the impact but it’s the children running amok and kicking your seat that angers fellow passengers.”“However Reclinus just wins according to our editor survey.”Various global surveys back up the airlineratings.com worst passengers picks.“One by the UK’s Telegraph newspaper found that nearly 70 percent of travelers would be prepared to pay more for a child-free cabin which underscores the problem of the irresponsible parent,” said Mr Thomas.“Responding to that Malaysian Airlines and Air AsiaX have both moved to child-free zones in the past 18 months.”Another growing problem passenger is Smellus Incredibilus.“There is no doubt that personal hygiene on planes is in decline and typically “Smellus” will also leave the toilets in a mess,” said Mr ThomasNext on the list is Armrest Grabbis who hogs the armrests and typically he has become more of the problem as passengers get larger.Chatticus Majorus makes up the top five and it seems no matter what you do if Chatticus wants to talk you are in for a long and boring trip!Making number 6 is Bladder Incredibilus who some bizarre reason always seems to request the window seat. Bladder not only affects the passengers in the same row but also the ones in front as he or she inevitably uses the seatbacks as a steadier.At number 7, often you can’t decide whether Carry-on Greedicus is stupid, arrogant or just plain inconsiderate. Maybe he’s all three.Greedicus is typically seated in row 30 or 40 but he thoughtlessly— particularly in the US — dumps his carry-on bag which is way toobig or too heavy or both in row 2’s overhead bin, rather than carry itall the way down the back.This of course causes chaos for passengers boarding after him.Holding down number eight position is High-and-Mighticus, who is almost always bathed in self glory. This tiresome traveler sees the overhead reading light more as a spotlight on their own special opening night stage rather than as reading aids.You will often hear Mighticus demanding before you see him and that tone will continue all flight.At number nine DVT – Avoidus would be funny if they were not so irritating.A real tell-tale sign of this trait is the traveler going through their yoga or tai chi routine in the boarding lounge.Once on board, they spend the entire trip doing arm stretches and leg raisers bumping the back of your seat or elbowing you in the head or shoulder.The final irritating passenger is “Window Hoggus” who takes the window seat and immediately after take-off pulls down the window shade and goes to sleep denying fellow passengers a view.And there is a dark side to these characters’ thoughtlessness in that it fuels air rage.“It is impossible to get accurate figures but one reliable estimate puts the air rage incidents count in the US alone as 10,000 a year,” said Mr Thomas.Extrapolated across the globe the number of air rage incidents could top 40,000 a year.“Another survey of frequent flyers found that 37 per cent occasionally felt a sense of rage on a flight,” said Mr Thomas.And it’s no longer just one passenger causing grief.Last month US airline Air Tran off loaded 100 school children and their chaperones, after a number refused to turn their mobiles off and sit down.last_img read more

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Free Autodesk Smoke Tutorials for Video Editing

first_img Smoke 2013 Tutorial: Working With Sync When the pre-trial (and later full versions) are avaliable you’ll already have the know-how from these useful Smoke 2013 tutorial videos. Smoke 2013 Tutorial: 3 Point & 4 Point Editing Smoke 2013 Tutorial:Track Patching Want to get started with Smoke?  Check out these info-filled video editing tutorials for Smoke 2013!This is an exciting time for video editors.  We’re having to say goodbye to our beloved Final Cut Pro 7, but new contenders are entering the video editing app market to take it’s place.  Many former editors may be migrating to Avid or Adobe’s Premiere Pro CS6…but a radical redesign of Autodesk’s Smoke now seems like a very attractive replacement as well.Autodesk announced a radically updated Smoke application at this year’s NAB show, specifically geared torward the video editor (not just the compositer or visual effects artist).  What makes Autodesk Smoke 2013 even more attractive is a drastically reduced price point – $3,495, as opposed to the $15k+ price tag of previous versions.  More details on the launch and Smoke 2013 product specs here.Although a full commercial version is not expected until later in 2012, a Smoke 2013 pre-release trial should be available sometime in June.  Sign up to be on the product trial list here.Free Smoke 2013 TutorialsAutodesk has setup a YouTube channel specifically geared torward the Smoke user, so subscribe to keep up with the latest video news and tutorials.The following free tutorial videos come from that SmokeHowTos YouTube channel and are geared specifically for the video editor.  Learn how to perform common video editing techniques in the Smoke interface.Click the topics below to check out each Smoke video tutorial: Smoke 2013 Tutorial: Splice, Extract, Sub-Clipping Smoke 2013 Tutorial: Trimming Smoke 2013 Tutorial: Viewing Source FootageSmoke 2013 Tutorial: Sequences Smoke 2013 Tutorial: Overwrite/Insert/DragSmoke 2013 Tutorial: Timeline Navigation  Smoke 2013 Tutorial: Moving Clips in the Sequencelast_img read more

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Should You Promote Your Short Film on Facebook or a Website?

first_imgAt one time, every project needed a promotional website, but in the age of Facebook pages, is this still true?Cover Image via Shutterstock. Before the introduction of Facebook pages, one of the best ways to promote your film and create a following was through a website. At networking events, festivals, online, or wherever, you could quickly direct someone to your film’s URL, where they could see behind-the-scenes photographs, credentials, contact information, and so on. The more professional the site, the more professional you and your project looked. In today’s digital age, however, you can do all that and more on Facebook — for free.Creating a website is neither cheap nor easy. So let’s weigh the pros and cons between a Facebook page and a dedicated website.Image via Shutterstock.The CostIf you’ve never created a website before, let’s break down the very basics of the cost. We’re going to assume you’re using something like a wordpress.org hosting platform. (Learn the difference between .org and .com here). Using WordPress, you can find a ton of great short film or creative-oriented themes that you can build upon to create a unique website. While there is definitely a learning curve, you can pick up what you need to know relatively quickly. For your first purchase, you can also get the essentials at a discounted cost:Domain — (the website URL) $0.99 for a year’s registration, and around $10 after that.Hosting — $10 a month or at a discounted price for the year.WordPress.org theme — $40-$150+So for the basics, you’re looking at at least $150 for the initial year. If you’re working on a low-budget or no-budget film, that’s a substantial amount. This isn’t even taking into consideration the hours you have put in to get the site operational. Conversely, a Facebook page is free, and you can get one up and running in just ten minutes. There is no learning curve, there are no plug-ins to install, and there is no code to understand. (Although, you don’t own this page outright like you do a website.)Image via Shutterstock.If you want a completely new and unique website, you would have to hire a web designer, and this would very quickly enter into the thousands-of-dollars price range. Therefore, it’s usually wisest to stick with a theme and customize it to the point that it’s indistinguishable from the original — or at least hire a WordPress theme designer, which would be somewhat cheaper than building an entire website from the ground up.Social EngagementIf you decide to host the film or web-series on your own website rather than through YouTube, you have to consider the discoverability of your website as opposed to YouTube or even Facebook’s (not-so-good) video player. Webmasters spend months, even years, working on creating SEO-friendly pages and content to increase the page rankings of their website. If your site is solely going consist of a short film with no additional content, traffic will stop, and the site will ultimately fall in the search rankings.Image via Shutterstock.In the age of social media, we have to talk about the benefits of hosting your short film on Facebook rather than a website. Whether you build a website, create a Facebook page, or host the short film solely on Vimeo, at some point, the film will begin circulating on Facebook. However, the audience reach of people sharing your film’s Facebook page in comparison to your film’s website will be far greater. Facebook’s sharing algorithm strongly prefers content that keeps users on the site (more ad impressions = more revenue for Facebook). Therefore, if several audience members share your short film, then a lot more people will view the Facebook page than if the same group was sharing the link to your website.At this point, opting for a Facebook page should seem like the obvious choice. The nail in the coffin, however, is communicating with your audience at a moment’s notice.Image via Shutterstock.While you can configure WordPress on your phone, there’s nothing as easy as using the Facebook Pages app on a smartphone or tablet. You can essentially build a community around your film or web series on Facebook, and as communities tend to grow, so will your viewership. Unless you install forums on your website, which is tedious, this just wouldn’t be possible for your film’s web page.Ultimately, if you’re creating a low-budget short, setting up a website for promotional purposes isn’t feasible. It’s just going to be money that you’ll never get back. However, there is one situation wherein a website would reign supreme, and that’s if you’re selling merchandise. Currently, the Facebook merchandise feature is very fickle, although they are looking into making advancements. Therefore, if you think there is a market for merchandise and Blu-Rays, like RocketJump’s “Videogame Highschool,” it would likely be best to have a website for e-commerce.When to Build a WebsiteConversely to everything discussed above, when you have a body of work to showcase, it would then be in your interest to create a website. Followers and interested viewers can easily browse all your work on a single page — which is not possible on a Facebook page because you have to scroll through an endless sea of status updates.The verdict?Individual exhibition: Create a websiteShort film: Take advantage of Facebook’s fantastic page feature.AdvertisingIf you’ve already browsed your Facebook feed today, I’m sure you have already come across a sponsored post. These are paid promotions for posts from Facebook Pages that appear in the timeline of someone who has a similar interest. If you were to follow various Facebook Pages about the horror genre, vampires, and Dracula, and I promoted a post for my short film about Dracula’s Son and targeted those keywords, you would more than likely see the film appear in your timeline. While you can do almost the same thing with a website, the process is inherently a lot harder and requires the use of a third-party ad manager.Whether you love or loathe Facebook, it’s become an invaluable tool for filmmakers and creative types to promote their work, and I recommend you take advantage of it for your creative venture.Looking for more articles on using Facebook for promotion? Check out these:How to Properly Export Video for FacebookFacebook Hack: How to Optimize Your Video PostsCreate a Social Media Bumper and Lower Third for Your VideosExport Premiere Pro Projects Straight to Social MediaEngage Your Audience Faster With Adobe’s Social Publishing Panellast_img read more

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