Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Inside Celebrity Halloween!

Halloween is back!  On October 31 people will be out in full force celebrating this time honored night of fun!  Let's see what the Celebrities have been up to!

Preparing for Halloween…

~Heidi Klum‘s Decorating Style~

Heidi Klum decorating style

“We go all out decorating our house,” she adds. “There are spider webs and skeletons and pumpkins in every corner. They have picked out their costumes already but we like to keep them secret.” “I think I have passed on my love for Halloween to my kids.” 

 ~Tori Spelling DIY Everything~

Tori Spelling pumkin patch

Reality star Tori Spelling and well known for her role in 
Beverly Hills, 90210 loves to “DIY everything” with her four kids!
“We DIY everything in our family and we make our own costumes every year,” the alumni adds. “We are working on the costumes right now, working on the pumpkins, and decorating the house, 
and then we will go trick-or-treating.”

Went to…

‘Gravitiy’ star Sandra Bullock attended her son’s
 Halloween School Party!

Sandra Bullock attended her son’s Halloween School Party

Brazilian super model Alessandra Ambrosio and family went to the Halloween festival in LA in matching red devilish style outfits.   
Here they are on the Ferris wheel having fun!

Alessandra Ambrosio Halloween festival LA


Lindalee Rose’s parents…well they were watching their talented 5-year-old daughter work the 2013 Red Carpet at the Hub Halloween Bash interviewing celebrities galore, including Martha Stewart and Bill Nye (Mr.Science)!  Lindalee Rose is most famous for her Beyond the Marquee reviews of Doctor Who! 

Check out this Halloween video!

Going to…

Millions of people young and old are going to dress up as their favorite hero or villain.  But this year zombies are ruling the Halloween Scene!

Zombie Make up tips-Walking Dead

And here are some ZOMBIE MAKE-UP TIPS from the pros at 
The Walking Dead! 

And of course there is...   

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War!

Enjoy your Halloween and remember Keep Safe!   

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Language Learning Section – Natural Language Boost!
 Natural Language for Halloween!
Instructions:  Find a picture from the Internet or this feature that shows the meaning of the word.  Some of the vocabulary is from the Lindalee Rose’s video ‘2013 Red Carpet at the Hub Halloween Bash Interviews’.



spider webs 





Halloween festival 

Halloween Bash (=Halloween Party)

hero (good)

villain (bad)


make up

Halloween vocabulary from Lindalee Rose's video:  The vocabulary Starts at 0:00 and finishes at 2:09.  Of course, there is lots more great Halloween topics throughout the video!

Disney Princesses

good fairy

Dr. J (retired American basketball super star Julius Winfield Erving II, commonly known by the nickname Dr. J)

Snow White

Iron Man


Kitty Cat

1980's B-Boy (break dancing guy)

Hippie Chick (Chick = girl)

Peace Sign for Hippie Movement

Bonus Challenges! 

Challenge One!
Which of the names from Lindalee’s had an ‘a’ or ‘no a’ in front of the vocabulary word in the speaker’s sentence.  Fill in the blanks with   or  X  (X = no a) Why?

Oooh ___ princess.

I’m ___ fairy. And I’m just ___ good fairy.

I came here as ___ Dr. J.

Aaah ___ Snow White!

My favorite costume to wear? Ever!  Aaah ___ Iron Man

I think it is fun to dress up as ___ Witch too.

Yeah I’m ___ Kitty Cat today.

I’m go to dress like this.  I’m ___ 1980's B-Boy which stands for like Break Boy.

I’m dressed up as ___ Hippie Chick for Halloween because who doesn’t like the Seventies?

Challenge One Answers
Oooh a princess.

I’m a fairy. And I’m just a good fairy.

I came here as Dr. J.

Aaah Snow White!

My favorite costume to wear? Ever!  Aaah Iron Man

I think it is fun to dress up as a Witch too.

Yeah I’m a Kitty Cat today.

I’m go to dress like this.  I’m a 1980's B-Boy which stands for like Break Boy.

I’m dressed up as a Hippie Chick for Halloween because who doesn’t like the Seventies?

Challenge Two!
Why do some use ‘a’ and others omit the ‘a’ in front of the vocabulary word?

No 'a' - idea: only one in the world. Only one Dr. J, or Snow White, Iron man; (proper nouns).

Using  'a' idea: more than one commonly in the world.  Generic name - there are lots of cats, witches, fairies, and princesses in the world even though the idea is imaginary in some cases like witches, etc. (countable nouns).

For more Halloween fun and language go to last year's 
Celebrity English Halloween!

Monday, 21 October 2013

The Amazing Scott Schmaren Transforming Lives!

Scott Schmaren interview Celebrity English
  Celebrity Scott Schmaren is a Visionary Change Facilitator, Speaker, Writer, Coach, Author and more! 

Scott has Co-Authored a best selling book called "Stepping Stones to Success"  along with other amazing writers such as Deepak Chopra, Jack Canfield and Dr. Denis Waitley.  Scott has also been on the enormously, well loved TV Talk Show Oprah Winfrey!  

Let’s find out a bit more about Scott and his Dream.  Here is Scott Schmaren in Action at a recent inspirational seminar! 

  I have a Dream...

Alex Graham:  Wonderful Video!  And to give you a bit more background, Scott Schmaren is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and a Certified NLP Practitioner.  Scott has spent over 20 years learning powerful success technologies.

Alex:  Scott, you Co-Authored a book called "Stepping Stones to Success" with other amazing writers such as Deepak Chopra, Jack Canfield and Dr. Denis Waitley.  

And now you are going to be releasing:

  “Your Ultimate Visionary Mind: Transforming 
Your Life in 30 Minutes a Day.”

In your own words, can you tell us a bit about this terrific, new Life Changing book! 
Scott Schmaren talking

Scott Schmaren:  It is a book that helps people transform their minds so they can accomplish the goals they want in their lives.  It is a 3 part book starting with a background about myself & my story.  The next part of the book covers my  

 “Mind Performance Training™ (MPT)” 

This training allows people to make rapid and permanent changes to their lives so they can overcome obstacles, challenges and accomplish all of their goals, dreams and visions they have. The final part of the book highlights success stories of people who have used this powerful training to change their lives for the better. They are truly amazing people! 

Alex:  And we can do this in just 30 minutes a day?  
          Why everyday?

Scott:  Yes, you have got to work on your mind and it only takes 30 minutes a day.  You know it would be great if we could go to the gym one time and work out one time and have the perfect body. We would all like to do that. But that is not realistic.  And it is the same thing for your mind and take it in a different direction.  Because all of your life you have been programmed to do something one way.  You have got to work on it everyday just a little bit.

Alex:  When will the book “Your Ultimate Visionary Mind: Transforming Your Life in 30 Minutes a Day" be released?

Scott:  At the end of the year. 
Alex:  Excellent! I am sure it will be on the best seller's list! 
          I will make sure to buy one of the first copies!  

Alex:  Today for the Celebrity English readers can you give us one 'tried & tested tip' or technique. I mean can you give us one technique so that we can start changing our lives today?

Scott:  Get a 3 ringed spiral book,  and write down affirmations everyday using "I AM _________" sentences.  Don't type them make sure you write them down in your book in your own handwriting.  

"So how do you change the negative self images you may have about yourself and change your I Am"? 

You do it the same way you got the negative one, by repetition. Negative ones are like "I am fat", "I am Stupid", I am...Instead of repeating negative statement to yourself over and over, start writing and saying positive statements about yourself everyday. Start writing them down everyday in a notebook.
Write things like: 

“I am Awesome”, I Believe in myself”
“I Love myself”
” I am Worthy of all the great things in my life” 

and whatever else you need to write in that notebook to counter act the negativity in your mind.  I use this well researched technique everyday myself. You can do it too! 
Just try it! 

Alex: Phenomenal Tip!  Thank you Scott.  For the reader's of Celebrity English whether you know it or not, we all have negatives in us.  Scott's technique does work!  I think you will notice a difference in no time at all. 

For a lot more information go directly to Scott's website 

"I found there is a lot of great, 
free information to get you started!"

Alex:  Ok I have gotta ask the Oprah question.  You have been on Oprah.  The Queen of TV Talk Shows.  What was it like or should I say, “What was the Oprah experience like?”

Scott:  It was an amazing experience!  I loved the energy and enthusiasm!  Just like in my seminar's, I love the energy of a group whether it is small or large.  It is so positive and invigorating! 

"The opportunity to help people is very rewarding!"

Alex:  Wow!  Truly Amazing! And you completed the Boston Marathon!  A Big Congratulations to you!!!

Alex:  What is next for Scott Schmaren?

Scott:  I have a very strong message.  I have a vision and I am on a quest. 

"I want to help a million people discover 
just how amazing they are!"

I want to help and show people how to transform their lives just as I was able to successfully do.  

Alex:  Scott I have no doubt that you will accomplish this humanitarian goal just as you have accomplished all of your goals successfully!   We have truly enjoyed having you at Celebrity English this week, is there anything you would like to add before we go?

Scott:  I just want to say, I believe everyone has it in them to change themselves into the life they want to have.  

"We all have the tools inside us to create change!
 Don't give up! There is always possibility!  You can change!" 

If I can change you can change.  Anyone can do it.  I am like everyone else.

Alex:  Thank you very much Scott Schmaren!  
And for those of you at Celebrity English who want to know more about this amazing man or attend one of his 
life changing seminars,

Go to Scott Schmaren's Official Website 

Scott's techniques are also being used to grow sales, business, overcoming obstacles and achieving big goals. Sales people and athletes are using his systems to accomplish consistent, peak performance!

See you next week with a Halloween feature at Celebrity English!  

Take care, Alex

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Language Learning Section – Natural Language Boost!

Theme:  Positive People, Positive Language!

 Part one - Vocabulary

Instructions: Write the meanings of the words below.  If you don't know a word try to guess the meaning from the context in the interview above with Mr. Scott Schmaren .  Finally, check out the vocabulary on the Internet. However, there are answer ideas below.

Visionary Change Facilitator =

Speaker =

Coach =

Author =

Stepping Stones to Success =

seminar =

Clinical Hypnotherapist =

NLP Practitioner =

Certified =

life changing =

“Your Ultimate Visionary Mind: Transforming
Your Life in 30 Minutes a Day.” =

Mind Performance Training =

overcome obstacles =

goals =

dreams =

change their lives for the better =

amazing =

programmed to =

write down =

affirmations =

tools inside us =

Don't give up =

create change =

Part Two - Famous People

Instructions:  Who are these people and what do they do? What are they famous for?  There are some ideas in the interview but you will probably need the Internet to get more information about them.

Scott Schmaren =

Deepak Chopra =

Jack Canfield =

Dr. Denis Waitley =

Oprah Winfrey =

Part 3 - Affirmations

Instructions:  Write down 3 affirmations about yourself.




Answer ideas

Part One - Vocabulary

Visionary Change Facilitator =  Visionary: a person of unusually keen foresight. Facilitator:  a person responsible for leading or coordinating the work of a group, as one who leads a group discussion.  In this case, Scott Schmaren facilitates change with the people he is working with in a seminar. 

Speaker =  someone who talks about something to a group of people.

Coach =  one who instructs or trains <an acting coach>; especially :  one who instructs players in the fundamentals of a sport and directs team strategy <a football coach>.

Author =  a person who has written something; especially : a person who has written a book or who writes many book.

Stepping Stones to Success =  Stepping Stone: something that helps you get or achieve something; a means of progress or advancement.  Success: the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors; the accomplishment of one's goals; the fact of getting or achieving wealth, respect, or fame.  

seminar =  a meeting in which you receive information on and training in a particular subject.

Clinical Hypnotherapist =  a person who implements hypnosis.  hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness. Clinical Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy, therefore, is the use of an altered state of consciousness, or trance, for therapeutic endpoint. This means that people are not treated with hypnosis but are treated in hypnosis.

NLP Practitioner = a person who implements Neuro-linguistic programming.  Neuro-linguistic

programming (NLP) is an approach to communication, personal development, and psychotherapy created by Richard Bandler and John Grinder in California, USA in the 1970s. Its creators believe there is a connection between the neurological processes ("neuro"), language ("linguistic") and behavioral patterns learned through experience ("programming") and that these can be changed to achieve specific goals in life.

Certified =  having met the official requirements that are needed to do particular type of work.

life changing =  to give a different position, course, or direction to one's life. 

“Your Ultimate Visionary Mind: Transforming Your Life in 30 Minutes a Day.” =  Ultimate (adj): greatest or most extreme.  Transforming: to change (something; your life in this case) completely and usually in a good way using only '30 minutes or a half hour in a day'.  Idea of book title: The book is the best guide to changing your life in a good way by training 30 minutes a day. 

Mind Performance Training =

overcome obstacles =  overcome: to successfully deal with or gain control of (something difficult). obstacles: something that makes it difficult to do something.

goals =  plural form of goal: something that you are trying to do or achieve.

dreams =   plural form of dream: something that you have wanted very much to do, be, or have for a long time.

change their lives for the better =  change for the better: improve, become better. In this case a person's life situation.

amazing =   (adj) causing great surprise or wonder; causing amazement.

programmed to =  to make (a person or animal) behave or think in a particular way.

write down =  to record in written form.

affirmations =  (noun) the act or an instance of affirming. affirming (verb) to say that something is true in a confident way.

tools inside us =  tools plural form of tool:  something that helps you to do your job or to achieve something. inside us: within us.

Don't give up =  give up:  to abandon (oneself) to a particular feeling, influence, or activity.  In this case, continue your feeling, goals, dreams, etc; no stopping.   

create change =  create: to make or produce (something) : to cause (something new) to exist.

change: to make (someone or something) different.

Part Two - Famous People

Instructions:  Who are these people and what do they do? What are they famous for?  There are some ideas in the interview but you will probably need the Internet to get more information about them.

Scott Schmaren =   Celebrity Scott Schmaren is a Visionary Change Facilitator, Speaker, Writer, Coach, Author and more!

Deepak Chopra =  is an Indian-American physician, a holistic health/New Age guru,and alternative medicine practitioner.  Chopra has written more than 75 books, including 21 New York Times bestsellers. His books have been translated into 35 languages and sold more than 20 million copies worldwide.

Jack Canfield =  is an American motivational speaker and author.  He is best known as the co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series, which currently has nearly 200 titles and 112 million copies in print in over 40 languages.

Dr. Denis Waitley =  a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis,  and has counseled leaders in many fields: Apollo astronauts, Fortune 500 top executives, Olympic gold medalists, Super Bowl champions, returning POWs.  He was a founding member of the National Council for Self-Esteem. He has sold over 10 million audio programs in 14 languages. 

Oprah Winfrey =  is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist.  Winfrey is best known for her multi-award-winning talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show which was the highest-rated program of its kind in history and was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011.  She has been ranked the richest African-American of the 20th century the greatest black philanthropist in American history and is currently North America's only black billionaire.  She is also, according to some assessments, the most influential woman in the world.

Part 3 - Affirmations

Instructions:  Write down 3 affirmations about yourself.

Example ideas: 

1.  I am Awesome!

2.  I Believe in myself!

3.  I Love myself!

Friday, 11 October 2013

Alex Graham Interviews Nick Tesi of TNG Visual Effects!

Nick Tesi of TNG Visual Effects!
This week Celebrity English is thrilled to present Nick Tesi of TNG Visual Effects. Nick Tesi is a leading expert implementing the latest technology in the field of 3D Scanning for movies, video games, TV shows, commercials and so much more! Having worked with the biggest names in the industry, Nick Tesi is the Best of the Best! 

TNG Visual Effect - Twilight, Walking Dead,Knight and Day, Dragon Tattoo

Alex Graham: Please tell us a bit about yourself and TNG Visual Effects.
Nick Tesi: I came from the area of selling hardware and software to the 3D graphics arena based on PC work stations, and in their earlier days based on silicon graphics work stations.  From there I went into motion capture. I was with the first motion capture facility in Los Angeles and we were doing a lot of work in the gaming arena, if you will, and then from there I moved into 3D scanning. 

"I was one of the earliest people in that as well. I try to stay on the leading edge, or as some people call the 
bleeding edge of technology."

Then prior to coming into TNG, prior to 2010, I ran a company called Eyetronics. They were out of Belgium and were a 3D scanning hardware manufacturer. After a year of trying to sell the hardware, we had discussed selling a service based on their hardware. Then we took that direction and that seemed to be a much better model to work with. I moved from selling out of my living room to selling from an office to expanding into a bigger office space with more people. At the end of the decade, 2009, they started taking a different direction that I really didn’t want to go in. I didn’t see their vision. I wanted to stay in providing services in 3D scanning so I started my own company as of 2010, and that is what I have been working on.

Alex: Fantastic industry background! Can you tell me what the difference between Special Effects and Visual Effects is?

Nick: Yes, I sure can! In talking to the industry, I kept saying we provided Special Effects and I was quickly corrected by the industry as a whole. Special Effects are real effects, like people actually using dynamite to blow things up and knock places down and flip cars over. Visual Effects is all in the computer and that’s what we work toward, creating those types of effects. And now if you can imagine a director executing the demand “Action” and a building blowing up, he can’t just go back and say, “I don't like the way that went. It should have blown up from the bottom. Let’s do it again!” That isn't going to happen that quickly. If they can rebuild that building through their workforce, it will take a while to do it, as opposed to having visual effects when they can say, “Let’s do it again!” You know, change a couple of parameters in the software and they can blow it up in the computer again and again. So Visual Effects, I really believe, is the effect of the future! We have more control over it and less people getting hurt. It is just a more on-demand way of working.

Alex: Interesting! That definitely cleared it up for me, too. You kind of already answered it, but how does 3D scanning fit into the movie industry?

TV and movie 3D scanning Sleepy Hollow,Batman,Once Wonderland
TNG Visual Effects in the Movies & TV!

Nick: Well, as I already mentioned places blowing up, the biggest thing is I understand it from a Directors point of view. 

"Not many Directors go completely into a visionary mode of what they really want to do without too many limitations."

We have worked on a lot of characters in the past. The characters burst into particles, they fly, and then turn into ice, and rather than trying to imagine them, like in Days Gone By, you can actually see it metamorphosize in front of you through the power of visual effects. And you can create new weapons that no one has ever seen. Just imagine Avatar and that whole new planet with an atmosphere...they completely invented the fantasy of the Director so that he could tell his story.

Alex: Wow! That is so cool! I never really realized how significant 3D scanning is to the creative process of telling a story in film. So how does it work? Could you please walk a novice like me through the 3D scanning process? I mean do you scan a plain actor’s face, or do you put some kind of markers on the actor? How long does it take to scan a face or a whole body? Where does it happen, in the studio or on location? Maybe that is too many questions, but…

TNG Effects with GI JOE,Underworld,Superman,,Burt and Anton,Twilight saga
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Nick: Ok, I will start at the beginning. It starts with the Visual Effects Producer on a show.  They are going through the script on a show and saying,

 “Ok, we need 3D characters to do this and this," 

because it is out of the realm of what the actors can do and they would have to perform some stunts that are beyond their human capability. That is when they call in the 3D scanners. We typically go to the set wherever they are shooting the movie because for some of the outfits they are putting on or that are being created, it takes them hours and hours in makeup to get to that point, and then the wardrobe and stuff, so they really need us to come to the set.  That is what we do. We are very accommodating so we don’t disrupt the workflow.  Once we get on set they assign us to a location that is convenient for the talent to get to.  Scanning a head can be done in 15 minutes, but if it's a full body, we ask for an hour and a half to two hours to scan everything.

Alex: What are some of the challenges of 3D scanning?

Nick: For us, in this business, part of the challenge of 3D scanning is just getting the character in front of you. Working on movies, it takes a while for the Director, actually it is typically the Assistant Director that they call AD1, AD2 or the Second AD, to get them over to you to be scanned. 

"We describe it as moments of boredom 
punctuated by hours of terror" 

because then you have everyone screaming at you, "How long is it going to take?" and "We need to get him back!” So, that is one challenge. Another really big challenge is when we are on a really big film and the visual effects crew selects about 4 or 5 production companies to work with and we are doing all of the scanning. So if we scan 60 or 70 characters and everybody wants their character now, then we have to bring on a lot more people or slow down the production, or do something. So that is a bit challenging, but the key to the whole thing is communication. You keep communicating with them what you can do and how fast you can do it. You can normally get through this without stepping on too many toes or hurting anybodies feelings.

Alex: That kind of leads into the next question. What do you for look for in an artist or scan technician that you would hire as part of your team?

TNG EFFECTS - Specular  Cross-polarized!

Nick: Aaah, that is very important because we don’t want to start from the ground up and train somebody in 3D scanning or modeling. So, what we do is go to different schools.  There are so many great ones out there like The Academy of Arts and The Art Institute, there are groups of them out there now to select from. But, there are a lot of good artists out there that are freelance artists, or are looking for new positions. Unfortunately, in Visual Effects there have been so many layoffs that there are many people available to us in the field. So, we look for people with  extremely good skills in modeling and in sculpting. There are a couple of programs, Mudbox is one and Zbrush, and once we put the model together they go in to sculpt and to put some really fine detail in it to replicate the model. Another skill we look for is someone who is really good with texturing, of putting the color back on the model so it is photo realistic and when you put the model against the real photo you say, "Wow! I can’t tell which is which." Those are some of the skills on the 3D graphics side. If we are looking for additional technicians, somebody who is a great photographer and understands how photography really works inside and out would be a great asset to us, as well as how to set up some of the 3D scanning stuff. We found that someone who really knows photography really good really understands the scanning side of it pretty well.

Alex: Thank you for your industry insights! I am sure many Celebrity English readers who are interested in Visual Effects will find your career advice very informative!

Alex: Now going back to the TNG Visual Effects Company itself, you have done so many outstanding projects! Most recently in the thrilling new TV series Sleepy Hollow, but can you tell us about some projects that really stand out in your mind?

Nick: The biggest, latest one that stood out in my mind was Twilight. We were involved with film 3 and 4. They were pretty much done together. We scanned over 100 heads on that one, and about as half as many bodies.

Twilight_Kristen Stewart_Robert Pattinson_Taylor Lautner

Alex: WOW!

Nick: And we were out there with them for a couple of weeks. It was amazing! Just meeting all of the people, the actors and all of the people involved, and watching them filming...that kind of sticks out in my mind. They have a very large cult following on that show and the bodyguards were watching over the actors...and then meeting the main actors, they were really down to earth, really nice people. I really enjoyed that one!

Alex: Twilight – Sounds Amazing! What can we look forward to from TNG Visual Effects in the future?

Nick: Well, we are constantly looking around the world for new technologies, new ideas, new concepts that will help us push the technology further, depending on who is coming out with what. There are scanners out of Russia, out of Canada, out of the US...who are really getting them out of Germany. So, there is a lot of great technology coming from around the world that helps us to get our job done. We are looking at putting more satellites in more places, as production wants more local services as opposed to just a service in Los Angeles. 
We are going to try to populate at least 5 more locations in North America, and then will look at having
satellite locations in Europe and Asia. We are on the move and trying to grow. We are involved and proliferating our name around the world.

Where’s your closest TNG location?

Alex: Nick Tesi of TNG Visual Effects, thank you very much for this amazing, industry insightful interview.

Nick: You are welcome, Alex.

To see more of this phenomenal 3D Scanning team go to:

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Celebrity English also highly recommends Nick Tesi’s Blog! 
It is the best of the best!

TNG Visual Effects Updates:

2014-October - The Endeavour!

Magnopus along with TNG Visual Effects were given the rare opportunity to board the space shuttle and capture the inside before it was sealed off permanently. We gathered as much data as possible in preparation for a variety of augmented and virtual reality experiences that will be designed to inspire future generations, and enrapture visitors from around the world. In addition to the photography and 360ยบ videography, Nick Tesi and the team at TNG scanned the inside in great detail using LIDAR and other 3D scanners.

More TNG Visual Effects Updates 2014!

No words necessary!

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Monday Night (Oct 21)! Celebrity speaker, coach, author, TV and radio personality will be featured at Celebrity English!

Scott Schmaren is amazing and will change your life forever!

Scott Schmaren speaker, coach, author, TV and radio personality

 See you soon and stay healthy! Alex

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Language Learning Section – Natural Language
Vocabulary Boost! 

Vocabulary Theme:  Visual Effects in Movies and TV

Instructions: Write the meanings of the words below.  If you don't know a word try to guess the meaning from the context in the interview above with Mr. Nick Tesi.  Finally, check out the vocabulary on the Internet.  If you aren't successful, don’t worry, the answers are down below.

hardware =

software =

3D graphics =

motion capture =

3D scanning =

Special Effects =

Visual Effects =

building blowing up =

flip cars over =

on-demand way of working  =

workflow =

movie industry =

AD1 =

AD2 =

production companies =

modeling =

sculpting =

Mudbox  =

Zbrush =

replicate the model =

photography =

satellite locations =

proliferating =

Answers ideas:

hardware = hardware: (computer science) the mechanical, magnetic, electronic, and electrical components making up a computer system.

software = (computer science) written programs or procedures or rules and associated documentation pertaining to the operation of a computer system and that are stored in read/write memory.

3D graphics = This field of computer graphics is concerned with generating and displaying three-dimensional objects in a two-dimensional space, the display screen.

motion capture = the process or technique of recording patterns of movement digitally, especially the recording of an actor's movements for the purpose of animating a digital character in a film or computer game.

3D scanning = to scan a person or object in order to create a 3 dimensional replica.

Special Effects = :  visual or sound effects introduced into a motion picture, video recording, or taped television production.

Visual Effects = (commonly shortened to Visual FX or VFX) are the various processes by which imagery is created and/or manipulated outside the context of a live action shot. Visual effects involve the integration of live-action footage and generated imagery to create environments which look realistic, but would be dangerous, expensive, impractical, or simply impossible to capture on film. Visual effects using computer generated imagery has recently become accessible to the independent filmmaker with the introduction of affordable and user friendly animation and compositing software.

building 'blowing up' = exploding;destroyed (as by explosion).

flip cars over = to flip over something: turn upside down, or throw so as to reverse

'on-demand' way of working  = on-demand as soon as or whenever required.

workflow = the sequence of industrial, administrative, or other processes through which a piece of work passes from initiation to completion.

movie industry = film industry: the entertainment industries involved in producing and distributing movies.

AD1 = Abbreviation for Assistant Director One.

AD2 = Abbreviation for Assistant Director Two.

production companies = A production company provides the physical basis for works in the realms of the performing arts, new media art, film, television, radio, and video.

modeling = or computer modeling; create replicated models on the computer.

sculpting = or computer sculpting; create sculptures on the computer. 

Mudbox = Mudbox® digital painting and digital sculpting software enables you to create

production-ready 3D digital artwork.

Zbrush = ZBrush is a digital sculpting tool that combines 3D/2.5D modeling, texturing and painting.

replicate the model = to repeat or copy a model exactly.

photography = the art or practice of taking and processing photographs.

satellite locations = (business meaning) A small project unit or department which is physically separated from its corporate headquarters.

proliferating = : to increase in number or amount quickly