High-Octane Filmmaking – with Top Gear director Avi Cohen – ON THE GO – Episode 65

In this episode of cinema5D ON THE GO, we meet high-octane automotive director Avi Cohen, and discuss his work on the famous car show Top Gear.

Avi Cohen

With a portfolio of work focusing mostly on automobiles, we knew that fast cars were nothing new to Avi Cohen — we were sure he was going to feel right at home in our ON THE GO Mustang.

Avi’s is the kind of life story many out there would envy. With a late start in filmmaking in his mid-20’s in San Francisco while taking a few film classes in community college, he experienced an instant connection and understanding of the visual language.

After moving to Los Angeles, Avi Cohen picked up a Sony EX1 to shoot content that he found interesting in order to put together a reel. Not having the usual network of actors, directors and other contacts that film school offers, Avi’s subjects consisted mostly of skaters, dirt bike riders and snails.

However, it was during this experimental stage that he honed his skills in shooting cars, and developed his own vision which eventually landed him a role as a director on Top Gear. Check out the trailer for the upcoming season below!

Avi Cohen also tells us about the work dynamics of shooting Top Gear, his interaction with the writers, and how it all comes together.

Stay tuned for the second half of our chat with director Avi Cohen! In the meantime, head over to Avi’s website to see more of his work.

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IIT Kharagpur: Number of Phd degree pursuers to go up

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur

In a bid to enhance its innovative research, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur will ensure that there are higher number of PhDs.

IITKGP Director, Prof Partha Pratim Chakrabarti said, “We are aware that there must be more PhDs from top institutions like IIT. PhD students should be capable of innovative research to take the country forward.”  He was replying to a question about Padma Vibhushan recipient and eminent scientist Prof Man Mohan Sharma’s observation at yesterday’s 63rd convocation of IITKGP that output of PhDs in IITKGP should be higher.

“There should be 650 PhDs in a year by 2022 from IITKGP. No other IIT in the country has such a broad spectrum of courses like the IITKGP,” Sharma said in his convocation address as the chief guest.

“Develop contents from all important journals and not solely depend on Google,” Sharma told the graduating students at the convocation.

No involvement of teachers in research

The IITKGP director, who pointed out the need to have innovative aspects in the curriculum, said “as part of that mission we have decided to let undergraduate science honours students work on their own at the laboratory without any involvement of teachers. They will work on their own in the lab, conceive ideas and work on it,” the director, who was accompanied by other faculty members at the press meet, said.

To Sharma’s observation at the convocation that IITKGP should come out with policy paper for water transportation in terms of setting up canals, pipelines and optimal utilisation, Chakrabarti said, “IITKGP is working on projects on how to conserve water in drought situation.”

[ Source : intoday ]

Pokemon Go Is Introducing Legendary Pokemon This Weekend

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  • First legendary Pokemon this weekend
  • Pokemon Go Fest attendees will have first chance
  • Will likely roll out to everyone on July 23

Legendary Pokemon are on their way to Pokemon Go, Niantic announced in a video on Thursday. The first chance at catching them will go to attendees of the Pokemon Go Fest in Chicago on Saturday, July 22. Players will have to work together to defeat legendary Pokemon, using the new Raids feature that was introduced last month. “Once in the wild, trainers can search for unique legendary eggs at gym locations around the world,” Niantic added in a statement. “Players can team up with friends and other trainers to join legendary raid battle to defeat the legendary Pokemon and earn a chance to catch it.”

If the players in Chicago’s Grant Park are successful in defeating the monster, raid battles for legendary Pokemon will begin rolling out around the world on Sunday, July 23. Players everywhere will get a chance to defeat the same Pokemon as those in Chicago. There’s no word on what this Pokemon will be, though we don’t have to wait long to find out.

Niantic has said that the legendary Pokemon – if caught – will behave the same as regular Pokemon, except they can’t be used to defend Gyms in Pokemon Go. Of course what they’re really about is showing off to your friends, and be on your way to catch ’em all.

Pokemon Go celebrated its first anniversary earlier this month, which followed on the heels of its summer update that included Raids as well as revamped Gyms. This month, Niantic also gave trainers the option to catch Pikachu wearing Ash’s hat.


Longer academic year in UP: Teaching days to go up to 220 from 180


Universities and colleges in Uttar Pradesh will now make good use of technology in their teaching pedagogy. They will also get a lot of time to do so because the number of teaching days will be increased from 180 days at present to 220 days.

These decisions were taken at a conference of vice chancellors of a number of universities at a conference convened on Thursday before the start of the academic session in Lucknow.

Like in the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), the university and college teachers will be asked to upload their lectures on websites ahead of classes. This will help students to come better prepared for classes and teaching will be more interactive. .

The number of teaching days will also be increased from the present 180 days to 220 days and from next year and the academic session in higher educational institutions will begin from July 10, 2018 instead of the usual July 16, deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma said while briefing the media about the decisions taken at the conference.

Other issues that came up for discussions included increasing the tenure of VCs of state universities from the present three years to five years.No final decisions were taken.

Restoring of student union elections in state universities was also discussed but there was no consensus on the matter.

Some of the vice chancellors had issues with student union polls because they feared that it would derail academic sessions and disrupt peace on campus as student politics were usually followed by law and order problems.

More than 30 heads of universities participated in the first of its kind after the BJP government came to power in March this year.