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The Emu, kidnapped by the American pirate

Susannah Lallemont, was condemned to death (some sources say that Susannah was only 16.)  Still, “the prisonner was recommended to mercy, on account of her age.” Perhaps “mercy” meant that her death would not be as gruesome as some. Perhaps it was lucky that the empire “needed” colonists. Susannah was repreived to a life of […]

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midsummer nights rearranged dream

Words taken from the start of Helena’s final speech in Scene II, rearranged: Helena: So I am, Love’s folding mind, wing’d Cupid looks not with the mind, but with the eyes; Through Athens I thought Things base and vile. But what of that? no quantity as Demetrius thinks Love so; He will not know: Because […]

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Above the line or below the line

Above the Line: In a film budget, departments whose key members are traditionally recruited before the film’s financing is in place and before the budget is written.  These include development (costs and investment recoupment), story and screenplay, direction, production, cast, and any associated fringes. – Ptara’s guidebook. Michael Wohl may the the world’s foremost expert on […]

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After the movie is shot, we can begin to assemble it

“Even if I improve a film 1 percent, that’s important to me,” Sam Pollard We’ve written the script, storyboarded the film, planned it, budgeted it, raised money (though not as much as we’d hoped), and now we shot the picture for Dara Says. Recently, someone congratulated us for finishing the film.   “Congratulations on finishing […]

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Interview of a job hunt: from Pizza Hut to the Ben Franklin of the 21st century

In the past Ptara interviewed documentarians and historians, those who have been published and won awards. We’ve had some interesting viewpoints from those who’ve studied history and used it for work. This time, we published an entrepreneur, and the Employee for the 21st century, a man who’s career includes coding Javascript, sharing statistics, and serving […]

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