Tesla starts Australian “tiny house” tour to show off energy products

first_imgDavid Curry Tesla’s fully renewable ‘tiny house’ has started its tour of Australia, aiming “to educate the public on how to generate, store, and use renewable energy for their home.”The tiny house is fitted with Tesla’s solar panels and a Powerwall, the company’s energy storage solution. A Model X will tow the house on its tour of Australia, starting in Melbourne before heading to multiple locations in Sydney, Brisbane, and Adelaide.See Also: How Helsinki is bringing smart city innovation to its coreInside the house, customers can run their home through a mobile design studio, to see how much energy their home could generate, store, and save. Tesla is hoping to sell the full solution to customers, as adding the Powerwall can potentially take customers off the electrical grid.Tesla already has a major investment in Australia, in the form of a lithium-ion battery. Elon Musk agreed to build the largest lithium-ion plant – three times larger than the current record holder – for South Australia in under 100 days.The solar panel and Powerwall solution would also help Australians that are struggling to receive solid power from the grid, by using energy taken from solar panels during the day and, if necessary, using and storing energy from the grid at off peak times.Australia is the ninth largest country by solar capacity, but environmentalists believe the country could be much higher if it invested more into solar solutions. Tags:#Australia#battery storage#energy#Model X#Powerwall#solar power#Tesla Related Posts The Top 5 Issues Faced by Futuristscenter_img Get Smarter About Enterprise Management with AI Aramco, Holder of the Largest IPO in History is… How Much of Your Home Life Will Be Automated in…last_img read more

Industry Interview: Cinematographer Adrian Peng Correia

first_imgPremiumBeat sat down with cinematographer Adrian Peng Correia to delve into the relationships and approaches behind his craft.From Glow to Ramy to American Princess, cinematographer Adrian Peng Correia has worked with Netflix, Hulu, and Lifetime to bring an array of sensibilities to life.Image via GLOW (Ali Goldstein/Netflix).PremiumBeat: In the beginning of your career, you worked on many short films. How valuable is it for a young cinematographer to work consistently, even if the budget is minimal? What did you learn from those experiences that helped, once you had the resources of a network behind you?Adrian Peng Correia: Working is critical. There is no real substitute for it, in any regard. The chance to assess written material and represent it visually is too specific an experience to replicate in theory. Also, every experience is different, and the breadth of lessons and insights learned about your craft are immeasurable. You have to work to access that, so any opportunity you can get to shoot in the beginning of your career is a worthwhile endeavor. I know it was for me. The connective tissue between artistic intent, managerial strategy, and interpersonal relationships and leadership are all developed and wrought from shooting on-set with a crew. You refine your taste, not just for how to use camera and light, but how a set is dressed and how to take advantage of it, how to shoot particular costuming, make up, and hair — you refine your style and taste, essentially who you are as a shooter. A cinematographer’s ability to conduct all these separate elements and orchestrate a film’s visuals grow and shift through the projects they are able to shoot. Once you start to work on bigger productions, your instincts and decision-making have been sharpened through these experiences, and allow you to react and improvise with more dexterity and calculated certainty — that saves the one commodity that everyone wants more of and often cannot afford: time.Adrian Peng Corria. (Photo by Sara Terry.)PB: When you get hired on a new project, what is your artistic process? Do you start with the material, the director’s and producers’ visualization, or building your own team? Do you feel the DP’s role is as a collaborator or, rather, to serve the material or vision of the director?APC: It always starts with the script and how the director or showrunner sees the film. I, of course, have my own ideas about how the world should be realized, but it must be in concert with their vision. I can argue for how and why, but in the end, you must strive to make the same picture. Two artistic perspectives that are operating on different wavelengths will result in either failed or unrealized ideas, which in the end, means the same thing — failure. I still do my own diligence in all regards to building the proscenium of light and color and style and meaning. And then, filter and shape it into the film we are all making as a team, hopefully with the production design, costume, hair, and makeup. They are the foundations of the visual world, after all.In terms of how I plan my photography, it is all based in my emotional and psychological response to the material and how the emotional beats of the movie play. How does the execution of the camerawork most fully express those ideas and tones. Once that process begins, and it can be very quick or more languidly paced, depending on the material and people, I begin to put together the crew I think will be best suited to not only the technical aspects, but the artistic and interpersonal, as well. The machinery of the crew must be precise, and personalities and methodologies that can compromise me and the work, in any regard, must be avoided to ensure we can succeed. The DP’s role is to be all these things to everyone. We must collaborate to formulate the taste and style of the show through our director’s and creators’ ideas, and from the page. These are all core principles, but they are also all connected to the people we work with every day. Creativity exists in our own personal vacuum only so much, but through the interplay of all departments, ideas often expand and become richer.Image via GLOW (Ali Goldstein/Netflix).PB: You came on board for the second season of GLOW. Is it difficult to join a critically successful show that has an established aesthetic? How did the ’80s setting play into your choices for color, light, and frame?APC: It is only difficult if you’re expected to be an exact replica of the person you are replacing. If a show allows you to express your ideas and techniques freely, but within the established frame of the show, then the interesting and unexpected can yield exciting results. My experience was Liz and Carly wanted someone to come in and move their show into a new universe, visually, while honoring the work Christian Sprenger had so lovingly shot in season one. I tried to hold onto the practical motivations for lighting that Christian used from season one, while straddling the lines between naturalism and stylization, that often ended up colliding within our characters’ show and real lives. We didn’t venture too wildly into color in the everyday, and tried to focus on using color contrast for separation in the areas where it was justified. Or, if it worked in heightening the comedy or drama, we could freely dip our toes into that water. Again, emotion and psychology were my road maps for when to amp-up our style or when to pull back and play things more straight.All the other elements of the production are really high energy on the style meter, so that can allow for the photography to be a bit more reserved, and temper or exacerbate the energy. If you’re in the ring, it naturally lends itself to more flamboyance, while something like Ruth admitting to Russell her feelings of insecurity, mandated a camera and a lighting style that allowed the actors to shine simply and truly, without artifice.Image via Ramy (Craig Blankenhorn/A24 Television).PB: The Hulu breakout hit Ramy delves into the comedy of its creator — star Ramy Youssef — navigating his Muslim faith and relationships in northern New Jersey. Are there any unique creative challenges when working with an artist who writes, sometimes directs, and stars in his series?APC: No, it makes things simpler. You’re talking about harnessing and distilling a single creative ideal and perspective. Sure, there is a room full of writers, and lots of creative voices, but you’re really trying to channel Ramy. His voice is the compass, and when you lay out an idea of a cinematographic outline for a series, you can fully understand and feel confident that if it resonates with his worldview, then you’re on the right track. It is actually a clear and exhilarating experience, in that regard. When you’re dealing with such specificity, and it is in a realm and people that are relatively untraversed, you have not only great responsibility to render that world truly and compassionately, but undeniable freedom.American Princess via A+E StudiosPB: Currently, you’re working again with Jamie Denbo (who you worked with on GLOW), on the Lifetime series American Princess. Is the artistic shorthand a value add when you’ve collaborated before on a project? Or is each new project its own thing? What excites you about American Princess, and why should people tune in?APC: Shorthand helps on-set for sure, but in terms of a new project, it is always a new canvas. I think you must allow yourself that freedom, and frankly, the risk to jump freely headlong into the new material, unencumbered by the past or the expectations of your relationships. Each show or film is a new crucible, that’s part of the reason why I love it so much. The surprise of what comes out of the process of creation can redirect, sometimes painfully, preconceived notions and foundations of intent for scripts, characters, even singular moments. I think we, as filmmakers, should always be open to these realignments, because it always spurs growth of some kind.I think American Princess is a comedy with a great positive outlook on the world and the capacity for people to accept one another and to change the paths of their own lives. It has a remarkable, honest sentiment to its comedy and approach to character. It just also happens to be wrapped in this really broad and bawdy comedic style that calls to mind screwball comedies and the simple humanity of great John Hughes films, from the 1980s. I think it’s a really wonderful show, and I am super proud of it, our cast, and most especially of Jamie. She is an incandescently talented woman, and I would love to work with her again, in a heartbeat.Cover image via Glow.Looking for more industry interviews? Check these out.Industry Insights: The Horror Scores of The Newton BrothersVFX Master Michael Conelly Talks AR and VR TechnologyIndustry Interview: Emmy-Nominated Composer Dominik ScherrerIndustry Interview: Documentary Editor Aaron WickendenIndustry Interview: DJ Stipsen, DP of “What We Do in the Shadows”last_img read more

Islanders Rebound, Top Devils, 3-1

first_imgUNIONDALE, N.Y. — The New York Islanders are brimming with confidence these days, thanks to a standout goalie and a newfound winning attitude.Jaroslav Halak made 34 saves for his ninth straight win, and Cal Clutterbuck scored his third goal of the season as the Islanders earned a 3-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Nov. 29.New York (17-7), which had a five-game winning streak snapped Nov. 28 at Washington, has won 12 of 14. This is the fastest the Islanders have gotten to 17 victories.“We’re doing some good things and we believe in ourselves,” Islanders captain John Tavares said. “You can see the poise and composure we have now. We just have to keep that going.”Halak has been a force, going 12-4 in his first season with the Islanders. “I’m not thinking of how many games I’ve won in the past,” said Halak, who made 16 saves in a tense third period, including five during a 5-on-3 Devils’ power play. “I’m only as good as my last game.”Islanders coach Jack Capuano knows how vital Halak has been to the team’s success.“I thought our goaltender was excellent,” Capuano said. “We knew that they would make a push, and we did whatever we could to withstand it. We’ve had a long stretch — six games in nine days — and it showed tonight. But our goalie made the difference.”Casey Cizikas, who scored an empty-net goal to seal it, agreed with his coach. “He’s been unbelievable,” Cizikas said. “He’s kept us in games and he was such a huge part of the win.”The Devils (9-11-4), beaten by Detroit in a shootout on Nov. 28, lost their fourth straight. Damien Brunner scored his first goal since Oct. 24, and Cory Schneider made 25 saves.“We played better in the second and third periods, but we didn’t get the result, and that’s what matters,” said Schneider, who started in goal for the 23rd time in New Jersey’s 24 games. “We gave them everything we had down the stretch. Sometimes, you just don’t get the bounce to tie things up.“We played well, but it’s a results-based business, and we’re not getting the results.”New York took a 2-1 lead 3:32 into the second period when defenseman Calvin de Haan fired a wrist shot that was deflected in by Clutterbuck’s stick. The goal was originally given to de Haan but was changed to Clutterbuck during the second intermission.The Islanders controlled play early, and they grabbed a 1-0 lead on Nikolay Kulemin’s fifth goal.Kyle Okposo took a slap shot that Schneider easily stopped, but he was unaware that the puck trickled through his pads and was inches from the goal line. Kulemin got behind the defense and poked the puck past Schneider.“I thought I had it,” Schneider said. “I didn’t know it got past me.”The Devils tied it 1:47 later on Brunner’s second of the season. Defenseman Adam Larsson fired a shot that was deflected in front by Brunner. “It was a good deflection and got me to the far side,” Halak said. “There’s not much you can do about that.”New Jersey dominated the third period, and held a 16-2 edge in shots, but couldn’t net the tying goal.With nine minutes left, the Devils recorded five straight shots at Halak. The best chance came on a backhanded attempt by Michael Ryder.New Jersey then had a 5-on-3 advantage for nearly a minute toward the end of regulation, but the Islanders killed it.Capuano said that is a sign of his team’s maturity. “When we had to contain, we did,” Capuano said. “We have a different attitude, and it showed. From top to bottom, we know we’re not going to lose.(JIM HAGUE)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more