Our Top April Fool’s Day Office Pranks

Our Top April Fool’s Day Office Pranks

There is nothing we love more at Global Media Desk than a good laugh with our co-workers. And nothing makes us chuckle louder than April Fool’s Day office pranks. Check out this list of our favorite office pranks and be sure to share them with your team.







 

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Infographic: Broadcast Firsts at the Olympics

Infographic: Broadcast Firsts at the Olympics

Thanks to the growth of broadcast media technology, more of the world can join in the celebration of sportsmanship and athletic achievements that is the Olympic Games. From the historically triumphant gold medal wins of Jesse Owens in 1936, to the record breaking achievements of Michael Phelps in 2008, innovations in broadcasting have allowed for everyone to experience the thrill of the Games.

Infographic: Broadcast Firsts at the Olympics

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Global Media Desk has been providing on-demand, high-quality, local satellite and up-link services, production crews, photographers, and interpreters in Brazil and around the world for over 15 years. We have seen and done it all, so please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about events in a specific country or region. Ready to hire the best local crew for you project? Fill out our free quote form and you can have access to the highest-quality crews. It is as simple as point. click. covered.

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Non-profits Helping Us Make Meaningful Human Connections Globally

With the holidays fast approaching it is the perfect time to remember what this time of year is all about. While decorations, festive dinners, and non-stop shopping sprees are icons of the season, connecting with people is at the core of what makes any holiday special. Below is a list of notable organizations that help touch people’s lives in areas of health, human rights, education, youth outreach, and disaster relief. Giving to those in need is what brings us all a bit closer together throughout the year.

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Direct Relief works to improve the health of people living in high-need areas by strengthening fragile health systems and increasing access to quality health care in 70 countries around the world.
Donate: https://secure2.convio.net/dri/site/Donation2

 

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Doctors Without Borders help people worldwide where the need is greatest, delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters or exclusion from health care.
Donate: https://donate.doctorswithoutborders.org/onetime.cfm

 

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Donate to victims of the Nov. 13th Paris Terrorist attacks. Donations made in honor of the victims will therefore support Foundation de France’s new program “Give For France” dedicated to support organizations addressing the needs of the victims of the attacks and their families and healing from terrorism and radicalization, through educational programs and citizenship initiatives.
Donate: http://fdnweb.org/ffdf/donors/how-to-give/

 

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Founded in 1915, Helen Keller International is dedicated to saving the sight and lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. They combat the causes and consequences of blindness and malnutrition by establishing programs based on evidence and research in vision, health and nutrition.
Donate: https://secure2.convio.net/hekein/site/Donation2?df_id=1860&1860.donation=form1

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MAP International is a global health and relief organization that partners with people living in conditions of poverty to save lives and develop healthier families and communities.
Donate: http://www.map.org

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UNICEF works to give a fair chance in life to every child, everywhere, especially the most disadvantaged. From distributing lifesaving aid to children in the aftermath of World War II to fighting Ebola, UNICEF has been working for children for almost 70 years.
Donate: http://www.unicef.org

 

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The United Nations Foundation dedicates themselves to reducing childhood mortality from disease, advocating for the rights of women and girls, improving disaster relief, creating a clean energy future, and ensuring a strong, well-funded UN.
Donate: http://www.unfoundation.org/how-to-help/donate/

 

A few organizations that are near and dear to the Global Media Desk team:

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Be The Match is a global leader in bone marrow transplantation. They conduct research to improve transplant outcomes provide support and resources for patients, and partner with a global network.
Donate: https://bethematch.org/Support-the-Cause/Donate-financially/
Volunteer: https://bethematch.org/Support-the-Cause/Participate/Volunteer/

 

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Caterina’s Club serves over 1,800 low-income children a nutritionally balanced meal of freshly made pasta and vegetables 5 nights a week all year long. Over 1 Million meals have been served and rapidly counting.
Donate: http://www.caterinasclub.org/how-to-donate/
Volunteering: http://www.caterinasclub.org/getinvolved/

 

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Friends & Helpers provides support and encouragement for the women, teens and children (and sometimes men), all of whom are trying to help themselves out of a violent, hurtful situation.
Donate: http://www.friendsandhelpers.org/donations/
Volunteering: http://www.friendsandhelpers.org/volunteer-information/

 

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The objective of Meet Kate is to support needy children and their families in the area of Gomoa and Agona district (Ghana) in their basic needs and right.
Donate: https://www.globalgiving.org/donate/9259/meet-kate-foundation/

 

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International Medical Corps is working to relieve the suffering of those impacted by war, natural disaster and disease by delivering vital health care services that focus on training, helping devastated populations return to self-reliance.
Donate: https://internationalmedicalcorps.org/donate

 

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The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is the largest humanitarian network in the world. Its mission is to alleviate human suffering, protect life and health, and uphold human dignity especially during armed conflicts and other emergencies
Donate: http://www.icrc.org/eng/donations/

 

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MOAS (the Migrant Offshore Aid Station) is dedicated to preventing loss of life at sea by providing professional search and rescue assistance to people who find themselves in distress on high sea or trapped on unsafe vessels.
Donate: http://www.moas.eu/donate/

 

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Quick Sports Photography Tips for Attendees of the 11th All Africa Games 2015

Quick Sports Photography Tips for Attendees of the 11th All Africa Games 2015

Nearly rivaling the importance and prestige of the Official Olympic Games, the 11th All Africa Games 2015 boasts a formidable athletic venue that will play host to 52 nations across the continent competing in 22 sporting events. Tens of thousands of international visitors worldwide are gearing up to partake of this sporting event in Brazzaville, and not only experience the players, teams, and exquisitely designed sports arenas, but also capture that perfect photographic memento.

While not every photographer can boost the latest gear, we can provide quick tips that will have you shooting sporting events like a pro.

Photograph Where the Action Will Be

Trying to capture the perfect moment of athletes in motion can be a daunting task, but staying one step ahead can help ensure your camera properly frames the action. Featured events at The All Africa Games, such as volleyball and basketball can offer photo opportunities near the net as athletes spike the ball or go in for a slam-dunk. Staying one step ahead of the game can be especially important for mobile phone photography due to the slight delay when capturing images.

The Eyes Have It

One critical detail to remember when photographing sports is to try and include the athlete’s eyes in your shots. The eyes can convey much emotion and help communicate the moment. The eye can also provide a good focal point when focusing your photo. While certain athletic events like fencing or swimming pose a difficult challenge for this tip, other events like football and judo can provide ample opportunities to focus on the eyes.

Closer is Better

Getting near the sidelines of any sporting event will ensure your camera can get close and personal to the event and truly capture the moment. This is especially true for event attendees who either don’t have the proper gear or simply want to use their mobile phones. Getting closer to the action provides more opportunities to properly capture the faces of athletes and better communicate the experience.

Burst into Action

Fast paced sporting events, such as cycling or tennis highlight athletic parous that plays out in an instant. When photographing sports, ensure to capture enough photos of key moments to later select the gems. Burst mode is the perfect option when trying to capture high speed sequences of action. You’re free to focus on the athletes while your camera does the rest.

Use JPEG Instead

While for most digital photography RAW is recommended for maximum image quality, JPEG is the winner when it comes to sports photography. Speed is the discernible factor here. The compressed JPEG format allows for an increased number of photos that can be taken during burst mode, which is helpful when capturing quick actions like shoulder throws in this year’s All Africa Games judo events.

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At the Global Media Desk we have been providing top-quality photographers and video production crews for global sporting events around the world for fifteen years. Please contact us for future media needs for the All Africa Games 2015 in the Republic of the Congo,  2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de JaneiroWorld Games 2017 in Poland2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia or other global sporting events.

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Photo credit: By tableatny (BXP135660) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Neumann U87 Condenser Microphone by Will Fisher, on Flickr

5 Quick Tips for Translating an Animated Film or T.V. Series for Global Distribution

When preparing an animated feature film or Television series for international distribution, proper localization is key to connecting with regional audiences. While some productions may only need a direct translation during post-production, most will want cultural adjustments to ensure the film or series remains relatable.  The following quick tips highlight a few key areas to pay attention to when preparing your next animated hit for global screens.

1. Focus on Quality

A high quality dub that is tailored specifically to a particular region is vitally important in any translated film. Disney’s Frozen, for example, was an international box-office success partially because of its high quality localization efforts.

  • The Frozen song “Let It Go” was translated to over 41 languages and multiple voice actresses where carefully selected throughout the world to portray the lead of Elsa.

2. Use Consistent Dub Voices

Consistency with the use of voice actors, especially in an animated T.V. series, can be a sticking point for many loyal international fans. Each character should have a specific vocal personality that is maintained throughout the film or series.

  • In the Hungarian dub of Family Guy, the series was inconsistent with the voice actors used to portray certain characters and fans were quick to alert the creators about the changes.

3. Pay Attention to Culture

The diversity of world cultures can pose a unique challenge for translators, especially for films that rely heavily on American references like DreamWorks’ Shrek. The Shrek films strike a delicate balance of portraying humor while remaining relevant to the region.

  • In the Polish dub of Shrek, instead of Donkey being threatened with being kicked, it was changed to Donkey being threatened with going to the meat house because it is a cultural reference to a Polish fairy tale.

4. Location, Location, Location

The setting of an animated film or T.V. series should relate to the audience and be more of an integrated effort rather than a post-production afterthought. In an effort to appeal to U.S. audiences, Pokémon producers adjusted dubs and visuals as the series progressed.

  • The Pokémon series initially attempted to reference a fantasy location, but recognizable Japanese landmarks hindered the illusion. Producers later made the show setting more culturally neutral and also included visuals of typical American foods.

5. Customize Visuals

While proper translation and portrayal of vocals is vitally important to the localization of an animated production, the visuals can really drive the audience connection home. Pixar understands the need to be visually relatable to their international audiences, which is reflected in the efforts of its localization team.

  • In Pixar’s Monsters University, the studio replaced writing on everything from cupcakes to report cards prior to its international releases.
  • A vision of a hockey game in Pixar’s Inside Out was replaced with a soccer game to be more relatable to U.K. audiences.

 

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Photo credit: Neumann U87 Condenser Microphone by Will Fisher, on Flickr

Pigeon Point, Tobago by neiljs, on Flickr

Top 5 Islands with the Best Film Incentives

Want to get stuck on a beautiful, exotic island for your next production shoot?  Islands around the world boost some hefty film incentives which make them that much more enticing as a shoot location. With 15 years of experience providing video production services globally, we pinpointed the top 5 islands with the best film incentives for your next film or television shoot.

Malta

Malta: view from Valetta by Berit Watkin, on Flickr

Feature film clout, eclectic scenery, and substantial film incentives highlight why this island nation has appealed to so many foreign productions. Located south of Italy in the Mediterranean Sea, Malta has provided the backdrop for multiple high profile features, such as World War Z, Gladiator, and The Da Vinci Code.

27% Cash Refund

  • 25% cash refund is available for all foreign feature film, television, and documentary productions.
  • 2% additional cash refund available if Malta is featured culturally in production.
  • Tax credits vary depending on capital investment or value of wages.

Mauritius

Île aux Cerfs by clry2, on Flickr

The breathtaking scenery, wide-ranging environments, and international film tax credits offered by this island nation easily earn it a spot on any location scouts must-see list. Found in the Indian Ocean and off the southeast coast of Africa, Mauritius provides majestic vistas ranging from white sand beaches and primal forests to stone-cut waterfalls and rugged peaks.

30% Tax Credit

  • 30% tax credit on all international productions of feature films, televisions series, and documentaries.
  • Tax credit available on all qualifies production expenses within the Mauritius.

Canary Islands

la gomera by Till Krech, on Flickr

Blending a diverse selection of scenery and year-round enviable weather, the Canary Islands welcomes international filmmakers with deep film incentives and world-class production support. Nestled off the southern coast of Morocco, the Canary Island’s varied scenery has been featured in films, such as Fast & Furious 6, Clash of the Titans, and the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

35%-40% Tax Credit

  • 35% tax credit for all international feature films in the region.
  • 38%-40% tax credit for international coproduction of feature films, television episodes, animated films, and documentaries.

Trinidad

trinidad by Martin Abegglen, on Flickr

Easily accessible locations, quick access to varied scenery, and generous cash rebates highlight Trinidad as a go to spot for international filmmakers. This Caribbean island provides a multitude of backdrops ranging from white sand beaches, weathered ruins, and dense swamps to historic military forts, modern city centers, and urban areas.

35%-55% Cash Rebate

  • 35% cash rebate on all local production expenses of feature films, television series, documentaries, and animated films.
  • Up to 55% cash rebate on qualifying local labor costs.

Vancouver Island

Saanich Inlet by David Stanley, on Flickr

Vancouver Island has played host to hit films and television productions as diverse as its scenery. This Canadian island has provided the backdrop for such notable productions as Twilight Saga: New Moon and Eclipse, X-men Trilogy, and the X-Files series. With a higher available tax credit for international film productions and the ability to emulate everything from Central Park to Napa Valley, this island has much to offer.

35%-78.5% Tax Credit

  • 35%-78.5% tax credit for all international film and television productions.
  • Filmmakers can stack incentives offered.
  • Certain genres are excluded including reality television, advertising, and live sports events.

Find Out More

At the Global Media Desk we have been helping productions find the highest-quality local crews in cities and countries around the world for over 15 years.  We are here to help!  Please contact us with any questions you may have about filming in a particular region or fill out a free quote to see how we can make your production a complete success.

Photo credits:
Pigeon Point, Tobago by neiljs, on Flickr
Malta: view from Valetta by Berit Watkin, on Flickr
Île aux Cerfs by clry2, on Flickr
trinidad by Martin Abegglen, on Flickr
la gomera by Till Krech, on Flickr
Saanich Inlet by David Stanley, on Flickr