THIBODAUX, La. – Freshman Katie Jones was committed to play volleyball for Nicholls State University in the fall of 2017, but a diagnosis of Stage 2 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in early July saw those plans quickly change.A 6-2 outside/right-side hitter from Mont Belvieu, Texas, Jones verbally committed the day after her visit to Thibodaux. She already had a connection on the squad, competing alongside Colonel teammate Jennifer Olivarez on the Houston Stellar club team under coach Nancy Cole.When the summer before her first semester came around, Jones noticed a swollen lymph node on her neck. A family doctor ran tests and saw no issue with the bump. Jones then visited M.D. Anderson, the most well-renowned cancer center in Houston, to receive a biopsy, and the doctors realized the lymph node was indeed cancerous.“At that point [when I was told I had cancer] the world stood still,” Jones said. “I was thinking, ‘What in the world, why now?’ I waited a week to let it settle in so I wouldn’t be so emotional when I called coach.”Even after being diagnosed, Jones originally intended to play during the 2017 season, setting up treatments with Ochsner in New Orleans while still attending classes. Not feeling well the first three days on campus, Jones went back to Ochsner only to realize she had a bacterial infection that dropped her white blood cell count to almost zero. That one-month span put Jones between a rock and a hard place.“I kind of decided that it wasn’t the opportunity for me or the risk I needed to take,” Jones said. “So I thought that I should probably go home, sit down and think about it. I finally decided that I was going to leave this semester and not play in the fall – go home, get better and then come back.”Jones would make a surprise return to Nicholls on Oct. 6 when the Colonels faced Abilene Christian for their annual cancer awareness match. With Jones watching from the stands, Nicholls pulled off an emotional five-set upset against the Wildcats, who finished runner-up at the SLC Tournament.After undergoing two cycles of treatments, Jones was deemed cancer-free and received two more cycles that ran into mid-November. Jones returned to the court with her club team and then with the Colonels, quickly realizing that it would take time to get back to form.“It wasn’t the same,” Jones said. “I felt really out of shape. I couldn’t jump, and I couldn’t lift a lot, so it was really hard for me. I’m not back to where I want to be or back to where I was, but it’s still great being here with everyone. This is my family.”Big congratulations to Katie Jones, 18 Elite, on her commitment to Nicholls State University. ?????? @katiejoness_14 pic.twitter.com/86nwSAZuon— Houston Stellar VB (@houstonstellar) October 28, 2016 Although four months without training set Jones back on the court, she is still hopeful because of the progress she has made since returning.“When I couldn’t do anything for that long my muscles deteriorated a lot so it’s hard getting back into it,” Jones said. “It’s like I’m starting from scratch. It has been hard to get back in shape, especially with my lungs – it feels like it’s hard to breath. In conditioning I have to go a lot easier than all the other girls do and I lift a lot lighter, but it’s definitely been a drastic change from the beginning to now.”The recent hiring of head coach Jay Van Vark has Jones even more excited to return to the court for the Colonels in 2018.“Coach Jay has been amazing honestly,” Jones said. “He’s made such a change in the last two months. He’s implemented new skills that I never would have thought of doing. He’s made me think more outside the box than I ever would have with any other coach. He’s more about what you’re doing in detail than the result of it. He’s done a lot for us the past two months that he’s been here.”Story courtesy of Nicholls Athletics
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Western Bureau: Arnett Gardens moved six points clear of Reno FC in the race for top-six spots in the Red Stripe Premier League, after second half substitute Kamal Malcolm netted an injury time winner in their 1-0 victory over their host at the STETHS Sports Complex yesterday. Malcolm, who came on in the 69th minute, was in the right place to fire home from close range, when Lennox Russell wasted a straightforward chance. “This was a game for six points and it was a good game of football. We played a disciplined game right to the end and of course we are happy with the result,” said Arnett’s head coach Jerome Waite. It was a result that gave them back-to-back wins and one that should fire their drive up the standings, according to Waite while bringing Reno down to earth after their strong showing against the league champions last week. Arnett began the game with more purpose and had three shots on target to dominate the first 30 minutes of the contest. After settling, Reno began looking smooth in attacks although more often than not had their thrust rebuffed by the Arnett Gardens defence. The game really sparked to life in the 50th minute, when Oniel ‘Bigga’ Thompson was made to clear Afiba Chambers’ spectacular effort, when the Reno forward fired a volley, which beat goalkeeper Omarley Francis. Reno coach Godfrey Drummond handed a start to returning striker Jason McLean, but the former MBU attacker, who was locked out of playing minutes at the champions, was only too happy to parade his skills once again for Reno. However, he was found to be wanting too much, holding on to the ball far longer than necessary. That aside, he did have two clean strikes at goal that had Francis scrambling to save. With the match looking like a safe draw and the teams looking a sure bet to earn a point each, Russell found space inside the area to shoot, but his shot crashed against the upright and rebounded into the path of Malcolm, who made no mistake.
BACOLOD CITY – Ceres Negros’ historic AFC Cup run came to an end last Tuesday night at the hands of a big, strong and organized side from Central Asia. ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ “Emotions are empty,” said midfielder Stephan Schrock. “We left it all there on the pitch. It was a good game from us with the 1-1 but we knew after the 4-0 in Dushanbe that it was going to be tough. We needed a miracle.”The Busmen set out with a more attack minded formation with coach Risto Vidakovic going with three at the back. The home side still enjoyed plenty of possession but hardly created a clear cut chance early on. Herrera found the breakthrough off a corner from Manny Ott, but Istiklol also looked threatening with Roland Muller needing to produce some fine saves to keep the Busmen in the tie. Barkov snuffed the life out of the comeback with an instinctive strike inside the box just before the halftime whistle. “I’m sad and disappointed,” said Schrock. “But we showed that we deserved to be in this competition.”ADVERTISEMENT UAAP Wednesday games to push through Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Break new ground MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson A costly, catty dispute finally settled End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Winning start End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Facing a deficit that even the strongest teams can’t overcome, the Busmen were knocked out of the competition after a 1-1 draw with Istiklol of Tajikistan in the second leg of the inter zone semifinals at Panaad Stadium here. A 0-4 loss away in Dushanbe three weeks ago meant the Busmen fell 1-5 on aggregate and sent Istiklol to the inter zone finals where it will face either Bengaluru of India or 4.25 of North Korea. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogReturning from suspension, Spanish defender Super Herrera gave Ceres a glimmer of hope with a header off a corner in the 34th minute. But Dimitri Barkov pulled a goal back for the visitors just before the break, leaving the Busmen with an even tougher climb.Still, it was an impressive run for the Busmen after they survived a tough group stage and ousted former champion Johor Darul Ta’zim in the Asean zonal semifinals. The Busmen became the ASEAN representatives in the inter zonal semifinals after stunning Home United of Singapore in the zonal finals. It also meant that the Busmen were one of the six teams remaining in the competition that initially started with 52 clubs from 29 countries.
IOC, Tokyo organizers aim to cut costs for the 2020 Olympics MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson DAY6 is for everybody Adamson, however, didn’t had other plans when Sean Manganti lifted the Soaring Falcons to the third spot scoring the game-winner for the 73-71 Falcon win.As Manganti’s game-winner sank through the net, so did the hearts of the Maroons who slipped to 3-3 and the fifth seed.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogMaroons head coach Bo Perasol, however, was still proud of his team even though they left Smart Araneta Coliseum after a disappointing loss.“I can’t ask for more. We just have to pick up the good things about the game and find a way to get another win so that we get to four wins,” said Perasol Wednesday. “I think the good thing about this is the boys really wanted to bounce back, and that I can give them.” Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines needed just 22 seconds to take a victory lap all the way to the third seed in the standings of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.With 22 seconds remaining in the game and the game tied at 71-71, all the Fighting Maroons had to do was get a defensive stop.ADVERTISEMENT Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up After suffering a brutal loss to Far Eastern University, 78-59, the Maroons were looking to rebound strong against the Falcons.“I was really hoping for a bounce back game, but most of the time you cannot guarantee a win even though you really bounced back well,” said Perasol.Paul Desiderio could’ve been the hero for the Maroons when he tied the scores at 71-71 with 22 seconds left of the game but Manganti was in the right place at the right time to become Adamson’s savior.And as heartbreaking as their close loss was, Perasol are still staying positive as they try to finish the first round on a winning record.“If we can finish the first round at 4-3 and when was the last time UP finished at 4-3?” said Perasol. “That’s the positive that I see. They’re going to believe we’re getting to 4-3.”ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES How to help the Taal evacuees View comments
An out of control barge on Saturday afternoon crashed into the Demerara Harbour Bridge (DHB), forcing management to restrict heavy vehicles from traversing on the bridge until further notice.According to reports, upon contact with the bridge, the barge reportedly knocked away two pontoons (steel structures attached to the bridge to keep it afloat) on the eastern end of the bridge.Traffic moving slowly along the eastern side of the Harbour BridgeWhen contacted, General Manager of the Harbour Bridge, Rawlston Adams told Guyana Times that he and his team were on the bridge, trying to assess and fix whatever damage was done.“We are currently working on it,” he managed to tell this newspaper.Nevertheless, shortly after the incident, the DHB Management took to its Facebook page to alert the public that all heavy-duty vehicles will be prohibited from crossing the bridge.“All motor lorries and all laden canters and tractors will be restricted from transiting the bridge until further notice. Management wishes to apologise for any inconvenience caused,” the bridge company said on its social media.Meanwhile, as is customary, whenever there is an issue at the bridge, the traffic builds up along the East Bank Public Road, as well as on the western side of the bridge.
Of course, there’s nothing nearly so unusual about his combination of celebrity charisma and artistic craftsmanship when you consider him alongside his truest forebears. “I wouldn’t want to compare myself to anybody,” Jackson says. “But if I was going to say somebody I wanted to be like, of course, the two singer/songwriters in country music that stick out to me are Hank Williams Sr. and Merle Haggard. I don’t know that there are two any better. I just don’t put myself in that category.”Alan Jackson at the EnCana Events Centre Thursday March 31, 2011. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10a.m. Alan Jackson is making his way back to the EnCana Events Centre.Thursday March 31, 2011, Alan Jackson with George Canyon and the Harters will be in Dawson Creek. Tickets go on sale Friday December 10 at 10a.m.- Advertisement -Become a fan of Moose FM on Facebook for your chance to purchase tickets before they go on sale to the general public. To join our Facebook page, visit www.facebook.com/moosefm. Last time Alan Jackson came to the EnCana Events Centre, tickets sold-out in less than an hour.All this week listen to 100.1 Moose FM for your chance to win tickets with the Alan Jackson Jukebox. You get the chance to pick a song on our jukebox, if it turns out to be an Alan Jackson song, you’ll win tickets to the show.Tickets are $96, $106 and $126 plus any applicable fees. Once tickets go on sale, get them at Tiger Box Office Plus, Dawson Co-op High Performance Ticket Outlet, 1-877-339-TIXX (8499), or www.dawsonco-optickets.com.Locomotives aren’t much about bluster. They’re more about power, speed, efficiency, rugged beauty, and drive. So is the career of Alan Jackson, which recently passed the 20-year signpost without the slightest stall in sight. The country music superstar cites no particular ulterior motive in naming his new album Freight Train, although he will allow that maybe there’s just the hint of a career metaphor in there. “This title just jumped out at me,” he says. “When you really think about it, man, we’ve been rolling along here for a lot of years, still going like a train.” Momentum: you can’t beat it, and Jackson’s still got it. He’s sold more than 50 million albums and had 34 No. 1 hits—three of those off his last album, 2008’sGood Time. As superstars go, he’s one of only a handful of artists who’ve been around for two decades who still regularly top the country chart. And unlike the other veteran smashmakers who can make that claim, he’s the only one who is a true singer/songwriter, penning most of his own material.Advertisement
Barcelona are now 11 points clear at the top of La Liga (Agency Photo)Barcelona will be the 2018/19 La Liga champions, unless something dramatic happens in the last 7 games of the season.The Bulgranas moved closer to this year’s crown, a ninth in 11 seasons, as they dispatched second placed Atletico 2-0 at the Camp Nou.After the visitors striker Diego Costa was sent off in the first half, Barcelona scored two late goals to seal a 22nd league victory of the season.Luis Suarez scored the first goal on 85 minutes before Messi scored his 33rd of the campaign a minute later.Victory sees Barcelona move to 73 points, 11 ahead of Atletico with only 7 games to play.In Madrid, Real had to come from a goal down to defeat hard fighting Eibar 2-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu.Marc Cardona put the visitors in front on 39 minutes, a lead they held until halftime.In the second half, Karim Benzema took the initiative, scoring twice to win the game for Zinedin Zidane’s side. First the French striker struck on 59 minutes before sealing victory 9 minutes from time.The result means Real (60) are now two points behind second placed Atletico, with 7 games to play.In the battle for the remaining Champions League spot, Getafe and Sevilla won, Valencia lost while Alaves drew.In their games, Getafe defeated Bilbao 1-0, Sevilla were 2-0 winners away to Real Valladolid, Valencia were beaten 2-0 by Rayo Vallecano while Alaves were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Leganes.Elsewhere, only Espanyol, Celta Vigo and Betis won their respective fixtures. Espanyol defeated Girona 2-1, Celta were 3-1 winners at home to Real Sociedad while Betis overcame troubled Villarreal 2-1 at the Abanca Balaidos.In the Serie A, Juventus moved 20 points clear at the top of the League thanks to a 2-1 victory at home to AC Milan.Milan took the lead on 39 minutes through striker Krzysztof Pitek but Juve leveled matters from a penalty which was converted by Paulo Dybala on the hour mark.With the game headed for a draw, up stepped teenage sensation Moise Kean who scored the winner with six minutes from time.Kean celebrates scoring the winner against Milan on Saturday.The win sees Juve move onto 84 points, 20 clear of second placed Napoli, with 7 games to play.For Napoli, they were held to a 1-1 draw at home to 10-man Genoa on Sunday night.After Stefano Sturaro was sent off on 28 minutes, Dries Mertens gave Napoli the lead six minutes later, one they held until Darko Lazovic equalized at the stroke of halftime.Napoli dominated play in the second half, created a host of chances but failed to score again as the game ended 1-1.The point means that they now move onto 64 points from 31 games.In the bakrzysztof-pitekttel for the remaining two Champions league slots, only Roma amongst Inter, AC, Lazio and Atalanta, won their weekend’s fixture.The Romans defeated Sampdoria 1-0 away from home with Daniele De Rossi scoring the winning goal on 75 minutes. Inter and Atalanta drew 0-0 at the San Siro, AC lost 2-1 at Juve while Lazio drew 1-1 at home to Sassuolo.Elsewhere, Cagliari, Udinese and Frosinone were the other winners over the weekend.Cagliari beat SPAL 2-1, Udinese were 3-2 winners over Empoli while Frosinone sturned Fiorentina 1-0 at the Artemio Franchi.In the Ligue One, none of the top six was victorious on game week 31.PSG (1st) drew 2-2 at home to Strasbourg, Lille (2nd) drew 1-1 away to Reims (6th), Lyon (3rd) lost 3-1 at home to Dijon, St. Etienne (4th) draw 2-2 with Amiens and Marseille (5th) lost 2-0 against Bordeaux.Despite the draw, PSG still leads the standings with 81 points, 20 ahead of Lille, with 7 games to go in the season.PSG still lead the Ligue One with 20 points.Elsewhere, only Nimes and Toulouse were victorious last weekend. Nimes defeated Caen 2-0 while Toulouse were 1-0 winners over Nantes.In the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich returned to the top of the standings after humiliating rivals Borussia Dortmund 5-0 on Saturday.In the biggest league match in the country, Bayern were just too strong for Lucien Favre’s side, taking an early lead inside 10 minutes through Mats Hummels. By halftime, it was 4-0 with Robert Lewandowski, Javier Martinez and Serge Gnabry adding a goal each.In the second period, Lewandowski added a fifth to seal a comfortable 5-0 victory for the Bavarians.The win sees Bayern climb back on top of the standings with 64 points, one ahead of second placed Dortmund with only six games to play in the season.Bayern are now top of the Bundesliga.In the battle for top four, RB Leipzig (3rd) beat Bayer Leverkusen 4-2, Frankfurt (4th) powered past Schalke 2-1, Gladbach (5th) drew 1-1 with Bremen (8th), Wolfsburg (6th) were 3-1 winners over Hannover while Hoffenheim (7th) beat Augsburg 4-0.Elsewhere, only Dusseldorf and Mainz were the other teams that registered victories in their respective fixtures.Düsseldorf defeated Hertha Berlin 2-1 while Mainz drubbed Freiburg 5-0.Results from the La Liga:-Girona 1-2 Espanyol-Real Madrid 2-1 Eibar-Rayo Vallecano 2-0 Valencia-Barcelona 2-0 Atletico Madrid-Deportivo Alavés 1-1 Leganés-Getafe 1-0 Bilbao-Valladolid 0-2 Sevilla-Celta Vigo 3-1 Real Sociedad-Levante 2-2 Huesca-Real Betis 2-1 VillarrealResults from the Italian Serie A:-Parma 0-0 Torino-Juventus 2-1 AC Milan-Sampdoria 0-1 Roma-Fiorentina 0-1 Frosinone-Udinese 3-2 Empoli-Cagliari 2-1 SPAL-Inter Milan 0-0 Atalanta-Lazio 2-2 Sassuolo-Napoli 1-1 Genoa– Monday, Bologna vs ChievoResults from the French Ligue One:-Bordeaux 2-0 Marseille-Lyon 1-3 Dijon-Amiens 2-2 Saint Etienne-Angers 3-3 Rennes-Guingamp 1-1 Monaco-Nîmes 2-0 Caen-Reims 1-1 Lille-Toulouse 1-0 Nantes-Nice 1-0 Montpellier-PSG 2-2 StrasbourgResults from the German Bundesliga:-Mainz 5-0 Freiburg-Schalke 1-2 Frankfurt-Leverkusen 2-4 Leipzig-Stuttgart 1-1 Nuremberg-Hertha 1-2 Dusseldorf-Wolfsburg 3-1 Hannover-Bayern 5-0 Dortmund-Augsburg 0-4 Hoffenheim-Monchengladbach 1-1 BremenComments Tags: French Ligue OneGerman BundesligaItalian Serie ASpanish La Liga
The National Empowerment Fund (NEF) is a government agency set up to provide capital for black economic empowerment transactions.The aim of the NEF is to ensure that black economic empowerment benefits not only the black elite but also women, workers, the youth, people with disabilities and the rural poor. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterEstablished via legislation, the NEF is a driver and a thought-leader in promoting and facilitating black economic participation through the provision of financial and non- financial support to black empowered businesses, as well as by promoting a culture of savings and investment among black people.Download: The National Empowerment Fund Act No 105 of 1998 and the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act No. 53 of 2003 [PDF]The NEF Trust operates under the umbrella of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and is governed by a board of trustees which is chaired by the director-general of the DTI.It has as its strategic objectives:promotion and support of business ventures pioneered and run by black people;promotion of the understanding of equity ownership among black people;provide black people with direct and indirect opportunities to acquire share interests in state-owned and private business enterprises;encourage and promotion of investments, savings and meaningful economic participation among black people.The NEF’s mandate and funding are in line with national growth and industrial objectives which aim to increase South Africa’s competitiveness and support for co- operatives and small businesses.As the debate concerning what constitutes meaningful and sustainable BB-BEE evolves, the NEF says it anticipates future funding and investment requirements to help black individuals, communities and businesses achieve each element of the Codes of Good Practice on B-BBEE.Download: The Codes of Good Practice [PDF]These include a focus on preferential procurement, broadening the reach of black equity ownership, transformation in management and staff and preventing the dilution of black shareholding.Broad-based black economic empowerment, or B-BBEE, is a strategy to ensure all South Africans are able to meanfully participate in the mainstream economy. (Image: Brand South Africa)Empowerment dividendThe agency’s main investment areas are construction, information and communication technology and media, and food and agro-processing.The impact of the NEF is not driven only by financial terms, but by the “empowerment dividend”. This is made up of criteria such as:Broad-based black economic empowerment (ownership, management control, employment equity, skills)Black women empowermentJob creationGrowth sectorsGeographic spreadInvestment returnTransactions concludedFocused fundsSME and rural and community developmentThe iMbewu Fund supports black entrepreneurs wishing to start new businesses as well support existing black-owned enterprises with expansion capital. The Fund supports these entities by offering debt, quasi-equity and equity finance products. Funding threshold: R250 000 to R10-million.The iMbewu Fund offer supports to black entrepreneurs with expansion capital. (Image: SA Tourism)The NEF Rural and Community Development Fund provides investment from R1-million to R50-million to commercially viable projects that seek to economically benefit communities in rural and peri-urban areas. Sectors to be funded include: primary and secondary agriculture; agro-processing; manufacturing; tourism; agro-forestry; retail property development; aqua and marine culture; small-scale mining; renewal energy.Corporate finance and venture capitalThe NEF uMnotho Fund is designed to improve access to BEE capital. It provides investment debt and equity solutions from R2-million to R75-million, focusing mainly on providing capital to finance acquisitions, expansions and new ventures.Strategic projects fund is focused on increasing the inclusion of black people in early-stage projects. While sectors are those identified as important drivers of growth by the government, each project will be judged on economic merit and ability to deliver on the development mandate.How do I apply for funding?Whether a start-up or an exisiting business, applicants must fill in an application form once they have familiarised themselves with the NEF requirements and products. The application serves as a screening document, after which you may be requested to draw up a comprehensive business plan.See:Funding solutions on the NEF websiteContact the NEFCall centre: 0861 843 633 / 0861 (THE NEF)Website: www.nefcorp.co.zaEmail:For general enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org/For funding enquiries: email@example.comWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
From audio recording to zoom lenses, these insightful filmmaking tutorials are not to be missed.There’s a lot to learn in the filmmaking world. From scripts to distribution, there are a seemingly endless number of skills and techniques to master. This can be overwhelming for both new filmmakers and seasoned veterans alike. So, to save some time, we’ve compiled a list of eight filmmaking tutorials every filmmaker should watch. Even if you have years of experience, these comprehensive tutorials can be a great refresher to help kickstart your inspiration.1. How to Format a ScreenplayTutorial By: Indy MogulWriting a screenplay is not like writing a book; in the industry, there’s a very specific structure in which scripts are formatted. So, once you’re ready to put your ideas on paper, it’s a good idea to have your formatting down. Luckily, software like Celtx can help you format your script with ease. In this quick tutorial, Russell Hasenauer from Indy Mogul shows us a few basics of script formatting.2. How to Storyboard and Schedule Your FilmTutorial by: Film RiotOne of the best ways to convey what you want a shot to look like is to storyboard. Storyboarding is essentially a small picture that shows basic framing and composition. A storyboard can be incredibly detailed or simple. Really, it all depends on the scale of your film – and, frankly, your drawing skills.One of the most common mistakes made by young filmmakers is poor scheduling. Shooting a film takes a lot of time. So, if you want your film to be the best it can be, you need to quickly learn how to allocate enough time to shoot your scenes well while staying under budget. This quick tutorial shows us how it’s done.3. The Casting Process and Casting Call Dos & Don’ts!Tutorial by: Film RiotWant to ruin your film before it’s shot? Cast a bad actor to play your lead. In yet another fantastic tutorial created by Film Riot, Ryan Connolly shares a few tips for perfecting the casting process.4. Lenses, Composition, and Camera AnglesTutorial by: Tom AntosWhen it comes to composition, there are many rules to keep in mind: Don’t cut across the 180 degree line, always move more than 30 degrees between shots, observe the rule of thirds, etc.While these rules are certainly helpful, they aren’t mandatory – they’re only helpful guides to make the whole filmmaking process easier. In this quick tutorial, Tom Antos shares a few of the basic filmmaking rules to help us better understand composition.5. F-Stops vs T-StopsTutorial by: Matt GrangerAs one of the foundational elements of the exposure triangle, understanding your aperture is incredibly important to understanding cinematography in general. Early in your filmmaking journey you probably learned of the F-Stop, a mathematical formula designed to help photographers and filmmakers understand the speed of a lens. But in the filmmaking world, the even more accurate T-Stop is a better way to understand how much light is actually hitting the camera sensor. In this tutorial, Matt Granger shares the difference between an F-Stop and a T-Stop.6. Camera Movement Tutorial: How to Create EmotionTutorial by: The Slanted LensCamera movements have a huge role in conveying emotion and hidden meaning that couldn’t be shown through actors alone. In this awesome tutorial, The Slanted Lens shows us a few camera movement techniques that can be used to convey emotion.7. Basic Cinematic LightingTutorial by: RealmPicturesWant to make your film look more professional? Invest in some lights. Controlled lighting has the power to dynamically change the overall look and feel of your film, but don’t take my word for it. Check out this quick tutorial by DP Eve Hazleton, where she explains some of the basics of film lighting.8. The Basics of Recording Audio for Digital VideoTutorial By: Filmmaker IQIt’s often said that a film is 50% what is seen and 50% what is heard. Audio plays a vital role in any film. Want to find out if you’re watching an indie film or a blockbuster feature? Just close your eyes. Professional filmmakers know that audio is an incredibly important investment, but there’s a lot to learn. In this tutorial by John P. Hess of Filmmaker IQ, we take a look at some of the basics of recording audio on location.Want to take your filmmaking skills to the next level? Check out a few of these awesome tutorials here on the Premiumbeat blog:15 Common Filmmaking Mistakes10 Filmmaking News Sites You Should Visit EverydayChristopher Nolan Filmmaking MasterclassKnow of any other must-watch filmmaking tutorials? Let us hear about them in the comments below.