Game of Thrones Cinematographer Defends Episode 3’s Dark Battle Scenes, Blames Fans’ TV Settings

Game of Thrones Cinematographer Defends Episode 3’s Dark Battle Scenes, Blames Fans’ TV Settings

Source: TV Line  By  / 

Were you squinting to see what was happening during Game of Thrones‘ Battle of Winterfell? The episode’s cinematographer says you might just need to adjust your TV set.

Many fans complained that certain scenes in Sunday’s climactic episode of Throneswere too dark to make out, but the director of photography Fabian Wagner, who shot “The Long Night,” lays the blame instead on fans’ TV settings. “A lot of the problem is that a lot of people don’t know how to tune their TVs properly,” Wagner told Wired UK. “A lot of people also, unfortunately, watch it on small iPads, which in no way can do justice to a show like that anyway.”

Even the room a viewer watches it can have an impact on the visuals, Wagner adds: “Game of Thrones is a cinematic show, and therefore you have to watch it like you’re at a cinema: in a darkened room… if you watch a night scene in a brightly lit room, then that won’t help you see the image properly.”

Besides, the episode’s murky visual palette was a conscious choice…..Read more at https://tvline.com/2019/04/30/game-of-thrones-season-8-episode-3-too-dark/

Comments from RG:  if you like me, were one of the 17 plus million viewers, of Episode 3 last week, it did not disappoint. Good explanation on the lighting ….Maybe a little dim sometimes but suspenseful every second. Can’t wait until tonight. 

Ways to finance deep energy retrofits from around the world

Ways to finance deep energy retrofits from around the world

Source: The Fifth Estate     By David Thorpe  March 2019

(Article condensed and this is partial section; see link for full article below)

It’s not possible for the world to just “fuel switch our way out of global climate disruption” according to one construction industry observer. We have to invest significantly in making buildings energy efficient at a rate much greater than we do now.

But as anyone in this game knows, the financial returns on investing in eco-retrofitting buildings are hard to capture. That isn’t stopping people from trying, with Great Britain, the USA, and Canada taking very different route

Utilities are financing retrofits in the USA

As might be expected, in the USA it’s left to the private sector utilities to find ways of funding energy retrofits. You might wonder why they would want to, but it’s often cheaper for them to do this than invest in new generation plant.

As a result, utilities across the US spent $7.9 billion (AU$11.4 billion) on energy efficiency programs in 2017. Investments specifically targeted at affordable multifamily buildings have grown significantly in recent years.

Non-profit affordable housing providers who are members of Stewards for Affordable Housing for the Future received an average of $750/unit (AU$1057) in utility incentives and consequent annual utility bill savings exceeding $125/unit (AU$176) at participating properties. But there remains an estimated $16 billion (AU$22.55 billion) savings potential in the sector. 

That’s partly because of the many barriers that exist. Occupants of these houses have limited time or capability to participate in these programs and while industry players have done their best to make it as easy as possible, there is a way to go.

These energy efficiency upgrades fall into three main categories: 

  1. whole building retrofits
  2. direct installation of efficient appliances, and 
  3. prescriptive and custom incentives, or product rebates.

California’s Low-Income Weatherization Program is one example. Others are the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s Multifamily Performance Program and CenterPoint Energy and Xcel Energy’s Multifamily Building Efficiency Program in Minnesota.

In Pennsylvania, the PECO Smart Multifamily Solutions Program offers building owners direct installation measures for lighting and water efficiency measures in common areas and units, at the same time assessing properties for potential energy savings.

Prescriptive programs offer financial contributions for standard energy efficiency projects like HVAC or lighting upgrades. 

Others offer custom financial incentives for more complex projects. Examples of these are the Consumers Energy Multifamily Program in Michigan and the ComEd Low-Income Multifamily Program in Illinois, where owners can improve their HVAC systems and install efficient light bulbs or appliances or apply for incentives to save money on other upgrades.

These programs have shown that several barriers can be overcome if tackled the right way

These ways are:

  1. Free or highly subsidised measures address one of the biggest barriers to efficiency in rental properties — the split incentive.
  1. Whole-building incentives based on energy savings thresholds encourage deeper retrofits and help owners make more cost-effective investments and benefit from greater bill savings.
  1. One-stop-shops or technical assistance overcome the problem of residents’ low capacity to manage retrofits by offering a single point of contact for everything.
  1. Programs targeting multifamily-specific issues such as common areas and measures or metering make it much easier to get people on board.

Read more and the full article at https://www.thefifthestate.com.au/innovation/design/ways-to-finance-deep-energy-retrofits-from-around-the-world/

Comments by RG:  Interesting read about how energy upgrades are financed in different areas. Here in the USA the Utilities play a major role. Contact me here on my site for help and to discuss the help available to you.

 

 

 

 

GREEN CREATIVE releases miniFIT Gimbal, a 1” and 2” adjustable aiming mini downlight

GREEN CREATIVE releases miniFIT Gimbal, a 1” and 2” adjustable aiming mini downlight

 

GREEN CREATIVE proudly announces the launch of the 1” and 2” miniFIT Gimbal luminaires.

San Bruno, CA, United States (PRUnderground) March 27th, 2019

MiniFIT gimbals offer up to 600 lumens in a compact form factor.  In addition, the fixture’s easily adjustable nature allows for them to be installed in any orientation in the ceiling to graze textured walls, highlight artwork, or emphasize architectural features” said Chad McSpadden, product Manager at GREEN CREATIVE.

The gimbals come with a 38° beam acrylic optic, producing a consistent, precise beam of light. They rotate 360° and tilt up to 30°, giving you the ability to get the right light in the right place! These features make it the ideal companion for any residential, retail and hospitality applications.

The luminaires come in 90 CRI minimum, last 50,000 hours and come in 2700K, 3000K, and 4000K CCT. MiniFIT Gimbals are ENERGY STAR certified, JA8 compliant, as well as IC and Air-tight rated.

These products are available through GREEN CREATIVE distributors and are ready to ship from the company’s west, central and east coast distribution centersDetailed information and data sheets for the 1” and 2” miniFIT Gimbals are available.

Comments by RG:  if your looking for a recessed, round compact light source with lots of flexibility, great color, and high efficiency these fixtures may be great for you. Contact me here on my website if you want to consider these for your next lighting project.

 

Reducing energy use in aging buildings is worth the investment

Reducing energy use in aging buildings is worth the investment

Source: The Seattle Times   Date: March 19, 2019

Helping property owners refurbish and upgrade the energy efficiency of their buildings would save money, generate jobs and reduce carbon pollution.

The Washington Legislature can act now to improve the environment, grow good-paying jobs and save money. Those triple bottom-line benefits are all possible if the Clean Buildings for Washington Act (Second Substitute HB 1257) becomes law. That’s why our organizations — the NW Energy Coalition, the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council and the BlueGreen Alliance — enthusiastically support this effort.

In Washington, our buildings account for 27 percent of greenhouse-gas emissions. They are our fastest growing and second largest source of emissions — up 50 percent since 1990 — and commercial buildings make up approximately half of these emissions. Unlike cars, buildings last a long time and, without investment to address their energy use, they will continue to waste money and create unnecessary climate pollution.

This legislation would take decisive action by renewing and investing in large, older commercial buildings of greater than 50,000 square feet. This is a small portion — about 6 percent — of the commercial buildings in Washington, but they make an outsized contribution to our emissions.
The Clean Buildings Act would reduce energy use in these buildings for a very low cost. Read more at https://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/reducing-energy-use-in-aging-buildings-is-worth-the-investment/
Comments by RG:  Favorable Acts, Legislation, and Rebates all can really help to improve lighting and energy projects.  This pending Washington Act would be great for Property owners in that area. Contact me here on site for what is available in your area. 

 

The Retail Apocalypse Is Not as Bad as It Seems

The Retail Apocalypse Is Not as Bad as It Seems

Source: The Motley Fool  3.16.19 By Adam Levine-Weinberg

U.S. retailers have already announced about 5,000 store closures since the beginning of 2019, but the amount of space that is opening up is quite manageable.

It’s only mid-March, and U.S. retailers have already announced close to 5,000 store closures since the beginning of the year. That compares to 5,524 during all of 2018, according to Coresight Research.

This data point may make it seem like the retail apocalypse has taken a dramatic turn for the worse in 2019. That said, store closure announcements tend to be clustered near the beginning of the year, as retailers assess their position following the busy holiday shopping season.

Moreover, the total number of store closures is not necessarily the best metric for tracking the impact of the retail apocalypse on malls and shopping centers across the country. In fact, the pace of store closures in 2019 is very manageable compared to the demand for new space.

Not all store closures are created equal

In 2017 and 2018, the retail sector was rocked by a huge wave of department store closures. Macy’s and J.C. Penney (NYSE:JCP) closed more than 200 stores combined — accounting for more than 20 million square feet of space — as they tried to shore up their profitability. Bon-Ton Stores, which had 262 stores totaling 24 million square feet as of early 2017, went out of business in 2018, closing all of its stores.

Most notably, Sears Holdings shrank dramatically. In early 2017, the company had more than 1,400 Kmart and full-line Sears stores in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico). The small fragment of the company that survived a late-2018 bankruptcy filing will operate about 425 stores going forward. The roughly 1,000 stores that got the axe accounted for well over 100 million square feet of space.

By contrast, the vast majority of the stores closing in 2019 are “in-line” retailers that operate much smaller stores. Read the full article at https://www.fool.com/investing/2019/03/16/the-retail-apocalypse-is-not-as-bad-as-it-seems.aspx

Comments by RG: Finally some positive news about the retail market and how other companies do have a good use for empty spaces.  News store openings by others and new, non-traditional, creative use of the retail spaces will help lessen the impact.