La Cañada Presbyterian Church to Host National Faith Leaders at “Heart & Soul” Conference

first_imgFaith & Religion Events La Cañada Presbyterian Church to Host National Faith Leaders at “Heart & Soul” Conference National faith leaders gathering for Heart & Soul Conference at La Cañada Presbyterian Church in La Cañada-June 27-29. Published on Thursday, June 7, 2012 | 2:16 pm Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Top of the News Subscribe Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * More Cool Stuff Business News Make a comment Dr. Dallas WillardAlong with Shepherd’s House in Pasadena, CA, La Cañada Presbyterian Church is proud to be hosting “The Heart and Soul Conference: Forming Spiritual and Emotional Maturity,” June 27-29, at the church. Designed to change the way the church views and equips leaders for discipleship, emotional and relational maturity and recovery, “The Heart and Soul Conference” includes sessions offering training and practical life application.Never before has this entire group of speakers come together to share how emotional, spiritual and relational maturity are connected to forming a person to be who God has designed them to be. With such an amazing gathering of national faith leaders, the church is proud to be hosting the conference in La Cañada, CA.On June 28, Dr. Dallas Willard will be the featured keynote speaker. A Professor in the School of Philosophy at the University of Southern California, Dr. Willard has spent his life equipping people with resources that transform lives from the inside out. His books include “Knowing Christ Today,” “The Great Omission,” which received a Christianity Today annual Book Award, “Renovation of the Heart,” which received Christianity Today’s 2003 Book Award in the category of Spirituality, and “The Divine Conspiracy,” which was selected Christianity Today’s “Book of the Year” for 1999.Other national faith leaders who will lead conference sessions include:• Curt Thompson, Ph.D. Psychiatrist, Author, Anatomy of the Soul• James Wilhoit, Ph.D. Author, Professor, Wheaton College• Keith Meyer, Ph.D. Author, Pastor, Speaker,• Valerie Hess, M.M. Author, Speaker, Musician• Jan Johnson, D. Min. Author, Speaker, Spiritual Director• David Takle, M. Div. Author, Speaker, Forming Creator• Bill St. Cyr, Ph.D. VP Ambleside Schools International• Dan Struble, Ph.D. President, Montreat College, Author• Steve Porter, Ph.D. Author, Biola University A.P. Philosophy, Theology• Mindy Caliguire, MSFL, Founder and President Soul Care, Author• Pastor Ed Khouri, Author, Trainer Equipping Hearts, Thriving program• Karl Lehman, M.D. Psychiatrist, Author, Outsmarting Yourself• Charlotte Lehman, M.Div. Pastor, Speaker• Kim Campbell, PA Speaker, Shepherd’s House Board Member• Chris M. Coursey, M. Th. Author, Speaker, Director THRIVE TrainingTickets are $375 for all three days and $175 for one day. There will also be a dinner on Thursday, June 28, honoring Dr. Dallas and Jane Willard. Tickets for the dinner are $75 per person with the option to sponsor a table for 10 people. Frank Pastore will be the MC. Guest speakers for the dinner include Pastor Jack Hayford, Jan Johnson, Bishop Todd Hunter, Dr. Gary Moon and more. Registration ends on June 19. To download a brochure and register for the event go to http://www.thrivetoday.org/thrive2012Willard.html or call the THRIVE office at (309) 699-0171. The conference will be held at the church, 626 Foothill Boulevard, La Cañada.About La Cañada Presbyterian ChurchLa Cañada Presbyterian Church (LCPC) began in 1948 with 158 members and a vision to reach the world for Jesus Christ. That early church was built quite literally on faith and charity from remainder brick and an operating budget that turned just about all of its revenue into active ministry. Through 65 years of outreach, LCPC grew to 2,000 active attendees doing ministry throughout Southern California and in 40 countries around the world. In 2010 the church completed a campus expansion which doubled its physical base for ministry and kept its historical sanctuary as the heart of the new grounds.La Cañada Presbyterian Church, 626 Foothill Boulevard, La Cañada, (818) 790-6708 or visit www.lacanadapc.org.center_img Community News 12 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News HerbeautyGained Back All The Weight You Lost?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Signs Your Perfectionism Has Gotten Out Of ControlHerbeautyHerbeauty EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

University of Limerick researchers help Brazilian police combat distribution of child…

first_imgIs Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? A GROUP of researchers at the University of Limerick have teamed up with federal police in Brazil to combat the distribution of child pornography on the dark web.The research, recently published in the Nature’s Scientific Reports journal, details the results of applying network analysis to assess the effectiveness of Operation Darknet – a Brazilian Federal Police crackdown on one of largest paedophile online forums hidden by the Tor browser.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The police operation, carried out between 2014 and 2016, led to the arrest and identification of 182 users – 170 of which were distributors – and the rescue of six children. 766 of the more than 10,000 users were sharing content.The team of researchers from the Mathematics Applications Consortium for Science and Industry (MACSI) and the Centre for Social Issues Research, both based at UL, subsequently investigated how effective the operation was in disrupting the distribution of the content.The research team, which included a federal police officer from Brazil, used the analysis to suggest the best ways to target individuals to maximise the effect of this disruption.“Network analysis has previously been applied to drug trafficking networks and terrorist networks to identify structural weaknesses and key figures in these illicit networks,” explained Dr Pádraig Mac Carron, a postdoctoral researcher who worked with Dr Bruno da Cunha, Kleber A. Oliveira and Professor James Gleeson on the research.“Initially the police investigation was highly effective, quickly arresting those responsible for more than half the content provided. However, subsequent targets were less optimally selected. This analysis should lead to more efficient police interventions,” he added.The team believe the collaboration to be a first between Brazilian law enforcement and Irish mathematicians. Brazilian Justice Minister Sergio Moro, mentioned the UL research in a recent interview, outlining that “one should invest in intelligence methods to enrich police work” and that “the publication is an index of the quality of the scientific know-how of the Brazilian Federal Police”.The research was partly funded by Science Foundation Ireland and by the European Research Council.by Tom [email protected] Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Print Advertisement Limerick on Covid watch list Limerick social entrepreneurs honoured for their work in response to covid-19 WhatsApp Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Previous articleLimerick entrepreneurs encouraged to plan for short and long-term successNext articleDouble for Billy Lee and all this weeks Racing News Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Email TAGSBrazilCrimeeducationLimerick City and CountyResearchUniversity of Limerick Twitter Facebook TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! NewsCrime & CourtEducationUniversity of Limerick researchers help Brazilian police combat distribution of child pornographyBy Staff Reporter – February 17, 2020 458 Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past yearlast_img read more

Public Welcome To Open House For Treatment Facility

first_imgThe public is welcome to view the Unity House in Lawrenceburg on Monday. (Image courtesy: CMHC)An open house for Unity House, the residential component of the Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment (IDDT) Program of Community Mental Health Center, Inc. will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday at 608 Wilson Creek Road in Lawrenceburg.Unity House is a 10-bed residential treatment facility for individuals who have dual diagnoses of serious and persistent mental illnesses and substance use problems. A team of therapists, nurses, case managers, employment specialists, and program technicians work together with consumers to help them begin the journey of recovery and to maintain their progress on the journey.The event will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony with representatives from CMHC’s community partners on the Unity House project: Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction, Dearborn County Hospital, and the City of Lawrenceburg Redevelopment Commission.“We appreciate the support of DMHA, DCH and the City of Lawrenceburg on this project. They have made it possible for us to bring our services to a population of individuals truly in need of a specialized level of treatment,” said Tom Talbot, Executive Director of Community Mental Health Center, Inc.The public is welcome and encouraged to attend the open house, and light refreshments will be available. The entrance to Unity House is located behind Community Mental Health Center’s Main Center and the Dearborn County Hospital Federal Credit Union.CMHC’s Main Center is located at 285 Bielby Road in Lawrenceburg.“Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment is an evidence-based practice for providing mental health and substance abuse treatment services,” said Bridget Bascom-Hinkle, IDDT Program Director. “Decades of research for this model have shown positive outcomes for individuals in treatment by reducing the risk of homelessness, reducing hospitalizations and involvement in the criminal justice system, increasing opportunities for employment, and improvement in quality of life in general.”CMHC uses a network of facilities in Batesville, Brookville, Lawrenceburg, Rising Sun, St. Leon and Vevay to provide services in the counties of Dearborn, Franklin, Ohio, Ripley and Switzerland in Southeastern Indiana. The Center offers an array of services – including outpatient counseling, inpatient services to community and school-based services and housing services for individuals with serious and persistent mental illnesses.last_img read more

T&T’s football thrown into chaos as under-fire coach Saintfiet quits after five weeks

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Trinidad and Tobago’s football was thrown into chaos yesterday when men’s head coach Tom Saintfiet dramatically quit the post after just five weeks and four games in charge, citing a lack of support from the country’s Football Association.In a statement dated January 10, the 43-year-old Belgian said his appointment had been “second-guessed” from the first day by FA president David John-Williams and with critical 2018 World Cup qualifiers beckoning in March, did not believe he could succeed “in this environment”.Saintfiet’s sudden departure leaves the FA scrambling for a third head coach in two months following the sacking of Stephen Hart last November.“I would like to inform you all that I have decided to resign, today, Tuesday January 10 2017, as national team coach of Trinidad and Tobago,” Saintfiet said.“Given the mandate to guide the team past Panama and Mexico in the coming World Cup qualifiers of March 2017, I have come to the conclusion that I can’t be successful in this environment.”“From the first day of my unveiling, I did not get the support of the TTFA and its president, support which is needed to be able to do my job in a professional and successful way. I never got the chance to work with the players or staff requested.”He continued: “Perhaps I should have taken this decision right from day one of my appointment, after the president openly second-guessed his own choice of employing me. But I gave him at the TTFA the benefit of the doubt.”“It was an honour and privilege to work for a beautiful nation like Trinidad and Tobago and I wish the players, staff, TTFA, fans and the whole football family the very best.”Saintfiet made an unflattering start to his tenure, losing three of his four games in charge. In a two-match series away to Nicaragua last month, T&T lost the opening friendly 2-1 before winning the second game 3-1.Significantly, however, T&T last week lost both games in the Caribbean Cup playoff series, to miss out on any chance of qualifying for the prestigious CONCACAF Gold Cup in July.They went down 2-1 to Suriname and then succumbed 4-3 to Haiti.When Saintfiet was unveiled last month, John-Williams issued him with an ultimatum of winning the next two World Cup qualifiers or facing the axe.“If he doesn’t get the job done on the 24th (against Panama) and 28th of March 2017 (against Mexico), he will be looking for a job and I make no apologies for saying that,” John-Williams warned at the time.On Wednesday, the TTFA said the search for a new head coach would start immediately.“The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association wishes to advise that Tom Saintfiet issued a letter of resignation as head coach of the National Men’s Senior Team to TTFA president David John-Williams on Tuesday night,” a statement said.“The TTFA president then referred this letter to the Technical Committee of the TTFA and the Committee recommended that Saintfiet’s resignation be accepted and be ratified by the TTFA board.“The Technical Committee has advised that a replacement for the post of Men’s Senior Team head coach will be found in the shortest possible time and the TTFA will make an announcement on this in due course.”Saintfiet was a controversial choice to replace Stephen Hart who was fired last December, after the T&T’s poor start to the CONCACAF final round of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.He had never held a high-level coaching position nor stayed in one for an extensive period. In fact, his appointment as T&T coach represented his eighth posting in the last nine years following stints with Namibia, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Yemen, Malawi, Togo and Bangladesh.last_img read more

A TREAT OF FOLLY AND FIDDLERS FROM THE EARAGAIL ARTS FESTIVAL

first_imgThe Donegal County Council Cultural Services Regional Cultural Centre is presenting two exceptional outreach events on Sunday July 27th to mark the end of this year’s Earagail Arts Festival.Following a series of great Earagail concerts in the RCC over the past two weeks the Centre is organising the launch of an architectural installation at Ards Forest Park and presenting a gala fiddle concert at An Grianán Theatre.‘Jeffry’s House’ by architect Thomas O’Brien, artist Emily Mannion and thatcher Ivor Kilpatrick will be Officially Launched by Councillor John Campbell, Cathaoirleach Donegal County Council at Ards Forest Park, Creeslough on Sunday July 27th 2014 at 3.00 pm. Later that evening the Donegal Master Fiddlers gala concert, a celebration of the lifetime achievement of three of the county’s greatest living traditional fiddlers, Vincent Campbell, Dinny McLaughlin and Danny Meehan, will be held at An Grianán Theatre Letterkenny at 8.00 pm. Concert tickets priced €15 and €12 concession can be booked at An Grianán Theatre Box Office on 00353 74 9120777 or online at www.eaf.ieJeffry’s HouseIreland’s first architectural installation in a forest park, ‘Jeffry’s House’ is a folly/shelter made from thatch on a wooden frame.It is commissioned by Donegal County Council Public Art Programme in partnership with Coillte, the Irish Architecture Foundation and the Earagail Arts Festival. ‘Jeffry’s House’ stands at the edge of the forest, offering shelter and views of the sea, sand dunes and mountains beyond. Sensitive to the natural beauty of the landscape around it, the structure combines traditional thatching with a slender geometric form and is designed to allow for nature to reclaim the ground beneath.The vision for this groundbreaking project is to demonstrate the exciting potential of asking artists and architects to create interventions in the natural landscape. Donegal County Council, Coillte and the Irish Architecture Foundation hope to initiate further commissions like this in the future.Everyone in invited to attend the Official Launch of this magical structure at Ards Forest Park on Sunday at 3.00 pm. ‘Jeffry’s House’ can be quite easily found by following the Sand Dune Trail from the main car park.The Launch is taking place outdoors so appropriate clothing for a Donegal summer’s day is recommended. If you require further information please contact the Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny on 00353 749129186 or email [email protected] Donegal Fiddle Feast The Donegal Master Fiddlers concert at An Grianán Theatre Letterkenny on July 27th will provide a rare opportunity to see several generations of leading Donegal fiddlers on stage at the same time.In addition of having a chance to witness the larger than life personalities and distinctive fiddle style of Vincent Campbell, Dinny McLaughlin and Danny Meehan there will be a host of other Donegal fiddlers who have been influenced by them.Each Master Fiddler will be introduced in turn by a younger renowned fiddler, Vincent by Martin Mc Ginley, Danny by Aiden O’Donnell and Dinny by Roisin Harrigan. This feast of traditional Irish music will also feature the Campbells (Vincent, his brother Jimmy and nephew Peter), Dinny McLaughlin’s group and Aidan O’Donnell and Damien McGeehan from the renowned group Fidil.The opening performance of this incredible night of music will come from an even younger generation of musicians drawn from Paul Harrigan’s Ceol na Coille music school. A TREAT OF FOLLY AND FIDDLERS FROM THE EARAGAIL ARTS FESTIVAL was last modified: July 19th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Brand South Africa partners with the High Commission in Kenya to Commemorate International Nelson Mandela Day

first_imgBrand South Africa partners with the South African High Commission in Kenya to Commemorate International Nelson Mandela Day Johannesburg, Wednesday 18 July 2018 – Hundreds of children gathered with diplomats, government officials and business leaders today at the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) to celebrate the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth.With 2018 also marking the centenary since the birth of anti-apartheid stalwart, Albertina Sisulu, the South African High Commission in Kenya also remembered and celebrated the life of the struggle stalwart who lobbied for the education and equal rights of women and children. Mama Sisulu was widely regarded as a mother of the South African nation due to her motherly role and maternal instincts as a nurse and caregiver.Led and hosted by the South African High Commissioner to Kenya, Her Excellency Koleka Mqulwana, the Mandela centenary events included a mass at the All Saints Cathedral  Church on Sunday and a visit to New Life Children’s Home where 400 learners from various primary and secondary schools, as well as university students, were hosted with the United Nations and celebrated a signing of a declaration. The students delivered a declaration that expressed the futures that they envisioned for themselves in which they would experience safety, food security, education, peace and prosperity.High Commissioner Koleka Mqulwana, said: “The legacies of Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu are about making a positive impact on people’s lives through selfless actions, particularly for children and those that are disadvantaged or disenfranchised. As an important East African ally to South Africa, it is fitting that we are commemorating the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth in Kenya, whilst also taking to heart the message of the life of Albertina Sisulu in 2018.”United Nations regional representatives that attended today’s event included UNICEF-Kenya Representative, Patrizia DiGiovanni; H.E. Mr. Jean-Pierre Ossey, Deputy Dean of the African Diplomatic Corps, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Congo; H.E. Mr. Marek Rohr-Garztecki, Chair of the Eastern European Group, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Poland; H.E Mrs. Marta Eugenia Juarez Ruiz, Chair of the Latin America and the Caribbean Group, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Costa Rica; H.E. Mr. Victor Conrad Ronneberg, Chair of the Western European and Other States Group, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Norway; Amb. Dr. Monica Juma, Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Trade from the Government of Kenya; as well as Ms. Thoko Didiza, a representative from the Government of South Africa.The staff of the South African High Commission also took the opportunity of Nelson Mandela Day to spend 67 minutes – one minute for every year that Mandela spent in public service – with children from the New Life Children’s Home donating essential items, feeding the babies, doing laundry and gardening.“The admirable collaboration with South African businesses operating in Kenya in celebrating the centenary has been inspiring. Ploughing back into Kenyan communities by South African companies through their corporate social responsibility initiatives planned throughout the year is in line with Nelson Mandela core values of humility, selflessness and passion,” the High Commissioner said.Today’s commemoration coincided with hundreds of similar events around the world.South African President, His Excellency, Cyril Ramaphosa, launched the centenary celebrations in South Africa on 11 February 2018 with the aim of celebrating the legacy of Nelson Mandela which should inspire change, unity and development for all Africans.Brand South Africa Chief Marketing Officer, Linda Sangaret said: “The legacy Nelson Mandela left with us is that you can have many roles as a leader beyond being in a position of power. Leaders of today can look to the Mandela legacy to understand the distinction between positional power and personal influence.”Additional Nelson Mandela centenary events planned for July include a Mandela Lecture at the University of Nairobi on 26 July 2018, the unveiling of Nelson Mandela and Dedan Kimathi busts at the Heroes Garden of the Dedan Kimathi University of Technology; reconstruction of Zia Ra Wimbi Primary School in Kilifi; the donation of Mandela books at the Kenya National Library Services and a visit to Kakuma Refugee Camp for the benefit of young women and girls.Brand South Africa’s General Manager for Global Markets, Dr Judy Smith-Höhn said: “It goes without saying that the African continent is central to driving positive perceptions of South Africa as a country. The activities of our Missions abroad are key to the work that we do in positioning South Africa as a competitive and attractive destination.“We are delighted to have worked with the South African High Commission in Kenya on such a momentous occasion – that is the Centenary of Nelson Mandela.”Note to editors: More about Nelson Mandela Centenary CelebrationsThe Nelson Mandela Centenary celebrations are aligned with a resolution by the African Union Heads of State and Government (HOS/G) to observe 2018 as the Nelson Mandela Centenary year.Nelson Mandela was committed to peace, negotiation and reconciliation; an attribute shared by the African continent through its aspirations contained in the strategic framework for the socio-economic transformation of the continent over the next 50 years – the Agenda 2063.In reaffirming their efforts to bring about lasting peace in Africa, the HOS/G also recalled the declaration of the Madiba Nelson Mandela Decade for Reconciliation in Africa 2014 – 2024.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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6 Ways to “Citizen Kane” Your Film

first_imgThe filmmaking techniques on display in Citizen Kane continue to influence generations of artists. Here are six takeaways for your next film or video project.Citizen Kane images and clips via WarnerCitizen Kane is still considered one of the greatest films ever made. Despite the fact that the film was released 75 years ago, it continues to be a source of inspiration for modern filmmakers like Star Wars Episode VIII director Rian Johnson. Let’s consider Kane’s legacy and discover some practical filmmaking techniques that you can put to use in your own projects.1. Deep FocusOne of the key collaborations during the production of Citizen Kane was between the director/producer Orson Welles and his cinematographer, Gregg Toland. The beautifully-lit film is masterfully composed and makes use of deep focus. The deep focus is defined by a wide depth of field and was not a common technique at the time of production.Deep focus allows subjects close and far away from the camera to remain in focus and is achieved by using a wide-angle lens and a smaller aperture. Deep focus means deep staging of characters along the z-axis. An early scene in Citizen Kane (below) is a great example of the deep focus found in the film.Roger Ebert pointed out the importance of mise-en-scène, or placing on stage, when using deep focus. When everything in the composition is in focus, the filmmaker must be conscious of guiding the attention of the viewers. Ebert pinpointed how the movement of the subjects within the frame and camera movement can become ways to draw the eye and the attention of the viewer.2. Long TakesExtended takes, or “oners,” were around long before Birdman. Even before the production of Citizen Kane, directors such as F.W. Murnau used the technique to beautiful effect and likely influenced Welles and Toland. Murnau’s film, Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans makes use of long takes and a variety of other cinematic innovations.The previously mentioned Citizen Kane clip (seen above) is known for both its deep focus and the long tracking shot from the window to the table. Keep in mind that the film was made before the days of the Steadicam and other portable stabilizers. Because of this, furniture and props had to be moved around the camera as it tracked forward or backward. Roger Ebert pointed out an interesting clue to the moving table in the clip above. Watch the hat on the table (around :44) for a noticeable shake after being slid into position.3. Expressionistic LightingThe lighting style in Citizen Kane is decidedly chiaroscuro and owes a debt to German expressionism while also prefiguring the visual style of American film noir. Noir in the United States was just getting started in 1941 with the release of The Maltese Falcon.The lighting reflects the plot, which seeks to understand the man behind the legendary public figure, Charles Foster Kane. The expressionistic lighting is fitting for a film that ends on a note of continued mystery. The true Charles Foster Kane remains in the shadows, making the lighting style a direct comment on the nature of identity in the film.4. Low Angles and CeilingsStagecoach via Twentieth Century FoxThe many low-angle shots in Citizen Kane meant that the sets needed ceilings. Director John Ford used ceilings in some of his films (for example, Stagecoach, as seen above) but the technique was not commonplace in 1941 because of lighting and audio needs.Fun fact: According to Ebert, the ceilings in Citizen Kane were constructed of cloth to allow microphones to be placed above the heads of the actors.Ceilings are quite commonplace in film productions these days. In fact, the use of ceilings can work to one’s advantage in low-budget genre films produced without the luxury of an expansive set. For example, consider the use of low-angle ceiling shots in Beyond the Black Rainbow.Beyond the Black Rainbow via MagnetWhen it comes to cinematography techniques, there are too many to list. Gregg Toland was absolutely essential to the film.Toland was so essential, in fact, that Welles showed his appreciation to his cinematographer by sharing an end title card, as you can see above.5. Editing & StructureVagabond via CriterionThe non-linear plot structure of Citizen Kane has a lot in common with a detective film. After the death of the main character, we as viewers follow a faceless investigator as he interviews the important figures in the life of Charles Foster Kane. The stated objective is to understand Kane’s dying word, “Rosebud.” However, it’s hard to pin down a precise genre or classification for Citizen Kane because it’s such a broad mix of different genre elements.The biopic, interview-style reconstruction of a Kane’s life contributes to the narrative complexity in Citizen Kane. This non-linear structural technique crops up consistently in modern cinema. One notable must-see example is Agnes Varda’s Vagabond.Welles was certainly fond of long takes but he also made great use of rapid-fire montage to dispense with time in an efficient and artful way. Consider the twenty-year ellipsis cut (seen below) between Thatcher’s well wishes on Christmas and New Year’s. This cut is also an example of what Welles called a “lightning mix,” which is considered in the section on sound below.Perhaps more well-known is the breakfast-scene montage (below) between Kane and his wife. In it, we get to watch a rapid-fire transition from happy newlyweds to a disenchanted married couple. Also worth noting in this sequence is the theatrical lighting cue at the beginning. You can see the background light dim during the dissolve to help transition from Jedediah Leland’s interview to the breakfast scene.It’s important to remember that Robert Wise edited Citizen Kane. Wise would later make a name for himself directing a number of major movie classics, like The Day the Earth Stood Still, West Side Story, The Sound of Music, and Star Trek: The Motion Picture.6. Complex SoundOrson Welles made a name for himself in radio with the infamous War of the Worlds radio broadcast, so he certainly had an ear for audio innovation.Welles made use of overlapping dialogue, which means that characters talk over one another’s lines. Overlapping dialogue is a technique Robert Altman used famously throughout his films. Welles used the technique throughout Citizen Kane, but one of the more obvious moments is during the screening room sequence (pictured above).In addition to the overlapping dialogue, Welles used what he called a “lightning mix.” This is a way of rapidly transitioning between scenes by using a continuation of a sound effect or a line of dialogue. The previously mentioned scene with Thatcher on Christmas and New Year’s is an example. Another example is the following sequence.Kane’s clapping transitions to the applause of a small group supporters listening to Jedediah Leland give a speech about Kane. Leland’s speech is then used to transition to Kane’s famous speech in front of what appears to be a huge crowd.In ConclusionCitizen Kane remains a rich textbook of seemingly endless production techniques for every filmmaker. From deep focus to overlapping dialogue, there are too many takeaways to list. Citizen Kane should be on every filmmaker’s must-see list. The impressive filmmaking techniques and themes continue to remain relevant today.What is your favorite, or least favorite, aspect of Citizen Kane? Please share below.last_img read more