Author: Erica Tuttle

Crafting Immersive Storytelling: an interview with Laura Franco

The film industry in Los Angeles, and Hollywood specifically, is like a form of creative mecca/nightclub. Imagine hundreds if not thousands waiting in line, from screenwriters to actors to directors, all having worked relentlessly in perfecting their craft up to that point. Getting in can be difficult, as the bouncer is notoriously stubborn, but the opportunity for exposure and collaboration increases exponentially once inside. One such creative talent who has navigated the line into this tight-knit club is filmmaker Laura Franco. In addition to being recognized for her solo work as a writer and director by the Academy of...

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United States Supreme Court Strikes Down Sports Gambling Ban

The state of New Jersey received a groundbreaking ruling from the Supreme Court on Monday, striking down a federal guideline against sports betting. The removal of the policy may lead several states to legalize sports betting at both the college and professional levels. The court handed down a verdict ruling the federal guideline against sports gambling to be a violation of states rights, because it infringed on state sovereignty without a sufficient reason to do so. The 6-3 decision opens the door for more states to join Nevada in permitting sports betting on individual games across the country. Federal...

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Exploring the Life of a Modern Bassist: an interview with Giovanni Giusti

From KC and the Sunshine Band to Kanye West, bass has been strategically used by artists to create emotion, rhythm and movement. Given that the bass, in many instances, serves as the foundation for a song, bassists are commonly some of the more diverse and talented musicians of a band or group. Giovanni Giusti is one such bass player making waves across multiple regions and target markets through his ability to transcend cultural tastes and language barriers, from touring across China to playing across the seas on an MSC cruise. The talented artist’s repertoire is all encompassing, from jazz...

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From Pen and Paper to the Big Screen: an interview with Vidhya Iyer

Hollywood, and more specifically the stories created, produced and written by those working largely within the famed Los Angeles suburb, have dazzled and mystified audiences for roughly a century. What appears to be a creative and cinematic mecca to most outside the industry is simultaneously one of the most competitive atmospheres currently in existence. Every year flocks of hopeful directors, actors and writers attempt to find a lucrative niche for themselves within the tightly sealed creative space that is Hollywood, but only the most ambitious and motivated succeed in doing so. Vidya Iyer is one such talented screenwriter who...

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Meet Zipline, the Frontrunner in High-Speed Delivery Drones

Zipline, a drone-based logistics business in Davis, California, outpaced FedEx and Amazon to bring the first high-speed delivery drones to market in 2016. The company is now making another splash with announcements of the Zip 2, its new delivery drone capable of traveling 79 mph carrying almost 4 pounds of cargo. Originally composed of tech engineers from Google, Space X, Boeing, among others, the company was started in 2011 to create positive social change. Zip 1, the first generation of the Zipline high-speed delivery drone, was used to deliver blood and other life-saving medical supplies to hospitals around Rwanda,...

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