Every single day I live life

Every single day I live life

Green Renaissance

“Every single day I live life. It is living today. It’s not about ‘someday I’ll do this’… that may never come. You do it now.’

Joel made a decision to move out of the city, and create a more natural way of life for himself. And the positive benefits on his health have been incredible. Take a listen to his story…

We “Green Renaissance”, make these short films as passion projects, to share inspiration. You can help us make more films like this by making a tiny donation, so we can continue this journey with you – @ greenrenaissance

Who is Green Renaissance? We are a tiny collective of 4 passionate filmmakers (Warren, Jacky, Michael and Justine). We live off-grid and dedicate our time to making films that we hope will inspire and share ideas.

Green Renaissance

Vocabulary chunks to learn from the video :

• No shortcuts
• It’s hard work it’s not that easy
• My prime years
• Doctor’s rooms
• I changed the whole way of eating
• Allopathic drug
• It’s a holistic situation
• Growing my own food
• Clean water
• My priority
• It’s the air I breathe
• It’s pure free of chlorine and chemicals
• Every single day I live life
• Living today
• That may never come, you do it now
• It’s quite amazing
• Every day I am grateful that I’m here
• But that’s not the word I’m looking for
• It’s an absolute privilege to live out here

TV shows to learn English – Intermediate

TV shows to learn English – Intermediate

TV shows to help you with your English if you are at an Intermediate Level .  Watch Cooking Programs, Sitcoms (Situational Comedies),

  1.  Nigella Lawson

2. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

3.  Jamie Oliver 

4.  The Vicar of Dibley

 

 

 

TV shows to learn English – Pre-Intermediate

TV shows to learn English – Pre-Intermediate

TV shows to help you with your English if you are at a Pre-Intermediate Level .  Watch Nature Programs

  1.  David Attenborough – Our Planet

2.  David Attenborough – Planet Earth

3.  David Attenborough – Blue Planet

4.  David Attenborough – Frozen Planet

 

 

We’re never lost if we can find each other

We’re never lost if we can find each other

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Never Lost illustrates the idea that as humans we are never truly lost as long as we can connect to each other.
Its montage of deserted streets, people finding new ways to connect during social distancing and COVID-19 Facebook posts is set to an extract from a very moving spoken word poem by British poet, Kate Tempest, called People’s Faces that was published last year on Vevo and is underscored by a stark and soulful piano track.

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Lyrics to People’s Faces
Was that a pivotal historical moment
We just went stumbling past?
Here we are
Dancing in the rumbling dark
So come a little closer
Give me something to grasp
Give me your beautiful
Crumbling heart
We’re working every dread day that is given us
Feeling like the person people meet
Really isn’t us
Like we’re going to buckle underneath the trouble
Like any minute now
The struggle’s going to finish us
And then we smile at all our friends
Even when I’m weak and I’m breaking
I’ll stand weeping at the train station
‘Cause I can see your faces
There is so much peace to be found in people’s faces

I love people’s faces

Songwriters: Daniel De Mussenden Carey / Kate Tempest
People’s Faces lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc, Domino Publishing Company

It’s a pretty amazing lifestyle, it really is

It’s a pretty amazing lifestyle, it really is

They say dogs are a man’s best friend, but not for this bloke! He’s living the life on a remote island with the local wombats. 🐾

Ever dreamt about escaping the rat race to your own personal utopia? Well, how about befriending local wombats? Back Roads guest presenter Paul West heads to Flinders Island in Tasmania to meet up with eco warrior Addy Jones and his little mate Womy the wombat.

Vocabulary chunks to learn from the video :

We’ve got a wombat in the car
I look after orphaned ones
What was it that first drew you to the island
The biodiversity
They are still untouched
The people are wild as the weather
He’s a bit of an eco-warrior
Whose passions range from
Making surfboards out of recycled materials
Wildlife rescue
In that regard its very special
I’m comfortably broke but very healthy
The environment for one
It’s not for everyone because it is very remote
Logistically it’s a bit of nightmare
You can’t have everything
It’s a pretty amazing lifestyle, it really is

Image result for cheetahFlinders Island in Tasmania world map

Everybody would want to live this way

Everybody would want to live this way

 

Tom, Sarah, and their daughter Neesa live in a 20sqm off-grid tiny house on a property on the Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand. Instead of paying rent, they share the work of looking after the land with the owners, and both families share in the farm’s abundant produce. We were inspired by how much happier they’ve found themselves by living with less.

Tom is a medical doctor and Sarah is an illustrator but both have chosen to reduce their work to almost nothing in order to have more time to focus on living well – a lifestyle choice that is more possible for many of us than we might think. This little 6-minute film has been one of our most popular to date – perhaps because it describes a lifestyle so many of us would love to be living.

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Vocabulary chunks to learn from video :

Living Simply
This is my wife Sarah
The house is 20 square meters
This L shaped space
A bit of a deck at the back
Mobile broadband
Hot water is from a gas cylinder
Keeping an eye on her
We need to radically rethink how to live
A healthy step for us
Be okay with the downsizing
Look out to trees and green
I don’t know the term for it
Working in the vegetable garden
Building, digging so that’s most of my work
Part-time I work as a GP (General Practitioner)
Our costs are fractional to what they were in town
I don’t have any stress about money
Which is a huge benefit
Emotionally I’m healthier
I’m much more in touch with sense of well-being
Maybe there is another way of being secure
Working in exchange for rent
Sharing and gifting of what we have
A more affluent lifestyle
Listen to what their hearts tell them will make them happy
Having the courage to act on it
For me this turns out to be what I love
Everybody would want to live this way

 

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Meet South Africa

Meet South Africa

South African Tourism

Vocabulary chunks to learn from video

 

  • What is Mbhaco you may ask
  • A Xhosa Bride
  • He needed to find inspiration elsewhere
  • Where was this elsewhere
  • If any inspiration needed finding it would be here
  • Cows with horns that stab the rain
  • Perhaps rubbing shoulders with kings and queens
  • Consult the elders
  • It was further than a short walk away
  • He wasn’t one to give up
  • He looked to the mountains
  • The valley of a thousand hills
  • Ballroom dancing
  • So inspired
Where there’s a will, there’s a way #19

Where there’s a will, there’s a way #19

[Primitive Technology ]

Primitive Technology: Iron prills – Creating Iron prills from scratch

Read more about this project HERE

About Primitive Technology

“Primitive technology is a hobby where you make things in the wild completely from scratch using no modern tools or materials. This is the strict rule. If you want a fire- use fire sticks, an axe- pick up a stone and shape it, a hut- build one from trees, mud, rocks etc. The challenge is seeing how far you can go without modern technology. If this hobby interests you then this blog might be what you are looking for.” READ MORE

Where there’s a will, there’s a way #18

Where there’s a will, there’s a way #18

[Primitive Technology ]

Primitive Technology: Wood Ash Cement – Creating wood ash cement from scratch

Read more about this project HERE

About Primitive Technology

“Primitive technology is a hobby where you make things in the wild completely from scratch using no modern tools or materials. This is the strict rule. If you want a fire- use fire sticks, an axe- pick up a stone and shape it, a hut- build one from trees, mud, rocks etc. The challenge is seeing how far you can go without modern technology. If this hobby interests you then this blog might be what you are looking for.” READ MORE

Where there’s a will, there’s a way #17

Where there’s a will, there’s a way #17

[Primitive Technology ]

Read more about this project HERE

About Primitive Technology

“Primitive technology is a hobby where you make things in the wild completely from scratch using no modern tools or materials. This is the strict rule. If you want a fire- use fire sticks, an axe- pick up a stone and shape it, a hut- build one from trees, mud, rocks etc. The challenge is seeing how far you can go without modern technology. If this hobby interests you then this blog might be what you are looking for.” READ MORE

Where there’s a will, there’s a way #16

Where there’s a will, there’s a way #16

[Primitive Technology ]

Read more about this project HERE

About Primitive Technology

“Primitive technology is a hobby where you make things in the wild completely from scratch using no modern tools or materials. This is the strict rule. If you want a fire- use fire sticks, an axe- pick up a stone and shape it, a hut- build one from trees, mud, rocks etc. The challenge is seeing how far you can go without modern technology. If this hobby interests you then this blog might be what you are looking for.” READ MORE

In a place of great minds

In a place of great minds

Eddie Redmayne wins the 2015 Oscar for Best Actor at the 87th Academy Awards for his performance in The Theory of Everything.

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

In a place of minds

A PhD in Physics

In a place of great minds

I’m a Cosmologist

I study the marriage of space and time

The perfect couple

One never knows when the next great leap forward is going to come or from whom

What if I reversed time, to see what happened at the beginning of time itself

Wind back the clock

Keep going

Life expectancy is two years

I want us to be together for as long as we’ve got

You don’t realize what lies ahead

This is going to be a very heavy defeat

But I love him and he loves me, we’re going to fight this illness together

Brilliant ! Brilliant ! Well done!

Life is everything

It has been a great joy to watch this man defy every expectation, both scientific and personal

Love is everything

There should be no boundaries

However bad life may seem, while there is life there is hope

See how it runs

See how it runs

Snow tells the story of Mpho, a little girl who dreams of snow, despite living in the Karoo. Her grandparents intervene to help her dream come true – with a little help from Cerebos Salt.

Great Karoo Map

The Karoo is South Africa’s magical desert space, its version of New Mexico, the Outback or the Gobi. A vast, ancient seabed straddling the midriff of the country, the Karoo (a Khoikhoi word for “dry place”) is the size of Germany. In the past two centuries, more than 100 towns, villages, settlements and railway sidings have sprung up in the region, but the population has always been sparse, never topping the one-million mark. READ MORE

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Where there’s a will, there’s a way #15

Where there’s a will, there’s a way #15

[Primitive Technology ]

Read more about this project HERE

About Primitive Technology

“Primitive technology is a hobby where you make things in the wild completely from scratch using no modern tools or materials. This is the strict rule. If you want a fire- use fire sticks, an axe- pick up a stone and shape it, a hut- build one from trees, mud, rocks etc. The challenge is seeing how far you can go without modern technology. If this hobby interests you then this blog might be what you are looking for.” READ MORE

You understand things you confront

You understand things you confront

[Steer Films]
Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :
  • A man-eating shark
  • The fear turned into fascination
  • What I learned was it’s the world’s biggest lie
  • They really are exquisite
  • Some of them are so elusive and hard to find
  • It’s strong, it’s beautiful, it’s fast, vicious in some eyes, it’s powerful
  • The animal was able to look at me
  • This makes it all worthwhile
  • A huge amazing predator
  • These animals travel hundreds to thousands of miles
  • I feel very fortunate to be able to showcase these animals to millions of people throughout the world
  • Experience all the things I did and even more
  • Shark populations are dropping 70 – 100 million sharks a year
  • That’s mass extinction
  • We are like fire, we just consume everything we see
  • A wildlife film maker
  • These animals have such tolerance for humans
  • You understand things you confront and I really believe that
Where there’s a will, there’s a way #14

Where there’s a will, there’s a way #14

[Primitive Technology ]

Read more about this project HERE

About Primitive Technology

“Primitive technology is a hobby where you make things in the wild completely from scratch using no modern tools or materials. This is the strict rule. If you want a fire- use fire sticks, an axe- pick up a stone and shape it, a hut- build one from trees, mud, rocks etc. The challenge is seeing how far you can go without modern technology. If this hobby interests you then this blog might be what you are looking for.” READ MORE

Live and eat by the season

Live and eat by the season

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“The sunchoke, or Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus), is an edible tuber that grows underground, much like a potato. They look a little bit like large knobs of ginger. They taste slightly nutty and savory like a cross between an artichoke heart and the best potato you’ve ever had.
Native Americans cultivated them and they became a popular crop in Europe after colonization of the Americas. They fell out of popularity until just the past couple of decades”. [the spruce.com] read more

Vocabulary chunks to learn from the video :

• Live on a farm
• Producing our own vegetables
• A beekeeping business
• City life
• Live by the season
• Eat by the season
• Jerusalem Artichokes
• A bulb that grows underground
• Shave them raw into a salad
• Roast them as roast veggies
• Takes it to another level
• Start shopping at a farmer’s market
• A local beekeeper

Small island – Big water

Small island – Big water

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Vocabulary chunks to learn from video
• I grew up Alberta Canada
• I am one of five kids, I’m in the middle
• I liked the idea of travelling, seeing other places
• To explore
• Travel and see the world
• I became pregnant
• Ended up giving birth to Milo in Key West
• It can be an ending or a beginning
• Out in the ocean
• Beautifully and gracefully
• I wanted him to be intelligent
• Non-judgmental
• By nature I think he’s going to be a resilient person
• The sea life
• Fish lay their eggs
• A daily part of my life
• It’s a small island big water

Happiness is taking what you can in the moment

Happiness is taking what you can in the moment

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Our world has become so full of daily demands. Helen has found a way to escape this.

“It feels like land has become so cluttered with so much stuff – cellphones, and cars, and appointments. When I’m in the water, it feels like the one place that I can get away from everything” – Helen Walne

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

• I’ve gone through phases
• When is this phase going to end?
• This one is going to stick
• Something so immersive
• Not just physically but mentally as well
• I grew up on a farm
• Far away from the sea
• I’m trying to find my way around water
• Taking what you can in the moment – right now
• Cluttered with so much stuff
• One of the few places that we can get away from everything
• It slows everything down
• It’s magical, it’s truly magical
• There is this entire world that you have never experienced before
• Just floating and looking
• It’s not just underwater it’s under wonder

Dive

Dive

Atlantic Edge Films

Footage taken in FalseBay (South Africa) amongst the Kelp forests. See the variety of Shark species including the Seven Gill Shark and the Stripped Cat Shark.

Atlantic Edge Films specialises in underwater filming, marine logistics and has an extensive stock footage library of 4-8k footage. Based in False Bay, Cape Town, South Africa they have a wealth of marine wildlife right on their doorstep – including numerous species of whales, dolphins, seals, marine birds, fish and of course sharks – lots of sharks!
They are experts at filming Great White Shark behaviour, both above and below the water, whether with or without a cage.
Their work is often featured on the BBC, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and National Geographic Channel.  READ MORE 

I do what I love every single day

I do what I love every single day

[Cannon Australia]

View Abraham’s work here

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • I’m a cinematographer
  • I have the absolutely best job in the world
  • I do what I love every single day
  • A camcorder
  • I felt very blessed that I fell into it at a young age
  • He’d been shooting films across Australia
  • Work for him as a cameraman
  • In the wildlife nature field
  • Recording this amazing world of ours
  • One of the joys of being a cameraman
  • Being able to share that vision with other people
  • May never actually get to see an elephant in the flesh
  • I can see improvements that I’ve made
  • Technically and also creatively
  • You should never stop pushing yourself
  • You can combine your love of those crafts with your personal interests
  • The great outdoors
  • We’ve only got one life
  • You might as well be doing what you love
  • I feel so blessed that I can go out there every day and do what I love

Job Profile  –  Cinematographer 

A cinematographer or director of photography, also known as DP or DoP, is the head of the camera and lighting crew working on a film or TV set. As a cinematographer you will be responsible for the development, look and feel of the images which will make up the final film.

To do this job you need to have a passion for film and photography. You also need to be a good communicator. If you are creative, have leadership skills and want to work in the film or television industry, then this career could be for you.

A common way into this career is to get experience of camera work by working your way up from a camera operator role. If you have a portfolio of photography or a reel of film work that you have produced yourself, then you could market this to get yourself known.

Your main tasks  would include :

  • visit a location (known as a recce) before filming to check  its suitability, access to facilities and lighting and sound potential
  • order filming and lighting equipment
  • test equipment such as lenses and filters to check their effect
  • manage all aspects of the filming, sometimes operating the camera
  • supervise the camera crew to decide on any special camera moves
  • work closely with the lighting team to decide on lighting techniques
  • review film footage with the director

Skills, interests and qualities

To be a cinematographer, you will typically need :

  • a passion for film and photography
  • knowledge and experience of camera equipment and lighting techniques
  • creative ability with a camera colour
  • colour-normal vision
  • excellent communication skills
  • the ability to work with a wide range of people
  • the ability to lead and motivate others
  • an eye for detail, and a steady hand
  • the ability to work well in a team and also independently
  • good IT skills”
Read more @ [National Career Service ]

 

Discover Your Potential

Discover Your Potential

 [Alyce Tzue]

Soar  was created as Alyce Tzue’s thesis project in school. What began as a toil of love by first-time filmmakers ended up catching the eyes of festivals all over the world. Soar is the proud 2015 Gold Winner of the 42nd Student Oscars, Best Student Animation Winner at Palm Springs, Finalist at the Student BAFTAs, and has screened in the Hamptons, St. Louis, Seoul, Austin, and more.

An interview with the writer / director :

 [soar film]

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • A short film
  • It’s a story about a young girl
  • Like he’s very very tiny
  • He comes from a world in the sky
  • She’s really into engineering
  • As we progressed
  • Really really dedicated team members come on board
  • The story and the visuals
  • My demo reel
  • Makes it that much more professional looking
  • You really have to put collaboration as your number one concern
  • Make as many contacts as I can
  • Another idea for a short
  • It’s a huge lift to my personal self esteem
  • Direct a project
  • If I can do it once then I can do it again

Soar – The official Website

 
Man’s best friend

Man’s best friend

Watch the following video :

 (DW English)

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • Well behaved
  • He does just as his mistress says
  • Another dog snaps at the camera
  • Man’s best friend
  • Advice from the internet
  • An authority figure
  • Dog trainers are in demand
  • More and more dog owners are seeking professional help for their pooches
  • A dog handler license is in fact required
  • They have to pass a test with their dogs
  • Official qualifications
  • Earn their title through a state examination
  • Qualifications are no longer recognized
  • The dog whisperer
  • A multiple choice test
  • Common standards for dogs and their handling
  • Either man or beast
  • An obedience school
  • Some dogs hear but just don’t listen

Watch the following short film on friendship and loyalty posted on the Kindness Blog  :

Ben & Denali – A beautiful story of friendship and loyalty

“When someone you love walks through the door, even if it happens five times a day, you should go totally insane with joy.”
The Little Prince

The Little Prince

Watch the following video :

Littleprince

  • We’re not leaving anything to chance
  • You’re going to make a wonderful grown up
  • If you please draw me a sheep
  • There was no mention of life on any other planets
  • Study work
  • If you study hard and stay completely on track with the plan
  • You can spend some time with your new friend
  • Look at that, the stars are out
  • I cannot play with you I am not tamed
  • What is essential is invisible to the eye
  • Do you really want to fly a plane, buckle up
  • You’re going to make a wonderful grown up
The Hobbit teaches us air safety when flying with Air New Zealand

The Hobbit teaches us air safety when flying with Air New Zealand

Watch the following video :

   Air-NZ-safety-video-infographic

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • To guide you on your journey
  • Listen very carefully
  • Fasten your seat belt low across your hips
  • Oxygen mask
  • Place over your nose and mouth
  • Plenty of oxygen flowing through freely
  • Take off or landing
  • Sit upright
  • Keep your feet firmly on the floor
  • Life jackets
  • Economy class
  • Inflate your life jacket
  • Electronic devices
  • Forbidden territory as it is dangerous
  • For more information
  • Please refer to your safety card
  • Or ask one of the flight attendants
  • Thank you for embarking upon your journey with Air New Zealand
  • May your path always be guided by the light of the stars
  • And may the future bestow upon you all the happiness and adventure