Stand By Me, A Stephen King Movie


Stand by Me is a 1986 movie, adapted from Stephen King's story The Body. The Body appeared as a novella in King's collection Different Seasons. Different Seasons also contains the stories The Shawshank Redemption, and the Apt Pupil, both of which were made into movies.

Often described as a coming of age film, the story is of four boys who take a journey through the woodlands near their homes to find the body of a dead boy. The story is told by the main character Gordon Lachance, who is a budding writer.

Vern, one of the boys, hears his older brother talk of the missing boy, whose body is alleged to be in the woods. The boys decide to undertake the journey, to find the body of the boy. The journey takes two days, because of which the boys lie to their parents, telling them that they are staying at each others houses.

The boys experience many difficulties along the way, which reveal the past and present struggles of the characters. Chris Chambers, played by River Phoenix, is from a family of criminals and alcoholics. Chris is stereotyped because of his family. However he proves to be intelligent and has a desire to break his stereotype. Teddy Duchamp, played by Corey Feldman, has a physical deformity, after his mentally-unstable father held his ear to a stove. Teddy now has to wear a hearing aid. Vern Tessio, played by Jerry O?Connell, is overweight and timid. He is easily scared and often picked on. Gordon Lachance, played by Will Wheaton, is the narrator and thus the primary character of the story. Gordie is a quiet boy with a passion for books and story telling. He is rejected by his family after the death of his football star older brother. The end of the story reveals that Gordie has become a writer and we have just witnessed the story as he was writing it.

The film has a reoccurring theme of showdowns. These occur between two or more characters in the film. The first brief showdown is between Chris and Ace on the sidewalk when Ace threatens to burn Chris's face while he has him in a headlock. Chris "gives" and Ace releases him. The next is when Teddy faces off against an on coming train at the beginning of the boys' trek. He says he wants to make a dramatic "train dodge," and just before it hits him, Chris grabs him and forces him out of harms way. The third showdown that happens is between Teddy, once again, and the junk yard man and his dog. They yell and call names, but when the junk yard man brings Teddy's unstable father into the picture, Teddy breaks down and starts to cry. Another showdown occurs when Ace pulls up to some locals who seem to have a history of racing cars with him. They remain neck to neck for a short period before a truck appears in the other lane coming toward Ace. Ace and two of his buddies (who seem petrified) do not change lanes, but decide to stay on the wrong side of the road and face off with the on coming truck. The other car in the race looks scared for them. Before they crash, the truck swerves off of the road, spilling all of its supplies while Ace goes on to win the race. The final showdown is between the younger gang and Ace's crowd at the body. The two groups trade harsh words before Ace pulls a knife on Chris, but is soon too skittish to use it after Gordie fires a shot in the air with Chris's gun. He then points it at Ace, which chills him and scares him away, along with his group. These are only some of the major showdowns that occur in the film.

There are several minor changes to the movie script from the original Stephen King story. However, the story is faithful to King?s original. Stephen King told cast and crew after a private screening of the film that it was his favorite adaptation of any of his works up to that point.

Stephen King is said to have witnessed a child being killed by a train, whilst he was a child himself. It is easy to conclude that the story was influenced by King?s experience.

The title of the film comes from the Ben E King song of the same name. Stephen King?s original story is called The Body.

The Technology of Satellite TV


Everyone seems to know what satellite TV is, but often enough people are wondering why it is still so popular when there is already digital TV. In order to answer this question, it is necessary to explain the technology of both satellite and digital TV. Satellite television is a way to transfer video signals via satellites. The technology of satellite television is the most advanced and sought after of all others because it allows us to receive steady signals almost anywhere on the planet. The main advantage of the signal transmission is the largest bandwidth. This property specifies another obvious advantage of television. That is, the high-quality images and a large number of television channels are only possible with television. Given the affordability of television, you get the best price/quality ratio when subscribing to satellite TV services. This ratio has provided the most favorable conditions for the intense development of satellite television in recent years. The technology of satellite signal transmission is not new but is still incredibly popular all over the globe. All that broadcast geostationary data can be used by satellite television providers and distributors. Satellites are rotating at the height of 36.000 to 45.000 kilometers above the Earth surface. If we could see the satellites in their orbits, they would form a curved line on the horizon. The arc is called the Clarke Belt in honor of Arthur Clarke, scientist and writer, who published an article named "The Wireless World" in 1945. He was the one to propose the creation of global communications via geostationary satellites. Each has a point of standing in the geostationary orbit (GSO). In many cases, the names of satellites present a number corresponding to the point of standing in the GSO. The satellite only repeats the signal received from the satellite ground complex. Ground Complex or Space Communications Center carries out and controls the operation of the satellite. Ground Complex is also a source of satellite TV broadcasting. The signal is formed in TV studios and transferred to the Space Communication Center via special channels. All satellites have several transmitting antennas, which focus on those areas of the Earth's surface where the massive reception is supposed to be. The signal from the satellite antenna is transmitted in a form of an electromagnetic beam with a maximum intensity at the very center of the beam. Depending on the intensity and quality of the received signal, it is possible to select the most appropriate antenna diameter. In order to facilitate this task, there are maps of the coverage area. These maps show the quality and intensity of the received signal in a specific area. The TV providers are trying to simplify the procedure of subscription to their broadcasting services. For this purpose, they offer special sets of equipment for better connection. The receivers in this set have built-in encryption and all necessary functionality to ensure uninterrupted signal reception. It should be noted that the quality and intensity of the received signal is calculated after adjusting the possible interference or loss of reception due to atmospheric phenomena.

Is Digital Technology Hurting Film Festivals?


The good news: Digital technology is now available to everyone. The bad news: Digital technology is now available to everyone.
There was a time not too long ago when if you wanted to make a short film and submit it to film festivals you had two choices. You could choose between shooting it in 16mm or 35mm. The people who made these films were either film students from universities or serious film makers who were confident risking their money (or someone else?s) to create their vision. For the most part, these people had a story to tell and a plan. Simply ?experimenting? or ?dabbling? in film was (and still is) a costly endeavor.

Enter the digital age. The cost of playing with visual images today is virtually non-existent thanks to inexpensive camcorders and simple desktop editing programs. Technology has created a way for anyone of any age to experiment with moving pictures. As film festivals grapple to keep up with this changing technology, many have begun to accept submissions made in digital format. This has created a challenge as festivals everywhere are now being inundated by home spun amateur material more suited for MySpace or YouTube. The sheer volume of these submissions is causing concern to many in the festival circuit. Polished film makers fear that quality films are being overlooked because the viewing staff simply can?t watch every submission. Other film makers worry about festival staff risking burnout, because the overload might cause them not to be able to recognize a good film when they finally get to one. Festival directors and coordinators are also feeling the pinch.

According to Mark Felicetti, a member of the board of directors of the Valley International Film Festival near Los Angeles, ?We once had 50-100 submissions. This past season we had approximately 500, give or take a few. Of the short films submitted, fifty percent were disturbingly poor.? He continues, ?The stuff we receive might have one clever idea or include a funny bit, but you can?t make a movie out of a bit. These things may be hilarious at family gatherings, but they don?t belong in a film festival.? The solution for some festivals has been to simply accept films only shot on traditional film format, which has proven to be effective in weeding out the dabblers and those less serious. For other organizations who accept digital formats including festivals/ showcases on line, they might have to re-define their criteria for acceptable submissions.