Layla Anna-Lee, Bio

LaylaannaleeLayla Anna-Lee is a dynamic announcer and host for various television programs, the one for which she is best known is the London 2012 Olympics. In addition to this she was also the Olympic voice for the 2012 Volleyball competition. She has also appeared in numerous music videos, television commercials and shows, live presentations and international ad campaigns.

Layla Anna-Lee was born and raised in West Hampstead, London. She enrolled at a very young age at the Sylvia Young Theatre School and scored her first acting gig at the age of only six – a fairy liquid commercial. Fairly early on in her acting, modeling and presenting career she decided that her main field of interest was in sports. Having made the decision it is in this field which her already wide ranging accomplishments are most varied.

In 2008 she was hand picked for the voice of BMX’s World Championships for Eurosports. This was the turning point in her career; the executives from BMX were so impressed with how naturally she performed in front of the camera that they asked her back and she happily obliged. Thus she shortly made a return to present for the BMX’s Road Cycling Events.

In 2010 Layla was chosen by the British paid satellite television group, SKY Sports, for whom she still enjoys a lively career. She presented road cycling events for SKY Sports as well as BMX. Two years later she would be personally chosen by Danny Boyle of varied cinematic fame to host the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony and the 2012 Olympic Beach Volleyball Games. After this she received a great deal of recognition for interviewing football legend, Michael Owen about his impending retirement. The interview was not only a success but one which was widely broadcast and web exclusive.

Ms. Anna-Lee also hosted the children’s prime time Saturday television The Munch Box. The Munch Box is a kid’s cooking challenge program aimed at teaching very young children about the culinary arts and is aired on ITV and CiTV respectively. Layla also has hosted the Queens Diamond Jubilee Party at Trafalgar Square and has interview a wide ranging number of Hollywood celebs, from the cast of Twilight to Harrison Ford, as well as lesser known pop culture figures such as clothing designer Vivian Westwood. She has been continuing these interviews with a even wider number of celebrities for the internet site 02 in which her most recent interview was of rap icon 50 Cent.

Why Channel Surfing Is No More

old_tvForget channel surfing! Over-the-top video is quickly becoming more accessible in the average American home—that means you can watch exactly what you want when you want it and any memories of surfing through channels are out the door! According to this infographic many media industry executives believe that 42% of OTT consumerism is standalone service or pure-play OTT without a TV channel subscription at all. So I guess you could say most people who have figured out OTT prefer it!

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Infographic provided to you by verimatrix.com.

 

Filmography Tips

videographerSome people say they knew they wanted to make movies the first time they held a camera.  Others say they longed to make movies after watching a brilliant film.  Are you interested in the art of movie making?  Here are some filmography tips:

 

Learning the Shots

The more information you want your viewers to receive the longer the shot.  A man standing near a telephone booth on a hot day by a body of water says more than a man shown from the waist up at that same location. This shorter shot is called a midshot.

 

Your camera shot might need to be adjusted for practical reasons.  In your long shot are there too many people in the background?  Are they taking the focus away from your main character?  Then you might need to turn your long shot into a full shot.  This will keep the focus on your main character.

 

Character Story

Is your main character realizing something pivotal to the storyline?  Convey this to the audience with an extreme close up.

 

Type of Shot

Have you wondered when it’s the right time to use an undershot, or an overshot?  Why would a director call for a zoom in on a swan in a pond or a red leaf on a tree?  What do these two things symbolize?  If two people are talking at a table should the camera be over the shoulder of one person?  Or should it be over his head?

 

Learning the Ropes

As you focus on becoming better at filmography, it might be a wise idea to consider going to school. Seek out a Los Angeles film school to help you perfect your craft. With the right education, and the right school, you will enjoy success. There are not only many benefits to attending school, but you can enjoy these additional benefits:

  • Distance-learning
  • Beginner to Advanced courses
  • Schedule flexibility

 

Learning to Make Decisions

One skill many people learn during their education at film school is how to make a fast decision. While you may think you already do this, you will quickly learn the difference in school. Even with the best script, planning, and direction, things happen and you need to think on your toes. As a director, you will find that nature can play a huge role in your directing. While a shot may not have called for rainclouds, you now have to deal with them in the background. Learning to make a quick decision can make or break the outcome of your film.

 

Film school is exciting and a fun way to experience a different side of your creativity. If you know you have a passion for making movies, reward yourself with the education you need to start making a name for yourself.

American Idol’s Most Awkward Moments

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With the new season of American Idol there have been some pretty awkward moments between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey. Season 12 hasn’t even finished yet and there’s bound to be more drama.

Sweatblock, a leading resource for hyperhidrosis, knows all about nervous sweating and has done their research on the most awkward and anxiety filled sweaty moments of American Idol’s past seasons. Continue reading

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Walking Dead Timeline

Millions of viewers watched as AMC wrapped-up the second season of The Walking Dead. It’s no secret that Americans have a love of zombies, vampires, and many things dead when it comes to current trends in movies, books and television.

Below is an interesting info graphic, brought to you by Comcast, with a Walking Dead timeline. Take a look back over some of the most epic moments, zombie kills, heart wrenching goodbyes, and many things dead with this graphic.

See if you agree with what Comcast has to say about some of these moments. Don’t miss out! Check out the graphic below!

The Walking Dead Top Kills
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The Doctors of Dr. Who

Do you love Dr. Who? Have you been a fan for several years? How about the entire duration of the series dating back to the 1960’s?

Well, Comcast has created an excellent info graphic depicting a comprehensive Dr. Who timeline. It’s pretty interesting. Take a look back through the years at every one of the 11 Docotrs. Remember some old favorites and their companions.

If you’re a TV junky then take a look back at the BBC classic that has quite the cult following and quiz yourself on some of the trivia. There may even be a few facts you don’t know about.

Dr. Who Timeline
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Recent Screen Adaptations

 

Cover of "The Perks of Being a Wallflower...

Movies have been turning more and more towards adapting books to the big screen. Just about every popular movie in recent times has been adapted from a book or series, such as The Hunger Games, Twilight, and Harry Potter. Over the course of the next few months there will be many more like this that are projected to be very popular.

 

The Perks of Being A Wallflower is an adaptation of Stephen Chbosky’s young adult book. This is a story about coming of age in a realistic high school environment and what it is like to be that age. Many films have been made about the subject, but not are expected to be as popular as this one. Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller, and Paul Rudd are the stars in this upcoming hit.

 

Cloud Atlas is another adaptation from David Mitchell’s famous science fiction novel. This book is huge and many were skeptical that it would live up to the expectations. It deals with the recurring lives of people and the way that stories repeat themselves. The trailer itself is five minutes long and seems to tell the whole story, but those who have gone to the pre-screenings say that it is another Inception. This movie is scheduled to debut October 26th of this year.

 

Anna Karenina is based on the famous book by Leo Tolstoy that many have put on their must-read lists but few have actually gotten to it. It is a dense book, but the cast of this movie will make it a must read after watching it.

Planning A Trip To The BCS National Championship

2007_BCS_National_ChampionshipFootball is an amazing sport to watch on TV. If you’ve ever been to a sports bar or sports restaurant you’ll know that adding fans into the mix really changes the show into a good show into an exciting adventure, but if you’ve ever been to a game, it makes it even more amazing.

 

The problem about some football games is the process of getting there, especially if you wanted to go see the BCS National Championship. Not easy to get a plane going to its current location, a lot of them will be booked if you aren’t booking months in advance. Even if you aren’t in trouble because all of the seats on the plane are taking, a great idea for a great time would be to book an air charter service. Not only does it allow you for a way to fly in class, you won’t have to wait out at the airport for your flight, you can have it ready to go whenever you want. You can also bring a ton of buddies with you to go see the game, as you have tons of seats and you’ll certainly want people to fill them. Having friends with you when you go see the game just makes the experience a lot better. They can also help you with the cost of getting the air charter service, which means that the trip will be a lot more affordable.

 

After you have your amazing plane ride all planned out, the next thing you need to figure out is how you’re going to have your tailgate party. Have people plan on bringing certain foods or bringing money for food. If someone’s up for it they could bring a grill, and you can just have a barbecue quickly and it’d make the experience a lot more entertaining. Choose a good charcoal or wood for your grill as well as fine ingredients for your burgers. You can have someone hand make them or buy pre-made ones. The choice is yours. You can make the best food on your grill, and you’ll definitely want to have the best food for the party. And to go with that amazing food you’ll want to get some of the best brews. Look into local breweries or just head to the store and get some name brands. Whatever you choose, make sure everyone will enjoy it. If anyone isn’t interested in drinking alcohol, get some coke or other soda products for them to enjoy. Just make sure that everyone in your group is having a good time, and your own enjoyment will reflect it.

Home Theater Ideas

simple-home-movie-roomThe dream of anyone who owns a home is to have a home theater in the other room. They think that this fantasy is reserved only for rich people who have houses with 15 rooms. Little do they know that home theaters are more affordable than they originally thought. Every home improvement project is well within the budget of a majority of the population as long as they go about it in the right way. It’s tempting to want to throw down thousands of dollars on an addition to your house. This approach might produce the best finished product, but it will set you back too far financially. You should wait until you have enough money saved up before you start working on your next home improvement project. Putting everything on credit will make the project move faster; however, you will have to pay back every dollar you spend on supplies. You might think that you will just have to pay the full purchase price you saw when you bought the stuff. You will pay back that amount plus the considerable extras tacked on through high interest rates. The interest rates associated with most credit cards almost make using them not worth it whatsoever. In this economy, you have to be careful in how you put together your home theater. A theater is not worth squandering what little financial security you have built over time.

The phrase “home theater” could mean a number of different things. People think about the cinema and $8 movie tickets when they think of the phrase. Other people have a simpler image of a nice flat screen television or a drop down screen and a projector with a popcorn machine in the corner. Your idea of a home theater is going to be different from everyone else’s. It doesn’t matter how you look at it. Any possible incarnation of a home theater is possible depending on how you budget it. You could get the same result as a person who has a lot of money on a tighter budget. Purchase older models of projecting equipment than the new, shiny, top-of-the-line models. These older models will produce the same result as their more expensive counterparts. You might lose out on a few extraneous features, but those features aren’t put in there for the average user. They’re in there for someone who knows their way around projectors. You won’t lose out on anything if you go without these features.

Home theaters don’t have to have luxurious seating. You could put in some metal chairs or a couch or two you found at your local thrift store. You don’t need fancy leather seats or chairs that have speakers and all sorts of other gadgets in them. The best way to approach building your home theater is to always keep an eye on the simplest approach. It will help you out and see to it that your project will be finished in a timely manner. Too many people decide to go all out and put together a plan that’s not in any way feasible. One great thing to do is make your home theater near a bathroom so people don’t have to go far during an epic film. If you don’t have a bathroom near an open room you can look for plumbing Dallas Texas to fix you up.

 

 

 

Old is New

Recently, there has been a movement to revamp old shows and make them appealing to a more modern and diverse audience. Movies have made things like Star Trek and comic books popular again. They have brought back G.I. Joe and even have given life to board games like Battleship. TV shows are seeming to do the same thing, but they have been on the trend for longer.

Doctor Who is an older show that has been going on since 1963. It took a break for the nineties, but then came back stronger than ever in 2005. There have been around thirty seasons and has become one of the most popular shows in the UK. This show has a fan base that spans from everyone age six to ninety-six. The most recent season has been the best as far as graphics go, but the story lines for all of them is brilliant and keeps you hooked. There is something in it for everyone because each episode is different. This is a great show to watch with your family and it keeps you interested until the end. Each Doctor is different.

The premise may sound strange to many people, but the idea of regeneration really works with the show and does not detract from the story at all. The Doctor is from a race called the Time Lords, they lived for hundreds of years and were able to regenerate if given the time to do so. They all died in a horrible war and the Doctor is the last of them left. He goes through all of time and space to save various species and events that are key to the progression of the universe. This is an oldie that does not seem to be going anywhere.

Sherlock Holmes has been featured in many different mediums. Recently, there was a movie about it with Robert Downey Jr. and now there are a couple of TV shows about it. The most popular of which is on PBS and is called Sherlock. Benedict Cumberbatch is Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman is Doctor John Watson. The plot takes place in modern London and uses everything modern. Watson blogs and important messages are sent via texting. This show was actually written partly by the main writer for Doctor Who, Steven Moffat. For the show, they actually use similar names as those in the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle books. There has been “The Hounds of Baskerville” and “A Scandal in Belgravia” which directly correlate to the original literary works.

Cumberbatch brings a fresh voice to Sherlock Holmes and makes him much more modern. He works with various modern devices and is sharp and quick when it comes to scientific equipment and such. He brings Sherlock to yet another generation and gives them an experience unlike any other. Freeman also gives Watson a kick that was unexpected before. He is not content to just sit back, he has a fire to prove himself and make wrong right. He is also deeply devoted to Sherlock and stays by his side through everything. This is brilliantly written and acted and really is a pleasure to watch.