Can't Stop the Serenity – Halifax

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If you are fond of watching movies, or if you are interested in becoming one of those movie stars in the world of cinema, then you should take note of these surprising things that we are about to reveal.

In the world of entertainment, showbiz, and news, there are a lot of things that should be taken into account. The wonderful sceneries and views that you can witness in movies might seem to be real. However there are a lot of magical transformations that editing can do in the movies that you really like.

The background in every scene that you can see just like those movies or series such as in Game of Thrones (GoT), Narnia, Titanic, Vikings, The Flash, Iron Man, Captain America, The Shannara Chronicles, Harry Potter series, The X-men Sequel, The Lord of the Rings, The Matrix, The Hobbit Sequel, Hunger Games Sequel, John Wick Sequel, and all the other movies require a lot of lifelike backgrounds that would suffice the ambiance and the realistic effects of the movies. The secret behind this is beautifying the background by adding real trees and trimming these just like the outcome of tree trimming Des Moines.

You would probably think that the effects that you can see are real on screen. But would you think that it would be possible to make such catastrophic scenes possible? All those backgrounds might look real. But these are just a product of the power of the editing skills of the one who is responsible for making the effects or animation of these effects look realistic, lifelike, and even more convincing. You will be surely amazed how different and unimaginable the “behind the scenes” of the movies are from the output of the final movie itself.

You would not believe the amazing and astonishing effects that the production team of the movies have made. What is real that you can see in the movies are just some portions of shrubs, green trees, and other plants that would add life to the film. However, all the seashore, mountains, and other effects are just a picture and a reflection of how advanced the technology is nowadays.

These movies have become very influential and powerful as it can truly affect the well-being and the mind-set of the people. The viewers who watch their favourite films can actually be influenced by how the actors or characters think. These are just some of the effects of movies to humanity.

People tend to act like one of those characters in the film that they are so fond of. The characters that they idolize would be a great variable in their way of thinking and their way of living as well. It is amazingly incredible as these movies give the views some ideas and perception on how to handle problems in life. These movies that they watch are just one of the most influential factor on how they deal with life itself.

It is amazing how media can affect the way of living of the people. It is still best to choose a good motion picture that can give you a positive outlook in life. Watching movies is not that negative at all. It still depends how you apply in life that things that you watch on film.



In the world of movies, there are a lot of prerequisites for shootings and for recordings whether it is for news, for entertainment, TV shows, and even for live coverage. This needs quite a lot of things to be considered to have and achieve a successful outcome for news programs, for video shootings, and for recordings for the movies.

There are a lot of important things that are needed to be done in order to achieve a successful and satisfying kind of show. The venue, the props, the cast, the look of every TV personality, and the production during the show will be important and will be needed.

During the production in indoor shows or for TV studios, it is best to take care of the background or walls, for a good picture in the movie. Moreover, the technology, the cameras, and the recording should be taken into account as well. These are the things that are essential to keep the programs, live shows, and shootings possible.

On the other hand, it is important to have a roof that would give shelter for all the investments for the gadgets, computers, camera, and other important things for the studio that would keep the program or the show going. So having a roof just like one of those outputs that Des Moines Roof Repair can give would be best to take care of your investments.

For TV shows, news recordings and entertainment shows, it is vital to have a good and attractive studio for the benefit of the audiences and for the viewers out there. A good motion picture output is important to have when it comes to Television and movies.

All the means in maintaining a wonderful production is essential since this is all about broadcasting locally, nationally, or internationally. The pleasant scene or view is important as it will be distributed nationwide, locally, or maybe internationally. So it is important to have a high quality and standard for the TV shows.

All the investments should be exhausted in order to achieve a successful show that would have a high rating for televiewers. There would surely be a lot of come back profit as a lot would love to sponsor the show if it has a good quality of production and filming. There would also be a lot of fans that would create popularity for the TV network and for the show itself.

Having the best kind of production for the different shows that would be shown on air is a very important and vital role for the investment of the program. If you have already spent a lot, then you should exhaust everything to make the best programs, movies, or shows on TV. There are a lot of competing shows and TV networks, so make these investments that you have already spent worthy to get the best results.

Make the production satisfying and at the same time, the best amongst all the other competitors. This will be the legacy of the production and the directing cast as well.

Being in the world of television would require a lot of hard work, expenses, and efforts. So make this investment count and avoid making all the efforts to be put in vain.


Throughout the history of multimedia, there are a lot of advancements and amazing developments. From radios, to televisions; from black and white motion pictures to colored TV programs. These are just a few things of how technology has stepped into further advancements at the present.

News TV production has become amazingly informative through putting up some holographic images that would provide some informative visual images and photos. This is a blatant proof of how development and progress reflect in the world of television and broadcasting media networks.

Let us look how is a successful program can be achieved such as those from News Broadcasting shows and during talk shows.

1. Furniture

The furniture is one of the most visible parts that you can probably see in the programs especially during talk shows in the television. This is a very important factor that we might not notice to be valuable. You might be unconscious about it since it is not the focus for the program. However, it is one of the props or background which is an asset for the program to become successful since it is visible and it is utilized well for the program. This is where the hosts sit down comfortably as they interview or talk to their guests. That is why it is best to have a furniture just like those coming from Tallahassee cabinet refinishing.

2. Hologram

This is one of the products of the advancement of science and technology. Thanks to this kind of technology nowadays because it gives the people a visual informative and highly advanced output as it shows images virtually that can describe the situation during reports on the news. It is highly informative as it gives us a refreshing and memorable idea about certain issues in the society.

3. Best gadgets

These are the things that are needed in a TV production. These things are vital for the show to keep moving forward to success. With a high quality and standard for these gadgets, this will make a clear visual and audio for the program, or for the show. It is really important as it is the reason why the show can be broadcasted live, or as a replay, or as a post show. We might not see it on TV however, it is the main reason behind what we usually during programs and even on films, or motion pictures.

These are just few of the things that should be taken into consideration during making a TV production whether it is a news program, talk show, for entertainment, and even for movies as well. It is important to be mindful of these things as they are eminent to give the show some high ratings for the perception of the viewers. If the viewers would love how the show is being broadcasted, then it would lead the program to success and to remarkable ratings against other competing news, talk shows, or movies. Wouldn’t it feel great to become the best amongst others?

Another successful year!

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Thank you, Maritime Browncoats, for another successful year! Two screenings of Dr. Horrible, trivia, costumes, evil laughs, awesome door prizes, and of course Serenity herself made for a great evening. Once again, we had folks show up from as far away as Moncton, New Brunswick to join the fun!

It’s always wonderful to see the variety of costumes, Firefly-themed shirts, and Jayne hats mingling in the theatre. This is the first year the Hands of Blue found us!


They interrogated Inara:


But fortunately Inara, River and the rest of the crew escaped intact at the end of the night.


Attendance was down a little this year, but people seemed to really like the swag we had to offer in the silent auction. We’re still crunching the final numbers and sorting out a few auction items, but it looks like CSTS Halifax 2013 raised just over $1400, meaning $350 for the Avalon Centre and $1050 for Equality Now. THANK YOU!







We couldn’t put on an event like this without our sponsors, both local and global. We particularly want to mention Hal-Con; their generosity means that two lucky CSTS attendees went home with weekend passes to HalCon 2013, at which Jewel Staite (Kaylee) is a special guest! Also, massive thanks are due to Fat Apollo, who ran the Evil Laugh contest and provided the prizes (Fat Apollo bars from Sugah! Halifax – they’re amazing, do try one!), donated a prize pack to the silent auction, and provided an impromptu stand-up comedy monologue to keep the crowd entertained when we had unexpected technical difficulties.








In the end, though, we couldn’t do this without you. Every year, we’re so grateful to the Browncoats who keep supporting this event, showing up, donating, and spreading the word. We hope you enjoyed yourselves, and we’re happy to hear any suggestions on how to make it better. We want to offer Maritime Browncoats a fun evening, as well as raise as much as we can for the cause. Contact us any time at cstshalifax @, or find us on Twitter @cstshalifax. We’re always happy to welcome new volunteers to the shindig.




Love’s what keeps her in the air when she ought to fall.


It’s happening, once again! Hats are knitted, auction sheets are ready, problematic food is made… We’re so excited! Can’t wait to see you there.

Advance ticket sales on the website, and at Strange Adventures, continue until noon (or thereabouts). All remaining tickets will be sold at the door.

Thanks to everyone who tweeted, retweeted, invited friends, and helped spread the word, and congratulations to our VIP winners. Looking forward to a great event, and hopefully lots of money raised for Equality Now and the Avalon Centre.

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Be a VIP!

Help spread the word about CSTS Halifax, and you could win a VIP upgrade! Get a reserved front-row seat, free drink, free snack (we promise they’re not problematic) and a CSTS 2013 patch.

RT our contest tweets for your chance to win. We’ll be drawing a few of these through the week as we count down to CSTS Halifax 2013.

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All this could be yours…

Here is just a sampling of some of the cool stuff you can bid on or even potentially win! Remember to bring your trivia knowledge, your best evil laugh, and cash for the silent auction!

Only 10 more days…have you got your tickets yet?

Come have a good night with the Knights of Good!

Join us Friday July 26 at 7:30 pm as we watch seasons 1 and 2 of The Guild on the big screen! This comedy web series, created and written by Felicia Day, revolves around the lives of gamers in an online guild named The Knights of Good. Felicia stars as Codex, the guild’s Priestess, whose life is thrown into disarray after one of her guildmates (the Warlock Zaboo) shows up on her doorstep.

If you’re a gamer, a Felicia Day fan, or like to laugh, this evening is for you! Tickets $5 at the door.

Venue: Carbon Arc Cinema, Museum of Natural History auditorium, 1747 Summer Street. Show runs just under 2 hours (includes a brief intermission.) Concessions will be available for purchase – as will tickets for the main event, CSTS on Saturday August 17.

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Back, but not in black

First things first: we’re baaaack! Can’t Stop the Serenity returns to Halifax this summer. We’re consolidating back to a one-night run – save the date, Saturday August 17. As before, there will be two screenings of Serenity that night, with introductory screenings of Dr. Horrible, a silent auction, merchandise sales, costumes, trivia, and more. It’ll be a great time to meet up with fellow Browncoats and show off your Firefly cosplay before HalCon – you do know that JEWEL STAITE is coming this year, right?? Yay Halifax!

Ever wished the CSTS T-shirts came in a colour other than black? This is your lucky year! Shirts featuring the CSTS 2013 logo are available in Sand, Military Green, or Dark Heather for men’s/unisex style, and in Ash Grey or Dark Heather for a women’s (somewhat) fitted style. Sizes are small through 4XL, and cost $20 ($25 for 3XL/4XL). Pull-over hoodies are also available in Sand/Military Green/Dark Heather at $45, and zipper hoodies in Sand only for $50.

Shirts are available for pre-order for a VERY limited window! Sorry, guaranteed pre-orders must be in by THIS FRIDAY at midnight. A few shirts will be available for sale at the event, but if you want a particular size/colour combination (or a hoodie) please order it now. Your current webminion* is having problems with the Merchandise page/PayPal set-up, so shirt requests can be sent DIRECTLY to Specify size and colour – we will confirm receiving your request, and payment can be made via the Donate button.

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We are leaves on the wind!

Two nights, four shows, and a lot of T-shirts and Jayne hats later, we’ve wrapped up for another year. We’re still sorting out a few silent auction items, but it looks like CSTS Halifax 2012 raised around $1560, meaning ~$390 for the Avalon Centre, and ~$1170 for Equality Now!

Thanks so much to everyone who helped out, particularly Robin who designed our gorgeous poster, Tony who did radio publicity, Kristi our event photographer, Fat Apollo who ran the Evil Laugh contest and donated the prizes, namely his delicious eponymous chocolate bar from Sugah!, and to the Carbon Arc volunteers, particularly Kenny who unflappably solved our tech problems. Also, massive thanks to everyone who supported the event: buying tickets, telling your friends, bidding on stuff, coming in costume…you made CSTS successful, and fun.

Jayne and Mal

We tried a few new things this year, some more successful than others. The Carbon Arc’s new home at the Museum of Natural History offered definite advantages in terms of accessibility, seating, and parking, but resulted in reduced “walk-in” traffic off the street. Last year, we sold out both events and turned people away, and also heard that Saturday night didn’t work for everyone, so we decided to try for two nights this year. However, we ended up with approximately the same number of attendees (~115) spread over the shows. Saturday at 6 pm was our most popular show, by a slim margin, and was definitely the group that did best on the trivia. However, we had some really dedicated Browncoats on Friday night, including one who had driven down from Fredericton, New Brunswick!

The Jayne Hat Brigade

It’s our impression that fans actually avoided the late night Saturday “Special Hell” screening. It was the one with lowest attendance, and pretty much nobody said anything during the movie. It was an experiment, but we probably won’t do it again – although, if you’d really like one, do let us know! We’d love to hear any comments, criticisms, feedback etc. If we’re going to take on this crazy job again, we want to offer Maritime Browncoats the best event we can! Contact us any time at cstshalifax @, or find us on Twitter, with suggestions or to volunteer.

The Evil Laugh contest was a fun addition this year, run by local celebrity Fat Apollo:

Another Evil Laugh 'volunteer' contender

More photos of the event can be found in our Flickr stream. We hope you all enjoyed yourselves, and thanks again – we’re happy to have met and exceeded last year’s fundraising total!

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You guys! You rock. Seriously.

If you were at our opening night, you’ll have spotted a record number of Jayne hats, some wonderful and rare themed T-shirts, and fabulous cosplay! We’re looking forward to still more fun tonight: the Captain will be joining us again, and Fat Apollo will be back to run the Evil Laugh contest. (Last night’s winner had come all the way from Fredericton! Now that’s a committed Browncoat!)

Remember, Serenity showings are at 6 and 10 pm, but come early to catch Dr. Horrible at 5 and 9 pm. Also, be sure to browse the silent auction. There are some unique items that are currently great bargains, so give yourself time to check it out! The auction closes at 10:15 pm – any winners present at the end of the last show can pick up their goodies then, otherwise we will call you the following day and make arrangements.

Thanks for a wonderful time last night, Maritime Browncoats – and see you again tonight!

Going, going…

We have some truly special items in this year’s silent auction. Pictures of many of them can be seen here. In addition, we have a huge wall decal of the ship herself from QMx Merchandise, and gorgeous original art donated by Sophie Fong!

To give everyone a chance at these unique and wonderful items, the silent auction will run over both Friday and Saturday nights. It will close at 10:15 pm Saturday, when the final showing of Serenity starts. If you’re present and have cash on hand, you can pick up your item(s) immediately; otherwise, we will contact you the following day and make arrangements for you to get your winnings.

Afraid of being outbid on something you really want? Anyone who holds a ticket to Friday’s event is welcome to come back between shows on Saturday to visit the auction and re-bid. Of course, you can also get a friend to bid on your behalf, or leave a really strong bid on Friday!


Here’s a sneak peek of the great swag we’ve got lined up for the events! Watch for these beauties (and more!) as prizes and auction items, and make sure you bring cash to participate in the silent auction!