The Continuing Successful Acting Career of Crystal Hunt

Crystal Hunt, born on 1985, is a successful American actress and producer from Clearwater, Florida. Crystal’s interest in acting started at an extremely young age and so did her success. Hunt participated in talent pageants when she was only two years old showing off her impressive talents at such a young age. She later appeared in many popular commercials such as a commercial by Walt Disney celebrating their 25th anniversary and an anti-drug advertisement with the famous boy band, NSYNC.

After her talent was noticed in New York by an agent, Crystal Hunt truly captured national attention when she played the role of a troubled teen on a popular CBS series called Guiding Light at the age of 17, which aired from 2003 to 2007. Her role and contribution to this well-known series is what she is best known for throughout her acting career. Her acting in Guiding Light earned her a Daytime Emmy Award nomination in 2005. Her impressive role in Guiding Light also won her a Soap Opera Award nomination in 2005 as well.

During this time, Crystal worked her way into motion pictures as well. Hunt played a role in the family movie with Zac Efron called The Derby Stallion. After her role in Guiding Light had ended and The Derby Stallion was finished, she moved on to star in a romantic comedy movie with Amanda Bynes called Sydney White, which was a humorous romantic twist on the classic fairy tale story Snow White.

In 2009, Hunt appeared as Stacy Morasco, a misbehaved stripper, on an ABC series called One Life to Live from. She played this role for several years then in 2013, Crystal starred in a Lionsgate action thriller, called NYC Underground, with her close actress friend Dania Ramirez.

After NYC Underground, Hunt’s acting career continued. In 2014, Crystal starred in a debut featured film called 23 Blast. This successful movie is about based on a touching true story about a high school football star who was tragically completely blinded suddenly and left with his whole life changed and many new trials to face.

In 2015, Hunt will be helping to put together Queens of Drama in Los Angeles. Crystal isn’t only an actress anymore but is now a beginner movie producer as well. Just as Hunt and her close friend, Dania Ramirez, starred in NYC Underground together, they will be producing their first movie together as well.

The Magic of Visual Effects in the Movie Industry and Beyond

Movies have come a long way from their inception. They are a far cry from the black and white silent films of our great-grandparent’s generation. People were astounded when “The Jazz Singer” came out in 1927; it was the first full-featured talking picture.

Coloring was another process to behold in the film industry, from the first tinting techniques to the vibrant hues we enjoy today. Movies today employ visual effects, a type of special effect that make the impossible possible.

There are at least four categories of visual effects that make movies so grand. One dates back to the beginning of films themselves, the matte (or painting) effect. Now, we enjoy the benefits of live action effects, and the aid of computers with both digital animation and effects.

Digital animation and effects may seem like they would be one and the same, but they are not. The animation is the process of rendering 3D characters and landscapes by manipulating lighting and textures virtually. Digital effects, or FX for short, is what many people know as CGI, which stands for computer generated imagery. This process utilizes programs to render still photographs and images into something that is alive and beautiful, and that would otherwise be too costly, difficult or dangerous to create.

John Textor is not a household name but is the driving force behind some of the best visual effects that moviegoers enjoy. He was CEO of Digital Domain, a visual effects powerhouse started by James Cameron that he purchased with director Michael Bay. He is CEO and chairman of Digital Domain Media Group, which was the parent company of DD until the companies merged in 2012.

Under his skilled leadership, over 80 films between the two companies have wowed audiences around the world. These include greats such as “Transformers”, “Real Steel” and “Pirates of the Carribean: At World’s End”.

Perhaps the most distinguished feat of all came in 2009 with the film “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”. The movie won the Academy Award for Achievement in Visual Effects. Even more miraculous was its winning of the award for best make-up for the main character, which was entirely digital!

The mastermind later brought Tupac Shukar back to concert-goers at Coachella in 2012 and two years later brought back the likes of music legend Michael Jackson. If you want to see Bob Marley or Elvis Presley in concert, this is the man who can bring them back to life.

We can only imagine what he has in store for us next.

How To Collect Great Art When The Budget Is Low

Adam Sender’s art collection began in the late 90s and grew from there. He had left working at SAC capital and was only just starting his own hedge fund. Adam Sender has always been known for his eye when it comes to these hedge funds. However, he had the same instinct when it came to art. It came in extremely handy because his budget wasn’t too high back then. This shows that art collectors don’t need a huge budget when they are just starting their collection. All it takes is to know what to buy and good skills to leverage it in the future.

Here are some art buying tips for people who don’t have a high budget –

Look for Little Known Art – Young art or little known art can be discovered in open studios and art fairs, like Adam Sender did. Every collector understands that collection is a risky venture. The bargain might not seem immediately obvious at that point in time but it is also about the retrospective nature of it in this area. Various art collectors frequent exhibitions by young artists, most of which involve installations of string and cardboard. It’s about finding an artist who speaks to a collector via their art – no matter what the medium might be.

Paper Covers Canvas For Low Budget Collections – Canvas is the known better and established medium in art collections but when the budget is low, paper is the best friend of an art collectors. Paper prints of popular artists are floating out there are they might seem inexpensive at this point but time has to be spent to gauge their value in future. Same goes for limited edition prints and etchings that appeal to low budget collectors. In fact, there are niche collectors who primarily look for limited edition works. The trick is the number in these collections. If the number is low, the value of that collection would be higher.

It Is Impossible To Find A Theme In the Beginning – It is true that the most prized collections revolve around a common theme and have a similar story to tell. But even veteran collectors like Adam Sender started off with just their passion of art and nothing more. Adam Sender sold off a few pieces when his collection started forming in his head properly. So, low budget collectors too should do the same. They should pick anything and everything that appeals to them and leave the thematic worries for the future.

It has nothing to do with luck that Adam Sender’s collection involving upwards of 400 pieces is set at $70 million. He looked to the future when he bought these pieces and that has finally paid off.