How New Technology Is Changing How Brand Productions Are Cast

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Times, they are a-changin’—particularly in the casting world. 

COVID-19 has catalyzed a massive shift in the way brands, content creators, and casting directors find talent, and in a socially distanced world, as well as a generally globally connected one, utilizing technology is the only way to keep the cameras rolling.

“As a casting and production professional, what are some interesting ways you can take your current productions and alter them to fit a remote format? How can you continue to develop fresh content that’s impactful during such an unpredictable time?” Sabrina Safran, director of casting and talent development at Hearst, told Backstage. “It’s up to all of us to collaborate in a way that makes sense and keep creating content that matters. And one thing to remember that’s most important is that we’re all in this together.”

Here’s how new technology is changing

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Steve and Alex From Minecraft Block Off Some Time to Join the Cast of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

The Minecraft Mainstays Are the Second DLC Fighters Added to Fighters Pass Vol. 2

On Oct. 13, worldwide phenomenon Minecraft is sending two of its finest rectangular heroes to join the ever-expanding cast of playable fighters in the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game for the Nintendo Switch system. Steve and Alex, who both proudly sport more right angles than a high school geometry class, will be the seventh DLC fighters added to the game. They are part of the second Challenger Pack in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighters Pass Vol. 2, which also includes a new stage and seven music tracks from the Minecraft series.

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In a video hosted by Masahiro Sakurai, the Super Smash Bros. creator detailed the boxy new fighters, providing a detailed breakdown of their one-of-a-kind move set, which involves digging into stages to gather

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New Maine system allows disabled voters to cast ballots online

Maine voters who are unable to mark a paper ballot because of a cognitive, visual or physical impairment will be able to cast their absentee ballot online beginning Friday.

The new service is a collaborative effort between the Secretary of State’s Office, the state’s online service provider, InforME, and advocates at Disability Rights Maine.

In July, Disability Rights Maine sued the state and several municipalities in federal court on behalf of four blind or visually impaired Maine voters.

That case is still active but the parties involved have agreed to put the filing deadlines in the lawsuit on hold to see how the new system works in November, said Kristin Aiello, the lead attorney for Disability Rights Maine. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit helped test the new system.

Secretary of State Matt Dunlap said Thursday the new system is, in part, being rolled out because he and other health and

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NASA astronaut plans to cast her ballot from space station

ATLANTA (AP) — NASA astronaut Kate Rubins told The Associated Press on Friday that she plans to cast her next vote from space – more than 200 miles above Earth.

Rubins is just outside Moscow in Star City, Russia, preparing with two cosmonauts for a mid-October launch and a six-month stay at the International Space Station.

“I think it’s really important for everybody to vote,” Rubins said. “If we can do it from space, then I believe folks can do it from the ground, too.”

Most U.S. astronauts live in Houston. Texas law allows them to vote from space using a secure electronic ballot. Mission Control forwards the ballot to the space station and relays the completed ballot back to the county clerk.


“It’s critical to participate in our democracy,” Rubins said. “We consider it an honor to be able to vote from space.”

NASA astronauts have voted from space

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NASA Astronaut Plans To Cast Her Ballot From Space

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NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, who is training for a six-month mission scheduled to launch in October, says she plans to cast her next vote from space.

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“It’s critical to participate in our democracy,” Rubins told the Associated Press Friday, adding that astronauts “consider it an honor to be able to vote from space.”

NASA’s Mission Control Center in Houston sends a secure electronic ballot to the astronauts who send it back and the control center then emails it to the County Clerk’s Office to be recorded.  

The voting process starts a year before launch, when astronauts select which elections they want to participate in, and then submit an absentee ballot request six months before the elections, NASA says.

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Rubins joined NASA in 2009. She completed her first spaceflight in 2016 as an Expedition 48/49 crew

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ASU Music Theatre and Opera collaborates on official cast album for new musical

September 22, 2020

Arizona State University Music Theatre and Opera, in collaboration with musical theater writers Rachel Dean and David Brush, released the official cast album for “The Anxiety Project.” The new musical is a 90-minute themed production based on anonymous true stories of people who experience anxiety or depression.

“The Anxiety Project: Original Cast Album,” released on YouTube, features 21 show tracks plus a bonus Dean-Brush song, “Something to Leave Behind,” performed by ASU alumna and Broadway tour performer Caelan Creaser. The recording will soon be available on over 150 streaming platforms including Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play and Amazon Music.
“The Anxiety Project” is a 90-minute themed production based on anonymous true stories of people who experience anxiety or depression. It is the first full-length musical recorded at ASU involving ASU students.
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“The Anxiety Project” is the first full-length musical recorded

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