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Last Updated: Friday, 20 July 2007, 16:40 GMT 17:40 UK
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By Kate Russell
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Kate Russell gives us her latest selection of the best sites on the World Wide Web.

Commercial Breaks and Beats

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Commercial Breaks and Beats is a database listing music used in TV and cinema commercials in the UK. The site lists nearly 2,500 ads and the soundtracks used in them.

To track down a piece of music select the search option and enter either the name of the commercial or what you think is the name of the song or the artist.

For a more refined search select the advanced option. Here you can filter additional bits of information, such as the year the ad was released. Or you could simply browse the entire catalogue if you have the time.

If using the search tools still does not yield a result, head over to the message board. This section of the site is almost as big as the database, either check earlier postings to see if the tune you're after has already been identified or post a request for help. The community that use this site are uncannily knowledgeable.

Once a tune has been tracked down there are links to legal download or online music stores if you really want to purchase it.

I am not so sure about buying the music from adverts myself but this site is really useful for tracking down and identifying tunes you have usually only heard a snippet of.


Stop Motion Animation

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Stop Motion Animation is as old as cinema itself. It is a laborious technique that involves filming static objects then moving them between frames to create the illusion of movement.

The website is dedicated to this kind of film making and is an especially good site for any aspiring animators out there.

The site is run by special effects technicians who actually work in the movie industry and it shows in the attention to detail that has been put into it.

For the beginner, visit the handbook section. Here you will find information on how to get started from cameras and lights to model making and set building.

This section alone is absolutely massive and it covers all of the topics in incredible detail. From shooting with an old Super 8 camera to animating using the latest digital techniques there is lots of really useful advice and tutorials.

The gallery section plays host to an archive of animated shorts made by site users.

And if you want to show off your latest animated magnum opus the site invites submissions from all of its visitors.

In keeping with everything else on this site the links section is huge, it includes things like links to famous animation studios as well as the homepages and blogs of well known stop motion animators.

This is a marvellous site for those with the patience and skill to master stop motion animation, or even if you have just got an interest in this old school movie making technique.


eHow

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eHow.com is a fairly big "How to" site offering "How to" guides on a wide variety of subject matter. While the sites claim of showing you how to do just about everything is perhaps a bit of an exaggeration, it does have 35,000 "How to" guides for a staggering amount of different things.

The kinds of subjects covered include how to train a dog or tie a Windsor knot.

The site is organised by subjects: cars, personal care and style, that kind of thing. There is also a search option if you are looking for something specific fast.

Once a category and specific guide has been selected the "How to" itself is revealed. Each guide carries a difficulty rating and is separated into easy to follow steps. After following the "How to", the guide ends with tips and warnings.

While the tips can be useful, some of the warning advice can be a tad hysterical.

Occasionally the site's American roots show through and some articles will only really be of use to people in the United States. But that said, there is still a lot of content which will have universal appeal.




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