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#1 Vedran Rapo

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Posted 25 February 2008 - 02:02 PM

well, my first reel, any comments?

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thank you for your time :)
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#2 Alex Hall

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Posted 29 February 2008 - 12:20 AM

well, my first reel, any comments?

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thank you for your time :)


You have a good variety of work. I think the opening sequence was a little long, i would take a few shots from the opening that i liked and then move in to the rest of the reel. Other than that good work. Cheers.
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#3 Ram Shani

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Posted 29 February 2008 - 01:49 AM

i am going to honest

i didn't like most of it
i find the lighting over all very flat and boring
which is bad combo with video


the only thing i liked was the first stop motion animation

keep practice and shooting

sorry

Edited by Ram Shani, 29 February 2008 - 01:50 AM.

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#4 Andrew Koch

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Posted 29 February 2008 - 02:31 AM

My main suggestion would be to shorten it. You should cut down to around 2 minutes. The claymation is the strongest part of your reel, so I would put it at the beginning or the end to make it stand out, but remove some of the shots where the animation was a bit jerky. There are some scenes you should probably cut out completely, like the graves. In a reel you need to show examples of good lighting, composition, etc. The graves don't seem to show this. I am not sure if you are the operator or not, but it is important to only include material that is well operated. This is why I would remove the second part of the dolly shot on the guy with the cigarette. The shot has some nice low key light and begins with a smooth dolly move but suddenly becomes jerky and unstable. I would keep the first part.

Another thing is this. Some on this forum might disagree with me and I welcome their feedback, but I find youtube to not be suitable for posting reels. There is way too much compression, which makes it hard for a client to evaluate the images. It is more professional to have your reel on your own website. It does cost some money, but it is your career and is worth the small investment. If you are just starting out and cannot afford it at this time, I believe there are some websites that you could post your reel on for free that have better image quality than youtube. If anybody know of some, I would love to hear about it.

I hope my feedback is helpful. I admire your courage in posting your reel for all to critique.
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