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#1 Stephen Smith

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Posted 09 June 2008 - 06:39 AM

Hi,
I've just cut my first reel together and would like to get some serious views on it. It seems to have got a bit lighter from the compression. Should i maybe include more shots, especially close ups??
Thanks for your time.


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#2 Mike Lary

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Posted 09 June 2008 - 07:36 AM

Hi Stephen,

Nice work. Here are my suggestions.

In the opening sequence there's severe blowout on the guys hand when he kneels down. If that happened in compression, I'd try exporting it again. If that's the way you shot it, I'd nix the shots that show blowout.

Other than that, there are some shots that you hang on for too long, like the shot near the end of the man with the hat entering the room. That could be a couple seconds shorter on the tail end. It looks like you want us to see his hand's shadow moving on the wall, but that's much less visually appealing than seeing him walk in from the light. I wouldn't hang on a shot after you've shown us the most impressive element.

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#3 Stephen Smith

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Posted 09 June 2008 - 10:14 AM

thanks for the reply, i see what you mean about the lengths of the shots now, i think i may have started to edit it to the music rather than thinking about just showing the best bits of stuff. I will have a go at re cutting it.
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