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#1 Daniel Carruthers

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Posted 12 September 2008 - 06:30 AM

Hey I just finished my new cinematography reel
It would be great to get some feed back.
I also updated my website,so let me know what you think of the lay out
www.dancarruthers.ca

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Thanks a lot:)
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#2 Daniel Carruthers

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Posted 12 September 2008 - 06:34 AM

oops I almost forgot

please make sure to watch the high quality version 44mb, the low version is my OLD reel.
I need to get that one taken off:( I forgot hahaha

Dan
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#3 Daniel Carruthers

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Posted 18 September 2008 - 03:23 PM

hmmm no comments???

is it really that good? :rolleyes:
lol Id appreciate some feedback, good or bad

thanks
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#4 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 18 September 2008 - 05:25 PM

It looks pretty good. I"m watching it on mute, so i can't comment on the sound. I like the 1920s/30's style black and white a lot. Some of the color shots, while fine, I think don't really add too much. And also, without music, it felt a bit long...
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#5 Daniel Carruthers

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Posted 18 September 2008 - 06:06 PM

It looks pretty good. I"m watching it on mute, so i can't comment on the sound. I like the 1920s/30's style black and white a lot. Some of the color shots, while fine, I think don't really add too much. And also, without music, it felt a bit long...


Thanks Im quite happy with the Black and white footage my self
that was shot on 7222
everything is better listening to music,I can imagine it would be dull
try the music,Its from the Untouchables
If you can be specific on the color footage,what stuff is no good,what stuff should stay and what should go??
cause I cant make up my mind??

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#6 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 18 September 2008 - 06:09 PM

As soon as i can give it a finer comb; i will (give me a few hours tonight and i'll give it a look)
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#7 Daniel Carruthers

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Posted 18 September 2008 - 09:08 PM

As soon as i can give it a finer comb; i will (give me a few hours tonight and i'll give it a look)


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#8 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 19 September 2008 - 07:07 AM

Ok so here I am again.
The rack focus to the geese has a bit of a jitter right before you pan up (not too noticeable to most, but something to make note of)
The club dance scenes I mildly don't like; as it feel less "cinematographic" if that makes sense?
I think the music is appropriate and takes care of all that drag stuff.
and that's really all i can think of, myself.
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#9 Daniel Carruthers

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Posted 19 September 2008 - 07:35 AM

Ok so here I am again.
The rack focus to the geese has a bit of a jitter right before you pan up (not too noticeable to most, but something to make note of)
The club dance scenes I mildly don't like; as it feel less "cinematographic" if that makes sense?
I think the music is appropriate and takes care of all that drag stuff.
and that's really all i can think of, myself.


Thanks Adrian

I think I know what you mean with the dance footage.
I shot some slow motion breakdancing footage(which I dont have yet)
but when I do maybe I'll replace it with that?
and I'll probly lose the geese shot,when I get more of my footage from the editor
thanks again

Dan
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#10 Andy_Alderslade

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Posted 24 September 2008 - 03:15 PM

Thanks Adrian

I think I know what you mean with the dance footage.
I shot some slow motion breakdancing footage(which I dont have yet)
but when I do maybe I'll replace it with that?
and I'll probly lose the geese shot,when I get more of my footage from the editor
thanks again

Dan


Hey Dan, I personally felt the dance footage was pretty alright, nicely lit. I was less enthusiastic about the footage of the pregnant woman in the waiting room with the gherkin business personally. If you are going to use this footage then it needs to go latter, in the more 'meat' part of the reel.

I think the footage in middle was generally the best over-all, you have some lovely daylight exteriors there. Personally I would shifts some of that near to the beginning to grab the viewer, which it will!

I really like the the 30's footage too, but with it you cut from a night interior beside a pool table shot to a day interior by the pool table shot, which though isn't 'jump-cutty' gives that material a very limiting scale - if you know what I mean.

I really like the ending, clever choice of material with music there!

Regards,
Andy
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#11 Daniel Carruthers

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Posted 24 September 2008 - 03:53 PM

Hey Andy

thanks for your comments
I was never happy with the way I lit the hospital with the pregnant women, I always thought it was pretty flat,But I was really pressed for time when we where shooting.
but what I do like is the camera work for that scene.
I'll work with it some more,and maybe move it more in the middle.

Also Im not too sure if I follow you about the B&W pool room stuff.
it actually takes place during the same day,it does play out differently in the music video, and I think it works.
I wasnt trying to light from the windows,I wanted a hot top light look for most of that scene
But I did attentionaly overexpose the windows for a flaired out effect with heavy promist filters on the lens
do you think it doesnt match up?it was a dark room to shoot in,and the natural light hardly even lit the set.
and I didnt want to go for a window lit look, so for the reverse footage with the girl falling on the guys lap,it was supposed to look lit from a over head practical thats off camera, motivated by the pool table lights.
I might be getting more of that footage,we did some great dolly work,and it shows off the set alot better,so as soon as I get access to those shots,hopefully it might blend everything together better,and it will make more sense??

anyways thanks for your comments,and I'll probly move alot of the outdoor footage closer to the begining
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Posted 24 September 2008 - 04:22 PM

Hey Andy

thanks for your comments
I was never happy with the way I lit the hospital with the pregnant women, I always thought it was pretty flat,But I was really pressed for time when we where shooting.
but what I do like is the camera work for that scene.
I'll work with it some more,and maybe move it more in the middle.


Yes, personally I think it will sit much better there.

Also Im not too sure if I follow you about the B&W pool room stuff.
it actually takes place during the same day,it does play out differently in the music video, and I think it works.


The shots i'm talking about is the first 30's gangster shots, the one where there is a dutch angle and the girl falls on the man's lap, its followed by a shot similar in geographical location and frame size - this for me, reduces the scale of this material, as if you didn't have much set to work with! Maybe splitting those shots up will not present this feeling, both are nicely lit and composed shots so I think separating them will boost the impact of them.

anyways thanks for your comments,and I'll probly move alot of the outdoor footage closer to the begining


Yes, there's some beautiful stuff there, the skateboarder and the old-style girl out on the farm. The beautiful fog shot from the begining is lovely also.

Best of luck!
Andy
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#13 Daniel Carruthers

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Posted 24 September 2008 - 04:28 PM

Oh I see what your saying Andy
good point
I'll defenetly separate those 2 black and white shots
In the next few weeks I'll post my updated version of this reel,hopefully with some new footage too?
thanks


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