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#1 Jonathan Burton

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 07:06 AM

I have put together a reel of my work on Red One and Red One MX from this year and would love some feedback or advice. I am one year out of film school so this year has been my first go at freelance work. Bellow is the link, Cheers!!


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#2 Vincent Sweeney

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Posted 29 December 2010 - 07:12 AM

Bluntly, if you sent your reel to me I'd not bother to look at it because I would assume you are going to try to sell me on using your red camera. I'd also assume your experience was very limited because you have a reel with the one (trendy) format on it. I'd spice it up a little, shoot some Super8 "artsy" shots, which is cheap enough, get rid of that shot at 1:27 and the one before it at least, and go from there.
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Posted 30 December 2010 - 06:06 AM

Bluntly, if you sent your reel to me I'd not bother to look at it because I would assume you are going to try to sell me on using your red camera. I'd also assume your experience was very limited because you have a reel with the one (trendy) format on it. I'd spice it up a little, shoot some Super8 "artsy" shots, which is cheap enough, get rid of that shot at 1:27 and the one before it at least, and go from there.


Thanks mate,

I don't actually own a red camera, these are all jobs I happened to get during 2010 which shot on red, (wish I had 50k for a camera setup but I'm not that well off yet!)

I have shot lots of other formats, I put this reel together cause I seem to be getting some work in this format and as you say, its "trendy" at the moment and for good reason! The idea was to show a degree of "expertises" with the format.

Cheers for the advice tho, I'll defiantly cut a overall reel and put it up!
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#4 Chris Keth

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Posted 30 December 2010 - 05:58 PM

Foolish, IMO. Better to show expertise lighting, camera blocking, and telling a story than as a technical operator of one camera.
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Posted 01 January 2011 - 02:15 PM

Foolish, IMO. Better to show expertise lighting, camera blocking, and telling a story than as a technical operator of one camera.



Fair enough. Although "foolish" seems a little harsh!

I hope that some skill in lighting, blocking and storytelling comes across in the reel too! Seems a bit short-sighted to suggest it only shows a technical proficiency with the camera, but each to their own I guess.

As I said before, I have shot lots of other formats, this is just a reel of one. I'll be sure to put an overall reel up when I get back from holiday.

Cheers for the opinion Chris.

Edited by Jonathan Burton, 01 January 2011 - 02:17 PM.

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#6 Chris Keth

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Posted 01 January 2011 - 06:52 PM

Fair enough. Although "foolish" seems a little harsh!

I hope that some skill in lighting, blocking and storytelling comes across in the reel too! Seems a bit short-sighted to suggest it only shows a technical proficiency with the camera, but each to their own I guess.

As I said before, I have shot lots of other formats, this is just a reel of one. I'll be sure to put an overall reel up when I get back from holiday.

Cheers for the opinion Chris.


I should have explained more. If I saw a reel titled "RED Reel" among 50 others, I would probably skip it and not even see any of your work. You do have a lot of nice things in there, nobody has to know what format you used to capture those images. You're selling your eyes and your expertise, not a trendy format.
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Posted 02 January 2011 - 05:46 PM

I should have explained more. If I saw a reel titled "RED Reel" among 50 others, I would probably skip it and not even see any of your work. You do have a lot of nice things in there, nobody has to know what format you used to capture those images. You're selling your eyes and your expertise, not a trendy format.


Good point Chris,

Didn't think about the title being off putting. This is why its great to get other opinions!

Cheers dude!
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#8 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 02 January 2011 - 08:07 PM

I'd agree with pulling "red' off of the reel. let the reel show what you can do, and let your resume/cv list what formats you're accomplished on.
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#9 Chris Keth

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Posted 03 January 2011 - 10:25 PM

I'd agree with pulling "red' off of the reel. let the reel show what you can do, and let your resume/cv list what formats you're accomplished on.


I've also seen reels that have a lower third that contains the title of the film, the director, and the acquisition format kind of music video style.
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#10 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 03 January 2011 - 10:36 PM

I've seen that as well and considered it, but personally I find it too distracting from the image, but that's just me and perhaps my dislike of subtitles (i know I'm one of those weird people.)
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