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#1 SheaFlynn

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Posted 07 December 2011 - 07:48 PM

I posted this in the reels/resumes section and didn't get any responses, So I figured I give this a try. I just graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a B.A if film production, with in the last year I've shifted my main interests towards the cinematography aspect of filmmaking. Recently I cut together my first reel and I am looking for some constructive criticism from you guys. All the footage comes from a mixture of DSLR's really wish I could find an opportunity to shoot more film. I kept the reel on the shorter side I figured since I didn't have a whole lot of projects to pick from that it would be better to keep things short and sweet. let me know everything on your mind whether its amazing or if I should just stick to running the craft services table. Thanks in advance!


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Posted 08 December 2011 - 10:33 AM

I posted this in the reels/resumes section and didn't get any responses, So I figured I give this a try. I just graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a B.A if film production, with in the last year I've shifted my main interests towards the cinematography aspect of filmmaking. Recently I cut together my first reel and I am looking for some constructive criticism from you guys. All the footage comes from a mixture of DSLR's really wish I could find an opportunity to shoot more film. I kept the reel on the shorter side I figured since I didn't have a whole lot of projects to pick from that it would be better to keep things short and sweet. let me know everything on your mind whether its amazing or if I should just stick to running the craft services table. Thanks in advance!

http://vimeo.com/32356340


I like it. Beautifully shot.
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#3 Archie Campbell

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Posted 14 December 2011 - 12:54 PM

Nice. I like some of the shots but here are some pointers if you want my opinion.

Firstly I'm not a fan of not being able to hear what someone is saying so I don't like the opening bit or the shot of the black teacher? Don't know if the dialogue is completely useless or it might fit on it's own but it distracts me when I don't know what they are saying.

Like the POV shot but I don't think it's from the same piece that the next shot is (really nice shot of the girl) and I don't think they should be next to each other as it acts as a jump cut anyway. What did you shoot the POV with by the way and did you have to make the rig?

I would say that in my opinion it could do with more shots as I realise that it's only 30secs long but it feels like all the shots are held for a bit too long and I want to move onto something else.

Have you got some more work you could add in?
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Posted 14 December 2011 - 08:47 PM

Thank you Archie! The POV was done hand held with a 60D and a 17-40mm lens, just awkwardly trying to hold the camera as close to the actresses head as possible, trying to shoot from her line of sight. I agree I felt that the shots of people talking felt a bit awkward at the beginning. I really wanted to just not have any shots of people talking but I didn't have much footage to work with that I felt really proud of, at least IMO. Ill try and cut it a bit faster with v2.0. i'm starting to get more footage rolling in so hopefully there will be a bit more content and a closer to a minute long. What do you recommend for showcasing dolly shots and camera movements since its kinda hard to cut those down on time?
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#5 Daniel Jackson

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 01:34 AM

A great starting point. Keep it up.
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#6 Archie Campbell

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Posted 18 December 2011 - 05:16 PM

What do you recommend for showcasing dolly shots and camera movements since its kinda hard to cut those down on time?


I'm definitely no pro but a lot of the dolly shots I have seen in reels have been really interesting and definitely selected by the director to add to the story. If it is a dolly shot just for the sake of showing that you can use one and it hasn't been justified then it probably shouldn't sit in your reel as you really want to show case your work.

That's just my opinion and I haven't even cut together a reel since I started studying film!

Check out some of the professional reels on the site that have a lot of work that I envy!
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#7 Brian Hulnick

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Posted 26 December 2011 - 01:48 AM

A nice piece of work.
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Posted 26 December 2011 - 08:06 PM

I updated my reel a little bit still on the shorter side, but I tried to cut down on the length of the shots and added some more content. Is this version any better? Let me know what you think!


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Posted 29 December 2011 - 07:37 AM

Must admit I did not like the slo mo of the 3 females (?) walking toward the camera, but the rest is gold.
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Posted 30 December 2011 - 12:35 AM

Must admit I did not like the slo mo of the 3 females (?) walking toward the camera, but the rest is gold.



Thanks Daniel, what was it about the slomo you didn't like? the effect? or color? or composition? or?
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#11 Daniel Jackson

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 07:24 AM

Thanks Daniel, what was it about the slomo you didn't like? the effect? or color? or composition? or?


The slo-mo. It reminded me of that scene from Armageddon when Willis and crew are walking to the astronaut training area.
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#12 SheaFlynn

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 08:32 PM

HAHAHAHAHA I didn't even think of that it totally does! Although I have to admit Armageddon is one of my guilty pleasures. Michael Bay or John Schwartzman needs to offer me an internship!
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Posted 06 January 2012 - 07:54 AM

Actually he's right, that scene where the guy looks at them and say talk about the wrong stuff. Very funny.
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Posted 11 January 2012 - 08:28 AM

I liked the first one more actually. Especially the scene with the 2 guys sitting down and the blushing girl.
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#15 Daniel Jackson

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 08:49 AM

Out of interest were these friends or professional actors?
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#16 SheaFlynn

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 06:49 PM

a mix I think, I just showed up and shot who ever the directors hired. I know the two kids sitting down in the church were friends of a director, the blushing girl and guy were aspiring professionals, and the cross dressers were a group of comedians.
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#17 Adrian Samuals

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 08:10 AM

those cross dressers were pretty scary looking individuals. Wouldn't wanna bup into them in a dark alley in the mid of night.
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