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Re: New Demo Reel looking for feedback
on Dec 2, 2005 at 6:12:42 pm

So I'm assuming this is mainly and editing reel. But I'll comment on the graphics too.

First technical:

My number one problem was compression. The video was WAY to lossy. A client is not going to like that, I understand download speeds may be equally important, but you have to recognize what you're seeing. So I would bump up the bitrate to even double where it is right now. If you're using a sorenson codec I shouldn't think you'll get too out of control file sizes.

It doesn't work on Safari.

I really like the music video shots. But they were kind of cut up. I kind of wanted a longer shot of some of the camera moves. They were well done, you should stress that. Unless of course you don't want a job related to camera.

I think the shots that interrupt the music - with the guy and the flowers... they shouldn't be there. I understand the fact that we (I'm in it with ya) are poor students or post grads and can't afford nice cameras, sound, light, actors, costume. That being the case though, we should not showcase these manifestations of our poverty. Because it might get misinterpreted as intellectual poverty. And we want to look great! So leave out the student movies, everyone. You can be proud of it, but leave it in the closet because you want your reel to look like something someone would see on TV or in a theater, or as close to it as possible. Unless it's a 'remember the past' sort of thing you have to have the professional sheen or you'll fall through the cracks and not even get to be in the running for 'possibility'.

Last comment. For After Effects stuff (or could have been motion or combustion): you might want to pick a better font. You *will* want to add motion blur on all of your elements and edge feathering on some. De-saturate, pick less bright un-natural colors.

Hope this doesn't come off as condescending, I'm not writing this from a tv post room, but I don't want to hold anything back, and you don't have to agree with everything i say. just wanted to put it out there...


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