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#1 Mark Schlicher

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Posted 24 February 2010 - 12:36 PM

I've just completed a rough cut of my first Steadicam demo and would like some feedback.

The footage is corporate, documentary, music and commercials. What would make the reel more impactful? What shots could I lose? Is there a better way to organize the shots?

By the way, I am still working out some minor technical issues: frame rate conversions and scaling and color correction.

I appreciate any ideas and recommendations. Thanks!

My Steadicam reel on Vimeo.
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Posted 24 February 2010 - 05:53 PM

I like the toy helicopters, good idea, but try not to use so wide leans all the time, the distortion warp the picture.
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Posted 24 February 2010 - 08:47 PM

I've just completed a rough cut of my first Steadicam demo and would like some feedback.

The footage is corporate, documentary, music and commercials. What would make the reel more impactful? What shots could I lose? Is there a better way to organize the shots?

By the way, I am still working out some minor technical issues: frame rate conversions and scaling and color correction.

I appreciate any ideas and recommendations. Thanks!

My Steadicam reel on Vimeo.

Hi Mark, Tom here. I thought I would give it a shot.

Overall I like the music and the way you have cut to it with an ear for musical phrase changes and hits (like the drums and the high five) and the length of the piece.

The open shot at 9 sec. is nice but I would move the sweeping shot at :13 in its place. I like how dynamic and powerful it is. Its says "steadicam" to me more that the original static. More drama for the open.
So by eliminating the first shot and sliding the one I just mentioned in its place. You have room for another shot. I would like to see a little more shot variety instead of staying with the singer and drummer.
If you have any more cools shots I also would replace the shot at :17 since its more of the same singer (although it is wider).

I would lose the outdoor band shoot at :21 since it confused me and didn't add a lot. Since we just had a lot of cuts on the great open, I would move the long office shot at :33 to be next on the reel. You definitely want to wow them while you have their attention.

I am tempted to lose the balloon and crowd stuff that start on your cut at :24. We see the same moves on other much cooler stuff on your reel.

So I would follow with the helicopter sequence which has a lot of good stuff. I love the shot at 1:09, but they are all strong.

Very nice editing job.
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#4 Mark Schlicher

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Posted 26 February 2010 - 10:18 AM

Thanks, Max and Tom. Good input, I'm working on revisions as I get additional footage.



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I've just completed a rough cut of my first Steadicam demo and would like some feedback.

The footage is corporate, documentary, music and commercials. What would make the reel more impactful? What shots could I lose? Is there a better way to organize the shots?

By the way, I am still working out some minor technical issues: frame rate conversions and scaling and color correction.

I appreciate any ideas and recommendations. Thanks!

My Steadicam reel on Vimeo.

Hi Mark, Tom here. I thought I would give it a shot.

Overall I like the music and the way you have cut to it with an ear for musical phrase changes and hits (like the drums and the high five) and the length of the piece.

The open shot at 9 sec. is nice but I would move the sweeping shot at :13 in its place. I like how dynamic and powerful it is. Its says "steadicam" to me more that the original static. More drama for the open.
So by eliminating the first shot and sliding the one I just mentioned in its place. You have room for another shot. I would like to see a little more shot variety instead of staying with the singer and drummer.
If you have any more cools shots I also would replace the shot at :17 since its more of the same singer (although it is wider).

I would lose the outdoor band shoot at :21 since it confused me and didn't add a lot. Since we just had a lot of cuts on the great open, I would move the long office shot at :33 to be next on the reel. You definitely want to wow them while you have their attention.

I am tempted to lose the balloon and crowd stuff that start on your cut at :24. We see the same moves on other much cooler stuff on your reel.

So I would follow with the helicopter sequence which has a lot of good stuff. I love the shot at 1:09, but they are all strong.

Very nice editing job.


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#5 Tom Daigon

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Posted 26 February 2010 - 09:56 PM

"Thanks, Max and Tom. Good input, I'm working on revisions as I get additional footage."

Your very welcome Mark.
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