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#1 Jamie McIntyre

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Posted 09 March 2010 - 09:38 AM

Hi guys,

I hope a couple of you wouldn't mind giving me some feedback, constructive negative feedback if possible. I think it gets a little repetitive, however, I'm waiting on another four lots of my footage from various productions which I think could help break it up a little - I'll add the footage to the reel as I get it. For now though, is it worthy of going up on my website...? I don't want to rush and get it up on my site without the sound input from you guys here.

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Also, I'm not sure why vimeo has squished it?!

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#2 Tom Daigon

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Posted 09 March 2010 - 09:59 AM

Hi guys,

I hope a couple of you wouldn't mind giving me some feedback, constructive negative feedback if possible. I think it gets a little repetitive, however, I'm waiting on another four lots of my footage from various productions which I think could help break it up a little - I'll add the footage to the reel as I get it. For now though, is it worthy of going up on my website...? I don't want to rush and get it up on my site without the sound input from you guys here.

Here's the link -

Also, I'm not sure why vimeo has squished it?!

Cheers

Jamie McIntyre


Hi Jamie:

Editor Tom here. I thought I would share my 2 cents with you.

1. Your music is nice, but I tend to use instrumentals since I find lyrics can be a distraction from the visual content on demo reels

2. :12 opening shot is not the strongest one to open with

3. :25 this would be my vote for the open since it also has a nice follow that becomes much more dramatic

4. :41 Another follow shot that I would replace with new material.

5. 1:01 great shot. Works.

6. 1:17 Too dark. It doesn't read for me.

7. 1:26 Works

8. 1:32 I would keep just the tilt with a beat on the front of the shot.

9. 1:39 Shot doesn't read for me.

10 1:46 Nice circle

11. 1:54 Lose red shot

12. 1:56 Works

If you have any shots that add some variety to the existing ones (motion / content / composition ) I would use them to replace ones I indicated didnt quite work for me
Very nice looking stuff!

Tom
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#3 Jamie McIntyre

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Posted 09 March 2010 - 10:10 AM

Hi Tom,

Thanks for the input. I agree with you on all of those points, it's just good to have someone else point them out after watching it over and over again myself.

I think I'm going to change to a slightly more upbeat instrumental song, mainly drums which I like cutting to. I think I'm going to change the opening shot now you mention it, rather than a fade in, just a nice quick cut to the shot.

I'm hoping to add a lot more stuff in the next few weeks. I shot quite a nice fight scene which had some really good choreography and stunt work which I think will look cool and add some contrast in the reel - I hope! Some long lens stuff too which I'm still waiting to see how it turned out.

Cheers!
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#4 Tom Daigon

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Posted 09 March 2010 - 10:17 AM

Your welcome Jamie. Glad to help out.

Edited by Tom Daigon, 09 March 2010 - 10:18 AM.

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#5 Mike McGowan SOC

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Posted 09 March 2010 - 10:33 PM

this is the same advice i usually give when people ask about their reels...

first, try not to use footage (and i understand how hard this is) from the same job more than once unless there are two shots that are so awesome you have no choice. other wise, same actors, same clothes, same locations make it look like your trying to make your reel look some how better than it actually is.

second, there is nothing wrong with a short reel. instead of trying to stretch it to two minutes and change, try to chop it down to the most fantastic one minute (or minute thirty) you can.

remember that the person watching your reel will most likely be watching several reels and probably trying to do several other things at the same time. i find that although i love steadicam and enjoy watching other peoples reels, i get bored after about two of them even if they are the best reels in the world.

keep it short and sweet...

my 2 cents.
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#6 Tim Fabrizio

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Posted 12 March 2010 - 11:34 AM

My advice would be not to use so many follow shots. Shots of people walking away aren't that exciting. I agree using music that isn't so lyric heavy.
Good luck. There are definitely some nice shots in there.
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#7 Jamie McIntyre

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Posted 14 March 2010 - 10:17 AM

Thanks for your input. I agree with 100% of the comments here...

I'm going to pull it down and have another play with it.

Cheers guys.
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#8 Jamie McIntyre

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Posted 15 March 2010 - 05:02 AM

Howdy,

I have pulled it around quite a bit and replaced the music...

I can't edit my original post so here is a new link.



Any better?

Cheers
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#9 Fabrizio Sciarra SOC ACO

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Posted 15 March 2010 - 07:16 AM

It looks way better dude.
IMHO of course...
Well done
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#10 Tom Daigon

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Posted 15 March 2010 - 08:49 AM

Howdy,

I have pulled it around quite a bit and replaced the music...

I can't edit my original post so here is a new link.



Any better?

Cheers


Nice work Jamie. I like the new music a lot. And the opening is very powerful! My only feeling is the shot at :25 is a bit too long and the shot at :58 is so dark its difficult to see the whats happening between :58 and 1:109.
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