2008 March 19th, 15:27
Here's MY demo reel. Plz give feedback!!
Okay. Since a lot of people are sharing their demos I decided to throw my hat into the ring. Please give me feedback on what I should change.
2008 March 19th, 15:30
Its set to private my friend.
2008 March 19th, 15:45
Thanks. I fixed that problem!! Go ahead and click away! feedback appreciated.
2008 March 19th, 17:08
i bit pretentious don't you think ?
2008 March 19th, 17:16
Sorry... no so impressive
"A lot of experience in freelance video production"
Doesn't seem to be much of a crediability .. hehe
2008 March 19th, 17:21
Not just to bash it for the sake of bashing it but I have to agree with Jules to some extent. I haven't seen any demo reels (or many though, basically just those bouncing around here) that use so much text. It seems like this information about all of your training and experience belongs on a resume or some other paper whereas this should be about the real examples of footage you have shot (not interfered with).
2008 March 19th, 18:57
First, I believe that in general the text should be at least a 24 point font (for readability) though this might apply to broadcast. I would put your experience at the end with a solid color background (and some text animation) so that people are not distracted by the video playing in the background and work out the timing of the text because some of the text disappeared too soon. Boxing the video lowered my attention to the footage. The grainy film effect was a bit over used and (I am sorry but this is my opinion) degraded the overall quality of the reel. The strobe effect was annoying. The nasty toe was, well nasty. I don't know if this was an artistic call on your side, but I would have applied the steadicam filter to the guy in the beater. I would have loved to see more shots like the ones in 1:35 - 1:40. The footage in 1:41 - 1:43 seemed unprofessional because of the low-light. Again, steadicam filter in the footage that is around 2:05. Around 2:35 seems over-exposed. The chroma key of the girl falling seems to have a rough edge. And overall, I think you should trim the amount of text you have in regards to experience (such as experience with matting.) I am sorry if I offended you, but the only way to improve is through critiquing and practice.
Last edited by Joe.lipinski; 2008 March 19th at 21:19.
Reason: Correcting grammar.
2008 March 19th, 21:44
I appreciate all of what you all suggested. I'm not so sure about the text myself. My wife really loves it. We'll see. I think the whole thing is pretty pretentious, with Beethoven and all heh heh. I did a lot of overexposure on purpose. I'm just getting into filming for the last year so I have a long way to go. This is probably more suited for self documentation, than actually getting hired somewhere, but I do plan on using it for job applications for now. It's an honest show, of where I am, AND what I'm lacking :P. I do think the reel shows that I do a lot of stuff, and not just standard filming. Actually, the standard filming is where I lack the most right now. I'm better at stop motion, cartooning, and story telling in film. I'm getting pretty damn good with lighting lately though. The section of the demo with the girl painting at the table was the most recent thing I've done, and it's the best lit ( technically ).
Oh, and yeah, all of that strobing nonsense and grain that comes in is on purpose. I like it.