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01-10-2003, 09:35 PM
Hello Everyone,

I am a CG Artist who recently graduated of the San Francisco Academy of Art College, and I'm seeking feedback.

Links in divx format:

*** Mirror Site for the 480x324 version ***

mirror - large - 480x324 - divx (http://www.meyemind.com/v3/reel/dschnee_reel_480x324_divx.avi)

Main Links:

small - 240x162 - divx (http://www.xos.ca/meyemind/dschnee_reel_240x162_divx.avi)

medium - 320x216 - divx (http://www.xos.ca/meyemind/dschnee_reel_320x216_divx.avi)

large - 480x324 - divx (http://www.xos.ca/meyemind/dschnee_reel_480x324_divx.avi)

or "save target as..." in quicktime

medium - 320x216 - quicktime (http://www.xos.ca/meyemind/dschnee_reel_320x216_qt.mov)

My apologies for the larger sizes and download times if anyone has trouble. If you have the time, view the 480x324 divx version, :)

Honest Critiques Welcome...

-Count Cog

01-10-2003, 10:13 PM
I'm going to mirror the divx links shortly...

Sorry for the slow downloads... :(

*** Mirror Site for the 480x324 version ***

mirror - large - 480x324 - divx (http://www.meyemind.com/v3/reel/dschnee_reel_480x324_divx.avi)

01-10-2003, 10:33 PM
I downloaded your demo reel and enjoyed it a lot. I don't understand much of this things (compositing) but I've learned a lot watching your clip (the large div-x version!!!) and wanted to thank you for explaining what you did and which layers are composited.

I'm not a pro, so I can't make any critic.

Oh! And nice editing! I liked the music you used. I was impressed. Btw, I love chemical brothers and Underworld... :bounce:

Good work.

01-14-2003, 01:37 AM
i like it but think its to long. i think you could put out some of that work and have a stronger reel. i think it could be around 2 mins.

good luck to you.

01-14-2003, 03:02 AM
Hmmm, very long reel!

For what kind of job U are looking?

I mostly see composting stuff in the movie. So U look for a composting job?

U play very much with the Music (beats etc) right? U have to know
some ppl just turn off the music when watching the movie. So use music carefull.

There are some things I realy would skip out...the strange lines...ehhh, just my opinion :rolleyes:

And never forget best things first!!!

Okay that's all :)

01-14-2003, 04:30 AM
Thanks for the words Faraguay, glad I could shed some light, I'd watch the new VFX challenge this next month for more insight and behind the magic of vfx and compositing, :D

You can always take a few inches off if you leave yourself long... I left this version because I was having to much fun with the music...:cool: (thats what its all about right?, fun.)

Your very right Daniel, some houses use that evil button 'mute', the visuals should hold up on their own. :thumbsup: I am in total agreement, way to long, repetitve, and some of the shots shouldnt even be in there.

I have recieved a lot of great feedback from all over, including some industry players, I'll be cutting a tighter, shorter, reel very soon, and thank everyone for taking a look at my work.

01-14-2003, 04:57 AM
You seem to have some nice work...
but the demo reel doesn't show any of it...not exaclty that is.

The reel is to unfocused...it keeps coming back to things it showed previously. This is very tiresome.
When showing the milk thing. Show the final composite, show the how it was done and then move on.
In all the other examples do the same.
Show the space scene with the planets...show how it was done and don't come back to it.
There are a lot of things in there that seem to have no purpose, I'm sure there was some compositing in it or effects...but if you don't address it...no one will care.
So, take 4-6 of your best composites and effects from that reel, put it together in a linear fashion, shorten it, and you HAVE A MASTERPIECE.

Hope this wasn't to harsh...just trying to help.
I work with many academy students and most have the same problem...their reels aren't focused enough.


01-14-2003, 06:33 AM
Harsh? no way, its exactly the kind of 'no bs' feedback I thrive for, thank you.

Every shot on there has some level of compositing, and not all are seen in standard use of compositing, most all effects work needs a home, something to marrige with, I see compositing and effects animation going hand and hand.

And sometimes the seamless result is the proof of the pudding, ;)

Its one of those things... your an artist who is trying to do something different, be more creative, show energy and excitement, to do something out of the norm, get someones attention... when I cut my reel I was aware of more conservitive industry standard approach, best work first, show shot first, then show the break down, next, and so on... that to me was just boring... So in my reel I played with teasing the viewer, and giving payoffs, showing something, then coming back to it, little tid bits of discovery, I think as a whole it works... but for a job? I must find a resolution between the 2... show the shots, then the break-downs, best work first, ya-da, ya-da, ya-da, while still delivering with excitment...



"I will work harder!"

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