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CrazyMatt
01-30-2010, 05:58 PM
Hi everyone,

I not long ago updated my website and added a show reel along with it. I am looking for feedback that may help out the possibilities to find a job in the games, or the film industry.

> www.CrazyMatt3D.org (http://www.CrazyMatt3D.org)

Thanks and have a great day!
- Matt

EricChadwick
01-31-2010, 05:05 PM
Nice modeling work.

The reel stopped playing on me, I presume because it was still downloading, but there was no indication of a download bar to let me know. I'd switch players, and compress it more so it downloads quick on your average cable/dsl connection. For a 640x480 30fps reel, about 1000kbps is a good tradeoff.

The MOV d/l links, just give one, and compress it more. No employer wants to wait to d/l a 100MB video. In fact I bailed on d/l the LQ one, took too long. QuickTime's a great format though for d/l, reminds me I need to add that myself.

Why are the pants shiny for the first solider in your reel? Looking at "The Hunter" I see what looks like a specmap, but it's just a slight derivation of the diffuse, not its own specific map. Here's some great advice from the Quake4 guys (http://www.iddevnet.com/quake4/ArtReference_CreatingModels#head-4152af2ebdcdf51e21eaf84fd7ea3f511a7a1fab) about creating spec maps. Also this polycount thread (http://boards.polycount.net/showthread.php?t=40055) might be helpful.

As a general rule, limit your portfolio to just the absolute best work. You will be judged the most by your weakest work. We all repeat this adage, again and again, but it doesn't seem to sink in. It's totally true though, as an employer I want to figure out what your weaknesses are, since generally the hirees are trying to hide this. So I take great stock in what your weakest work is, to better judge your skill level. More good reading: Your Portfolio Repels Jobs (http://boards.polycount.net/showthread.php?t=39516)

You should know though that your modeling work is really good. I only type all this out because I see promise in your work, so don't let my critiques discourage.

CrazyMatt
02-01-2010, 05:52 AM
Hey Thanks Eric for the feedback!

I definitely do agree with everything mentioned. Any chance you could link me to some places where I could possibly get a better flash player for the Reel?

Also, along the lines where you had mentioned that there is the strongest and weakest art to display. Would you mind pointing out the pieces you feel would do me the benefit of not showing weakness?

I appreciate everything you've mentioned so far, and I'll go ahead and fix them right up!
Cheers,
- Matt

EricChadwick
02-01-2010, 02:06 PM
http://www.longtailvideo.com/players/jw-flv-player/
This is what i'm using, I like it. I customized the skin to get rid of the Mute overlay and to make the colors match my site. There is a brief watermark at the start of a video, you can pay 49 Euro to remove it.

About your best work, I'll leave that for you to judge. Just go thru each image and anything that you have any qualms about, anything, remove it. Keep doing this until you only have the absolute best of the best.

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