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PowderMonkey
08-18-2010, 05:31 AM
Hi guys, I'm in my final year of study at Qantm college in Sydney. We've been required to produce a showreel and our course coordinator is going to use them to try and land internships for us. Scary!

Here's mine:

http://vimeo.com/14229279
Total time: 48 seconds

Please be harsh, honest, brutal, kind, or whatever takes your fancy. Just please give me feedback (Anything!) I'm trying to improve and do the best I can.

I ultimately want to be an animator, but they wanted us to diversify our reels a bit for the internships, as it's very unlikely that well be asked to do just one thing during our internships. I'm interested in matte painting as well, so there's a bit of that and an environment after all of the animation work. The matte paintings are work in progress as I didn't have time to finish them off before the showreel was required of us.

We're in our last week of this term at the moment, and we've got 3 weeks of holidays, during which time I'll be putting more animation work on there as I do it, and I also intend to finish off those 2 matte paintings properly.

Help me make it better! Please?

You can also see who I'm up against at
http://www.qantmconnect.com/category/internships/2010/animation/
and
http://vimeo.com/user3283830/videos

Okilo11
08-20-2010, 01:07 AM
Hi, thanks for sharing first of all!

You're farther along as far as education in this subject goes than I am so read whatever I say knowing that.

First some good - Your matte paintings and breakdowns are better than your animations in my opinion, and I am told you are supposed to put your best work first. If you think your animation is your best stuff, than keep it that way. Also, I would reverse the order of your breakdowns so that you add piece by piece instead of subtracting, or show the finished piece again after breaking it all down.

While your animations are good, a vanilla walk cycle doesn't show much understanding of animation these days. Anyone with an hour to spare can look up a tutorial on that. For example, your one classmate's first video shows a character jumping on a box (http://vimeo.com/14267264), which is much more active motion than a vanilla walk. Also, the girl walking up the stairs seems stiff. When I walk of the stairs my center of balance is a little more leaned forward. Then again, maybe I walk funny :)

Hope this helps!

JackNelson
09-30-2010, 03:17 AM
Good reel :thumbsup:

A few things, as Okilo said you definitely need more variety in your animations for a showreel. The first animation sequence with the two characters seemed very sharp at times, aside from that though the interaction between the characters were believable. The walk cycle's great, and I agree the stair climbing animation needs to be more fluid, but that's nothing that can't be fixed easily.

The matte paintings look good to me, don't really have much experience in that area so I can't say much else :P

Just keep working at it, good luck with the intern placements!

Hi guys, I'm in my final year of study at Qantm college in Sydney. We've been required to produce a showreel and our course coordinator is going to use them to try and land internships for us. Scary!

Here's mine:

http://vimeo.com/14229279
Total time: 48 seconds

Please be harsh, honest, brutal, kind, or whatever takes your fancy. Just please give me feedback (Anything!) I'm trying to improve and do the best I can.

I ultimately want to be an animator, but they wanted us to diversify our reels a bit for the internships, as it's very unlikely that well be asked to do just one thing during our internships. I'm interested in matte painting as well, so there's a bit of that and an environment after all of the animation work. The matte paintings are work in progress as I didn't have time to finish them off before the showreel was required of us.

We're in our last week of this term at the moment, and we've got 3 weeks of holidays, during which time I'll be putting more animation work on there as I do it, and I also intend to finish off those 2 matte paintings properly.

Help me make it better! Please?

You can also see who I'm up against at
http://www.qantmconnect.com/category/internships/2010/animation/
and
http://vimeo.com/user3283830/videos

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