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  08 August 2004
Animation_reel, Xiu (Animation)



Title: Animation_reel
Name: Xiu
Country: Usa
Software: Maya

here's the reel i've been working on the whole summer. im trying to get a job or an internship in the new york city area.
C&Cs are very welcome.



here's the link
http://xiuliang.com/xiu_demoReel.avi
 
  08 August 2004
sorry, here's the working link, right click and save as.


http://www.xiuliang.com/xiu_demoReel.avi

anyone? i really need critiques on this one.
 
  08 August 2004
You do have some nice stuff in there, the green guy with the metal dog in particular. but there is also a lot of stuff which just feels like padding. Try to cut it down to half the length. And to be honest I would lose the purple creature at the beginning, as it's not a strong piece of animation and is a little too long - found my attention drifting... The walk and runs are pretty decent. The lipsynch to mobius is on time but there is not enough movement further down the body - the head is the only thing moving so it looks un-natural.
 
  08 August 2004
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  08 August 2004
that last shot is so wrong, yet so funny.
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  08 August 2004
i downloaded it but i'm not able to watch it, there's a codec missing and wmp can't download it

so...which codec is it and where do i download it?
 
  08 August 2004
Red face

i think you are right Mattmos, it's too long and some animations are not convincing. i'll change it soon and make it better. man i wish i had more of those better animation clips and less crappy ones. i am such a struggling animator. thanx for the critiques everyone, they are very helpful..... and keep them coming please!


the codec of this movie is Divx Pro 5.0.3 you could download it at www.divx.com
 
  08 August 2004
The animations are really smooth, and the colours and textures are great too. The green guy, and dog-robot are better then the purple dinosaur thing.
 
  08 August 2004
good demo - but as said the first anim of the pink lady is not smooth enough, take her out
and go for the job
 
  08 August 2004
I agree that you need to make it shorter and focus more on the green guy and metal dog act.. and here is a tip

Always have your name and contact info visiable at all times during the the reel.. maybe small at the top or bottom but you must have it there. They will not always watch the whole reel and by having your name there it will make it easier to remember..

Just something I picked up from a article I read about do's and don't on demo reels writen by some of the industries leading companies...
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  08 August 2004
thank you all for the tips. i've made it shorter, eliminated the purple creature, and added my name and contact throughout the reel. thank you all for the tips. ^_^
i've got another question, what about the music? because the purple creature sings this song that's why i used this song in my reel, and now she's gone, i dont know what type of music to switch to, or should i stick with this music?

thank you all for the help!
 
  08 August 2004
Very very strange.
But I liked it. I haven't been able to listen to it with sound yet (moving into the dorms right now...no speakers hooked up yet *grumbles*)

Definitely agree with the time though, and especially with the purple creature.

I'm also a little curious about one of the things that you didn't really show much of. There was one scene at around 1:02 with a robot that really stuck in my mind for some reason..and I don't think that this is the same one from the other scenes, unless I'm mistaken.
Do you have any more footage of that model?
 
  08 August 2004
Xiu,

The reel looks nice but there are a few issues you might want to address. First off the audio really doesn't go with the theme of your reel, and on top of that it's really glitchy (the audio). The animation is pretty good but there are a few scenes that might turn some people away. Like the pole dancing....I myself don't mind it but i know alot of studios and such tend to steer away from dirty humor and it seemed like you had a real cartoony feel throughout. The Dinosaour woman thingy lipsync test was pretty solid but she didnt move much.The kid and the robot dog are your strongest scenes so you should put them up front.When you come out of the box with something really great people tend to stick around and watch the rest of the "fill in" work. So more kid and dog and less dino porn pole dancing! Those few tweaks plus the ones mentioned in the other posts and your good to go.

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