First DemoReel :: AngelCamacho

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  12 December 2004
First DemoReel :: AngelCamacho

Hi guys,

I am graduating soon from school (Art Institute of Atlanta). My focus is mainly environments and lighting.

The reel has two pieces, one which most of you have seen I think (Underwater City) and the other a forest scene. Both were created in 3dsmax. The underwater scene was rendered in Mental Ray and the Forest scanline. Most of the textures were done with procedural textures. Compositing was done in AfterEffects.

Here are the movie formats:

Windows Media

My website

Fire away :-)

-Angel Camacho
  12 December 2004
Beautiful scenes - a good solid feeling in both of them. The one part that seemed to let down the whole presentation (for me anyhow) seemed to be the sunset lighting in the forest. Parts of the scene actually seemed darker than the night lighting. The contrast was a bit harsh. Aside from that - it's stunning work.

Still, these images have a brilliant fairytale feel to them and the music fits just right. How about some pollen in the air for the forest scene? I think that might be interesting. Your presentation is brilliant - very inspiring.
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  12 December 2004
Hmm. One of the drawbacks of compression is that not all the detail is there. :-/ But I do have pollen falling down from the trees (particle pass in the breakdown). About the sunset, I have been fighting with all my scenes in lighting because I work with many different monitors (school and home). They are all not calibrated correctly I suppose.

Thank you for the feedback!


*if anybody has suggestions on making my video quality better, feel free to post them. My settings are MPEG4 65% for quicktime and WMV 9 100% for windows.*
  12 December 2004

It looks great, man. I wish my first demo came anywhere near to the level of craftsmanship you've shown here. If I could offer 2 critiques though:

First, I'm just not sure you're showing enough here. I'm a big fan of a short reel, but short in length, not content. The breakdowns are a good idea for a compositing position, but I think they're too slow and in the end your reel only amounts to the 2 environments. They're brilliant, but you've still only got 2. I'd show more. Even if you don't do the full breakdown animated pass thing you could show some still-life images, or still images of other environments you've built.

Second, the particle passes on each one just aren't coming across to me and this is in a quicktime on a nice big LCD monitor. I can't imagine they will read as anything but a black screen on a VHS dub. Just a thought.

But like I said, man, I'm jealous of you starting your career with this quality of work. I just think you need more to really make the sale.
Adam Schimpf
C H A R A C T E R a n i m a t o r
  12 December 2004
I agree with Sag, I love what you have done also, the music is great it goes great with the shots. The underwater scene is the highlight of the of the demo. But I would love to see more of the forest as well, You should put some type of creature in there as well. Sag, sorry you are yapping way to much. I would also love to see more of your work, perhaps a Jail, or a desert/ Egyptian scene. And again I agree with Sag, Your work is really inspiring, I to want to do environments now also.

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  12 December 2004
Porfolio Critique

I love the work that you have done so far on both the underwater scene and the forest scene. The music along with the timing of the shots are well decided. It seems that the underwter scene is the highlight of the reel by its length and number of shots, but it would be nice to see more of the forest scene as well. The forest scene is more compelling because of its color and lighting. The forest scene really sparks the viewer's imagination and since there is only one shot it even heightens the possobilities of what the story of the scene could be. The bottom line without me yapping on, is that I would like to see more of anything you have on the forest scene. Great job, really that isn't just some curtious statement. Your work really is inspiring, now I want to do environments and all I do is characters. The website is also a nice addition in that it goes along with the pieces you have on your reel as far as design is concerned.
"BAMF"ing all the way!
  12 December 2004


You are right about the demoreel length. I've been debating whether to show more content in the reel. I chose to keep it short because many people I have talked (or threads discussing demoreels) to recommended that a reel should be no more than 3 minutes. So I decided to focus on my best projects and show how I did them.

I can't really change it right now (graduate very soon) but I will definitely try your suggestions to add more content. About how the particles will look in VHS, thankfully everything looks right. :-)

Thanks for the input!

Simple-minded and Sagleon,

Get back to work! ;-)

  12 December 2004
wow, that was a really great reel. I love the mood, and the presentation is excellent.

It might be a tad bit on the long side, and the sunset lighting on the enchanted forest could use some work, but

who's the music by? I really enjoyed it.

  12 December 2004
Thumbs up

this is totally cool man!


i love the felling and the lighting!
  12 December 2004

The music is from the Amelie soundtrack. Awesome movie if you haven't seen it. It's one of my favorite movies for references on lighting.

I don't want to sound repetitive but again thanks for the positive comments!

  12 December 2004
the forest scene was enchanting alright...rather awespiring overall.
...the richness of ones creativity reflects the diversity of ones knowledge...

  02 February 2005
Smile inspiration

hey im a student at the art institute of atlanta and i was trying to find some of ours school's student works on cgtalk when i stumbled upon yours. its is a beautiful compostion and it definitely gives me something to look forward to as i continue my classes. great work!
  02 February 2005
Originally Posted by ACamacho: KWAK,

The music is from the Amelie soundtrack. Awesome movie if you haven't seen it. It's one of my favorite movies for references on lighting.

I don't want to sound repetitive but again thanks for the positive comments!


an awesome movie (yours)
and idd an great film too!

  02 February 2005
I'm honored to share an office with this dude.

Can't go wrong with the Amelie soundtrack in a reel. Very well done breakdowns, too.

Angel, you rock Holmes! Really nice reel... Havn't seen all of it, till now.
In order to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe. -Carl Sagan

Last edited by ScottageCheese : 02 February 2005 at 03:21 PM.
  02 February 2005

It's cool to see fellow AIA students hanging around here. Offtopic, are you part of the Siggraph animation team by any chance?


who are you? :-P j/k

Thanks that means alot to me coming from you man. *tear*

Hehehe.....thanks for the comments guys!
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