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Old 04-29-2002, 02:44 PM   #1
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Cool FX work (3D + compositing)

Hi all,

I've finally finished my reel and I wanted to share it with the world. Please feel free to post crits and comments and stuff.

The whole damn thing: (DivX, 6MB, 360x288)
http://www.classicgaming.com/hyperem/storage/small.avi

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[<i>images removed, cuz they're all big and stuff</i>]

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Old 04-29-2002, 09:01 PM   #2
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OMG ... I haven't downloaded the movie yet, but is it going to be a long movie??? cuz I see a lot of different actions in the clips that won't fit a short storyline
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Old 04-30-2002, 01:01 PM   #3
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OMG ... I haven't downloaded the movie yet, but is it going to be a long movie??? cuz I see a lot of different actions in the clips that won't fit a short storyline


Oops, I forgot to mention. The movie is one minute long and has no storyline (it's a series of 7 FX shots in 3 scenes).
 
Old 05-03-2002, 01:33 PM   #4
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Why do my threads always sink into oblivion with no responses?

Genuine question.
 
Old 05-03-2002, 01:45 PM   #5
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Why do my threads always sink into oblivion with no responses?

Genuine question.

- I think maybe because your images take so long to download. Not everyone will wait around. Try making them smaller.
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Old 05-03-2002, 05:39 PM   #6
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Can't get the movie...
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Old 05-03-2002, 09:33 PM   #7
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Hey there,

Looked at your reel and it looks promising. Initially, I liked the silent movie look because it worked for the cathedral shot and helped to create drama in an otherwise mundane shot.
I'd recommend dumping the old film look for the rest of your shots though, simply because filtering the hell out of your plate and CG overlay could be perceived as hiding some imperfections. I'm not saying that's what's going on here, but creating a real-world situation and showing a potential employer that you can not only create nice looking sets (and yours are quite good) and do decent matchmoving (again, nice job there) but you can also effectively match the lighting and texturing of a composited shot.

It's pretty obvious you have the skills, but I think the presentation should be looked at a bit more closely. The shots you chose are fine but, like I said, I'd have the silent era inspiration in only one shot and make the rest of them conventional pieces that would show an employer that you can come in an rock the house with real-world footage.

As for your screen captures, man, that's probably why you don't get many responses. Each of them is over 200KB. I have a cable modem, so it eats that stuff up pretty easily, but for those on slower lines or if your server is being taxed heavily, it could take forever to just download the stills, let alone download a 6MB movie. Again, this goes to presentation (a huge problem across the majority of the posts on this site). People are looking at a lot of posts and want to get in, post, and get out. Below I've attached a 35KB image which I think is more effective at enticing people to download your reel. It's quick, clean, and reads easily.

Anyway, I'd like to post more specific comments on each shot but I'm short on time. Let me know if you want that and I'll come back later and address each one, although I think that overall you have some really nice shots.

Keep it up!
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Old 05-04-2002, 08:56 AM   #8
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"Why do my threads always sink into oblivion with no responses? "

Whilst you are presumably being heavily ironic with your title of the thread it kinda still jars a little and as others ahave said ... have you ever heard of compression?.. The pics you post aren't done a service by their size and doing as ACFred has suggested will probably garner you far greater reaction than at present.... Sorry I'm on dial up and haven't time to even d/l 6mb at the moment .
 
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"Why do my threads always sink into oblivion with no responses?"
Because I'm attracted to shiny things, and your pics looked serious. I decided to look anyway though, since you made me feel bad for not looking at your non-shiny things, and it definetly was cool! The film look threw me off a bit, though the avi compression might have added to that as well. Like when panning away from the hand rail on that bridge shot, it looked a little jumpy for a moment, and I couldn't tell if it was the film effect, a crappy VHS, or a stutter in the match moving? It was just awkward for a moment.. Also, that message "Yes, the scenery was 100% CGI!" was a little hammy, I think you could get the point across with a simple "All scenery 100% CGI", but that's just my opinion. Anyway! It was definetly cool!
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Old 05-04-2002, 10:54 AM   #10
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need's more attention

Try spending more time with the basics of art and photography. Your 3d modeling, lighting, texturing, and compositing are not to a point where they grab attention and pull you in asking for more.

please don't be a cry baby....

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Old 05-04-2002, 12:45 PM   #11
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hmmm..pretty good work. Tho, I have to agree w/ ACFred on overusing that silent film look. Also, there seems to be a glitch in that clip of the building explosion. Seems to have a bad a frame or maybe it's my eyes from staring at this monitor 24/7. I also agree with FBMachine on losing that "Yes, the scenery was 100% CGI." phrase. Just showing your wires frames, and plates on separate passes does the job. A certain amount of modesty goes a long way. Good Luck.
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Old 05-04-2002, 09:39 PM   #12
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I think maybe because your images take so long to download


Oops, sorry about that. I'm on a fast connection, so I have no frame of reference for how long is too long a download.

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Can't get the movie...


Really? Usually my site host's server is pretty stable. They have just had a server move so perhaps that's why the download wasn't working.

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I'd recommend dumping the old film look for the rest of your shots though, simply because filtering the hell out of your plate and CG overlay could be perceived as hiding some imperfections.


That's what I thought, but my teacher said "Filter it, it'll look better on video, there's no such thing as cheating on CG etc". I wasn't sure, so I wanted to check it out here.

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Anyway, I'd like to post more specific comments on each shot but I'm short on time. Let me know if you want that and I'll come back later and address each one


Yes please.
 
Old 05-07-2002, 09:35 PM   #13
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Very Good

I DL your movie. Its Great. The Only shot I have to make comments about is the last Explosion shot. It dosnt look right. Probably because its CG. I think the fire is wrong. Maybe a scale issue?? Another shot is the WaterFall,,, the camera suddenly is in motion or zoom. Rework the animation to get up to speed, instead of a sudden movement or zoom.
I dont know exactly how much experience you have..... But if you are a student, this is some really good work. I teach VFX and Compositing at Vancouver Film School, And I have seen alot of student work. Yours is good.
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Old 05-08-2002, 02:22 AM   #14
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why is the last couldn't play???
 
Old 05-08-2002, 08:30 AM   #15
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I dont know exactly how much experience you have..... But if you are a student, this is some really good work. I teach VFX and Compositing at Vancouver Film School, And I have seen alot of student work. Yours is good.


I am a student, but I finish school in a month. I just really want to make sure I don't suck before I try to get a job with this reel!

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why is the last couldn't play???


I don't understand the question. Wouldn't the movie play?

PS: Skippy, don't feel you have to edit your post on my account. I appreciate your honesty.
 
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