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Old March 10th, 2008, 02:45 AM   #301
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Hi Sean,
Firstly, kudos for what looks like an interesting & well-made film.As far as the trailers are concerned, the second is much stronger than the first.The VO helped set the story up so the clips had some coherence that the first one lacked; I had no idea what the piece was about after watching the first one.

My only qualm would be the sound loop played throughout.It's a good beat but over-used & becomes repetitious It flattened the build of the story, IMO , rather than piquing interest as the crux of the matter, the scam of this pseudo-gear, got the plot ball really rolling.

In fact ,the only break I can recall in the beat came during the "cooking " segment.Not really the place I'd have used a orchestral strings ambient sound.
I'd try a variety of rhythms and emotive tones to more accurately reflect the texture of the flick which seemed to me to be less a Michael Bay thrill-ride than a character-driven caper/thriller parable laced with humor.

Also , finish with a flourish that will stay with the viewer, either visual or aural.Can be a stunning crescendo, a bit of humor, or a tantalizing cliffhanger.For eg, you started with that shot of the record playing.Maybe the cut to black should be on the sound fx of a gunshot/scream/"oh f**k" then the ambient soundtrack( which has built up to a climax in rhythm ,tone, and volume) ends abruptly with the needle screeching across the record followed by a quiet scritch-click-scritch-click as the turntable keeps spinning ...fade to silence......

Ok, maybe that's a little trite but I think the points of using music more judiciously to structure the trailer like a mini-short with a set-up,crisis, and cliffhanger are valid.Your film doesn't look monotonous but the trailer sounded that way.
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Old March 10th, 2008, 06:53 AM   #302
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thanks for sharing, they look great.

The only thing I felt like commenting on, is I'm not sure I'd have included their knees, unless you were trying to look as if they were sitting on a fence in the backdrop location?
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Old March 10th, 2008, 09:17 AM   #303
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Thanks for the kudos, Chris.

Very good point about the knees. I wouldn't have thought about it that way, but now that you mention it... makes perfect sense. I'll crop 'em tighter next time.

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Old March 10th, 2008, 11:00 AM   #304
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Shooting your own "Stock Footage"

I am finding myself wanting to shoot scenes and such when I see them, even when I am not currently on a project. A perfiectly clear night as a crescent moon comes up through some winter trees. Sunset against snowy mountains, night time city traffic, stuff like that.
My "eye" is starting to notice them I guess now that I am staring to work with this stuff in the early stages of my hobby.
Do others tend to gather their own stock footage this way, as they see it, or would it be to hard to match look and feel of clips aquired out of context?
Just wondering what others do.
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Old March 10th, 2008, 02:02 PM   #305
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Nice Job.

I'm sure the client was thrilled.
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Old March 10th, 2008, 05:07 PM   #306
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doing justice to the music

I used part of this adagio in an AWOL comp and felt I didn't do justice to the piece - here is the full adagio, I still don't feel I have the images right so any comments would be appreciated

I just noticed an encoding error - there's a green line at the top and the image has some sort of flicker or jump - I'm sure what's doing that
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Old March 11th, 2008, 04:59 AM   #307
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At the Gym

Some friends who are gymnasts and parkour specialists invited me along to the gym, and I took my camera with me.

I wanted to test the slow-motion feature in the camera, as well as practice frame composition (with fixed and moving position), shooting angles. To see if I could make it look interesting and dynamic.

I took the footage, which was recorded on a combination of the HDR and tape, and then edited it together with some music. The guys featured loved it.

I thought it was ok. Nothing jaw dropping, just average. But then it is only the 2nd time the camera has been used. And the cameraman is still learning. The film is simple, short and a chance to practice :)

I am still working out the whole "compression" minefield, hence why the footage doesnt look as good as it should.

And yes, Im guilty of overusing the slow motion a la Matrix effect. In fight scenes its overused. With gymnasts, I think its different. Feel free to correct me if you think Im wrong.

I will be getting a 35mm adaptor soon, so will shoot some more with the guys soon.

I would welcome your comments on composition, music choice, editing, thoughts on overall improvement.

Thanks in advance

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Old March 11th, 2008, 10:31 AM   #308
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Here's me three cents:

1) The slow motion worked well and I enjoyed that.

2) I got tired of the same low angle shot every time. You need to break it up, choose a bigger variety of shots.

3) The Matrix music (Spybreak-Propellerhead?) is so overdone.
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Old March 11th, 2008, 03:18 PM   #309
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Not bad, very smooth. The low angles do get repetitive, just cut it down a little maybe?? I know you probably do not have a device to do this but some higher shots mixed in fading to low angles as like one fluid motion would be very very impressive. Anyway what program did you work with to edit your footage? What camera? Very nicely done...
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Old March 11th, 2008, 03:19 PM   #310
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First Short Documentary

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Makers is a short subject documentary, filmed at Austin's Maker Faire, 2007, about the people behind the do-it-yourself counterculture and their inventions.

You'll see a life-sized MouseTrap game, a live performance of the EepyBird Diet Coke & Mentos Experiments, and some amazing footage of inventions of all shapes and sizes - some of them going wrong in unpredictable and dangerous ways. Featuring Adam Savage

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Old March 11th, 2008, 06:28 PM   #311
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Short Demo Reel

Threw this together this weekend. Tightened it up some last night.


Thought I'd share since I haven't posted any of my work on here before, I like to do a lot of work with non-profits etc... around my area because while it doesn't pay as much I feel like I'm contributing and making a difference. This usually means less money, but money isn't everything ( though it sure helps buy those cool new toys ), and I do for profit as well, I just have an affinity and nice discount program set up for for NPO's that folks around here know about.

I'm prolly not gonna post a lot, so enjoy what you can get :)
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Old March 12th, 2008, 12:11 AM   #312
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Great reel!

Some of the shots were really creative! There's a lot of post production in there (perhaps trending a little bit toward too much, for my taste) but still within the realm of reason, and obviously suitable for your clients.


- Your photography, editing, and compositing are very good. WTF happened with the titling in your demo reel? It's a plain font with a cheesy LiveType built-in effect on it. The font is bad, the effect, is bad, and it takes away from the great work that is your photography and your editing. First, ask yourself if anyone who watches your shooting/editing demo reel is going to wonder if it is your shooting and editing demo reel. Obviously they got it from somewhere (you, your website, your post) that was referencing what it was... do you really need this text at all?

One of the things I evaluate photographer/editors on is audio... and you didn't have any. I'd appreciate (perhaps on a separate reel) a look at 10 second snips of finished programs, with the full audio mix in there.

Other than that... looked great!
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Old March 12th, 2008, 12:39 AM   #313
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Top This -Heinz 57 commercial

Hey guys how's it going? We shot these commercials using the Canon XH-AL. Take a look at them when you get a chance and let me know what you think.

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Old March 12th, 2008, 01:27 AM   #314
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great job on both, the export on the first on is sized wrong, it looks like it should be 16x9. Great comedic timing on the second, the ending could have a little more punch on the first.
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Old March 12th, 2008, 04:12 AM   #315
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Thanks for the comments Dylan & Nathan,

See what you mean about the low angle stuff, and the music.

I used Premiere CS3 to edit it together

Camera is a v1e, with HDR-60 hard drive recorder. The slow-mo only works to tape. :)

I will be going to the gym again soon, so expect to see another one at some point.

Was editing together computer game footage last night. Hardly worthy of showing here to be honest. It all looks the same, only thing that changes is the camera view.
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