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|A Two Minute Demo Reel of all my work with various post-production programs, including Alam-DV (and technically Chromanator, but not really since my first test with Chromanator is not seen here).|
The demo reel will be submitted via DVD or VHS tape depending on the request of potential employers.
I would appreciate any constructive criticism on how it looks and feels. As stated in previous submissions, I don't mind them being negative or overly critical as long as you give explanations to your comments.
There's no plot or story. However, I figured that if anything it would be a decent resource for those who need to make a demo reel. The posts might be helpful to those that are applying for jobs/film school in making their own demo reel.
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That shot was in my submission Alpha Phi Alpha Reloaded (in the FXHome site, its on the Warlord vs. Lee). The bullet hitting the wheel chair sign was during the fight, and was a continuation from the previous clip. I definitely should consider slip editing that out or replacing it with a better clip.
There was a random shot of a wheelchair sign with bullet effects that's inserted in between two shots, & it just doesn't look right there.
I agree with you there too. I had a lot of problems because I wanted to show that I was able to composite video and stills, but the color and extra text was confusing. It was taken from another video which already had text. I attempted to use the red color to stand out, but I think I should delete that clip entirely. Good suggestion, Mel
Mellifluous wrote:There's a section where it says "Skills include friends & sisters" that aesthetically I personally don't like (the colours, the multiple frames & the text)...There seems to be plenty of other footage that shows people having fun & hugging etc, & to me it felt excessive.
I did try to put a part of a sample web-page in the beginning, and the part where I put photoshop was demonstrated in the next clip where it said "posters" on the right side of the screen. Perhaps I should move that text to play only specifically there and or replace some of the footage I plan to delete with some photoshop files /web-pages that I've created. There defintely are some flow issues with the video.
Mellifluous wrote:you might include more footage that relates to what you're saying onscreen....A lot of it stated your skills but it was unlcear whether you'd used the program you're referring to in that part of the video
Rawree wrote:Sorry to be so negative but if you're looking for work then I think you need to be thorough.
No need to apologize, Mel nor Raurie. I truly appreciate the fact the you two, and user The Video Machine, care enough to give both comments and detailed criticisms and suggestions. This is exactly why I wanted to post the video. The only time I mind is when someone says something negative and gives no suggestions for improvement.
Mellifluous wrote:Sorry for criticising so much - but I just think that you've shown what a talented & likeable guy you are & deserve to get a lot of job opportunities, which my suggestions are aimed towards, else I wouldn't make 'em.
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Definitely correct, Jordan. I plan to delete those sections with dual text completely. "Titles on titles" is piss poor design. And I know better. My apologies.
Aculag wrote:A lot of times I noticed you have titles from the thing you made, and then put titles over it again as a start to something. For instance the "Skills include..." and then it says "Friends... sisters" That's obviously not supposed to be there, and it's majorly confusing.
You know I never thought of that. The reason why I did it that way was because I worked on 2 different videos for 2 different sororities over a span of 3 years. I figured I should have taken a bit from each one. I never thought it would give the impression it did. I will say that I thought the videos were important since I won an award for one of them. But I definitely should consider replacing them with different items (i.e. photoshop files and/or web-pages) in my portfolio DVD. Good call, Jordan.
Aculag wrote:You used a LOT of stuff from the sorority stuff, and I think you used quite too much, actually.
I would say "sloppy" if I was a experienced Maya user; but I am not. Again, it was a test sequence. I've had less than 20 hours of experience in my independent study class I'm taking on Maya right now, so I really haven't had the time to develop my skills yet. I felt that at this time, it was important to show potential employers that I'm capable of using Maya and After Effects. In this sense, regardless of current skill level, it demonstrates that my potential in learning in case my company requires me to learn another different program or develop my current skillset.
Aculag wrote:This is a small thing, but when your model comes out of the screen in the Maya 6 part, it gets cut off, like you had to move the frame. That's sloppy.
Yet another good idea, Mr. Rousseau. I wasn't sure if I should have put sound effects before, as I felt the extra sound effects would have been distracting. However, doing this may end up matching some of the visual effects shots better.
Aculag wrote:When it says "Fundamental Sound Design And Creation" I believe that we need an example. Not just the guitar some more, I think you should play some sound effects that go with the fight scene, over the guitar. That would accentuate this part without being distracting.
I guess to the trained eye, it does appear like that doesn't it? Oh well, live and learn. I guess I can't be as infallable as you, right Jordan? I promise to try to re-edit the shots to improve the flow.
Aculag wrote:It seems like you just slopped together a bunch of random footage most of the time
Aculag wrote:Also, put your name's title card at the end as well. So when everything is over, the people can see your name once more.
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That ineptitude would actually be correct, Sam. I have less than 50 hours of experience on both AE and Maya, as I've just begun learning the programs this year; most of these hours have been spent studying various tutorials for the respective programs. That is the reason why I put the phrase "currently learning."
MechaForce wrote:"Currently learning" AE & Maya? You should change or remove that because it seems to emit an air of ineptitude.
The gradients were used to match the sorority's color during the presentation. When this video package was made I didn't have access to motion backgrounds, nor did I think about adding texture to the gradient, so I did the best I could at the time. I will say that it was professional enough to win a ITVA-DC Peer award in 2004 (as evidenced on the bottom of the web-page:
And lose the soft edges and gradients, because it makes it look very amateur.
It was shot using a Mini-DV camera. AlthoughI did attempt to lower the saturation of the original, I haven't had the opportunity to learn color correction yet. I agree that would be an invaluable skill to learn.
MechaForce wrote:Oh, and you should color correct the gun fight to get rid of that hokey DV look.
I will be sure to make that change in my re-edit. And hopefully I will not make that same mistake again. Grammar, among other things, is not one of my strong suits.
MechaForce wrote:And don't use contractions, because they're informal.
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Hybrid-Halo wrote:The only think I can think of commenting on that hasn't been already is the very start.
"In two minutes you will know if..."
It just seemed a bad way to open up a resume, like some really bad action movie. I'd skip it and just go straight to the "Rudy Picardo Resume".
Matt and Joby
er-no wrote:I agree with Hybrid, opening with such a point is only opening yourself to any criticism they might pick up on. You can't claim your the best, unless you really are.
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atom wrote:Whoa, Rudy. What a great, helpful, and understanding person, you are. I hope you excell in this business venture. Your video was very well-made, but I felt, like Hybrid and Ernie said, the "in two minutes..." seemed a little amateur, and unnecessary.
The song that's in the demo reel is called, "I Will Find You". Obviously you know that since I produce music using royalty free loops, feel free to take it and use it as you please. I'm definitely planning to put some sound effects and remove some shots and replace them with some photoshop, dreamweaver, and other projects of mine.
atom wrote:I quite enjoyed the music selection you chose, (I couldnt find the name of it, but I know its listed on your site.) but I thought some other music or sound effect(s) could've been incorporated, along with some more diverse shots in the mix.
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Mellifluous wrote:it was great seeing consistent fonts. It's a minor thing but it really affects how the viewer sees it, as does seeing clear examples of what the texts refer to. The editing together is much better too.
steeb69 wrote:Looks cool! The sound effects on the sabers and the bullet helped sell the effects a lot better. Good job overall.
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