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Rudy Picardo's Two Minute Demo Reel (Revised 2005 version)

Posted: Mon, 7th Feb 2005, 4:10pm

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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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Posted: Mon, 7th Feb 2005, 4:55pm

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right then, as you'll be submitting this to potential employers I'll have to go into some detail:

First thing I noticed was that in the second title card it should read "you'll know if you've found the person..." - Not a huge thing but as this is one of the first things they'll see you won't want them to think you're a drooling idiot or something.

Second: The rotoing on the saber fight was, if I'm honest, really poor. There were some truely strange things going on and after watching it frame by frame it's clear that some of the time the sabers are nowhere near the props and there are also some masking issues:

There is no doubt in my mind that this should be redone as it might indicate that your work is a bit sloppy (I don't know whether it is or not but from the employers POV).

For the 3D section you should really show off the stuff you do really well. E.g: If you want to show off your modelling skills have your best model on a plain black background, some nice lighting and just pan the camera around it a few times. Animation is a similar kind of thing (although animate the model with a walkcycle or something). If it's compositing then just have a motion tracked shot or something with a really well integrated element. The stuff you have in the 3D section does not really show any real skill in live action integration.

You shuold also give some kind of example of your sound editing/design so they know what you're like at it, maybe dip the music a bit and have the audio for one of the clips you designed audiable.

Finally I think you should hit them with the Award thing straight away (at the same time as your name) as that may help to catch their interest.

Sorry to be so negative but if you're looking for work then I think you need to be thorough.
Posted: Mon, 7th Feb 2005, 4:57pm

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Hey thats really cool, a couple of things though;
1. Add something else like choreography when you are doing the lightsaber fight.
2. Scroll up what qualifications you have (PHD in film studies... etc)

Otherwise that is a brilliant resume I can see you know what you're talking about.
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Posted: Mon, 7th Feb 2005, 5:56pm

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I like the concept & some stuff in here, but I would advise working on it a bit more. Like Rawree, I noticed those sabers, but I think you'd get away with that probably.

What I find is that there is more general work possibly that could be done. There isn't enough here to blow potential employers away, & there are a couple of things that you should consider re-editing/replacing.

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.

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) plus I don't know whether a potential employer would be won over by that segment. There seems to be plenty of other footage that shows people having fun & hugging etc, & to me it felt excessive.

Overall, what I feel is that you're in the right direction (I like the "2 minute" concept) but you might include more footage that relates to what you're saying onscreen. There was a part dedicated to Photoshop & Dreamweaver, which started off with grey footage that doesn't fit, maybe you edited in the text too early. 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 - would be an idea if you did this.

Also, you might put more examples of photoshop work & other examples for that matter, with faster cuts (a lot of your footage is few cuts & more slow-motion zooms etc), & structure it a bit more (you have a web page example early on - can't you point out Dreamweaver skills there?)

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. wink
Posted: Mon, 7th Feb 2005, 6:57pm

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Thanks everyone for your comments so far. They are valuable.

A few follow-up rebuttals

1) Poor Light Saber Rotoscoping
I agree with all of you 100%. I'm having a lot of issues integrating it with Adobe Premiere at home right now. Right now I'm rendering it in AlamDV with a black background, then using the "Screen" option when I use transparencies in Premiere. If you notice, some of the shots look fine, while others look really bad. As indicated subtly in the video, its only a pre-vis. I figured that a person looking at it for the first time may take notice that I have some rotoscoping experience.

In the future I plan on rotoscoping more diligently. I just needed to submit some demo reels.

2) Gramatical error with "You've found the right person"
Raurie, you're right on the mark there. I don't know why I didn't see that before. I'll be sure to fix that when I can.

3) 3D work
I just started learning Maya less than 3 weeks ago. As such, sadly this is my best stuff to date. I've been getting tips from the Alias discussion boards as well as FXHome user Serpent, while learning Maya. But right now I haven't had the time to learn Maya more extensively. As I become better with my 3D modeling, I will remove the old footage with new one.

In the video, I attempted to account for this by saying "currently learning After Effects...and Maya 6 with live integration"

4) Sound editing
The track that was playing was produced by me using ACID 4.0. I figured if potential employers ask I can mention that it my skill really is fundamental.

5) 2004 Peer Award
I figured that the last thing I wanted them to see was the fact that I did win an award. In addition, the video footage this "bullet point" was playing over was the video in which I won the award. I will consider putting that in the beginning however.

6) Fight Choreography
Sadly, I don't know this at all. The people who worked with me are the experts. So I wouldn't be able to lawfully put that on my resume.

7) Education qualifications
I did consider this extenisvely. Right now it seems that most film companies don't care about the eduction, especially since my education is not specifically related to film production. I figured that the resume that I send with the demo reel will be enough.

Mellifluous wrote:


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.
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.

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 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:

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
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.

Rawree wrote:

Sorry to be so negative but if you're looking for work then I think you need to be thorough.

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. wink
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.

Clearly all of you are perfect examples of what users should do when users find faults in peoples submissions. I look foward in hearing more suggestions from other users soon.
Posted: Mon, 7th Feb 2005, 7:36pm

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If you're looking for a really great way to get your 3D skills up to scratch in no time then you can't go far wrong with the loads of video tutorials at

http://www.3dbuzz.com/
and
http://www.3d-palace.com/

The ones on 3D Buzz can be a tad hard to find so if you need help feel free to ask.
Posted: Mon, 7th Feb 2005, 8:59pm

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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 used a LOT of stuff from the sorority stuff, and I think you used quite too much, actually. It seemed like that was your main focus. I didn't think it should have been, since most of it was pretty similar. I think you should try and show as diverse a selection as you can.

Back to the thing with the titles on titles, I think you should cut out any of the work you have that already has titles on it, because I would bet that the people who are going to be watching this are going to get confused by that. I know I did.

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.

When the "Skills Include" part starts, you have some more sorority stuff it looks like, then a shot of people on stairs, then what looks like a dance studio, yet you're talking about Photoshop and Dreamweaver? I know Mel already noted this, but it needs to be brought up again. It's just too wrong. You need shots of the stuff you've done with those softwares. And you need more than just one example.

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.

Overall, you've got a good thing going here, but please please take out the titles over titles stuff. If you have to, just put a blank video slug behind the titles you want, and then show the stuff. It's just too distracting.

It seems like you just slopped together a bunch of random footage most of the time, and it has nothing to do with what you're talking about. I think you should re-do it and have certain sections planned out to show each skill you've listed.

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. That's a good way to do it, as people will be too distracted by your footage that they'll forget your name. Just saying, because I think it's true.
Posted: Tue, 8th Feb 2005, 12:22am

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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.
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:

You used a LOT of stuff from the sorority stuff, and I think you used quite too much, actually.
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:

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.
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:

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.
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:

It seems like you just slopped together a bunch of random footage most of the time
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? wink I promise to try to re-edit the shots to improve the flow.

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.

Should I just put my name, or should I put additional contact information? And if so, what would you suggest?

Thanks for your honest opinion and suggestions, Jordan. I'd be lying if I said that it wasn't demoralizing to see how poor this submission is. But your credentials and FXHome submissions legitimize the need to re-evaluate my demo reel on a more meaningful scale.
Posted: Tue, 8th Feb 2005, 12:38am

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To answer that question, I would put something like "contact Rudy Picardo, [then email, phone & address]" at the end, & to drive your point home you could have a final screen saying something like "Rudy Picardo" then fade in 1 by one quite quickly "director", "editor", "sound designer", "web designer", "graphics designer". See how it looks first though, because it might be a bit much. Or maybe not.
Posted: Tue, 8th Feb 2005, 1:02am

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I think showing the skills again would be too much, but having the name card would be important, since a customer doesn't want to think "Oh, we need that director/editor/sound designer/web designer/graphics designer", they want to think:

"WE NEED RUDY PICARDO!"

And they do.
Posted: Tue, 8th Feb 2005, 1:45am

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"Currently learning" AE & Maya? You should change or remove that because it seems to emit an air of ineptitude. And lose the soft edges and gradients, because it makes it look very amateur.

Oh, and you should color correct the gun fight to get rid of that hokey DV look.

And don't use contractions, because they're informal.
Posted: Tue, 8th Feb 2005, 3:07am

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MechaForce wrote:

"Currently learning" AE & Maya? You should change or remove that because it seems to emit an air of ineptitude.
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."

As stated in a previous post, I wanted to demonstrate that its a skill I'm trying to develop. It would be unlawful to remove it because doing so would suggest that I am experienced in those two programs.

I would rather "emit an air of ineptitude" then portray a dishonest attitude.

MechaForce wrote:


And lose the soft edges and gradients, because it makes it look very amateur.
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:
http://www.itvadc.org/itvadc/index.cfm/fuseaction/News_dcnews )

MechaForce wrote:

Oh, and you should color correct the gun fight to get rid of that hokey DV look.
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.

Can you give any specific tips on color correction? I wouldn't mind being educated from one of the more skillful users here at FXHome.

MechaForce wrote:

And don't use contractions, because they're informal.
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.


To Mel and Jordan. Thanks for the follow-up suggestions - I'll do my best to honor you both and impliment them the best I can.
Posted: Tue, 8th Feb 2005, 4:31am

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Color correction:

Possibly more contrast, less saturation, and a tint of your choice...
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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 "Ruby Picardo Resume".
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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.. and you later mention you are 'learning' After Effects - refer to sidewinders point.

Still, I like the way its set out and composed together!
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+1s to Rudy for being the most modest person here.
Posted: Tue, 8th Feb 2005, 2:12pm

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Not sure if this has been mentioned or not - but @ the end of the reel put your name and contact info so it is the last thing they see - you want them to remember your name. If they forget your name from the beginning they wont have a name to put to the images they just saw - so if they see your name again after they have seen the images they will be more likely to remember your name (+ its easier to see than to scroll through the movie looking for it)

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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".

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.
Matt and Joby

Thanks for your suggestions. I definitely did NOT want to portray that I am the best. If anything, I'm the most mediocre in one program, but I'm trying to learn many programs, which what I was trying to market.

Let me attempt to explain my reasoning to put that at the beginning. Maybe from this, you can give suggestions on how to portay it better.

I got the idea when looking at a flash resume site
http://www.instant-flash-resumes.com/pick.htm

I did like how their sample resume starts, as they say "You can call off the search. You've found the person whom you're looking for" What I didn't like was the fact that it did seem too arrogant, which what I was trying to avoid. In addition, I didn't want any of potential employers to think I had a long demo reel. I was told 1-2 minutes is a safe time frame to show a demo reel.

By stating "In two minutes, you'll know if you've found the person whom you're searching for." I was trying to let them know that my demo reel isn't long and they would know IF I am qualified for the company's position. By using the word IF, I was hoping to empower the viewer to know within 2 minutes if I was qualified.

To contrast, if I said "In two minutes, you'll know WHY you've found the person whom you're searching for" I think this comes across in a more cocky manner. I definitely wasn't trying to say I was the best and my apologies if that was the impression.

Regardless, I would like to keep that aspect of the video. So if any of you can think of options, I would be grateful.


Niko
Thanks for your kind words and thinking about giving me +1. I don't think I'm the most modest (I don't think I'm the most anything), but I do appreciate the fact that you know I'm trying to be objective.

I think most people, after working for hours on a submission or piece of work, would act in a defensive manner if they got negative responses; I think everyone does that. But it takes hard work and sincere effort to step back, look at the submission objectively and consider comments from other users. I also know that those who could care less about my work are either too busy or don't care about adding comments.

So its important to take FXHome users comments (good or bad) objectively, because I know you're just trying to help.


Kyle
Other users also made the same suggestion about putting my name at the end of the reel. I wasn't sure if I should have done it, but your comments reinforce the need for me to put that in. My thanks to you too.
Posted: Tue, 8th Feb 2005, 7:39pm

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Hello again smile

Just to say, I totally agree with you about the text at the start. It doesn't sound arrogant by any stretch of the imagination, & I like your 2 minute concept, so for what it's worth I suggest keeping it.
Posted: Thu, 10th Feb 2005, 5:17am

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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. 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. Other than that, though, kudos on yet another great vid.
Posted: Fri, 11th Feb 2005, 2:53am

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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.
Drew.
That's going to be a tough decision for me. I'll have to think about it a lot before I decide, because I really do like the idea. I take your comments seriously, so I will re-examine this issue. Regardless of what I decide, I hope you won't think less of me.

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.
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.

Leaving this post on a good note, an IT company called Northrop Grumman contacted me today and wants to have an interview! I didn't even have to do the preliminary phone interview process - they just looked at my demo reel and web-page and called me..which is pretty cool by the way. My interview is on February 22.

I don't know if they'll (ahem...I mean 'they will...sorry MechaForce wink) hire me or if its the job I plan to take, but I will say that as poor as my submission was, it was still impressive enough to turn a few heads from a company that in 2004 had a sales increase of 13 percent to record $29.9 Billion. ( http://www.it.northropgrumman.com/index.asp )

Again my thanks for everyone's input. I'm definitely planning to make changes to this submission..as soon as I get the chance.

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That's excellent news, Best of Luck with that smile
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Yes, best of luck, Rudy. smile I was also wondering if you would be interested in some composition work for a musical score, or if you could direct to some tracks that fit a description I'll PM you later.
Posted: Fri, 25th Feb 2005, 4:27pm

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I watched your demo yesterday. For someone to create what you did, they would need to not only be technically skilled but also creative. Excellent work. I know you will be successful. Good luck to you.
Posted: Mon, 28th Feb 2005, 6:59pm

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FXHome users:

Just wanted to say thanks for everyone's comments and suggestions. The newest version (version 2.0), which is now available on this site, is based on comments/suggestions from this forum and my instructor who is grading EVERYTHING (including how the post has influenced the design).

Although I followed many suggestions in the newer version, I did keep many aspects that some users didn't like. I hope that those of you who disagree with me will not lose respect for my decisions. Please know that I based my decisions on my own facts/experiences/philosophies in the creation of this demo.

My thanks to everyone for taking the time to download this and offer their "two cents worth" To me its worth more than that.

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Haha, I didn't see the link that you mentioned above & I went to your website, viewed a totally different resume & wrote a review for that.

Watched the correct video now, & I liked it. The way you've changed it is more interesting & gives a wider demo of your skills. I like the fragmented video in the beginning. All my problems with the original are gone, & 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.

Fantastic work, I hope good things come from this.
Posted: Tue, 1st Mar 2005, 8:04pm

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Steeb

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Looks cool! The sound effects on the sabers and the bullet helped sell the effects a lot better. Good job overall.
Posted: Tue, 1st Mar 2005, 8:51pm

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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.
Mel:

My thanks for taking the time to look and compare the two versions. I'm glad that I posted this because I got some great feedback; I hope others will learn from my mistakes too.

Contrary to your post, I think consistent fonts is a big deal and becomes more distracting. I didn't notice it until you and Jordan (a.k.a. Aculag) brought it up. After reading your posts, it became very evident and honestly really annoying. It is truly wierd how you miss things like that, sometimes. I hope not to make this kind of mistake again in the future.


steeb69 wrote:

Looks cool! The sound effects on the sabers and the bullet helped sell the effects a lot better. Good job overall.
Steve:
Thanks, but you'll have to give credit to Jordan "Aculag" Rousseau for that one. I never even considered putting in the sound effects in this demo reel. I'm glad Jordan suggested it because I think it helps the demo immensely.

I wanted to put some of the sound effects during my excerpts from the "Alpha Phi Alpha - Reloaded" video, but unfortunately I already created my mix-down with sound effects and music. As such, I didn't create separate tracks of just the special effects, which is a poor decision on my part. In the future, I'll be sure to create a separate special effects track and archive it for future use.
Posted: Fri, 17th Jun 2005, 4:11pm

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FXHomers:

I wanted to put another thread on this particular post because I have another job interview with an online medical university. Online Geriatrics University - GeriU

I'm sure most of you don't care, but I thought it was important to note two things:

1) They are paying for the entire trip. (Roanoke Virginia to Miami, FL - USA). Which right now is costing the company around $1000

2) During my initial phone interview they mentioned not only my design and editing "skills" on my flash web-site, but also the compositing and special effects (by FXHome's AlamDV). And to those of you who've seen Napoleon Dynamite, you have to have skills to be cool ("Nunchuck skills, computer hacking skills...girls only want boyfriends who have great skills" crazy )

I also have an interview with a production company New Dominion Pictures. I'm not sure if I'll get that job as they're looking for someone with more experience than I do. Plus this online university job has a better salary range (about an additional $7,000 more than this job)

Anyway, my interview is next week. I don't know if I'll get either job, but I wanted to say thanks to those that gave suggestions. To those of you who are putting demo reels together, take note of all the posts on this thread, as I found them invaluable.
Posted: Fri, 17th Jun 2005, 5:52pm

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Dang, I didn't know there were such big studios in Suffolk. I live not too far from there. I would meet you if I was older Rudy. wink The only local studio I have ever heard of is Regent University, you may want to look into that as well. I went to one of there film fests and some of the people there are brilliant. Here is their site: http://www.regent.edu/acad/schcom/ Good luck with everything.
Posted: Wed, 29th Jun 2005, 4:26am

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RudyPicardo

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FXHomers:

Just wanted to say that I accepted the Instructional Designer position in Miami; I'll be moving in mid to late July 2005. Its not film school or anything as cool related to film or video - I'll be working with Doctors to create online instructional content for health care providers crazy. But they are going to pay me $50,000 annually, along with providing me with a little relocation money for the move. Plus as the "video expert" there (snicker), I'd almost be able to call my own shots if there are any questions regarding video.

I'd be remiss if I didn't say I owe my thanks to FXHome for developing my demo reel, so...thanks everyone for helping me get my job.

As stated in my lastest submission, the trailer for Episode Alpha, I'll be taking a creative FXHome sabbatical while I relocate and adjust to Miami. I don't know how long I'll be away, but if there are any FXHomers in the Miami area, please hit me up. Once I've settled in and finished my last video project, I sure wouldn't mind making new mistakes and working with a fellow amateur or aspiring filmmaker.

Again, my thanks to those who have helped me become a better filmmaker and editor. I think if you see my submissions chronologically, you'll see that I have really grown. And for that you have my thanks.

When in doubt, love and respect always:
Rudy Wilfred Picardo

(For those who know Dave Chapelle..I'm Black Gallagher B@#$h !!!)