Hi everyone,

I've just finished a first rough version of my show reel and i know it still needs some work  i wonder if the good people on here could tell me please what do you think. https://youtu.be/Od23r2TJ96c

i would like your honest opinion, please let me know what you like and don't like and any advice  would be much appreciated

I look foreword to hearing from you in due course

Lewis 

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I see some things that work in terms of telling your story, but not so much as a way of showing your skills.  (And I speak as an animator-director who has sometimes needed to hire people who can do a professional job at modelmaking or animating, so my interest was in very developed skills, someone who was ready to go while I could get on with other things.)  I think this is largely due to the frame rate being too slow.  A lot of moves are "steppy" - you can see it step from one frame to another, instead of blending together in the illusion of movement.  It's there right from the beginning, in the shot of your character before the title.  It looks like you are shooting on threes or maybe fours, and the subtle things like ease-in and ease-out happen in between these frames, so you can't really show them.

The double decker bus and toys don't add much, except some variety.  I do see that you used a hidden support to make the bus fall over in stages.

Some of the lip synch in that next shot worked, some didn't, and there were a couple of big pops when the head moved a lot in one frame, then froze.  Again, the toys moving about don't do much for me.  The next shot of your clay puppet has some nice eyebrow action and eyeblinks, and does seem to be reacting to something.  The wire figure is not doing a great walk.

There are also some changes in brightness, which you probably can't do anything about.  I wouldn't be worrying about that if I was hiring someone, they would be animating with my camera and lighting so that would be sorted.  But it would matter if I was looking for someone to animate and shoot a segment or ad in their own studio.

So this shows you have been doing some work and learning a lot, but are not at a pro level yet. You need to go to a standard frame rate - ideally 24 fps (film rate), or video rate of 25 fps (PAL, UK, Europe, Australia) or 30 fps (NTSC North America).  Shooting on twos would be acceptable  (12, 12 1/2, or 15 fps) but no slower than that.   Then you need to work on some of the Principles of Animation like Anticipation and Follow-through, and Ease-In.   Google them, I have to rush out now.

Hi Nick, 

Thank you so much for taking time to give me your advice,

I've taken ever think you said on board and hopefully this will help me improve.

if there any think else your like to add, please feel free

Lewis

This is very rough and my first attempt at Stop frame and i know that I've still got a lot of work to do

I made all the puppets, Set and animated it my self and my other half Hazel made the jumper and Props

I've done a bit of  CG and i thought that was tough but Stop Frame is all to together a different ball game  

 

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