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  1. Thanks for bringing that to my attention. Very valuable feedback. I guess I need to brush up on composition, and timing/spacing.
  2. R, Thank you for your feedback. After watching it again, I see what your saying. It definitely lulls at points in comparison to the track. I think I've found a few spots that could be cut out, but maybe I should also reconsider using that track if it doesn't really flow right with much of my work. Back to the drawing board. -Mike
  3. I know I'm not there yet... and that's why I'm here. I need advice on how to make progress, so here's my reel for now. Thanks. 2013 REEL of Mike Bernard
  4. M_BNard

    Ideas

    Thanks guys. I appreciate both of your comments. Hamilton, I love the idea of making an info-graphic out of something going on in the world today, as well as some of the other ideas you had ::cough::. AromaKat, I also am definitely interested in attempting animating to a radio ad as well. Many of the new info graphic pieces I'm seeing out there are paced to some really good sound design, and since I don't really have access to that, a radio track would probably work perfect. As far as not using personal pieces for reels go, I'm sure there is a ton of shitty personal pieces out there that should not be in reels. However, I've also seen some reels from professional freelancers, and even some studios that do contain some personal pieces. If something looks so good that it almost can't be necessarily detected as a personal piece, should that go in the reel? AromaKat, I know you had said to stay away from big names with the spec ads. However, one of my paid gigs so far actually was for a big name brand. Now I'm a little afraid people will think it's a spec ad, since it's one of my only paid pieces. Unfortunately the studio I did it for only requires my services a few times a year. The idea of gaining local business clients is great to me. Do you guys know a good way to solicit my services to local businesses other than just spamming? Or should I maybe just spam? Thanks for all the great advice guys.
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    Ideas

    Hi Everyone. I'm fairly new to the field of motion graphics, and I first want to say that this online community is an excellent place for up and coming motion graphics artists like myself to study trends and get a feel for what clients might be looking for. I've been using After Effects for about three years, and Cinema 4d for a year. I am just starting to land some good paid gigs, but at the current time not enough for me to hand pick a great selection for a reel. However I have built up a decent toolset as far as techniques go, from some good online training series, as well as exploring creatively for countless hours. I've also been studying the principles of graphic design, creative direction, and animation for about three years. So I guess what I'm wondering is, when you don't have a large body of work to draw from, where do you get your ideas for personal pieces? Motion graphics is just a complex set of tools for communicating your message in a very creative way, but when your not advertising for a client, what is your message? I guess I'm looking for some real basic ideas to work with, and I'm just curious where and how some of you guys arrive at your messages? It seems useless for me to just make pieces that display techniques, but really don't have a point to them. I'm totally not looking to take any of your ideas and run with them. More looking to find out how your arrived at them, and some good tips for finding my creative motion graphics voice. Thanks to everyone who contributes to these sites regularly, so guys like myself can learn and eventually grow into the next generation of people who can contribute more... and sorry for the vague question.
  6. M_BNard

    Ideas

    Hi Everyone. I'm fairly new to the field of motion graphics, and I first want to say that this online community is an excellent place for up and coming motion graphics artists like myself to study trends and get a feel for what clients might be looking for. I've been using After Effects for about three years, and Cinema 4d for a year. I am just starting to land some good paid gigs, but at the current time not enough for me to hand pick a great selection for a reel. However I have built up a decent toolset as far as techniques go, from some good online training series, as well as exploring creatively for countless hours. I've also been studying the principles of graphic design, creative direction, and animation for about three years. So I guess what I'm wondering is, when you don't have a large body of work to draw from, where do you get your ideas for personal pieces? Motion graphics is just a complex set of tools for communicating your message in a very creative way, but when your not advertising for a client, what is your message? I guess I'm looking for some real basic ideas to work with, and I'm just curious where and how some of you guys arrive at your messages? It seems useless for me to just make pieces that display techniques, but really don't have a point to them. I'm totally not looking to take any of your ideas and run with them. More looking to find out how your arrived at them, and some good tips for finding my creative motion graphics voice. Thanks to everyone who contributes to these sites regularly, so guys like myself can learn and eventually grow into the next generation of people who can contribute more... and sorry for the vague question.
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