camera My new visual reel, please take a look and tell me what you think :)

I can see your point if they like to concentrate in one area (like westerns or horror) but that does not apply to this post. She works in all styles. So what are you suggesting she do exactly?
In the reel above, originally she mixed shots from different movies in somewhat random way (at least that was my impression). So maybe she could reedit the reel in a way that the water shots are grouped together (lets say first part of reel), the warm family shots together, the small girl shots together, the youth group's shots together (movie by movie) and maybe make the music specific to each group. That way, we stil have diversity (6 visuals) and also can see some sequence or progression in each group. The styles and visuals' presentation and impact could improve and a viewer would understand her styles better. But that's just my opinion.
 
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When we were looking for DP's for my 2 features, we did exactly what @indietalk said: watch the full movies of those people we were interested in. Of course, after that we also interviewed them, because the ability to work with the person is at least as important as their skill. And believe me, there were several that came off the consideration list very quickly during meetings.
 

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In the reel above, originally she mixed shots from different movies in somewhat random way (at least that was my impression). So maybe she could reedit the reel in a way that the water shots are grouped together (lets say first part of reel), the warm family shots together, the small girl shots together, the youth group's shots together (movie by movie) and maybe make the music specific to each group. That way, we stil have diversity (6 visuals) and also can see some sequence or progression in each group. But that's just my opinion.
No I don't see any point in that. Just my opinion.
 
I would go so far as to state that the whole point of a reel is to demonstrate diversity and range
Otherwise you would just show them a single film you created instead of showing them a reel
Yes, I fully understand the point and agree. Making presentation brief and to the point is important, no arguments here.
 
Nothing is stopping you for doing your reel exactly how you want. Do you DP or direct?
Produce. So maybe i talked from that point of view. Like you when you produce something, for me it is important how the particular DP visualizes the story (in details), so maybe I'd pay attention more to that, so one can already imagine how a particular DP would shoot the story. I agree that watching entire movies is, of course, difficult and short reel is always preferable, and in that reel i'd look not for variety of shots, but how that DP makes visual story and whether we'd like the way or not. But I apologize if my insistence on thematic grouping of shots led to confusion here or I seemed like very stubborn. So thats where I come from - when we're looking for DP to shoot a romantic movie (just an example), her ability to shoot various shots and styles (like an action movie or horror) is less important, than her ability to visually tell the particular story in the particular (for example) "dreamy" way or something like that, so arguably i'd look for a reel of such type. That's explanation of my point, probably.
 
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There are tings i'm interested in when looking for a DP. Do we share the same commitment to a project? Do you understand the story and can you work with the limitations that are given? Can we be friends? Chemistry. A DP with a big ego is not something i'm looking for.
 
Looks excellent, I'd want to hire you, if you were London based^^ the last shot (woman + girl on fence): Was the head light just the sun? And did you use bounce to brighten their faces? I guess Im asking what the lighting set-up was^^
 

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Beautiful work!

The only feedback I have is the beginning feels disjointed from the title. I think you could put the title first, and slow it down (or beef up the SHOWREEL title reveal behind the curtain). Maybe a slower motion shot approaching the curtain, to blow aside and reveal your name first, then SHOWREEL 2019... And then fade from black your content. The way it starts with the stopwatch and the little girl just feels out of place from the title. (unless the idea was to preview those films right off the bat, and then randomly cut in shots from those films later???)

Other questions if I may?

1. What camera and lenses do you prefer to work with the most? (I know its a very generic question)
2. What is your DP background/Most important lesson learned as a DP?
3. Did you do your own color correction in addition to filming those shots?
 
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Beautiful work!

The only feedback I have is the beginning feels disjointed from the title. I think you could put the title first, and slow it down (or beef up the SHOWREEL title reveal behind the curtain). Maybe a slower motion shot approaching the curtain, to blow aside and reveal your name first, then SHOWREEL 2019... And then fade from black your content. The way it starts with the stopwatch and the little girl just feels out of place from the title. (unless the idea was to preview those films right off the bat, and then randomly cut in shots from those films later???)

Other questions if I may?

1. What camera and lenses do you prefer to work with the most? (I know its a very generic question)
2. What is your DP background/Most important lesson learned as a DP?
3. Did you do your own color correction in addition to filming those shots?
Hey, thank you for comments.

I'll answer these 3 questions:
1. I prefer Arri Alexa, we all know why. About lenses, it depends on the projects so I can't give you an answer for that, but mostly I used Cookes.
2. I have master's degree in Cinematography at Faculty of Dramatic Arts In Belgrade. Most important lesson is that key of any project is preparations, lots of it and spending as much as time as possible, tuning yourself into the project and feeling what is the right image for the project.
3. For some films in reel I did my own grading, but for others I worked with colorist.

Thanks again!
 
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