First Effort

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NickHampson
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Hi Everyone love the stuff I've seen so far, my background is more in VFX/Compositioning, so be kind, this was the first ever go witha Dv camera.
I borrowed a small camera (250quid argos special) a like minded freind, cleaned my car and had a little fun.
This was shot in a morning and edited in the afternoon, no special VFX as we wanted to see what can be done with a copy of Premiere 6.5 rather than go mad with all the other stuff, its been a while now and looking back it could do with some VFX/ better editing to make it really sell and it lacks nay good audio as the comsumer cams are really bad at this.
Its made up to be like a BMW advert for a M3, but it was only done as a test, so please no legal threats from BMW over the logo usage after all I did buy the car.

We are now thinking of expanding to doing video professionally so any help and comments are welcome.

cydis.com/DVD/m3.wmv
23Mb - 1 min 33 sec

Nick Hampson,
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branny
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Nice . . . punchy track and cuts - and considering your limitations, a terrific job!

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Fantastic! Demonstrates clearly (once again) that it's the person doing it, not the gear used, that makes a good sequence!

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nash
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Nick,
Thats a cracking piece. Well done. Good use of angles and transitions. Music went well. I don't want to pick holes in it as it stands as a piece of work in its own right.

So to be constructive; and to be honest this is nit picking given it was a first effort on consumer kit, the ending could have been "cleaner" with the music. Some tighter shots, the trees and leafy lane shot for example.

You said you shot it as an Ad, Most ads fit a 30 second time slot. Re-cut this as a 30 second shot and see what hits the cutting room floor, metaphorically speaking. That will tighten it up and give you an opportunity to clean the end up to the music. I suspect you cut the footage to the music length'ish?

Never the less Nick, you seem to have an eye and thats worth pursuing. Never let it be said that watching Top Gear is not research!

Regards.............Neil

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David L Lewis
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Nick,
Loved it! and what a great little exercise for budding editors to try and show what they can do in a day.

Take one camera ...one car ...a piece of music and produce an advert to sell the car.

Shows what can be done.

David L Lewis

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Love it - thanks for sharing it with us Nick. I don't feel qualified to comment beyond that :)

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rjpobrien
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I loved it too and I think that the best thing about it was that it really did sell it to me!

Well done!

Richard

NickHampson
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Thanks for the comments, it's great to get some good feedback you're all very kind.

I like the idea of doing a 30 second version so I am building a CG model up now and some VFX - 130,00 polygons and counting :-) to blend in with some of the best parts of the footage, I will have to get some sound of the car as well as that's the best soundtrack I've ever heard, all without breaking it or getting caught speeding that is.

I'm looking at doing this as an expansion of what I do albeit not with Argos kit and not for TV ads more corporate stuff etc. I believe now that with good use of the right hardware and software its possible to do pretty convincing work with a total budget lower than the average digibeta camera. I know cameras are important but in the same way nothings more important than the mark1 eyeball. I have seen some footage shot with an old XL1 that looked stunning and also stuff shot on HDCAM thats so poor its embarrasing. Not that I would not love to buy some HDCAM kit but I think its about the cost of my total budget for everthing. I will look at HDV (sony Z1E, Canon XL1H) or DVCProHD (panasonic HVX200) and see what can be done to make the best out of them.
Any experience or advice welcome.

Kind Reagrds
Nick

Nick Hampson,
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