I'd think a whole volume of books can be written on Greenscreen with Fx alone where they would be tailored to all the software packages available to them plus the add on plug-ins. Just one thread would not be enough.
Is it ready to show as a sample to a TV network? I need a job. Seriously, the clock is ticking.
Depends entirely on what the job is. To me it doesn't look like something you'd ever see on air - it's got too much inconsistency, not polished enough, and doesn't show an understanding of or training in design. For an entry level job, or one where you are just doing the animation of titles based on designs created by a trained designer, it might be sufficient. But if they're looking for someone to both design and animate the titles and logos I don't think this is a great demo piece. On the other hand, if it's what you've got it's what you've got... doesn't hurt to apply for the job with it anyway.
The shadow effects are way over the top now. They should be noticeable, but barely. The only reason they are there is to help sell the illusion of the actors being in the background - they shouldn't draw attention to themselves.
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Mike, I don't think the above sample fits the definition of a demo reel. Yours is a cut of one production.
If you are in dire need of a second job, let me pass on some advice I was given from the job service; "80% of available jobs are NOT advertised, ANYWHERE. A potential employer wants a candidate to show up on their doorstep, with a resume or complete an application. They want someone with initiative to just show up out of the blue." Of course this advice is probably more applicable to production, semi-skilled, no-skilled positions, but as you've stated, you're in desperate need of a second job.
Looks better, but I think the problem is with the big shadows that sweep by as she walks. They should just be subtle shadows on the floor. For them to sweep up across the wall like that there would have to be a strong light on the floor near the camera position, but there clearly isn't a light like that shining on the actors.
Okay, I'll look at that next. The radial blur may have something to do with that. I'm using radial blur to disperse, bend, and lighten the black mirror image like a shadow. It actually is very useful for laser beam gun effects.
I'm making a 22 minute version of the production for the SyFy Channels's pilot pitch where the film should be between 4 and 22 minutes long. Nearly half the footage was cut in the new version. It's a chance to win $5,000. So, I'm taking a shot at it.
I put it together with Adobe Premiere and it crashed a good ten times trying to render the file. I finally got it to work. So, Sony Vegas Pro isn't the only program that can crash with Windows Vista.