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Demo Reel Critique Episode 6

July 27, 2010 - By 

In this episode of GSG Demo Reel Critique, I asked my twitter friends “who wants their demo reel critiqued?” and got a great response. Thanks to everyone who offered up their reel. My hope is by talking about others work, there is something in YOUR reel that can be made better. Let me know what you think!

Reels Critiqued
Daniel Barros
Ali Karim
Andy Needham


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Demo Reel Critiques – Episode 5

December 10, 2009 - By 

Today, I have my friend Brad Chmielewski help me out with the next set of reel critiques. Brad is ALL OVER the internet doing some great work. he works at Daily Planet as a Motion Designer. He runs a blog called Digitalhitchhiker. AND, he has a Beer Tasting Podcast called the HopCast. You can follow him on twitter here and you can see his latest spot for Groupon, here. Whew! After all that, click play and watch us critique the following three reels…

Kyle Richtsfeld
Andrew Cornett
Hein Lagerweij

New to the reel critiques? Make sure you check out the Reel Critique Rules and Overview


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Demo Reel Critiques: Episode 4

October 26, 2009 - By 

Chad Ashley from Digital Kitchen and cgpov.com joins me to help critique four more reels for episode 4 of GSG reel critiques.

In this episode we critique the following reels…

Also, the critique shouldn’t stop here. I would love to hear what you think about the reels or about my critique. If you want your reel reviewed, head on over to the Original Hardcore Reel Critique post and drop a link to your reel in the comments.


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Demo Reel Critiques: Episode 3

October 14, 2009 - By 

In the third episode of Reel Smackdown I critique the following reels…

Also, the critique shouldn’t stop here. I would love to hear what you think about the reels or about my critique. If you want your reel reviewed, head on over to the Original Hardcore Reel Critique post and drop a link to your reel in the comments.


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GSG Reel Critique Episode 2

October 1, 2009 - By 

Thanks for all of the great feedback from last week’s GSG Reel critique. I’m really excited to share with you the second episode. Check out my Reel Critique Rules and Overview before watching. Also, the critique shouldn’t stop here. I would love to hear what you think about the reels or about my critique in general.



Today, I critique the following reels:
Eric Woods

Orlando Peña

Wii Yatani


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GSG Reel Critique Episode 1

September 21, 2009 - By 

Reels Critiqued

Barton Damer

Paul Conigliaro

Mike Erla


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Reel Critique Rules and Overview

September 21, 2009 - By 

Just a few words about the Reel critiques before we get started.

  1. 1. Comments depend on what your goals are. I assume you want to freelance or get a job in the motion design biz. If you want to be an abstract video guy or whatev, then my critique won’t apply.
  2. 2. There will be no “Thats good for how long you have been doing it” comments. I will judge your work against working pros and others getting jobs in the industry.
  3. 3. There are “Reel comments and “Specific comments.” Decide what to do, either spend time fixing or learn from what your mistakes and move on.
  4. 4. These comments are to help, not to make fun or put down.
  5. 5. Im not the only opinion. Please leave your comments.

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Hardcore Reel Critiques

September 17, 2009 - By 

One of the most popular requests I get on the GSG Live Cast and in email is “Can you critique my reel?” or “Do you like my new site?” I love doing them and people seem to get a lot out of it, but it just doesn’t work too well in a live format. So, instead, how about we try this…?

Post a link in the comments below to your site or reel. I will pick a few per week and do a full video critique of the site and reel. Keep in mind, these critiques will be public and I will be ruthless. However it’s all in the name of getting better. I really think this will be helpful for the people who submit their reel AND others that can watch and learn by what they are doing wrong or well.

So, if you dare, drop your website or reel in the comments and you may be chosen for a hardcore reel critique.



UPDATE: Holy crap, I didn’t expect this many people to volunteer to be publicly critiqued. That’s awesome! I will probably only pick 3 or 4 for the first set, but be sure that I will revisit this list when I do more critiques. Keep em coming.


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Five Steps to a Better Motion Demo Reel – Instant Demo Reel Critique

June 8, 2009 - By 


I have been doing a ton of reel critiques lately and the same few comments keep coming up over and over. So, I took the five most popular comments from almost every reel critique i’ve done and made a poster. Follow these five steps for a better demo reel will ya?






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