Friday, 17 February 2012

Portfolio Visit | Mainframe

My first portfolio visit was with Manchester based company Mainframe, I went there with Jack and John. Jack setup the visit after we'd been to a meetup at the common bar a few weeks earlier, which the guys at Mainframe had organized. The crit was with Ian Waters and Chris Hardcastle

I showed four pieces of work as we had 15 minutes each. Firstly I showed the eden ident which both Ian and Chris thought was really nice, the only bits of constructive criticism was that the end shot needs a better 'ease' on the texture as it slows down at a different rate to the maya mountain. Also, the addition of motion blur could really help the piece. Lastly i need to make the sound better, it will really help the piece.

This is the first studio I've been able to show my train animation, Nowhere Fast, to. It went down pretty well. Chris really liked it and didn't really have a lot to say about it. I asked the question "is it too long/ repetitive", he said that he never thought of wanting to stop the piece half way thought and never got bored. This was nice to know.
he said if you were to cut it down, take out some of the weaker shots. He pointed out the weakest shot to me...

Lastly I showed my latest animation, the feel good drinks piece. This too seemed to go down well. Chris thought the style and colour suits the company really well. All he said was to make sure the final sound isn't too overpowering keep it simple.

Chris concluded by giving some advice on Final Major Project. In a nut shell he was explaining that we (speaking on behalf of Mainframe) like to see 'polished' pieces of work and to over helm your self by doing an epic can lead to something which is half finished...or finished, but hasn't got the polish needed to wow the studios.

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