Thanks for the reply back, I really appreciate you taking the time to look at my work. I do agree about the beginning with cutting down the footage with the DJ. Both my teacher and Cundey both said the same thing. I actually had my good friend who is an editor to cut my reel and he admitted that he kept thinking of my reel from an editors stand point. I will definitely shorten it and change out shots once I get the footage from my latest shoots.
I also have a lighting question, my last project at school we got to shoot 1,000ft on a Panavision GII (my first time ever playing with a Panavision and it was amazing). I was trying to approach the Bob Richardson approach to the "halo effect" he does with hot top sources. I shot on Kodak 5218 and used Leko source 4s banging straight down into my actors, metered to let the hot spots go 4 1/2 to 5 stops over. Our school sends our footage to Fotokem and I got my footage back and it wasn't hot at all, look like maybe a stop over. Our school has had problems with Fotokem (assuming interns are running our film) and they judge everything by eye and don't listen to our notes or even look at them. I accomplished the look I wanted after passing my footage through Apple's program Color but I really wanted to try and nail the look I was going after in camera. From the stuff I told you does this seem like I was going in the right way to get they "halo effect"?
I put the project up on my website under my narrative section under reel if you want to take a look to visually judge if I was going in the right direction.
link - www.singhoweyam.com