Our digital painting / camera projection reel.

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3dmentat
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Posted Fri Feb 8, 2013 11:56AM

Hey guys,


I would love to hear your opinion on our latest reel:


https://vimeo.com/59246310


Those shots will be available on stock.
jjneff
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Posted Fri Feb 8, 2013 12:13PM
Awesome! wonderful works thanks for sharing
Forrestbro
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Posted Fri Feb 8, 2013 4:31PM
Excellent work!
Maulsmasher
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Posted Fri Feb 8, 2013 5:50PM
Looks great!
AllLightFilmCLOSEDB
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Posted Fri Feb 8, 2013 6:27PM
That's hours and hours work (how many, actually?), wish istock won't disappoint you! Congrats!
Maulsmasher
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Posted Fri Feb 8, 2013 7:36PM
Yeah, I am curious how well they will sell. Vetta? Keep us posted
jamesbenet
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Posted Fri Feb 8, 2013 9:42PM
Incredible, Camera Projection rocks. And those Matte artists are so talented.  Good work!
taavet
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Posted Sat Feb 9, 2013 2:34AM
Terrific!!! Jaw dropped
Blurra
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Posted Sat Feb 9, 2013 3:12AM
Wow ! Great work !
3dmentat
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Posted Sat Feb 9, 2013 5:45AM
Thanks you a lot ! I hope they will perform well on stock, but the project was done mainly with promotional side in mind. I do aim on getting more vfx / TV work out of this. 
AllLightFilmCLOSEDB
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Posted Sat Feb 9, 2013 7:58AM
Tomasz, how's the performance of your file in the past few month, for some people are weeping here?
3dmentat
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Posted Sat Feb 9, 2013 8:54AM

The istock performance pushed me in the direction that I am preparing my files for going non-exclusive. Yes, istock performes very bad in last months. Sales decline match pretty closely istock traffic ranks based on alexa statistics. And I think now I have around 70% more content compared to February 2012... but sales are lower... I don't know if that's an content issue... you can check my portfolio.


Actually it's not only the performance its the policy istock has... Last year I've missed my 40% target by small margin... and thing that annoyed me the most is that if they woudn't screw up BM in November I would make it withouth problems. At the end they kind of recognised the issue by letting current 40% exclusives stay on the level if they didn't hit the target. And the contributors reletions here are terrible. Any time I contact them I get just template reponse... They don't even read the questions carefully.


I think that 2013 will be the year of many of us going indy. The content quality on other microstocks almost catch up. It's not like it used to be 2-3 year ago. The clients I worked with in 2012... none of them use istock as stock source anymore and this speaks for itself. That's my 2 cents. 


The thing that I value the most here are contributors. You guys pushed the limits many times and I wish you all the best in upcoming years. My plan is to go indy, still produce stock videos but do more other work. Going back to the roots. Before I started doing stock i worked in vfx / tv production (Noddy TV series for example) and will go back to high profile jobs with my team now. 
AllLightFilmCLOSEDB
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Posted Sat Feb 9, 2013 10:00AM
Tomasz, thanks for sharing the in depth thought, similar here. I'll give one last month to push and try my best (uploading unique ones, twist and clean keywords), actually today is my last day shooting for istock, then we will wait and see, but I don't think we can see any good change in the near future. I won't go back to my news work, but starting other projects already. Since my overall files are not that pop up, I probably will stay here as exclusive, just let it be. Good luck for everyone else!
Maulsmasher
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Posted Sat Feb 9, 2013 11:17AM
Thanks for sharing. It seems the decline here has span over a few years, so I doubt we will see a bounce back over a few months. I think there isn't much choice. My largest issue with iStock is the lack of acknowledgement to the decline. I think the moderators here do a good job working with what they have and are allowed to share, but an overall communication from iStock on the state of sales (because that is what we are all really here for) would be great. All the best, excellent portfolio by the way.
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