Sorry about that.  The

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     Sorry about that.  The other day, the link seemed to be broken.  I can access it now, though.  The Nayoka Oware @YLC video is the best one that I saw on your Vimeo page, so I'll start with that one.

     The videography looked OK.  I did like the fast-motion stuff, although it could have been better with some sort of steadycam to smoothen out the motion.  The big killer here is the audio.  A lot of people starting out in making videos don't realize that the audio is as important as what is on the screen.  If you're watching a video, and the video that you see is shaky or unclear, but it sounds good, your brain will somewhat forgive the poor video that your eyes see.  Flip that coin over.  If you're looking at beautiful 4K footage, but you can't understand what people are saying because of the poor audio, you're likely to click on another thumbnail that catches your eye off to the right side of the screen within the first 15 second of the video that you're watching, just to get away from what you're currently watching.  I noticed that a lot of people were using microphones.  That could have been used to your advantage.  If you can't capture that audio from their sound system directly into your camera (and you probably couldn't with the 60D), then you could have at least connected an external audio recorder to their sound system, and then synchronized the audio and video in post.  Often, audio is the key difference between rookie and pro quality.

     I also watched Day Off.  Some of the shots were too long, like the alarm going off at the beginning.  The camera was on that way too long while the audience waits for her to come on screen and turn it off.  Personally, I would have shown the alarm going off for a second, maybe two, and then cut away to her getting out of bed to turn it off, just so that the viewer's brain doesn't get bored.  After that, it seemed like the camera just followed her around (mostly from behind) watching her do unimportant things while she walked away from the camera.  I did like some of the cuts, where you could hear a second or two of audio from the next cut before that cut actually came into view.  But overall, there wasn't much here to keep an audience from clicking to the next video.  It also could have been shot in high definition, 16:9 aspect ratio.  The 60D has that capability.  Instead, it was shot in standard definition, 4:3 aspect ratio.  HD would have looked better, and some color grading could have given it that filmic look.  It also could have used some better stabilization, especially in the hand-held shots.  Again, some kind of steadycam would have helped there.

     Now, with all this, don't stop doing what you're doing.  I commend you for just getting out there and shooting.  Practice and experience is how you will dial in your skills.  Again, get a subscription to Videomaker Magazine, and read each issue from cover to cover.  (I don't work for Videomaker.  I just know that there is a lot of knowledge to be gained there.)  Watch short films on YouTube, and pay attention to their camera movements.  Subscribe to the Film Riot YouTube channel, where you can learn some really good DIY tricks, and see how people in Hollywood do some of the things they do.

     I hope this stuff helps you.  Let me know if you have any other questions.  Good luck to you.

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