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RMdeJong says

Normally you see it right away when something is hard rejected, now I really don’t understand it. I actually think the grunge background is a nice touch.

All I can think of is that the AE project isn’t well organized, but since you’ve uploaded more items I think you know what your doing.

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felt_tips Moderator says

@felt_tips why you aren’t a reviewer here in VH :D ,if you ask me it would be great ! :)

I have been asked before and I’d like to have done it, but I really don’t have the time to dedicate to it. If they need a part-time / relief reviewer again in the future, I may reconsider.

I haven’t even had time to make a template for 12 months!

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PHANTAZMA says

I agree with Felts, the background is certainly a aesthetic choice and certainly can be no reason for a rejection. And I do this it is a nice touch as well. I have no idea why this would be rejected. The animation is smooth, camerawork is great, everything is great in my opinion. Great work!

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MRMdesigns says

I really like your project, too, and I don’t understand why it was rejected. And I think the background looks nice. But there is one thing that I don’t like in it. The cuts seem too abrupt, in my opinion. In some places they change even if the camera positions are very similar, causing glitches or something like that. Also, the camera movement is imperfect. I know how crappy can AE camera be… But I really don’t think that would be the reason to hard-reject this. Try to contact support, maybe they can help you :)

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ReadyForAction says

I sent a message to the support before opening this thread :)
Thank you MRMdesigns for the criticism of camera movement, I will improve it as well.

The hard rejection was a electrochoc for me because everything was put in doubt. I had no idea of what I could do. I’m really glad that you don’t see a big problem with my job!
I will improve the background, the camera movement and try to make the file more “user friendly”.
I do not insist with thanks, otherwise you will ask me a percentage. When it will be a blockbuster :D
Thank you guys, I love you :)

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felt_tips Moderator says

There’s no law that says a camera move must be cushioned or that jump-cuts are outlawed.

These are very viable aesthetic devices. I don’t think that either is handled masterfully here, but I don’t think they’re handled especially badly either – and on the other hand I do think that there’s a lot to like about how the movement is handled.

The main point is, that if the cause of the hard rejection were any of the above, then a short sentence explaining that is required. I can understand a reviewer falling back on a generic “quality not enough” for a project that’s below par across the board, but that’s not the case here.

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felt_tips Moderator says

PS.. my major criticism of the file is over-use of the “swing” effect. I think for an animation that ostensibly occurs on a 2D plane in a 3D space, that this swing is conceptually incongruous and aesthetically superfluous. The file might show more confidence and aesthetic integrity if you were to use a 2D transition or none at all.

I think this is one area where experience really shines through – knowing when to do nothing!

I could also characterise your jump cutting as fear of stillness, rather than a positive conceptual element, but we’re getting all analytical now.

Still – no grounds for a hard reject IMHO .

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ReadyForAction says

@felt_tips
“Fear of stillness” Yes that’s exactly it! This is the first time I “swing”, but after this template I’ll calm down I promise :)
Many thanks!

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Massfocus says

Wow.. It’s ridiculous to see what gets hard rejected and what you get to see accepted sometimes, i really think this has something to with the opinions of certain reviewers, where the one is accepting way easier and way simpler files the other one strives to accept more polished and original work.

Anyway, i loved the file, even think it would sell pretty good. I am also not a fan of some of the fast cuts of camera moves but like Felt mentioned its something you choose to do, where i don’t like it others love it. The only reason why a file like this should be rejected is if the template is so badly organized and structured that it is almost impossible for new after effects users to easily edit the template. But still, this should be mentioned by the reviewer and a soft rejection should occur. I hope you get your file through, really wonder how it will sell.

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Creative-Medias says

Keep up the great work Joachim, don’t feel frustrated with that.

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