July 30th, 2010,02:06 AM
The reality of the industry is that usually the client is coming to you with some idea and it becomes your job to come up with how to execute it. Creative problem-solving is a big part of the job. However, if it's just for a reel, it's entirely up to you, so whichever way works for you to get something going is perfectly fine.
Like, a client's going to ask you if you can make it look like their actor is really flying an old WW2-era fighter plane, rather than them coming to you and saying "we want a shot of a guy on a green screen, and we want you to figure out how to incorporate it into our story." Sometimes directors or writers do work with VFX supervisors to figure out cool ideas for effects, or whether their crazy ideas are even possible, but that likely isn't something you'll deal with early in your career.
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