Kool stuff dude!
Dude, there is no "better lens" there is the one you need and the one that fits the job.
In the end, I know that my answer will serve you for nothing. So here is a answer that would be more profitable to you:
It depends in the scope of what you call shooting narrative? If you're shooting action a long lense would be better. If you like shooting documentaries of humans, a 'normal lens' (50mm in vistavision format and around 35mm for cinema) is better as it would give you a more natural and neutral look.
Certain types of drama benefit from wide angle lenses. If you want a single lens serves all you should look to your favorite films and try to understand how/why they were shot with a certain lens.
Pressed the wrong button hehe
... Anyways, you seem to be on a nice track, now what you have to do is find people who you can help/can help you so you can excel at what you're really good at!
Good Luck! (also are you in new castle?)
Glad to help Matt, about the gear, it was exactly what you said. Maybe I misunderstood the purpose of the cc subtitles.
And you're on the right track, maybe what I saw and Andrew Reid saw too is that your video is kinda in between being a showreel and a concept piece for your company. You should either focus on one or another; instead of trying to do both. One of the most difficult things for me as a director is "letting go" of material. Meaning that I have to discard some material because although I like it lot/was hard to shoot but it has nothing to do with the movie I'm making...
Yeah, The video helped alot! lol
Well I'm going to be frank with you (as you asked).
The most common thing you see with 'no film schooler' (not just on the site; but througout the web). Is the extreme preoccupation with gear. And only gear.
Your focus should be in the content, in what you're shooting and how to translate that better to a video/film/whatever.
Don't be mistaken, with my words as something in the likes of 'he can't shoot' yes you can and you've got some beautiful shots and interviews. But i can see you're not a deep skilled motion guy (and that's ok filmmaking is about collaboration, between everybody - including the talent). Example: your signature is kinda lacking that 'it'; why not used as a still image, it's ok a loto of studios and whatnot use them that way, and also, you're just a guy. Or some of the letterings are lost in the middle of the frame, I caught myself trying hard to read them - thats a definitive NO.
Also, you have to aim at a straight point and follow it, did you made any sort of treatment or script for this film? It feels a little bit lost... I couldn't say what it was trying to accomplish if there wasn't a signature. Don't be afraid of revealing what you're trying to say... You have little time to grab your audience attention and deliver your content/message. Do it right away (unless the project demand otherwise, but this is rare business).
Do not mistake my post as something like 'you suck'. There are beautiful shots and very nice montage, i hadn't noticed the different cameras if not for the CC you made (make an exception for the night shots).
Well done and good luck!