Posted 01 September 2006 - 08:56 PM
I'm currently adding new material to my "reel". I'd like to know what structural approach I should take (whole sequences or just shots)? Should I have a bunch of fancy editing effects? I'm looking to produce a reel that will get me jobs, so any advice or suggestions are welcome. As it stands now my reel is basically a montage of my best material -- it runs about 4 mins. When the DVD goes in it starts playing then goes to a menu with my info and some options.
Thanks, in advance, for your help
Posted 01 September 2006 - 09:07 PM
I at least try and keep things grouped together. Like I have a section of just still lanscape work, a section of talking head interviews and a section for narative movie work. I also have a splash page as first run on the DVD with a film still (just because it looks better than the video, techincally)
As for editting, Try and keep it simple. Nobody cares if you can do 800 effects. Cut and disolve is all you need. make sure to use them right. Nothing is more anoying than a video that is all disolves or a video that has no real concept behind the disolves used.
One question you should answer before cutting: what jobs do you want? (I get mostly ENG, with some narrative work. when I move to california to focus on DoP, my reel will change greatly, ei the sweet handheld shot of the soldier hugging his mom as he returns from iraq will probably get the ax.)
if your just getting out of film school, why not just show your student film (assuming its short enough and good enough to hold interest) I am thinking of just putting my 16mm short as my demo reel when I make the move.
Posted 03 September 2006 - 08:08 PM