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#1 Timothy Gassen

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Posted 19 April 2007 - 11:52 AM

Hi all,

I'm finishing a new director's reel -- and like many items related to attracting representation and producers -- I'm getting a really wide range of opinions from other professionals on what makes an effective director's reel.

There aren't any real right or wrong answers -- as long as it gets attention and meetings -- but what do you (other directors or producers) think makes or breaks a director's reel?

Right now my new DVD reel is 6:30, with short segments of dramatic scenes and some title sequence shots; with two full scenes and a 9 minute short included as separate clips just in case more is wanted. I think I'll cut it down below 5 minutes -- but it's so hard to get anyone to look at anything, so who knows if it matters?

If anyone has links to what they think are good director's reels, please post them, too. Thanks!

Timothy Gassen
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#2 Dan Goldberg

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Posted 19 April 2007 - 09:19 PM

Hi all,

I'm finishing a new director's reel -- and like many items related to attracting representation and producers -- I'm getting a really wide range of opinions from other professionals on what makes an effective director's reel.

There aren't any real right or wrong answers -- as long as it gets attention and meetings -- but what do you (other directors or producers) think makes or breaks a director's reel?

Right now my new DVD reel is 6:30, with short segments of dramatic scenes and some title sequence shots; with two full scenes and a 9 minute short included as separate clips just in case more is wanted. I think I'll cut it down below 5 minutes -- but it's so hard to get anyone to look at anything, so who knows if it matters?

If anyone has links to what they think are good director's reels, please post them, too. Thanks!

Timothy Gassen


One idea that you were hinting on is shortening your reel. I think that's crucial, since you leave the veiwer WANTING more rather than being fully satisfied in seeing what you can do. Only keep your best shots/titles in; there's no need for anything "average" in it, since it only takes away from the rest of your reel.

One other thing is, perhaps, try to get as wide a variety of shot styles, genres, and action (dialogue, action, indoors, otudoors, etc.) in order to showcase your ability at all kinds of shots and styles.

Hope that helps! And good luck B)

Dan Goldberg..
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