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#1 David Calson

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Posted 15 July 2008 - 11:15 PM

I'm a novice DP and jr motion graphics artist. For my reel, should I seperate DP work from motion graphics work?

***All the motion graphic work that involves video was shot by me so it wouldn't look like I'm taking credit for someone else's DPn'

Also, are reels just about showcasing your best work or is there something else underlying that should be included?

Edited by Blade Borge, 15 July 2008 - 11:18 PM.

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#2 Saul Rodgar

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Posted 15 July 2008 - 11:31 PM

It certainly looks more focused when you have separate reels. Especially for DP work and motion graphics artistry . . . Two completely different crafts, if obviously related. If nothing else, one after the other, separated by a title . . .

Edited by Saul Rodgar, 15 July 2008 - 11:32 PM.

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#3 Scott Fritzshall

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Posted 15 July 2008 - 11:45 PM

I would highly recommend making seperate reels, unless your only target audience is ultra-low-budget producers who would hire you for both. If someone is considering you for a job doing motion graphics, they don't care how good a DP you are, and vice-versa. Only include your best work. I'd much rather see 30 seconds of really terrific work than 3 minutes of mediocre work. Keep your reel short- 2 minutes absolute max for each. I think mine is under 1:30. If you don't feel that a particular bit is the best representation of your work, then do not include it. Some recruiters look at hundreds of reels a week and develop very short attention spans. Put your very best work at the beginning, because the truth is that a lot of people will watch 5-10 seconds and then turn it off if it doesn't immediately wow them.
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