Cinematographer's first Showreel - what stays and what goes?
Posted 25 April 2013 - 06:38 AM
I am a cinematography student in my third and last year of studying. Thus far I have shot a handful of short films (3 of which may be considered noteworthy) as well as various short documentary videos such as interviews, musical performances, a music video, etc.
I am applying for an 18 month internship at a television network in Germany and I am required to send in a DVD containing some of the work that I've done.
My understanding of a showreel is that it is a short sequence displaying your work. This is where my enquiry comes in - how long/short should it generally be? Is there specific pacing of such a video sequence? Is there any type of music that works specifically well with showreels?
Any input would be appreciated with regards to this topic.
Posted 25 April 2013 - 07:39 AM
A few minutes. People tend to prefer complete scenes as opposed to a montage, but if you've not done much, it may be difficult to find complete scenes you're happy with, and a montage to music may be your only option. Exactly how you do that will depend on what material you have available, its style and tone, etc.
I wouldn't necessarily expect to actually shoot anything as part of an internship, though anything seems to go these days...
Posted 25 April 2013 - 08:13 AM
Good day Mr. Rhodes
It seems like I will have to go the montage route then. As for shooting anything, it seems unlikely at first. To me it seems like the company just wants to see that I have had practical experience.
Thank you for the swift reply.