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#1 Kendrick Gray

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Posted 04 January 2017 - 03:50 AM

So I am heavy into interviews and music videos and but I just finished up my short film. I am wondering what type of work people look for on a reel that pleases there eye. Do you guys have any examples or your reel you could share with me? I'll been making my self busy trying different kinds of video work to get better looking stuff. 


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#2 Kalle Folke

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Posted 04 January 2017 - 05:59 PM

Hi,
I tried to make a reel with things I'd like to shoot more of and with a "style" I personally enjoy. My hope is that that could potentially lead to more jobs that suits my preferences. I mostly shoot tv-shows but would love to shoot more nature, drama and documentaries. So almost none of my typical work is included.
It's getting a bit old now... Next one will include more analog s16 shots since I'd love to shoot it more!
Don't know if this is a useful strategy but that's what I hoped for.
I also put some slow motion in there since it's been popular and some famous Swedish people to show I'm at a level where they let me close, haha!
Hope I could give you some ideas by sharing my thoughts, there are many more experienced people on this forum.


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#3 Jon O'Brien

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Posted 04 January 2017 - 06:58 PM

There's an old saying, "do what you love - you'll be better at it".  It doesn't always apply, because it ignores some factors and is often not seen as good advice, but there's something in it.


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#4 Paul Brenno

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Posted 05 January 2017 - 07:39 PM

Here's my reel, but am trying to figure out what to cut....


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#5 Kendrick Gray

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Posted 05 January 2017 - 10:31 PM

Nice stuff guys! I plan on making my reel like 60 to 90 seconds long with the best stuff I have. I was just wondering if there should also be a reel for specific jobs you are applying for. I think I know the answer. 


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#6 Mark Kenfield

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Posted 06 January 2017 - 08:42 AM

I'd tend to agree with Kalle - show people the work that you want to be doing more of. And ONLY use your absolute strongest materials, any weak links bring down the apparent quality of the whole reel.

So, for example, my focus is narrative (with a little bit of commercial), so this the reel I put together with that in mind:


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#7 Bruce Greene

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Posted 06 January 2017 - 12:13 PM

So I am heavy into interviews and music videos and but I just finished up my short film. I am wondering what type of work people look for on a reel that pleases there eye. Do you guys have any examples or your reel you could share with me? I'll been making my self busy trying different kinds of video work to get better looking stuff. 

From my experience, people want to see a reel that looks like the project they intend to make.  If it's for narrative projects, they may also want to see stars they recognize. This is a challenge for me, as I've been working mostly in Russia for the past 5 years...

 

For what it's worth.... here's my most recent reel :)

http://brucealangree...raphy-reel.html


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#8 Kendrick Gray

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Posted 07 January 2017 - 08:09 AM

Wow great stuff Mark and Bruce. This is exactly what I am looking for!


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