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    Camera Operator/Producer lake54's Avatar
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    Showreel Questions

    (Yes, I'm asking a lot of questions today - am off school due to me being ill )

    I'm trying to put together a showreel to 'show what I can do and have done etc, but I'm struggling to think what 'format' to put it in - I could have various bits and bobs plopped on the timeline next to each other, in a rather boring linear, but detailed, video, or 3/4 videos on the same 'slate', showing different scenarios, which is perhaps more 'exciting', but not as detailed.

    Also, what should I do about music? I've got a good track which has very few vocals, and would probably suit the video, but is it that important? If I was doing a linear video, then it'd be pretty much muted during the example clips, as I'd want to show off the 'final' piece.

    Of course, I could do it another way, having 5/6 videos on a page, where the user can select which one to play - might be better than one video where it's hard to update.

    EDIT: Just found this, will have a read and post back if I have any questions :-D http://www.mediacollege.com/employment/demo-reel.html

    James
    Last edited by lake54; 7th Dec 2009 at 14:15.

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    Hi James,
    There are a couple of really outstanding Demo Reels out there to look at.
    Maybe a couple of these will give you some ideas;

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulfDdpIZjSk

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gj5tLOMxLOU

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oeLzw1fGiE

    http://www.vimeo.com/channels/demoreels
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    Camera Operator/Producer lake54's Avatar
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    A lot of effort has certainly been put into those for sure!

    Unfortunately I'm not up to that level of skill (I'm not an animator for starters) but I think it was the first one that gave me a good idea.

    Hopefully I should have something to show y'all within a week or so!

    James

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    Hi James, I agree. The suggested reels are way out of anyones reach unless you are a GFX artist or have the $ to hire one. Check out my show reel here I belive after being a promo producer for 8 years I have nailed the art of the short sell. I would suggest you make your reel short...no more than a minute. Use powerful supers (text) to highlight your stengths, experience and details (keep supers to a minium of a few words). If you cannot animate your supers, animate the background that they go over. Choose your absolute best shots from your productions. Use fantastic music...music is VERY important. Less is more in a show reel. The object is to wow the viewer and to leave them hungry for more... I look forward to you posting the link to your reel.

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    Hi Josh

    Nice one!! The most important thing is your video is an ad...it's pointless stringing together work you have done without a message to the viewer so James, you need to decide which market you want to target and then produce something snappy that will attract that market. Professional ads on TV run for 30 seconds max for a reason and giving propective clients a 10 minute clip of your footage will bore them to tears!! You need a specific market, and high impact like Josh has!! You prospective client takes around 30 seconds to decide whether you are worth watching or not. As Josh says use powerful music and send out a powerful message and make an impression fast!!

    Chris

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    Nice work Josh
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