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Ruby Gold
what goes into a good reel?
on Jul 12, 2005 at 11:24:42 pm

I'm new to the biz and don't know what a good reel (on DVD) should look like, or if there's a kind of standard way of organizing and displaying your work on a reel. I don't have a lot to show yet, and want to present what I do have (obviously) in the best light and in a structure that is appealing, professional and easy to navigate.

What I've produced so far are a number of "biographical documentaries"--essentially Biography channel-like documentaries for ordinary folks. I also shot and edited a 25 minute documentary about the creative process and have done a little bit of editing work for nonprofit pr types of productions. Most of what I've shot (and lit) are talking head/interviews.

I'd appreciate any advice/suggestions on the best way to construct a reel that shows my skills in shooting, lighting and editing. Any good tutorial or set of examples that anyone can point me toward wd be great.

thanks!


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john
Re: what goes into a good reel?
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on Jul 13, 2005 at 12:51:25 am

Check out the reels on this site and read the feedback. The archives go back a long way. There is a wide variety of experience displayed. The constructive criticism of specific work can give you a lot of insight as well.

Also, look at demo reels from design houses (do a search). From the good ones you'll get an idea of what the latest trends are.

Cheers,

John

John


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