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Not just a montage of good shots - long form
on Feb 14, 2006 at 1:27:40 am

Hello all,
So I'm working on a new demo reel for DVD delivery. My love is shooting, but I produce and edit most of what I shoot now.
My DVD will open with a brief (15 sec.) montage, with an option to skip. Then, a menu will offer 2 different montages, a long form section (most of what I do), a commercial seciton, and an archive section.
The question is, in the long form index, should I create a specific long form demo, or just include segments from the original programs.
For example, a lot of what I've done is already broken into segments or chapters, and I'd like to let the viewer watch a whole section in they desire. But should I take, say 10-20 seconds of the best editing in the secitons I want to feature, and put them all together into a 'long form' montage? Perhaps there could be a "see more" button that takes them to the longer version and then back.
How will potential employeers best like to see long form work?
I guess that's the esential quesiton.

Thanks in advance.


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BrAd Steiner
ImageWorks Media Group

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Re: Not just a montage of good shots - long form
on Mar 7, 2006 at 5:37:52 pm

Hi Brad,

Being a long form editor myself, I'm always at a loss with regards to knowing what producers will want to see. Thank god we're not delivering reels on VHS tape anymore, because DVD is the way to go. It's the best of both worlds - they can get a taste of what you do with some groovy montages that might entice them to dig a little deeper and watch the full program.

As an editor, I consider myself a story teller, so when I'm asked to show a two minute montage of the "best stuff" I've done, I'm always left feeling that I'll be working for an imbecile who has no idea of how important the work we do is.

Sorry, I was on a rant there.

Anyway, to make a long story short, I say give them short montages to start which would lead them to a menu where they have the choice to watch the whole show or not (assuming they're not imbeciles).


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