A few questions. I have numerous completed works. I want to put together a cinematographic demo reel for graduate school. I don't know if I should be breaking the completed works into smaller clips and putting them together for flow, or letting the complete work roll from point A to point B. The schools to which I am applying have a suggested time limit of 20 minutes. Is that recommended or should I shoot for something shorter like five minutes? What about transitions between clips? I do some compositing so I can make transitions, but this is for cinematography, not compositing. What about music? The clips already have their own completed soundtrack and sound effects. Should I disregard them and put my own music track? Help help help.
Hey Scottieh , my prof. always say " keep it short enough that they want more" " kill them with content". I think a demo reel should be short enough to be interesting...does that make sense? Look at all your work and use ABSOLUTELY ONLY THE MOST PERFECT SHOTS YOU HAVE EVER MADE! I mean really be brutal to yourself about your work because other's will be, right? If this is for Cinematography then I would scrap the music and sound FX and let your Cinematography do the talking. Find some background music that is not annoying or distracting but flows with the shots. A general rule tends to be not showing a shot for more than a few seconds each...less time, more variety..you want to show you can shoot many different ways and subjects.
Uh,...I guess that's my 2 cents for now, hope that helps? Good luck!