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kyletroxell
Making a reel
on Oct 22, 2007 at 12:47:28 am

I noticed on another thread that someone was asking what camera to use to make an editing reel. Now I know what it would take to make an After Effects reel but How do you make an editing reel? What would you need?

any advice to making one? like having the most "wow" moments first then the boring ones or what?


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walter biscardi
Re: Making a reel
on Oct 22, 2007 at 12:55:50 am

Editing is storytelling. Whenever I look at a reel, that's what I'm looking for. Too many reels I see are so slickly edited I can't tell what was the original story and what was altered with slick graphics for the reel.

I want to know you can actually tell a story and you understand pacing. I like a dvd that features full stories, not one slick "highlight."

My demo DVD features almost 1 hour of material. The menu is laid out so the viewer can pick and choose what they want to see. A :30 commercial or 12 minute documentary story.

My 2 cents.

Walter Biscardi, Jr.
http://www.biscardicreative.com
HD Editorial & Animation for Broadcast and independent productions.

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Shane Ross
Re: Making a reel
on Oct 22, 2007 at 1:11:50 am

I start out with a 30 second intro montage...then show s few scenes. When I was limited to a VHS demo, that is where I stopped.

But now with DVDs, I include full episodes on some, or a show act on another. I show examples of Narrative, documentary and Commercial work. SO if the producer can choose what they want to watch.

LINKY:

http://homepage.mac.com/comeback/professional/Menu20.html

Shane


Shane

Littlefrog Post
http://www.lfhd.net


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zrb123
Re: Making a reel
on Oct 22, 2007 at 3:39:37 am

There are lots of great suggestions on Demo Reels on the Demo Reels Forum here on the cow.


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A.Zander
Re: Making a reel
on Oct 22, 2007 at 3:59:58 am

though you've been sent to the proper forum, just wanted to pass on my two cents. well maybe just 1 cent, as a college student, I need to save where I can. (ok, so maybe I've been rotoscoping for 10 hours, and my mind is fried, but thats not the point)

I think the as an editor, it all depends on what you do. but an editors real is often over edited, you have to remember, it's about how the original piece was cut (or the piece your presenting) as editorial people, we tend to over cut, and not let scenes play out as they should. and unlike a dp, or an fx guy, it's about playing out what we have, sur we can show highlights, but it's not like a shot here or there, it's half a scene, most of a music video, and ENTIRE commercial.

walter made some very good points, add in sections on your dvd for people to see all of the work you've included. but make sure there is only one play button, or an auto play.



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mr_gfx
Re: Making a reel
on Oct 31, 2007 at 4:15:54 pm

not sure if you know this but i watched, The Rought Cut on your website, and there are clips that are OFFLINE in the Trailer.

might want to fix that.


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