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Dodgy Reel?
Dodgy Reel?
by Paul Hawkridge on Jul 10, 2008 at 11:41:28 am

Hi there,

I know this reel is way too long, but right now I'm really not sure the whole structure and idea I used was right/any good and was thinking of abandoning it.

Could someone please give me some thoughts before I make my decision.

Many thanks


Paul Hawkridge ShowReel Draft from PaulHawkridge on Vimeo.

Re: Dodgy Reel?
by Rory Brennan on Jul 15, 2008 at 8:25:11 pm

What exactly are you trying to pitch yourself as??

A Production Company??
A Post Production Company??

The reel feels like covering too much without showing anything with enough style or depth. Corporate stuff for instance always damages the quality of a reel because the shots are so stock. May a specific corporate reel.
The films and performance sections didn't highlight any editing ability, so make a specific editing reel.

You have the content to create a few different options that you can pitch at different audiences, but in the current state, it is too long and too little.


Rory Brennan
New York City

Re: Dodgy Reel?
by George Loch on Jul 16, 2008 at 7:49:39 pm

Basically the same questions as Roy, what are you after with this reel? If it's a mograph reel then you need to chop it a lot and think about adding some stronger type treatments into it.


Prologue Media

Re: Dodgy Reel?
by Del Holford on Jul 16, 2008 at 9:12:54 pm

and spell "corporate" correctly.

fire*, smoke*, photoshopCS3
Charlotte Public Television
del underscore edits at wtvi dot org

Re: Dodgy Reel?
by ron dejoseph on Jul 17, 2008 at 1:22:11 pm

Del! we know each other? How'd you know about the Emmy's? Did we meet during a judging over there? I was so shocked and sorry to hear about Stewart...tragic.

Re: Dodgy Reel?
by Del Holford on Jul 17, 2008 at 3:32:58 pm

Hi Ron

We judged Emmy entries with Stuart several years ago now. I had just come here when Dave Wooten left there. While I talked to Ron Shuping about the position, what I do here was a lot more interesting to me and I've been here now for 18 years this November. I'm the big old guy who gets to do documentaries (18 with Steve Crump - "9/4/57" about Dorothy Counts being one last year) and the occasional promo and commercial ("funder" in PTV speak). Currently we're finishing up another Crump-umentary hour on "Sacks of Hope" that Forest Hill Church and Samaritan's Purse were involved in giving out in south Sudan in March.

I headed up Emmy judging for historical and cultural documentaries the year after Stuart died but missed this year because I was just too busy with my father-in-law dying of cancer and other projects going on. If you are interested in judging I'll put your number on my list. Geneva is a sweetheart and gets a lot done for the chapter.

Take care.

fire*, smoke*, photoshopCS3
Charlotte Public Television
del underscore edits at wtvi dot org

Re: Dodgy Reel?
by Brendan Coots on Jul 17, 2008 at 9:26:23 am

What really stands out to me is that the running theme is a pretty obvious take on the Apple OSX installation video. If you don't know what I'm referring to and there's absolutely no connection there, consider applying for a job at Apple marketing. If it IS a take on that piece, no biggie but people might ding you for lack of originality.

Brendan Coots

Splitvision Digital