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Gary Hazen
Re: What programs should a student learn to be valuable?
on May 26, 2012 at 3:05:34 pm

Regarding #1
Keep in mind that Bob is an engineer. Engineer's don't do creative. They don't give a crap about creative. If creative had a specific voltage then Bob could hook up a meter to your demo reel and determine your market value. If you want to be an engineer then don't worry about your reel.

If you have any intention to work in post then your reel matters. Most of the people that do the hiring for post positions care about the basics. It's an extremely competitive market. If everyone that interviews is willing to work hard, have a great attitude and do the mundane jobs just to get their foot in the door, then the only thing that sets you apart is your your *reel.

That said, I agree with Bob that they don't care if you're the next great director. Proclaiming yourself as the next "Great Director" shows arrogance more than anything else. There's nothing wrong with confidence, just don't over do it.

Regarding #2 (knowing your potential employer)
This is solid advice. Always do your research prior to the interview.

*Your reel is way too long. No one is going to endure 18 minutes.

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