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Prof Development – Showreels

showreels

Vimeo Version

[vimeo vimeo.com/64885707]

YouTube Version

[youtube youtube.com/watch?v=PkmZLy9oua0&w=560&h=315?rel=0]

I’ve been researching showreels on YouTube and in Google search results. The conclusion I have come to is that like a CV you really need to put together a selection of showreels to showcase your skills and target a specific role or company – very much like a CV and covering letter.

Showreel Guidelines (Obtained from a variety of online sources)

  1. showreel-clapper

    Make the first 10 seconds of the showreel count – unlike other films don’t build up to a climax you need to make an impact in the opening of the showreel.

  2. Keep it short under 2 minutes
  3. Only show your best work
  4. Don’t put your contact details in the credits – put these on the DVD sleeve (Not sure why but this is what my research recommends)
  5. It should include supporting work – Personal Statement, links to websites, storyboard sketches, it’s best to put this all on the disk as documents can  get separated/lost at the receiving end.
  6. Think about presentation (make it eye catching)

The showreel I edited together (above) is to showcase my camera work if I was targetting a photography role then I would put forward a selection of my photographs and most probably create a slideshow.

Online Information sources

  • Computer Arts – Showreels a Dummys Guide click here