.For actors, demo reel editors, and video editors who want to learn about producing demo reels.
As an actor and demo reel editor, I have a perspective of the actor's needs as well as skills offered by editors, including techniques most actors aren't aware of. But by knowing demo reel guidelines plus technical aspects, actors can manage their demo reels and control their marketing branding images.
Actors: Learn how to save money and spend it wisely. Learn how to produce your demo reel from beginning to end and maximize the punch-per-second for busy casting directors. Learn how to work with an editor and what enhanced services an editor can offer.
Demo reel editors: Learn how to produce demo reels and what's important to an actor (your customer). Be an asset to the actor's business to expand your business. Gain a perspective many demo reel editors don't have. Instead of being an editor who happens to edit demo reels, offer solid demo reel editing services. Learn tips and tricks not typically considered for demo reels, and apply the techniques to make a good demo reel a great demo reel!
Some topics covered include:
The purpose of a demo reel
The intro section
Make your demo reel all about you
Demo reel length and scene lengths
How many scenes?
The closing section
Commercial, industrial, or theater (stage) material
The one-minute speed reel
Are you ready to have a demo reel?
How to get more material
What your demo reel is not about
Raw footage: the best source material
What not to include
Technical tips and tricks
Your demo reel is not your editor's advertising billboard
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I didn't read the print version.
This audiobook was full of so much information. And the author obviously has a passion for demo reels and getting information out there to actors and editors making demo reels. What also amazed me were things that actors wouldn't normally know or think about, but Harper Mitchell didn't hold back on pulling back the curtain and telling actors what they need to hear. And there are some useful tips to help editors up their game..
Prichard portrayed the authors intent very well. His proper use of inflections really helped to convey the content and emphasize important points.
I appreciated the PDF that came with the audiobook. The graphic was useful in helping to understand the "Safe Area" topic. And it also includes a printable Table of Contents. Way cool! Makes it easy to review a topic again. Just find it on the TOC, and go back to the audio chapter for that topic..