How to make a Great Demo Reel

TRY TO KEEP IT QUICK
In the event that you ask 10 publishers how long a demo reel must be you'll get 10 different viewpoints ... but there's one sentiment that's pretty consistent, KEEP IT SHORT. A demo reel should highlight YOUR BEST work, and thus should possibly not be a sampling of everything you've ever done. My personal opinion is 60 to 90 seconds for most cases, and I can think of few reasons why you 'd ever have a reel over 2 minutes. One of the main tasks of a video editor is to be able to tell a clear story in a condensed amount of time. Underscore this ability by showing off your body of work with brevity. YOUR WORK ONLY!

If you don't have the body of work that the job requires, don't apply for it! SAY "NO" TO COPYRIGHTED MUSIC
Not only is the unauthorized use of copyrighted music illegal, it will likely turn off potential owners. As tempting as it might be, don't risk getting your reel quickly tossed aside due to this technicality. Instead, use an energetic royalty free music track to make your reel lively and spirited (Gwscore has many high quality royalty free tracks).
 
Underscore this ability by showing off your body of work with brevity. If you don't have the body of work that the job requires, don't apply for it! Instead, use an energetic royalty free music track to make your reel lively and spirited.

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