5 Things That All Great Demo Reels Have

By V Renée

Here are some tips on how to put together a great (and effective) demo reel.

We’re so fortunate as filmmakers to work in an industry that doesn’t require a formal education, but like all other professions, we must prove to our potential employers and collaborators that we are capable of doing the job we want to be hired to do. This is where the demo reel comes into play. Demo reels are to filmmakers what degrees are to doctors/lawyers/engineers/etc.: they showcase our ability to perform certain necessary tasks, but instead of getting a printout of a piece of paper, we have to cut together a 2-3 minute video that somehow captures who we are as an artist. How the hell do you even get started? Well, director Zach Ramelan has five tips for you in this insightful video.

Even though there is no right or wrong way to put together a demo reel, there are certainly some areas you might want to pay close attention to when editing yours. According to Ramelan, great demo reels have the following:

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From:: No Film School