Developing my Demo Reel

Today I started working on my demo reel. I decided to break it down into a step-by-step process so that it was easier to manage.

1) I knew a lot of the things I wanted to include, but I needed to make sure my reel wasn’t too broad. My first step was plotting out which things to use and in what order to use them. Basically I needed to make my reel more niche, I needed to cull footage that didn’t apply, even if I loved it. Confession: I’m a digital hoarder. My hard drive hates me and my Dropbox (I recommend Dropbox) is always full.

2) The second step was finding out what music to use, this is made difficult by copyright laws so I had to find royalty free music. I used (free and more unique than the average free music)

3) Then came the actual editing, which I wanted to be fast paced and attention grabbing. I used Final Cut Pro X and then made sure to keep the reel at around 2-3 minutes. Not too long and not too short.

4) I made a professional Vimeo channel and uploaded my demo reel. As soon as I finish developing my website I am going to embed it there.

That is the place I am now. The thing about demo reels is that they need to be frequently updated, it’s important to remember that you’re never really done. Random fact: is a very funny website


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