Hi there !! I was wondering, when you are doing your showreel, when do you choose the music ??
At the beginning, and then the music drives all the showreel ?
During the edit ?
After... and then you re adjust a bit ?
A short-film seems like exponentially more work. But I agree it's overrated for sure.
I polled 24 recent job enquiries and 2 watched my reel. The others watched 2-3 jobs and got in touch from there.
I agree, it's nice dressing for the shop window but I think it's use as a tool is massively over rated. Creating a short film would be a much better use of ones time.
A reel is just way to get people to look at the rest of your portfolio. Plus editing them is fun and I find creating a short 4-7 second intro is a nice project to showoff new skills.
That's a good question....
But I kinda think yes we do, because when I see job opportunities, the last sentence is always : "send us your reel at ..." so I kinda think that if you don't send a reel, they maybe won't take a look a your profile...
Wow... indeed... very frustrating !! I clearly took a music that I don't owe the rights or anythings.... hope it won't be take down...
Thanks Chris !! So I'll make sure that it works without sound, before I send it to the oddfellows mailbox :D
This is slightly off-topic but what are your thoughts on using commercial music for reels?
I see most studios and freelancers doing it, but recently one of my reels got taken down from Vimeo for this reason.
It's a bit of a frustrating situation, esp. since I'm working on a new reel now. Free/low cost tracks just don't "sell" the reel as well as a great commercial track can.
For the reel I cut recently at Zoticus we used a new approach. One of us found a song that we all agreed would be really fun to cut a reel to, then I edited the track a bit to fit our 60 - 90 sec timeframe. Only then did we start bringing clips in.
Do we still need showreels?
Things have grown enough at Oddfellows that I rarely get to do any hands on making - editing the reel is one of the few exceptions...too much fun to let go!
We start with music and make a collaborative playlist on Spotify.
From that list we select a 3-5 tracks and cut a rough edit to each track.
"The one" usually stands out pretty quickly.
We'll rearrange the winner, cutting it down to make sure it has a thoughtful ending.
Then it's just a matter of pushing clips around for a month until it feels 😎.
I will admit what Dave Hess says is true... I watch almost all reels sent to us with the sound muted. If the work looks good, I click on the music.
I start by picking out the strongest animation I can find. Then, typically I do this:
a) cut to a piece of music that was recorded to a click track (instrumental hip hop, for example) that will be easy to replace later since the rhythm is set throughout the track, or
b) cut to something ambient that has no set rhythm to it but establishes a mood.
Then at some point I audition other pieces of music by dropping them into the timeline and seeing how they look. If I find something I like better, I adjust my cut to match the music.
A digital producer friend swears by watching reels with audio muted (the result: focusing attention on animation rather than editing). So maybe don't sweat it too much (unless your focus is motion design, where tightly sync'd sound effects or music can do a lot to enhance your reel's impact by highlighting your sense of visual rhythm).
My process usually begins with a track. I guess some editors might have a better time editing to a metronome beat or a temp track and then replacing it with a similar tempo, but that's up to individual preferences.
When I come across a good piece of music that inspires me or has a tone that matches well with what the reel should evoke, it's easier to build around that (sequencing, pacing, etc). Scouring sites like freemusicarchive.org or your own music library is a good place to start.
Play around with it. It's a fun process! Best of luck to ya :)
For me, I typically have a track in mind and then make sure that track will work within a 60s to 90s timeframe.
Then I edit video clips to try to match specific beats on the track as best as possible.
Good luck with your reel Adrien!