January 10, 2018 at 1:39PM, Edited January 10, 1:40PM


Feedback Wanted for My First Reel

Hey everyone,
My name is Justin and I am a filmmaker in Detroit. I am the in house Videographer for a real estate company, and the videographer for a new online publication.

Anyway, 2017 has been a crazy experience to say the least. I had 4 brain surgeries this year to remove a tumor, and am pretty proud of the amount that I have accomplished this year, and how much I've learned.

2017 is the first year that I have felt comfortable creating a reel, and I would love to get some feedback!


Thanks All!


Hello, from Greece! Some very nice shots there, i really enjoyed them!

Since you asked, based on his reel, i like to learn about the cinematographer as much as i can. Does he light well his shots? What's his style and prefered projects? Why should i hire him? Your reel had some amazing daylight shots and well lit interviews, but also some low light shots, in white wall rooms, with colors struggling. This confused me a little. I would only keep the best shots, that i'm really proud of and best describe my style, even if this meant a shorter reel.

Audiowise, I felt some sound effects where extremely loud and i felt a little weird with the emergency room - heart stops beating part in the end - I'm sure there's a hidden meaning behind that, but what was it? Was that message so important so to be included in your reel?

Anyway, nice reel and keep creating!

January 12, 2018 at 4:29AM, Edited January 12, 4:29AM

Panos Economou
Director / Editor

Thanks for watching! I really appreciate the feedback. I'm going to probably make a few adjustments, especially with the audio. Thanks again!

Justin Chretien

January 12, 2018 at 8:41AM

You have some absolutely gorgeous shots in your reel, but I had a hard time concentrating on any one of them because of how quickly you cut away. You might want to let some of the shots breathe a little longer so a potential client has time to consider how skillful you were when creating a shot.

Check out the NFS article about reels (https://nofilmschool.com/2017/05/5-things-all-great-demo-reels-have), if you were to do a theme or story and thus use less shots, you could show how you're able to create a mood with your shooting and editing.

January 23, 2018 at 9:30PM, Edited January 23, 9:31PM

Michael Louis Huffstutler II
Freelance Filmmaker/Vlogger

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