December 18, 2017 at 10:19AM


My first reel... feedback needed!

Hi everyone,

I have recently put together a draft reel of my editing/cinematography and since I have never put one together before, I was looking for other filmmakers thoughts on it. I am looking for both positive feedback as well as things that you didn't like so much or think needed changing...

I am mostly a documentary style filmmaker but didn't include any interviews or talking heads in this version... do you think that I should have clips of that as well or do you think it may ruin the pacing of the reel?

Thanks in advance!



Hi Jacob. Some very nice shots - well done. I guess it depends where you're based and what sort of clients you want to attract, but there was a strong theme of Jewish ceremonies throughout. If you're hoping to show breadth (which is often the case with showreels), I would consider grouping those shots together and including other work, perhaps from your talking-heads interviews, maybe more from the fencing shoot? This might give more momentum. If you have a more niche aim, this wouldn't be an issue.

December 18, 2017 at 12:12PM


Thanks Ben!

Yes, that is in line with a other feedback I have gotten that it is heavily based around Jewish/Israel imagery. I lived in Jerusalem for the past 5 years which would explain that but recently moved back to the States so I have been trying to slowly build up footage from here in the US as well.

Do you think it is important to have a narrative based reel to showcase interviews in addition to the reel I posted? Or do you think they should be combined in some way?

Jacob Ross

December 19, 2017 at 8:16AM

Very nice. I would include interview talking headshots (with or without audio) in this reel to increase variety. I'm of the mind that you should have one reel to show off your work and not multiple reels (though sometimes that is done). I would bring the closing timelapse shot earlier.

December 19, 2017 at 9:11AM

Arthur Rasco

Thanks so much for the feedback!

Jacob Ross

December 20, 2017 at 1:09PM

Hi Jacob. Yes, I agree with Arthur - you should aim for a single reel with a good mix.

I think the snag with reels, from a client perspective, is that they don't really show the ability to 'tell a story', as the cliche goes. Or show audio skills. For a solo video business, those two skills really seem to make all the difference for short, doc-style work.

I would consider showing the reel alongside your best, short piece in full.

December 19, 2017 at 12:08PM, Edited December 19, 12:08PM


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