Should Film and Video Editors Have Demo Reels?

first_imgPlenty of filmmakers and videographers use demo reels to land work. But what about editors, and what should theirs include?Cover image via recklessstudios.When it comes to getting work as a film and video editor, should you have a demo reel? And if so, how do you make a really great one?That’s what someone asked me over email the other day, and it got me to thinking that, actually, showcasing an editor’s skill isn’t the same as doing so for a director of photography, a motion graphics artist, or even a colorist. An editor needs to be able to demonstrate structure, pacing, and emotions — just by juxtaposing one shot next to another, over and over.I would argue that an editor shouldn’t have a demo reel as we commonly think of one — a montage of your best bits cut to music — because it just shows you can cut a (hopefully flashy) montage but not much else. So the better question might be better “How can you effectively communicate your editing skills to prospective clients?”Photo via iamwayclick.First, I recommend that editors maintain a portfolio website that clients can easily access to find what they are looking for, based on the topic or genre they need. Clients almost always want to see that you have the experience they want, rather than just similar projects — if you’ve done a burger commercial, does that mean you can also do a beer commercial? (“But has he done liquids?”)So build a portfolio site categorized by topic — music videos, commercials, wedding videos, TV shows, animation etc. — so prospective clients can find what they’re looking for.Make sure you add a little bit of text to explain each project, including your role on the crew. Detail where the project appeared, who directed it, who it was for, and any feedback it received. This helps give context to the work.One thing to keep in mind when building your portfolio site, just like building a reel, is to showcase the kind of work you want to be doing. Shape your site around this content. When you’re just starting out, this might mean showcasing less work, as you build your back catalogue in your target area, but at least you’re presenting yourself to clients in the manner of your own choosing.(Adding spec work is totally fine, as long as you’re clear that it wasn’t commissioned by the brand.)Image via Gorodenkoff.If you’ve worked on a feature film or TV show and, for copyright reasons, you can’t show the whole thing, then see if you can either include a short scene or excerpt instead. This is also true if a full short film is quite long (15-20 mins+) — a client might not have the inclination to watch the entire thing. A 1-3 minute runtime is much more inviting.If you need to password-protect videos so that only clients can view them, that’s fine too, just make sure you include the password in your résumé or cover letter.How to Build a Better Demo ReelTraditionally, a demo reel showcases filmmaking talent in a succinct and entertaining manner. The idea is to stand out in the crowd and demonstrate that you can deliver the specific thing a client is seeking. But this format doesn’t work well if the required discipline in the scene is to hold a single shot for an uncomfortably long time. Would you hire an editor for a 60-second single shot showreel?I’ve previously shared some tips on putting together a demo reel, but I’ll condense them here:Keep it short.Frontload your best shots.Include only your best work.Don’t repeat work.Add text labels to explain your contribution.Include breakdowns of complex shots.End with your contact details.But as an editor, I would suggest that you approach things a little differently. Once you have your online portfolio together — with clear navigation and a range of genres and projects on display — then help people into your work with a “personal branded trailer.”How to Build a Personal Branded TrailerWhat do I mean by “personal branded trailer?”Essentially, it’s a short trailer (60-90 seconds) that sells you rather than your work. You might want to structure your trailer with titles that share your name, years of experience, skill-set, and previous clients. The idea is to shape a presentation of whom they will be working with, rather than just projects you’ve worked on (they’ll have your portfolio site for that). So this is a chance to cut a face-smashingly good trailer that highlights your editing abilities — and beyond.In terms of communicating your skill-set, find a creative approach to saying you know how to do everything from DIT duties to DCP delivery — or if you’ve got a special talent for VFX or sound design. If you want a masterclass on building a personal brand, this four-part tutorial from Carey Smith of Division05 is well worth your time.(In this first video Carey breaks down the demo reel (watch the original here) he will then re-build over the duration of the masterclass, and you can watch the immensely improved reel in part four here.)So think about the tone, temperament, and style you want to use to sell yourself — largely through beginning and ending title texts and music.You can also ask a friend to help you out or buy a title template you like and use that instead. Just make it look good, and make sure it’s consistent with the rest of your personal presentation.Jeff Pinilla’s Director/Editor reel comes close to what I’ve been laying out — in that he weaves shots of his work with audio clips from various artists and influencers about the creative process. This gives the reel some structure — which shows me Jeff is a storyteller. And it helps his reel stand out among the “just a music montage” crowd.For further inspiration check out this curated playlist on Vimeo for more great reels from a variety of disciplines.To sum it all up:Create a portfolio site that sets the tone for who you are and what want to do by showcasing only your best projects — and make that accessible with a slick personal trailer.Looking for more filmmaking tips and tricks? Check these out.Review: The Illuminati — A Hands-Free Light MeterARRI Unveils New Pre-Owned ALEXA Camera Program5 Simple Tips for Fixing Out-of-Focus FootageEverything You Need to Know When Filming Food Videos10 Insights to Keep in Mind When Applying for Filmmaking Grantslast_img read more

Why Venture Capital in India Is Seeing a Mindset Shift

first_imgApu Gupta, CEO of Curalate, a leading visual marketing and content monetization platform, recalls that some years ago he launched a pharmacy chain in India on the premise that with growing disposal income and increasing mobility, “the need for a branded chain in India was finally taking hold.”Gupta’s team built what became the second-largest pharmacy chain in India, known as MedPlus. Within just three years they put up 650 physical stores and raised about $32 million. Although the business did well, Gupta left India in 2009 and returned to the U.S. In 2011, he started a business-to-business (B2B) company for parking and storage services. Today, at the helm of Curalate, Gupta is working with about 830 of the world’s largest retailers to “help them drive traffic and revenue from the content that they already own.”However, not everything has gone according to plan, even at MedPlus, where Gupta learned about the challenges of localizing a foreign business model to the needs of the Indian market. “When we were building MedPlus, we quickly realized that you can’t import business models, but you can import best practices. We were seeing that folks who were trying to come into India and build pharmacy chains — who were trying to mimic (popular U.S. pharmaceutical chains such as) Walgreens or Duane Reade or CVS — fell on their face.”He went on to explain the reason for this: Given the enormous congestion that characterizes Indian cities, not many people would trade the convenience of shopping around the corner for visiting a modern drug store that provides a much wider range of products. “In India, you have 800,000 pharmacies; one on every corner in every single neighborhood. You never have to go far to buy your medicine. So if you told a consumer that you now have to go a kilometer to get your medicines, who would be willing to do that?”A Change in Focus“I’ve seen the focus of the India team morph from technical services that targeted the old economy to what we’re doing now — much more early stage IT and IT-enabled services in a broad range of business-to-business areas,” said Krishna “Kittu” Kolluri.A partner at the venture capital firm NEA, focusing on investments in information technology and energy technology, Kolluri told the panel that over the past seven years, NEA has invested close to $300 million in India. Pointing out that there is “currently a lot of hype around the consumer internet” in India, Kolluri added: “What is interesting is that you can have a phenomenal business model, great technology, a great team and all of that but probably the number-one factor that contributes to the success of a startup is (the existence of) a trend.” According to Kolluri, in order to succeed “you have to have some kind of a macro-trend that helps you achieve that escape velocity. If you catch the consumer in ‘that space’ there is a much greater chance of success.”Fortunately for entrepreneurs, technology makes it easier to take advantage of new trends by identifying and targeting people who are most likely to buy into the latest craze. Kolluri added that in India, as elsewhere around the world, the explosion in mobile internet has enabled and democratized access; it has helped not only small businesses, but also consumers to reach one another. “What we are seeing (in India) in the consumer space is more vertical solutions — whether it be in food or furniture or various other verticals.” Kolluri also noted that some of the latest trends in India mirror developments in the early days of the emergence of dot coms in the U.S. “We were investors in and are (now) investors in a company that makes diapers for the Indian market.”Eager to keep abreast of latest developments in India, Kolluri has been visiting the country about two to three times a year. “I don’t lead projects there, but I help our team do (due) diligence. I have seen the (movie) play out,” he said. For a long period of time, he noted, the “me-too thing” was not bad, especially as entrepreneurs tried to take an idea that had worked in the U.S. and localized it to a particular geography. However, “there are certain things about India that are very unique. For example, it is (primarily) a cash economy; and there are (few) credit cards. Those kinds of things call for a differentiated solution. But what I am encouraged by is that over the past couple of years, the quality of projects that I’ve seen has been very encouraging. The kinds of technology solutions (that have emerged) have been very good; they are applying data science to all sorts of fields.”Probably as a result of strong data analysis, many venture funds are changing their approach to investing in India, Kolluri said. “Most of the big venture funds, when they first moved into India, were afraid to go in very early. And when they did go in early, they got burned. And so they were gun shy (about making subsequent investments in early-stage venture projects.) But now, early stage investment is back in fashion again. More and more capital is going into early stage, which is fantastic.”Funding ChallengesSuresh Shanmugham, co-founder and managing partner of Saama Capital India Advisors, noted that the volume of activity and the capital that has been raised for Series A (a company’s first significant round of venture capital financing) have made the Series B funding process much tougher. “The challenges that people hear about the funding market are mostly focused on later-stage high-value consumer internet mobile companies. There is a trickle-down effect that has softened the market, at least from an entrepreneur’s perspective for raising capital. The Series B rounds are certainly more at risk.”Shanmugham added that there has now been a period of rationalization where the entrepreneurs’ expectations have come closer to where the investors are. A lot of this, he said, stems from the slowdown that happened in China, starting last August. “You can identify that as the period when the equation between the entrepreneurs and the investors started to change. There was a time when the investors said that the market had changed and their expectations were reset whereas the optimistic entrepreneur said: ‘No, no, it’s a minor blip.’ We went (through) a period of three to four months, during which we couldn’t get bids and asks to match because of the expectation among entrepreneurs that things were going to come back to pretty much where they were.”This year, Shanmugham’s firm has made several B2B investments in India that benefited from the fact that his firm had invested in the U.S. during the dot com boom. He noted: “We had kind of seen the same playbook before, 15 years ago, and it didn’t end well.” More optimistically, he added: “I don’t think it will end the same way in India. But the same dynamics about the funding environment clearly are at play.”According to Shanmugham, investors last year had little interest in the B2B space. But now perceptions have changed and investors appreciate the fact that B2B customers are sticky customers and that they actually have money to pay with. “It’s a shift in mindset.” He adds that venture fund investors in India are concerned about the fact that B2C (business to consumer) investments involve branding, which involves huge spends and subsidizing purchases. “Investors are saying that B2C is not exactly a great business model.” Related Itemslast_img read more

Ind vs Eng: Cook’s recipe leaves India speechless

first_imgAlastair Cook scored an unbeaten 182 as England put on a massive 456/3 against India, who as Sunil Gavaskar said looked like a “bunch of school boys” in front of the hosts’ batting line-up. Score | PhotosEngland started the second day’s campaign of the Edgbaston Test with an overnight score of 84/0. By the end of it they had not only wiped out India’s scanty 224-run lead, but had put on a good 232-run lead.The match started half-an-hour late on account of early morning rains and wet outfield, but once it did, the England openers got busy piling runs in Birmingham.Cook, who hasn’t been in good form in the series regained his confidence and started frustrating the India bowlers, who failed to derive the swing and bounce from the wicket, which on Day One was helping the English pacers.The first day of the Test between India vs England saw MS Dhoni, who scored 77, help India to 224, after they were reduced to 92/4.In a matter of time, Cook went on to complete his half-century and was still looking strong in the face of an Indian attack that seemed tooth-less in the absence of Zaheer Khan. At lunch the two openers were going steady and the score was a fine 157/0.The second session was no better for India as the two openers continued to pile runs. Skipper MS Dhoni’s ploy of using paceman Praveen Kumar and spinner Ashish Mishra at opposite ends too didn’t help and the two left-handed batsmen made a mockery of the Indian bowling attack.advertisementHalf-an-hour into the second session, India got the breakthrough that their bowlers had been trying to get. An Amit Mishra delivery crept into the bat-pad gate of the England captain and Strauss was seen walking back on 87 after putting 186 runs for the first wicket with his opening partner Cook. Strauss’ 87 was decorated with 13 boundaries.Soon Cook and Ian Bell got going and India’s 224-run lead of effectively erased in the second session of Day Two.India’s sloppy fielding too helped their cause. Rahul Dravid dropped a sitter off Bell’s bat in Sreesanth’s over.Cook went on to score his first ton of the series – making a remarkable comeback to form. But, on the very next ball Praveen Kumar clean bowled Ian Bell, providing some cheer to India. However, by that time the England score was a good 252/2.At tea, Kevin Pietersen and centurion Cook were at the crease and England were cruising on 319/2 – a lead of 95 runs.England escalated their lead in the third session as India’s bowling took a nosedive. Cook and Pietersen continued to whack the bowlers across the park and completed their 100-run stand at ease. Pietersen completed his half-century even as Cook continued his march on scoring past the 150-run mark.Deep into the third session, Praveen Kumar managed to add another wicket in India’s kitty by trapping Pietersen leg before on 63. England lost their third wicket on 374 runs.Pietersen went back and in came Eoin Morgan to blunt the Indian attack. Not to speak of the poor fielding by the visitors, which only helped the English cause. Dravid dropped two sitters in two sessions and Sreesanth slipped an easy one off Morgan in Ishant’s over in the last session.At close England were 456/3 looking set for a mammoth first innings lead with Cook (182 n.o.) and Bell (44 n.o.) in the middle.last_img read more

Indian shooting has depth, mixed events will be advantage: Abhinav Bindra to India Today

first_imgAbhinav Bindra may have quit professional shooting but now serving in some decision making capacities, India’s Olympic legend still remains at centre stage for the shooting world.As the chairman of the athletes commission of the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) Bindra-led governing body recommended converting three men’s Olympic medal events into mixed events. Bindra has lost many friends in the process.”The change was mandated by the international body and was always going to be a difficult change. Nobody likes changes. Athletes hate changes, I would as well. But when you are trying to make hard decisions and ones which are tough for sport, you will never win the popularity contest,” an unfazed Bindra told India Today.With men’s 50-metre free pistol, 50-metre rifle prone and double trap dropped from the Olympic program and replaced with mixed doubles events there have been voices of dissent coming from affected shooters. But defending the changes Bindra says, “You have to keep personal ambitions and biases aside and take a decision which is for the good of the sport, which is evident by the recent general assembly called by shooting federations where 249 voted for the changes and there were 2 against. It pretty much has universal acceptance once you understand the reasons behind it and why it was necessary.”Following the changes, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) achieves it objective of gender equality with nine gold medals each for men and women in shooting for Tokyo 2020. But Bindra has had to deal with criticism at home as well of it affecting India’s medal prospects. The 50 meter pistol was India’s top Olympic prospect Jitu Rai’s pet event. Rajyavardhan Rathore kick started India’s rise in shooting by winning silver at Athens 2004 in double trap. The prone event has seen the likes of Gagan Narang and Joydeep Karmakar winning medals at international events.advertisementBindra responds by reminding the critics his brief wasn’t to protect India’s interest. “My role as chair of international committee of athletes of ISSF was not to take a decision which would be only better for India. It was one for good of sport that was my mandate and that’s what we tried to do,” he states.The shooting great is however confident the depth in Indian shooting will not only ensure they adapt to changes but believes it will be an advantage. “Indian shooting has a lot of depth and with time and people getting adjusted with the format am sure they will do well. The mixed team event is one that I am sure will be an advantage for us. It needs time, patience and whether you like it or you don’t you have to adapt,” he says matter of factly.Jitu Rai and Heena Sidhu, two of India’s best pistol shooters winning the mixed pistol test event recently at ISSF World Cup signals good beginnings. Bindra does not read too much in the win but is quietly confident Indian shooters will soon have a grip over things.  “I followed it a little bit. Mixed team events are still at a test stage. Still Grand Prix events at the World Cup and not quite world events. Next year will be more interesting because people will know it’s a reality and everybody will take it up seriously with Olympic medals at stake. But I am sure our boys and girls will do well,” he says with optimism.last_img read more

Federer beats Kyrgios to reach Stuttgart Open final, reclaims No 1 ranking

first_imgRoger Federer defeated Nick Kyrgios 6-7 (2), 6-2, 7-6 (5) to book his place in the Stuttgart Open final and reclaim the No. 1 ranking from Rafael Nadal on Saturday.The Swiss great will play Milos Raonic as he bids for his 18th grass-court title.Raonic earlier hit 19 aces and saved the only break point he faced as he defeated defending champion Lucas Pouille 6-4, 7-6 (3) in the other semifinal.Federer was pushed all the way by the fourth-seeded Kyrgios, who had 23 aces.”I am very happy and very relieved,” Federer said.”It was close and it could have gone either way naturally but I am happy that I have got it and got back to world No 1 next Monday.”I thought it was the tough match that I expected against Nick.”We had so many tie-breaks already I have lost count.”Last year Federer had crashed out in the opening round after losing a tie-break to Tommy Haas admitted it had crosed his mind during the semi-final.”It has never been easy, even before last match point I though I had lost the last couple of matches here before match point,” Federer added.”I thought maybe it was going to happen again but when I picked up the half-volley I was so happy.”Kyrgios forced a mini-break in the deciding tiebreak, but Federer remained steady and sent a short backhand past the Australian on his first match point to clinch the win.Federer, in his first tournament since March, was trailing Nadal by 100 points at the start of the week and is guaranteed of taking the top spot on Monday regardless of how Sunday’s final goes.advertisementIt will be Raonic’s first final since the 2017 Istanbul Open. The Canadian won his last title at the 2016 Brisbane International.(With inputs from AP)last_img read more


first_imgIowa lawmakers return to the state Capitol on Monday for the start of a new legislative session.Overhauling state taxes will be one of the items on the agenda and Republican Senator Rick Bertrand of Sioux City says it will be one of the top priorities for lawmakers:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….people can feel. ;11Governor Kim Reynolds is hoping lawmakers will pass a new water quality bill for the state.Bertrand isn’t sure that will happen:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….not right. :17But Democratic Representative Chris Hall of Sioux City does expect to see the House take up the issue:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………in our drinking water. :23Republicans and Democrats disagree on funding amounts for education and on how to address issues with the privatized Medicaid program.Governor Kim Reynolds will give more information on what she hopes for Tuesday in her Condition of the State address.You will hear that address live at 10am here on KSCJ.last_img read more

16 days agoBayern Munich maintaining contact with Man City attacker Leroy Sane

first_imgBayern Munich maintaining contact with Man City attacker Leroy Saneby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich are maintaining contact with Manchester City attacker Leroy Sane.Bayern were eager to sign Sane over the summer – before he suffered a knee injury in the Community Shield. The German giants, at that point, pulled back.However, contact has been maintained between the two parties.BILD says Sane’s representative David Gardner has just met with agent Giovanni Branchini, who also acts as an advisor to Bayern.The summit was held to assure Sane that Bayern remain keen – with Gardner also delivering an update on the player’s rehab. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Navios Acquisition Disposes of Chemical Tanker

first_imgGreek tanker owner Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation (Navios Acquisition) has informed that it closed the sale of the Nave Constellation, a 2013-built chemical tanker. The 50,000 cbm vessel was sold for USD 36.4 million to an unnamed buyer. Navios Acquisition revealed it used USD 16.4 million of the total amount for repayment of debts.According to the company, the ship was acquired in 2013 for USD 33.6 million.Earlier this year, Navios Acquisition agreed to dispose of two second-hand chemical tankers, including the 45,281 dwt Nave Constellation and the 45,513 dwt Nave Universe, for USD 74.6.The sale was said to result in an expected book gain of approximately USD 11.7 million, as the tankers were acquired in 2013 for a lower purchase price of USD 67.2 million.last_img read more

DoT asks BSNL and MTNL to recall staff working in its offices

first_imgNew Delhi: The Telecom Department has made it clear to MTNL and BSNL managements that it will no longer accept any claims raised by them for their staff working in DoT offices on an ‘informal’ or ‘loan’ basis, without proper sanction or approval. Saddled with past claims and HR-related bills from the two cash-strapped firms, DoT has now shot-off letters to the two ailing corporations asking them to withdraw such employees. DoT has also written to its own field units and offices asking them to ensure that no such staff is retained unless strictly in compliance with the rules, that is, on deputation basis against sanctioned and vacant posts. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe move assumes significance as both Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) have approached Department of Telecom (DoT) seeking payments and reimbursements for cases where their staff worked in the Department on ‘loan’ basis. Alarmed by the claims, DoT has issued fresh instructions to its various units to avoid a similar situation in future, citing a notice issued earlier this year that such arrangements would not be allowed to continue after March 2019. DoT sources said that the idea is to ensure that these employees – engaged in the Department on informal basis – return to their offices in BSNL and MTNL. There is also no clear estimate on how many such employees are working in DoT, at present, they said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostSources said payment issues have cropped up even for past reimbursement claims filed by BSNL and MTNL pertaining to such ‘loaned’ staff (without approvals) as neither Ministry of Finance nor Department of Personnel support such payments. The past claims by the two telecom corporations in this regard, adds up to almost Rs 300 crore, sources pointed out. “Even the past claims are stuck, so DoT is trying to avoid a similar situation in future,” one of the sources added. Distressed telecom PSUs MTNL and BSNL have been incurring losses and have been facing problems in clearing staff salaries on time in recent past. The massive cash crunch has prompted the two organisations to chase outstanding dues and receivables from all avenues. The loss-making telecom firms have also approached the Telecom Department for immediate help to tide over their financial crisis, that was aggravated due to sustained competitive heat in the market following entry of Reliance Jio. A revival plan – that entails components like Voluntary Retirement Service (VRS) and allocation of 4G spectrum – for the state-owned telecom firms is under active consideration. The employee cost of BSNL is 75.06 per cent and that of MTNL is 87.15 per cent of their total income, while the same for private telecom companies varies between 2.9 per cent to 5 per cent. According to data shared in the Lok Sabha in June this year, the market share of MTNL in the two circles where it operates (Mumbai and Delhi) has declined to 6.95 per cent at the end of 2018-19 from 7.37 per cent in 2016-17.last_img read more