View Full Version : Editing demo reel length?

03 March 2005, 05:44 AM
Hi everyone,

I read somewhere that if your reel is over 60 seconds its too long, but this was in reference to 3D and compositing reels - does that float for editing reels? The few good ones I've seen run about 2 - 3 minutes, which I don't find excessive when your craft is hacking shots together. And does the duration really matter providing the content is there?

And on a side note, could anyone recommend any online editing reels that are particularly good. I'm in the mood for a sticky beak.


03 March 2005, 02:26 PM
I was having the same trouble, too, but then decided that 3D/compositing reels definitely are very different from editing reels. I am currently trying to assemble mine, and it will not be this hectic montage of my work, but a few coherent 30-60 second pieces.

Here is an example of an editing reel, that I really like:

Also, you might want to check the demo reel forum on Creative Cow (


03 March 2005, 01:59 AM
Thanks for the reply Marc. I took a look at the link and see your point - it's a more effective way of showcasing the work (and what lovely work it was). I suppose in all honesty there's no excuse not to master showreels onto DVD and structure a menu to open with the music video montage then reveal a few longer selections.

But that leads to another question.. What that sort of thing turn off potential employers? Would having to wade through a DVD menu count as a minus to the applicant, even if it displayed good design skills? Opinions?

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