December 20, 2010
My New Reel
Every now and again I make it a point to throw together a short reel that compiles excerpts of some of my latest work. This doesn’t happen a lot, mainly because I’m usually too busy working on client projects to get the job done to satisfaction. While many filmmakers have extensive reels that compile footage from their entire career, I have found it to be quite a difficult task as over the years I have shot on so many different formats that it never seems to cut together. The amount of time it takes to get used to a certain style of “look” is wasted as the next clip will have a completely different rhythm to it, thus throwing the viewer into mental chaos. At some point I would like to do a reel of nothing but my own films, regardless of their format but I don’t think I’d benefit much from being the editor. My mentality is that people should watch the entire project from beginning to end as no excerpt adequately tells the story that’s supposed to be told. This is of course not possible and I don’t feel I’m qualified to judge my own work that way. This is why there aren’t a lot of trailers or featurettes for my work.
This past year I’ve had a fascinating body of work, many pieces which are still in post-production. It was tough selecting clips to go into this demo as I love just about every single thing I’ve done this year (give or take a few exercises). For the pieces that have not been completed, I did find some short clips to throw into the montage sequences, in an effort to get this footage some exposure. I also grabbed footage from the spring of 2009, when I went up to Maine to shoot a scenic for a Maine Real Estate spec. This is some of the best magic hour footage I’ve ever shot and includes some incredible Glidecam work by Branden Geistert.
Additionally the only work of fiction I included was a montage of clips from my upcoming film “Caroline of Virginia”, which if you haven’t noticed I’m promoting heavily. I included one commercial, the Luzzo’s 1 minute spot which never got exposure except on my Vimeoand YouTube profiles. The 30 second spot did get time at the cinema pre-show in Westbury, Long Island, however I am not fond of this version of the commercial. I also included excerpts from both OutoftheStormNews pieces, which I worked on with the amazingly talented Dan Shor.
A new Outpost video is due in January so keep your eyes peeled. I couldn’t include it in my reel for this reason, however The first Outpost video is still available on my Youtube and Vimeo profiles, an excerpt is included in my reel.
ALA Stair Climb:
I also have a video in the works to promote next year’s 2011 Stair Climb, an event put on by the American Lung Association of New York. Some of these clips are included in the reel, but nothing concise as we will not be finishing this work until after the new year.
Caroline of Virginia:
We still have extensive work to do on the post-production aspects of the film, including completing the score, sound design and mix plus the master of the entire film and creating a print. This won’t happen until January.
Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year!