05 Jan 2013

This is how to make a showreel

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Yannick Barthe showreel 2012 Yannick Barthe showreel 2012 Yannick Barthe/RedShark

This is how to make a showreel. You have just a few minutes to grab people's attention. This is your calling card

It's not easy to make a showreel. Beyond choosing the shots, you have to maximise everything else.

In this showreel by Swiss filmmaker, cameraman and editor, Yannick Barthe, he's not left anything to chance.

You can't go wrong with colourful, dynamic aircraft shots. But what you can also do is put it all in context. Show the people involved in making it happen. Checking, looking serious, and walking decisively towards their planes.

Careful post production

Grade it carefully. Edit it precisely. And then choose a good soundtrack. Putting it in a cinematic aspect ratio looks impressive, too.

This is Yannick's list of equipment:

Sony NEX-FS100
Sony NEX-5n
Sony 18-200 OSS E-mount
Sony 50mm OSS Prime F1.8 E-mount
Sony 16mm F2.8 E-mount
Tokina 11-16mm F2.8 A-mount
Sennheiser EW 112-p G2
Sony CML V55 LCD monitor
GoPro 1, GoPro 2
Contour HD+
Kessler Crane Philip Bloom Pocket Dolly™
Glidecam HD 4000

And this is what you get when you put it all together:


David Shapton

David is the Editor In Chief of RedShark Publications. He's been a professional columnist and author since 1998, when he started writing for the European Music Technology magazine Sound on Sound. David has worked with professional digital audio and video for the last 25 years.

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