The Director's Chair Issue #71 – Nov. 27, 2006 (Producing a Dynamite Demo Reel)

by Peter D Marshall

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THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR
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November 27, 2006                  Scene 7 – Take 10
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CONTENTS
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1. Introduction
2. Subscriber Shameless Self-Promotion
3. Subscriber Links of Interest
4. Filmmaking Workshops
5. Feature Article – Producing a Dynamite Demo Reel
6. Back Issues of The Director’s Chair
7. Subscribe & Unsubscribe Information
8. Copyright Information

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1. INTRODUCTION
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Welcome to Issue #71 of The Director’s Chair (November 27/06)

1) FILMMAKERS IN OVER 90 COUNTRIES READ THIS EZINE – I would
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2) FEATURE ARTICLE – This month’s Feature Article is called
“Producing a Dynamite Demo Reel” by Michael Fitzer. “A demo
reel (short for demonstration reel) is a tool used by film
and video professionals to highlight their best work. Simply
put, it’s your calling card and a possible ticket to your
next paying shoot. This article will help you determine
whether you are in need of a demo reel and will outline some
essential steps for building an effective demo to suit your
needs.” (see below to read entire article…)

3) FILMMAKING WORKSHOPS AND PRODUCT PROMOTION – From time
to time I will contact you by email to inform you of certain
filmmaking workshops or film products that I feel are
beneficial to filmmakers like yourself. Of course, you are
under no obligation to purchase anything. I only offer this
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Peter D. Marshall

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2. SUBSCRIBER SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION
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1) “A Time Out of Rhyme” (Randy West) – This musical is
getting geared up to be performance ready and the new
screenplay has been submitted to a variety of movie
festivals and contests. The first of these contests was the
2006 Iowa Motion Picture Association Awards where the
screenplay version of this musical fantasy just won The
Award of Excellence as Best Non-produced Screenplay.
mailto:rwest@hawthornedirect.com

2) Ignitionfilms (Michele Band) – I am still relatively
young, 34, (although that’s old for a professional athlete,
I suppose) and have concentrated on directing for kids and
young adults. Granted, that most likely puts me in an
extremely confined category, but I’ve been doing it for over
11 years and wouldn’t trade it for anything. I freelance
locally in both New York and LA, although my home is in the
city with better deli. For the past 2 years, I have
collaborated with my good friend and DP, Adam Biggs on many
large budget shoots, include clients such as Wal-Mart,
Kohls, Nickelodeon, Toys R Us and Build-A-Bear. All reels
and spots can be seen at http://www.ignitionfilms.com.

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3. SUBSCRIBER LINKS OF INTEREST
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4. FILMMAKING WORKSHOPS – Peter D. Marshall
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I have worked in the Film and Television Industry for over
33 years – as a Film Director, Television Producer, First
Assistant Director and Series Creative Consultant.
I’ve been asked many times to share my Film and TV
production knowledge with others. As a result, I developed
several workshops that I have successfully presented over
the past 15 years.

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me to discuss how we can bring these workshops to you.
http://www.actioncutprint.com/workshops.html

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5. FEATURE ARTICLE – Producing a Dynamite Demo Reel
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“Producing a Dynamite Demo Reel” by Michael Fitzer.

“A demo reel (short for demonstration reel) is a tool used
by film and video professionals to highlight their best
work. Simply put, it’s your calling card and a possible
ticket to your next paying shoot. This article will help you
determine whether you are in need of a demo reel and will
outline some essential steps for building an effective demo
to suit your needs.” Click the following link to read entire
article: http://www.videomaker.com/article/9776/

From Digital Videomaker Magazine, March, 2004
http://www.videomaker.com/issue/2006-12-01/

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8. COPYRIGHT INFORMATION
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