Friday, May 31, 2013

The "Reel" Deal / Reusable Art (Spoiler Alert: Lights, Lenses, and LEGO)

Behold! The plastic selfie.
Recently, I realized that I had enough accumulated completed projects for a video demo reel.  Soon after, I realized that much of the aforementioned footage had been either lost or archived away on several CD-Rs and DVD-Rs, in one of many CD wallets, on a bookshelf or in a box.

In lieu of being my own archaeologist, I took whatever footage I could easily find from nearby external hard drives, streaming websites, and some neat test footage from Disney California Adventure -- and I created my very own video production reel:


After editing that reel, I noticed that I hadn't been very focused in what I've produced.  In the above-embedded reel, there are clips from cartoons I attempted to animate nearly three years ago.  There are music videos and promo clips from the previous decade (which, surprisingly, isn't the 1990s).  There are also more recent multi-camera event videos.

I could have then re-edited my reel into maybe an animation-only one or a promo clip-only one.  Instead, I compiled a reel for my music work, which includes collaborations with my brother Jon:


The music demo reel is longer than the video reel.  I actually like my music reel better than my video reel.  As much as I enjoy creating with digital video as the medium, I love making music even more.  I have been fortunate enough to be hired as the composer for some great films, which is probably why writing and producing music for film/video is such a wonderful experience for me.

Back to reality:  Who knows if the above-embedded reel will snag me any more dream gigs.  As evidence that I might suffer from career attention-deficit disorder, I edited together a demo reel for my work in audio production and postproduction:


I anticipate that my various skills in audio might be useful to other production houses and upcoming projects (probably not the voice-over part, though).  I must confess that rescuing audio is tedious work, but if that sort of skill set can get some nice-paying gigs, I will gladly scrub away at waveforms and whatnot.

Thanks for reading my rant-like reminiscence of a weblog.  Now I'd like to show you my "portfolio" of macro mode, point-and-shoot "photography" of LEGO minifigures.  I am not good at building detailed LEGO models, so I make things simple and usually blurry in the background.  Here are a few "pieces" from 2011: