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#1 Alex Kolb

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 09:22 PM

Hello all,

I feel guilty posting a second thread in only a day's time, but I've been working on my second demo reel for a few months now, and I'm ready to get it up.

I have a nice 30 second sequence from a film I did that involves 30 seconds of soldiers with assault rifles running though the woods. There's no firing of the weapons, just holding them. I'd love to include the sequence, since it's some of my best work, but I'm concerned that the weapons may turn off producers.

Is this an acceptable sequence to leave in? If it cost me so much as one client, it wouldn't be worth it, but if it's not a big deal, that be great.

My clientele is primarily based in Europe, so I'd appreciate any feedback from operators in that area.

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#2 Afton Grant

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 10:12 PM

I can't imagine guns in your demo reel would hurt you. If anything, it might help since often times, the use of guns requires a higher production value due to stunts, safety, pyro, etc. Just like if there were a love scene in a DP's reel, they wouldn't be thought of as a pornographer. Leave them in.
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#3 David Baldwin

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 10:19 PM

I'm working on a demo reel that only has guns in it.
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#4 Lee Dashiell

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 08:15 AM

Leave them. This political correctness has gotten to a point of being ridiculous.
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#5 chris fawcett

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 09:41 AM

You'll never work for von Trier ;)

By all means, use your best footage.

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#6 Victor Lazaro

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 12:49 PM

I don't see any issues with showing guns in your demo, you are not responsible for the subject that you shoot and therefore you should not be juged on it, as long as the shots shows your talents in steadicam and framing, you are good to go.
On the other hand, it depends on the clients you are looking for. If you have clients that are anti guns fanatics (I am anti guns but don't mind a good war movie), you may want to have a second PG version of your demo reel.
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#7 Daniel Stilling DFF

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 10:39 AM

I don't see why that would be a problem. It's after all a measure of your skill, not the content of the movie in which you have no control.
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