Today we will talk about showreels or show demos, you can call them whatever you like.
Let’s start with definition:
A showreel is a short piece of video or film footage showcasing your best previous works. It usually lasts from four to six minutes. It’s very similar to CV for certain kinds of professions, where it’s impossible to print out all your major skills on paper. For instance, a showreel works well for actors, animators, motion graphic designers, movie makers, etc.
Those videos really cost a thousand words as they can help you demonstrate all your talents in action and finally get the job your dream of.
Unfortunately, the matter is not as simple as it seems because casting directors get tons of showreels every day and there is no guarantee that yours will be the best one. Though, we will roll over for our readers and supply them with all essential information on the matter.
So, what to begin with?
First of all you should decide either you are going to create your showreel yourself or turn to professionals.
If you want to know our opinion, the second option is more preferable. Even if you have enough experience in filming, editing and other stuff like this, it is doubtful that you have all quality professional equipment for the whole process. We speak about expensive cameras, microphones, lighting, and software. Unfortunately, without these high end appliances your showreel is more likely to look amateur, which is not too good for your career.
The majority of applicants are willing to pay a trustworthy showreel or editing company to produce a video that will make them look horny as hell, showcasing only the most heroic moments of their work and make casting director ecstatic over the short yet comprehensive performance on the screen.
Most probably you will get your ready-made showreel on DVD and in electronic version for online posting.
No, no, it’s too early to breathe freely as we compiled a heap of tips that will help you distinguish a worthwhile showreel from the mediocre one.
Please, read them all before ordering a video that will change your life.
Simple showreel tips that work
- 1. Say: “No” to what’s not really crucial.
It’s normal if you are emotionally attached to all your works and consider all of them genius, however, you can’t squeeze them into two minute video, so, get ready to ‘bite the bullet’, stand into viewers’ shoes and cut off everything that is not absolutely monster.
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Text can be different, but in any case it’s connected with semantic ties between words, sentences and passages. It’s not surprising that the term itself originates in a Latin work “textus”, which means tissue. The letters knit the unique unity, so we get in result the autonomous reality. Earlier people could watch it into literature, but nowadays it’s more apparent in coding. Texts began creating virtual reality of internet, being a base of all the websites.
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Did you watch the movie “Back to the Future”? I’m sure that mature part of our auditory will answer something like that: “Surely! Several times each of the series! It used to be a cool fantastic trilogy about Marty McFly, his inventive friend Dr. Emmett Brown and their captivating time travels”. But our post is not about these guys and their adventures, which can be considered outdated by the younger generation.
We would like to invite you accompany us not into the future, but into the past, if you have nothing against it, of course. No, no, you don’t need to pack your bags, we will travel light and with all comfort of the environment you are sitting at now.
Under this text you will find a curious collection of free vintage posters thoroughly handpicked with one purpose: to feast your eyes upon. They were gathered for your fun and inspiration and we hope that both of these goals will be achieved. We would also appreciate if you let us know about that in the comment section.
Do you believe that vintage design style is ever young and always in trend? If you want to know our standpoint, we believe in circular cycle of development, which means that obsolete techniques and tendencies come back in the improved, updated forms. Sometimes, after those changes they become hardly recognizable. So, look downwards, maybe it’s worth to return to the beginning to find some fresh, not hackneyed ideas for future designs.
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Free Vintage Posters
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DSB Danish Rail Speed Train Poster – Vintage Train Travel Printable Poster
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Chile by SAS, Scandinavian Airlines System – Vintage Travel Poster
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A flat design is certainly good: it’s stylish, modern and visual-friendly for mobile devices. However, the flatness is just a substruction of a concept, and we need something more concrete to add it and get a result. There are not so many ways to make a mobile app look absolutely all-sufficient. One of them is adding textures to interface elements: in most cases designers put them on backgrounds, so it become more noticeable and outline the foreground elements.
The texture is a nice method to deepen the visual unity of the app. In skillful hands the app can be transformed in something more alive and accomplished. Moreover, textures are able to improve the interface with an effect of skeuomorphism. Nevertheless, if one experiences a lack of professional taste, there is a great possibility to spoil the harmony of the app composition. So, in order to help you to improve the feeling of design relevance and just to inspire you I offer a collection of the most beautiful mobile app interfaces designs with textures.
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The background of this app follows the concept of maps. The implementation is rather elegant and clean.
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This application uses the skeuomorphic methods on its admissible maximum. Leather, paper textures are united in a notebook.
People caught their breaths in waiting. Don’t you know why? Seems like you are cut from IT news sphere. Well, I have no aim to test your curiosity:
iPhone 6 is coming…
Genial Steve Jobs started this series of this revolutionary device. And now, even after his death, Steve’s matter is alive. And the first characteristic of life is definitely evolution. Thus the next generation of iPhone should be released soon, probably in 2014. There are many rumors about the features iPhone 6 will include. The concepts from different designers often conflict each other, so no one (even Apple I believe) can say exactly how the new iPhone will look. However, I want to review the existing assumptions to imagine how iPhone 6 may look like.
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One of the most popular projects is one presented by a designer Johnny Plaid. It has a certain set of features, which create a unique and holistic design.
- Edge-to-edge display. The screen goes around the edge, so it gives an opportunity to make the device bigger without the resizing of the phone itself.
Cookies are such crafty things that give an opportunity to leave your browsing history of the certain site. It’s useful especially for eCommerce websites: you won’t need to put the same personal information again and again. If your browser has cookies enabled (by default it usually does), you are deprived from extra efforts, which are made by the machine.
From the other hand, the harvest of information about visitor can be very helpful for website owners. Web developers can effectively use it for proper UX and UI improvements, marketers can directly explore the target audience to offer the needed products.
However, it’s obvious the information exchange should be open and transparent. There is even EU Cookie Law prescripting certain restrains and put away the possibility of abusing in cookie functioning process. Average users rarely know all details of internet processes, so conscientious websites should demonstrate how they will use their visitors’ cookies. To help you with to stay in the bounds of good reputation, I want to present some free cookie warning scripts.
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It’s a very useful tool for getting a cookie warning script exactly for your type of the website (advertising, social media, analytics and other). The process is quite simple: you just need to click choosing the right point and the program will give you the proper code.
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CookieCuttr is a nice plugin created specifically for WordPress (already tested on 3.4 version). Your website will get an elegant cookie warning. Its design will be suitable practically for all websites.
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Sooner or later each user bumps into CAPTCHAs surfing the net. Some of them are so absurd that the decrypting of their weird messages can urge even the most peace-loving tolerant member of the internet community go berserk. At this rate most of the reasonable users are more likely to abandon your website than continue this idiotic process of proving that they are made of flesh and blood and not of lines of code.
If you are a caring website owner, respecting your visitors and striving for high conversion, we are ready to share valuable information about CAPTCHAs and arm you with user-friendly CAPTCHA tools and plugins, which will sooner bring huge grins on their faces rather than driving them nuts.
OK, let’s go…
What is a CAPTCHA?
Everything is simple: a CAPTCHA is a program that protects websites against bots. It generates and grades tests that can be easily passed by humans, but are absolutely overwhelming for current computer programs. For instance: we can read distorted text, solve small simple puzzles, move objects on the screen, but current computer programs can’t.
Below, you will see some amusing samples of ordinary CAPTCHAs, posted here just to make you smile:
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Writing about trends is ungrateful work. They change quickly and web developers need to seek for new ways of making internet more beautiful. However, we are developing web not only for us, but for all people of Earth connected. So, in this case the interests of mass user should be considered. Trends hurry to rescue in this case. Somehow instinctively we created this term to have a chance of harmonizing our creative potential with current requirements.
Talking about such important part of the backgrounds, you could notice that they experience an intensive evolution. Trends in background appear and disappear with an inevitable fastness. So, not to waste our time for ephemera, let’s check the features of modern website background trends, which have become stabilized and hold the position.
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The background layouts on current top designs are fullscreen and high-resolution. It’s already became a characteristic feature of fashionable website look. The conclusion here is that a natural human tendency for visual specification is unlimited (the fact that camera development is concentrated on the quality of illustration just confirm this thesis).
Okay, you can say: you got the size should be big, but what’s about the content? What should we exactly put in the backgrounds? There are couple sources: real life and graphic.
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Everything, we can take from the real life directly, fits this points.
Yes, in most cases we can watch simply photos of different things, which correspond the website theme: people, nature, furnishing and so on.
The precious thing about photos is that it’s quite simple to transform the primary material by adding effects.