Last year, I was brought in by a producer to shoot a sizzle reel for a director based on a few pages from her feature script. The feature was written and she was looking for financing to produce her directorial debut. We had two days to shoot about 10 pages. It was a very guerrilla production, running and gunning. Shot on the Canon 7D, it was actually my first use of the Cinestyle format. I used two Lite Panels 1×1 and some bounce for lighting. Since then, I’ve directed another sizzle reel (as both director and DP). Sizzle reels are a great way to experiment with storytelling and camera work as you use them to convey to your potential backers what your vision will look like as a feature.
The sizzle reel for “Broken”.