Demo Reel Editing
Info, Samples, & Testimonials.
See also Film & Music Video Editing below.
In addition to teaching Workshops, I also offer state-of-the-art editing services to actors ready to put together a Demo Reel of existing material. I work closely with you to make absolutely certain the reel best represents you. We will work together until YOU (and/or your agent) are satisfied.
“Hal is a perfectionist. Collaborating with him on my reels was such a creative process, not drudgery like I’ve experienced before. I’ve worked with others who were in a rush and slapped something together for me. Before I sat with Hal, I thought that was the norm. NOT!
“You will leave KNOWING you have a great body of work. We have worked hard for the work we’ve done- and Hal shows everything off in the best possible way– his eye is masterful in editing sound and video and he won’t stop until it is perfect. He is incredibly detail oriented and it shows. I can’t recommend him enough! I left knowing my reels are a great representation of me- and that a booking could come from them. Oh, and he’s a delight to spend time with!”
–Julie Lancaster, Actor, DEXTER, HOT IN CLEVELAND, THE OBAMA EFFECT, HOLLYWOOD MUSICAL!, GREY’S ANATOMY, EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS, THAT’S SO RAVEN, JOAN OF ARCADIA, ALL MY CHILDREN, LAW & ORDER, STEPMOM, GUIDING LIGHT, AS THE WORLD TURNS, ONE LIFE TO LIVE.
“Hal has been editing my demo reels for a while now. I love working with him because he has a director’s eye, so he knows what is visually pleasing and how to tell the story of each scene. He also has the tech savviness to match. Hal can find ways to recut my scenes so they highlight me but seem seemless. If you want a knowledgeable and creative thinking editor, I highly recommend Hal. ”
–Melissa Greenspan, Actor, ST. VINCENT, PARENTHOOD, NCIS, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, $#*! MY DAD SAYS, KIRBY BUCKETS, CHARMED, CURIOUS GEORGE 2: FOLLOW THAT MONKEY, PROVIDENCE, WILD THORNBERRYS MOVIE, DIAGNOSIS MURDER, 3RD ROCK FROM THE SUN, BEVERLY HILLS 90210, PARTY OF FIVE, DOUG THE MOVIE, SAVED BY THE BELL: THE NEW CLASS
“Can’t recommend Hal enough. Funny, down-to-earth, extremely communicative – he really takes the time to work with you to make sure that you’re not only happy, but excited about the end result. Highly recommended.” –Danny Grossman, Actor
“Updating my demo reel is one of my least favorite things to do in life. Choosing which material to use has always been overwhelming to me, and the climate in the industry is ever-changing. Hal was incredibly patient with my concerns, open to my input, while lending a discerning “director’s” eye to what represents my work most effectively. He was candid about which scenes showed me in the best light, but was also a great collaborator.
“Together, we arrived at the conclusion that separating my reels into “leading lady” and “character” would be most advantageous for me. It’s the first time in a long while that my demos actually make sense to me.”
–Kathy Christopherson, Actor, DEXTER, PRIVATE PRACTICE, ENTOURAGE, CALIFORNICATION, COLD CASE, CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, DREAMS AND SHADOWS, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, MY TRIP TO THE DARK SIDE, KAMEN RIDER: DRAGON KNIGHT, TITUS, KNOTS LANDING, DOOGIE HOWSER M.D., COACH, MURDER SHE WROTE.
“Hal is totally amazing and his reel editing is excellent! I had taken Hal’s commercial classes and not only enjoyed the classes but also him as a person and as a professional. After taking a look at some of his other demo reels I decided to have him do my commercial reel. When I got the finished reel back I truly couldn’t have been happier! I was incredibly impressed with the way it was put together, as well as the way he was able to edit and highlight me in some clips where I wasn’t necessarily as highlighted, or where there were only short shots of me in the original clip.
“Hal’s attention to detail is excellent, he has great open communication so that you can dialogue and make sure it’s just the way you want it, and he cares about it and works to make sure the finished product is perfect. I absolutely, highly recommend working with him and I am so glad that I did!”
–Jasmine Nguyen, Actor
“Hal Masonberg is fun and easy to work with, knows what the industry’s looking for, has lightning turnaround, incredible pricing and, most importantly, he LOVES what he does and he gets me auditions – cannot beat it!
“What makes Hal stand out in the world of demo-reel editing is his multi-faceted experience in the business: he has spent decades working with actors in the commercial auditioning room, and decades writing, directing and editing critically acclaimed features; he knows and respects both worlds. What results is an artful edit with a commercial edge.
“Each time I work with Hal on my reel it is different, depending on my needs (yes I am a repeat customer – I go back for his extremely reasonable update service). He spends as much or as little time as I prefer working with me in the room – a fantastic balance of following my lead and adding his creative input. Because of his experience and technical skill, he also takes the agony out of choosing clips. Each edit produced over the years has garnered compliments and, most importantly, auditions from industry elite. RUN don’t walk!”
–Cerris Morgan Moyer, Actor, APPALOOSA, RULE OF THREE, DAYS OF OUR LIVES, GALAXY HUNTER
Film & Music Video Editing
In addition to putting together your existing footage into a sharp and highly professional Demo Reel, I am also an editor of feature films, shorts and music videos. I can edit together your raw footage and, as they say, make it sing!
The first is the extended trailer for my documentary film JAZZ NIGHTS: A CONFIDENTIAL JOURNEY:
The next is a reel for singer Val Peterson and her band, BIG LUCKY. While the footage for these videos had already been shot, they had never been assembled. Therefore, I not only created the reel, but edited together the raw footage, thus becoming the editor of the music videos in addition to the reel itself.
The following is a scene from the Director’s Cut of the film THE PLAGUE. This sample showcases the use of well-timed cross-cutting to create dramatic tension.
More Samples available upon request.