Promos - the stuff that sits either at the top of a prog, as a break within it, a pop music montage and in many cases a show reel.
Here's one I made for 2006/7 which is in need of an update.
I'll talk in more detail about promo making in a future in areas such as - the emotional and cinematic context, how different music affects the tone, the formula behind making a pop promo, and the big no nos.
But here's a 3 pointer tip
I. What are you selling a company, someones on screen work ???
NB At one of my former jobs, they never looked at showreels that had music and fast cuts
If its for a journalism job, all you need is three items: one presenting, one interviewing and then a report wrapped up in less than 5 minutes
I look for music -sound - with an emotional draw
II avoid cliched music or that associated with something e.g. It's the final countdown.
III.Promos are like flares and date badly; the wrong music electro funk won't do you favours unless it's a send up
I what message are you trying to get across
II Noooo to twirling type - unless you have the 80s in mind