As a director, you can make your work stand out from the rest by developing a good mastery over color and design. It’s a challenge. But good news: this is fun and cheap to do — all it takes is some aesthetic sense and time spent browsing art and design publications.
We recently did a search on the iPad for art and design publications. As you probably already know, there’s tons of them to generate ideas. We were recently introduced to The Decorista. It’s a really great place to start. Directors all have some sort of aesthetic sense, even if you don’t consider yourself a designer. Our opinion is, simply sharpen and strengthen those qualities. And seriously, It’s pretty fun! It may even give you ideas for the script your using and/or writing for your project. Most filmmakers don’t bother with it. We think this kind of investment will give you a decent edge. Do not underestimate the power of eye candy.
And just another small tidbit, A stylish reel is a reel that goes off on a great start – and directors work or languish on the strength or weakness of their reel.