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14:03 Jan 16, 2008
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Art/Literary - Cinema, Film, TV, Drama / Film categories
English term or phrase: Reels
A category of films (in a menu).

I know what a reel is, but I can't figure out what it means as a "film category".

Other categories are: Action, Arts, Children, etc.

Thanks in advance
Michel A.
Local time: 23:35

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2 +6short for newsreels?
3 +2a film maker's portfolio (of works)
Joyce A
1old documentary film; films from an archive
Alexander Onishko

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old documentary film; films from an archive

this is only a suggestions, which is based on the fact that old documentary fims may be indeed stored as "reels"

Alexander Onishko
Local time: 06:35
Native speaker of: Native in RussianRussian, Native in UkrainianUkrainian
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short for newsreels?

I'm not sure!

A newsreel is a documentary film that is regularly released in a public presentation place containing filmed news stories.

United Kingdom
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agree  Patricia Fierro, M. Sc.
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agree  David Moore
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agree  NancyLynn
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agree  xxxAlfa Trans
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a film maker's portfolio (of works)


Based upon your client's description, and what I found through Wikipedia, I feel that "reels" is a shortened version of "demo reels."
They can be the films that we watch on certain directors, etc. that showcase their breadth of work and talents.

Demo reels
A demo reel, or show reel, is the motion picture or video equivalent of an artist's portfolio. It is typically used as a tool to promote the artist's skill, talent, and experience in a selected field, such as acting, directing, cinematography, editing, special effects, animation, or video games and other graphics. The demo reel is frequently submitted with a résumé to a prospective employer. When a reel contains scenes from actual productions, a shot list or credit list may also be submitted to describe the artist's specific involvement in each portion of the reel.

Note added at 1 hr (2008-01-16 15:29:25 GMT)

a film maker's/artist's portfolio, I should add.

Joyce A
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agree  Ioanna Karamanou: This is it, very common in the biz.
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  -> Thank you Ioanna!

agree  Tony M: Yes, we often talk of 'showreels'
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  -> Thank you Tony!
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