Demo Reel with Adobe Premiere: Create an Impactful Portfolio

A course by Thomaz Bastos
Video Editor. São Paulo, Brazil.
Joined August 2020
, Video Editor

Learn to tell the story of your career through a creative film and promote your work in an attractive way

  • Portuguese with subtitles in English
  • 97% positive reviews (39)
  • 537 students

Learn to tell the story of your career through a creative film and promote your work in an attractive way

Portuguese with subtitles in English
  • 97% positive reviews (39)
  • 537 students
  • 13 lessons (1h 52m)
  • 12 additional resources (1 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Portuguese
  • Portuguese, Spanish, English, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

A demo reel is far more than just a portfolio. It is a creative display window for your work where you can also showcase your experiences, personality, abilities, and even ambitions in a dynamic and captivating way. Video editor Thomaz Bastos, who's worked with brands like Red Bull, Converse, and HP, specializes in telling artistically gripping stories by creating fluid yet dynamic professional films.

In this course, learn to make your own demo reel to promote your work with maximum impact. Create a film about your professional career in Adobe Premiere and let Thomaz guide you through the steps to add a soundtrack, sound effects, cuts, and other available tools to produce an artistic piece capable of attracting future clients.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. The creative process and pre-production of the demo reel
  • U3
    U3. Producing your own demo reel
  • U4
    U4. Post production
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Start off the course hearing about Thomaz Bastos' career as a film editor and his biggest influences and sources of inspiration including artists, films, and literary works.

Discover what a demo reel is and what it can do for your career or business. Jump right into the preproduction process collecting reference materials, looking for inspiration, and defining a concept to use as the template for your narrative. Immerse yourself in the the mood of your piece by choosing the perfect soundtrack.

Now it's time to get to work organizing your project in Adobe Premiere. Thomaz shows you how to work with your soundtrack and apply sound effects. He also gives you tips on cutting your scenes to make your piece as dynamic and evocative as possible.

Wrap up the course learning to add the final touches to your video such as graphic elements. Then export your demo reel according to your needs and finally, see some of the best ways to share your work on major platforms like Vimeo, Behance, and Adobe Portfolio.

What is this course's project?

Create a demo reel to showcase your work using Adobe Premiere and editing techniques to give your piece personality and atmosphere.

Who is this online course for?

Editors, photographers, directors, and anyone interested in creating a demo reel to showcase their own work of that of a client.

Requirements and materials

Basic knowledge of Adobe Premiere is necessary for this course along with a strong desire to explore this creative process and all it has to offer.

In terms of materials, all you need is a computer with access to the software.


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Thomaz Bastos

A course by Thomaz Bastos

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Thomaz Bastos is a Brazilian film editor based in São Paulo. He trained in multimedia design at the Billy Blue College of Design and Swinburne University in Sydney, Australia where he lived for seven years. He began his audiovisual career as an editor for a large production company where he worked on projects for important television stations including GNT, Canal BIS, and SONY.

He currently works as a freelancer and has made commercials for names like Red Bull, Mercedes-Benz, Converse All Star, Fox Sports, Shell, and O Boticário, as well as collaborated on two winning projects at the Cannes Film Festival: HP and Nosferatu.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    The creative process and pre-production of the demo reel

    • The importance and seriousness of demo reel in your career
    • The search for inspiration
    • Defining a concept for the demo reel
    • Soundtrack
  • U3

    Producing your own demo reel

    • Organizing the project and working the soundtrack
    • Filling the chosen track with the material
    • Techniques for producing a fluid and dynamic demo reel
    • Using sound effects to give weight to the demo reel
  • U4

    Post production

    • Finishing touches and credits
    • Exporting demo reel
    • Publicizing our work
  • FP

    Final project

    • Demo Reel with Adobe Premiere: Create an Impactful Portfolio

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Demo Reel with Adobe Premiere: Create an Impactful Portfolio. Photography, and Video course by Thomaz Bastos

Demo Reel with Adobe Premiere: Create an Impactful Portfolio

A course by Thomaz Bastos
Video Editor. São Paulo, Brazil.
Joined August 2020
  • 97% positive reviews (39)
  • 537 students