A tip: If you submit something, make it good.


I always appreciate when readers send in their work. And when a director is trying to build a spec reel, I don’t want to be too harsh. So here’s the good part about Jeffrey McCarthy’s spec spot for Quiznos: It’s interestingly shot, lit and edited – in fact, he’s got a really nice look as a director. I dig his style.

The bad part? It’s a terrible idea. Could anything be less appealing from an appetite perspective? This makes me not want to eat at Subway and it really makes me not want to eat at Quiznos. Unfortunately, the fatty-factor overshadows his ability as a director. I leave this spot thinking “That was weird and gross” instead of “Man, Jeff’s got some directorial talent.”


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