Sizzle Reel, Stock Trailer, Pitch Reel. I've heard them called all kinds of things but here is the basic premise.
You want to sell an idea, but you don't have anything to show, yet.
So you cut together a bunch of stock footage, clips ripped from other movies and you slap it all together with some serious creative chops and hope they buy the idea.
This is the best one of those that I've ever seen...
Pretty inspiring, no?
But just how do you go about cutting a sizzle reel?
Here's a step by step guide.