What is a Showreel?
A showreel is a short promotional film that showcases the work of an Actor, Artist or Presenter. A showreel is an actor’s main marketing tool as it acts as a kind of visual CV or Resume.
What makes a Showreel?
Showreels usually consist of excerpts from an actor’s television or film work that has been professionally edited together into a smooth running sequence.
For actor’s without any film or television credits, short scenes and monologues can be filmed and then edited into a showreel sequence by a professional showreel production company.
The most common format for a Showreel is compressed into a file for upload onto the internet (for example Mpeg4 or .mov files)
What are Showreels used for?
A showreel is an excellent way for agents to promote an actor to a Casting Director or Director with the aim of gaining a screen test. Showreels can also be used to gain representation from an agent or at least secure an initial interview.
What is the ideal length of a Showreel?
A well crafted showreel will leave the viewer wanting to see more and so a running time of no more than 5 minutes is ideal. In essence the shorter and punchier the showreel the better, as most Casting Professionals have limited time to view material and will usually make up their mind about an actor within the first 30 seconds.
Showreels for Presenters
Television Presenters also use showreels to showcase their work to companies and agents.
Showreels for Models
It has become increasingly common for Models to use a showreel to promote their work in commercials and acquire work in the glamour industry.
Showreels for Artists
An artist showreel is a powerful way to visually portray a portfolio of work in an accessible and powerful medium. A montage of an artists work filmed in high definition and edited together with music, movement and transitions is a highly effective marketing tool for websites and exhibitions.
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