15 Jun 2018

Six Ways to Make a Better Showreel – Screenwise Tips

Here are some top tips on how to make a showreel that stands out from the crowd, putting you front of mind for any casting director.

Putting together a stand out actors showreel is an absolute must for any TV or Film actor looking to land their dream role. Whether you have a number of years of acting experience under your belt, or you’re new and looking to start your career, an inspiring showreel can be the key to getting your foot in the door of an audition.

1.Keep it simple
When it comes to making an impact, sometimes less is more. Avoid using unnecessary effects or music that overpowers the scene you are showcasing. Remember that when it comes to the showreel it’s your skills that need to shine. You’re not applying for a production or special effects job here.
Avoid creating a showreel that uses distracting music or dramatic cuts.

2. First impressions count 

With that being said you don’t want to simplify things so much that you fail to make a strong and memorable first impression. Most casting departments won’t even wait to watch the rest of your showreel if they are put off at the beginning.
When you’re thinking about how to make a showreel remember that it’s your one chance to grab the attention of the casting director so place your strongest scenes at the start, and always finish with something that’s going to make you stand out and be remembered. If you feel that any content is below par, eliminate it. The reel should be quality throughout.

3. Don’t forget to include your most current work

If you’ve been acting for a while you might already have an actor’s showreel. The best showreels are those that are reviewed and updated on a regular basis to represent your
most recent work and current look. Don’t get attached to material that ultimately doesn’t showcase your best up-to-date work, even though you have an emotional attachment to it.

4. Invest in your showreel to create a professional look

To make it in this business you need to look the part. While it may seem tempting to cut corners financially, a professionally put together showreel will go a long way in helping you to win over a prospective employer.
If you’re ready to get serious about this then look into a professional showreel course that will teach you all the things you need to know about producing a high quality and professional showreel. These courses are typically taught by awarding winning professionals who still work in the industry.

5. Just be yourself!

This might seem like an obvious one but with so much pressure to ‘market’ and ‘promote’ your personal brand to casting directors you might forget to convey a sense of who you are and where you excel.
Our advice is to make sure that YOU shine though!

6. The golden rule; sometimes less is more

While it’s tempting to include everything you’re proud of make sure your showreel remains powerful by cutting anything that isn’t right. There’s no hard rile here, but as a general rule of thumb try to showcase your talent in two minutes or less.

Ready to get started on your acting showreel? Speak to Screenwise today about our showreel courses.

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