PREPARING MY DEMO REEL
THE CLIPS YOU CHOOSE
Pick your favorite clips of yourself. Please limit
these to your favorite 15 clips. Remember, all of your material
will have to be edited down to no more than 5 minutes, and ideally
around 3 minutes.
When sorting through your material, there are a few things to know. If
you are lucky enough to have any footage of a scene with a famous
actor, or someone recognizable, please include this. If you
do not have that, the most important thing is to try to pick clips
that show your range as an actor. The reel is about showing
what you do that makes you different from everybody else. Second
to that, you should know that anything that was shot on 35mm, 16mm,
HD Cam, and 24P will visually have the best production value and
Now, here is the great part about our services. Sometimes you might
find yourself in the situation where you feel you have a great acting
performance, but very bad production value, or the scene moves so
slowly, you have no idea if it’s good or not. It’s
oftentimes difficult to have perspective on yourself when it comes
to this. Also you may be an actor who is just putting
your reel together and has a couple of student films and not a lot
of material to choose from. You may think that the footage
is unusable for various reasons. BRING IT IN ANYWAY. We
can re-edit that material and make lemonade from what seems to be
lemons. We have had so many clients think their footage is
unusable and then walk away thrilled.
Please see remaining technical notes below.
SINGING/PERFORMING/SPECIALTY ACT REEL
Please bring in a maximum of your 20 favorite clips. If
you have very short little bits (under 15 seconds) you would like
to include, please add those to the ones you bring in.
If you have a trademark song or bit, you should include this.
If you have any TV appearances, please bring all of those in.
If you have any quotes from famous, recognizable people, please
have them written down and bring them in as well.
If you have any footage with a two or three camera shoot, please
include this as it has great production value.
See remaining technical notes below.
It is best to discuss the specifics of this over the phone. The most
important thing to know is that these need to be even shorter than your average
reel. Ideally, they should be no more than 3 minutes, but you will want
to pack those 3 minutes with footage to wow them.
SPECIFICS OF THE TECHNICAL SIDE
DVDs are easily and quickly fast forwarded. Just know
thoroughly and exactly where your clips come in relation to the rest
of the DVD. It is best to write everything down.
We can work with pretty much all digital files, but prefer .mov or .mpeg (video) and .wav, .mp4, or .aif files (audio). If items have to be pulled from the web, this can be achieved most of the time, but can be more time consuming for the editor.
For Singers, if you have any CDs of your music, please pick your favorite 5 songs of yourself.
For Singers/Performers/Specialty Acts, please include up to 30 publicity photos of yourself, if you have them.