One of my specialities is creating professional actor showreels, which are compelling and engaging. I can re-edit your existing showreel or create a showreel from scratch. This enables actors to better promote their acting and credentials and abilities.
Here is an example I did for Jamie Kenna who's showreel helped him get a top agent and more work.
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Why am I not getting any auditions?
I probably get asked this 20 times a week! Invariably it could be down to your marketing and perhaps your agent. However, I have to defend agents. If you have a bona fide agent it is probably not just down to them.
If you are on spotlight and your headshots are all good, what is your acting showreel like? Have you even got a showreel?
If you don't have anything by way of an actors showreel, you are going to be taking a backseat in this business, both in getting work and even getting an agent.
Having a good showreel is vital nowadays, but it really needs to be a good one showing your casting type and ability. It doesn't have to look like a feature film though! Actors get far too hooked up on this. Whilst acting showreels need to look well shot with excellent sound, casting directors know it's a showreel and need to see how you look and sound on film. After all, does a self tape look like a feature film?! No!
"I had no hesitation in giving Mark my repeat business where I assigned him with the task of re-editing and updating the outstanding showreel he produced for me 4 years ago. After an initial consultation where ideas on what new material was worthy of inclusion, what would be dropped etc, were discussed; I left all the hard work in Mark’s capable hands. Once again Mark has come up with the goods; equalling or even surpassing the 2012 showreel was never going to be easy; Mark, I feel, has achieved this, which is no mean feat. I was so pleased with the edit of my latest showreel and the effort that Mark put in; I was delighted to gift Mark a well earned bonus on top of his, what I consider, very reasonable fees."
"Mark is a fabulous editor. He gave me some great advice every step of the way of editing my reel. He knows exactly what the casting directors and directors want to see in an actors reel. Two days after it was edited, I got a top TV audition. Highly recommend."
I don't have any footage at all... What do I do?
Create a bespoke shot from scratch reel. I can help you with this. I have created a number of bespoke shot from scratch showreel scenes for actors. There are those who will say, one shouldn't do this. I have never met a CD or Director who has said that though. In fact I know many top casting directors who would say why on earth not?!
However, if you have a bad bespoke showreel, then of course that will go against you. I only write very simple everyday original scripts. Remember, the caster is looking for you and whether you suit the role they are looking to fill. They are not looking for the film maker's Hollywood skills or fancy special FX, and neither do they need complicated scripts. They are simply looking at your casting type and do you match it, and of course, can you act. It really is that simple.
Myself and my team will create great looking scenes with great sound. I am an experienced director as well as an actor. I will make certain to get the very best of you and your casting type too.
Should I be doing student films for showreel footage?
If I had a pound for every client who has told me they did a great role in a student film, but are still awaiting the footage.... I would be pretty wealthy by now! Or... I have the footage, but the sound is rubbish etc etc... believe me, I have heard it all!
However, I have also been able to use some very good student film clips the actors have bought me, but I would say on the whole, it is rare to get really usable footage from the average student film and it can be a very long wait. If you do a student film always make sure you are going to get a copy of your scenes for me to edit into your showreel. In fact... it should form part of your agreement with the students.
If you would like to find out more or arrange for your own showreel to be created, please call or email me and I'll be happy to help!
Oh..and you only have to pay me once you have your completed reel.