Do you need a showreel?
At Nostairway we have made countless showreels for all kinds of different talent. These include reels for our voiceover artists, presenters, actors and actresses. We think they’re important for artists to have in order to send to casting directors and showcase their style and work.
What is a showreel?
Generally, the showreels are a montage of work displaying different styles and genres that the actor can bring to a project. They can either choose what they want included themselves, or have us do it for them! Then we edit it together and add some snazzy music to compliment it and there we have a valuable tool for our actors when they are trying to source work.
A showreel is a vital tool for anyone working in the film and television industry. It’s a short compilation of your best work, which you can use to showcase your talent and skills to potential employers. If you’re an actor, it’s a great way to show off your range; if you’re a cinematographer, it’s a chance to demonstrate your visual style; and if you’re a producer, it’s an opportunity to highlight your ability to develop and execute creative concepts.
Whatever your role, a well-made showreel can be the difference between getting your foot in the door or being left on the cutting room floor. So if you’re serious about working in film and television, make sure you’ve got a showreel that really shows what you can do.
We think the shorter the better when it comes to showreels. We imagine a casting director skimming through hundreds of reels and want to make sure that they see ours through to the end and don’t get bored. This means quick and seamless transitions, short excerpts of work and lively and engaging music. They obviously don’t make much sense narratively, but we do need to make sure that the dialogue is full sentences and not too choppy!
Take a look at our showreels.
When you’re planning to make your first one, it’s important to look at plenty of examples so you know what to include. A good one should be around two minutes long and feature a selection of your best work. Make sure you choose pieces that showcase your range and highlight your strengths. It’s also important to use a variety of camera angles and shots so the reel is interesting to watch. If you’re not sure where to start, there are plenty of online resources that can help you put together a professional reel. With a little effort, you can create a showreel that will help you land your dream job.
Here is our own which displays some of our creative video production work, we hope you make it to the end.
They are also useful for voice actors. And here is an example of a voiceover reel, this one is slightly different as it has visuals. Normally we would do an audio track and it would be far shorter – we aim for less than a minute with voiceover reels.
You can check out some of our voice-over talent HERE and have a look at their voice-reels.
So, what is the point in getting one? Well it’s useful for artists to have an accessible overview of their work. They look quite nice, especially when they’re made by us… And they give a good and quick impression of your work and potential to employers.