The Business of Showreels

It’s been a long year and I’ve finally got round to making myself a showreel to showcase all the fun and hard work.

I’ve come across numerous sites that ask for a showreel (Stage32, IdeasTap, MFJIF, to name a few), however it always seemed simpler just to link previous examples of work. Of course, no one (except from the non-existent avid fan) is going to troll through all your videos and seek out why you’re good at what you do. So, yes, showreels are a great way to slosh this all together in the neatest form possible.

But! After chopping up all my work and putting it into a wonderful montage, I somehow find that it begins to look not so wonderful, but rather peculiar. From a fish, to a garden, to a river, to a church, the juxtaposition of content may be a little overboard for the casual viewer. You try to make the images sync in some metaphoric or technical way, though what it boils down to is a feast from Vsevolod Pudovkin’s table. The montage begins to look and feel like a piece in itself, if done well. This wasn’t my primary goal however, I just fancied someone being able to capture an overview of my content without the drool. Though, if you feel that my edit passes at standing as a sufficient piece of work in itself, and something that can be viewed with meaning, then please do let me know how and why!

Next, I decided to check up on the most beneficial places to host your showreel. I believe this just depends on what social networks you use and where your social capital lies. I’ve narrowed down a top 5: Vimeo (because anyone who cares about moving-images should use it), Shooting People (because it’s truly wonderful for filmmakers), Stage32 (likewise), IdeasTap (it’s growing on me) and CreativeCOW (it hosts some great showreels). NOT Youtube.

I have wholly focused on showreels for filmmakers/videographers in this blog post, however I’ve spent the last few days watching an almighty number of actor showreels (in preparation for casting a short film). Some are almightily amusing and others intensely impressive. I guess the method for actors making showreels lies in the same vain as filmmakers and any artist alike. It seems that everyone is trying to get a showreel out there, even if it does contain shaky footage of the backyard. However, the range of showreels on the web, the diversity and sheer mass of talent is certainly something to welcome with open arms. Calling all editors: there’s got to be a gap in the market for editing showreels, in particular actors who probably won’t have editing skills themselves.

Anyway, enough talking about showreels. Oh wait… do you call them demo reels? Is it spelt as one word? Meh…

Below are mine if you like rapidly spliced videos.

My Directing Showreel:

CRB Films Showreel: