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What Should Be On Every Actor’s Demo Reel?
By Natalia Tamzoke | Posted July 29, 2010, 2:46 p.m.
Your demo reel is your commercial. With it, you hope to convince the viewers that you, the featured product, are the one they should spend their money on. It needs to be fast, short, sweet, and to the point.
The chief purpose of a demo reel, besides displaying raw talent, is creating an emotional response that encourages the producer to hire you. Since you only get one chance to make a first impression, make sure it’s the best you’ve got.
In a perfect world, the material should consist of great quality clips from professional productions, such as feature films or network television. New actors with little to no experience and limited footage of themselves should try to act in student films. Most of these acting jobs are nonpaying, but you gain great on-set experience. In return for working for free, you also get a copy of the finished product for your reel.
Two to five scenes of various length (and range in acting) is ideal for a full demo reel. One great scene could very well be enough and can get you noticed if it’s good enough. Shoot for less than three minutes in length for an entire reel, including a montage (if you have one). The montage itself should run a maximum of 10 to 30 seconds.
Once they’ve narrowed down the choice of actors, there are occasions when producers and directors use demo reels as tiebreakers. Camera presence, personality, command, style, attitude, consistency, versatility, and experience in front of the camera are all scrutinized, until one actor comes out the winner. The acting can’t be improved in the edit bay. Therefore, make sure the technical aspects of the reel are top-notch. Make sure the footage is color-corrected and the audio is normalized.
If you insist on having menus on your DVD reel, make sure your editor authors the DVD in such a way that it starts to play your main reel automatically once inserted into the DVD player, without having to press any extra buttons. Once the reel is over, it should land on the main menu, where the viewers have the option to replay what they just saw or view other content available. A main menu featuring your headshot and contact info is a nice touch. You want to make it easy for them to get hold of you, don’t you?
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