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Reels

Postby ejbrammer » May 19th, 2011, 4:43 pm

Do you have a reel of your acting work?
If you got it in Austin, where did you get it?
What makes a reel good?

So many questions. Thanks for your input!
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Postby Spots » May 19th, 2011, 6:07 pm

Elizabeth, I will try to avoid generalizations:

It depends entirely on what kinds of roles you are attracting.

If you fancy yourself a principal, focus on the dynamic between the performers in the overall scene. Pick only 2 or 3 really compelling scenes. Stick to "the meat" of your performance chops. Choose scenes that provide dramatic context for the audience.

If you fancy yourself a character actor, a showcase of all your various scenes in little pieces will demostrate your ability to mix it up & perform in a variety of situations. Create a montage of your work. Context is NOT important in this situation.

I think most actors make the mistake of trying to do both. They want the best of both worlds and end up with an inexcusably long actor's reel. Remember that casting directors work with great volumes of submissions. So keep it short & sweet. Try to be concise and make a longer lasting impression with your reel.

Most editors are technically proficient but they may miss the overall goal of your reel. What you hope to convey. So it's OK to give them specific clips and tell them what you hope to express with them. Ideally, the actor would whip together a reel for each specific audition. (ie: you can create a principal reel & a character reel, and submit whichever one is appropriate for the audition.)
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