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Top Tips for a Rockin' Reel

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Accelerated Artist LOVES Kristina Latour, of Latour de Force Productions! She specializes in producing high-quality, custom performance, BRAND Centric reels + clips for film and TV.  Knowing just how important it is for actors to have quality content to showcase who they are and what they do, we sat down with Kristina and asked her a few questions about how to get after some GREAT material for your marketing arsenal. Here's what she had to say:

Top Tips for a Rockin’ Reel!

1.) If an actor has lots and lots of footage, how does she decide which scenes to choose? Do she have to pick out scenes herself or do leave all up to the editor?

The reel process between actor and editor is indeed a collaborative effort. It’s a great help (to you both), to come prepared with ideas of what scenes you feel strongly about to include, so they can best represent you and your brand.  This is way better than bringing ALL of your clips, old VHSs, and films, and sliding them across the table, with the anticipation that the editor will sift through it all.

2.) What’s the best way for an actor to start his reel, so that it captures the attention of the viewer?

The best way to capture your viewer’s attention is to start by putting your best foot forward. For example, this is your reel, not the celebrity’s, who you may be sharing a scene with. They probably already have a reel, and probably don’t need one at the moment. So make sure to start it off with the scene starting (and ending, if possible) on you is the best way to put the spotlight on you! Sometimes when viewing reels, it can be unclear as to who we should be looking at, and you want it to be crystal clear for the folks you’re trying to impress with your acting talent.

3.) How long should an actor’s reel be? And can it include a cool flashy montage?

Back in the ‘good ‘ol days’, montages and 5 min. scenes were the all the rage! However, now, the time it takes an agent/director/casting director to view that ‘cool flashy montage’, can be very valuable to industry folks, who have a myriad of headshots and reels to sift through when casting their projects. But, now that it’s 2014 (what?!), and not 1994, (when Backstage used to be an actual newspaper), it’s best to captivate your audience as soon as possible.

4.) What if an actor has some scenes where the quality isn’t that good, can they still be used?

It depends. You want your reel to look clean and professional, with the best quality and audio, which is why you would hire an editor to make it that way.  While an editor can indeed make some adjustments and enhancements, some of those clips with the shaky camera and not-so-great sound quality may be better used for personal enjoyment, rather than a professional reel.

5.) If an actor comes to you for your services, can she get a reel updated with new footage?

Absolutely! Your rockin’ reel will always be kept on file so that you can update as often as you need to!

  

For more info and to book a session CLICK HERE to go to Kristina's website!

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