I just edited myself an actual reel, I posted a clip earlier but this actually contains three different things instead of one long scene. I took your advice and trimmed the scene I used down, but added another section from the same short. It's unlisted now since I have no idea if it's good or not:
Feedback? I also added a hosting clip of me at the end, figured it showed a different side of me...
Also, I was recently a part of a fun multi-camera style short film but it was given to me in footage that was MUCH less high quality than these clips (which are all HD), so I decided against using them, even though it was a great short. Is that the right decision? I figured poor quality clips are never worth using since they lower the professionalism of your whole reel.
With the first scene, who exactly are you saying the monologue to? It just seems too presentational and too premeditated especially with the unnecessary upward inflexions. And the production quality of that scene doesn't look as strong as the car scene.
The car scene is too long and no one will ever get to that hosting clip anyways.
When you last posted, I made a suggestion on how to cut down that car scene to a clip. The 45 seconds that I narrowed it down to is all you need. There are some parts in the whole scene where is mostly the other guy.
You want your stuff concise.
Actually, start it with the phone call for help and then follow it with the condensed version of the car scene that I suggested earlier.
The condensed version starts with "look at me, stay with me" and ends with "universe"
Yeah, that monologue thing was shot by my sister and it didn't turn out the best...it's hard to perform sitting on a bed to your sister. I agree about the unnecessary upward inflections...*cringe*
But, you don't think I should include the "I'm sorry, I wish it was like 300..."?
I feel like that's the most emotionally charged part of the whole thing, but I'm terrible at judging my own performances so..yeah.
I'm not feeling the "300" part. If you combine the phone call with the section I suggested, it'd make a good stand alone clip for your actorsaccess
Hey Kimmy -- nice reel, some good moments. My 2c would be to trim it considerably. The opening isn't quite that strong either.
Hope it helps!
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I'm sorry that I don't know much about reels and I cannot give you any valid feedback, but The Fault in Our Stars!! That must have been such an exciting project to work on :]
Kill the first scene and lead with the best stuff first. Take the good stuff and chop it down to its best moments. The reel could be shorter and more concise. You definitely have great moments in your acting that you could lift up from that footage and make into a powerful reel. Good luck!
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