Once you’ve decided on what you want your showreel to accomplish, the next decision you need to make is what kind of format will best suit this. That could mean making:
- A general showreel, including clips of different film projects edited together or
- Individual showreels for each of your film projects, showcasing a specific collection of skills
For example, directors will likely suit the second option as you’re able to really show off the purpose and narrative of each project, instead of forcing unrelated content to come together. Similarly, if there are two core genres you want to work in – say, dance music videos and nature documentaries – that stylistically do not mix well together, it might make more sense to create two distinct showreels.
However, if you work across lots of complementary areas – for example art, fashion and travel – with some clever editing, you may be able to combine your talents in one showreel that feels like a natural mix of themes.
Whichever route you take, you’ll have to be ruthless about what you include – and tailor your showreel according to the intended audience or type of project you’re most interested in exploring. This way you can get specific about showing the skills and examples of existing work that best reflect the opportunity you’re pursuing.