Why do Actors Need a Showreel?
One of the most effective tools you can have in your arsenal as an actor is a showreel. For many, this will be the first look casting directors have of your performance – a chance to put the name to a face, a CV to a skill, and a look at their new potential cast member. Our team has put together a few tips if you are looking at your new showreel to be ready for the industry return.
Make sure you have permission! Just because you are in a production, does not automatically mean you can use the clip. Before filming, check in your contract or ask the production company if you can use the material for a showreel. Most production companies are happy to comply, but it may take some friendly reminders after the shoot for your copy. Be patient – a good quality clip is always worth it. And please – make sure whatever you use is of a good audio and visual quality. No filming off of another screen or shaky home movies!
Start small and build with what you have. TIt is also best to stay away from recreating well know scenes, as it may be used in comparison to the original Taking your showreel into your own hands can be empowering as well as necessary. If you lack the confidence however, there are service available to help film and edit a professional showreel, such help you can find here.
Your showreel will be a great asset to your acting career. Be sure to keep it up-to-date and use these tips to help make a strong first impression with casting directors!
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As found on the official website for the festival Festival Director Cíntia Gil says "This year’s programme brings together various cinematic and narrative forms, landscapes, human existences and ways of expression. It reflects on our contemporary world through its present and its past, and a multitude of sensibilities. The crisis we are living now point, and not for the first time, to the systemic failure of institutions and nations, and their need to be equitable in their capacities to give respect to life, freedom and care. It has given us an acute sense of what needs to change and a desire for stronger bonds between us. This programme is our contribution to that: it comes from a collective effort to resist hegemonic views over cinema and its relation to the world and to our lives. It represents multiple conversations we want to continue in the near future, through different programmes and forms."
You can find this year's line-up here to find your next favourite documentary and find out more on how to view the VoD opportunities.
Films for Pride Month
Though Pride Parades may be postponed this year due to Covid-19, there are many ways that creatives have come together to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community. Over the years, film has been one of the greatest story tellers of how equality and pride. Withe June being Pride Month, IPM's team have put together some of our favourite films celebrating and bringing awareness of equality to LGBTQ+
God's Own Country
Of course we want to start our list with a film based, filmed and cast in Yorkshire! Johnny Saxby (Josh O'Connor) works long hours in brutal isolation on his family's remote farm in the north of England. He numbs the daily frustration of his lonely existence with nightly binge-drinking at the local pub and casual sex. When a handsome Romanian migrant worker (Alec Secareanu) arrives to take up temporary work on the family farm, Johnny suddenly finds himself having to deal with emotions he has never felt before. An intense relationship forms between the two which could change Johnny's life forever.
With a cast like Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton and Dominic West, Pride is another UK production inspired by an extraordinary true story. In the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers' families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes them even stronger.
The tender, heartbreaking story of a young man's struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love, while grappling with his own sexuality. Moonlight won best picture for the Academy Awards and Golden Globe, becoming the first film with an all-black cast and the first LGBTQ related film to win.
Simon is yet to tell his family or friends he's gay and he doesn't actually know the identity of the anonymous classmate he's fallen for online. Resolving both issues proves hilarious, terrifying and life-changing for Simon. Directed by Greg Berlanti (Riverdale, The Flash, Supergirl), written by Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger (This is Us), and based on Becky Albertalli's acclaimed novel, LOVE, SIMON is a funny and heartfelt coming-of-age story about finding yourself and falling in love.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Set in 1993 after teenage Cameron Post (Chloë Grace Moretz) is caught in the backseat of a car with the prom queen, she is sent away to a treatment centre in a remote area called God's Promise. While she is being subjected to questionable gay conversion therapies, she bonds with some fellow residents as they pretend to go along with the process while waiting to be released.
There are of course many great films on LGBTQ+, some shout outs go to Blue is the Warmest Colour, Carol, The Birdcage, Milk and many, many more! What are some of your favourite LGBTQ+ films that you suggest for Pride Month?
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