I create showreels from scratch for actors.
I have been developing reels for actors since 2008. The process begins with us meeting (in person or on Zoom), and then I write your scenes.
I have produced showreels from scratch for drama schools such as Guildhall (2016, 2017) and Arts Ed (2020).
I pride myself on producing exactly what each actor needs to showcase their talents. I write unique and original scenes for EVERY showreel. EVERY SCRIPT I shoot is original material, written for my clients.
My focus, as a director of showreels, is to create nuanced, natural scenes. The key to a strong showreel is believability. Natural performances are more important to me than flashy camera moves.
I am also in regular contact with casting directors. They are the crucial audience member for showreels — so it’s crucial I get the work right. You can read my recent interview with Emmy Award Winning Casting Director Chase Paris here.
I am based in East London, but can also travel across the UK and Europe. Your scripts will be original – created solely to capture what makes your acting talents shine.
An interview filmed in September 2021 for the website Film Forums, where I discuss the art of actor showreels – full of tips, advice and ideas!
I write across numerous genres and styles, but my own personal style is to go for the more subtle, nuanced moments – as opposed to lots of screaming and shouting.
In my opinion, it is this kind of material that allows actors to shine – and shows casting directors who you are.
Perhaps the most important of them all. A showreel is personal. As I am creating it FOR YOU, it is essential for me to get to know you. On a simple level, we need to know that we’ll collaborate well together – when you click creatively with someone, you just know it. After that, we get down to the world of figuring out what types of scenes would work for you. What would suit you? What is your casting? What would push you to show the best of your abilities? That’s for us to figure out together in the meeting. Tea/Coffee will OF COURSE be provided.
After we’ve agreed to work together; and I’m armed with the knowledge of knowing who you are and what you are, you can then leave me alone – safe in the knowledge I’m working on your scripts. When the words are flowing, this will happen in a number of days. If the juices aren’t flowing, it can be a couple of weeks. But I won’t send you scripts until I am confident they are strong and useful to you as an actor.
Sometimes a script won’t click with you. That’s fine – I am happy to write a few extra. I want you to be doing three scenes that you’re happy with and excited about.
We shoot your reel. This is where the real fun happens. Even though the material is ‘for a showreel’, you are still getting a true on set experience. What we do matters – to your career and to mine too. We are still making art and it’s important that we do the work to the best of our abilities. I can provide locations and we will have plenty of time on the shoot day to run lines, rehearse, and do multiple takes. You’re not going to feel rushed and I’ll work hard to make sure that filming is a pleasurable, exciting, and non-stressful experience. I believe actors do their best work when they feel creative and clear; filming can and should be joyful.
After the filming day; you get to relax but I’ll be getting down to work on the edit. Edits are completed two to three weeks after the filming date. I’ll splice your scenes together into a unique edit that showcases the best of you and the scenes. Then I’ll privately upload a link so you can view the reel. Hopefully, you’ll love it. Or maybe you’ll have some thoughts or suggestions – then I’ll finish up the reel and you’ll have your brand new showreel.
I write scenes specifically tailored to your abilities and casting type. My goal is to create the material you wish you’d amassed from independent and student films but were never able to.
There are certain roles you can play that totally suit your look and abilities, and they’re going to be your most direct route to being a working actor. I try to focus on what that is, and then build scenes around what suits you naturally.
My office is in South Woodford, East London.
We chat! You tell me a bit about what you’ve done previously and what you’d like to do. I’m like a showreel therapist, trying to work out what has been missing and what you need to have a fully functioning, healthy showreel!
You will be offered a tea or a coffee. Teas include: black, green, lemon and ginger and fruit teas. Non-dairy milk is also available upon request.
Just bring yourself and we’ll figure it all out.
Potentially yes, but in my experience this works better as a solo investment where we focus entirely on you. You might decide to bring other actors in to be in the scenes, but I’d recommend focusing on it being about you.
Not entirely sure why it is, and maybe it’s something to do with my own methods, but when actors chop the costs in half and share a scene in that way, it rarely seems to work as well. It’s not always best to kill two birds with one stone; I'd recommend coming to me when you can afford to make it all about you as an individual actor.
The latest prices are displayed above.
Half at the beginning, half after the filming day. (Except for online showreel scenes, where payment is taken in full, up front)
I would say that what I do is very specific. I write all the scenes myself and I personally will be the guy directing you.
The key strengths of my work are the writing, and also my comfortableness in directing actors and making them feel relaxed on the set. There are other showreel companies who shoot on bigger cameras and go for a more cinematic look; whereas my process is directly focused on writing you scenes and then directing your performance to make you highly employable.
Sometimes things just don’t click. We all have different ways of working and if, after our initial meeting, or perhaps as we begin the script stage, if things aren’t flowing between us, sometimes it’s best to have a hasty but polite break-up. It’s rare but it happens.
At the time of writing, this is an ever changing situation. When you get in touch we will discuss what our options are and when it will be possible to film.
It comes from meeting you and getting to know you a little. The scripts are tailored to suit you but also, I am creating characters which it is your job to embody. So it’s not always about making everything easy and simple for you. It still takes work to find the character.
I write all of the scenes that I shoot. If you want to use your own material I recommend working with literally any company aside from mine because, so far as I’m aware, they’ll be happy to shoot whatever material you bring to them.
If a scene I’ve written doesn’t work for you, then email me back your thoughts/concerns, and I’ll address them. If you’re feeling the need to change the script that’s usually a sign that a) you’re not understanding part of it, or b) You feel insecure about the delivery/performance of it, c) I’ve written a bad script.
If I’ve written a bad script, then the way to fix it isn’t to rewrite it, we’ll ditch it and I’ll work harder on the next one.
Either way! I’m lucky in that, having been doing this for so long, I am surrounded by fantastic actor friends. Likewise, if I write something and you think it’s perfectly suited to your friend, then by all mean let’s use them.
Almost certainly in East London, I can sort the location. That being said, if you have access to a killer location, let me know!
We can but I mostly don’t. There are so many possible things that get in the way — wind, rain, random people, noise — which makes outdoor filming about so much more than the acting. My preference is indoors. The key thing with a showreel is; how is your acting in a close up?
If you can get permission. But it needs to be before opening/after closing and we need to be able to control the environment, which is not always as easy as it seems.
On average about 1.5 hours per scene.
Yes, absolutely! For me that’s the whole point! Sometimes I meet actors who’ve shot with showreel companies and they say they didn’t get any direction at all – and that really infuriates me!
I love working with actors and I will work hard to bring out a strong performance in you.
When we finish filming, I go away and edit it! Then I show you a rough edit, and if you’re happy, I send you the file. If there’s something you’re not sure of, we’ll talk it through and see if we need something else from the rushes.
Sure, send it to me before I start the editing process! I can only edit from finished products, not from other filmmaker’s lazily unfinished rushes!
I’ll do the first one which is what I think your reel should be.
Then if there are any issues, I’ll do one edit to correct it.
I send you the file then you’re free to upload it to Spotlight, Mandy, Youtube and wherever else!