So you want to get a new showreel. Great. A showreel is an actors most valuable tool in booking film, TV and commercial auditions. You want a showreel that showcases your strength as an actor and gets you in the audition room. If you want to learn more about creating a great showreel, check out our article on making a great showreel. If you’re based in Sydney and looking for a great new reel here are our local recommendations…
Best Showreel Companies in Sydney
#1 JJ Splice
There was a period after graduating drama school where every weekend a friend of mine was getting a reel filmed by JJ Splice. And there was a good reason for that. They produce high quality, professional reels for an affordable price. The company is headed up by feature film director Dean Francis, who places a strong emphasis on great acting. I think this element is often overlooked in showreel production. Companies are so focused on making the reel look and sound good that they forget to focus on the acting.
#2 Actor’s Caravan
The Actor’s Caravan was started by actors. This is always a good sign when it comes to reels. Most companies come from a film making background, and though you want your showreel to look great, the acting is the priority.
The Actor’s Caravan offer really affordable reels and they help at all stages of the process. Definitely worth checking them out.
#3 StageMilk ShowReels
The StageMilk team is all based in Sydney. And we have noticed that there aren’t a lot of affordable showreel companies here in Sydney. Though the ones we’ve listed here are all amazing, some are quite expensive. That’s why we decided to try to help out by offering affordable showreels for actors. If you want to learn more about our reels shoot me an email: [email protected]
Learn more: Sydney Showreel Packages
Choosing a Showreel Company
I recommend checking out all the companies we have listed here. Watch at least 3 of their reels before making up your mind and look into the company. Ask friends who have worked with them. Then meet up with the team and see how you get along. You want to feel comfortable working with the director. That’s when you’ll do your best work.
We recently put together an article on showreel alternatives and we discuss two much more affordable options:
Film with scene a friend
Do you have a film-making friend? Well, you should. Get together with some mates and film your own scene. Learning more about film making will be invaluable in your acting career. You keep creative control and you can probably get a really great end product, depending on how good your friends are.
Shoot a self tape
If you haven’t got much, or any, professional work, and can’t afford a filmed reel you need to look at filming a self tape. More and more agents are actually pushing for these sort of showreels. The benefit is that a self tape places the focus on the acting. Learn more about filming a self tape.