Choosing a video editor
When you decide to have a showreel put together, you’ll find there are lots of companies and individuals offering editing services. As an actor, you’ll need an editor who understand you and your industry. Some things to think about when making a decision:
How much experience does the editor have? Anyone can download Final Cut and call themselves an editor. It’s important that you choose someone who has worked in the industry professionally. They need to know how to cut drama, they know how to deliver media, they know the right formats for uploading to YouTube and Vimeo. You need to see examples of their work.
Do they understand acting and actors? Having an editor who is also in the industry - as an actor or director for example - is a huge benefit when putting together a showreel. They’ll be able to help you choose moments in your performances that best showcase your strengths and talents, and they’ll be able to skillfully trim scenes to focus on you while keeping your intentions and performance foremost.
Are they able to turn your video around quickly? It’s important your showreel is kept up-to-date and that means that if you finish work on a project, you want to know your editor can update your showreel quickly and efficiently without you having to wait weeks. They need to be able to stick to deadlines and deliver what they promise.
Are they prepared to work with you to keep your reel up-to-date? Working with a professional editor means they will keep backup copies of your reel and associated footage, and be able to update your reel for you
What are they like to work with? Most of all, you need to work with an editor who understands what you’re trying to achieve. Someone who can sit down with you and help you bring out the best in your performance, without judgement or bias.
The Reel Scene video editing services
At The Reel Scene, we only work with industry professionals. We’re proud to offer video and showreel editing services led by Lucas Young, who has been working in the industry since 1995 and has a wide range of experience, from being an editor at Television New Zealand, to working with Peter Jackson at Weta Digital on Lord of the Rings, to shooting and editing a number of his own short films. At The Reel Scene, Lucas has worked on and recut a number of showreels amd sizzle reels for high profile actors including Asa Butterfield, Steve North and David Schaal.
At The Reel Scene we work with you to showcase your best performances and put together a punchy reel that will impress, and go a long way towards scoring you that next acting job.