An attention-grabbing showreel can be one of best ways for you to put your video work out there. Whether you shoot weddings, commercials, narrative films, or wildlife, putting together a short, visually appealing montage of your best work is essential for your clients to see your abilities and quality.
These five showreels show off more than just technical ability. They combine beautiful imagery, compelling and varied subject matter, great music, and are edited in ways that display trends and storytelling ability. If you’re in the process of putting together a new showreel (or even your first one), here is why you need to look no further than these examples for great inspiration.
If you haven’t seen any of Salomon Ligthelm’s work, do yourself a favor and visit his Vimeo channel. He is a source of inspiration for filmmakers and musicians alike as he is a contributor to Film Supply for stock footage and Music Bed for his original music compositions. This, his most recent showreel, is spectacular in showing off his versatility as a filmmaker, yet it all stays true to his style of a raw, degraded film look.
Ed Reiss displays some great creative concepts in his 2016 showreel. His song choice allows the dynamic introduction of slow motion, which is contrasted against some energetic content and fast-paced cuts. The edit in general is paced well, as it doesn’t feel too rushed or too slow, which is not always easy to achieve when balancing shots of contrasting energy.
This showreel is balanced so well between broody cinematic content and what might possibly be standard corporate content. Severin Strauss introduces some great aerial shots with nice inclusions of what looks like Hitchcock-effect hyperlapses and finishes it all off with a great-looking color grade.
Mauri D. Galiano
This epic, fast-paced showreel covers a wide variety of content and locations. Mauri D. Galiano displays great use of light in both interior and exterior locations and shows dynamic use of camera movement (including the drone footage) to cover often quickly moving subjects.
Alan Nogues introduces intrigue and suspense with his choice of music. His use of well-graded, vibrant color and slow motion in portraying a multitude of interesting environments and characters (including macro nature shots) aids in grabbing the viewer's attention. The eclectic montage is beautifully arranged and displays Nogues’ well-rounded technical abilities.
If you have enjoyed these showreels and would like to see more of a similar quality, PremiumBeat has a curated list of showreels and demo reels on Vimeo, which include VFX and motion graphics too.