I recently took the opportunity to email out to a few casting directors to find out some real answers about what they want to see in a demo reel. Let's call these the "reel deal" answers, haha.
Here are some quotes I got back:
"No longer than 2 minutes."
"I want different content for different projects. Different projects require different things and often one has nothing to do with the other. The truth is, I’ll know within 2 seconds if I want to keep watching."
"Get some good stuff and share it briefly. Anything more than two minutes had better include some extraordinary footage beginning to end. It's like a long monologue - they're not useful. Either you're able to grab us in the opening sentences or the additional 2+ minutes are not going to help. Show us an efficient, quality opening and let us get back to our business of deciding if you're right for the casting at hand."
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