FAQ

Please see below for answers to our frequently asked showreel questions

Where are you based/where do you film showreel scenes?
We're based in London and shoot most of our scenes within the London area. Sometimes we film outside of London, but this is something that we can talk about if you chose to work with us. 

*If you have your own location ideas and this happens to be outside of tube travel (Zones 1 - 5) in London, or a specific location requires a taxi at any point in order to get our equipment to you, then we will ask for that portion of the travel to be covered. 

Who is my point-of-contact for showreel enquiries?

You can email us though the 'bookings' page on the drop-down menu, or you can contact my assistant Sarah at sarah@self-tape.co.uk to enquire about our showreel services.

Who is Sarah?

Sarah manages all of our showreel bookings and enquiries, including taking bookings and securing a date, sourcing locations, finding appropriate scene partners and also offers a bespoke script writing service if you require an original scene written specifically for you. You'll work closely with Sarah during your preparation for filming. 

How long does showreel filming take?

This depends on how many scenes you chose to film in one day. We allow up to 3 hours shooting time per scene, which includes rehearsal and blocking. So if you're shooting 2 scenes in one day, expect the day to last between 6-7 hours including travel time between locations.

 

What time do we start filming?

Filming usually begins at 10:00AM for a 1-scene or 2-scene day. For a 3-scene day, filming can begin as early as 8am.

 

How many scenes can be shot in one day?

We shoot up to 3 scenes per day. On 3-scene days, we often start early to allow enough time for filming. 

 

Can I shoot 2 scenes in one day, and another scene another day? 

Yes you can. If you want to split a 3-scene showreel package into two days, there is an extra £50 charge. The extra £50 covers expenses for videographer and boom operator for an extra day of hire. 

 

Do you write the scenes for me?

Yes, this is a service that we provide. Custom-written showreel scenes start from just £30 per scene and you will work closely with our writer, Sarah during the whole process to ensure you get the scene you're after!

Can I provide my own scene(s)?

Yes of course. When you provide your own scenes, we will look at the them and make sure that they are no more than 1.5 pages long.  

Do you find locations for me?

Yes, we sort the locations for you. The locations that we use will suit the scenes that you are filming. Each location is carefully considered and will meet the scene requirements. 

Do you film period scenes?

Yes we do - You'll see a few of our recent period drama scenes under the 'Showreels' section on this site. 

Do you provide costumes?

No, we don't provide costumes. You will be required to provide your clothing/costumes that are appropriate to the scene. 

Do you provide props? 

No. All props are you be provided by the actors in the scene. 

How many actors can I have in one scene?

You can have a maximum of three actors per scene. But bear in mind that the scene will still need to be 1.5 pages long in script format, so having 3 actors in one scene could dilute how much screen-time you have. 

Do you have a make-up artist?

No. If you need a make-up artist to be with you on the day of the shoot, this will need to be something that you provide yourself - however, we can provide recommendations. 

Are you able to provide other actors for me? 

Yes, we are able to source other actors for you need. We make sure that the actors we cast are appropriate for the scene and have screen experience. You can also ask around yourself, or get other actor friends to be in the scenes with you. You can even split the cost! 

How long after filming does it take to edit the scenes? 

After filming, there is a 7 - 10 day for the first draft. Depending on whether or not a re-edit is needed, scenes can usually be finished and sent within 15 days.

How do you send over the scenes and what format are they in? 

I send your HD scene(s) over to you via WeTransfer so that you can then upload to casting websites such a Spotlight and Mandy etc. If you require a lower-res smaller file sized version, then I can also supply this to you. They are sent in .mp4 or .mov format

How many edits will you do? 

I will do one edit full edit of the scene before sending over to you. This will be, in my opinion, the best version of the edit with all things (performance, sound, lighting and continuity) taken into account to achieve this. If after receiving your edit you want some changes made, then I am happy to do this once. However, do bear in mind that it may not always be possible for me to make all of the changes you ask for. 

*When we are busy and in high-demand, re-edits make take an additional 3-4 weeks to get back to you. 

Do you edit my scene(s) into a full showreel.

Yes, this is all included in the 2 and 3 scene packages. However, if you also want a showreel edited together also using existing footage, then there is an extra £49 editing cost for showreel editing. 

Are you able to provide the RUSHES (original footage) that we shoot? 

Unfortunately, no. I don't provide any RAW footage for a number of reasons. Firstly the files size would be too large for any online transfer (between 20 and 40GB per scene). Secondly, I only release work that represents my quality. The RAW files would not be colour-corrected and they would only have 'on camera' audio, which would be unusable. For this reason anything from RAW footage would not represent my work in a high quality and therefore I don't provide an option to offer this material. 

Do you require a deposit?

Yes - We take a £100 deposit to secure your booking and your date. This deposit gets taken off your total amount for the 2nd invoice. 

Can I change my filming date? 

Yes. As an actor myself I know that things can come up last minute (such as auditions). If you need to change your date, we allow you to do this ONCE. If you need to change your booking date again, then we ask for a £50 re-booking fee. 

Can I cancel my showreel filming?

Yes, you can cancel you showreel filming completely, but unless there is a very good reason for this, you will lose the £100 deposit. 

We have a 48hour cancellation policy (excluding weekends). We need more that 48 hours in order to issue a cancellation. For showreel scenes, actors, boom-operators and videographers have been booked for the day, and we need sufficient time to reschedule in the event of a cancellation. 

How do I pay for my showreel?

Online bank transfer. We will send you two invoices. One will be the £100 deposit when you book. The second will be sent to you once we have confirmed your scenes, locations and actors. This second invoice will be for the remaining balance and will need to be paid before the day of the shoot.

 

How long do my scenes get kept on file for?

All finished scenes (completed edits) get kept on record. However we can only guarantee the rushes for up to two months after the day of filming.

If you have any questions that have not been answered here, please don't hesitate to get in touch!