Latest showreels

Latest showreels include updates for Sara Powell, Joel Gillman, Kent Riley, Natasha Gordon and Niky Wardley. Indeed I gave Niky a free one minute reel (as mentioned here). Her agents at Creative Artist Management loved it. And this is it

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Latest websites

Screen Shot 2016-03-12 at 09.51.23Thought I’d share some of the websites that I recently completed.

Not strictly an actors website, villassistance.fr was fun to build. A responsive site for a new company that will look after your French villa for you when you are away!

And another site I run has had a makeover. Actors agent Eamonn Bedford Agency wanted their splash page to have more going on and that’s exactly what we did as you can see on the right. A full width slider and a pinboard layout for the post makes a great alternative to just text and is visually captivating.

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Headshots

Contact SheetI type out a lot of CV’s for other actors. This week I’m doing the webpages for an agent with 22 clients. So as you can imagine I’m more than familiar with the trends and fashions that actors are adopting. The last 2 years has without doubt seen one of the biggest transformations in that many actors are now using colour photos for their headshot instead of the traditional black and white. Digital publishing is becoming the staple for the younger generations of agents and casting directors who are sweeping away the old dusty protocols of their predecessors. Given the huge amount of television and film casting that there is now (compared to 20 years ago) and the evolution of higher definition in these medias, who can blame them. And it’s not prohibitively expensive for the actor now to bash out 200 or so colour 10 by 8s.

If you’re looking to do a new batch of headshot you can now check out the photographers own website and samples of work. As always ActorCV can help you out there. Check our list of photographers whom we rate on our links page.
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The One-Minute Showreel

Time is money, none more so for a casting director. They do not have time to sit through the full ten minutes of your showreel complete with ubiquitous indulgent montage (though there is a time and place for a montage, it is not at the start of your showreel). In this day and age where a click of a mouse is the equivalent of shouting “NEXT”, an actor needs to know how to make a good an impression quickly, succinctly and effectively.

It was a mate of mine, Chris Ryman, who mentioned that over in Hollywood where he’s recently started working, CD’s are big fans of the 1-Minute Showreel. A challenge for any editor worth their salt and I love a challenge! So here is Chris’ One-Minute showreel that ActorCV recently did for him. We also did longer versions which we may post later on.

Enjoy

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WordPress 4.0 is here!

As exciting to nerds and geeks as watching the milometer click over to a number with lots of zeros, WordPress 4.0 is here!

 

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Get a site that works on mobiles!

Siri O Neal WesbiteWhen I first started designing websites, one of my first clients was the actress Siri O Neal. She had an impressive portfolio and it was fun designing a website with such great content in it. This was over 10 years ago and was designed using Flash. A lot has happened in that time including the demise of Flash. (Yes it can still be found on desktop computers but it won’t be around for much longer.) And most people surf online using mobile devices which of course weren’t around 10 years ago. These websites require HTML5, not Flash!
Using the new Adobe Muse I was able to redesign Siri’s site to work just as it did and have different designs for both desktop, tablet and mobile! Not only does this look good but it also means that the navigation and feel of the site are vastly improved depending on whichever device you are viewing the site on.

ActorCV can do a similar custom designed site for you for just £150! Check out the demo here www.actorcv.co.uk/sirioneal

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Convert video files

So here’s your dilemma. You’ve got a video file in .avi format but you need to convert it for whatever reason to .mp4 – or vice versa. Or perhaps it’s two completely different formats but the problem remains the same. How can you do that without fuss. Or without it costing you a penny.

VLC Media Player is an open-source (i.e. free and legal) media player that is actually, in my opinion, better and more versatile than the likes of Windows Media Player or Quicktime.
It also has some great extra features one of which we will visit now. To convert files, just go to FILE then select CONVERT/STREAM

VLC Media File ConversionThe next window, shown here will allow you to select the file you wish to convert (DROP MEDIA HERE), choose the format you wish to convert to (press CUSTOMIZE in the CHOOSE PROFILE section) then select a name for the new file you wish to create (in the CHOOSE DESTINATION section). And you’re done! It really is that simple! The conversion process itself may take lots of minutes depending on how big the file you are converting from and to is, and how powerful your computer is. You can monitor the conversion progress on the timeline of the player itself.

It is free to download and can be found here – Visit the VLC Media Download page.

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Impressive emails! Simple, yet so effective!

In previous posts I’ve covered the idea of email mail outs by suggesting using websites like Mailchimp. But what if you don’t have time to design a big newsletter. After all you’ve spent a lot of time posting your updates on your website. So why not send your LATEST page (or indeed any page of your website) as an email – with exactly the same layout, active links etc…

Screen Shot 2014-01-27 at 16.07.34With a Mac computer it’s easy. Simple browse to the web page you want to send, go to FILE>SHARE>Email This Page.

Then when the email window opens up, look to the top right corner drop down box and make sure that “Send Content As Web Page” is selected.

Alternatively, you may already have published your latest post on your website. Why not just try selecting, copying and pasting into an email straight off the website. More often than not, it’ll just copy all the style layout as well (though not always – can but try though!)

 

 

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Automatic updates on WordPress and voice dictation via an app.

20131031-194851.jpgThe latest version of WordPress has a brilliant new function which some may say is long overdue. It allows the updates both of WordPress and plug-ins to happen automatically in the background. This means that you no longer need to manually update plug-ins and/or WordPress core.
This particular news update of ActorCV is also rather special as I’m dictating it via voice through the new iPhone 5S. Apart from the odd typo or mispronunciation on my part this is very very good and accurate. And you can always clean up any mistakes afterwards.
I’m now publishing this post through the WordPress app and so far barely typed a thing. Isn’t technology wonderful thing!

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Free DIY online website builder!

Weebley
Free is the key – the mantra of ActorCV as we continue to advise you on great ways of getting yourself online for as little or no cost at all. And this new site, you will love!
We’ve reviewed many free web-design sites before and this is another. But the layout, usability and sheer ease of www.weebly.com sets it ahead from the rest by far. The site is not only easy to use but contains an abundance of features, formats and functions that are essential for making your website interesting and versatile. You can design your own layout, slideshows, galleries with simple drag and drop. You can add audio, video (though you will have to upgrade for anything over 5mB), youtube, contact forms, google-maps, shopping cart, polls, surveys, social links and so much more – and if you’re feeling brave add your own html/CSS. I was so impressed I waited for a catch but there doesn’t appear to be one – I think the company make their profit from selling upgrades, domain names and other advanced features all of which are non-compulsory. The free stuff is more than enough.

Don’t forget, your website doesn’t have to be just for your CV. If you’ve set up your own production company or have other projects in the pipeline, you can do worse than setting up their own dedicated websites for free. And though I had to admit it, this site is a serious contender for WordPress’ crown and dominance.

So why not give it a go. You can easily sign in with your Facebook or Twitter details! OR check out the demo we did in under 5 minutes

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