sizzle reel


Definition of sizzle reel

: a short, usually flashy video used to promote a product, service, proposed project, etc. He and Kari are also pitching a family show to the networks. … The sizzle reel has his two teenage daughters in Maui, learning to cut sugarcane.— Rebecca Flint Marx

Examples of sizzle reel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Variety reported that clips from the sizzle reel showed Chalamet tap dancing on a table, as well as peeks at costars Sally Hawkins, Rowan Atkinson, Keegan-Michael Key and Olivia Colman — plus a Golden Ticket. Tommy Mcardle, Peoplemag, 15 Sep. 2022 Instead of following the Marvel formula of putting together a trailer or a sizzle reel, Cameron and his team chose to show select moments from the film. Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times, 10 Sep. 2022 The promotion looked to prompt people to return in the fall, inspired by a sizzle reel of the upcoming films from major studios including Disney, Lionsgate, Sony and A24. Jonathan Landrum Jr., Chicago Tribune, 4 Sep. 2022 That could happen before production, potentially enticed by a sizzle reel, or perhaps after production has wrapped. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 June 2022 The campaign’s sizzle reel that was originally shared on YouTube has since been made private. Todd Spangler, Variety, 3 Aug. 2022 Ryan Meinerding, head of visual development, who had a sizzle reel focused on his key work in the live-action sphere. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 July 2022 Paris Hilton, who said Frankel was her nanny when Frankel first moved to Los Angeles, introduced the reality star before a sizzle reel played of Frankel on The Housewives of New York City. Beatrice Verhoeven, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 June 2022 Pérez showcased a second sizzle reel of its current titles. John Hopewell, Variety, 27 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of sizzle reel

2006, in the meaning defined above

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19 Sep 2022

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“Sizzle reel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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