DEVELOPING YOUR FILM/TV DEMO - Film 2 Scenes with 3 Weeks of Coaching with Michelle Cutolo, Brette Goldstein Casting and Michael Cerisano, Filmmaker

Monday, June 4, 2018, 7:00pm

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NOTE: Registration for this class ends 48 hours before the class begins in order to allow the casting directors to cast your scene pairings. Actors who register after this time will be waitlisted and contacted if there is a spot the becomes available.

If you're pursuing Film and TV, it's imperative that you have either a film/TV demo or clips of your work to show agents and casting directors. You also need a demo or clips of your work if you're submitting on websites like Actors Access. If you don't have them, your competition is getting placed above you and you're probably not even being looked at by casting directors.

One of the best ways to gain experience, receive resume credit and obtain material for your demo is to do student and indie films. However, sometimes getting your materials back from these projects is almost impossible and often when you do get it back the quality is so bad you can't use it.

So what do you do?

In this three week class, you'll receive coaching from an industry professional and have the opportunity to work ON SET to acquire usable footage that will help develop and showcase your on-camera demo reel. In the first class, you'll meet our team, read with scene partners, and Michelle will cast you in two contrasting short film/TV partner scenes. Scenes and partners will be determined by Michelle in an effort to satisfy everyone's needs within the class partnerships. In your next two classes, you'll work to perfect both scenes in individual coaching sessions with Michelle.

In the week following your class, you will shoot your scenes on location with filmmaker Michael Cerisano. Actors must be available for filming during this time. Actors are responsible for their own locations, hair/makeup and wardrobe/styling. Within two weeks of completing your film shoots, you'll receive your fully edited material to post on your website or add to your current demo reel.

This class is also PERFECT for those actors who have already been compiling material for a film/TV demo, but are missing certain types of roles. Actors can bring in scene ideas for this class. Actors may also register as pairs to take this class.

Similar programs in LA and NY run $2,000-$3,000 and up! Limited to 10 actors.

Michelle Cutolo is an associate casting director with Brette Goldstein Casting and predominantly casts for film, TV and commercials. She has a decisive creative approach that experienced actors relate to and a portfolio with an emphasis on clever, funny and creative. Recent credits include: feature films Crazy Famous and Hedgehog, Lifetime Movie Network's I Love You But I Lied, the NY TV series Donny! on USA Network, The Karate Tortoise, and a pilot for truTV. Past film and TV projects include: AdFirm, Sharknado 2, But Not for Me, Engram, Reaching Home, Small Miracles, Ten-One, My Bad Trip, Odd Mom Out and just under 100 commercials. You can also see Michelle's narrative work at

Michael Cerisano is a filmmaker, director and photographer. A Rutgers graduate, he has filmed and edited numerous short films, documentaries, music videos and indie features. His documentary CARBON COPY won Best Documentary at The Mason Gross School of the Arts. His work with Broadway Audio and Lighting led him to work on a variety of Broadway shows, including the Tony Award-winning HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, WICKED, DISGRACED, ROCK OF AGES and ALADDIN to name a few.


"DO IT, people! Fun class! Good times! 🙂 Thanks for an awesome class with fabulous results!" -Jennifer Shark

"This is a great investment & have already recommended this course to friends :)" -Niré

"I am very thankful for the demo reel class. I had no video footage up until now. Mike did an excellent job at piecing together all my best moments and creating awesome footage for me to use on my website. I have since signed with my 1st manager. Thank you!" -Nikki Dos Santos

"I really enjoyed the demo class! My website is up and running and feels complete because of my new clips and demo reel and just helped me to start FREELANCING with a personal manager!" -Kenan Wei

"I took the Developing Your Film/TV Demo Class in September and would highly recommend to anyone without a reel (or to add to an existing reel). The two clips I have now has gotten me a lot more audition opportunities and jobs! The video clips added more of a professional feel to my new website. It also helped me to start freelancing with a personal manager! I am so grateful you offer this class. It is exactly what a new actor starting out in this business needs. Thank you again!" -Nancy Walsh

"The demo reel class at Actors Connection is the best reel class out there. Its truly worth every penny." -Elora Von Rosch

"These days, a demo reel is as essential as a headshot. This class is an excellent source for those looking to begin a TV/Film career, but have no footage for a reel. The whole collaborative experience was amazing and educational, and I've already gotten auditions because of my reel. I highly recommend this class!" -Sherry Lorraine

"This class was a great experience! I was able to use footage from my scenes to have a reel created, which I have been using on a daily basis. I already booked a music video, and an audition for a web project. I had been submitting without a reel for several months and getting nowhere. Now I am getting responses and generating interest. The quality of the production was excellent! I was really impressed with the final edited scenes." -Tim MacCallum

"I needed a demo reel and got that and more. Each class focused on scene comprehension, on camera technique and my type/roles that were right for me. At the end, not only did I get a reel but I got some valuable tools that have helped and will continue to help me in my career." -Shakirah DeMesier

"The Demo Reel class was probably one of the most important things I could have ever done for myself. Not only did I get fantastic footage and first rate production value scenes/clips, I am getting lots of positive response from casting directors, agents and managers. HS & resume isn't enough anymore, you have to have a reel. It's a catch 22 because how do you get a reel if you don't get the jobs to put on the reel? Well, take this class and make it happen for yourself. Get it! Do it! Create the career you want!" -Eddie James

"It was a great on the job learning experience! It made me that much more aware of everything around me as the actor and the focus that I need to maintain. I can't wait to see the edited versions of everyone's scene work at the screening. This class is a great tool for actors building their careers!" -Peter Davenport

"I really enjoyed the class. The strengths were the good quality and quick turn around of the video. It was a very valuable experience-a lot of value for the time and money. I've also been getting seen by a lot more casting directors because of my videos and I BOOKED a principal role in HOW TO MAKE IT IN AMERICA directly." -Robert Eckard


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