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Monday, January 7, 2019
DEVELOPING YOUR FILM/TV DEMO - Film 2 Scenes ON SET with 3 Weeks of Coaching by Liz Ortiz, Casting Director and Indie Film Producer and Mike Cerisano, Filmmaker
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 have the opportunity to work ON SET and acquire usable footage to help develop and showcase your on-camera demo reel. In the first class, you'll meet our team, read with scene partners, and Liz will cast you in two contrasting short film/TV partner scenes. Scenes and partners will be determined by Liz 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 Liz. In the week following your class, you will shoot your scenes on location with filmmaker Mike 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.
Filming 2 scenes + weeks of private coaching would usually cost over $1,800!
This class is available for $795. Limited to 10 actors, so register now!
Liz Ortiz is a Casting Director and Indie Film Producer credited on projects which have screened at hundreds of film festivals including: Sundance, BAM Cinemafest, Toronto, Brooklyn, Palm Springs, HBO Latino, Urban World, among others, and have aired on CBS, HBO, Showtime, Lifetime Movies and Cinemax. Casting/producing highlights include: Feature Films "Advantageous" Sundance premier and a top selection on Netflix, "Lost Revolution" HBO Latino, "Zombie Honeymoon " a cult classic/Showtime, "Barrio Boy", in production, director/producer of "And Seen" documentary in post-production and most recently the U.S. premier of the experiential stage production Prurience for the Guggenheim Museum. Author of "Ace Your Acting Audition, 2nd ed." Currently an instructor and private coach with Casting Solutions Coaching and conducts workshops throughout the year for the SAG/AFTRA Foundation.
Mike 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.
"There are so many acting schools, classes and businesses out here in NYC that only care about the well being of themselves. This demo reel class is the first class I have taken with Actors Connection and Reproductions and I admit I felt 'at home' from the moment I walked in to the class. You have now gone one further step by listening to me, my personal issues today, respecting and accepting them and working around them without a feeling of doubt."
"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 found this class to be really helpful! The team at Reproductions and Actors Connection really go above and beyond and take the extra time to make sure that you are connecting with your scene and scene partner and that you are ultimately satisfied with your final product. The set-up of the class is pretty loose and it is really what you make of it. A lot of the responsibility falls on you, which gives you a lot of creative freedom to do the scene as you want to, with the teachers offering their opinions to help you through the process. Like in the real world, it is up to you to do your own work on the scene and show up to your set ready to shoot. Bottom line-considering all the time and effort it takes to execute this class, I think it is worth the cost and certainly benefited from participating!"
"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!"
"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!"
"Thank you, AC!! After taking the Demo class, I have a fantastic reel with solid material, strong scene partners, and excellent lighting. If you need a reel, or need to update your reel, I highly recommend this class."
-James Foster Jr
"The demo reel class at Actors Connection and Reproductions is the best reel class out there. Its truly worth every penny. Everything is shot on scene, which separates this class from other reel classes and makes it that much better! Now I have legit material to send out to casting directors and agents. I highly recommend! The demo reel helped me get a manager, which is great, thank you."
-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!"
"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. Now I can create my website! The quality of the production was excellent! I was really impressed with the final edited scenes."
"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 of the 5 weeks, 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."
"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!"
"Your class, from start to finished scenes, was a wonderful experience for me. You guys are doing great things with this reel class!"
"I just wanted to express how grateful I am for having taken the "Building Your Reel" class. The scenes were perfect roles for me and I added them to my reel right away! I even was able to take it to LA Connection with me, having an agent take a look. Thank you again!"
"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!"
"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."
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The following disclaimer is provided specifically at the request of and in accordance with SAG/AFTRA: Seminars or classes are for educational purposes only and will not secure or provide opportunity for employment in the field or representation by an agent or casting director.