We write, shoot and edit scenes that showcase
your talents and prove you could play the role.
Our scenes start right into the drama or comedy, proving your talent in the shortest time possible.
Our expert writing staff will take your premises and deliver scripts that provide you the dialogue to fufull your dream role.
Our production team will produce a scene that looks like it was taken from TV or a feature film.
This was my first experience creating my own reel and I couldn't have been more pleased. I told them exactly what I wanted and they created three scenes that showcased my talents. When I felt like one of the scenes needed to be reworked, they were receptive to my ideas as well as throwing in some of their own. We filmed each scene over and over until we were ALL happy with the results. The thing that really did it for me was how comfortable they made me feel. And, my amount of auditions has increased. Worth every penny!
These guys are so great! Everyone at CYR was really nice, very professional, easy to work with, and best of all, seriously great at what they do! I shared my new reel with an agent, and I now have theatrical representation!!
You guys are the best!!
The crew at CYR were very helpful and professional, they filmed both my son and daughters reels. It was refreshing to see that they really cared about the end product and that we weren't just a number to them, they took the time to understand my kids strengths and weaknesses. The end result was great, the kids immediately started getting more auditions and call backs
Simply the best and beyond worth every penny. The entire staff does absolutely everything possible to make the client shine--from the technical end of things (makeup, lighting, camera placement) to the quality of direction that is given to guide you to the richest, most dynamic performance possible. They shoot efficiently and economically, yet great care is taken along every step of the way to make sure that excellence is never ever compromised. Above all, they are collaborators who want to cinematically capture your vision of your artistic self.
If you ever think about getting a professional, wonderful demo reel - there's no better place and people to do it with than the Create Your Reel. Loved working with Steve and Kevin, thank you so much again for the wonderful directing and editing, for your professionalism.
I had a great experience, they were patient and helpful. They went the extra mile when it came to the craftsmanship of my demo reel. In my opinion, I had a great experience, they were patient and helpful. They went the extra mile when it came to the craftsmanship of my demo reel. In my opinion, my demo reel came out top knotch. Definitely recommend. Definitely recommend.
The people at Create Your Reel provide a very professional and organized environment while making the experience relaxed and fun.
I have a great reel now, thanks to Kevin and everyone else at Create Your Reel! It was a really fun day of shooting, and the whole process was easy and professional. I couldn't be happier!
These guys were so amazing to work/shoot with! not only did i get quality footage, they were extremely professional and just good people! thanks again guys! also, cant thank kevin enough for dealing with my indecisiveness! lol..your the best kev! thanks again!!! so happy with them all around!
I am very impressed with CYR's professionalism, writing ability and quality of their reels. The day of the shoot, the entire staff helped me reach my potential as an actor and made me feel very comfortable. I highly recommend CYR to everyone in need of a reel!
I flew to L.A. for the first time from the east coast to make my demo reel. I’m only two hours from NYC but the people here at Create Your Reel are simply the best. If you’re serious about your career and want the very best demo reel, then there’s no better choice. A worthy investment!
I shot my demo reel with Create Your Reel and one week later I booked a role on "The Office" that shoots for a week. Thank you for making the experience of shooting my demo so much fun. And thank you for letting me show casting directors the work I can do. It paid off.
I had a great time and felt I actually learned more in one day of shooting with Create Your Reel then in a 6-week on-camera acting class. My reel looks completely professional and, because I got to decide what was shot, it's well-targeted to the type of work I want to focus on. AND I've already booked a job straight off my reel ... ¦I didn't even have to audition.
Ive shoot with you guys a few years again , and my reel got me tons of attention, now I'm back to update again , everyone at create your reel work so hard to make you look the best as you can .i love shooting with them !
The bottom line is that my agents needed me to give them a reel. I made this one, and they flipped out. I found the staff to be professional and easy to work with -- I needed to have a lot of leeway with making my own scenes, and they were flexible, patient and accommodating. The end result is that I got the reel I wanted - the reel that is right for me as a performer. Far more efficient than building a reel out of less than ideal cuts from student film, etc. Note that I paid to have an outside hair and makeup artist be on set. I would recommend that. I also had an outside director, in part to ensure my own control over the scenes. You might consider bringing your own director if you already know exactly what you want, but obviously it's not necessary...Steve does a great job with directing too. He did DP on my reel and the sets and shots were amazing. Last note: the post prod on my reel is so great. And that's all included. You just have to wait a week after the shoot.
I have been trying to get some of my work in film and television for years now. I finally gave up and decided to hire CYR to fill in the gaps where I couldn't obtain my footage. I was hesitant at first, but I am thoroughly impressed with their work and my reels. From start to finish, the entire team is professional, easy to work with, down to earth and very affordable for most struggling actors. I HIGHLY recommend CYR for anyone needing their reel finished and anyone who can't seem to get that footage they were promised. Industry feedback so far has been amazing. I am VERY happy and will use their services again!
CYR did reels for both my son and daughter. Professional, fun and dedicated, pains-taking. They treat you like you are their only client. The results were fantastic. Getting rave notices from interested parties.
I don't know where to start. I had the most amazing working experience with everyone! They definitely proved to be AMAZING! I filmed 3 scenes and the director, Steve was great. He took his time and really made sure that I walked away with a great product. I was amazed at how each set was made, how perfect the lighting was and the overall quality of my reel. It was such a joy working with them and I would HIGHLY recommend them to EVERYONE!
I'd give more stars if I could. GREAT TEAM! Great writing, great directing, great editing. All you have to do is look at their samples to see that they are head and shoulders above the competition. It feels AMAZING to finally have reels (I shot drama and comedy) that I can feel really proud of. Can't recommend them enough! Do it. Do it now.
Professional & Outstanding ideas of our passionate team makes us unique in every sense.
Retta will walk you through the entire process in your free phone consultation, and answer any questions you may have. She's also head of the writing staff, and will take your scene premises and transform them into dialogue that encapsulates the exact tone, style and role you are targeting.
Retta Putignano is the Co-Creator, Head Writer and Manager of Client Services. She has written over 5600 minilogues for CYR clients.
Originally from Chicago, Retta is also an actor, producer, and graduate of the Second City Chicago Conservatory. She has appeared in more than 20 short films and three features. One film earned the Best Drama Award from the Academy of Television, Arts and Sciences. She has been a writing mentor for nine years with the Los Angeles-based non-profit WriteGirl, and her work has been published for as many years in their award-winning anthologies.
Retta is a regular contributing writer to the Experts Column in Backstage.
From the sets to lighting to direction, Steve Hosford has been behind the lense of every Create Your Reel scene. Steve will ensure you approve the lighting and framing, allow you to do as many takes as you want, and direct you until he's happy with the scene.
Steve Hosford is a director, cinematographer, editor, Glidecam operator, actor, and writer who earned a B.A. in Cinema at San Francisco State University.
In 2008, he won Best Comedy Short at the Eugene International Film Festival for Whitebread and Goatman, a no-budget project which found him in the roles of writer, director, cinematographer, editor, composer, and actor. The film has played at nearly two dozen film festivals across the nation, and was also selected to air on cableâ€™s IFC (Independent Film Channel) as part of its Media Lab Shorts Uploaded program. Later that same year, Steve took on the tasks of DP and Editor on Rimshot, a comedy short that garnered screenings at a number of high-profile film festivals Ââ€“ most notably the Feel Good Film Festival (at Hollywoodâ€™s famous Egyptian Theatre) and the Hollywood Film Festival, both in 2009.
Once your scenes are shot, Kevin will upload all of the takes for you to review and select. He'll edit each scene, add sound design and color correction, and will revise until you're 100% happy. After that, he'll upload the scenes to HD, LA Casting and Actors Access formats.
Previously an application designer for the Banking industry, Kevin has applied his design skills for the industry, developing an online talent booking tool TalentManager, and most recently CYR's proprietary ReelManager.
Kevin co-wrote and co-starred in Rimshot, an award-winning comedy short in 2009.
Kevin is a also a screenwriter, and was co-writer of the ABC Family Movie "Everything You Want" starring Shiri Appleby.
Our success is due to giving you final approval in every step of the process.
Our two person scenes are written specifically for a demo reel. Scene are approximately one minute in length, and showcase both actors equally. We also let you review and choose the best take of every line of dialogue.
Our experienced staff of editors will edit and compile your footage in a package that will showcase your talents.
We record audition tapes in full HD with professional lighting and sound. You will get a reader and as many takes as you need to nail it. Video can be uploaded digitally and sent to the destination of your choice â€“ all within the same day.
Is your episode on iTunes? Hulu? Youtube? No problem, we can rip and edit almost any source or format. If you're receiving your footage from a DVD, you're only getting standard definition. With most sites, we can rip and deliver your edited file in full HD!
Do you need a production company to turn your idea into a film? We can handle every aspect of the process, including writing, casting, SAG paperwork, shooting, editing and marketing.
Voted Best "Demo Reel Producer" by the Backstage Readers Choice Poll
We encourage you to speak with your representation first and foremost, or your trusted teachers/mentors/acting network. You’ll need to do a little homework on your specific casting and the shows you’re targeting. Make sure you’re on the same page as your reps so that you can help them market you appropriately. We’ll need a simple premise line that tells us the character, the situation that character is in, and to whom you’re speaking. A simple yet specific sentence will do. For example, “Smarmy lawyer tells opposing counsel he’ll do anything to win the case.”
There are two avenues that you can go down for the writing. First, for example, in doing a 3‐scene package, you could give us three premises, we’d write two Minilogue options for each, you’d receive six options total, and then you would choose one from each pairing that you’d like to shoot for your three scenes. The other avenue is, in doing a 3-scene package, you could potentially give us six premises, we’d write one Minilogue option for each premise, you’d still receive six options, and then you’d choose the three you’d like to shoot. Please see Section 5 of the Terms and Conditions for more details.
You must be on the schedule first, so once you’ve made your deposit, and chosen a shoot date online, scenes are sent approximately six days in advance, normally in the evening. (i.e. For Saturday shoots, scenes will be emailed to you the Sunday prior). Remember, its 5-7 lines of dialogue for each scene (roughly 20-30 seconds). If you plan on working with a coach, go ahead and make that appointment based on this schedule.
We write your dream scene. Why recreate something that wasn’t written specifically for you? Each scene is written to show off your strengths. You are in control of telling us the EXACT character and situation you desire, we write it, and we can tweak it until you are satisfied. Due to legal and copyright issues, we are unable to shoot something that has been previously produced or written by anyone other than our writers, and we require final approval of all shooting scripts at least 72 hours prior to the shoot.
No, treat this shoot as a professional day on set. You should be memorized but flexible. The scene was written specifically for you and what you requested. Know the lines, know the character, but be fluid in the event that the director tweaks or refines the scene a little once it’s up on its feet.
Sure. That said, we will try the scenes many different ways to explore and play, and our director will work with you to provide a fresh perspective and options.
Generally a 5-hour time slot is good for up to three scenes. If you’re doing more than three scenes, we can arrange a custom time for you. We work five days a week in our NoHo Arts District studio. Saturday and Sunday session times are 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday session times are 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. All scenes must be shot in one session or the pricing scale goes back to the beginning for any additional scenes shot on a different day.
No, you are responsible for your character’s wardrobe. Similar to a headshot photo shoot, come with a few selections in case something doesn’t work for camera. Remember, we normally shoot waist up or tighter, so keep it simple. We trust you know what that character would wear, and we understand if you want to wear the entire outfit, shoes, etc.
The actor is responsible for any specific props, but only if the scene dictates. Keep it simple. Nothing extravagant. Again, it’s not about the props.
We usually take approximately 30 minutes to prepare the set. When the DP feels the lighting and framing is perfect, we’ll have you do a few takes, then watch on the monitor (no audio) and get you to sign off on your visual (hair/makeup/wardrobe). Then, running your scene exactly as you have prepared, we’ll do as many takes as necessary to get three or four solid, usable takes. Once that’s achieved, the director will work the scene by providing adjustments and direction. Again, we shoot as many takes as necessary to get three or four solid, usable takes. Once we’ve gotten 8-10 excellent marked takes for that scene, we’ll move on to the next scene. We have no limit to the amount of takes we shoot or the amount of time we spend.
After all scenes have been shot, we’ll sit down and begin the review process. We’ll only watch the marked takes, which generally between 8-10 takes per scene. Everything you see will be takes our director thinks could be on your reel. On first pass, we’ll have you write down your gut reaction on each take. We’ll then review again, and begin the process of elimination. The crew will review with you and share their opinions, but the ultimate decision will be yours.
Yes. Bring a friend to be the “dirty” shoulder/back of head in your scene. Sometimes makeup artists are also willing to stand in. We are happy to provide an adult male for an additional $20 per scene. If you require a female or a child, please bring that person. Some scenes may be shot “clean” (to vary the look) without another person visible, but that is normally at the discretion of the director and DP. Please do not bring any unnecessary persons to set. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult or legal guardian.
No, we don’t do reaction shots during your Minilogue. It’s your reel. Why would you want someone else taking up your precious screen time? Casting directors and agents/managers don’t need to see the other person or care about the story. It’s all about you. Make every second count.
Yes, we have a great girl we’ve worked with previously whom we love and trust. Her rates are separate from ours and you will make arrangements with her directly. You are also welcome to bring your own trusted artist to set. You will have about 45 minutes prior to shoot and in between each scene to make hair and makeup changes or do touch-ups. You do not need to arrive to set early for makeup, but please let us know if you feel it will require more than 45 minutes prior to your first scene. We can make arrangements accordingly.
Our Minilogue format focuses on one person in a scene. Check out our Two-Person scenes!
The work on our website is likely what brought you to us in the first place, and those scenes are professionally written by our writers and tweaked until you’re happy; framed and lit by our award-winning DP, directed by our award-winning directors who offer over 15 years of experience and shoot until you’re happy; and edited by our skilled, professional editor who has been making films using this technology for years and has a great eye for what works. We have an outstanding team that provides you the whole enchilada for one cost, and we get your approval at each step of the process.
Yes, we require a $200 non-refundable deposit payable on our site via Google Secure Checkout. By paying this deposit, you agree to our cancelation policy, which states that if a client cancels or reschedules after 12:00 noon six (6) days or fewer prior to the shoot date, the client will forfeit their deposit. No exceptions. If the client wishes to reschedule, full payment for the session (new deposit plus balance) will then be required in order to hold a future shoot date. If rescheduling within the policy period, client must notify us IN WRITING by noon six days prior to shoot. Clients may reschedule once without losing their deposit. A second reschedule will constitute a forfeiture of the deposit, and full payment (new deposit plus balance) will be due to hold any future shoot date. If a client has paid in full prior to the shoot date and cancels or reschedules within the policy period, they will also only be allowed to reschedule once, after which point they will forfeit their entire payment. If a paid-in-full client cancels or reschedules outside of the policy period, they will forfeit their entire payment. CYR highly recommends a client BOOK OUT with representation to avoid any conflicts.
That’s a big NO. Would you blow off a Grey’s Anatomy shoot because you were hung over? Or too tired? We ask that you treat this as a paid booking: be prepared, be professional, be punctual. It’s also probably best to BOOK OUT with your representation so you can avoid any further conflicts. See cancelation policy in #16 and Terms & Conditions.
The balance will be due on set the day of the shoot. We accept cash or Visa, MC, and Discover. We can provide a receipt for your cash payment if requested.
Our editor will color correct, sound engineer, add appropriate music, and post your reel privately for your approval in up to five (5) business days. Editing can be expedited (24-hour turn-around) for an additional fee of $25 per scene. It’s unlikely that you’ll be unhappy, but if it’s a faux pas on our end, (a boom in the shot, etc.) yes, you can re-shoot without charge. Everything else will incur a charge. If it’s your acting you don’t like or you’re not happy with your hair or how you look on camera, that’s out of our hands. We are relentless at making sure you’re happy throughout each step of the process from your approval of the writing to your signing off on the scene selections and shots on the day of the shoot. If you haven’t communicated any concerns to us throughout this process, there’s not much we can do to help you at this late stage of the game. If you have an issue with something after we’ve wrapped, please give us a call and let us know, and we’ll do our best to make you happy. See Terms and Conditions for further information on reshoots.
We will store a backup of your edited reel, but your unused footage is deleted after 60 days from the day editing is completed. If requested in writing within the 60 days, we are happy to burn all your raw footage to a disk for your files for $100.
Select a time below for a free phone consultation and we can go over our entire process with you.