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 company is one of the most impressive companies I have ever had the pleasure of dealing with. They have a talented team, and they worked with me from start to finish. My 4 Scene Demo has had over 43,700 views just on YouTube alone. They are and absolutely fantastic group of individuals!! I highly recommend them to anybody needing a new reel, or even if your re-branding yourself.
I recently moved out to Los Angeles from New York and didn’t have a reel I was proud of, especially for a town like LA where you pretty much have to have video to get work. When I heard about Create YourReel from my agent and took a look at your website and prices, I knew I had found a solution. Their professionalism and friendliness convinced me to tell all my friends. I’ve been getting out consistently since I shot this reel. Thank you!
And I absolutely ADORED working with everyone at CYR; they were tireless, enthusiastic and I will be a returning client. Everyone who's viewed my scenes has had great comments and always asked with whom I worked. A million Thank u's Create Your Reel!!!!
I had my reel done by Create Your Reel on June 18th, 2011. Not only was I impressed by the way Kevin King handled my appointment, but also by the fantastic direction given by Director Steve Hosford. These two guys are true pros and they will help you get the best reels possible! From the very first phone call consultation, to the actual day of the shoot, Create Your Reel NEVER let me down! I am 100% happy!
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
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 filming with CYR. I was really happy with what they did. In fact, right after it was posted on Actors Access, I got a feature film audition. The casting director called me in because of my CYR reel.
The focus was on me and what I wanted. I felt very comfortable, and had a blast experimenting during the shoot to make sure we got the best possible take. Thanks to Create Your Reel, I have a professional reel that helps get me in the door.
Create your reel was a great experience for me. I had been trying to get my reel together for a long time now by doing unpaid shorts, but very rarely got the footage back from the director. Create you reel took the stress out of trying to get my reel together. The director and assistant director were fun but professional. I got great direction and I am very happy with the end product. I also really apprecited how quickly I recieved the files and youtube link. Great company!
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!
You have to have a reel to be taken seriously. There is no question when it comes to being considered for an audition. Thankfully, Create Your Reel knows this and is aware of the needs of the actor since they are actors themselves. They will bring out your best with professionalism and sensitivity with scenes created specifically toward what makes you shine.
Create Your Reel did a fantastic job at creating sides that really fit my daughter’s personality and acting styles. The filming session was so relaxed. Everyone that worked with us was very professional and knowledgeable! Thanks, Create Your Reel!
Create Your Reel IS the solution to the need of actors without many credits to be able to compete with those that do. CDs need to see what the actor looks like on camera, with production values on a par with real TV and film. And they need to see what an actor looks like with small supporting roles - like the roles they actually have a shot at.
I had a great experience with Create Your Reel. The direction and editing were both smart and creative, often honing my ideas to give me the best scenes possible. There is no doubt that with this simple one minute reel, they've helped me put my best foot forward.
These guys are very professional and hand you a great product. They don't stop working until you're 100% happy with your reel. I highly recommend them.
Wow! what a great product these guys offer! So professional and genuinely really nice people. Had so much fun shooting my scenes with them and SO HAPPY with with my reel. I've had nothing but compliments and recommend their service to everyone! Keep up the great work "CREATE YOUR REEL"
Create Your Reel absolutely gets a 5 star review from me. I've done three scenes with them and plan on adding a fourth. Having scenes like these of such high quality has opened up another world to me. I now have the best agent I've ever had and I'm getting more opportunities. As an actor you must have something to show for yourself and I have been nothing but satisfied with they way Create Your Reel does business and the service they provide. The results are ultimately up to you and how you use the product once its in your hands.
I used Create Your Reel for both my daughter's reel and just recently mine. Since getting her reel, my daughter has booked a series on ABC among other work. I was just offered a movie role and the director told me that my reel was one of the best he has ever seen. The quality of their lighting and set design is AMAZING!!!
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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