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Acting Reels – Shooting Session with Gracie

Acting Reels – Shooting Session with Gracie

Morning Session with Gracie

When producing acting reels, we want the viewer needs to get the role and genre immediately in each scene. Our session today is no exception.

This morning we shot 2 scenes for Gracie’s actor demo reel. Gracie had a consultation with us on 7/2, and was looking to add some footage to an existing reel.

Scene #1: Suspect – Teen Drama

Gracie played a Suspect in a Teen Drama genre. The material was written based on Gracie premise:

Premise: Suspect is confident and cocky, and is controlling the interrogation. She is guilty, but feels she’s too smart and manipulative to get caught. .

Scene Script

Retta from our writing staff took the premise and wrote the following script:

DARCY

Hayley Carver is a little wanna-be. She’ll say anything to get in the spotlight. She’s always been jealous of me. You know I wouldn’t be surprised if she’s the one framing me for Colleen’s murder. Honestly, Detective, I’m the victim here. That Hayley’s a loose cannon.

Scene #2: runaway teen – Teen Drama

Demo Reel Scene: runaway teen - Teen DramaDemo Reel Scene: runaway teen - Teen Drama

Next, Gracie played a runaway teen in a Teen Drama genre. The material was written based on Gracie premise:

Premise: Runaway teen with tumultuous past and recently deceased mother is pleading with social services not to be placed with the father who doesn’t care about her..

Scene Script

Retta from our writing staff took the premise and wrote the following script:

SARAH

Mrs. Walsh, please. Don’t let them place me with my father. I can’t go back there. (beat) Look, I promise I’ll find somewhere to live, and I’ll get off the streets, but please...not him. Not him.

Actor demo reel footage was shot at Create Your Reel Studios in North Hollywood, California.

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