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Creating Demo Reel Scripts

creating demo reel scriptsWhen creating demo reel scripts, we need to answer the question “What is your casting?”

We recommend speaking with representation first and foremost. If you’re shooting with us in order to get representation, then talk with teachers, coaches, and mentors. Ask a friend, but be very open to what they say.

The casting you are targeting will help define your character. Your character’s wants and needs will help ...

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5 Tips On Editing a Knockout Demo Reel

You’ve gotten as far as shooting your own reel footage. Huge congrats! Or perhaps, you’ve finally gotten your hands on footage from past projects. Now you’re on to the daunting task of editing it into a solid marketing tool that really nails what you do well.

Read the full article on Backstage.

Retta Putignano is partner and head writer of Create Your Reel (CYR), the Los Angeles-based demo reel production company, which ...

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What Casting Needs from a Demo Reel

You can get a feel for our philosophy on demo reels by viewing our minilogue examples.

We believe in 20 to 30 second scenes that focus just on you, no turn-arounds, no establishing shots – they’re really not necessary these days.  You’ve  got 60 seconds to knock their socks off, so if you’re sharing the screen with someone else’s talent, you’re doing yourself a disservice.

We stay in touch with the needs of the industry, and what we continue to hear from ...

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Purpose of the Actor Reel

Actor Reel Scene
We believe an actor reel should be comprised of a couple 20 to 30 second scenes that focus just on you. No turnarounds to the other person. No establishing shot of the café you’re in. Just you.

You’ve got roughly 60 seconds to knock their socks off. Sharing the screen with someone else’s talent or a beautiful shot of the sunset, you’re doing yourself a disservice.

We stay in ...

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Backstage Readers Poll: Best Demo Reel Producer

Backstage Readers Poll: Best Demo Reel Producer

Backstage Readers Poll

Create Your Reel was honored to be voted “Best Demo Reel Producer” in the Backstage Readers Poll.

Below is an excerpt from the Backstage column:

Kevin King, Retta Putignano, and Steve Hosford were talking to an agent friend of theirs two years ago. The agent shared that she wished she could find a way for everyone on her roster to have a demo reel. She also wanted footage that focused solely on her clients, not on the other ...

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