Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is included in demo reel editing service?

 

Every demo reel will be cut in order to showcase you in the best way possible with the given footage.  Reels will be 1- 2.5 minutes in length.  Exact length will depend on given material and how it flows together best.  1- 2.5 minutes is the ideal length for an actor demo reel, however, if you are in need of a certain length reel for a specific use, that can be arranged.

 

Demo reels will be dynamically edited in order to provide the best possible platform for your talent. We don't just chop scenes up and stick them back to back.  The reel you receive will have a natural flow of both the audio and video, and any footage that does not make you look amazing will be removed.  You will be the star of every scene!

 

Editing will not begin until all footage and deposit is received.  If you need to add footage after editing has begun, there will be an additional charge of $40 per item.

 

Reels are generally completed within a week, and every reel comes with the opportunity for up to 2 rounds of notes, to be sure that you are absolutely satisfied.  Rush orders are subject to availability and an additional fee may apply.

 

Do you shoot scenes?

 

No. We are an editing service. We cut together your previous work into a demo reel.

 

How much does it cost?

 

Actor Demo Reels $320

 

Reel Update $80  (reel update only available for reels previously cut by Demo Reels For Actors)

 

You will receive an electronic invoice to pay directly.  A 50% deposit must be made before reel editing begins, the remainder will be due once reel is completed and before the final file is sent.

 

Do I need clips?

 

Yes! Clips are incredibly important for submissions. Casting wants to see examples of your work that directly relate to the role that they are looking to cast, without having to search for it.  You and your representatives need to be able to add clips to your submissions to point casting in the right direction for specific roles.

When you upload your reel to Actor's Access, they will give you an option to split it up into individual clips.  If you prefer to have us send your clips to you as individual files, that service is available for a $20 fee.

 

I don't have all of the footage I want for my reel, what do I do?

 

If your footage is available online, it may be possible for me to download.  This will be determined on a case by case basis.

 

If the footage is from a television show or commercial, there is a good chance it is available as an aircheck.

 

An aircheck is a recording of a show in the highest quality available.  There are services that not only record every current show but also keep archives dating back several decades.  Below are some options for ordering airchecks.  These options are intended only as a reference point for you.  We are not affiliated with and do not endorse these companies.  We encourage you to do your own research before purchasing airchecks.

 

www.actorsaccess.com/forms/aircheck/  Clips starting at $35

 

www.dailyactor.com/aircheck/ Clips starting at $23

 

Can I have a montage?

 

No.  Casting directors and prospective agents are busy people, they want to open up your reel and see you acting right away, or you risk them turning it off before they even get to the good parts.  They do not need to see what you look like on screen in a variety of outfits/ settings, they want to see that you have chops.  Yes, montages can look slick, but the purpose of this reel is not to show off our awesome editing skills, it is to show off your awesome acting skills!

 

Can you put in titles?

 

Absolutely!  And we recommend it if your footage is from something well-known.  We will include "lower-third" titles identifying the film/show.

 

What editing program do you use?

 

Adobe Premiere Pro, the industry-leading professional non-linear video editing program.

 

How do I get my footage to you?

 

Put all of your materials in a single Dropbox folder.

After all of your materials have been uploaded (not before!) share the folder with DemoReelsForActors@gmail.com

Having issues with Dropbox? No problem, let me know and we will discuss alternate methods!

 

We do not accept files or links via email.  Any materials added after work has begun will incur a charge of $40 per item.

 

If you have work on a DVD, please contact me to discuss options.

 

"I had some really challenging footage- blurry, poorly framed, the colours were all way off- but it was edited together beautifully. I felt so grateful to have them come to the rescue and would recommend them at the drop of a hat."

 

-Katy H.

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