If you're pursuing film and TV, it's imperative that you have either a film and TV demo or clips of your work to show agents and casting directors. Also, you need a demo or clips of your work if you're submitting on websites like Actors Access. If you don't have them, your competition is getting placed above you, and you're probably not even being looked at by casting directors. In partnership with Actors Connection, Reproductions offers you a great solution. Spend three weeks working with a casting director or industry guest followed by filming on set with an experienced filmmaker to create high-quality footage, build experience on screen and on set and capture scenes for your specific type.
NEXT CLASS • WEDNESDAYS, starting Feb 20
3 Weeks of Coaching + 1 Cinematic Scene
Feb 20 - 7:30-10:00p
Feb 27, March 6 - 8:00-10:00p
+ filming week of March 11-15
with BLAINE JOHNSTON, Casting Director
Week 1 - Part 1 Overview of the Production Process: You will meet with the Reproductions team to learn about the pre-production, principal photography, and post-production process for this class. (7:30-8:00)
Week 1 - Part 2 Chemistry Read: Your casting director will receive your headshots and resumes prior to the class and bring in sides to do a chemistry read and pair up everyone in the class. You will spend the first week reading through scenes to find a good match for you and your partner. Your scene from Week 1 might stick, or you'll be assigned your specific scene before Week 2 if the CD needs to do some more digging for a great fit. (8:00-10:00)
Week 2 Open Coaching: You will rehearse and coach your scenes with your partners and receive individual coaching from the CD in front of the class so that everyone can learn. (8:00-10:00)
Week 3 Private Coaching: You will have 20-min private coaching sessions with your partner and the CD for your scene. (8:00-10:00)
Filming: In the week following the class, you will shoot your scene on location with professional sound, lighting and 4K camera equipment with a filmmaker and editor. Shooting times are determined by the actors and filmmaker within the week after the class. You must be available during this week for shooting. We shoot anytime M-F 10:00am-7:00pm and anywhere within a 30 min radius on the MTA from the reproductions offices in midtown. Actors are responsible for securing their own locations, hair/makeup and wardrobe/styling.
What's Next? One week after your class and filming is complete, you'll receive your high-quality, fully-produced, cinematic scene to post on your website, add to your current demo reel (discount upon completing the class!) or upload directly to your Actors Access profile or other industry sites. Scenes include 1 round of revisions; additional versions are $50 each.
Limited to 10 actors - No outside partners
By registering for this class, you have the opportunity to access all programming at Actors Connection.
Michelle Cutolo is an associate casting director with Brette Goldstein Casting and predominantly casts for film, TV and commercials. She has a decisive creative approach that experienced actors relate to and a portfolio with an emphasis on clever, funny and creative. Recent credits include: feature films Crazy Famous and Hedgehog, Lifetime Movie Network's I Love You But I Lied, the NY TV series Donny! on USA Network, The Karate Tortoise, and a pilot for truTV. Past film and TV projects include: AdFirm, Sharknado 2, But Not for Me, Engram, Reaching Home, Small Miracles, Ten-One, My Bad Trip, Odd Mom Out and just under 100 commercials. You can also see Michelle's narrative work at www.michellecutolo.com.
Tisha Ioli has been a freelance casting director, teacher and coach for more than 25 years. A former actor, Tisha casts for numerous high profile NY offices, including Don Case Casting, Donna Deseta Casting, Kipperman Casting, Strickman-Ripps and Jennifer Ajemian Casting. Recent commercial projects include: Minolta, Staples, Chili's, Smile Train, Eukanuba, Pepsi, Bank of America and Ikea. Most recently she assisted on casting the indie films Rapid Eye Movement and The Atlantic Motel. As a private coach, she has had the pleasure of working with her clients on commercials, monologues and scene work.
Liz Ortiz is a casting director and indie film producer credited on projects which have screened at hundreds of film festivals including: Sundance, BAM Cinemafest, Toronto, Brooklyn, Palm Springs, HBO Latino, Urban World, among others, and have aired on CBS, HBO, Showtime, Lifetime Movies and Cinemax. Casting/producing highlights include: Feature Films “Advantageous” Sundance premier and a top selection on Netflix, "Lost Revolution" HBO Latino, “Zombie Honeymoon ” a cult classic/Showtime, “Barrio Boy”, in production, director/producer of “And Seen” documentary in post-production and most recently the U.S. premier of the experiential stage production Prurience for the Guggenheim Museum. Author of "Ace Your Acting Audition, 2nd ed." Currently an instructor and private coach with Casting Solutions Coaching and conducts workshops throughout the year for the SAG/AFTRA Foundation.
NICK PECIARO is an associate at Judy Henderson Casting, where he is currently working on several feature films as well as the 2018-2019 season at The New Group. He recently cast the pilot City on a Hill, which was just picked up to series at Showtime, as well as the feature film Mapplethorpe, which premiered in competition at the Tribeca Film Festival and has been acquired by Samuel Goldwyn Films for distribution. He also serves as the casting assistant on the multi-Emmy Award-winning Showtime series Homeland. The upcoming feature Indigo Valley marks his debut as casting director. Born and raised in New England, Nick attended Emerson College in Boston where he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies. He is a member of Theatrical Teamsters Local 817 and resides in New York City.
BLAINE JOHNSTON - Blaine's background is in behind the camera & theater casting and he continues to work in various casting offices in New York City. He most recently worked on the 4th Season of YOUNGER on TVLand. He was the casting director for the short film Mariachi Madness and was/is a casting director for two NY theater companies, RAL Productions and Goldfish Memory Productions. Visit Blaine's IMDB page for more info.