JANUARY 28 - 30, 2022 - $955


Add your name to the waitlist for early access when dates drop for our next camp!


In previous camps, we get you two completed scenes. This time, we're guaranteeing that you'll be in at least one additional scene as a supporting actor, on top of the two scenes you shoot for your reel. Because actors need actors to be in their scenes, what better way to get you even more footage?

33% more footage. Guaranteed. 


Getting footage that doesn't show your range sucks. Subpar footage sucks. Not having enough footage for a reel sucks. Badgering filmmakers for footage that may or may not be any good sucks. We're here to help. ​
The Forge provides a service that actors desperately need. By designing two scenes catered to your needs, we put the control back in your hands.
Show casting the types of roles you want to play. Be taken more seriously for roles because they can see your talent. Fill in the gaps your current reel might have.
Finally, get footage as fast and as professionally as you've been hoping for.


Prep through post, we handle everything



When you enroll, you'll be prompted to fill out a short survey about the types of roles that your reel may be missing.

We'll write two scenes, specifically tailored to your needs. For any additional scenes, please contact us.


You will have a day of rehearsal followed by two days of shooting your scenes.

 A team of professional filmmakers are brought in to shoot your scenes to look as if they are taken from full-length projects. We will be taking extra precautions through utilizing preventative action in order to reduce any risk of exposure. Learn more about our safety protocols below.


Our editors will cut and edit your scenes to showcase your skills and talent.

We'll then send you two 1080p files for you to upload, cut into an existing reel, and share however you want. All footage will be delivered to students within 2 weeks of filming.


As a rule, I don't write reviews of anything unless I had a genuinely positive experience. Luckily, all I experienced with Demo Camp was positive. It was an investment in my career, and it was worth every penny. Not a moment was wasted. I'd be hard pressed to come up with another example of my time being so productively and respectfully used. Sarah and her team asked me what I wanted in my reel, and they delivered material beyond what I could have hoped for. I haven't seen the fully edited product just yet, but what I saw of the rough cut blew me away. Thank you so much for this incredibly positive experience and in helping me to create a tool that's going to help me with my career. (This is Alison, in case it shows up anonymously! I know I can go on, so please feel free to edit this down, if you end up wanting to use my testimony! <3 

Both the experience and end result are the best value to the actor. Sarah Cayce and team are teachers, directors and film professionals, that for the price of Demo Reel Camp, result in a fabulous product.

This is one of the best experiences I have had. I was so excited to share my videos and thus far I have gotten amazing feedback. I think the camp has zero flaws and that you did a great job structuring it. You made it an enjoyable experience and I have a lot of fellow actors who are thrilled to signup for the next session. I want to do it again! Thank you so much! ​

You have a wonderful way of creating a space where the actor practically instantly feels comfortable. If I were staying in Chicago, I would be signing up for classes with you.


You are a delight. :) And lastly, thank you for creating the demo reel camp!

I loved how almost every scene was intertwined with someone else's! The writing was amazing, and the whole process was organized so well.

 I very much appreciated your coaching, directing, and writing, too! You have a wonderful way of creating a space where the actor practically instantly feels comfortable. If I were staying in Chicago, I would be signing up for classes with you, and generally doing whatever it takes to be seen. You are a delight. 

I loved how comfortable Sarah made me feel during the coaching as well as on set! It still felt like a learning environment where I could ask questions and try new things which really helped me best show what I can do in my reel.



Your scenes will be sent to you the Friday before the week of the demo reel intensive. (No, you can't have it earlier - we don't want you over-preparing.) We will also email a recommendation for wardrobe and answer some frequently asked questions. 


The Friday prior to your shoot is a rehearsal day. You will work with your scene partners and Sarah in order to focus your film acting technique with lessons and exercises in the craft. On this day, you will also discuss wardrobe, hair and makeup.


We will take every precaution we can to prioritize your safety during your shoot day. You will be working in small groups, and vaccination will be required. While we will be providing a makeup artist, but we do request that you provide your own makeup base and wardrobe. 


Within two weeks from production wrap, you will be delivered three 1080p files of your scenes.



Award winning filmmakers, committed to your craft.

Concrete Wall



Sarah Cayce is the owner and founder of The Forge. Yes, she's the casting director of Compass Casting, but did you know she's an award-winning filmmaker many times over?  She's also an Emmy-nominated producer and professional screenwriter. 

Sarah tackles demo camp from a director's perspective when she's working with writers and talent and then puts her casting hat back on in the edit. She knows that these demo reels will be seen for a short amount of time so have to grab other casting directors fast. Sarah is committed to making your demo reel the best possible tool she can.




Kendal Miller is an accomplished cinematographer, producer, and Emmy-nominated director.


With experience in shooting high-end commercials to gritty docu-series Kendal’s eye for incredible shots is exceptional. Kendal is story focused and will always take the shot that tells the story over the one that just looks cool. 

He's one of Sarah's favorite people to shoot with, which is why they often co-direct and work on each others projects. He was the DP on Sarah's award winning short KILLING IRMA and the film often has its' cinematography mentioned and complimented.




When these award winning filmmakers aren't directing and editing their own films like ORIGIN OF WIT AND HUMOR or HYPOXIA, you can find them editing here at The Forge.


These two have incredible timing and technical know-how to deliver incredible reels that focus on you.

Christian and Hunter editing their hearts out each day to hit our Tuesday premiere deadline!



  • 100% refund is available within 72 hours of enrollment, as long as enrollment is completed 6 weeks before camp.

  • 50% refund is available if cancellation is made prior to 30 days before the start of camp.

  • 25% refund is available if cancellation is made 21 days before the start of camp.

  • There is no refund available within 20 days of the start of camp.

  • Our payment plan makes it easy to enroll. If you would like to work out a payment plan to suit your needs, please contact us at hello@theforgechi so we can reserve you a spot and create a plan ASAP.


Your safety is our priority. 

  • On your shoot day, you will be in assigned pods of 4-6 actors.

  • The new studio is big, so it will be easy to maintain well over 6 feet of distance between actors when not on set.

  • Vaccination is required.

  • The studio will be fully cleaned and disinfected between pods. The set will be fully cleaned and disinfected between scenes.

  • All talent and crew will have their temperature taken, and will be required to sign a disclosure confirming that they have had no symptoms or exposure in the preceding 14 days. 


Your time is money. How are you going to spend it?



The free* option is auditioning for projects to get enough footage to make a reel. It looks like this:

  • Spend hours submitting for projects that may or may not be good.

  • Commute to an audition, hopefully at a safe location.

  • Audition for a role you may or may not be right for.

  • Get cast - yay! 

  • Commute to set, shoot for 12 hours, get a cold lunch.

  • Wait for a long time (sometimes years) to get footage and cross your fingers it looks good.

* free - If you put an hourly rate on how much time this will take, you're still losing money. 



It's expensive to do a demo on your own and not split the cost with other actors.


It costs $6,185.00 per day of production. 

That's an affordable production day by most producer's view, but that's a ton of money for most people. Splitting the cost amongst other actors will make it affordable and gives us other talent for you to act with.


You walk away with three beautifully shot and edited scenes within 2 weeks of filming. 

You come in, you film, you get your footage in two weeks. The end.